Friday, November 2, 2012
In the early days the family would go to the woods at least 4 times a year and walk through them. We would admire the changing quality of nature. The four times would be during the beginning of each season. We would walk until we hit our tribal center at the banks of Nile (OlentanGYE river). On the way back this exercise was developed.
This particular exercise was done best in fall. During this seasons leaves fall at random and if you paid attention you would be able to catch one. In this simple exercise you would have to be open and aware of your environment. As a leaf started falling toward the earth you would to have to focus on the one you were going to catch and pursue it. Don't be fooled catching a falling leaf is not as easy as it sounds. Also you could not make it fall you had to wait for it to natural come across your path. When you notice it falling you must pursue and if your skill is up to par the leaf will drift into your hand. If not you would leave the woods empty handed.
The legend of this exercise is that the one who caught a leaf would be pursued by fortune. Now the reason that I am writing this blog about it is because I was thinking about the two brothers a have witnessed catching a leaf. That is right I said 2 out of all the people I have worked with. Both of these individuals have lived a life of fortune. One of these individuals can fall into a sewer and come back up with 2 solid gold watches, and the other one can get robbed and end up receiving $50,000 in cash. I can not connect this two unnamed individuals fortune with a falling leaf, but I guess if I could it would not be a legend, it would be a fact. So those of you on the Journey get out and catch your leaf.
Next: The Legend of the Stone
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Trials of Gye
Sen was in constant competition with Gye, and won most of the time. Gye was not much of a competitor and did not need outward victories to feel good. Sen felt he should be the next in line to rule his father's tribe and cried to his father constantly about the fact. Chief Conive was getting up in age and knew that very soon he would have to pass on his chieftancy. He loved Sen but he tolerated Gye. These two young men had different mothers. Whenever Gye asked about his mother, the only response that he would get was that "she left to get away from her responsibility." Sen's mother still was around and she wanted her son to become the next chief. So she constantly stayed in chief Conive's ear about her son moving into power. The major problem with Sen becoming the next chief was that tradition demanded that the first son must receive the mantle of chief upon his father's retirement.
The time was coming for chief Conive to move into co-rulership role with his heir so that he could train him in the ways of being chief. Sen's mother would not have her son looked over for Gye. So she let her son know that he needed to take action quick if he ever wanted to fulfil his destiny. Sen came up with an idea and sought council from his father. His father gave him the go ahead and the resources to get it done. He would hire 5 bandits to kill Gye on his morning walk.
As he usually did, Gye woke early in the morning to to commune with the Creator and his higher self. Gye was very dedicated to developing himself through his relationship with the Creator. In his prayer he asked to see a Phoenix and to be able to have the courage to capture a feather. For it was said that any man who could get close enough to Phoenix to pluck a feather would be forever transformed. Just having the feather of a Phoenix opens destiny's door to you and all of your visions would become reality.
Gye left his compound at his regular time, walking towards the forest, not knowing that lurking in the woods were the bandits that would take his life. As soon as Gye got out of sight of his village, they sprang upon him, beating him senseless. Right before the final blow one of the bandits raised his voice to stop all activities.
"We have beat him severely and he may not survive, but there is no use in killing him when we can sell him into slavery and make more money".
"Brother, we were paid by the chief and Sen to eliminate him!!!"
"Selling him into slavery is elimination. He will be taken far away from here never to be seen again, and we will be all the richer. We will just bring back his bloody clothes to prove he is dead and take a vow here and now that we will never discuss the truth of Gye to anyone including each other."
"Good idea. Let's do it," another bandit said.
So these five bandits made their oath over Gye's body not knowing that he was partly conscious. He had heard that his own family had betrayed him and that he would never see his village again. Three of the bandits stripped Gye and carried him toward the west to be sold. Then the other two bandits took the clothes to his brother Sen to collect their money.
When they finally made it to the market they sold Gye and left him with a slave driver who had to give Gye time to heal for the grueling march ahead. The slave driver needed to wait for more captives to come in anyway to make the trip profitable.
I will post the rest if it is requested......