good thoughts

Great Spirit,
give us hearts to understand;
Never to take from creation's beauty more than we give;
Never to destroy wantonly for the furtherance of greed;
Never to deny to give our hands for the building of earth's beauty;
Never to take from her what we cannot use.

Give us hearts to understand
That to destroy earth's music is to create confusion;
That to wreck her appearance is to blind us to beauty;
That to callously pollute her fragrance is to make a house of stench;
That as we care for her she will care for us.

We have forgotten who we are.
We have sought only our own security.
We have exploited simply for our own ends.
We have distorted our knowledge.
We have abused our power.

Great Spirit, whose dry lands thirst,
help us to find the way to refresh your lands.

Great Spirit, whose waters are choked with debris and pollution,
help us to find the way to cleanse your waters.

Great Spirit, whose beautiful earth grows ugly with mis-use,
help us to find the way to restore beauty to your handiwork.

Great Spirit, whose creatures are being destroyed,
help us to find a way to replenish them.

Great Spirit, whose gifts to us are being lost
in selfishness and corruption,
help us to find the way to restore our humanity.

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Teaching our children

It saddens my heart to realize how many of elders are not being taken care of properly, it saddens my heart that there are not many elders that live in our old ways.

It is rare to be able to walk into a sparse home with wood burning in the stove and fragrant herbs drying from the rafters. The peaceful feeling of being surrounded by those things taken directly from the earth with gratitude creates an atmosphere of complete comfort and abundance in all things.  

 To all of those folks who are relearning our old ways and teaching them to the young ones I wish you many miraculous blessings, and tons of love. You are a rare gem of enlightenment and encouragement, thank you for letting your light shine. ~Kat

GRANDFATHER’S PRAYER FOR TODAY.
My Creator, when we pray we invariably ask you to give us something. Today I pray that I will have the wisdom to give something back.

For generations us humans have assumed we have the right to receive something if we ask for it. Even the Bible says, “Ask and you will receive”. Do we really know what these words mean? To many it can mean having a personal wish list that we can present to the Creator, assuming at some point he will look at with favour. I think it goes beyond personal wishes. Maybe it really means asking to receive the wisdom and understanding to know how to bring comfort, peace, wisdom and understanding in everything we do to ourselves, others and how it will benefit the whole.
This idea of asking and not giving back has led to disappointments and has led to us being more and more a race of takers and users, creating separation and disharmony. We just have to look at how we have used and taken from our dear Mother Earth.
We can do no better than learn from the old ones, in particular the role the Creator gave to the original peoples of the Americas.
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.”

Are we ready to give something back today!