The Great Red Way

The Great Red Way

As humans we have the task of simultaneously integrating the heavens and the earth. When we don’t do this, we become imbalanced in our health, in our relationships, and in our awareness. Much of spiritual life is balance. How do we balance the heavenly with the earthly, avoiding extremes, in an integrated way that helps us, our planet, and our relationships to evolve and become sacred. It is no small task.

Spiritual wisdom isn’t about great philosophies and ideas, but about how we walk on the earth. In the Native American tradition, we call it the Great Red Way. How do we walk on the earth as full human beings? This takes wisdom. Our decisions and actions must fall between open loving-kindness and clear boundaries. There is a Sufi saying, “Trust everyone, but tie up your camel.” This is Chokmah HaLev (Hebrew for wisdom of the heart). Chokmah HaLev isn’t comprehended in a single day. It’s learned over time. The heart wisdom starts with considering that this is something one should consider, and slowly we grow into the wisdom of the heart with our connection to the Divine. Without that connection, following our hearts can get us into trouble because we’re not holding the context of thousands of years of ethics, morals, and overall spiritual understandings in balance with the heart energy. Those are questions that arise with heart wisdom, because it is a deeper wisdom than mere intellectualism.

When a country, a people, or a person is severed from their higher connection, anchored in the Divine, we have all kinds of wild things happening. Anybody or any country can create humanistic political correctness and humanistic wisdom to create certain social manipulations. It can be very damaging, as we saw with the leadership of Mao, Stalin, and Hitler. They all attempted to cut the people’s connection with the Divine, because without a spiritual context, people can be convinced of anything.

We must make efforts to balance wisdom, creating a heart-centered wisdom that allows us to walk the Great Red Way, in which our value systems are aligned with perennial understanding. Know that it is normal to always go back and forth, back and forth in our efforts to hold an evermore attuned alignment with love and wisdom.

May everybody be blessed to consider the question of heart wisdom and to balance clear boundaries with open-heartedness. Mitákuye Oyás’iŋ.

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