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What Is Most Important Spiritually? The Past, Present or Future?

Dear Relatives,

This is a statement of my grandmother Ella Deloria, regarding history, which is well worth contemplating.   

"We can never be sure of what actually took place.  And it doesn't really matter, does it?  All that which lies hidden in the remote past is interesting, to be sure, but not so important as the present and the future.  The vital concern is not where a People or a person came from, physically, but where they are going, spiritually." ~Ella Deloria, Ihanktonwan Dakota

Grandmother Ella was a student, along with Margaret Mead and others, of Dr. Franz Boaz, at Columbia University. Dr Boaz is called the “Father of Modern Anthropology”. 

With Warm Love and Greetings,

Brother, Uncle and Grandfather Phil Lane Jr., Ihanktonwan Dakota and Chickasaw Nations

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Comment by Michelle Morning Star Doherty on August 14, 2012 at 7:46am

I love that!  Not where we have been, but where we are going spiritually - what a beautiful way to start my day. Mx

Comment by Rosie Susie Trakostanec on June 13, 2012 at 10:32pm

As everything is in the now, each doorway we choose to learn through maps our steps :)

Comment by Gayla Martin on June 4, 2012 at 6:44pm

Awesome! She was obviously very wise and insightful.

Thank you for sharing her wisdom. :)

Comment by amy rigg on June 4, 2012 at 12:11pm

learn from the past, plan some for the future - but the only time for action is right now - ♥ - i will keep striving for balance amongst the 3 ♥ thank you Chief Phil

Comment by White-Bear on June 4, 2012 at 10:11am

Thank you, brother, and blessings to you and your family.


Comment by Thomas Clahane on June 4, 2012 at 9:26am

"I am a part of all I have met."-Tennyson- What we build today becomes tomorrow's past. Without a knowledge of the the past, we are adrift in the present, at the mercy of the most powerful winds, and the most powerful, loudest winds are often those of money, power, and privilege. To navigate we need the rudder of the past.

Comment by Erica on June 4, 2012 at 3:45am

I do agree, but sometimes people carry the past with them and only by looking back, inderstanding and forgiving themselves or others can they heal and move on to live in the present as a whole being.

love and light

Erica x

Comment by Cam Fehr on June 3, 2012 at 11:58pm

Thank you Brother for sharing the teachings of your Relatives. Abundant blessings be upon her journey through the worlds of God for all the gifts of wisdom she passed on to you and countless others even to this day. Abundant Blessings upon you and your loved ones too. I don't know how you do it all, but I'm thankful you do. 

Comment by Tonya on June 3, 2012 at 9:59pm

Thankyou..for this post..It resonates so true for me at this very moment...good to be reminded

Comment by Lee Mason on June 3, 2012 at 5:57pm

So true, thank you for sharing this Brother Phil

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