Cherokee Legend Do you know the legend of the Cherokee Indian youth's rite of Passage?
His father takes him into the forest,
blindfolds him and leaves him alone.
He is required to sit on a stump the
whole night and not remove the blindfold
until the rays of the morning sun
shine through it.
He cannot cry out for help to anyone.
Once he survives the
night, he is a MAN.
He cannot tell the other
boys of this experience,
because each lad must come
into manhood on his own.
The boy is naturally terrified.
He can hear all kinds of noises. Wild
beasts must surely be all around him.
Maybe even some human might do him
harm. The wind blew the grass
and earth, and shook his stump,
but he sat stoically, never removing
It would be the only way he could become a man!
Finally, after a horrific night the sun
appeared and he removed his blindfold.
It was then that he discovered his father
sitting on the stump next to him.
He had been at watch the entire night,
protecting his son from harm..
We, too, are never alone.
Even when we don't know it,
God is watching over us,
Sitting on the stump beside us.
When trouble comes,
all we have to do is reach out to Him.
If you liked this story, pass it on.
If not, you took off your blindfold before dawn.
Moral of the story:
Just because you can't see God,
Doesn't mean He is not there.
"For we walk by faith, not by sight."
Aftermath of this experience can come out many different ways depending upon the child. Do they end up stronger from this experience or more fearful or delusional. Just looking at the mental and emotional aspects and with a bit of theorizing we can see a few potential remedies. They would only be needed if there was a major shift and change in the young boy in his relationship to others, himself and the world.
Whatever the young lad has a susceptibility towards from the vital force will determine the outcome.