Anywhere is the Center of the World

Then I was standing on the highest mountain of them all, and round about beneath me was the whole hoop of the world. And while I stood there I saw more than I can tell and I understood more than I saw; for I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of all things in the spirit, and the shape of all shapes as they must live together like one being. And I say the sacred hoop of my people was one of the many hoops that made one circle, wide as daylight and as starlight, and in the center grew one mighty flowering tree to shelter all the children of one mother and one father. And I saw that it was holy...But anywhere is the center of the world. ~~Black Elk (Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux)

You Are Part of Me You are part of me now You touched me, With your kindness and love So enchanted. Your soft lips are kind. Your eyes glow with life. I'm glad you touched me, You're part of me now. ~~ Cherokee

Indian Prayer – H. Kent Craig My grandfather is the fire My grandmother is the wind The Earth is my mother The Great Spirit is my father The World stopped at my birth and laid itself at my feet And I shall swallow the Earth whole when I die and the Earth and I will be one Hail The Great Spirit, my father without him no one could exist because there would be no will to live Hail The Earth, my mother without which no food could be grown and so cause the will to live to starve Hail the wind, my grandmother

my grandfather for the light. the warmth. lifegiving rain nourishing us as she nourishes our crops Hail the fire. the wind. . not men Hail my parent and grandparents without which not I nor you nor anyone else could have existed Life gives life which gives unto itself a promise of new life Hail the Great Spirit. the fire praise my parents loudly for they are your parents. too Oh. the comfort he brings without which we be animals. giver of my life please accept this humble offering of prayer this offering of praise this honest reverence of my love for you.for she brings loving. The Earth. Great Spirit.

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