Saturday, August 26, 2006

Native Ameican Wisdom - The Great Spirit

Cherokee Prayer
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
Hold On Hold on to what is good,
Even if it's a handful of earth.
Hold on to what you believe,
Even if it's a tree that stands by itself.
Hold on to what you must do,
Even if it's a long way from here.
Hold on to your life,
Even if it's easier to let go.
Hold on to my hand,
Even if someday
I'll be gone away from you.
A Pueblo Indian Prayer
Humankind has not woven the web of life.
We are but one thread within it.
Whatever we do to the web,
we do to ourselves.
All things are bound together.
All things connect.
Chief Seattle, 1854
May the Warm Winds of Heaven
Blow softly upon your house.
May the Great Spirit
Bless all who enter there.
May your Mocassins
Make happy tracks in many snows,
and may the Rainbow
Always touch your shoulder.
Cherokee Prayer
BlessingOh, Great Spirit
Whose voice I hear in the winds,
And whose breath gives life to all the world,
hear me,I am small and weak,
I need your strength and wisdom.
Let me walk in beauty
and make my eyes ever behold
the red and purple sunset.
Make my hands respect the things
you have made
and my ears sharp to hear your voice.
Make me wise
so that I may understand the things
you have taught my people.
Let me learn the lessons
you have hidden in every leaf and rock.
I seek strength, not to be greater than my brother,
but to fight my greatest enemy - myself.
Make me always ready to come to you
with clean hands and straight eyes.
So when life fades, as the fading sunset,
my Spirit may come to you without shame.
.

51 comments:

serenity said...

"Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it.
Whatever we do to the web,
we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect."

...yes

As we all connect in love and light to the universal spirit, what we give to the universe, we also receive. Thank you for posting these wonderful prayers from the rich wisdom of Native Americans.

Blessings to you, and yes you are right, kindred spirits.

Known Stranger said...

wow.. what a poetic style.. and more over the back ground music is brilliant

Tiesha's Place said...

These are all so beautiful. We could all learn a lot from these prayers. They speak to what's really important don't they? Thanks for posting this.

Anali said...

I love these! What a great way to start my day!

Cocaine Jesus said...

there is such a great deal of wisdom and beauty within american indian culture. such a wonderful race of people.

samuru999 said...

Thanks for sharing those very beautiful prayers!
Have a great weekend!

samrina said...

Beautiful words!! just loved the post :)

Thnx for sharing.

Hope u doing fine there.

Takecare

Kuan Gung said...

Thank you serenity...I agree...we are all made of the same "stuff"...appreciate your very kind thoughts...wisdom is always where we're at now....it's that bottomless well...

Kuan Gung said...

Thanks known stranger...I really like enya...

Kuan Gung said...

tiesha, I agree, it's really as you say...what is indeed only really important...your work speaks to this...and affirms it...

Kuan Gung said...

Appreciate all of the positive comments, Native Americans understood how sacred nature really is and was, they have such a rich culture...Thanks anali...cocaine jesus...samrina...and samuru..some incredible stuff at your site!

Mindinside said...

we all need prayers .. always
Thank you

Plus Ultra said...

Lovely collection, indeed a thesaurus of wisdom....

polona said...

these are just beautiful. i admire the wisdom of native americans, thank you for sharing.

thank you for stopping by my blog so that i could discover this. i like what you do.

White Forest said...

very beautiful lines ther!

starry nights said...

Thanks for sharing this beautiful prayer. I love the Native american indians. and read a lot of their books.

Kuan Gung said...

Thank you all for your kind comments...the history of Native Amerucans is so very sad in many ways, but they left behind such great wisdom on their feelings on life that endure...

deepsat said...

such lovely prayers!!!

;-))

ishita said...

These are beautiful...! what's gonna stay in my mind for sure is "Hold on..."...the lakota prayer....

thanks for sharing these prayers here:)

floots said...

cj and plus ultra said it for me
a lot of wisdom
thanks for stopping by and giving me the chance to visit here
cheers

Emissary.Christine said...

Very lovely... thank you as always Kuan Gung! ;)

Neers said...

so true!! and May these Prayers, be our guiding light forever!! We need them, i mean the humanity needs them.

Thanks Kuan

Asma said...

prayers r very important for each of us..lovely post thnx for sharing.

take care

Kuan Gung said...

ishita that is a powerfull prayer...thank you

Kuan Gung said...

floots...nice site you have there, it's got a great feel...thank you for having me...

Kuan Gung said...

nice to see you again christine...thank you

Kuan Gung said...

Thanks deepsat!

Kuan Gung said...

yes neers we certainly do to stay connected and in the balance...thank you

Kuan Gung said...

Greetings starry...mindinside...plus ultra (nice site)...polona and white forest...thank you

Keshi said...

so beautiful!

Keshi.

Othersideblue said...

It is nice of you to visit my page and encouraging me to write.
Thank you.

dumbdodi said...

What beautiful prayers..and how beautifully you have written them
Thank you so much for sharing

Kuan Gung said...

Great recent post at your site othersideblue...nice pen...and thank you for your kind words...

Kuan Gung said...

Thank you dumbdodi...what a rich culture left behind...

ari4u said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the nice comments.
Those were some nice prayers you posted here.

Take care
-ari

Groovygirl said...

Right on friend! Thank you for your inspiration and for making me smile.

Neers said...

Thanks Kuan!! its always a pleasure to get your insights... :)

have a great day!

krystyna said...

Thank you so much for those beautiful prayers !!!

constance said...

Hold on to your life,
Even if it's easier to let go.
Hold on to my hand,
Even if someday
I'll be gone away from you.

How beautifully strong yet poignant....

I love these as well as the Alaskan landscapes you took...they are breathtakingly beautiful. I'm awed..that's the beauty of nature....created by the incomparable 'DESIGNER'. Ahhh...I love Enya too! But my favourite Enya's song will always be Marble Halls...do search for it if you havent heard....

Kuan Gung said...

I'll see if that song is out there on a player constance...thank you...

Kuan Gung said...

Thank you neers for your kind comments...

Kuan Gung said...

It's been quite a few months since I seen a blog post from you here groovygirl...get that pen going again...thank you

Kuan Gung said...

Thanks ari4u and krystina!

butterflygirl said...

Love it!

Meg said...

That was touching....it touched my heart and mind and soul. The very first one especially. Wow..WOW!
I'm saving these.....thanks so much for putting it out there for all of us to read, remember, and live!

Saurabh said...

Very nice!

anumita said...

This is beautiful! This is taking me back to University when I did a paper on Native American literature.

Kuan Gung said...

Greetings meg and thank you...

Kuan Gung said...

thank you anumita and butterfkygirl for visiting...

Kuan Gung said...

anumita...yes it does take me back...unfortunately, they don't reflect much back on this in high scholls in the U.S.

Kuan Gung said...

thanks saurabh...