I have been reading some of Jamie Sams’ works and the first premise in the life of Native Indians who walk the walk is the recognition that everything has a sacred point of view, not just us humans, but the soil, water and air, the trees and plants and all animals, birds, insects, etc., even the stones. Seeing the world in a sacred way generates the respect due our planet and all that lives upon her.
It is in stepping back and seeing through the eyes of another being, whether it is our spouse or a tree in our yard or the birds who use it as a way-station, that we acknowledge differing points of view. We learn that every being’s point of view is sacred and that, no matter how hard it might be to accept that our siblings or children appear to be destroying their lives, they must walk their own paths to make spiritual progress. It is not that destroying life is spiritual progress; it is that the paths we walk are our own, for whatever our reasons. In understanding this, we see the world in a new light, with a broader vision that allows us, in a non-judgmental manner, to be there for someone who is ready to grow.