Herman Beck-Chenoweth's life took a huge turn after his numinous experience while cutting hay on his farm in 1995. Thoughts just shot out of nowhere at such a pace and with such power that I had to turn off the tractor, pull out my pocket notebook and write as fast as I could. After the experience was over and I looked at what I had written I was stunned.
In my "earlier" life I had grown up in a family of entrpreneurs and farmers. I had worked in the family business since age 8. When 14 I sold 1,000,000 advertising matchbooks to a large manufacturer of packaged concrete. At 27, with mentoring from Dave Thomas (the founder of Wendy's) I set up my first public company.
Now, here in a hayfield in a poor Appalachian area of Southern Ohio, this upper-middle class, former Lutheran was being told that it was to be his job to re-connect people with the harmony of Nature and the Universe. Unpredictable things begin happening, like the day a car pulled in the driveway and out stepped a Cherokee Elder who began discussing the Spiritual Power of the land we were living on. And how members of the Cherokee tribe had stayed on our land when they came to their Hunting Grounds from the Carolinas every year.
He gave me some gifts and then asked my if I had a pilot's license. I said "yes" but that I thought my flying days were past. He said, "keep it--the Great Spirit has a lot of work for you to do. You need to learn the Old Ways, teach them to others (including Indians who had lost contact with the skills of their Ancestors) no matter what their Color."
Before he left, I asked him how he knew about my experience in the field since I had only shared it with my wife. "The Great Spirit" he said as he left.
Back to my early years on this Planet: I had always made all my own decisions about what I was going to to, what success meant to me, how to become rich. Now, at the age of 52, I was being told to open up, let the Great Spirit (use whatever name for God, the Great Mystery, Holy Spirit you feel comfortable with) lead me to be a bridge between cultures and to live my life by a new set of rules. Here are a couple of the hardest ones:
People will remember what we have done for Eternity. When we meet again in the Spirit World those whom we have wronged will remember, those we have helped will remember. Sins are not forgiven. If you wrong someone you need to make it right, right now.
Be Truthful at all times and under all conditions. Remember, lies come in many forms: not telling the WHOLE truth, lying by omission, failure to do what you promised, failure to Honor rules and agreements you have made.
Gaining an understanding of the Sacred Teachings is an eternal journey. It is my deep Prayer that the Great Spirit will bless and guide my every step on this Journey into an ever greater Vision of Beauty, Truth, Wisdom and Justice.
"What could be greater than to be the Great Spirit’s mind, eyes, ears, nose, mouth, arms, hands, legs, and feet here on earth?"--Fools Crow, LAKOTA
In order for the Creator to do His work on this earth, He needs the human being to do it. How He guides us is through our eyes, ears, hands, nose, mouth, arms legs and feet. We are instruments of the Creator. We are His keepers of the earth. We are the keepers of our brothers. We are to teach His/Her children. We are to respect the things She/He has made. We are to take care of ourselves and treat our bodies and our minds with respect. We are to do respectful things. We are to walk the Sacred Path. We should have good thoughts. We should do only things that we think the Creator would have us do. What an honor to be a human being. What an honor that She/He/It would talk to us and guide us to perform His wonders.
Oh Great Spirit, let me appreciate the role you have given me. Let my sense be sharp to hear Your voice. Keep my mind clean so I can do the things You would have me do.
I try to live my Life in Harmony with all Creation and in Service to the Creator. I live on very remote land and grow, forage or hunt/trap nearly all of our food.
Antique Indian Ways of Living in Harmony with all Creation
Our continent’s early humans used many successful and earth-friendly techniques to produce food, manage the forests and create products from natural materials. I am researching, learning and practicing their methods and plan to demonstrate the ways peoples native to our area met their needs, took care of our planet and ensured adequate food and timber for future generations.
E-mail, write or phone stating your feelings in a plain, honest and direct way. If we feel it would be helpful to us both or severally we can discuss and plan a course of action to bring your life in balance with the Universe. This is not intended to be a money making venture. I do appreciate thoughtful gifts and donations. Any monetary donations will be used to help those less fortunate. We do have plenty of private, beautiful open space and on a time-available basis I am willing to share the cathedral of the great outdoors to help you come too Oneness.
Mail: Herm, Nature's Pace Sanctuary, Hartshorn, Missouri 65479
Phone: 573.858.3559 10 - 5 Central Time; phone will be answered "Back 40 Group". Depending up the season and my schedule I may take your call directly or ask for you to call at a specific time. After hours leave a message, but speak loudly and repeat your number twice as I am literally at the "End of the Line".