Spirit Leaves: Old Souls, New Era


“There is no time in the Spirit World.” Cedric Red Feather’s wise words echo in my mind as I contemplate the turning of the calendar page to 2019. His teaching carries the potential to liberate us from the burden of linear thinking. We don’t have to wait for the opening of a new year in order to make resolutions. Every moment of every day affords an opportunity to assimilate the new energies sweeping over the planet.

We are in a process of rapid soul expansion, about to leave behind boxed-in ways of thinking that no longer serve us. Many of us will remain stubborn and entrenched, reluctant to move out of the snug fit of a familiar grove, apprehensive about lifting and moving the phonograph needle. For those ready to listen to an unfamiliar tune, take heart: you are not alone in this path. Old souls on the planet are here to assist in the process.

It’s not a self-proclaimed title; the designation “old soul” pertains to the age of the spirit. Old souls have already shifted: they’ve been around. They have reincarnated many times, and they know the drill. Old souls are not anxiously struggling to connect with God or the Great Spirit: they already know that we are all a part of the Great Spirit, or however you wish to think of First Creator. In the old, dualistic way of thinking, we falsely divided the Universe into opposing realms. We placed a fatherly “God” in a remote “heaven,” unknowable directly and unreachable.

Many people think like this: I am here, but the Great Spirit, God, First Creator — whatever name we use for source energy — that source is far away, ignoring me, judging me, or angry with me. It’s not like that. As Cedric so eloquently puts it, “People say they will never be able to see the face of the Great Spirit. If you want to see the face of the Great Spirit, look in the faces of everyone you meet. The face of God is everywhere. It’s not about looking up to the famous ones with name recognition. The face of God is there in the ordinary, everyday people. It’s in the sparkling eyes of babies, since they are still connected and close to the Great Spirit. You sense that energy of pure love.”

Old souls retain authority over their own spiritual development. Older souls are already in touch with their paranormal abilities. We are beginning to take on the roles of medium, psychic, channeler and healer. Each of us brought those capabilities with us when we returned here again. We need only acknowledge and develop them, applying them to help all other beings who are journeying.

It’s time now for younger souls to step up to the plate and assume their rightful place as sacred beings. They cannot continue to be driven along as cattle over fields of dogma and rules. Each of us is already connected to the creative source. We are beginning to grow beyond the need for a leader, an ambassador, an intermediary, an intercessor, a priest, a rabbi or a guru to help us communicate with the energy that created us in the first instance. Cedric reminded me just today, “We don’t need an intermediary to talk to the Great Spirit. Eliminate the middle man.”

Old souls have been on this journey for a long time. They have learned through trials and experiences that the truth is where it has always been, within our own hearts. Cedric frequently reassures people who seek counsel from him, “Trust your own intuitive heart. You already have the answers you are seeking. Each person is the truth, just as he is. What is the truth? We already know the truth; the only truth is love.”

You don’t need permission to pray, to perform rituals, or to become involved in ceremonies that seem appropriate to you for fostering love and a deeper connection to Spirit. Each of us has an opportunity, beginning right here and now to embody the truth. This is the “secret” carried by every old soul who has walked the Earth.

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Janet Michele Red Feather
Janet Michele Red Feather, J.D., M.A., is a ceremonial singer who has learned over 60 traditional songs in Mandan and Lakota and sings in nine different languages. Janet was a full-time defense litigator in California for nearly eight years. Her life changed significantly after she traveled to North Dakota in 1993 to fast and pray for a way of life. A regular columnist for The Edge, she has also appeared in Psychic Guidepost, FATE Magazine and Species Link. Her book, Song of the Wind (2014, Galde Press), dealt with her experiences as an empath, and her journey through Mandan spiritual culture. She is currently a full-time, tenured English faculty member at Normandale Community College, having taught Composition and Literature for a span of 20 years.


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