I had the honour to lead a very large funeral here in town at the Town Hall for many hundreds of young people, following the unexpected death of one of our Community Members 22 year old son, following his being stabbed by a foreigner when he went to assist a lady walking her dog quite innocently that he ran to help. Young Nathan had quite a shamanic outlook on life and like to live close to Nature and so I was asked to add a Native American slant to my funeral address this day. The Native American teachings have their origin in the Essene teachings if you trace their doctrines back in history.
I thought I would share this ‘Passing Between Worlds’ Nazarean Essene Teaching with you all on this occasion, as death is something that many people for some reason are frightened of and needn’t be.
My Nazarean Essene/ Native American Funeral Address for Nathan, 17th. January, 2019
“Nobody in this world has ever been born without the help of a physical Mother and the SPIRITUAL EARTHLY MOTHER aspect of GOD, known by so many names in our World, such as GRANDMOTHER EARTH, GAIA, INA MAKAH and AMMA ~ THE BEAUTIFUL GREAT SPIRIT and DIVINE ONENESS of ALL. In the beautiful Dead Sea Scrolls uncovered a few years ago at Qumran in the Middle East, are recorded the Teachings of THE MASTER, JESUS ~ YESH-UA our LORD, or TUNKASHILA as HE is known to the Native Americans, spoken by HIM about HER. Sadly, much of what HE shared about HIS DIVINE PARENT have not survived in the Gospel narratives of our modern day Bible, having been edited out by the early Roman Catholic Church Fathers in the early 4th. Century.
SHE gives us so much, each and every day, which most people are totally oblivious to and as a result, just take for granted in the modern world. SHE gives us our physical body; nurtures us; tends and cares for us, until the day finally comes when we die and depart this World for a higher form of life, and HER DIVINE HUSBAND takes over our care ~ our Belovéd LORD JEHOVAH, ABBA or GRANDFATHER SKY, known as WAKAN TANKA, in the traditional Lakota Sioux Native American way in the Spiritual Realms of Life’s existence.
Our DIVINE MOTHER also gives physical form to all things within the perfectly sweet and highly attuned World of Nature present all about us. As Libby said to us a few minutes ago in Nathan’s eulogy, from a very young age, Nathan used to love going out to explore, experience for himself, and live harmoniously within the many World’s of Nature present all about him. Where we find Nature Life, can be found great peace, inner strength, healing and natural beauty.
According to the Lakota Sioux tradition, the CREATOR, “WAKAN TANKA”, was alone in an endless, timeless place. HE decided to create from HIMSELF Spirit Forces through which HE would create the Universe. The first thing that HE created was ‘Wi’, (not the computer game!), who, from pure Spirit, became the elemental energy of Light and Life, the Teacher and Sustainer. ‘Wi’ was transformed into the Sun, with the power to provide the energy for Earth to produce the substance of Life.
And as the lush green of the meadow merges with the powdery-blue of the sky, so is there perfect peace to be found upon the land. The two make a pathway for ‘Wi’, the radiant sun to shine its golden light over the Earth, giving us a feeling of warmth and light bringing Life. Light is Love. We follow the suns pathway from sunrise to sunset on the road to becoming, accepting, and acknowledging the Power of WAKAN TANKA within us all. The Spiritual and earthly Sun lights our way, making our direction clear, allowing us to ‘See’ its Power. It governs our day and our very lives whether young or old, strong or weak, male or female. We all follow the sun, whether consciously or unconsciously, and enjoy letting its radiance and warmth encircle us with its Power and ever guiding Strength. Did not TUNKASHILA, the MASTER YESHUA say,
“I am the Light of the World: he that followeth ME shall not walk in darkness,
but have the light of Life”?
(Gospel of St. John 8: 12.)
All that is created and lives is in motion. The seas, the clouds, the trees, and all that live within and upon the Earth, move in a spiritual rhythmical dance to the radiance of the GREAT ‘ONE’ who created all things ~ WAKAN TANKA. Nathan also had a deep love and appreciation of birds and all animals. Eagle to the Native American is the Prayer bird that can fly the highest and carries our Prayers up to the GREAT SPIRIT to be heard and answered by HIM-HER.
Eagle Medicine connects us then to the DIVINE ONE, to the Universal Power of our all-guiding GREAT SPIRIT. Eagle has the ability to live in the Realm of Spirit, and yet remain connected and balanced within the Realm of the Earth. From the vast heights of the clouds, Eagle is close to the Heavens where our all-loving and protecting GREAT SPIRIT resides. The feathers of the Eagle are considered to be the most sacred of traditional Native American healing tools. They have been used for centuries all over the World by Medicine Men and Women to lead ceremonies such as this one and to cleanse the auras of patients coming to them for healing.
Eagle also represents a state of grace achieved through hard work, understanding, and a completion of the tests of initiation which result in the taking back of one’s own personal spiritual power. It is only through the trial of experiencing the lows in life as well as the heights, and through the trial of trusting one’s connection to the GREAT SPIRIT, that the right to use the essence of Eagle Medicine is earned. I have been blessed over the last few years to be able to support Kerry and her family through some of these highs and low points in their lives, that come to us all from time to time, helping them to conquer their fears, freeing the wings of their Souls to fly, and be supported by the ever-present breezes, which truly are the Breath of our all-loving UNIVERSAL GREAT SPIRIT, WAKAN TANKA.
Nathan was always a free Spirit. He learned how to look up to touch GRANDFATHER SUN with his heart as a child from his parents, and how to ever intuitively follow the Joy that his heart desired. He knew instinctively how to see the Beauty in both, and how to take flight in his Spirit like the birds that he loved so much when life got tough. He always sought the higher ground that GRANDMOTHER EARTH had taught him on which to build his nest, where the air was clean and its movement was free. With his constant cheeky smile, he truly became in his short life, an illumined Spiritual Being and friend to so many.
In the well-known 23rd. Psalm recorded in the Old Testament Book of the Bible, are found the beautiful words “The LORD is my shepherd”. What does that mean? Simply, it means that your CREATOR GOD has created you HIS child in HIS own image and has breathed into you the Breath of HIS DIVINE LIFE and LOVE. This does not mean only the physical Breath and the life and love contained within your own physical body, it means that you too are a part of your CREATOR GOD the GREAT SPIRIT; THE GREAT SPIRIT has breathed into your whole being HIS-HER Divine Life and Love Presence. In your inner most being you are a part of HIM-HER ~ ONE with GOD, with the Divine Intelligence which watches over every detail of your human life.
It is difficult for us to conceive of a Divine Intelligence that is able to enter into our very thoughts and feelings; to guide wisely every event of our lives; that can take us when we die, gently, beautifully and peacefully through the gateway into that Heavenly Spiritual World from which we all first came. A long time has passed for most of us gathered here today since we left that Heavenly Kingdom, that World of eternal sunlight; and as a result, we forget that we are Spirit, born of our CREATOR GOD, and eternally linked with HIM-HER in the Higher Realms of Life’s existence. We have to learn to consciously remember that we are a part of this eternally brightly shining radiant Spiritual Sun.
TUNKASHILA, our LORD YESHUA taught us to,
“Seek Peace and having found it ~ with honour ~ (to) hold it steadfastly and surely. (To) Remember, ye have but to ask to receive from GOD. To knock, and HE will open the doors.”
As we all learn to seek HIS Divine Light each and every day in our lives, by the turning of our faces towards HIS Spiritual Sunlight, like all the flowers in the World of Nature do automatically each and every day, while breathing in the Breath of Life gifted to us all so freely from our Heavenly GRANDFATHER SKY that is in Heaven, we know that in due time, HE will gather unto HIMSELF each and every one of us, the whole World over, regardless of colour, creed or nation, for every one of HIS flock is precious to HIM and so deeply loved.
Try and dismiss from your mind any idea of ‘over here’ and ‘over there’, of Earth and of Heaven. Try and conceive of it as one eternal whole, where GOD THE GREAT SPIRIT reigns supreme. There is no death; therefore you cannot die. You never will die. Life changes form, but it never dies. With the bodies passing, you just take off one set of clothes and leave it behind you, ready to receive and put on your new ones. With this knowledge, death is not something to dread, but just a continuation on upon Life’s Pathway, upon your eternal Spiritual Life Walk to gain a greater conscious knowingness of our ever-loving CREATOR GREAT SPIRIT, our beautiful FATHER-MOTHER-SON of GOD, and of the eternal Light of Love Divine. In the Native American Indian languages, there is no word for “Goodbye”, because they know, that in the eternal Cycle of the Universal Medicine Wheel of All-Being and Circle of Life, that nothing can ever be lost to you, because all is ever present and part of the greater ONE.
Our LORD told us,
“Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in GOD, believe also in ME.
In MY FATHER’S House are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you.
I go to prepare a place for you.”
(St. John’s Gospel 14: 1-2).
As history so accurately records, LORD YESHUA, (HIS true name in HIS native Aramaic language) the SON of GOD took on human form, a physical body just like our dear brother Nathan did here, that you all knew and loved so well. LORD YESHUA/ TUNKASHILA also taught,
“I am the Way, the Truth and the Life; no man cometh unto the FATHER but by ME. If you had known ME, you would have known MY FATHER also; henceforth you know HIM and have seen HIM.”
(St. John’s Gospel 14: 6-7.)
Our LORD taught so beautifully the true Oneness of the two Worlds ~ Heaven and Earth.
Please know, that you can never be separated from your loved ones. Death does not separate. We crave for the physical form that we have known and loved, but I want you to crave for the Spirit instead. I want you to think of the infinite and eternal Garden of GOD, and I want you to walk through that beautifully exquisite Heavenly Garden with your loved ones in your mind. Think of it as a World of Light, and that you are just crossing it as if over a river to the other side. The body falls away like an old garment, but the Spirit of our dear Nathan, which is a part of the eternally living SON of GOD, can never, never die. Our dear friend and loved one will live on eternally and always be with us, as just a thought away.
The Lakota Sioux Indians refer to GOD the GREAT SPIRIT as “Wakan Tanka”, the Great Mystery, the Grandfather and Creator of all things. Wakan Tanka has always been and will always be. Wakan Tanka is All That Is ~ everything created out of love, the act of creation itself ~ these are the aspects of the GREAT SPIRIT, the ONE; and the ONE is “Wakan”, “Holy”. Anything that has birth must have death. The Spirit is not born, but given to one at birth, and it is “Wakan”. Therefore one’s Spirit will never die.
The Creator is the Beginning and the End of our seeking, and Speaks to us, (when we take the time to actively ‘listen’) every moment of our existence. The Creator asks of us only one thing: to fully ‘Open our hearts to love’, in order for all that we seek to follow through in due course into our lives. Wakan Tanka is the Pathway upon which we all walk, back to the Centre of All Life to our Inner Peace and Source of infinite Joy. We find that Peace individually, in the recognition of our connection and Oneness with Wakan Tanka and all the creative Powers of the Universe. To do that, we have to firstly Honour, the Creator within ourselves, and create the Path that is right for us, and walk that Path back to our ‘Self’, back to Wakan Tanka and all that is Sacred. This our Nathan here as often as time allowed. HE walked his life with an ‘Open and very loving Heart’ in the true Native American way, loving and caring endlessly for all that he met, and helped many enroute to this final earthly destination here with us today.
As Libby read out to you a few minutes ago, in the loving tribute and eulogy Kerry his mother wrote about him over the last few days, Nathan was unexpectedly stabbed in his leg by a foreigner that he unknew, when he intervened to stop an innocent harmless dog from being kicked by the man.
The Gospel of the Holy Twelve/ The Nazarene Gospel.
Chapter 34: 1-10. Love Of Yeshua For All Creatures.
His Care for a Cat
1. WHEN YESHUA knew how the Pharisees had murmured and complained because HE made and baptized more disciples than John, he left Judea, and departed again unto Galilee.
2. AND YESHUA came to a certain Tree and abode beneath it many days. And there came Mary Magdalene and other women and ministered unto HIM of their substance, and HE taught daily all that came unto HIM.
3. And the birds gathered around HIM, and welcomed HIM with their song, and other living creatures came unto HIS FEET, and HE fed them, and they ate out of HIS HANDS.”
7. “AND as YESHUA entered into a certain village HE saw a young cat which had none to care for her, and she was hungry and cried unto HIM, and HE took her up, and put her inside HIS garment, and she lay in HIS bosom.
8. And when HE came into the village HE set food and drink before the cat, and she ate and drank, and shewed thanks unto HIM. And HE gave her unto one of HIS disciples, who was a widow, whose name was Lorenza, and she took care of her.
9. And some of the people said, This man careth for all creatures, are they HIS brothers and sisters that HE should love them? And HE said unto them, Verily these are your fellow creatures of the great Household of GOD, yea, they are your brethren and sisters, having the same breath of life in the Eternal.
10. And whosoever careth for one of the least of these, and giveth it to eat and drink in its need, the same doeth it unto me, and whoso willingly suffereth one of these to be in want, and defendeth it not when evilly entreated, suffereth the evil as done unto me; for as ye have done in this life, so shall it be done unto you in the life to come.”
When Nathan intuitively and instinctively went in to defend that poor dog in Glastonbury town centre, that was being so “evilly entreated” by that foreigner as LORD YESHUA, TUNKASHILA spoke of and commanded all Humanity to do under the all-ruling UNIVERSAL or NATURAL LAW of LOVE and LIFE as some like to call it, he was acting so selflessly from deep within his own heart, out of Pure Divine Love.
LORD YESHUA also taught in this vein (The Gospel of the Holy Twelve 14: 5-8.)
5. And there followed him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judea, and from beyond Jordan.
6. AND as Yeshua was going with some of his disciples he met with a certain man who trained dogs to hunt other creatures. And he said to the man, Why doest thou thus? and the man said, By this I live and what profit is there to any in these creatures? these creatures are weak, but the dogs they are strong. And Yeshua said, Thou lackest wisdom and love. Lo, every creature which God hath made hath its end, and purpose, and who can say what good is there in it? or what profit to thyself, or mankind?
7. And, for thy living, behold the fields yielding their increase, and the fruit-bearing trees and the herbs; what needest thou more than these which honest work of thy hands will not give to thee? Woe to the strong who misuse their strength, Woe to the hunters for they shall be hunted.
8. And the man marvelled, and left off training the dogs to hunt, and taught them to save life rather than destroy, And he learned of the doctrines of Yeshua and became his disciple.”
As I and Libby have already stated, Nathan was a great lover of all animals, birds and nature life in general, and half the donations gifted here today will be given to the Secret World Wildlife Rescue at East Huntspill in Somerset, a very worthy charity. Secret World specialises in the rescue, rehabilitation and eventual release of Britain’s orphaned, injured and sick wildlife, and is the only 24/7 service in the South West of Britain. Last year, they were able to help around 4000 sick, injured or orphaned creatures. I took them a very newly born baby Blue Tit last Summer with no feathers on at that stage of its life that my cat very proudly brought in through the cat flap. With no sign of the parent’s nest, I brought it to this amazing wildlife charity where it was placed in a Robin’s nest and raised as one of its own until it was old enough to fledge the nest. At a time when wildlife needs our help more than ever, with so much of it now sadly becoming extinct, the centre also teaches children about nature, and shows them what they can do to protect all nature’s many diverse forms of precious and beautiful wildlife living on their doorstep, in order to help them survive into the future, and remain sustainably a living and loving part of that Universal Circle called Life and GREAT ONENESS of ALL.
Wakan Tanka created ‘Niyan’, the Human Spirit, so that people would understand their life and death. The Creator said, “I will give you a Spirit and you will know that life is nothing but circles, the Universal Circle, a circle without end. The Spirit is eternal and never stops travelling the Circle of Life. HE said, “The body I give you does not belong to you. It belongs to ME, who created all things. The body I give you belongs to the EARTHLY MOTHER and it shall return to HER. When your life ends, your body will return to the Earth and your Spirit will go on to the Spirit World.”
Before I was instructed by CREATOR to move to Glastonbury to live in 2012, I lived on the top of a high mountain in the Welsh Marches. I used to watch the Goshawks and Buzzards ~ birds of prey of great beauty and strength, sitting on the sheep rail fence around my garden, suddenly launch themselves high up into the air, circling upwards upon a warm air current high above the clouds, flying it seemed into the centre of the golden sun, until they finally disappeared from all view.
And then someone at my side would say, “There! She’s gone!”
“Gone where?” I would reply
“Gone from my sight …. That is all.”
He was just as large, beautiful and graceful as he was when he left my garden, and just as able to reach the place of his chosen destination. His diminished size was in my friend, not in him.
Our young mariner, Nathan, loved the Water Kingdoms as much as he loved the Nature Kingdoms of the Land as well and had almost qualified as a scuba diving teacher. There is a lovely keepsake picture of him stood at the steering wheel of a large ferry boat in today’s Service Sheet that his mother gave me to use as I have already stated.
In the same way, when we stand upon the seashore, we can sometimes see a large yacht spread its open sails out to catch the early morning breeze, and head out into the vast blueness of the ocean. An object of great beauty, strength and grace, until she hangs like a speck of white cloud, come down, to mingle with her upon the far distant horizon.
As she drifts over the horizon out of your sight, she is just as large in the mast and hull and spar as when she left the shoreline where you are still standing. She is just as able to bear her load of living freight to the place of her chosen destination. Her diminished size is in us, not in her, as is the same with our ever adventurous friend Nathan’s Spirit. His continuing on Spiritual Life in the Higher Realms of CREATOR’S many Worlds of Existence, has just passed over our Earthly horizons view of seeing Him still here with us. He is just as safe, alive and cheeky as he ever was, as he continues to sail on, stood in his own sovereignty as he ever did, but now he is doing it in calmer seas of love, life and infinite peace and beauty to his new distant shoreline still yet to be explored! And I have no doubt that he will take full advantage of that opportunity!!
And just as his yacht finally disappears from all view to our eyes, just at that very same moment when the person at my side was saying, “There! She’s gone.” – there are other eyes in the Heavenly Realms of Light watching his coming, his arrival, and other voices in the Heavenly Realms ready to take up the glad shout, “There he comes!”
“Beyond all that you can see, and yet, within all that you can see, lies another land;
a land of many realms; a land of colour; a land of thought;
a land of beauty and of peace.”
(Tall Pine through Billy Roberts.)
“We are Spirit, we are immortal, radiant Beings, Children of GOD, free to fly like the Eagle wherever we choose in the eternal Circle of GOD’S life ….”
And …. THAT is life!
Nathan, our soft and tender-hearted young gentleman, was renowned for having a bright beaming cheeky smile on his face, no matter what life’s difficulties threw his way, which endeared him to everybody. Just look at how many of you have turned out today to be here with him! As we all presently now know, he has returned home to the World of Spirit after a life well spent caring for all he met. Let us pray, that the Divine Love of our CREATOR SPIRIT and HIS-HER Blessing will go with him, as he ascends to his new home, and new higher form of life lived in the World of Light and Love and ever sailing upon the Eternal Oceans of Life. So much more could be said about dear Nathan today and I know full well, that he will be sadly missed in this World by many, but I am sure also, that there will be a great rejoicing in the next, in the World of Spirit at his coming home at last.
And in the coming days if you begin to feel a little bit low, your earthly ties having been severed here physically today, cast your thoughts to the distant stars and feel the vastness of the heavens like our Brother Eagle..… for this, like your HEAVENLY FATHER’S love, is infinite! Love is a golden binding; a love born out of the blending of two Spirits, like the golden sun melting into the blueness of the sky. Love is the force that ever guides the bewildered Spirit of Mankind.
Love, and be loved! Love your ever-loving HEAVENLY FATHER, the GREAT SPIRIT WAKAN TANKA like you love no other, and your heart will always sing. Love, your ever-caring and nurturing EARTHLY MOTHER, dear GRANDMOTHER EARTH also likewise, that gifts us so freely of our physical body and Divine Wisdom from HER teachings in the peaceful Realms of HER World of exquisite Nature. We are all born out of love, and love is our light! The Spirit World are bound to us by love: love is the essence of all life; and as I have already said, life is everlasting, as is the precious Spirit Light now that is our Nathan!”