There Is Only One Universal Spirit!
America Has Only One Shared Ultimate Destiny!
An Allegorical Painting by John Gast 1872)
The Great Spirit
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.
Columbia, intended as a personification of
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.
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
One of the goals of
™ 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
Here for a PDF of this page.