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Naskapi Indians

from Awakening Your Child to Truth

by Eileen Bowden

p. 236-7

 

Tell your children the story of the Naskapi Indians who live in the forests of the Labrador peninsula.  They live far from one another in separate family groups and so they have not been able to evolve tribal customs or collective religious beliefs.  Because the Naskapi hunter is so much alone, he must rely on his own inner voices and unconscious revelations.  He has had no religious teachers to tell him what to believe, and so he has discovered for himself what Jesus meant when he said, "Before Abraham was, I am."  He has discovered that the soul of man is simply an inner companion.  He calls him, "my friend," as did Abraham, or Mista 'peo, meaning "Great man."  Mista 'peo dwells in the heart and is immortal.

These people are taught by way of dreams that they interpret, as were the old Bible prophets given messages by the Lord in dreams.  Those Naskapi who pay attention to their dreams and who try to find their meaning and test their truth, can enter into a deeper connection with the Great Man.  He favors such persons and sends them more and better dreams, which of course is parallel to this saying in John: "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name."

In their simplicity, not being contaminated by modern thought, they have stayed close to their source and have received daily manna.  Each individual Naskapi accepts it as his major obligation to follow the instructions given by his dreams, and then to give them permanent form in their basic meaning in art.  The Great Man is driven away from one's inner realm by lies and dishonesty, whereas generosity and love of one's neighbors and of animals attract Him and give him life.  These dreams give the Naskapi complete ability to find his way in life, not only in the inner world but also in the outer natural world: he is helped to foretell the weather; and he gets invaluable guidance in his hunting.

Children, more readily than adults, can accept a way-shower, and so they can be told that they have this inner guide.  They must be encouraged to take the time to listen, and to heed, trustingly and confidently, the directions given them from within.  We can give them this confidence when we assure them, and its constant activity is to bring them to perfect physical and spiritual maturity. We also tell them that they can interfere with this perfect maturing if they resist letting go of things that they have outgrown in their lives, their habits, or their behavior.

The Spirit teaches and guides in any and every way, those receptive enough to listen, look, hear, and receive.  We can, by proving it in our own experience, tell our children that "there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding."

And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.- Joel 2:28