Part VIIII The Record of MorHonayah; And When I Open My Bundle It Is To Pray And To Meditate And To Walk Upon The Way.

Greetings all my relations,

It is so good to be back, sorry for the website shutdown…

We had to upgrade our capacity…

Wow!!!

I’m amazed at how we are growing…

Let’s keep reading, studying, and praying for a conformation from The Holy Ghost;

about these spiritual principals contained in The Sacred Records of the Nemenhah…

The more we study and pray the more Light and Knowledge is given to us…

With this in mind brothers and sisters let’s continue…

Only the Best of Feelings should preveil…

To walk in a sacred manor and talk in a sacred manor…

on The Thanksgiving Way of Life…————————————————————————————————————————————————

Part VIIII The Record of MorHonayah

Chapter Nine

1) Now, Paniet Akekt had also the gift of her grandmother, Panith-Akekt, in that she walked upon the Way with ease and received much revelation there.

And she was a great prophet and was of great worth to her people.

Wherefore, that Shi-Honayah gained favor in her sight was a great honor to him and to his people.

And that he gained favor in the sight of her grandmother was also deemed a great honor by the people of Elak-Kowat.

And our family was joined with a family greatly blessed with the Gifts of the Spirit by the union of our children.

2) And the gifts of Panith-Akekt and of Paniet Akekt are greatly to be desired, for they are the ability to walk and talk daily with the Grandfathers, with Angels, with the spirits of just men and women made perfect, and with the Christ Himself when need be.

3) Yea, so great is this gift that all the Nemenhah aspire to possess it;

 And they work diligently to acquire it.

For behold, it is a gift that does come naturally to those upon whom the Lord sees fit to bestow it, and this is usually when He has some special purpose for that person.

But it is also among the Gifts of the Spirit unto which we may aspire.

And the Lord does make it available to all who would have it, but it comes
only by much diligent labor.

4) And this is the manner in which the Nemenhah do teach their children to labor to attain this great gift:

5) From the earliest age, yea, even as soon as the child is able to comprehend the words of its mother;

 Every child is taught the teachings and principles of the High Place.

In this manner, the child comes to an early understanding of the realities of the Universe in which we live.

For it would not do for the child to have any misconceptions of the nature of the Universe and of creation.

Such things do become great impediments for those wishing to walk upon the Way.

6) For, the Way is a construct of the creation.

And it is made up of the matter which the Creator took back to Himself when the first of our race left the protected place which was their first home.

Yea, when First Woman, who is represented by Mother Eve, first decided to leave the place of protection and when First Man, who is represented by Father Adam, decided to remain with her, and so all of the people followed them also;

 The Creator took up again all that which made up the First Home, which is represented by the Valley and Garden of Eden;

and with that matter He made the Way.

7) Now, the Way is not to be understood to be part of the Spirit World wherein we lived before the World was made.

For that is a different creation and has no part of the type and kind of matter out of which the World was made.

But the Way is made from matter

 That makes up part of the World in which we live,

but having been.

Wherefore, it is said to be part of the Terrestrial World;

 wherein there is no death.

8) And the Creator so constructed the Way;

 That it makes access unto all other places in the World.

 Even all the kingdoms therein.

And a person who attains to this gift gains access

to all places and kingdoms

whereunto the Lord sees fit to give guidance.

9) Wherefore, it is better that little children be taught the truth of Creation, that when they seek entrance upon the Way, they might not be encumbered with misconceptions which might prove a stumbling block to them.

10) And the child is taught to completely set aside the things and thoughts and intentions of the world.

Yea, only when a person is able to set aside, even for a moment, the things of the world can access to this place and to this gift be attained.

And the Nemenhah train their children in the art of setting all things aside in order that their minds and hearts might be clear of them, that their minds might be single to the purposes of the Lord.

11) And it is a characteristic of those who find it easier than others to gain this gift that they are also the more able to set aside the world and all unclean and unholy thoughts than most.

Yea, these are they who also find it the easier to follow the path of the Lord in their daily walk and talk of life.

For, it is very true, that
to walk upon the Way is the beginning of the Calling and Election of the Lord and a more sure word of prophecy…

Wherefore, to set aside the world and its distractions is the first step in attaining to the great gift, even to seek and find the Christ and speak with Him face to face.

12) And this is the very cause that mention of it is made in the Book of the High Place and that this principle finds reference in the ordinances of the Temple.

Yea, Adam and Eve are introduced into the Terrestrial World and there they are taught further light, truth and knowledge pertaining to the kingdom and the power and the glory of God.

And this thing is sealed unto them by the gift and power of the Holy Ghost,
by which gift and power the man and the woman might know the truth of all things.

13) Now, I ask you, who is Adam and who is Eve, when we go up unto the Holy House to be instructed in all things Holy?

And when they stand at the veil of heaven, do they stand alone in their own merits?

I say
unto you, Nay.

But behold, the Peacemaker stands next to them and assists them in all that they must learn and do in order that the veil might be rent from top to bottom and from bottom to top, and be undone in them.

14) And the children are taught to diligently study the principles of the High Place and also to seek an introduction into the Terrestrial World at an early age.

15) And for many, this training includes the manner of setting aside all physical distraction for a space of time.

And for some this means the sensation and distraction of the body and they are taught to put such things aside.

And they are taught the manner of meditation and prayer

that does assist them in this endeavor.

16) For, it is very true, that for some the distraction of their actions, as also the actions of others, is that which constitutes their greatest obstacle.

And for others, their words, as also the words of others,

are that which are the most distracting.

And still for others, the needs of the body and the sensations of the members are
that which are the things that do prevent them.

All these things present obstacles to the mind and the spirit and the children are taught through diligent exercise to set them aside.

17) For the mind and the heart must be free of such things and filled only with good and righteous intention.

Until such a state can be achieved,

the Way will be an obstacle to the progress of the individual.

For it is upon the Way that the man or the woman

Yea, it is upon the Way that a new creatio

does make the mighty change of heart.

Upon The Way, a new creation is made within the man or the woman.

And this new creation is able to stand in the presence of Heavenly and Holy Beings…—————————————————————————

cj note: back in April of this year I was visited by Moroni on The Way, he was teaching me how the Temple Endowment can be used in your everyday life through ceremony…

At that this time Moroni was teaching me my own personal medicine wheel…

I published my intepretation of my first bundle ceremony, taught to me by personal revelation, called Wayaykihn… from Heavenly Beings… This was my first attempt, and I have since grown in knowledge and light… But it is worth mentioning because it shows my process of Emergence and Spiritual Growth … and the process taught to all Nemenhah children since they began to speak… so I would like to share my personal experience in hopes that it will incourage others;

 To the Ancient Path taught in the High Place or Temple…

In hopes that it will lead some to seek spiritual adoption, through Chief Philip “Cloudpiler” Landis, into his family, The Nemenhah Band. (Moroni’s Family)

Our First Parents Adam and Eve, being our example to follow in our dailey worship, or Thanksgiving Way… Temple or High Place Taught by the Savior Himself to the Prophet Ougou… about 33 A.D.

cj note: This is my own personal interpretation of the Sacred Record…

Angel Moroni’s Instructions to me back in April of this year (along with some additions)

Concerning consecration of sacred space… and opening a conduet to heaven… communicating with the Church of The Firstborn… Daily Bread

How to make a personal ceremony at the Altar-to seek the presence of Lord-and Heavely Beings, and enter the Terrestrial World…

Opening your Bundle…

Set apart everyday to be instructed by your kindred dead-for they are not dead at all…and they do walk upon the way.

When our hearts turn to them, our Father and Mother Ancestors…

Their hearts turn to us…

and they do walk and talk with us, unto distant generations.

They have much to teach us…

Cleave unto this wisdom and make application of it…

Whatever they are teaching and instructing us we need to use it, and do it, in our lives, and apply this knowledge to our spiritual growth…

because our kindred dead will help prepare us and we will help prepare them…

to stand in the presence of our Creator Peacemaker.

1. Prepare your Sacred Prayer Bundle-This bundle represents the coat of skins placed upon Adam and Eve by the Lord…The possessor of this bundle is signifying to the Lord that they have been washed and anointed…for this is the token for the Law of the Gospel…and you have entered into covenant with the Lord to live it…If there is no token or earnst, then there is no covenant…The sign is made by wearing your Sacred Garment…and also by using your bundle in ceremony with the Lord…

Within the your Sacred Prayer Bundle is found- The markings of the Sacred Garment-and the four Sacred Covenants and Laws…and also the markings of the veil that was placed over our minds…and the cherubim (The four sacred directions)that guard The Way…back to the presence of the Lord…and our Heavenly Parents…It is the preparation to be able to stand in His presence…

The Law of the Gospel is also the Eternal Round-Medicine Wheel…The four laws and covenants form a square within the wheel-The four sacred directions…It is marked on the sacred garment above the right knee. Signifying every knee shall bow unto the Lord this is how we begin our ceremony in a place of solitude…On our knees in prayer…

2. And if we wish to go full measure on The Way, that is to stand in the presence of Peacemaker, even He who made this life possible…But to fully prepare ourselves to receive this great blessing, we need to work diligently upon The Way, having our kindred instruct us… to find access to The Way, through the Power of the Holy Ghost…
The Law of Obedience-marked on the right breast-Arm to Square…Telestial World…

3. Make a ceremony- Pray to focus your mind and thinking… Invite the Holy Ghost to be your companion, and guide you to The Way…Request a vision from The Holy Ghost…

4. Lay down your pallet Which is a Square…in a solitary place…prepare a resting place…an abode…Doing all prayerfully from the East to the West

5. Place your bundle in the center…
The Law of Sacrifice-marked on the right breast-Arm to Square…Telestial World…
Sit on the East-This is the altar=your prayers are the sacrifice upon the altar…When you open your bundle it is to pray and walk upon The Way.(Your Sacred Prayer bundle should contain a square ground covering)…

The Law of Chastity-marked on the left breast-the compass-Terrestrial World…

6. Now you are being presented in The Terrestrial World in the presence of God Angels and these witnesses…

7. Open your bundle to celebrate the good things of the Earth, but mostly to pray and walk upon The Way…The Lord taught Adam and Eve the Law of Chastity…Moroni’s prayer bundle of soft white leather, represented how the Lord prepares us to be in His presence-bleached out-whitened, softened, and prepared…Then we do stand before the Creator of All Things…

8. When the bundle is opened it is done in all reverence, within are found articles, wrapped in leather and in a red cloth…

9. When you open your bundle, Yea Beseech The Holy Ghost in prayer… (beseech means ask in urnest, urgent request, implore), and sing a song, hymnal…(Your Sacred Prayer bundle should contain a Hymn to sing to invite The Holy Ghost to lead in your ceremony)…

10. Lay the red cloth out from the East to the West…(Your Sacred Prayer bundle should contain a square piece of red cloth-symbolizing the Lord’s Atonement-and our covenants to Him)…

The Square-The covenants

11. Moroni’s square pipe bowl…The Lord is called The Pipe…it is square to remind us of raising our arm to the square, promising the Lord to obey these Laws of Heaven. And these are the articles which I place in the prayer bundle. Behold, I place the bowl of a pipe which I have made with my own hands, as also the stem of the pipe, And the bowl of the pipe is made such that it contains a square, and this represents the straightness of the way which leads unto the Peacemaker. It is the sign of the square. And the bowl of the pipe is made of stone, even from among the first created, and it is carved of my own hand. And when I take it out, I do lay it upon its covering. And the stem of my pipe is straight and strong (Your Sacred Prayer Bundle should contain something square, something straight, and a stone…To remind you of your covenants, and the creation, and the straight and narrow path that leads to the Lords Presence)…

12. The stem is made of a wood that is known by the healers of Mentinah to give a berry, the seed of which is useful in strengthening the heart. Yea, and this tree does bear thorns which are like, it is said, unto the crown which the Peacemaker bore upon His head in the day that He was taken by the world and subjected unto death. (Your Sacred Prayer Bundle should contain a thorny and straight tree branch)…It is also said to represent the pointer of the Liahona which our fathers Lehi and Nephi took with them into the wilderness. Therefore, it is the sign of the compass, and it is this wood that I used to fashion the stem of my pipe. (Your Sacred Prayer Bundle could contain something similar to a compass)…place your articles upon your red cloth.

The Law of Consecration-marked on the navel-Health

Your Heart and Contrite Spirit-and all that you are and have, belong to the Lord…Consecration… The Patriarchal Grip-sign of the Healer…
Use an Article to signify that I place my heart upon that road or that path which leads unto Him and that I do dedicate…

13. My life and my sacrifice unto Him, even as He did dedicate His life and His sacrifice unto me.

14. And I also have a multicolored shell that is the size of my hand which I use as my bowl of incense. And the use of this bowl is described in another place. The multicolored shell signifies my thanks for the multitude of blessings for which I do offer up my oblation and my sacrifice. (Your Sacred Prayer Bundle should contain a shell and incense)…

15. Yea, for the Peacemaker speaks peace unto my soul and were it not for this peace, I know not that I could stand the length of the day. For, the sun looks down upon all my transgressions and my sins, and if the sun may see me all the day long, then why not my God?

And I know not that I could live with the agony of my deeds were it not for the peace which my Lord does speak unto my soul. And this peace cannot be described in one color. For, it is not the rising or setting of the sun, but it is much more.

And it is not encompassed by all the learning of the wise men, but it is much more. And it cannot be encompassed by the whole earth, for it is too great. And it cannot be fathomed, for it is as deep as a soul.

Wherefore, I describe this peace in the color of the shell, which is all colors at once, and yet all colors singly.(Your Sacred Prayer Bundle could contain something to represent the sun-The Son)…  And when I take out the bowl of incense, I do place it upon its own kirlum-leather skin upon the bundle.

16. And I do keep sacred essences within the bundle for use as oblations. And they are kept within their own Kirlum-leather skin and are placed thereon upon the bundle. And these essences contain sacred and healing herbs and also the blood of healing of significant trees. And these are used as the smoke of incense when I open the prayer bundle. (Your Sacred Prayer Bundle should contain healing herbs and oils, and consecrated olive oil)…

17. And also within the bundle I keep a cord of green with which I do gird myself (sign of the healer), and a shawl of many colors with which I do cover myself, when I open the prayer bundle.(Your Sacred Prayer Bundle should contain a green cord and prayer shawl)

And I do open the prayer bundle in a sacred manner, even with much song and mighty prayer. And I take of the precious essences and I do purify all the articles of the bundle, as also myself, with a sweet and purifying odor. And this does signify how sweet and purifying is my walk and my talk with the Peacemaker, my Lord.

And when I have made a song of thanksgiving and a purifying ordinance, I take up the bowl of the pipe and I unite it with the stem of the pipe. And this signifies that I do unify my soul with the Peacemaker and that I do aspire to be sealed up His. And I do fill the bowl of the pipe with sacred herb and I make a ceremony of Sacred Breath. And this is the manner of the ceremony:

Because I do desire that the Great and Heavenly Father might be with me, I do raise the pipe in offering to the heavens and I sing for the guidance of the Holy Ghost. And, because I do desire that the Great and Heavenly Mother might be with me…

18. I do raise the pipe in offering and touch it to the bundle and I sing for the guidance of the Holy Ghost.

And I do raise the pipe in offering toward the West and pray for all the good things of the earth and all wisdom in the application of them. And I do sing for the guidance of the Holy Ghost.

And I do raise the pipe in offering toward the North and pray for the presence of Heavenly Beings in my life.

And I do sing for the guidance of the Holy Ghost. And I do raise the pipe in offering toward the East and pray for the visitation of my kindred dead and for the Gifts of the Spirit.

And I do sing for the guidance of the Holy Ghost.

And I do raise the pipe in offering toward the South and I pray for the strength and the will to repent of my deeds.

And I do sing for the guidance of the Holy Ghost.

19. (This part of the ceremony you could use your incense and shell and you need to sing your Hymn for The Holy Ghost …Thanksgiving song) And I do touch the bowl of the pipe to my own heart and describe a circle with the pipe in offering.

This I do in order that I might remind myself of the sacred covenant I have made to my people that we may be of one heart and one mind and have all things in common.

(This is the sacred medicine wheel or circle of eternity…one eternal round)…

20. Then I do smoke the sacred herb and blow the smoke in the four directions. And behold, it is in this sacred breath that I do cease to be harrowed up by the past, and I find peace enough to go upon the Way.

For in thanksgiving only, am I able to be still and know God.

21. Now, this has also become a pattern with those who do not use the Sacred Pipe..

The Bowl of Incense instead, as is described in the archives.

And this is the preference of most women among the Nemenhah of Mentinah.

And the men and women of the Nemenhah do use those ceremonies in which the use of sacred and healing smoke is employed. This kind of purification does also help the mind and the body find peace.

And they also use ordinances and ceremonies which do utilize the essences of plants, even the pure essences of them, and this does have effect upon the body and the spirit in many ways beneficial to the attaining of that state of mind necessary to walk upon the Way.

22. And behold, the Nemenhah do also fast often with their families. And this they do not in the sight of others, but they do it secretly. And they do not communicate their fasting to others, to be seen of them, but they do it often and in private. And also the ordinances of the High Place do cause a change in the character and countenances of the people.

For, in them they are introduced into the Terrestrial World… end cj note—————————–Part VIIII The Record of MorHonayah

Chapter Nine

 But behold, without this change the man or the woman must remain as they are.

18) Behold, this is the purpose of the Way, which is revelation.

Recall that no unclean thing may stand in the presence of God.

This same principle applies to all Heavenly or Resurrected Beings.

But, as telestial creatures, we are all unclean and unable to stand in the presence of God, for should we attempt it, we are destroyed.

19) And this is not because that God does not love us, orthat He is a respecter of persons. Nay, it is because that the light and truth which does pervade the very body of the resurrected and perfected being is greater than that which fills us and gives us life by such a degree that mere proximity to it disrupts that power which holds all bonds together in the telestial bodies. Yea, and when it is within the pleasure and purpose of God to visit telestial man or woman, He must provide a way whereby such a one might receive Him without the disruption of the telestial body.

20) But behold, the principles and the ordinances of the High Place have for their purpose to change the mind and the heart of men and women such that they are able to be filled with good intention.

And when this is accomplished in them;

 A change is also made in their physical being.

This is what is meant by the mighty change of heart.

For, they are made new creations.

21) And does a man enter again into his mother’s womb, and is he born again?

Nay, but he is made and created anew and comes forth a new being.

And, though his body is still telestial and will remain such until he has completed his task in mortality, yet shall he stand in the presence of the celestial because of that great gift given only by the Son and attained;

Only through the Holy Ghost upon the Way.

22) Now, there are many ways in which this great gift is given and they are dependent upon the gifts and talents of the individual.

Unto some, it is given to know the mind and will of God without seeing His face.

But they receive His image in their countenance.

Behold, they walk and talk with the Peacemaker and with Angels and need no visual image to return again and remember all wherein they were instructed.

And they receive revelation without visions and without dreams;

 But with pure and simple insight.

23) And others receive His presence and the presence of Angels to instruct them, but cannot remember without the vision and the image of the Instructor.

These, because of their gifts and their talents, do go upon the Way with images and visions.

Yea, they require such things in order to retain the memory of the instruction.

24) And still others, must have devices to focus the mind such that they might set aside all distracting thoughts for a space of time.

Unto such are given Urim and Thummim, and also Seer Stones and the like.

And these are useful tools in the attaining that state of mind which allows them to walk in that intention that is required by the laws and dictates of creation.

25) And with those who walk upon the Way without visual confirmation, the Gift of Discernment is usually among the strongest of the Gifts of the Spirit found in them.

And unto they who have the gift of visions and of prophecy, they usually walk upon the Way and must see and hear with images and visions.

And unto they who have also the gift of the Seer, devices are most often employed and necessary for them to walk upon the Way.

26) And these are examples, and but a few.

For the Gifts of the Spirit are many and they effect upon the manner in which a person does receive revelation.

And, since such things are many, the ways in which one might walk upon the Way are also many.

And, unto such who have labored diligently to attain all the Gifts of the Spirit, the manner in which that person does gain access to the great gift are also many.

27) And now, I would beseech you and exhort you to seek after every good gift.

For, in order that we might be assisted in attaining all the good gifts, the Lord does give unto each some of the Gifts of the Spirit through the Holy Ghost.

But He does not give all at once, but requires that we make great effort and vest our interest in the attaining of the remainder.

And, if we make no good use of the gifts He freely gives, and if we do not improve our time in mortality and seek not more of the good gifts than what He does bestow upon us out of His good grace and desire that we prosper in this life, then we go out of it with only that degree to which we were satisfied to aspire.

28) But, receiving every good gift with which He sees fit tobegin our instruction, if wethen step out and work to obtain all the Gifts of the Spirit, then we shall surely receive greater truth and knowledge in this life and our understanding shall be greatly expanded.

Yea, and though we fail in attaining all the Gifts of the Spirit, because we did wear out our lives in diligently seeking them, the Lord shall be the more pleased to open up unto us the mysteries of the Heavens because of our natural efforts in seeking His face.

29) This is the teaching with which the Nemenhah do instruct their children. For, what mother shall not desire for her child the visions of eternity?

And what father shall not desire for his offspring the truth and knowledge and peace that comes by walking and talking with Angels?

30) Behold, it is because that the mothers and fathers in the world do not teach these things that men and women must rely upon the words of others;

And this is a very great evil which shall be vexatious.

31) Behold, in many ways they do enthrall themselves unto wicked men only because they have not been taught to put away the world;

And seek personal revelation upon the Way;

According to the good gifts in them.

But, if a man or a woman may walk upon the Way and receive revelation daily;

they shall rejoice in the truth that springs from that one who is blessed;

with the gift of prophecy.

But behold, they shall not be left without that whereby they may receive also the confirmation of the truth or;

The interpretation of the prophecy for themselves.

They shall become the servants of their fellow man but not their slaves.

32) Wherefore, again I must beseech you and exhort you;

Seek after every good gift.

And this is done through study, through prayer, through personal sacrifice, and through fasting.

It is done by diligent effort on the part of the one desiring the gift.

For, one cannot receive a gift simply by wishing for it.

It is for this cause that the Nemenhah build synagogues for the instruction and support of the people.

Yea, and it is for this purpose that the Lord commanded that they call upon the gifted to be teachers and priests unto the people.

33) And do not pray for the Lord to make you worthy for any gift.

Nay, but make yourself so.

And do not pray for the Lord to make your intentions pure.

Nay, but make them pure.

Surely, all that the Lord has taught the sons and daughters of men does instruct in the manner in which this might be done.

Therefore, do not importune the Lord to make of you that which ought to be your work.

34) Surely, the Lord could do it!

But He shall not and you shall stand in your sloth at the end of your life and wonder how the Lord could have been so uncharitable unto you.

Behold, I say unto you, Judgment is given unto the Peacemaker.

Do not take it upon yourself to judge the Lord.

35) But, if you diligently act to attain to all the Gifts of the Spirit, then your actions shall have judged you of pure heart and of pure intent. And the veil shall be rent in you! Yea, and it shall be as if you were born without it in the first place and you shall be a new creation, and set apart from the world.

36) And when Jesus did visit the People of Corianton, He did tell them of a man of Jerusalem who asked what must be done in order to enter into the Father’s Kingdom. And He answered him, saying:

37) Unless a man be born again, he may not enter.

38) And the man asked him:

39) Can a man enter again into the mother and be born again?

40) And the Lord answered him again, saying:

41) Unless you are born of the Water and of the Spirit, you may in no wise enter there.

42) Now, He was not referring to the birth of the body.

To be born of the water is to make a covenant to be of the Body of Christ.

That is, to recognize that all things are created by Him and that our matter is His.

When we do this we do bear the body of Christ and are born of the Living Waters.

43) To be born of the Spirit is to have sealed in us the very image of His countenance. In other words, that which we only borrow in mortality, may be made ours for all eternity.

This matter, which is Christ’s, is sealed up unto us and we become partakers of everything that is His.

44) Behold, is this not a mighty change?

In this way, we are able to bear His presence because we are born of the Spirit.

Yea, we are carried by the Holy Ghost into His presence and may then be presented by Him at the Veil of Heaven, having the mortal veil removed from off our bodies.

45) And we become a new creature. Our bodies become bodies terrestrial and we are introduced into the Terrestrial World, being no more bound by the telestial and having begun to cast off the world.

46) It is for this cause that the mothers and the fathers of the children of the Nemenhah do teach their little ones to set aside all distraction and to ponder and meditate upon holy things.

And this exercise is most instructive, for it teaches a great principle.

Yea, it gives the young person much experience in casting off the things of the world and in preparing to see the face of God.

47) Wherefore, every Nemenhah sets apart a portion of each day and spends it in this pursuit.

Yea, every day becomes a Sabbath to them and every table an altar.

For they do dedicate themselves to cleansing the inner vessel and in making themselves fit to be born by the Spirit even into the presence of the Peacemaker, that He may see fit one day to bear each of us into the very presence of the Father and the Mother.

Then shall all mysteries be made known unto us.

Then shall we also become as They are and receive of Them all things.

48) But it is also in this thing that they do every day whereby the Nemenhah are counseled and instructed by their kindred dead.

For, they whom we call dead are not dead at all;

 and they do walk upon the Way.

And the Nemenhah do not say, “We go to the other side,” or “We go unto the World of Spirits,” for they know that that place and this are the same world, worlds without end.

Wherefore, when their hearts are turned to the fathers, the hearts of the fathers are turned even unto them, such that they do walk and talk with the children of their bodies even unto distant generations.

49) Now, we esteem this to be good, for that they who have passed from this life into the next yet have much that they might teach they who walk and sojourn in the mortal body.

Yea, they have lived their lives and learned much.

Wherefore, we esteem it good to cleave upon this wisdom

and make application of it in our lives.

50) But behold, if we wish to go the full measure, it isto stand in the presence of the Peacemaker, even He who made this life possible for us, unto which we aspire.

But, in order that we might the more fully prepare ourselves to receive so great a blessing, we work diligently upon the Way,

having our kindred to be our instructors.

51) And many there are who are so accomplished in thismanner of meditation that they find access to the Way with ease and in any circumstances.

They are blessed exceedingly, but such is not the way with me.

52) Behold, I am filled still with images of times past and they haunt me.

Wherefore, to walk upon the Way I must make a ceremony that does focus my thinking and my feeling upon other, more sacred things.

And this is the manner of my ceremony:

53) Behold, I lay down my pallet in a solitary place. Yea, in a lonely and solitary place I do prepare my resting place.

It is for this purpose that I built a tower upon the side of the hill which looks down upon
Elak-Kowat, the place where I do make my abode.

And I do lay down a pallet prayerfully upon the floor of the uppermost chamber of the tower.

54) And the pallet is made of woven reeds and it does represent unto me the world upon which I place my feet.

And upon this pallet I do place a beautiful blanket.

This blanket does represent unto me the Way.

And I do spread the pallet and the blanket before me such that they extend from the East unto the West and I place my bundle in the center thereof, and I sit myself upon the East thereof.

This is the altar of my meditation and my prayers are my sacrifice upon the altar.

55) And when I open my bundle it is to pray and to meditate and to walk upon the Way.

And sometimes I open my bundle to celebrate the good things of the earth. But, for the most part, it is to pray and to meditate and to walk upon the Way that I do open the sacred bundle.

56) And the bundle of my prayer is made of finely prepared hide of the kirlu, which is a blithe and comely beast found in profusion upon the hills and mountains of the Valley of Mentinah.

And the hair of the hide is removed therefrom and the skin is bleached and prepared and is very fine and soft.

57) This breech represents the garment placed upon the First Man and the First Woman by the Lord when He taught them the Law of Chastity, and it signifies to me the manner in which the Peacemaker does prepare the rough and coarse thing that is man in order that he might stand in His presence.

Yea, bleached and whitened, softened and prepared, we do stand before the Creator of all things and the Finisher of all things.

Wherefore, I do work the skin of one kirlis and I prepare it and it is the covering of my prayer bundle.

58) And within the bundle are found the articles with which I do make an oblation unto the Lord. And the articles are wrapped in the kirlum.

And within the kirlum they are wrapped in red cloth.

Yea, in red they are wrapped and placed within packets made of the skin of the kurlis and they are placed within the kirlum.

And these are placed within the prayer bundle.

59) And, when the bundle is opened, it is done with great reverence and with prayer.

Yea, I do beseech the Holy Ghost in mighty prayer and in song to be present as I open the bundle.

And I do open the kirlum in which the articles of the bundle are kept and I do lay the red cloth out from the East unto the West in the center of the bundle.

60) And these are the articles which I place in the prayer bundle.

Behold, I place the bowl of a pipe which I have made with my own hands, as also the stem of the pipe, within the kirlum.

And the bowl of the pipe is made such that it contains a square, and this represents the straitness of the way which leads unto the Peacemaker.

It is the sign of the square.

And the bowl of the pipe is made of stone, even from among the first created, and it is carved of my own hand.

And when I take it out, I do lay it upon its covering.

61) And the stem of my pipe is straight and strong, and it is made of a wood that is known by the healers of Mentinah to give a berry, the seed of which is useful in strengthening the heart.

Yea, and this tree does bear thorns which are like, it is said, unto the crown which the Peacemaker bore upon His head in the day that He was taken by the world and subjected unto death.

It is also said to represent the pointer of the Liahona which our fathers Lehi and Nephi took with them into the wilderness.

Therefore, it is the sign of the compass, and it is this wood that I used to fashion the stem of my pipe.

62) And when I place the red cloth upon the kirlum, I do also place the stem of the pipe upon this cloth.

This is to signify that I place my heart (cj note: mark sewn in garment above the heart)upon that road or that path which leads unto Him and that I do dedicate my life and my sacrifice unto Him, even as He did dedicate His life and His sacrifice unto me.

63) And I also have a multicolored shell that is the size of my hand which I use as my bowl of incense.

And the use of this bowl is described in another place.

The multicolored shell signifies my thanks for the multitude of blessings for which I do offer up my oblation and my sacrifice.

64) Yea, for the Peacemaker speaks peace unto my soul and were it not for this peace, I know not that I could stand the length of the day.

For, the sun looks down upon all my transgressions and my sins, and if the sun may see me all the day long, then why not my God?

And I know not that I could live with the agony of my deeds were it not for the peace which my Lord does speak unto my soul.

65) And this peace cannot be described in one color.

For, it is not the rising or setting of the sun, but it is much more.

And it is not encompassed by all the learning of the wise men, but it is much more.

And it cannot be encompassed by the whole earth, for it is too great.

And it cannot be fathomed, for it is as deep as a soul.

Wherefore, I describe this peace in the color of the shell, which is all colors at once, and yet all colors singly.

66) And when I take out the bowl of incense, I do place it upon its own kirlum upon the bundle.

67) And I do keep sacred essences within the bundle for use as oblations.

And they are kept within their own kirlum and are placed thereon upon the bundle.

And these essences contain sacred and healing herbs and also the blood of healing of significant trees.

And these are used as the smoke of incense when I open the prayer bundle.

68) And also within the bundle I keep a cord of green with which I do gird myself, and a shawl of many colors with which I do cover myself, when I open the prayer bundle.

And this is also in accordance with that which has been recorded in another place, even in Ougou’s Book of the High Place.

69) And I do open the prayer bundle in a sacred manner, even with much song and mighty prayer.

And I take of the precious essences and I do purify all the articles of the bundle, as also myself, with a sweet and purifying odor.

And this does signify how sweet and purifying is my walk and my talk with the Peacemaker, my Lord.

70) And when I have made a song of thanksgiving and a purifying ordinance,

I take up the bowl of the pipe and I unite it with the stem of the pipe.

And this signifies that I do unify my soul with the Peacemaker and that I do aspire to be sealed up His.

71) And I do fill the bowl of the pipe with sacred herb and I make a ceremony of Sacred Breath. And this is the manner of the ceremony:

72) Because I do desire that the Great and Heavenly Father might be with me, I do raise the pipe in offering to the heavens and I sing for the guidance of the Holy Ghost.

73) And, because I do desire that the Great and Heavenly Mother might be with me,

I do raise the pipe in offering and touch it to the bundle and I sing for the guidance of the Holy Ghost.

74) And I do raise the pipe in offering toward the West and pray for all the good things of the earth and all wisdom in the application of them.

 And I do sing for the guidance of the Holy Ghost.

75) And I do raise the pipe in offering toward the North and pray for the presence of Heavenly Beings in my life. 

And I do sing for the guidance of the Holy Ghost.

76) And I do raise the pipe in offering toward the East and pray for the visitation of my kindred dead and for the Gifts of the Spirit.

 And I do sing for the guidance of the Holy Ghost.

77) And I do raise the pipe in offering toward the South and I pray for the strength and the will to repent of my deeds.

 And I do sing for the guidance of the Holy Ghost.

78) And I do touch the bowl of the pipe to my own heart and describe a circle with the pipe in offering.

This I do in order that I might remind myself of the sacred covenant I have made to my people, that we may be of one heart and one mind and have all things in common.

79) Then I do smoke the sacred herb and blow the smoke in the four directions.

80) And behold, it is in this sacred breath that I do cease to be harrowed up by the past, and I find peace enough to go upon the Way.

For in thanksgiving only, am I able to be still and know God.

81) Now, this has also become a pattern with those who do not use the Sacred Pipe, but prefer to use the Bowl of Incense instead, as is described in the archives.

And this is the preference of most women among the Nemenhah of Mentinah.

Chapter Ten

to be continued …cj

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