The Sayings and
Philosophy of Esaugetuh
The Master of Breath
Norman W Wilson, PhD
This edition has been designed to fit on 5” * 8” postcards
so the reader can print off and use the cards for meditation and contemplation.
who seek life’s wisdom.
me say I have never met anyone named Esaugetuh but I did meet Squanto to whom I
dedicated my first book, The Quest: Seeking the New Adam. It is from him that
the wisdom statements contained in this little book originally came.
Squanto was a musician, artist, philosopher,
scientist, educator, and my boss and mentor; more importantly, he was a
life-long best friend.
When Squanto retired as Superintendent of Schools, he
was like so many who had dedicated their complete lives to others. He was as
the saying goes, ‘like a fish out of water.’ In essence, he lost his identity
even though it was only a public one.
I would arrive home from teaching at a local college
around one o’clock and he would soon arrive. The coffee pot was turned on and
some donuts or homemade coolies were placed on the dining room table. Then it
would begin. I quote from my original book: “. . .
there comes a time in every man’s life when he must ask, ‘who am I? And there
is answer. There is hope-a Promethean hope. The question is not do you dare;
but rather, dare you not?”
He always had questions he expected me to answer.
After all who am I? If I say college professor what does that say? If I say,
husband, lover, friend what does that say? What is man? What are love, trust,
and spirituality? Out of all of these days of mid-afternoon conversations, I
realized I should be taking notes and so I did. Those notes became the basis
for the friendship of two men; one young and a seeker; the other, older, wise,
and seemingly ageless.
Even after my move to the West Coast, the telephone
calls, the yearly visits up until the time of his death in 2012, it was always
the questions and his challenge for me to seek rational acceptable answers for
my belief system.
Because of his ability to force me to think, to
breathe new life into my thought processes, I decided to call him Esaugetuh,
the Master of Breath and he became one of the main characters in my Shamanic
In and among the Muskogee tribes of Native Americans
there is a creator and wind god name Esaugetuh Emissee. According to the
Muskogee story, he created humankind. And when you think about it, isn’t that
what artists, musicians, and teachers do.?
I have to confess that Squanto was not the real name
either. His name was Strato E. Televely. And it is to him that this little book
is dedicated. So Strato, until we meet again, have another cup of coffee and a
piece of cake. And then we’ll talk some more.
is like a painting;
reflects the artist's palette.
man, no matter the question, ultimately has to answer it for himself.
best left to memory.