A Circle, borrowing from the Lakota Traditions September 7, 1998

GATHERING 

    People collect and the evening is explained to them.

ADMISSION TO THE SACRED SPACE

    Read Moonspeakers
    Smudge Everyone

PURIFY THE SACRED SPACE

    Circle with Smudge and Feather

INVOCATION

    Invite the Four Directions and Above and Below

    Invite Wankan Tanka

MOVE TO THE TABLES

    Teaching of the Prayer Ties
    PBS Stories
    The White Buffalo / Calf Woman Story
    Inipi
    Yuwipi

RETURN TO THE CIRCLE

    Burning of the Prayer Ties
    Read Great Spirit
    Berries & Jerky Communion

DISMISSAL

    Thank the Four Quarters, Above and Below
    Read Echos

THE CIRCLE IS OPEN, BUT UNBROKEN

    Merry Meet, Merry Part, and Merry Meet Again.


Ref: www.geocities.com/Area51/2769/lakota.html

Atop a cliffside - I stand
My Staff Clenched tightly in my hand

The wind swirls
Blowing the clouds
Across the face
Of the growing moon.
My cloak whips in the wind.
I stand still
Waiting for the right moment

The moon needs To be full
To make the speaking right.

The thoughts
Clamor around
Inside my mind
Waiting, ready
In my mind
Ready to be spoken
And all things be made right

Finally the moon shadows
Fall over me
It has arisen
Full and golden.
I open my mouth and speak
The words that will make
All things right.OH, GREAT SPIRIT

OH GREAT SPIRIT, WHOSE VOICE I HEAR ON THE WIND, WHOSE BREATH GIVES LIFE TO
THE WORLD.
HEAR ME, I COME TO YOU AS ONE OF YOUR MANY CHILDREN,
I AM SMALL AND WEAK, I NEED YOUR STRENGTH AND WISDOM.
MAY I WALK IN BEAUTY.

                       -- ANONYMOUS NATIVE AMERICAN PRAYER.



"Every part of this country is sacred to my people...The very dust responds more
lovingly to our footsteps then to yours, because it is the ashes of our ancestors...
  
                             -- Chief Seattle, Nez Perce 1855


Echos

Wind blowing, moaning, whispering

Across the prairie plains
Spectres of ancient warriors
Dancing - leaping to drums' refrains

The echos of once long past
Flow through mind's hearing
Telling the stories of long ago
Before a nation's passing

For what was then
We seek once more
Memories of things once true
All now behind closed door

A once tall and proud people
Wild prairies grassy tides did roam
Once a great nation, now forsaken
Traveling the plains, once their home

Winds blowing, moaning, whispering....Wise Thoughts


"Today people seek knowledge not wisdom. Knowledge is of the past; wisdom is of the
future."

Quote by - "Vernon Cooper of the Lumbee Tribe" excerpt from Wisdomkeepers by
Steve Wall and Harvey Arden



"You finally learn wisdom comes only when you stop looking for it and start truly
living the life the Creator intended for you."

quote by - "Hoh Elder Lehah Fisher" excerpt from Wisdomkeepers by Steve Wall and
Harvey Arden)
  



"If each of us looks deep inside ourselves we will find that which makes a
difference."

Quote by "Horse Woman Spirit Runs Free""Keep those material goods that you need to exist, but be a more sharing and
generous person. You will find you can do with less. Replace this empty lifestyle of
hollow impressing of the shallow ones with active participation for your Mother Earth.
At least then, when you depart for the spirit world, you can look back with pride and
fulfillment."

"Indian People do not like to say that the Great Mystery is exactly this or exactly
that, but we do know there is a spirit world that lies beyond. We are allowed to know
that through our ceremonies. We know that we will go into a much higher plane
beyond. We know nothing of hell-fire and eternal damnation from some kind of
unloving power that placed us here as little children." "Mitakuye oyasin!!! We are all
related!!!"

Quote's by - "Eagle Man" - Ed McGaa - Oglala Lakota Sioux - excerpt from Mother
Earth Spirituality




"Another of the Natural laws is that all life is equal. That's our philosophy. You have
to respect life -- all life, not just your own. The key word is 'respect'. Unless you 
respect the earth, you destroy it.  Unless you respect all life as much as your own
life, you become a destroyer, a murderer."

quote by - "Oren Lyons" excerpt from Wisdomkeepers
                         by Steve Wall and Harvey Arden."

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