"MY OUTLAWED RELIGION, RESTORED IN 1978"
An essay donated by Troy Bakel
As an engineering consultant I have worked the past 25 years on every
continent except South America and Antarctica. I have been able to work among
all the different religions I encountered because I have no organized religion.
The religion of my mother’s people was outlawed by the Christian government of
the United States in 1883.
When I inform the inquisitor of this fact they are always stunned. They can be
Muslim, Hindu, Christian, or Buddhist and my answer to their questions regarding
my faith always catches them up short.
If it is a devotee of Christian asking the questions, my answer is not believed
until I mention the Indian Religious Freedoms Act of 1978. Every time I
have given this answer the recipient has not believed me until they researched
Many times I have had to point out that the Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968
gave my people the same rights as American Christians with the exception of
religion, so my religion was basically taken away in 1883 and then denied me as
one of my rights in 1968. When my religion was given back in 1978 it was a
little too late for it to have an impact on how I worship the Creator.
My ancestors learned, as a conquered people, not to keep something in the open
that the Christians would want or fear. So my mother’s people adapted
spiritually in a fashion that made us come closer to the Creator.
When you cut away the ceremony and hierarchy of an organized religion you are
left with the question of how do I as an individual alone worship the Creator.
To some of my people the answer was Christianity, to others such as my mother,
this choice made no common sense. Only a religion that was not the true religion
of the Creator would be insecure enough and vain enough to outlaw another
religion. Upon further thought my mother’s people realized that organized
religion in and of itself was most likely just human vanity manifested in its
most horrible form.
So here is how I worship the Creator, as passed on to me by my mother who had no
preacher, no book, no church, no human interdiction between her and her Creator:
|Your soul is the breath of the Creator.|
|Your wisdom is built upon the foundation of instincts given to you by
the Creator at birth. You develop your wisdom using what the Creator gave
you, what your ancestors pass on to you and the lessons you learn on the way
to achieving your destiny.|
|No one but you stands between you and the Creator. No church, no book,
no congregation, no individual but yourself can lead you to a relationship
with the Creator. No one but you represents you in the eyes of the Creator.|
|The Creator is a fact not a belief. |
|When you pray to the Creator you pray alone and in the world that was
created for you, not in the world (a building or church) created by you.|
|When you pray to the creator, you give thanks for what you have been
given and what you have achieved with the instincts, skill and reasoning the
creator has given you. You do not ask for gifts, wealth, fame, or even help.
You have been given what is necessary to achieve what needs to be achieved,
to ask for help is vain and self serving. |
|In your soul, you know what is right and what is wrong. Listen to your
soul for it is the breath of the Creator. |
|The Creator made all cultures and races of people and provided each with
their own customs and way of life. This means that people will develop a
relationship with the Creator in their own fashion. You are to accept their
fashion, religion, and beliefs. You are to remember that the Creator made
all the colors of the earth with no one color being the only color liked by
the Creator, in the same way you will accept all the different paths people
take to the Creator. An act of challenging another’s path is proof that you
are either vain, insecure or both and are not listening to your soul.|
Originally posted: 2005-DEC-26
Latest update: 2005-DEC-26
Author: Troy Bakel