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
I am asking you to join me on this journey
Not because I want to convert you to anything.
I have no rules for you to follow if you come along
No promises of eternal rewards
Or threats of eternal punishments.
To be honest, I don’t even have a real idea
Of where we are going.
In many ways, it is all a great mystery.
And that’s why I need you:
To help me understand it, to question it,
To discover what’s really out there.
The “it” is what I believe is the source of all life
And searching for that source is what I call faith.
So please think about my invitation.
I don’t want to convert you. I want to amaze you.