March 4, 2011
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Don't look behind you
There is nothing there for you
Wise words from a friend
Mrs. Spadoman and I are on our way back to Wisconsin. I'm in a motel near Kansas City, MO this morning and plan on walking in my front door by dinner time this afternoon. We had a wonderful time together and I have some stories to tell, but all will have to wait as I use this space today to tell you of the passing of a great man in my life and in the lives of so many.
His name is Chris Leath. He is a Dakota Spiritual Elder and has been a friend and teacher of mine for over ten years. The first time I ever went into a Sweat Lodge it was with Chris. He led the Sundance ceremonies I attended. He has been the designated Spiritual Advisor for many events. The list of how much he helped and prayed for members of the community are endless.
The Haiku is something he tells us when we are ready to leave the Sweat Lodge. He reminds us to go forward and not dwell on the past, but rather seek answers to our problems. He suggests the Spirits of our ancestors that were in the lodge with us will take care of the problems we left there. There is nothing left but healing ahead of us.
I wrote about a period of time in my own life and how it relates to just one of the many lessons Chris has taught me. HERE is the story from an older post if you care to take a look.
Chris passed away yesterday from sickness and illness that he has been struggling with. I received the word via a phone call from a friend. I am sad, but no one knows the journey of a Spiritual Warrior better than Chris. He was a Veteran of the Korean War and a servant to the people.
His Spirit soars today with the Eagles