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Excerpt from 9 page short story
"The Spirit of the Sacred Hoop"
When she came down from the mountains, she went directly to the tribal leaders. She told them that she had been to the top of the highest mountain, and there she had had a dream while she was wide awake. In her dream she saw an earth—as if it was something she could see only in her mind… an earth which was as beautiful as their earth had ever been…. And then a bird landed on a rock quite near to where she was standing, and spoke to her. The bird said this:
You must all leave where you are, and travel to a place far away. There you will find an earth which is filled with all the necessary requirements for a peaceful and happy way of life; and, if you live in accordance with the spiritual gifts you will be given there, the earth will nurture, support, and sustain your peaceful and happy way of life. This is the spirit of the sacred hoop, and you have seen it work. It is working even now as you are listening to me speak. The journey to this far away place will be difficult. Many times you will think that you will never find it. But listen to what I say. You must look for the tree at the center of the sacred hoop. You will know when you have found this tree when you hear birds singing on the branches of a tree, and you understand their song. There will be the end of your search, and another beginning of the peaceful and happy way of life. But you must not forget about the singing birds. As long as they remain, and you understand their song, you are at the center of the sacred hoop. But if they leave, the sacred hoop has been damaged, and the center lost. Misfortune will follow. Go now, and tell your tribal leaders all I have said.
Then the bird disappeared. That was the end of the dream.
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