One Law: Respect

27 Feb

“I choose to rise up out of that storm and see that in moments of desperation, fear, and helplessness, each of us can be a rainbow of hope, doing what we can to extend ourselves in kindness and grace to one another. And I know for sure that there is no them…there’s only us.”
-Oprah Winfrey

When emotions rule our thinking, humanity pays the price. We, as a species, are not individual units but a collective. We are One.

Separation is an illusion. That you and I are different is a myth. Physical type, skin color, bone structure are all just externals. They are elements of appearance.

Thought can be measured as Energy. Religion, philosophy, opinion – all of these are just forms of Thought, or Energy. Energy is neither good nor bad, it simply Is.

We judge each other, condemn each other, and even destroy each other based on perceived differences, all of which are really just illusions. The instruments of destruction can be words or physical actions as much as weapons designed to take life.

In the tradition of the ancestors of my spiritual mentor and Elder, Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha, there is only one Law: Respect.

When we relate to ourselves and others with Respect, there can be no harm brought through any means. Through Respect we can achieve Harmony.

Harmony is the state of peaceful co-existance. I’m talking about a world rich in diversity, not homogeneity.

We all must rise to the necessity of choosing to regard all Life as Sacred. That begins with how we think, how we speak, and the actions we take.

It begins with me.

-Deborah Adler

“The system of living for the Cherokee meant being surrounded by demonstrations of value and examples of respect.

“That respect goes out to everything as being valuable. The knowledge that all Creation is a living ecosystem and that even the “body” we call the Universe is the transforming of ourselves. We live “in” and “through” the Great Spirit. Everything is “alive” and therefore is life and needs respect and care. -from Grandmother’s Legacy, by Pa’Ris’Ha Taylor

Grandmother’s Legacy © Copyright 2007 Parisha Online. All Rights Reserved.

©2011 Deborah Adler. All rights reserved. (NOTE: All quotes remain the sole property of the original authors.)

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