The time has come to listen to echoes from our land...the wisdom and teachings of our Native Americans. Their words are simple and their voices are soft. We have not heard them, because we have not taken the time to listen.
Perhaps now is the time to open our ears and our hearts to the words of wisdom they have to say. - First People.com
The words of wisdom from Native American fathers has been with us for centuries. It is time that we listen to them.
Grandfather, Great Spirit, once more behold me on earth and lean to hear my feeble voice. You lived first, and you are older than all need, older than all prayer. All things belong to you -- the two-legged, the four-legged, the wings of the air, and all green things that live.
You have set the powers of the four quarters of the earth to cross each other. You have made me cross the good road and road of difficulties, and where they cross, the place is holy. Day in, day out, forevermore, you are the life of things.
Black Elk - Oglala Sioux
Throughout the history of the First Peoples of the United States there have been Native American spiritual leaders and holy men who have give the people spiritual help with their words and ceremonies. Their messages are usually quite simple and the basis of their teachings is to live in Harmony and Balance with Mother Earth and all Creation and to respect all Creation.
The beauty of the trees, the softness of the air,
the fragrance of the grass speaks to me.
The summit of the mountain, the thunder of the sky,
The rhythm of the sea, speaks to me.
The faintness of the stars, the freshness of the morning,
the dewdrop on the flower, speaks to me.
The strength of the fire, the taste of salmon, the trail of the sun,
and the life that never goes away, they speak to me
And my heart soars.
Chief Dan George - Salish
In the first encounters with Europeans some tribes accepted them as friends and even tried to help their "white brothers".
The first white men of your people who came to our country were named Lewis and Clark. They brought many things which our people had never seen. They talked straight and our people gave them a great feast as proof that their hearts were friendly. They made presents to our chiefs and our people made presents to them. We had a great many horses of which we gave them what they needed, and they gave us guns and tobacco in return. All the Nez Perce made friends with Lewis and Clark and agreed to let them pass through their country and never to make war on white men. This promise the Nez Perce have never broken.
Chief Joseph - Nez Perce
Even with the ever encroaching white men and their families and the threats of war, the Native American fathers had hope for their children's future.
I will follow the white man's trail. I will make him my friend, but I will not bend my back to his burdens. I will be cunning as a coyote. I will ask him to help me understand his ways, then I will prepare the way for my children. Maybe they will outrun the white man in his own shoes.
There are but two ways for us. One leads to hunger and death, the other leads to where the poor white man lives. Beyond is the happy hunting ground where the white man cannot go.
Many Horses - Oglala Sioux
This land was big enough for all back in the days of fighting between the white man and the Native Americans. There was no reason to push the first peoples from their homes and cage them into reservations. Our new government could have learned much at that time from the Native Americans instead of trying to round them up and clear them out. Hopefully, now, we can stand by our Native American brothers and sisters and together help Mother Earth and our lands to survive, for our children.
The Six Grandfathers have placed in this world many things, all of which should be happy. Every little thing is sent for something, and in that thing there should be happiness and the power to make happy. Like the grasses showing tender faces to each other, thus we should do, for this was the wish of the Grandfathers of the World.
Black Elk, Oglala Sioux....
Good Day My Friend... ...SMUDGE BLESSING...
With The Power and Purity Of Out Great Mother Earth In All Her Gifts...
I Banish Ill Feelings and Negativity From This Space,This Room and This Life...
So Only The Circumstances Of a Positive and Spiritual Existence May Set Forth On a New Path Of Learning and Growth.
...Smudging in the Seven Directions...
Smudging Collection Facing East - I Welcome The Energy Of The Beginning Way, The Rising Sun At The Beginning Of The Day and The Light Of Illumination. Welcome Eagle, Flying Nearest The Heavens, With The Clearest Of Vision. I Welcome The Energies and Spirits Of The East. HO!
Facing South - I Welcome The Energy Of Service To All My Relatives, The Heat Of The Noonday Sun and The Spirit Of Action In The World. Welcome Coyote Spirit. I Welcome The Energies and Spirits Of The South. HO!
Facing West - I Welcome The Energy Of Looking Within To Find The Gifts Of Healing. Welcome Bear Spirit Going Deep Within To Seek The Gift Of Renewal. I Welcome The Energies and Spirits Of The West. HO!
Facing North - I Welcome The Energy Of Wisdom and Blessing and The Grandmothers and Grandfathers Who Teach Me. Welcome Buffalo and The Spirit Of Giveaway, Teach Me To Be Generous and Honor All That I Receive. I Welcome The Energies and Spirits Of The North. HO!
Looking up - I Welcome The Energy and Spirit Of Above. Father Sky, Star People, and Cloud People. Welcome All That Is Masculine, Grandfathers, Fathers, Brothers, Uncles and Sons. And That Masculine Energy That Also Exists Within The Feminine. I Welcome The Energies and Spirits Of Father Sky. HO!
Looking Down (Touching The Ground) - I Welcome The Energy of Mother Earth, The Feminine Principle, The Energy and Spirit Of Below. I Welcome The Energy and The Spirit Of Our Grandmothers, Our Mothers, Sisters, Aunties and Daughters. And That Feminine Energy That Exists Within The Masculine. I Welcome The Energies and Spirits Of Mother Earth. HO!
Looking Within (Holding Your Hands Over Your Heart) - I Welcome The Energy Of Within, The Principle Of Being Connected, The Energy and Spirit Of Within. I Welcome The Gifts Of Balance, Oneness, and The Connection With All Things, For All Things Are One and All Things Are Related. HO!
May You Have a Peaceful and Relaxing Day
Sending you many Great Spirit Blessings to enfold you, caress you with his omnipotent white light... giving you peace, love... Sending you warm smiles and so much love your way my precious brothers and sisters...With honor and respect always ...Peace , Light and Love....Namaste... Wandering Deer... (Carol Anne)...