With his calm, warm presence, he embodies an archetypal grandfather. As a spiritual leader and minister of the Native American Church, he says that one of his duties is to hold sweat lodge ceremonies. I help people with alcohol and drug problems. All his life, Zintkala has ceremonially offered the tobacco ties he learned to make as a child.
But the traditional plant material used in the midwest and western parts of North America is not the smoking tobacco grown in the southeast — it is what the Lakota call cansasa chun-sha-sha ; the native red willow that grows wild along creeks and rivers. Zintkala shared instructions about making and using the ties for those who would like to celebrate Earth Day the Lakota way.
The act of making ties requires focus and attention, recalling many well-known mindfulness meditation practices. Cut a square from cloth and put a pinch of tobacco in the center and tie it off see video. Connect the ties with string to make a long string of them. Or arrange them in groups, according to the prayers and intention. Make ties for each of the four directions; south is red, west is black.
When you make the ties, do you hold an intention? One way is offering the tie to the Great Spirit as you make it — but offer it to whatever name you use for the creator. If you want something done, ask the Great Spirit to help. If you want help, consider the problem and ask the Great Spirit how many ties you should make for each direction.
You can also use ties for protection by making them with that intention then hanging them in your house.
Tobacco Ties: Honoring Earth the Lakota Way
When you offer the ties, you have got to have sincerity and good intention. The ties will be made with prayers for healing, peace, honoring ourselves, for our loved ones, honoring elders and the tunkasilas grandmothers and grandfathersand for the home of the farmer who owns the land where we build the sweat lodge. They can be tied on a tree branch out in an isolated place that has special meaning or needs prayers.
Ties can be made with a pledge attached to them so that you can come back next year and be connected to the place solidly. They can be put in the home in places where prayers are needed; then taken down later, often four or five days. If we have a special request to Wankan Tanka Great Spiritthey can be tied to the sides of the sweat. When we do vision quests, we make enough tobacco ties to encircle the ground we sit on. When we are finished with the tobacco ties, they might be burned in a sweat lodge fire."Wani wachiyelo" LAKOTA HEALING SONG
You can also get rid of the ties by burning them with sage, which takes the prayers in the smoke to tunkasilas grandparents. There are a lot of ways to use tobacco ties, but it has to come from the heart. Log In Sign Up. Gaia Staff. April 20, Mitakuye Oyasin All Are Relations is a traditional Lakota Sioux prayer, with its opening phrase used as a refrain in many Lakota prayers and songs.
The Prayer Aho, Mitakuye Oyasin…. All my relations. I honor you in this circle of life with me today. I am grateful for this opportunity to acknowledge you in this prayer….
To the Creator, for the ultimate gift of life, I thank you. To the mineral nation that has built and maintained my bones and all foundations of life experience, I thank you. To the plant nation that sustains my organs and body and gives me healing herbs for sickness, I thank you. To the animal nation that feeds me from your own flesh and offers your loyal companionship in this walk of life, I thank you. To the human nation that shares my path as a soul upon the sacred wheel of Earthly life, I thank you.
To the Spirit nation that guides me invisibly through the ups and downs of life and for carrying the torch of light through the Ages, I thank you. You are all my relations, my relatives, without whom I would not live. We are in the circle of life together, co-existing, co-dependent, co-creating our destiny. One, not more important than the other. One nation evolving from the other and yet each dependent upon the one above and the one below.
All of us a part of the Great Mystery. Thank you for this Life. Share this: Share Print. Like this: Like LoadingSometimes all we need in order to change our current reality is a little wisdom, spoken to us with gentleness and a pure heart.
I came across this powerful Lakota prayer a few days ago and wanted to share it with you. I hope it helps you on your path. I know it did for me. Great Mystery, teach me how to trust my heart, my mind, my intuition, my inner knowing, the senses of my body, the blessings of my spirit. Teach me to trust these things so that I may enter my Sacred Space and love beyond my fear, and thus Walk in Balance with the passing of each glorious Sun.
According to certain tribes, the Sacred Space is the space between exhalation and inhalation. When did we stop trusting ourselves? When did we start giving that trust, that poweraway?
In many ways the spirit path is a process of reestablishing that trust with the infinite that resides within us, just waiting to be activated. Nick Polizzi has spent his career directing and producing feature length documentaries about natural alternatives to conventional medicine. Nick's current role as executive producer of "Remedy: Ancient Medicine for Modern Illness" and founder of The Sacred Science stems from a calling to honor, preserve, and protect the ancient knowledge and healing technologies of the ancient world.
Facebook Email. Just beautiful! We all need to give ourselves permission to take that sacred space many times a day. Lakota language is language of Spirits. Do you know, how this prayer sounds on Lacota? It loosing energy after translation.
Please, can you give original prayer on Lacota? It is so simple and this is what the Bible stories are all about, the transmigration of spirit. Such a shame that all religions have been hoodwinked into believing otherwise and resort to killing and maiming.
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You bring the storms from the south which brings the rains to nourish us and our crops. Be gentle when you fall on my friends; and as the rain touches them, let it wash away the pain and sadness that they carry with them. You take the sun from us and cradle it in your arms, then you bring darkness onto us so that we may sleep. When you bring the darkness to my friends here, do so without the nightmares that we have had for so long. Let your stars and moon shine on my friends in a gentle manner; and as they look at the stars, they remember that those stars are the spirits of my friends shining on them and those friends are at peace.
You are the Warrior, you have ridden alongside my friends here into battle, you have also felt their love and caring when you were wounded or lonely; ride alongside of them, for now they are in this the hardest battle for their life, the battle for inner peace. Now is the time for you to care for them. I have asked all the other GrandFathers and GrandMothers to help my friends rid themselves of the troubles that weigh so heavy on their hearts. This way, the weight they carry will be less; and they will walk more softly on you.
GrandMother Earth, from your womb all spirits have come when they return to you; cradle them gently in your arms and allow them to join their friends in the skies. If they want to hurry themselves to you, tell them you are not ready; and they must wait, for now they can pass on peace to others.
Search for:. Shopping On Sale! A Lakota Sioux prayer dedicated to the dead from the Vietnam War. GrandMother East: From you comes the sun which brings life to us all; I ask that you have the sun shine on my friends here, and bring a new life to them — a life without the pain and sadness of the world; and to their families, bring your sun for they also need your light for their lives.
GrandFather South: You bring the storms from the south which brings the rains to nourish us and our crops. GrandMother West: You take the sun from us and cradle it in your arms, then you bring darkness onto us so that we may sleep.
GrandFather North: You are the Warrior, you have ridden alongside my friends here into battle, you have also felt their love and caring when you were wounded or lonely; ride alongside of them, for now they are in this the hardest battle for their life, the battle for inner peace. GrandMother Earth: I have asked all the other GrandFathers and GrandMothers to help my friends rid themselves of the troubles that weigh so heavy on their hearts.
May the Great Spirit watch over you, and may you be at peace.A Lakota Prayer. Wazi ya tanhan, ka te na Wa ska ki u ya ye ki.
Hena un taku ya kage ki, ya glu ska kta, he ca nu. He cel tohanl, nitokab woyasu ki el, wahinajin ki, ima ya cu kta. He ciya tanhan Wiconi oyasin, hin na pe ki. Wiconi mitawa ki el, anpetu wanji a ke mi qu.
Heon wo pi la eci ci ye, micante ki eciya tanhan. Who send'est the wind and the White Snow from the north. Father, make me clean and pure within my heart. That I may be accepted in thy sight and judgement.
To the east from whence cometh the rising of the sun. Thou hast added another day to my life. She and the Lakota People of Pine Ridge were the.
Thank you for sharing your hopes and dreams with me Barbara. Web Design by: Gator-Woman. Ate Wakantanka, Wiyohiyanpatan, wi hin nape, ki, He ciya tanhan Wiconi oyasin, hin na pe ki, Wiconi mitawa ki el, anpetu wanji a ke mi qu, Heon wo pi la eci ci ye, micante ki eciya tanhan.
My Father, Great Spirit, Who send'est the wind and the White Snow from the north, To make thy creation clean and pure, Father, make me clean and pure within my heart, That I may be accepted in thy sight and judgement. Father, Great Spirit, To the east from whence cometh the rising of the sun, and all thy living creation, Thou hast added another day to my life, for which I give thee Thanks with all my heart.
This beautiful Lakota prayer was given to me by Barbara Lovelace Peltier on my first trip to Wounded Knee many years ago. She and the Lakota People of Pine Ridge were the inspiration for the creation of this web site. Click on me to send an email to tahtonka.Militarized police tear gassing water protectors, November 2.
Photo: Adam Alexander Johansson. Jingle dress dancers praying in front of the road block set up by DAPL security.
Photo: Barbara With. From the beginning, prayer has been the cornerstone of their resistance. Many in the camp are naturally experiencing helplessness and anger. Doug Good Feather, a Standing Rock Sioux tribal member, recently spoke to us about one reason why the Lakota are so devoted to their spiritual practice.
He recently returned to Standing Rock from his home in Colorado to stand with his people. Doug Good Feather at Standing Rock. In his vision, Sitting Bull saw the white soldiers falling from their horses, indicating that the Sioux would be victorious.
However, he instructed his people not to take anything from the fallen soldiers, otherwise oppression would come to the tribe:.
Mitakuye Oyasin… a Traditional Lakota Sioux Prayer
They started collecting trophies—rifles and flags and different things from these dead soldiers. When that happened, I was told that if you took things at that time from this battle, oppression will come on the people, a depression, a sickness would come on the people.
They were put on reservations, sickness came upon the people, depression came upon the people, poverty came upon the people, hence now. Good Feather interprets this vision and how it relates to the commitment to prayer and non-violence at the camp.
Not just limited to trophies and physical objects, the curse will continue if the water protectors take the abuse and turn it into anger and throw it back at the attackers:.
What does that mean? What do we not take? That is for you to answer. We have a culture, a spirituality, a way of life, and with that comes a language of thinking and believing on how to feel and how to act on that feeling in action. With that action, we share it with people.
The Power of the Sacred Lakota Prayer
We were brought a sacred way of praying, just like Jesus brought a teaching over there. In the ceremony last week, over ten denominations of Christianity were represented, each denouncing the document and pledging support to Standing Rock. Later at the capitol 14 clergy were arrested by police in riot gear. The stand at Standing Rock is changing the world through prayer and non-violent direct action.
Prayer ceremonies are being held all over the world in support of this epic movement. Christian, Muslimand other religions leaders are calling for solidarity with their cause.
In this way, Standing Rock is bigger than just a stand to protect the water. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email.
Share this: Twitter Facebook Reddit Email. Like this: Like Loading Richard J McCormick November 12, at am. Beautiful thank you will share if OK.Here, we have a collection of some beautiful Native American prayers and blessings.
Most Native American tribes were very spiritual, and there prayers emphasize a connection to the land and a universal oneness. I give you this one thought to keep I am with you still — I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow, I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain.
I am the soft stars that shine at night. May the warm winds of heaven blow gently on your house, and may the great spirit bless all who enter. May your moccasins make happy tracks in many snows, and may the rainbow always touch your shoulder. Now I walk in beauty, beauty is before me, beauty is behind me, above and below me. Hear me; I need your strength and wisdom. Let me walk in beauty, and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset. Make my hands respect the things you have made and my ears sharp to hear your voice.
Make me wise so that I may understand the things you have taught my people. Help me to remain calm and strong in the face of all that comes towards me. Let me learn the lessons you have hidden in every leaf and rock. Help me seek pure thoughts and act with the intention of helping others.
Help me find compassion without empathy overwhelming me. I seek strength, not to be greater than my brother, but to fight my greatest enemy Myself. Make me always ready to come to you with clean hands and straight eyes.
Mother, sing me a song That will ease my pain, Mend broken bones, Bring wholeness again. Catch my babies When they are born, Sing my death song, Teach me how to mourn. Mother, heal my heart So that I can see The gifts of yours That can live through me. Hear me, four quarters of the world— a relative I am!
Give me the strength to walk the soft earth. Give me the eyes to see and the strength to understand, that I may be like you. With your power only can I face the winds.
Great Spirit…all over the earth the faces of living things are all alike. With tenderness have these come up out of the ground. Look upon these faces of children without number and with children in their arms, that they may face the winds and walk the good road to the day of quiet.
One of the most famous native American prayers is the Apache Wedding Blessing.
It is a very popular prayer to be said at wedding receptions. If you'd like, you can post your prayer below so the PrayWithMe community can help pray with you. Rules for Posting : All prayers are posted publicly through to this site.
Don't use full names or any other identifying information that you wouldn't want out on the web. If you can, help pray for others and post comments of support. Skip to content. Do not think of me as gone — I am with you still — in each new dawn. The Warm Winds May the warm winds of heaven blow gently on your house, and may the great spirit bless all who enter.
Traditional Navajo Prayer Now I walk in beauty, beauty is before me, beauty is behind me, above and below me. So when life fades, as the fading sunset, my spirit may come to you without shame. Sioux Indian Prayer Hear me, four quarters of the world— a relative I am!