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Native American Story, Fear-Rabbit, Medicine Cards

A long time ago- no one really knows how long ago it was- Rabbit was a brave fearless warrior. Rabbit was befriended by Eye Walker, a witch. The witch and rabbit spent much time together sharing and talking. The two were very close.

One day Eye Walker and Rabbit were walking along and they sat down on the trail to rest. Rabbit said, "I'm thirsty." Eye Walker picked up a leaf, blew on it, and then handed Rabbit a gourd of water but didn't say anything. Then Rabbit said, "I'm hungry." Eye Walker picked up a stone and blew on it and changed it to a turnip. She gave the turnip to Rabbit to eat. Rabbit tasted it and then ate the turnip with relish. But still Rabbit didn't say anything.

The two continued along the trail which led into the mountains. Near the top, Rabbit tripped and fell and rolled almost to the bottom. She used her magic salve on Rabbit to heal his great pain and mend his broken bones. Rabbit didn't say anything.

Several days later Eye Walker went searching for her friend. She searched high and low, but Rabbit was nowhere to be found.

Finally, Eye Walker gave up. She met Rabbit quite by accident one day. "Rabbit, why are you hiding from me and avoiding me?" she asked.

"Because I am afraid of you. I am afraid of

," answered Rabbit, cowering. "Leave me alone!"

"I see," said Eye Walker. "I have used my magical powers on your behalf and now you turn on me and refuse my friendship."

"I want nothing more to do with you or your powers," Rabbit countered. Rabbit did not even see the tears his words were bringing to Eye Walkers eyes. "I hope we never meet and that I never see you again," Rabbit continued.

"Rabbit," Eye Walker said, "We once were great friends and companions, but no more. It is within my power to destroy you, but because of the past and the medicines we have shared together, I will not do this. but from this day forward I lay a curse on you and your tribe. From now on. you will call your fears and your fears will come to you. Be on your way, for the sweet medicines that bound us together as friends are broken."

Now Rabbit is the Fear Caller. He goes out and shouts, "Eagle, I am so afraid of you." If Eagle doesn't hear him, Rabbit calls louder, 'Eagle stay away from me!" Eagle, now hearing Rabbit, comes and eats him. Rabbit calls bobcats, wolves, coyotes, and even snakes until they come.

A this story shows, Rabbit medicine people are so afraid of tragedy, illness, disaster, and "being taken," that they now call those very fears to them to teach them lessons. The keynote here is" what you resist will persist! What you fear most is what you will become.

Here is the lesson. Stop talking about horrible things happening and get rid of "what if" in your vocabulary. Stop exercising your control over that which is not yet in form-the future.

Write your fears down and be willing to feel them. Breath into them, and feel them running through your body into Mother Earth as a give-away. Be willing to let go as your exhale them out.

-Jamie Sams and David Carson

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