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Hagia Hesychia : Jesus Christ Redeemer Holy Silence (Holy Wisdom)
“And when I breathed, my breath was like lightening...I cured with the power that came through me...” Nicholas Black Elk (1 December 1863 - 19 August 1950)
A Mass was celebrated by Bishop Robert Guss of Rapid City, South Dakota on 21 October 2017 to formally open the cause for Canonization of the Holy Medicine Man (Wicasa Wakan) Nicholas Black Elk. Around the age of 60, in the 1930’s, Black Elk finally told his formative vision (Hanbelachia) and life story to
John C. Neihardt and it gradually became a world wide bestseller called “Black Elk Speaks.” This incredibly beautiful book is sheer poetry and can be read or listened to on Audible books. I read it after making a life-changing retreat at Holy Rosary Mission, South Dakota in 1971. And while I was recovering from my heart collapse in April-May of 2012 I listened to it on Audible. I was semi-delirious from an induced coma, with nine drugs still swimming inside me. I was in that coma from April 27 until I was “miraculously” awakened on May 11. I too was in need of a “Hanbelachia” (vision quest) and Black Elk’s words washed over me in the most holy and profoundly,deeply comforting way.
“This famous book, however, leaves out the vast majority of how Nicholas Black Elk, (baptized on December 6, St Nicholas Feast) embraced the Catholic faith in 1904, recounted his life to Neihardt in the 1930’s . Black Elk became an energetic Catholic Catechist, retaining Lakota practices that harmonized with his Catholic Faith ... Jesuit Father Michael Steltenkamp, author of “Nicholas Black Elk: Medicine Man,Missionary and Mystic” And “Black Elk: Holy Man of the Oglala, interviewed numerous Jesuit contemporaries of Nicholas Black Elk, gaining a vastly more complete portrait of Black Elk’s path of holiness...
‘ Whatever vision he had as a youth, it was so influenced over the years by his life as a Catechist, that the vision and his Catholic life became one life-inspiration,’ Father Steltenkamp said...Black Elk predicted that God would give them a sign at his death. They testified that on the nights between his death and funeral, the sky seemed as bright as day, filled with spectacular displays of falling lights - like a water fountain with lights splashing ...even contemporary journals across North America noted the event, calling it a very unusual aurora borealis...”
From the National Catholic Register by Peter Jesserer Smith October 2017
One of the most beautiful declarations of Vatican Council II, is that the Holy Spirit is in, and speaks through all people’s. Personally I have to say that in my reading of Native American Wisdom, I think they got everything right, including almost all tribes (pre-Freudian) designation of gay people as Two Spirit Ones.
Recently my brilliant artist sister Marjory McNichols Wilson sent me this recent message from a visionary Hopi woman named White Eagle she shared on 16 March 2020. I chose this icon of a Holy Wisdom (Sophia) figure called Holy Silence to illustrate this blog, and I also painted an image of Black Elk you can look into on my website, which I have already written about. So now, here is the holy wisdom of White Eagle.
Message from White Eagle, Hopi indigenous on 03/16/2020:
VISION QUEST 🔥👁️
“This moment humanity is going through can now be seen as a portal and as a hole.
The decision to fall into the hole or go through the portal is up to you.
If you repent of the problem and consume the news 24 hours a day, with little energy, nervous all the time, with pessimism, you will fall into the hole. But if you take this opportunity to look at yourself, rethink life and death, take care of yourself and others, you will cross the portal.
Take care of your homes, take care of your body. Connect with your spiritual House.
When you are taking care of yourselves, you are taking care of everything else. Do not lose the spiritual dimension of this crisis, have the eagle aspect, that from above, and see the whole; see more broadly.
There is a social demand in this crisis, but there is also a spiritual demand. The two go hand in hand. Without the social dimension, we fall into fanaticism. But without the spiritual dimension, we fall into pessimism and lack of meaning.
You were prepared to go through this crisis. Take your toolbox and use all the tools available to you.
Learn about resistance of the indigenous and African peoples: we have always been and continue to be exterminated. But we still haven't stopped singing, dancing, lighting a fire and having fun. Don't feel guilty about being happy during this difficult time.
You do not help at all being sad and without energy. You help if good things emanate from the Universe now. It is through joy that one resists. Also, when the storm passes, each of you will be very important in the reconstruction of this new world.
You need to be well and strong. And, for that, there is no other way than to maintain a beautiful, happy and bright vibration. This has nothing to do with alienation.
This is a resistance strategy. In shamanism, there is a rite of passage called the quest for vision. You spend a few days alone in the forest, without water, without food, without protection. When you cross this portal, you get a new vision of the world, because you have faced your fears, your difficulties ...
This is what is asked of you:
Allo yourself to take advantage of this time to perform your vision seeking rituals. What world do you want to build for you? For now, this is what you can do: serenity in the storm. Calm down, pray every day. Establish a routine to meet the sacred every day.
Good things emanate; what you emanate now is the most important thing. And sing, dance, resist through art, joy, faith and love.
Resist - Be reborn”