The Splash You Make
Can Touch the World
Jamie Sams


My Cherokee grandpa taught me this lesson when I was seven.  He took me to a fishing hole and asked me to throw a rock into the pond.  He asked me what I saw, and I replied that I saw a splash.  He asked me what else I saw, and I said a circle of water and another circle and another circle.  He then told me that every person was responsible for the kind of splash they made in the world and that the splash would touch many other circles, creating a ripple effect.  I sat there and watched the water until he asked me to notice the muddy bank where we were sitting.  He pointed out that one of the circular waves made by my rock was lapping at my feet, having found its way back to me.  Then he told me that we all need to be careful of the kinds of splashes we make in the world, because the waves we create will always come back to us.  If those splashes were hurtful, we will not welcome them back, but if the splash and the waves were made from goodness, we will be happy to see them come home.

The teachings of all major religions on our planet show us these same truths.  They ask us to be loving, to respect one another, and to become influences for good.  We can see the truth of these teachings when we see that energy abundantly flows through a person who has not tied up his or her life force with feelings of jealousy, envy, and the need for revenge.  By contrast, people pursuing a lawsuit, for example, feel like they cannot get on with their lives while so much of their emotions, time, and energy are tied up in a court battle.

The same limiting ineffectiveness occurs when we waste our energy on regretting the past, fearing the future, or battling with negative thoughts or feelings.  These activities create a dam of stagnant energy inside of us that keeps us from living life in a synchronistic and abundant manner.

From the moment that we experience synchronistic joy in our lives, we are put on notice that we must become aware of every thought, feeling, and action that we put into the world, owning them all as our creations.  Accountability for all aspects of our lives is a tall order.  The levels of what we are willing to be accountable for continue to increase as we grow, allowing us to be more aware.  Forgiveness toward ourselves and toward others is of paramount importance.  If we cannot forgive others and ourselves, letting go of the wounds encountered in the situations we have experienced, we get stuck.  When we refuse to forgive, we are asking for a pop quiz.  These pop quizzes can come in the form of life situations that force us to look at our personal behaviors.

Imagine a sponge that is set in a dish of water until all the water is absorbed into the sponge.  The sponge cannot soak up any more moisture because it is holding on to every drop it has absorbed.  When we hold on to our resentments and fears, our anger and bitterness, there is no room in our life for other thoughts, experiences, or feelings.  To the degree that we do not release our negative feelings and hidden resentments, we are effectively soaked in them.  The creative force of life cannot flow through us when we have dammed any part of it.  This lessens our ability to embrace new experiences.  When we clutch our wounds, using them as justifiable reasons for not moving forward, our life force is used to fuel our avoidance mechanisms.

Forgiveness and the release of the past open the creative flow of life, supporting all levels of mind, heart, body, emotion, and spirit.  This energy flow determines the state of our health, our desire to create and procreate, our willingness to develop our gifts, and how we use or deny the life force that we are given as human beings. . . . by choosing to let go of the past, our fears, and our negative patterns or reactions to life, we are suddenly funded with a resurgence of life force, which propels us into a newfound way of being and a very different way of understanding the world.

Widely recognized as one of the foremost teachers of Native American wisdom, Jamie Sams reveals the seven sacred paths of human spiritual development and explains how exploring each path leads to shifts in our personal relationships with the earth, our loved ones, friends and communities, and most important, our own spiritual selves.  As part of a profound awakening process, these paths help us heal the past, shed fear of the future, and focus on being aware and fully present in our daily lives.

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Let go. Why do you cling to pain? There is nothing
you can do about the wrongs of yesterday. It is
not yours to judge. Why hold on to the very thing
which keeps you from hope and love?

Leo Buscaglia


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