Thursday, August 7, 2014

Prayer for Water


In light of the Mount Polley mine spill and its impact on our Finned relatives, such as salmon and all the Four-legged, Crawling Ones, Rooted Ones, Winged Ones and the Two-legged that depend on the water, I offer this prayer of gratitude to spirit of water.
A prayer of gratitude for the blessed gift of water: Creator, Good Grandmothers, Good Grandfathers of the Four Sacred Directions, we raise our hands high in gratitude for the life nurturing power of water. All Creation is nurtured by water. Forests grow. Animals prosper. Water is the life force for all nations of human kind. As water falls from the sky, it promotes growth on Mother Earth and we are gifted with a richness of beauty and colour as it nourishes the rooted ones.
Water freely imparts its gifts, as it provides abundance for all of Creation. Within its body, it houses Sacred Beings, the Finned Ones, which offers us nourishment. As part of our celebration of the Sacred Water Beings, the first catch of the season is consumed in ceremony. Afterward, the Sacred Finned One’s bones are reverently restored to water, in honour of their sacrifice, so that they will return to feed the people the following year.
Water unities humanity; for all people of every nation is dependent on the life giving properties of water for survival. Water’s only request is that we honour it’s purity by caring for its body and for the Sacred Beings that dwell within its body; and as we do this, water will continue to provide us with life.
Together, within the circle of humanity, we hold our hands high in gratitude as we raise our voices, singing praise to Creator for the gift of water. We pray, Good Grandmothers, Good Grandfathers of the Four Sacred Directions and Creator of all Good Things that healing comes to the water spirits. We pray that the four-legged honour the water so that it continues to flow in the rhythm of life.
Aho!
All my Relations! (ejh)


Photo: In light of the Mount Polley mine spill and its impact on our Finned relatives, such as salmon and all the Four-legged, Crawling Ones, Rooted Ones, Winged Ones and the Two-legged that depend on the water, I offer this prayer of gratitude to spirit of water.  

A prayer of gratitude for the blessed gift of water: Creator, Good Grandmothers, Good Grandfathers of the Four Sacred Directions, we raise our hands high in gratitude for the life nurturing power of water. All Creation is nurtured by water. Forests grow. Animals prosper. Water is the life force for all nations of human kind. As water falls from the sky, it promotes growth on Mother Earth and we are gifted with a richness of beauty and colour as it nourishes the rooted ones.

Water freely imparts its gifts, as it provides abundance for all of Creation. Within its body, it houses Sacred Beings, the Finned Ones, which offers us nourishment. As part of our celebration of the Sacred Water Beings, the first catch of the season is consumed in ceremony. Afterward, the Sacred Finned One’s bones are reverently restored to water, in honour of their sacrifice, so that they will return to feed the people the following year.

Water unities humanity; for all people of every nation is dependent on the life giving properties of water for survival. Water’s only request is that we honour it’s purity by caring for its body and for the Sacred Beings that dwell within its body; and as we do this, water will continue to provide us with life.

Together, within the circle of humanity, we hold our hands high in gratitude as we raise our voices, singing praise to Creator for the gift of water.  We pray, Good Grandmothers, Good Grandfathers of the Four Sacred Directions and Creator of all Good Things that healing comes to the water spirits.  We pray that the four-legged honour the water so that it continues to flow in the rhythm of life. 

Aho! 

All my Relations! (ejh)

Elder's Meditation of the Day August 7



"Everything I know I learned by listening and watching."
--Vernon Cooper, LUMBEE
Sometimes my mind is talking so fast about so many different things that I can't slow it down. All day long I am judging and making assumptions about everything.
Great Spirit, help me this day to slow down. Help me to listen - quietly. Help me to watch carefully. Help me to listen to my inner voice. Let me listen and watch only the thing You would have me observe. Guide my eyes and my ears to be focused on You. Grandfather, love me today and teach me to be quiet.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

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Elder's Meditation of the Day August 6


Elder's Meditation of the Day August 6
"We have to have one mind for the Four Directions. Until we reach that one mind, we cannot be filled with understanding.... The Creator will not answer until you have just one mind, just like if you have one person."
--Grandfather William Commanda, ALGONQUIN
The Elders have taught us to balance our lives emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually. If I am out of control emotionally, I get angry, doubtful or erratic, I am out of balance. If I trigger bad mental pictures of my brothers and sisters, I am out of balance. If I get too hungry, angry, lonely, or tired, I am out of balance physically. If I don't pray and talk to the Creator daily, I am out of balance spiritually. To be centered, I must be in balance. The Creator talks to me in the quiet and still place. So if I get angry, what I should do first is to pause and get still so I can hear the guidance of the Grandfathers.
Oh Great Spirit whose voice I hear in the winds, protect and keep me safe today - hear my prayers.

Beautiful

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Elder's Meditation of the Day August 5


Elder's Meditation of the Day August 5
"It is a paradox in the contemporary world that in our desire for peace we must willingly give ourselves to struggle."
--Linda Hogan, CHICKASAW
The Grandfathers have taught us about sacrifice. We have been taught to pray for the people in a pitiful way. Struggle and conflict is neither good nor bad, it just is. Everything that grows experiences conflict. When the deer is born it is through conflict. When the seed first grows, it is through conflict. Conflict precedes clarity. Everything has the seasons of growth. Recognize - acknowledge - forgive and change. All of these things are done through conflict.
Great Spirit, give me the courage today to see that struggle and conflict are here to teach me lessons that are a gift from you.

Why do I ride Horses?

Monday, August 4, 2014

Elder's Meditation of the Day August 4


Elder's Meditation of the Day August 4
"Telling about our lives is important for those who come after as, for those who will see our experience as part of their own historical struggle."
--Linda Hogan, CHICKASAW
How important it is for us to support one another? How important it is for us to know our culture and to share our experiences with one another? How powerful it is to be authentic? How important it is to hold no secrets? I am as sick as my secrets.
Grandfather, allow me today to be willing to share with my brother and sister. Let my eyes see You in their eyes. Let me not judge them but only love them. Grandfather, help me, for I am Your humble servant.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Elder's Meditation of the Day August 3


Elder's Meditation of the Day August 3
"Always remember you are Indian - do things to make your people proud."
--Joe Coyhis, STOCKBRIDGE-MUNSEE
All our choices and decisions will reflect on our people. We need to assume the accountability of honoring people. We must remember to conduct ourselves in a sacred way. Sometimes this is hard. But we must remember we have the assistance of the Spirit World, and we have the principles and values by which we should live, written in our hearts. The Creator will help us develop into a strong people if we just learn to depend upon Him.
Great Spirit, lead me on the path of the Red Road.

Regal