Does anyone remember the great Native American footballer Jim Thorpe, or Wa Tho Huk, which translates as Bright Path in English? Jim Thorpe was Sac and Fox Indian (and a wee bit Irish too) and was born and raised on a Reservation. Although Bright Path never competed in the pentathlon or decathlon until he ventured to the Olympics in the early 1900’s, he won both events and was declared the world’s greatest athlete by the King of Sweden at the time. But given how institutionalized racism was back then, Thorpe’s medals were taken away from him, citing a violation that he earned a few bucks playing semi-pro baseball before he competed in the Olympics. There was nothing uncommon about that back then, just that Jim didn’t use a different name like other athletes did and later admitted that he wasn’t very wise to the ways of the world. For those of us that watch professional football today, it might be hard to imagine that a Native American was the first president of the NFL (before the league was called the NFL). Moreover, there is an old story that Wa Tho Huk shed light on some white players who didn’t want to level the playing field by allowing some black players to join in, by asserting something to the degree of, who cares what color they are, we’re here to play some football! In today’s game, it’s hard to be a person of color and become President and it’s not always easy for a white man to be allowed to run with the ball. But as we move on up into a New Age and Paradigm, we celebrate the good times of our diversity in unity as colorful rainbow children of Great Spirit. Given his versatile athleticism and capacity to know when to lead and when to follow, I wonder if Jim Thorpe had a cougar totem as a power animal spirit guide?
Here in the Americas, the planet and Universe throughout, we are moving full steam ahead toward the Samhain, where the veils thin and the playing field levels between the material realm and the spirit realm. With an election year rapidly approaching, I wonder if there will be trickery of coyote energy during this presidential election? Will it be somewhat akin to 2000, when America flip-flopped between moderate Republican Al Gore and right-winger George W. Bush? What a bunch of malarkey we have going on in American politics today! Yet again, we have two candidates of Wall Street in our business run society that protects the status quo and seeks to block leveling impulses with expensive consequences that tax the average working American, who still tends to vote against his own interest, but without realizing it. America is a business run society and it shows. However, even a business run society has the potential to weave more egalitarian spiritual strands into its webbed matrix. When resources are shared in a more equitable way, we see that there is enough and we can all win. When our collective program nurtures healthy development of all neurons and neighborhoods with an open mind and open heart, then we equally invest in all sentient beings being equal creations of Great Spirit and nurture our Mother. Do we continue pillaging our Mother that gives us life during our Earth walkabout or do we choose to dream a new dream? Do we allow ourselves to shed light on psychic blood sucking vampires with dark energies surrounding them like Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan? Do we allow skilled politicians fed by egotism to continue feeding off the ignorance of the American public at large? Do we continue to vote for our current policies that suppress and repress our Global Community? Who knows for sure, but remember there is a real political slugger named Rocky that is trying to run up the Capital steps that I hear makes a lot of political sense. What is the old guard afraid of by allowing run-off elections and giving politicians free and equal access to air time?
With cougar, we have the potential to wake up and find the confidence to get in touch with our own true power. In that, we learn to balance when to assert our power with masculine-yang energy and when to gently allow it to unfold in more feminine-yin energetic expressions. Cougars are natural tai chi masters in that they teach us when to follow and when to lead, when to speak and when to listen. All great leaders are good listeners. And good listeners know how to hear the pulse of the planet and understand how to respond to the needs of our global community. Cougars can jump up to 40 feet. While meditating on cougar energy, just imagine the possibilities if humanity borrows its medicine to take a quantum leap forward into a New Earth! Remember that when we become healthier by digging in and unearthing our own power, we need to ward off the naysayers that want to hold us back by convincing us to maintain the Satanic better the devil you know mantra. Godspeed . . .