Saturday, January 19, 2013

Hopi Prayer for Peace


Hopi Prayer for Peace

"Great Spirit and all unseen, this day we pray and ask You for guidance, humbly we ask You to help us and fellow men to have recourse to peaceful ways of life, because of uncontrolled deceitfulness by human- kind. Help us all to love, not hate one another.

We ask you to be seen in an image of Love and Peace. Let us be seen in beauty, the colors of the rainbow. We respect our Mother, the planet, with our loving care, for from Her breast we receive our nourishment.

Let us not listen to the voices of the two-hearted, the destroyers of mind, the haters and self-made leaders, whose lusts for power and wealth will lead us into confusion and darkness.

Seek visions always of world beauty, not violence nor battlefields.

It is our duty to pray always for harmony between man and earth, so that the earth will bloom once more. Let us show our emblem of love and goodwill for all life and land.

Pray for the House of Glass, for within it are minds clear and pure as ice and mountain streams. Pray for the great leaders of nations in the House of Mica who in their own quiet ways help the earth in balance.

We pray the Great Spirit that one day our Mother Earth will be purified into a healthy peaceful one. Let us sing for strength of wisdom with all nations for the good of all people. Our hope is not yet lost, purification must be to restore the health of our Mother Earth for lasting peace and happiness.

Techqua Ikachi - for Land and Life!"

The warrior

Elder's Meditation of the Day January 18



Elder's Meditation of the Day January 18
"Silence is the absolute poise or balance of body, mind and spirit."
--Charles A. Eastman (Ohiyesa), SANTEE SIOUX
Be still and know. All new learnings, all ideas about new things, creativity, daydreaming and mental effectiveness come to those who learn about silence. All warriors know about the power of silence. All Elders know about stillness. Be still and know God. Meditation is about the place of silence. This is the place to hear God's voice. We can find tremendous amounts of knowledge in the place of silence. This is the sacred place of God.
Great Spirit, teach me the power of silence.

Elder's Meditation of the Day January 19


Elder's Meditation of the Day January 19

"Heal yourself - your physical and spiritual bodies. Regenerate yourself with light, and then help those who have poverty of the soul. Return to the inner spirit, which we have abandoned while looking elsewhere for happiness."
--Willaru Huayta, QUECHUA NATION, PERU

It is difficult to look inside ourselves, especially when we see conflict or confusion. During times of conflict we need to realize that we are talking to ourselves about our thoughts. This conversation is printing in our subconscious and forming our beliefs. During times of conflict we need to ask the spirit to control our self-talk. Only thorough finding that inner place and going there during troubled times will we ever find happiness.

Great Spirit, You are my peace and you dwell within me. Let me look for You within myself.
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Friday, January 18, 2013

No Fear-Native American Spirituality



Heartbeat Drum Song with English Translation

Mahk Jchi

Mahk jchi tahm buooi yahmpi gidi
Mahk jchi taum buooi kan spewa ebi
Mahk jchi tham buooi yahmpi gidi
Mahk jchi taum buooi kan spewa ebi

Mahmpi wah hoka yee monk
Tahond tani kiyee tiyee
Gee we-me eetiyee
Nanka yaht yamoonieah wajitse

Mahk jchi tahm buooi yahmpi gidi
Mahk jchi taum buooi kan spewa ebi
Mahk jchi tham buooi yahmpi gidi
Mahk jchi taum buooi kan spewa ebi

Mahmpi wah hoka yee monk
Tahond tani kiyee tiyee
Gee we-me eetiyee
Nanka yaht yamoonieah wajitse
Nanka yaht yamoomieah wajitse
Nanka yaht yamoonieah wajitse
Nanka yaht yamoomieah wajitse

Mahk jchi tahm buooi yahmpi gidi
Mahk jchi taum buooi kan spewa ebi
Mahk jchi tham buooi yahmpi gidi
Mahk jchi taum buooi kan spewa ebi

Mahmpi wah hoka yee monk
Tahond tani kiyee tiyee
Gee we-me eetiyee
Nanka yaht yamoonieah wajitse
Nanka yaht yamoomieah wajitse
Nanka yaht yamoonieah wajitse
Nanka yaht yamoomieah wajitse

Mahk jchi tahm buooi yahmpi gidi
Mahk jchi taum buooi kan spewa ebi
Mahk jchi tham buooi yahmpi gidi
Mahk jchi taum buooi kan spewa ebi

Mahmpi wah hoka yee monk
Tahond tani kiyee tiyee
Gee we-me eetiyee
Nanka yaht yamoonieah wajitse
Nanka yaht yamoomieah wajitse
Nanka yaht yamoonieah wajitse
Nanka yaht yamoomieah wajitse

Free English translation:
A hundred years have passed
Yet I hear the distant beat of my father's drums.
I hear his drums throughout the land.
His beat I feel within my heart.
The drum shall beat
so my heart shall beat.
And I shall live a hundred thousand years.
 — withPhyllis White Wind Hesson and Stephie Devlin.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Wan-Tanna-Hey: "Walk In Peace With Spirit"~



It is easy to affirm the CREATOR's divine order when all is going smoothly, but it can be more difficult when we experience a loss. The CREATOR's divine order is a continual process. We know that when the sun sets on one side of the world, it is rising on the other.

When we consider our lives in this way, we see our own sunsets from a new perspective. Accept and honor the transitions, allow what was once part of our experience to pass and wait patiently for what is next.

As we move through change, we are not alone, the CREATOR's love is our assurance and support, know that after every sunset, we will experience a grand and beautiful sunrise.

Idle No More -- Jan 2013

Indigenous people have risen up across Canada in the 
Idle No More movement, a mass call for Indigenous sovereignty, 
self-determination and rights, against colonization, racism, 
injustice, and oppression. 

I AM ONE OF THE FIRST TRUE SONS


I AM ONE OF THE FIRST TRUE SONS
 I AM ONE OF THE MANY WHO CAME BEFORE ME
 I AM ONE WITH THIS LAND..I BELONG TO IT
 IT DOES NOT BELONG TO ME
 I HAVE THE PRIDE OF MANY ELDERS
 I RESPECT THE WAYS OF OLD

 I AM ONE OF THE MANY TRUE HORSEMAN AND ARCHERS
 I AM NATIVE AMERICAN
 I AM PROUD AND I AM FREE UN LIKE SO MANY
 BEFORE ME, I HAVE BEEN ROBBED OF LAND, AND FREE WILL
 BUT NOT MYSELF BUT OF MY PEOPLE BEFORE ME
 BUT YOU SHALL NEVER HEAR ME COMPLANE
 BUT IN STEAD I WILL STOP AND YELL
 NATIVE PRIDE
 IM SOFT SPOKEN BUT WONT BE PUSHED
 THOSE BEFORE FOUGHT TO HARD FOR THAT
 I AM NATIVE AMERICAN
 MY HAIR IS LONG AND BLACK
 MY BLOOD RUNS THICK, , AND PROUD
 I BELIVE IN MOTHER EARTH
 AND GRANDFATHER SKY
 THE WINDS AND RAINS TALK TO ME
 THE ANIMALS ARE MY BROTHER/SISITERS
 I AM NATIVE AMERICAN
 THE SMOKE FROM THE PIPE AND THE HEART OF THE DRUM
 CARRY MY MESSAGE TO THE 
 GREAT SPIRIT...
 THE BUFFALO AND WOLFS AND HAWKS, ARE MY KIN
 AND TEACH ME WELL
 I AM NATIVE AMERICAN
 AND I HAVE 
 NATIVE PRIDE
-JEFF GREYICEWOLF













I AM ONE OF THE FIRST TRUE SONS
I AM ONE OF THE MANY WHO CAME BEFORE ME
I AM ONE WITH THIS LAND..I BELONG TO IT
IT DOES NOT BELONG TO ME
I HAVE THE PRIDE OF MANY ELDERS
I RESPECT THE WAYS OF OLD

I AM ONE OF THE MANY TRUE HORSEMAN AND ARCHERS
I AM NATIVE AMERICAN
I AM PROUD AND I AM FREE UN LIKE SO MANY
BEFORE ME, I HAVE BEEN ROBBED OF LAND, AND FREE WILL
BUT NOT MYSELF BUT OF MY PEOPLE BEFORE ME
BUT YOU SHALL NEVER HEAR ME COMPLANE
BUT IN STEAD I WILL STOP AND YELL
NATIVE PRIDE
IM SOFT SPOKEN BUT WONT BE PUSHED
THOSE BEFORE FOUGHT TO HARD FOR THAT
I AM NATIVE AMERICAN
MY HAIR IS LONG AND BLACK
MY BLOOD RUNS THICK, , AND PROUD
I BELIVE IN MOTHER EARTH
AND GRANDFATHER SKY
THE WINDS AND RAINS TALK TO ME
THE ANIMALS ARE MY BROTHER/SISITERS
I AM NATIVE AMERICAN
THE SMOKE FROM THE PIPE AND THE HEART OF THE DRUM
CARRY MY MESSAGE TO THE
GREAT SPIRIT...
THE BUFFALO AND WOLFS AND HAWKS, ARE MY KIN
AND TEACH ME WELL
I AM NATIVE AMERICAN
AND I HAVE
NATIVE PRIDE
-JEFF GREYICEWOLF

Elder's Meditation of the Day January 17



Elder's Meditation of the Day January 17
"In our story of Creation, we talk about each one of us having our own path to travel, and our own gift to give and to share. You see, what we say is that the Creator gave us all special gifts; each one of us is special. And each one of us is a special gift to each other because we've got something to share."
--John Peters (Slow Turtle), WAMPANOAG
We are all equally special. We need to focus on what is right for ourselves. As we focus on what is right for ourselves, we will start to see our special gifts. Then we can see how to share our special gifts with others. If we focus on what's wrong with ourselves, we will not be able to see our gifts. Then we will think we have nothing to give others and we become selfish and withdrawn. The more we focus on our good, the more we see the good in others. The more we see the good in others, the more we see the gifts they have to share. What you sees is what you gets!
My Creator, today, let me use the gifts You have given me. Let me use them wisely.

Statement of Solidarity with INM:


Statement of Solidarity with INM: Latin American Researchers of Ontario (LARO), Foro Nuestra America, the organizers of Latino/as in Solidarity with Idle no More, and the undersigned organizations support Idle No More for the following reasons:

1. Because Idle No More represents a compelling call to build a more equitable and sustainable society where the most vulnerable populations have access to basic rights such as appropriate housing, food and clean water, education and autonomy

2. Because Idle No More represents a strong voice against the destruction and continued privatization of our natural resources

3. Because Idle No More represents a sovereign call to defend traditional governance and real participatory democracy

4. Because Idle No More represents a legitimate voice against governmental racist and assimilationist policies that perpetuate neo-colonial relations

5. Because Idle No More is challenging mainstream images and stereotypes of passive/victimized indigenous subjects and providing visibility for alternative voices

6. Because Idle No More is raising unprecedented awareness regarding the Right of Indigenous Peoples and the rights of Canadian inhabitants

7. Because Idle No More provides an opportunity to re-think social, political and economic relations in ways that include environmental, spiritual, and communitarian values

8. Because as immigrants we have the responsibility to engage in dialogue with the original peoples of these lands!

Organizations that support this statement:

Canadian Hispanic Congress, Toronto, ON
Casa Maíz, Toronto, ON
LACEN - Edmonton, AB
Latino Rebels, LLC, Milton, MA
Leo Campos Aldunez, E.C., The Community Networks Group, Edmonton, AB
Memoria Viva, Edmonton, AB
One Voice Radio, Phoenix, Arizona
Refundación, Revista Latinoamericana

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Wan-Tanna-Hey: "Walk In Peace With Spirit"~



Whenever we stop to consider where we are on the road of life, we might also think about why we are there. Whether it is success or failure, or wavering in the middle of the road, we are where we are because of someone or something.
Nearly every person can pinpoint the time in their life when there was a turning point, a change for worse or for the better. And usually there is someone to whom they give the credit for such a change.
Throughout our lives we contact many people, and they each leave an impression. As living continues the combination of all those thoughts and feelings and actions forms our opinions, our likes and dislikes, our fears and our loves. But there is one basic factor in all of this that turns us one way or other - the individual, the personal self. It is how we take life, what we expect, how we do our daily tasks, where we place our values that makes the difference.
We are born with the right to choose - and whatever we choose there will always be someone there to help us be good or bad. But first, we must give credit where credit is due.
There is a Master Plan. There are Natural Laws that run the universe. Everything on the earth has a purpose. Change is constant. That which is built is constantly being destroyed. That which is loose is being used to build new things. Nothing can be destroyed, only rearranged. Change will happen and every setback is only temporary. In other words, the Creator is in charge. We are not in charge. He designed the universe. He runs the universe and He will change what needs to be changed. As humans, it is easier for us to participate in all of this if we are spiritual. We need to be tuned in. Therefore, God gave us the spiritual concept of acceptance. When things change, we can change ourselves through the principle of acceptance. 
Chief Walks In Shadows

Elder's Meditation of the Day January 16 "If people are going to get back into balance, one of the things they have to do is seek the truth. They have to start really speaking the truth themselves, and that's a difficult thing to do. The way it is now in the world, we don't mind lying." --John Peters (Slow Turtle), WAMPANOAG Well everybody's doing it. Do unto others before they do unto you. If it wasn't for bad luck I would have no luck at all. These are excuses and rationalizations for giving up accountability. Be true to yourself. Seek the truth, the Great Spirit is the truth. The truth shall set you free. This is the truth. We cannot be free if we are dishonest nor can we live a balanced life if we are dishonest. As we grow, we need to start taking stands. All warriors take stands. The warrior's belief is constantly being aligned to truth. The warrior will always know where he/she stands. Great Spirit, help me today to seek Your truth, not my truth.




Elder's Meditation of the Day January 16
"If people are going to get back into balance, one of the things they have to do is seek the truth. They have to start really speaking the truth themselves, and that's a difficult thing to do. The way it is now in the world, we don't mind lying."
--John Peters (Slow Turtle), WAMPANOAG
Well everybody's doing it. Do unto others before they do unto you. If it wasn't for bad luck I would have no luck at all. These are excuses and rationalizations for giving up accountability. Be true to yourself. Seek the truth, the Great Spirit is the truth. The truth shall set you free. This is the truth. We cannot be free if we are dishonest nor can we live a balanced life if we are dishonest. As we grow, we need to start taking stands. All warriors take stands. The warrior's belief is constantly being aligned to truth. The warrior will always know where he/she stands.
Great Spirit, help me today to seek Your truth, not my truth.

"If people are going to get back into balance, one of the things they have to do is seek the truth. They have to start really speaking the truth themselves, and that's a difficult thing to do. The way it is now in the world, we don't mind lying."
--John Peters (Slow Turtle), WAMPANOAG
Well everybody's doing it. Do unto others before they do unto you. If it wasn't for bad luck I would have no luck at all. These are excuses and rationalizations for giving up accountability. Be true to yourself. Seek the truth, the Great Spirit is the truth. The truth shall set you free. This is the truth. We cannot be free if we are dishonest nor can we live a balanced life if we are dishonest. As we grow, we need to start taking stands. All warriors take stands. The warrior's belief is constantly being aligned to truth. The warrior will always know where he/she stands.
Great Spirit, help me today to seek Your truth, not my truth.

16 Jan 2013--note from CP

I sent Cathy P a copy of a note that WIW posted. This is the resulting posts with Cathy.


  • Linda C Rosenberg May
    Mornin'
    I was just thinking about you when this showed up.......
    L
    • Catherine Pritchett
      I'm not ignoring you. I am a bit slow to play words, I know. I have been taking time to renew my spiritual center, to help other friends and acquaintances through some tough times, trying to keep up with property and animal duties. I maybe quiet, but I'm not ignoring you. If you need help or want to talk, I'm here. Though, I have to admit, I still forget to take my phone with me when I go out, I do try to make sure I check for calls and messages when I get back.
      • Today
      • Linda C Rosenberg May
        Hi, it's sad that you assume the quote had anything to do with "words" or that I think you are ignoring me.
        It's always good to refresh our spiritual side, I know it is for me.
        It's always good to help other friends & acquaintances, I do my best to do the same thing. I'm glad all is well & you're keeping busy (like there's any other way to be  hell it's tough to just take the time to chill for a bit, LOL )
        Hope all the critters are well 
        Catch up with you soon I'm sure 



        ______________________

        She obviously thinks very little of me. That is not what friends are about.
        From her response, it sounds like she's been helping Karen, that's good, she should. If nothing else, I believe I helped make that happen :]

      Tuesday, January 15, 2013

      Elder's Meditation of the Day January 14



      Elder's Meditation of the Day January 14
      "It is a native tradition to sit in a circle and talk-to share what is in your heart."
      --John Peters (Slow Turtle), WAMPANOAG
      The talking circle is also a listening circle. The talking circle allows one person to talk at a time for as long as they need to talk. So much can be gained by listening. Is it a coincidence that the Creator gave us one mouth and two ears? The power of the circle allows the heart to be shared with each other. What we share with each other also heals each other. When we talk about our pain in the circle, it is distributed to the circle, and we are free of the pain. The talking circle works because when the people form a circle, the Great Mystery is in the center.
      My Creator, give me the courage to share, and the courage to listen.

      Elder's Meditation of the Day January 15

      Elder's Meditation of the Day January 15

      It's all spirit and it's all connected." 
      --Grandfather William Commanda, ALGONQUIN 

      If everything is connected, we cannot disconnect. To disconnect is not a real choice. This is why we are always spiritual no matter what we do. Every alcoholic is spiritual. All our brothers and sisters are spiritual. We may not be behaving correctly, but nevertheless, we are spiritual. Our choice is to live out of harmony with spiritual ways or in harmony with spiritual ways. Everything is spiritual.

      Great Spirit, give me the knowledge to be in harmony with the spirit today.

      Monday, January 14, 2013

      No Fear-Native American Spirituality and Thoughts-A Tribute


      Come, walk with me among the tall grass.
      Feel the gentle winds as they brush against your skin.
      Feel the warmth of the sun upon your face.
      Feel the softness of the summer rain as it embraces you.
      Smell the wild flowers growing in the meadow.
      Hear the birds as they sing their song.
      For I am all these things and more.
      The winds are my fingers touching.
      The sun is the warmth of my kiss.
      The summer rain is my caress.
      The wild flowers, the scent of my hair.
      And the song of the birds,
      The sweet sound of my voice as I say,
      "Come, walk with me among the tall grass
      and feel my spirit..." Kehowah
       — 

      Jan 14 Daily Feast

      Jan 14 Daily Feast
      Many trails lead away from the right path. Our feet wander far for answers to the same questions our old ones sang about and prayed over in the quiet of their own thoughts. Do we have new problems? No, it is the same one, tsv s gi na, the enemy that tries to rule our thinking and actions. He comes dressed in circumstances that will entice us to his way. But he is still the same old enemy who keeps trying. There is nothing new under the sun. The same devils that tried the souls of ancient men have a new vulnerable generation - and not enough are aware of the danger.
      ~ From here on I want to live in peace. ~ GERONIMO - APACHE
       — with Maya Lavish Sav Vildosola and Stephie Devlin.

      Elder's Meditation of the Day January 14



      Elder's Meditation of the Day January 14
      "It is a native tradition to sit in a circle and talk-to share what is in your heart."
      --John Peters (Slow Turtle), WAMPANOAG
      The talking circle is also a listening circle. The talking circle allows one person to talk at a time for as long as they need to talk. So much can be gained by listening. Is it a coincidence that the Creator gave us one mouth and two ears? The power of the circle allows the heart to be shared with each other. What we share with each other also heals each other. When we talk about our pain in the circle, it is distributed to the circle, and we are free of the pain. The talking circle works because when the people form a circle, the Great Mystery is in the center.
      My Creator, give me the courage to share, and the courage to listen.

      Jan 14 Native Wisdom

      Jan 14 Native Wisdom

      "Our people don't come in parts. Either you are Indian, or you are not." --Nippawanock, ARAPAHOE

      We really need to take a look at how Indian People are talking about Indian People. We say there are Rez Indians, Traditional Indians, Urban Indians and Breeds. This type of thinking will keep us separated. An Indian is an Indian, a brother is a brother, a sister is a sister. We are all related. Today, let us respect ourselves and our people. Today, let me realize Indians are Indians.

      Great Spirit, let me see the Unity of the People. Indians are Indians.

      No Fear-Native American Spirituality and Thoughts-A Tribute 14 Jan, 2013



      "The little girl asked her wise grandfather why the Great Mystery gave eyes to two legged tribes of humans. Grandfather smiled silently, remembering her grandmother’s eyes that were reflected in the little one’s face. And then he replied, "Your eyes can see the world around you and take in the beauty of creation. Your eyes can shed the tears that cleanse your hurt, allowing you to heal. Your eyes were meant for seeing all that the Earth Mother places in your path. So these things can be recorded as memories of your passage in this earth walk. Yes, little one, our eyes have many ways to teach us how to see the truth. Your eyes can betray your thoughts and feelings to others because they are the openings to the spiritual essence.

      "One day, you will find a warrior to share your life with. When that time comes, you will be able to look into his eyes and see him with your heart. Through his eyes, the opening of his Orinda, his spiritual essence, you will know if his spirit can shelter you, and if his heart is pure. When you look into his eyes, seek the truth of his nature. If he looks away, he is not strong enough to shelter your love for him. If he looks directly into your eyes and allows your hearts to connect, adding his strength to your own, you will know that he is a courageous man worthy of sharing your earth walk."
      "The Openings of the Orinda." by Jamie Sams
       — 


      Sunday, January 13, 2013

      Elder's Meditation of the Day January 13



      Elder's Meditation of the Day January 13
      "When you remove love and try to replace it with monetary things, you've got nothing ... get him to understand that he has to love himself before he can love anything else."
      --John Peters (Slow Turtle), WAMPANOAG
      It is said, "Love thy neighbor as thyself." That's the trouble, most of us do.
      Great Spirit, You are love; You are spirit. Spirit and love are interconnected. I am spiritual. Let me realize what I am really made of.

      No Fear-Native American Spirituality and Thoughts-A Tribute


      THINK on THESE THINGS'
      By Joyce Sequichie Hifler

      Bad feelings are burdens. When we get to the point of believing the whole world is sour because we don't understand it, we have a lot of self-searching to do. Maybe we helped it to lose its sweetness. Maybe we're the bad apple that soured the whole lot.Our first thought should be to make amends. Sometimes we can't, and when such is the case we need to get out of the way and let time and nature take its course.Life is too beautiful to go on being a bitter pill that insists that everyone swallow it. As in the words of Caleb C. Colton, an English clergyman around the turn of the century, "the man who has so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own dispositions, will waste his life in fruitless efforts, and multiply the grief which he proposes to remove." Our first thought should be to make amends. Sometimes we can't, and when such is the case we need to get out of the way and let time and nature take its course.
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      January 13 - Daily Feast If we are not happy, it is because no one has given us permission to be. The hardships and stresses of those who went before us make us wonder if we have a right to do better. Do we have permission to outlive, outdo, outwork all those who went before us? Have we given our children permission to be stronger, better, and more intelligent than we are? The Cherokees have a word for it, adahenhdi, meaning the gift. Or have we told them to adhere to their roots instead of respecting them? Have we made them caretakers, or have we set them free to be strong builders on firm foundations? Permission is hard to come by when we wait and wait for someone to tell us we have done well, that we have earned the right to be mature, respected adults. No, we give ourselves permission to grow, to live long and well, to prosper and be in good health. ~ I can tell my children that the way to get honor is to go to work and be good men and women. ~ CHIEF RUNNING BIRD — with Mario Ruiz and Solvej Larsen.


      January 13 - Daily Feast
      If we are not happy, it is because no one has given us permission to be. The hardships and stresses of those who went before us make us wonder if we have a right to do better. Do we have permission to outlive, outdo, outwork all those who went before us? Have we given our children permission to be stronger, better, and more intelligent than we are? The Cherokees have a word for it, adahenhdi, meaning the gift. Or have we told them to adhere to their roots instead of respecting them? Have we made them caretakers, or have we set them free to be strong builders on firm foundations? Permission is hard to come by when we wait and wait for someone to tell us we have done well, that we have earned the right to be mature, respected adults. No, we give ourselves permission to grow, to live long and well, to prosper and be in good health.
      ~ I can tell my children that the way to get honor is to go to work and be good men and women. ~
      CHIEF RUNNING BIRD
       —