is the reply to a letter asking about a personal integration
of my Christian heritage and my new steps on the "Red
Path". My given traditional name is Candesna Cun
Wakan Oksina / Sacred Tree, Sacred Hoop Boy
March 11, 2004 7:19 PM
This is just to let you know that some of the questions you have been
asking yourself have been heard by me too. For a while you wondered
if I supported your new way of coming to know me and speaking to
me. Well my "young" friend, you need not be concerned.
Who do you think it was that set things up that way? Who do you
think was answering your prayer of long ago ... you know the one
.. the one where you said you wanted to come to see my face?
I have many faces and the way I have shown my Lakota children to come
to see me is a very wide , a very rich and varied way, and comes
closer to the answer to your question than you had ever imagined.
Don't be surprised by that either, my ways are well beyond your
I approve of your planned vision quest. It is a good idea. I approve
of it, and I assure you that I will be there to hear you and I will
help the eyes of your heart see what you need to see. You were rather
quick to see the pretty obvious comparison between the story in Luke
about my son going on his vision quest before he stepped forward to
answer my call to tell the people who I really was for them. I don't
want you to get cocky about having seen that parallel. After all, it
was I who gave you that insight.
You are also right in coming to understand that I put words into your
mouth and use you to speak about me to the children and other people
I bring to you from time to time. Be careful in that role however.
Remember that it is my word that needs to come forth from you,
and you should be rather careful to avoid putting in place your
own ideas that are not from me. I gave you the right idea the other
night when you were praying with the Sacred Pipe I brought to you.
You are not the bowl of that pipe. You are the wooden stem. That
is a very important and honourable role. and you have power when
you connect to the bowl which is my altar. You know what an altar
is ... it is a sacred space through which I connect to you. When
you join with that bowl I will hear the prayers of all my creatures
that have come into that pipe. I rely on your cooperation and you
lungs to carry the smoke of those prayers out , through the stem
and into the air. That is a very honourable role, and I am counting
The medicine wheel on the pond at Friendly Forest has received approval
ratings from my flying children as they see it from above. You
put out the grandmothers' flag on the tree. I see it, and I assure
you that I hear your prayer. I need for you to trust in me and
know that I care for all of my creatures with much more intensity
than you can ever know. After all, as I let you know this afternoon,
they are my creation, and the creator is always in creation. I
am there, they are mine, and those good beings are loved and cared
for. Do not try to understand it all. You will just get yourself
too confused. Trust that I am here with you and that that is enough
for you at this time.
You got a letter from Allan tonight. Read it carefully and listen to
what he speaks to you from his heart, not just in his words. Remember
when you reply that you leave room for him to hear me within your words
too. Remember the name I gave you; Sacred Tree Sacred Hoop boy, and
stand beside my Sacred Tree within the Sacred Hoop and direct his attention
to the tree. The tree connects me with all of my creatures. I love
all of my creatures, and I include Allan in that. I want him to know
that. So be what I have named you.
Stay with me as I stay with you, and remain connected, and so because
I am wakan, you too will be wakan.
Elohim Yahweh / Wakan Tanka