In an era when we hear of so many scandals with so-called spiritual "masters" involving ego, power, money and sex, it is refreshing to know there are some leaders who are the REAL THING. Lakota medicine man Frank Fools Crow (1890-1989) was one such master. Here is what he has to say: "We are called to become hollow bones for our people and anyone else we can help, and we are not supposed to seek power for our personal use and honor. What we bones really become is the pipeline that connects Wakan-Tanka [The Great Mystery], the Helpers, and the community together. This tells us the direction our curing and healing work must follow and establishes the kind of life we must lead. It also keeps us working at things that do not bring us much income . . .” “The Power that we receive is for curing, healing, prophesying, solving problems, and finding lost people or objects. It is also for spreading love, transforming, and assuring peace and fertility. It is not to give us power over others because the source of power is not ourselves. It comes to us and moves through us as hollow bones, but it belongs to Wakan-Tanka and the Helpers. They are the source, and all thanks should go to Them.” “The life of a holy person becomes soaked with power. One way to describe it is that we are like filled sponges . . . Our lives are a dance of power, and our people see this, so they honor us. It follows then that we are always in public view, and that our behavior must be the best. I do not argue, do not fight, do not hate, do not gossip. I have not chased after women, and I have controlled my lust for them. I have never touched a woman patient other than what was necessary to cure or heal them. I have not taken advantage of anyone . . . I have never touched alcohol or drugs; I have not even used peyote like they do in the Native American Church. Wakan-Tanka can take me higher than any drug ever could.
Because of these things, and of my spiritual life, people respect me. But the important thing is that I reflect Wakan-Tanka and the Helpers to them. I am not Them, but people see what They are like in me and in the life I have lived. This life has been a very happy and full one. I