Return To Open Spaces – The Final Chapter
Nothing in this world could be written more beautifully. So many of these sayings have really opened my eyes and touched my soul. “Need not figure it out; sacred mystery is to be experienced not taken apart. ” This has been one of the greatest that stuck out to me because I have always tried to figure everything out and often times to my distress when I cannot. The Great Spirit is one of them. Such an amazing sense of peace over came me with just this one profound saying, as if I can rest now, I can be at peace, and I can relax. I don’t have to understand everything and it is ok. Thank you for writing such a beautiful blessing for the people of the earth. Nothing can be written more beautifully, nor experiences had by listening to the words.
This is a wonderfully, concise book which reveals the Great Spirit to us through Jay North’s’ conversations and beautifully profound statements for us to mediate on. For some readers it may be a slightly different approach in learning to be in harmony with our modern world. But this book teaches this harmony by reading the meditative prayers, proverbial statements, and especially with the Prior book of Jay’s journey, a beautiful story which carries a sacred message.
* A huge blessing for our current and future generations.
This book is written as a Native American message to bless the people
of this land and while I am not Native American, I love wisdom, spirituality, love, and reverence from all traditions. It doesn’t threaten my beliefs, nor will it confuse my child, whom I have very much enjoyed reading it to in order to share knowledge of other cultures. How sad just the thought to refuse that opportunity to anyone in fear, simply because of a closed mind. When any ones spirituality becomes so divisive, I would ask them to perhaps contemplate if Jesus, or Mohamed, or Buddha, Allah or any person of God would really want us to disregard what is sacred, beautiful, prayer from other traditions, and to separate ourselves from each other.
I was blown away by this book and was proud to add it to my bookshelf with my collection of Native American teachings. I am glad that publishers are letting REAL Native American writers and artists tell our own stories our own way. The Final Chapter reflects a central component of Native American culture and above all, I was so proud to see this book in the hands of my child whom has now taken an interest in knowing more of our culture and ways. Jay North has definitely set an amazing new standard in the publishing of Native American writing. Now, if only some publisher in this world would gratefully accept the amazing challenge to do the same with Native American history… imagine the impact on future generations.
A simple but truly beautiful and wonderful book that I urge you to pick up and read! This amazing book is one to share with your children and
families if you value them having more value in the world that surrounds them. I know this book has a heartbeat, and breathes life into its reader, it is alive, and it cannot help but cause you to be grateful, and look for goodness in everything around you. It is this books soul purpose on this earth, just as we each have a purpose, this book, like Jay’s mentor in his previous book before this, the “Final Chapter” Jay talks of his amazing Journey and what he has learned by a soul with a heartbeat, a breath and breathed life & love into Jay with his teachings… This was the Great Spirits plan for Jay before he ever walked this earth and so lovingly brought Jay to the path that he so gratefully and lovingly accepted. Now, like his mentor with a heartbeat, and breath, he breathes life into us with his words, prayers and teachings… For this I am forever grateful, forever changed, and perhaps one day I may be able to breathe life into another as beautifully as they have.
First of all I am 20 years old. I am from The Cocopah Indian Reservation. I wanted to tell you that I left it 2 years ago because I despised being native, and being there. My dad is a drunk and left me and my mom when I was 4. I grew up watching my mom struggle and expected to pick up his slack, as if I owed it to them. I didn’t ask to be born. I didn’t ask to be on a Res. I was constantly bugged with my cultures ways by my grandfather, who wanted to tell me all his stories, and they just upset me and I didn’t want to hear them anymore. I didn’t want to be an Indian anymore. I didn’t want to be on a little piece of dirt with all the rest of the Indians forced to be there by the white man who has been making it a tourist attraction and exploiting us to make money for themselves. A few of my friends helped me fix my dad’s old truck and when it was done, I got out of there, just like my dad. It has been 2 years now. 2 long years where I haven’t had to listen to those stories, be my mom slave, or feel trapped on a patch of dirt and looked at by the white like an animal at the zoo in a cage who wants to throw us crumbs once in a while, watch us and say, awwhh how cute, he’s eating it. I was a very angry kid for all this, and a part of me still is. But here in the white man’s world it’s hard not to be even more upset. Everything is about money, and having things and more things and you’d be surprised at what they’d do to get money and stuff. I found someone in white man land who is native like me and he don’t do what the white man does he don’t hate them either. I stayed at his house last week and while he was at work, I seen a book on his shelf, and it was called The Final Chapter. I could relate to the title cause I felt like this place was mine yet I’m not happy about that either. I read it. I don’t like long books, so this was perfect. But after I read it something has changed. I understood my Grandfather’s stories and why he told me them now. I now understand and makes me cry for my mother. I’m going back home now to my res. I’m at peace now. For whom I am even if I am my father’s greatest loss. Thank you who ever you are for writing this. I know now that the white man’s dirt is not my dirt, or my final chapter. Besides, these girls won’t stop touching my hair.
This book is beautifully illustrated and masterfully written to better understand Native American’s sacred culture of prayer and thought, the values of tradition, honor, and respect. Jay North captures the passionate essence of spiritual truth found at the heart of all religions at the heart of meaning. Gratitude toward our lives, our Earth, and our relations solidifies our lives and opens doors that may have remained closed. His words are the touchstone of all life and all spiritual praxis. When his words come forth, they come from his depths and when we read them, we see change in our lives. Our consciousness beautifully changes. The cup is no longer half empty because we begin
to see with new eyes and a brand new intent toward Mother Earth and our place on this wonderful planet. When we express our thanks and prayers and offer wisdom of the Great Spirit to others, the small self begins to shrink, and the larger relational self begins to expand. This book IS beauty.
Virginia Beach, Virginia
I have bought many books here, but have never felt compelled to write a review until now. As a person who teaches to help the disabled, I know the oneness you can experience with the Great Spirit. I have seen loving; selfless Elders heal the lives of so many who were outcast and emotionally broken. Therefore, when I read this work, my soul jumped forth with joy to finally find out that others such as Jay feel about the natural world as I do. While this work doesn’t focus solely on helping the disabled, but it does encompass the Native American view on many, many topics, including life, death, living, nature, gratefulness, oneness, peace and joy, just to name a few, The Creator with Jay North and his experiences with various cultures, I truly felt I had found “home” when I came upon his book. In my family’s religion, it is man and himself alone that is supreme, and often man has little to no value and when they die, that’s it, they’re just dead. This wonderful book gives a different perspective on The Spirit of The Creator as it is reflected in people and in nature. A perspective in need of hearing and teaching to so many broken who today, place no value on our natural and sacred world. To me, this book has been the proverbial cool drink of water on a hot, day. Read it, embrace it, and reclaim your soul. If you do, there is not a single doubt in my mind that you will find it waiting patiently there for you and has been all along.
This book is a masterpiece! This book is a collection of quotes and Prayers to the Great Spirit by Author Jay North, an American Indian leader & healer. Great oratory is often found in a single, heartfelt statement. This powerful little book of wisdom & prayers shares so many precious words on walking the road to a good life for our own personal journey as well as our families and friends. Filled with these simple yet profound statements that will bring tears to your eyes, laughter to your heart and a lot of love, light and wisdom to your soul. I will keep this book forever to remind me of those that have gone along this path before me. My ancestors never were just those to whom I am related by blood but those to whom I am very much and even closer related to by Spirit. I know this book was written for me to follow and I honor Jay for this. Here are his words, words that heal, guide, and give light.
Because I am a Native American I can really relate to what Writer Jay North is telling the world. Had white man listened when the Native Americans spoke many moons ago, we would not be trying to save Mother Earth and so, so, so many of each other now, along with numerous other faults that we have encountered over the years. This is an awesome book that makes one look at the earth and everything in it and surrounding it, in a very different way. Never mind all those other long books that offer words of wisdom … if you want to read something that means everything, and mankind, reflecting amazing good moral values, common sense, told by a Native American who lived life that way, then this is the book! I have always admired the my culture for our way of life and for being able to sustain ourselves while having to deal with the
“white man’s” treachery and indifference to their own well being, while proudly beating into everyone’s head that their way is the only good way. Native Jay North has truly gifted us with yet another wonderful piece of great insights and practical ways of re-being. Just his example alone suggests activities that help one move towards peace, love, balance and harmony. The author clearly displays ancient wisdom and this reflects to us in today’s world. In doing so, he has illuminated the realities of love & truth to be timeless. A masterpiece of Native American Prayer & words of wisdom.
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