"It's time Indians tell the world what we know... about nature and about God.
So I'm going to tell you what I know and who I am. You guys better listen.
You have a lot to learn.
Mathew King, LAKOTA
A long time ago the Creator came to Turtle Island and said to the Red People,
"You will be the keepers of the Mother Earth. Among you I will give the wisdom about nature, about the interconnectedness of all things, about balance and about living in harmony. You, Red People will see the secrets of
nature. You will live in hardship and the blessing of this is you will stay close to the Creator. The day will come when you will need to share the secrets with the other people of the earth because they will stray from their spiritual ways. The time to start sharing is today."
Oh Great Spirit, today I am ready for You to use me as a channel of Your peace. Let my walk today be visible so the people will say "There goes a Man of God." I want to know what He knows. If they ask, I will tell them to go out into the wilderness and pray for You to guide them.
We must take the lessons of life that are written upon the Whispers of the wind, and learn from them so that we may walk and grow in harmony with the Great One. We must learn to love all things, deny ourselves, and serve others so the Master will hear the greatness of our humbleness, as He walks in the Garden of Life. We must love our Earth partners, not in words, but in deeds and show that our spirit desires to be likened upon the Great Spirit. We must gain the courage to pray through all things and worship even when we feel that we have nothing to offer.
Through trials, we will find our Wind Spirit will grow and either rise upon the currents or sink into the valleys if left unfed....we must learn the lessons of life through all things and then pass the gifts of life to those that follow in our footsteps, for they will need them even more, as Mother Earth and Father Sky continues to be darkened by the progress of the Nothing. So goes the Circle Of Life and in it's simplicity, contains all the vastness of the Universe.
Chief Dan George
Sweet fragrance of the land, herbs and roots and medicines long lost to the
general populace, are nonetheless as present as they always have been. We
have been so taken with miracle cures, these things have been put away as
folklore and not dependable.
The simple people at one time had no other alternative - so runs the
present-day popular notion. Hard-fought battles over who is to pay for the
miracle medicines - and we are grateful for most of them - may turn a
venturesome soul back to the soil and back to those things that heal a mind
and body without being asked for proof of insurance. But one other thing far
too ignored is the power of prayer. No Indian is remiss in blessing his body
and soul and spirit because he knows they work together. His prayer is not
now and again but regular and potent.
~ The lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to lack of respect
for humans too. ~
LUTHER STANDING BEAR - LAKOTA