The Red Road or the Red Path is the Native spiritual path. Walking the Red Road means living in the moment connected to all
that surrounds us, respecting all of our relations and Mother Earth and Father Sky. It means finding a balance between and
attending to our four sides: spiritual, physical, mental and emotional. It means taking care and respecting ourselves and
the Creator. It means being thankful for what we have, to only take what we need and to give back. To give back to those around
us and to the spiritual world. And to remember where we have been, to remember and honor our ancestors. It is walking in the
right path of life, where we do the right thing even if it's hard at times. Its opposite would be the path of self-destruction,
aka the Black Road.
The Red Road is a road of respect, humbleness, truthfulness, spirituality. It is believing that there is a power higher
and greater than us who has a path for us. Each step on our path will be shown to us in time. It certainly does not mean having
a perfect life. We can fall and stumble on the Red Path, but we also get up and keep going. We discover ourselves as we walk
and learn from mistakes we have made. We grow and evolve. But the goal is to live a balanced life 365 days of the year. To
balance our commitments to our family, friends, community, work, spirituality and to ourselves. Not an easy task! But one
to strive toward.
All my Relations
Native American Indians Quotes
"You must speak straight so that your words may go as sunlight into our hearts."
Cochise ("Like Ironweed")
"All things are connected. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the children of the earth"
Suqwamish and Duwamish
"No tribe has the right to sell, even to each other, much less to strangers.... Sell a country? Why not sell the air,
the great sea, as well as the earth? Didn't the Great Spirit make them all for the use of his children?"
"I was born upon the prairie where the wind blew free and there was nothing to break the light of the sun.
I was born where there were no enclosures and where everything drew a free breath.
I want to die there, and not within walls."
" The white man who is our agent is so stingy that he carries a linen rag in his pocket into which to blow his nose,
for fear he might blow away something of value"
"We do not wish to destroy your religion, or to take it from you. We only want to enjoy our own"
Chief Red Jacket, 1805