Someone sees deeper meaning in a “cranky” old man!

Found this interesting visionary approach while internet surfing! (slightly edited for clarity) (Yes, I admit, it’s an old posting by myself!)


“How we see what we see affects the quality of our reality.”–John Trudell, Lakota wisdom keeper

Tucson, AZ–Just yesterday, i went riding about 15 miles with a neon sign on my back that read: “Realize the value of being radically empathetic with each other.” I had a few powerful interactions, but way too few…

All during the ride i caught myself being queasy about how vital the sign wasn’t; as cars passed by so fast, not even slowing…i got down on myself…and by the time i got back, was not exactly “empathetic” as i had “preached”!

But then art came to me, and writings, and here is what i came up with (which you may pass around freely).

The following sharing is intentioned as something i invite all to think about. We are all descendants of tribes, yet even when we see this, we still too often miss [the gifts?–ed]!

We miss our powers of relating, of radically interpreting towards the meaning we intuitively feel in this world, yet have no or very little frame of reference for. Thus we assume such alternatives are “crazy” and pass them by, so habituated to our pain.

Chieftan spirit’d winkte MeL
was/is pretty good about rousting
folks up into action, even if he doesn’t full know it.

Without using more weapon words (thankfully)
He got me going, in 5 minutes flat, after i was getting hung up on:

–old flows of same old again
–not getting my windo fixed (to more safely live)
–inputting intensity into my claimed excellence of visions
–aiding me to see where another elder counseled–away from ego-centricized reaction-ism (even tho i thought he was way too reducing)

Yeah, i shoulda been more in touch
with Chieftan spirit’d MeL!
Uh, but a’course all his pain pain pain & me
wantin to avoid avoid avoid
while still clutching my visions somehow!

Chieftan spirit’d MeL, merely lightly blasting!
i truly NEED’d his SPIRIT SPELL,
hiz wizardly boltedly light

even as he flails without adequate sight

A good proverbial kick in the butt cheeks
to at least sober me right the f— up!
after all i’ve been bringing onto myself
in this spirit-uaL pathing.

Better this learning HAPPENED:
It’s certainly a good truth, MeL raised,
about me ‘just believing’ anything we’re told;
i shoulda agreed
except that i felt that same old vibe
where he grapples on & won’t let go
(like all his cats, i suppose).

And i knew i was to be trapped,
“no way” to avoid (except put on a fort face like all around him)

i thought i might “steer clear” by ending the topic, but
i was so tired/exhausted
after yesterday & all nite online.

So i got out in the “5 minutes” he alloted & here i be,,,
thinque-ing thru about how i wanna be

When i step back, away from that…
i recall how i praised, in “radical’s radical” euro-ancestral style,
hiz chieftan way.
And how he surely tests me!
but in reality i am still beating myself up inside my head
as he, i figure…


Even tho i know full well not to fear, i fear;
it’s the domestication
i cannot help but be when
i have so little “truly meaningful”
village-ing (ah, look how i devalue so quick!!)



Some commentary that I think goes with this:

So basically, the author found a way to poetically see, rather than uncritically accept the Given wisdom about an elder who apparently had an authoritarian aire about himself. I.e. Conventional wisdom says that such a man would be something like a “crazy maker”, or else, someone to be avoided, to avoid actually listening to.

The author listened, but he listened behind the man’s intensity. And saw, there, a CHIEFTAN energy! Wow! Isn’t that a “radical” way to see a fellow human being in this day and age?!!

THEN a fellow human beings’ intuitive (?) emotions and bubbling-up frustration with their lives is seen differently than the way social and cultural managers would have us see. It’s a crucial truth!

Note: original link has a little bit more art:

How about you? Do you have a way of seeing that might fit here? Do you know of any stories, any anecdotes for life as few seem to know it these days? Leave a comment and I’ll get back to you sometime!


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