Topic: Exploring the spiritual aspects of change, oneness, and well-being in Native communities and beyond.
SHARING IN NATIVE COMMUNITIES. Read the downloadable PDF paper below for further information.
Suggested Reading: The Three Principles and Native Spirituality (PDF, 480 KB)
When: February 26, 2017 at 11:00 am PDT / 2:00 pm EST / 7:00 pm UK (Other time zones)
Harold (Harry) Derbitsky
President of ACT (Advanced Coaches Training) Inc., is sharing the Three Principles as uncovered by Sydney Banks in two major worlds i.e. Native and Heavily Addicted (mostly non-Native, but some Native).
When Syd Banks was alive, we often talked about the Native world and to this day, his teachings have carried me to an understanding that "I have to be myself in sharing Truth." Being heavily involved as a non-Native in a Native world has challenges, all of which have floated away from a secure mind and the understanding of the Principles.
My Spirit name is Standing Elk. I have been involved in Native communities, organizations and ceremonies throughout North America for over 20 years. By certain Native communities and human beings, I am considered an Elder. For example, in Samahquam First Nation, I have been sharing in various levels for over 15 years. The sacred pipe came to me from a wise Native teacher who was incarcerated for 25 years in a maximum security prison in Nevada. The clearer I experience the Three Principles, the easier it is to share my wisdom, and understanding of two worlds—the world of the Three Principles and the world of Native Spirituality, for they both are a beautiful way to describe the mystical and spiritual nature of Mind, Consciousness and Thought.
Melinda Kline, LSCSW
Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, LMSW, works for Kansas Children’s Service League (KCSL) as a Family Services Supervisor. She supervises the statewide adoption exchange program (Adopt KS Kids), Adoption Search, and From Heart to Home (Domestic Infant Adoption). Melinda also serves as an adjunct professor for the unityHuman Services and Social Work Departments of Washburn University. Melinda has a BA in Human Services from Ottawa University and a BSW and MSW from Washburn University. She is currently completing clinical hours towards her LSCSW with hopes of completing certification in 2016.
Melinda is a member of the National and Regional Organizations for Human Services (NOHS and MWOHS) and has served as the secretary of the MWOHS for 4 years. She has been a co-presenter in various workshops, regionally and nationally.
She has over 30 years of experience in Human Services. 19 years of service with Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) for the State of Kansas in various positions from Disability Examiner to Human Services Specialist to Social Work Supervisor with Children and Family Services. She served for 2 years as the Domestic Violence Child Welfare Specialist for the State of Kansas and worked in partnership with the Kansas Coalition against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV) to develop curriculum and facilitate and present statewide training for child welfare workers in the area of child welfare and domestic violence.Most often she proclaims herself a Joyologist. Melinda currently applies and shares the 3 Principles (Thought, Mind, & Consciousness) in her home, her work and her community (both Native and non-native).