When you stop beside the waters edge
My foremost responsibility is to be true to myself…to the PEOPLE…and to the CREATOR. The purpose of my life is to ensure the SURVIVAL and WELL BEING OF THE PEOPLE. I transform knowledge into WISDOM and therefore I understand that the greatest enemy in life is one’s self. I must overcome WEAKNESSES.
I will SACRIFICE my heart upon the altar of life for the SURVIVAL OF THE PEOPLE. I may be wounded or killed a thousand times in battle, but my SPIRIT will not be destroyed for it is eternal as the stars.
I live by a CODE OF HONOR…beyond the reach of most mortals. I can speak directly to the Creator and Mother Earth through sacred prayers and ceremony, giving offerings of gratitude and respect. I am proud…YET HUMBLE, with a heart full of love for the PEOPLE.
My path is the most difficult path of all for I will know pain and suffering in ways no one else ever can. The pain of life’s injustices will be absorbed into the whole of my being. I may be captured…imprisoned…and taken away from the people, but my spirit will live in the hearts of the People…for I am one of the people and will always be loved and respected by the People…unconditionally. I will be forgiven for my mistakes by the Spirit and the Holy People because I have forgiven myself and have humbled myself before the People.
I will go to the mountain top without food or water to pray to the Spirits of the land and cry for a vision. This sacred vision will lead me through the darkest hours of my life. It shall lead to the light of the CREATOR.
I must always believe in myself…in the Spirit helpers…and in the Indian way of life. I must always speak and live the TRUTH of who…and what…I am when standing before the eyes of the Creator.
I will not be afraid of DEATH…and shall never surrender to the Dark Forces of life which attempt to break the Spirit…for the Spirit cannot be broken…the mind cannot be defeated.
My vision of life is that of the EAGLE…with clarity and purpose in being. My wings are strong and carry my spirit to the highest levels of self-understanding and spiritual growth as a human being…FOR I AM AN INDIAN WARRIOR!