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Open Spaces: My Life with Leonard J. Mountain Chief, Blackfeet Elder from Northwest Montana Paperback – June 27, 2011
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Jay North: Author, organic gardener, social activist, naturalist and just plain fun at a party. Jay came into the world knowing that he wanted to experience life to the fullest and eventually help other people to do the same in love, peace and joy. Jay’s life experiences are vast. Some of these are fun, some exciting, and some a downright roller coaster ride. Jay arrived on planet Earth in 1949. He found his propensity and love for nature and the land at age eight, and he started writing poems about his beloved Mother Earth at age 16. While Jay is the first to admit he may never grow up. In his “adult” years he has written eight thousand articles, eighteen books and two thousand poems. His purpose is to write, to be read, and to make a beneficial impact on the planet and all those who live on it. Hence Jay’s Books and One Globe Press. An independent publisher of new and bold non-fiction books for the metaphysical, new age truth seekers, and for want-to-be green thumbs. Jay’s books shed light on important environmental concerns and changes on Planet Earth, and make cutting-edge ideas on healing accessible to a broad audience. Jay’s has written authoritatively on a wide range of subjects. We are proud to publish his books and articles to help change conditions on planet Earth for the better. As Leonard J. Mountain Chief (from Open Spaces), Jay’s native mentor would often repeat, “a change has got to come.” And sooner better than later! The Gift of Touch—releases heretofore unknown/unreleased data on natural energy healing. Miracles In The Kitchen offer tons of vital data on natural healing with foods and supplements that everyone needs to know. Jay’s books on organic gardening—promise to help the brownest thumb turn green. Finally, Walter’s Big Adventure shares a vision for people coming together in love. It is written in a light fun way to help seekers to a new awaking. The book is not preachy. It does not scream—this is the only way. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Jay, illustrates his life's journey creatively colorfully and in an entirely captivating way. it is not easy to put a bookmark on a page and close the read for the next time.
If you are new to learning of native ways, Open Spaces, is definitely extremely insightful and pack full of information.
If you would like to learn of the better ways to think and feel and do through this life journey, you will find those ways within the pages and inside of Open Spaces. You need not look any further.
As, I mentioned earlier, I have been studying and learning for some time . I was and am quite enthralled by the words of Leonard J. Mountain Chief. Jay has relayed his messages quite clearly and profoundly. It is as though I may have been listening to my own grandfather speak , with a caring heart and knowing soulful mind. Every word spoken I wish to keep in my own heart from now on moving forward.
Within the book titled Open Spaces and within the open spaces held inside of it. I have found the answer to that, my puzzling personal insight. This insight,that began years back, my quest in search for the most urgent feeling answer to the question it formed within me. I need not Journey in search for it any longer. Leonard J. Mountain Chief spoke to me here, he has shown me exactly what my Guides meant with each of their messages,after each regression and astral journey I took. For years,my Guides told me the answer to what I search for is inside of me...now, I search no longer. Thank you Jay,for sharing Leonard J. Mountain Chief with me. Through you, he has answered my most important personal quest. I now realize that what i was urgently in search of with a feeling that i left it behind in a past life and did not see it for what it was.. is actually what I have been living this life as I am and i did not realize it for what it IS ..Simply profound realization to say the least!!
In that pursuit, I’ve read hundreds of books, listened to dozens of lectures, and surprised myself as I evolved from religionist to theologian to philosopher.
Which brings me to Jay North’s book...
When I was handed this book as a 200-page typed, double-spaced manuscript, I took it home expecting to breeze through it in a couple of hours. Instead, it took me two weeks to digest. I could only read a few pages at a time before I had to stop and think about the message Jay was sharing. Very few books move me that way.
In my spiritual research, I was attracted to American Indian spiritual lore, but until I read this book, I’d found little documentation of the broad overview that this book gives and none so clearly and simply written.
What I found in this book was an excellent summary of my last seven years of philosophical studies. I’ve reached an outlook on the Nature of the Universe that is virtually identical with that of Leonard J. Mountain Chief, Blackfeet Elder.
I found, much to my surprise, that after all that research and study, I’ve finally reached the level of Spiritual Consciousness that the Blackfeet Indians achieved centuries ago.
Before reading this book, I also believed that in one’s search for Truth, one must trod the path through Plato, Aristotle, Aristophanes, Zarathustra, Krishna, Buddha, Abraham, Moses, David, Jesus, Francis of Assisi, Aquinas, Moore, Szekely, Redfield, Dyer, Hawkins, et. Al., in order to reach the conclusions I’ve reached.
Instead, Jay gives us the summary in short, clear words, as given by his mentor, Chief Leonard. This is the summary and concise statements that I didn’t think existed.
Following are some excerpts from Open Spaces: My Life with Leonard J. Mountain Chief, Blackfeet Elder from Northwest Montana.
“Just as a dieter will regain weight after they come off of the diet and resume their old eating habits, the seeker of real change must be willing to make a real lifestyle change. It is easy to be enthusiastic for a short period of time to achieve a goal, but the true test of commitment will be a change of the heart… a life of service.”
“Everything is perfect all of the time, even when you don’t think it is.”
“… Our true purpose for being here … is Love and the true unfoldment of the Spirit … there is no higher purpose than to love another … We cannot simply examine this thing; we must experience it in order to fulfill our destiny.”
“Spirit always looks after you.”
“Now is a time of paramount importance for all people to hear the message of loving each other and our world, the message of being at peace with one another and our world, and the message of finding joy in each other and in our world.”
Thank you, Jay North, for sharing your experiences with Chief Leonard with us. How blessed you were to have them! Every Spiritual Seeker should read this book and become enlightened by it. I find in it… Truth, the world needs to read this book.
Open Spaces is such a beautiful re-awakening of the spirit to the once temporarily forgotten.
However, above all, I am proud to call him my brother.
One day soon, may all our ancestors ways, be all ways, for always.
Chikala Kangi ~
( Little Crow )