The Work of Joseph Rael – Tsluu-teh-koh-ay – Beautiful Painted Arrow

The work of Joseph Rael, Tsluu-teh-koh-ay, Beautiful Painted Arrow.

Over the last few months I have been reading the work of Joseph Rael, a Southern Ute and Picuris Pueblo First Nation mystic and spiritual leader. I was attracted to the titles of his books, Sound; being and vibration: entering the new world; and House of Shattering Light, because of their relationship to healing and sound. I was curious to explore his perspective on the relationship of sound, vibration and healing. What I found was a deep and richly embroidered world view that went far beyond a mere formula and encourages the personal transformation of ‘us’ as individuals and ‘us’ as a global family. Indeed, it took me a while to read this work as it was full of thoughts and activities that often went beyond my level of experience and asked that I move into realms of thought and manifestation that were new and challenging.


As I reread the books I find that I want to quote his work and, at the same time, realize that the quotes out of context do not communicate the material. One must read the books in order to begin to understand the content. I feel they are more akin to a manual, a reference guide to self-development, and, simultaneously not a self-help book. Rael’s vision is world peace. His intention is to provide the tools to bring the human society to the ‘next world.’ This is the world where we recognize and honor our relationship to all things. A world where we know that all vibration is conscious. A world where we are a contiguous part of the whole. A world where our words are a reflection of our reality.

On page 29 from being and vibration, “Since people are made of sound, listening is important. …. To become a true human, one must become conscious of listening and hearing the voice of the Great Mystery speaking through everything; through the sound of a tree, or the bird flying overhead, or the wind in the room, or someone breathing, or someone talking, or a moment of silence. The activity of sound is what made the people.”

Ted Andrews from his book, Sacred Sounds speaks about all words being magical and the paradox being that they need intention to become magic. Rael takes us on a journey into the inner nature of sound, through a process of finding the intentionality of sound and hence, making it magical. As Joseph Rael studied languages, he found that there were aspects that transcended the language and also that the language formed how one sees the world. In his native Tiwa language, he found a direct relationship between the words and the phenomena of the world. Tiwa has no nouns. All the words are verbs and the action of the world is reflected in the sounds of the language. These words have multiple layers of meaning based on the context. He saw English as a language of technology, creating form. His explorations found that even within the English language the words reflect their ancient roots.

Another aspect of the work is the nature of ceremony. Ceremony can be as simple as washing the dishes if it is done with intent. Even without intent, it is a ceremony, though lacking the power of intent. Jonathan Goldman writes that ‘Tone + Intent = Healing.’ Joseph Rael imbues all action with intent through his writing, actions and instruction. Again, I find it difficult to condense this work without diluting or misconstruing the insights. Within these works are insights into the nature of the Feminine and Masculine energies of being; the power of the vowels in our words and toning; how form crystalizes from idea; the interplay of the Great Mystery with our existence on the planet earth; and perhaps most importantly; how we can take these principles into our daily lives and through our intent, change the vibrational future of all beings on our beloved planet.