The First Nations believe there are spirits that take human form here on Mother Earth, that they have been sent here by the One with so many names to test our morals.
For there are stories of strangers who would appear that needed help, they would challenge the hearts of our people to reveal their true self.
With this belief we treated strangers like our family, not refusing to give them lodging, giving them the best food and a place of honor and respect.
For we knew these spirits would come to test us to see if we were suitable to sit in council with our departed Ancestors in the Spirit world.
For the First Nations believed there is many different planes in the Spirit world to match your character, and you will be selected to one of these with how you live your life on Mother Earth.
For to live this way with this belief within our heart made us a morally better people, for we did not want to dishonor ourselves by refusing to help one of these spirits.
Be wary of refusing to help someone who meets you on your path, for they may be one of these spirits sent to you from the One who goes by so many names.
Joseph White Eagle is a Cree spiritual leader and teacher of traditional Native medicine who grew up in Saskatchewan and now lives in British Colombia with his wife and family. We are deeply grateful for his contributions to Bird Clan Messenger and to all of humanity. A’ho.