Chief Seattle's Testimony

Every part of this earth is sacred.

Every single pine needle, every shore,

Every mist in the dark woods

Every clearing, every humming insect

Is holy in the memory and experience

of our race.

You are part of the earth

And the earth is part of you.

 

You did not weave the web of life;

You are merely a strand in it.

Whatever you do to the web,

You do to yourself.

You may think you own the land.

You do not. It is God's.

The earth is precious to him

And to harm the earth

Is to heap contempt on its Creator.

 

Love the land as those who have gone

Before you have loved it.

Care for it as they have cared for it...

And with all your strength,

With all your mind,

With all your heart,

Preserve it for your children.

 

Chief Seattle - 1854* (see below)

A moral about Being

It was beautiful hot day and wee Jimmy was down at the River Clyde. He was sitting under at tree just fishing. A man in a white suit and hat walked by and asked "How is the fishing going today - have you caught anything?"

"I've got seven already" replied Jimmy, "but I've just put them back into the river"

"That is a bit silly", said the man "you could have sold them."

"Why would I want to do that?" quizzed wee Jimmy

"Well you could have made a few quid profit and bought a bigger and better and stronger Fishing rod to catch lots more fish"

"Why would I want to do that?" quizzed wee Jimmy again

 "Well more fish would mean more profit, and you could buy your own fish and chip van and make lots of money"

"But I like being under my tree, just fishing. It makes me happy"

"But" said the agitated stranger, "do you not see that if you had a big van you would make loads of money?."

"And then what would I do with all that money?"

"Well " snapped the stranger " if you worked hard you could have enough money to open your own Fish and Chip restaurant"

 "And then what?" asked Jimmy

 "Well, you could be so rich you could go fishing any time you wanted".

 "But that is what I am doing today" said Jimmy.

 

 

The above is taken from an email received from Geoffrey Keyte, Crystal Master/Reiki Master/Crystal Reiki Master - Editor: The Hidden Master Journal.

*There is a great deal of controversy surrounding Chief Seattle's speech of 1854. There are many sources of information, various versions of the speech, and debates over its very existence.

"In 1851 Seattle, chief of the Suquamish and other Indian tribes around Washington's Puget Sound, delivered what is considered to be one of the most beautiful and profound environmental statements ever made. The city of Seattle is named after the chief, whose speech was in response to a proposed treaty under which the Indians were persuaded to sell two million acres of land for $150,000." (Buckminster Fuller in Critical Path.)

 

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