Read [and reflect on the message below] in the context of your own faith, but with a curiosity, an openness, to hear what Native America has to say, to teach, to share…. When you enter into the mystery of these words for yourself, do so without preconception or judgment. With honesty and humility. Enter the deep earth of our ancient longing and reach for the highest branches of our collective hope…. Take each message as you find it. Let it speak to you directly. Ponder its meaning.
— Steven Charleston in Spirit Wheel
Spirit, bless the doubters
The ones who read the fine print
Before they sign the contract of life.
Spirit, bless those who question religion
And demand that it be as transparent as its teaching.
Bless the ones who are not fooled by titles
But want to know what is being done.
These voices speak a truth faith needs to hear.
They hold the holy accountable to practice what we preach.
Better a doubt with integrity than a belief without it.