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Native Wisdom



In my journeying, I have been fortunate enough to have experienced many different cultures and beliefs. At their core, all beliefs emanate from the One Source, and so what rang true to me in my heart, where the One Source resides, became stepping stones and sign posts on my journey to becoming. The following are a few of the signposts I've encountered. They've always led me in the right direction, as all wisdom does.
May they speak to your heart, and help to guide you on your journey, also...









It does not require many words to speak the truth.
Chief Joseph - Nez Perce

It is no longer good enough to cry peace, we must act peace, live peace and live in peace.

It is easy to be brave from a distance

With all things and in all things, we are relative.

We will be known forever by the tracks we leave.

We are friends; we must assist each other to bear our burdens 

I have been to the end of the earth
I have been to the end of the water
I have been to the end of the sky
I have been to the end of the mountains
I have found none that are not my friends.

Don't walk behind me;
I may not lead.
Don't walk in front of me;
I may not follow.
Walk beside me that we may be as one.

Peace comes within the souls of men,
when they realize their oneness with the Universe,
when they realize it is really everywhere...
it is within each one of us.
Black Elk, Lakota Medicine Man

Do not let yesterday use up too much of today 

The greatest strength is gentleness

There can never be peace between nations until it is first known that
true peace is within the souls of men
Oglala Sioux

Everything is laid out for you. Your path is straight ahead of you. Sometimes
it's invisible but it's there. You may not know where it's going, but you have to
follow that path. It's the path to the Creator. It's the only path there is.
Chief Leon Shenandoah (Onondaga)

.  . everything on the earth has a purpose, every disease an herb to cure it,
and every person a mission. This is the Indian theory of existence.
Mourning Dove (Christine Quintasket), Salish


We do not want schools.... they will teach us to have churches. We do not want churches.... they will teach us to quarrel about God. We do not want to learn that. We may quarrel with men sometimes about things on this earth, but we never quarrel about God. We do not want to learn that.
Chief Joseph -Nez Perce

We're like the water. If we're the lake- as I see you in me-I'm in you. We're the great mirror. We're nothing but the reflection of each other.
Ruby Plenty Chiefs

Sometimes I go about with pity for myself, and all the while
Great Winds are carrying me across the sky.
~Ojibway saying

Treat the Earth and all that dwell thereon with respect.
Remain close to the Great Spirit.
Show great respect for your fellow beings.
Work together for the benefit of all Mankind.
Give assistance and kindness wherever needed.
Do what you know to be right.
Look after the well being of mind and body.
Dedicate a share of your efforts to the greater good.
Be truthful and honest at all times.
Take full responsibility for your actions.

Never the spirit is born
The spirit will cease to be never
Never the time when it was not.
End and beginning are dreams.
Birthless and deathless and changeless,
remains the spirit forever.
Death has not touched it at all
Dead though the house of it seems.
~Sioux Prayer of Passing

Oh Great Spirit, who made all races,
look kindly upon the whole human
family and take away the arrogance
and hatred which separates us
from our brothers....
Cherokee Prayer

Look at our brokenness.
We know that in all creation
Only the human family
Has strayed from the Sacred Way.
We know that we are the ones
Who are divided
And we are the ones
Who must come back together
To walk the Sacred Way.
Grandfater, Sacred One,
Teach us love, compassion and honor
That we may heal the earth
And heal each other.
Ojibway Prayer

  O Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the winds, and whose breath gives life to
all the world, hear me! I am small and weak, I need your strength and

Let me walk in beauty, and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple

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.

Let me learn the lessons you have hidden in every leaf and rock.

I seek strength, not to be greater than my brother, but to fight my greatest

Make me always ready to come to you with clean hands and straight eyes.

So when life fades, as the fading sunset, my spirit may come to you without
Native American Prayer

Beauty is before me, and beauty behind me,
Above me and below me hovers the beautiful.
I am surrounded by it, I am immersed in it.
In my youth, I am aware of it,
And, in old age I shall walk quietly the beautiful trail.
In beauty it is begun. In beauty it is ended.
Navajo Prayer







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