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Chapter Forty-one


 

The Time of Great Purification

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The sweat lodge at Grandfather's was a small, rounded hut with layers of tarpaulin covering its roof and walls. Traditionally it was birch bark that was used but the blue tarp fulfills its function well. Josh had been the fire-keeper for years so he was at home tending the fire that heated up large, rounded grandfather stones, that were placed in the middle of the sweat lodge when they were red hot. They acted in the same manner as hot rocks in a sauna. When water was poured on them the steam was intense and enough to heat up the wood-framed lodge nicely, except that there were a variety of medicines that could be thrown on the grandfather rocks.

When he and Josh strip down to their shorts, he was surprised to see Robert Riel also there, more solemn and serious than the last time he saw him. They all know this was an important event so the joking and Tom Foolery was left for later. First sage was waved around to get rid all negative energy, and then more water so the sweat lodge was blurred by iron-hot steam. The four of them sat around the steaming rocks, Grandfather chanting in the Cree language and Josh hitting the drum with his free hand. Native songs in a strange tongue go on as Grandfather adds some Cedar medicine to the rocks, followed by bear root. It was the herb that bears chewed before going into hibernation for the winter. That was when the heat pierced not only his recently-burned-and-thus-sensitive skin, but also his heart. Through osmosis, he was injected with Mother Nature's Valium so he released all tensions and anxieties until he was at one with the chanting and the beat of the thunderbird drum. Josh, Robert Riel and Grandfather all took turns singing. It was Thomas's first sweat lodge and he was hard-pressed to remember when he has ever felt so relaxed.

But soon it grew too hot. He could tell because they all began to cough out the fire-like air. It was then that they exited the sweat lodge into the late afternoon of an August day in Manitoba. It was hot but compared to the sweat lodge, it was cool outside by the fire,  situated right beside the sweat lodge and at the top of a small slope to Whitefish River.

There, around the fire after the sweat lodge, half-naked, soaking wet and feeling euphoric, he watched Grandfather place the sacred stone of the East on its red blanket beside another stone, identical to the stone he had found. There, beside the stone, were the two eagle feathers he had found in the wall of the Methodist Church in Myskyina. Grandfather took the two eagle feathers and handed one to Josh and the other to Thomas.

"Great Spirit of our ancestors, it is here in the heart of Turtle Island that the two tablets of stone are reunited just as are Se'sta and Ska'reh, twin brothers who were separated, one in the West and one in the East, are united. Behold the reunion and help bring the healing words to mankind." He held out his hand towards Thomas and invited him to place his stone tablet right beside the one on the ground.

"Brothers of God, stand beside each stone, Poqanghoya on the left with the Hopi Stone and Palongawhoya on the right with the stone returned from the East." Grandfather stood directly behind them and then placed his hands on their right shoulders. He motioned that they join hands, which they do. Just then a ray of sunlight shone through the clouds and pierced through the small red welts they both had between on their foreheads. They trembled as if an electrical current was passing through them, until there was a loud crack like lightning. There in front of them was an orange ladder that iwa blurred like a mirage in a desert but bright like the sun.

"Great Spirit of our ancestors unite the stones to its rightful union, mend the sickness of mankind that plagues all corners of the world and decipher the markings of your wisdom of faith so that these two worthy servants can carry out their divine mission and begin the Time of Great Purification."

Grandfather slowly raised his head to Lyra, keeping his eyes lowered out of respect. All four of them looked at the light, at once orange and yellow, white and strong. Then without prompting, he and Josh joined hands, completing a circle and thus completing the union. A force moved upwards to the sky as their clothes fluttered upwards as if gravity had reversed. What looked like a long ladder appeared reaching up to the sun in front of them. The foot of the ladder touched the stones, each stone supporting each leg of the ladder. The engravings became orange and emitted a light that began to make a humming sound as if wind was blowing through the engravings, like the red flower of Prometheus.

The rays of the sun reached inside the stones and shone through the engravings that caused a sound, like a voice of energy. From the top of the stones the light was brightest that slowly went around and down the writings and across each line in tandem with the other stone. Like an old phonograph, the light hums through the openings against the brightness before them. It was there, in the brightness of the apparition that stood in front of them, that words were forming a message that was painted in orange light.

"Sons of mine, behold the message from the Creator and bring the message to our Star Brothers. Your eyes can see; mine cannot," said Grandfather. Still holding their hands, he and Josh looked up and saw the word SPEAK in orange light.

"Speak," they said at the same time. Then another word appeared and another word, which they read together as they faced the eye of God.

1.    THE ESSENCE OF THE CREATOR IS OUR ESSENCE,
ARE YOU NOT THE SAME ESSENCE FROM WHENCE THE FIRE CAME?
 
2.    HARNESSING DIVINITY IS MAN'S SPECIAL IDENTITY IN THE UNIVERSE,
LET THE SPIRIT SHOW THE SACRED GEOMETRY OF SELF WITHIN.

They could both feel the grip on their shoulders tighten as Grandfather listened to the words they read from the great light in the sky. Just as soon as they spoke the words, new words appeared.

3.    POSITIVE SENTIENCE IS THE SIGN OF EVOLUTION IN MAN,
LIVING FROM THE HEART IS THE SACRED WAY.
 
4.    NEGATIVE ENERGY IS A KARMIC BOOMERANG THAT BITES,
WE LIVE FOR ETERNITY WITH EVERYONE WE MEET.
 
5.    THE CANDLE IS THY BODY,
THE FIRE THAT BURNS IN THE CANDLE IS THY SPIRIT.
 
6.    ALL FLAMES BURN ALIKE,
JOIN THEM TO MAKE THE LIGHT OF MANKIND BRIGHTER. 

The twins looked at each other for a moment, and then looked back to the orange light. He noticed the crystal around his neck had come alive with light and knew that his own crystal around his neck was also alive with the energy of the sun.

7.    HONOR THE SPIRITS OF YOUR ANCESTORS,
THROUGH ACTING RESPECTFULLY ON BEHALF OF THEM.
 
8.    TO HELP ANOTHER IS TO HELP ONESELF,
TO DO HARM TO ANOTHER IS TO DO HARM TO YOUR SELF.
 
9.    LET YOUR SPIRITUAL FLAME REST IN YOUR HEART,
WE ALONE JUDGE OUR SOUL.
 
10. TO DISRESPECT ANOTHER IS TO DISRESPECT YOUR SELF,
WITHOUT RESPECT THERE CAN BE NO HARMONY.

Sweat dripped into his eyes, stinging them shut. Josh read the next set of words but somehow Thomas knew the words without opening his eyes.

11. EACH MAN IS A FRAGNMENT OF GOD,
LIKE HIS SPRIT HE IS IMMORTAL.
 
12. SPIRIT IS A CONDUIT TO THE DIVINE FLAME,
THE PURPOSE OF LIFE IS TO HONOR THE CREATOR'S GIFTS.
 
13. WITHOUT GENUINENESS & SINCEREITY THERE CAN BE NO TRUE SELF,
LET INTENTION BE DRIVEN BY THE GOODNESS OF SPIRIT

The light in the stones began to wane and the upward force began to waver. On the canvas of bright light in front of them was a large medicine wheel with each quadrant filled in the four colors of man.

THESE ARE THE 13 PRINCIPLES OF THE BOOK OF LIFE FOR ALL FOUR RACES OF HUMANKIND. FROM THESE ONE CAN DEDUCE TRUTHS THAT CREATE HARMONY AMONG ALL NATIONS.

The beams of light weakened and the luster of Vulcan's orange hue started to diffuse. The energy generated from the light field before them shrinks, leaving only orange sparks. The four of them looked up to where the words had been and saw nothing but steam and air, as if a lightning bolt had just struck. Grandfather slowly lifted his hands from their shoulders and raised the palms of his hands upwards to the empyrean.

"Great Spirit of our ancestors who sees us and gives us spiritual nourishment, we are indebted for the wisdom you have bestowed upon us. The prophecies have been fulfilled and it is time to begin the healing phase of man's evolution and begin a new way of living in harmony and unison." Grandfather bowed to the Great Spirit in the sky, and turned to them with his eyes ablaze.

"Now that you have fulfilled the prophecy," Grandfather said, "and are reunited, you will come back into balance. You have become like the phoenix that has raised its wings and is able to fly again because the fire that once burnt it was fire from a world out of balance. The age of Koyaanisqatsi is over. And you will clap your wings and thunder these words to all of mankind. It is the blessing of you twin sons of mine, Ska-reh and Se'sta, born of my spirit but not of my body, here with me to create the reception of the Great Spirit and to witness the words handed down on this day for all of His creatures to read."

The light disappeared and there was nothing left to look at. The ladder was gone and the bright orange canvas in the sky before them was no longer there. There was silence now. The hum emitting from the tablets of stone had ceased, but the silence did not last long. It was soon filled with the lightness of golden laughter. But instead of Grandfather starting it, it was he and Josh who began to laugh. The laughter boomed out from the depths of our person. They fed off each other's laughter until it ignited the flame of light in them all. The candle was lit.

  
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Part One - Canada
1.      The Twin From the East Returns  
2.      The Sundancer  
3.      Waxing Gibbous 
4.      The Second Coming of the Messiah 
5.      The Sacred Twin Story 
6.      The Sign of the Pahana 
7.      Palongawhoya and Poqanghoya 
8.      Rainbow Thunderbird and Red Phoenix 
9.      The True White Brother 
10.    The Lost Louis Riel Notebooks 
 
Part Two - Hong Kong
11.    A Mixture of Revulsion and Pity 
12.    A Classroom of Scallywags 
13.    Illegitimati non Carborundum 
14.    The Distant Fire of Empyrean
 
Part Three - Burma
15.    The Monastery of Sacred Tablets 
16.    The Outpost of Tyranny 
17.    When the 12th Moon Comes 
18.    The Pigeon Left & the Crow Took His Place 
19.    Go North and Find Your People 
20.    Finding Orwell 
21.    Though the Monkey is in a Hurry, the Tree Branch is Not 
22.    The Castle at God's Toes 
23.    The General and Sergeant Betel Nut 
24.    The Tattooed Station Master 
25.    Reverend Crow's Life's Work 
26.    Yield Not to Adversity, But Press on More Bravely 
27.    A Bitter Cuppa Tea 
28.    The Thirteenth Tribe 
29.    When a Lamp is Lit You Must Expect Insects 
30.    John the Christian 
31.    A Guardian Angel Named Hanna 
32.    The Bar Car & Betel Nut 
33.    The Son of Light 
34.    Slipping the Karmic Knot
 
Part Four - Hong Kong
35.    The Tonsure Warning 
36.    The Phoenix Reborn 
37.    Touching the Empyrean 
38.    Joshua the Gatekeeper 
 
Part Five - Canada
39.    Lapsit Exillis 
40.    Thunderstones 
41.    The Time of Great Purification  
         
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