Nothing of the marvelous can astonish us. A beast could speak or the sun stand still.The virgin birth seems scarcely more miraculous than is the birth of every child that comes into the world.
Let us not forget that even for the most contemporary thinker, who sees a majesty and grandeur in natural law, science cannot explain everything.
We all still have to face the ultimate miracle ~ the origin and principle of life. This is the supreme mystery that is the essence of worship and without which there can be no religion...in the presence of this mystery all peoples must take the attitude of the Indian....who beholds with awe the Divine in all Creation...
Wisdom of the Native Americans
We do not chart and measure the vast field of nature or express her wonders in the terms of science; on the contrary...we see miracles on every hand - the miracle of life in seed and egg, the miracle of death in a lightning flash, and in the swelling deep.
Honor the sacred
Honor the Elders.
Honor all with whom we share the Earth:-
Four-leggeds, two-leggeds, winged ones,
Swimmers, crawlers, plant and rock people.
Walk in balance and beauty.
Native American Elder
is how tall its buildings of concrete are,
But rather how well its people have learned to relate
to their environment and fellow man.
~ Sun Bear of the Chippewa Tribe ~
We must protect the forests for our children, grandchildren and children yet to be born. We must protect the forests for those who can't speak for themselves such as the birds, animals, fish and trees.
If the white man wants to live in peace with the Indian he can live in peace. There need be no trouble. Treat all men alike. Give them all the same law. Give them all an even chance to live and grow. All men were made by the same Great Spirit Chief. They are all brothers. The earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it.
Children learn from what they see. We need to set an example of truth and action.
- Howard Rainer, Taos Pueblo-Creek (2012)
Caretakers for all that dwells upon it;
To be of one heart with all things.
tears of every living thing,
To feel in our hearts the pain
of the wounded animal,
each crushed blade of grass;
the rocks, our bones;
The rivers are the blood of our veins.
Traditions are open to anyone
who wants to learn.
The gift of breath, the gift of life,
Opportunities in a vast array.
How do we count our blessings,
Through the choices life can bring?
Is it through joyful lessons?
Or the fears to which we cling?
Are we learning to show gratitude,
For the victories over human pain?
By honoring the feeling choices,
We grasp the will we've regained.
Can we change our focus,
With no need to defend?
Acknowledging joy and sorrow,
Without judging foe or friend?
Tomorrow promises the fullness
Of every human way to know:
How we master each challenge
Determines our balance -
reflecting how we grow.
"The Earth does not belong to man,
man belongs to the earth.
All things are connected,
like the blood, which unites us all."
~ Chief Seattle ~
Wakan Tanka, Great Mystery, teach me how to trust my heart, my mind, my intuition, my inner knowing, the senses of my body, the blessings of my spirit. Teach me to trust these things so that I may enter my Sacred Space and love beyond my fear, and thus Walk in Balance with the passing of each glorious Sun. ~ Lakota Prayer
Peace and happiness are available in every moment. Peace is every step. We shall walk hand in hand. There are no political solutions to spiritual problems. Remember: If the Creator put it there, it is in the right place. The soul would have no rainbow if the eyes had no tears.