Black Elk’s Last Prayer
In 1950, Grandfather Black Elk returned to pray on Harney Peak, at the site of his early vision:
“Here at the center of the world, where you took me when I was young and taught me; here, old, I stand, and the tree is withered, Grandfather, my Grandfather!
Again, perhaps for the last time on this earth, I recall the great vision you sent me. It may be that some root of the Sacred Tree still lives. Nourish it then, that it may leaf and bloom and fill with singing birds! Hear me, that they may once again go back to the Sacred Hoop, and the good red road, the shielding tree.
In sorrow, I am sending a feeble voice, O six powers of the world. Hear me in my sorrow, for I may never call again. O make my people live!”
THE OLD MEANING OF THE MEDICINE WHEEL
The Medicine Wheel is Native, and only Native. It does not originally exist anywhere else in the world, nor does it represent races of man as many believe in error.
The Medicine Wheel of today has been redefined and distorted to suggesting each color represents a race of man, yet when the original wheels were built Native man had no contact with any other races of men.
The original medicine wheels are thousands of years old.
The majority of stone structures built representing ancient Medicine Wheels on our land are located in Alberta, Canada. Some of these medicine wheel have been radio carbon dated to nearly 4,500 years ago. There is evidence of dancing on some of these Medicine Wheels. These wheels were built long before any contact with the White race, the Black race, or the Asian race that are now associated with the main stream meaning of the medicine wheel with the colors of black, white, yellow, and red.
The Authentic Medicine wheel represents the Four Corners of our land, with the following colors representing direction. There are slight differences within tribes which have about the same meaning.
West - black - night.
North - white - snow - cold - white haired wisdom elders - white clothed birds and animals.
East - yellow - morning - new day - beginnings.
South - red - warmth of full day sun.
FROM CHIEF ARVOL LOOKING HORSE
When you begin to believe in the sacred way of life, you will begin to understand the importance of the sacred sites, knowing that they are a connection to Mother Earth. You will understand the traditions and the ability to see the prophecies that were passed down through the generations of Ancestors, who lived in harmony. They had seen what was in store for their seven generations to come (us), they prayed we would re-find the "key" to harmony in understanding the Spirit of the Circle of Life. It is then that you assist in bringing health, prosperity and balance back to Mother Earth. That is human sacrifice and spiritual growth. That is the way. We as the Buffalo People believe in this circle of life, where there is no ending and no beginning. The process of mending the sacred hoop continues...
Chief Arvol Looking Horse
"Tibet's spiritual leader,H.H. the Dalai Lama, preaches before some 1,000 people including representatives of Christian, Buddhists, Islamic and Shinto faiths, in front of Mt. Fuji in Shizuoka, central Japan on November 22, 2013. The Dalai Lama is in Japan on a 12-day visit for the invitation of Kyoto's Buddhism university..... "
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“I am interested only in helping those who are in thrall to an individualistic, indifferent and self-centered mentality to be freed from those unworthy chains and to attain a way of living and thinking which is more humane, noble and fruitful, and which will bring dignity to their presence on this earth,” Pope Francis Link to this important story
Legend of the Eagle
According to the “Legend of the Eagle” of the Potawatomi Indian tribe, in the beginning, life was lowered to the Earth from the stars like a child born into the world. Awakening from the dream world, the stars transformed into the beautiful creatures and the life of the physical realms of land, sky and water.
From the brightest of all stars, a pure white Eagle was created to roam the skies, who then took flight back to the heavens and beyond the stars, searching for his place in the world. Venturing too close to the sun, the great white eagle received burns to the tips of his feathers. Soaring back to the Earth’s sky, the great Eagle remained in between the worlds of land, water and the heavens above, flying closest to the Great Spirit of life and possessing the ability of leaving his physical body and entering the four realms of the spirit world: the physical world of consciousness; the dream world when one sleeps; the world in between life and death when one’s body is damaged or sick; the world of the dead when one passes on, taking the journey to the spirit world.
Possessing the ability of leaving the physical realm and entering the spirit world, the great Eagle is the guardian and the keeper of the skies and would remain in between both worlds as a messenger and protector to the Great Spirit of Life.
Eagle Dancer from the Potawatomi
This legend shared from Walking the Earth Touching the Sky FB page.