Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: Order of the Arrow - Four Directions
Re: Order of the Arrow - Four Directions
Thu, 12 Aug 1999 12:45:04 EDT
In a message dated 8/12/99 1:15:14 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
> They came in full OA regalia, complete with props (very impressive), and
> performed the "Four Winds" ceremony. For those of you not familiar with
> this ceremony, references are made to the Great Spirit, the Spirit of
> the North Wind, the Spirit of the South Wind, etc. While I didn't
> particularly care for those references myself, I decided that with a few
> wording changes, it could be a great ceremony
To Sarah and the others on the list,
Perhaps I can provide some illumination on the Four Sacred Directions and
native American Beliefs. I am an ordained minister in the Native American
Church, and hopefully can provide some clarity.
The Native American Church believes in a Creator who made all that we see.
Not having a church building causes you to adopt creation as your church.
We believe that you can know and learn about the Creator by his creation.
We see a tree or a sunset and see his daily handiwork.
The Bible identifies several roles and names for God. This is probably due to
the complexity of his being and the finiteness of our minds. just start a
discussion of the Trinity to see what I mean. Father, Son, Spirit - one yet
Each of the Four Sacred Directions is a reminder to us of the different
characteristics of the Creator. We are not praying to separate gods, but
rather the different aspects of the Creator. Rather like praying to the Father
for blessing, the Son for forgiveness, and the Spirit for strength or wisdom.
I hope this helps lend clarity and insight.
"Wambleska - White Eagle"