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WHO IS A FAITHKEEPER?
The picture to the left is the St. Kateri Tekakwitha. Click her pic to learn more.
Side note - As you may have read in my bio, I am a member of the EBCI (Eastern Band Cherokee Indians) from Cherokee, NC. My Mama Bear is full-blood (may God rest her soul). I have two (2) nieces named 'Kateri', named after St. Kateri Tekakwitha.
There are many people in our lives who may accept to serve us as a Faithkeeper. We may see these roles filled by the clergy, authors, speakers, TV and radio talk show hosts, mentors, muses, friends, family, neighbors or anyone who might influence, solidify or inspire our spiritual belief system.
In many Native American traditions, one member of the tribe will assume the role of "Faithkeeper". The role of the Faithkeeper is to remain peaceful and calm, while maintaining spiritual enLightenment and understanding.
No matter what crisis the tribe (or family) may endure, suffer or encounter along their path, the Faithkeeper will hold the Faith so that they may persist and overcome, together. Every household needs a Faithkeeper. Who is that?
Under extreme conditions, if every single member of the tribe (or the family) member stumbles into doubt, worry, fear, anxiety and/or pain - the Faithkeeper maintains peace, spirituality and understanding for the entire group. Therefore, the Faithkeeper is looked upon as the mainstay to the "I AM" presence of God, Great Spirit or Creator.
During these extreme times, look to your Faithkeeper. This is not a 'chosen' person as much as it is 'the obvious' person, who no matter what, can hold the Faith not only for themselves, but the entire tribe (family). Faithkeepers know their role and it is not a role for the fearful or the faint of heart.
WE ALL HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO BE A "FAITHKEEPER"
The beauty about having the awareness of the Faithkeeper is that we all have the 'potential' to stand in our Faith. Potential comes from the classical Latin word "potentia," which means "potent."
Anything that has potency has power, energy and sustenance. It also means that anything that is potent - can! But, it has not yet come to pass unless the 'potential' is ignited.
Potent is also possible and capable, but not yet come into being or physical manifestation.
We all have the potential to be a Faithkeeper, and experience the same heightened sense of spirituality, understanding and peace as our mentors.
We have the ability to possess the wisdom of the Faithkeeper through our own experiences and accumulated knowledge when they are embraced with understanding, peace, spirituality and Faith.
The only thing that separates you from the Faithkeeper is the free will to choose between indecision and decision, to live within our Faith or belief systems and then stick to it - unwavering, unflinching, unrelenting, unmoveable, unshakeable, unfailing and unyielding.
Who is the Faithkeeper in your tribe/family?
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