There Is Only One Universal Spirit!
America Has Only One Shared Ultimate Destiny! 

Manifest Destiny
of America

An Allegorical Painting by John Gast 1872)

The Great Spirit
Black Elk
Black Elk, Oglala Sioux and Spiritual Leader (1863 - 1950

This painting (circa 1872) by John Gast called
American Progress, is an allegorical representation
of the modernization of the new west.

Here Columbia, intended as a personification of
the United States, leads civilization westward with
American settlers, stringing telegraph wire as
she travels; she holds a school book.

The different economic activities of the pioneers
are highlighted and, especially, the changing
forms of transportation.

The Native Americans and wild animals flee.


"The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness, with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells Wakan-Taka (the Great Spirit), and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us. This is the real peace, and the others are but reflections
of this. The second peace is that which is made between two individuals, and the third is that which is made between two nations. But above all you should understand that there can never be peace between nations until there is known that true peace, which, as I have often said, is within the souls of men."

One of the goals of Ultimate Destinyland ™ and our Expanding the Circle of Success program to help establish a network of Community Economic Development Empowerment Resource Centers (including Native American communities) is to help the United States of America fulfill its ultimate destiny which Benjamin Franklin said not power, but Enlightenment. As we began to share our Ultimate Destiny Success System with the public, we received some negative feedback on our titles that include the phrase “manifest your destiny”.

When we researched the history of the phrase as it relates to the Manifest Destiny of America, we discovered the painting by John Gast. When we did so, we were aghast because we honor and appreciate the rich heritage and legacy of the Native American First Peoples. I personally feel an obligation to seek ways to further acknowledge and express appreciation for Native Americans.

As we face increasingly complex social, environmental and global challenges, the wisdom of the Native Americans, their love of the land, respect for nature and their sense of stewardship are helping guide us their brothers and sisters as we seek to discover and apply more conscious sustainable ways of living together. I am grateful for them and for that.   

We are presently seeking help designing new visual images and supplemental educational resources that will help raise consciousness of and appreciation for the heritage and contributions of our Native Americans. If you or someone you know is an artist who would like to help, please contact me. Thank you!

We are also seeking help in documenting how the use of "structured water" can increase the nutritional value of food grown with it by 500% to 1,200%. When we attended the recent Money and More Resource Showcase for Native American Tribes, food and water were two of the top priorities discussed.

For details on our vision and mission to help provide access to the health benefits, cost savings and environmental advantages of structured water to Native Americans and the estimated one billion of our brothers and sisters who don't presently have access to clean water, please see

Charles Betterton

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