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The Seven Grandfather Teachings
The Seven Grandfathers Teachings are commonly viewed as lessons needed for a community to survive, to live a good life, and to respect the Creator, the earth, and one another.
The teaching of the Seven Grandfathers is an important part of the Ojibwe culture, and is used as a guide for both communal survival and unity as well as personal growth and development, see this to learn more about the Seven Grandfathers teachings.
According to the Ojibwe tradition, the story of the Seven Grandfathers begins when the Creator appointed seven powerful spirits to watch over the people living on Mother Earth. Read MORE about the Sevend Grandfathers story.
Wisdom, Love, Respect, Bravery, Honesty, Humility, Truth
Each of the 7 gifts bestowed upon us by the Seven Grandfathers is intended to be used with the other 6. To achieve happiness and harmony, each of the seven teachings must be taken to heart and put into practice, since an imbalance of one can come with negative consequences.
Balance and harmony are core tenants of Indigenous culture, and these values can be found in many other rituals, symbols, teachings, and beliefs. The seven teachings are not complete without one another, and must be used simultaneously in order to achieve a balanced spiritual, physical, emotional, and mental life.
You can use the Seven Grandfather Teachings to help inform our decision making in our everyday life.
What do each gift means?
The gift of Wisdom allows us to know what is true and what is right and helps us to make decisions with good judgment and respect for ourselves and our communities.
To cherish knowledge is to know WISDOM
The gift of Love allows us to care for and protect ourselves and others. First and foremost, we must learn to love ourselves truly and unconditionally in order to achieve inner peace and in order to be able to fully live in harmony with all Creation.
To know LOVE is to know peace
The gift of Respect helps us to be mindful of the balance of all living things, and reminds us to be kind and loving to those around us. Respect encourages us to honor all of Creation by not being wasteful, taking only what you need, and sharing the rest.
To honor all the creation is to have RESPECT
The gift of Bravery gives us the ability to face life with courage and conviction, and enables us to not only defend ourselves but to defend our strong-held beliefs and our communities.
To face life with courage is to know BRAVERY.
The gift of Honesty helps us to recognize and accept who we are, and helps to guide our decision making.
To walk through life with integrity is to know HONESTY
The gift of Humility reminds us to be selfless, not selfish, and helps us to remain honest about who we are, our place in the community, and our impact on others.
HUMILITY is to know yourself as a sacred part of creation
The gift of Truth helps us to remain sincere and honest in all we say and do, and allows us to act with bravery and wisdom in response to the many events life may throw our way.
TRUTH is to know all of these things.