Monday, April 25, 2011

THE CIRCLE OF LIFE ~~ NATIVE AMERICAN WISDOM




"You have noticed that everything an Indian does in a circle,
and that is because the Power of the World always works in circles,
and everything and everything tries to be round.

In the old days all our power came to us from the sacred hoop
of the nation and so long as the hoop was unbroken the people
flourished. The flowering tree was the living center of the hoop,
and the circle of the four quarters nourished it. The east gave peace
and light, the south gave warmth, the west gave rain and the north
with its cold and mighty wind gave strength and endurance. This
knowledge came to us from the outer world with our religion.

Everything the power of the world does is done in a circle.
The sky is round and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball
and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power, whirls.
Birds make their nests in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours.
The sun comes forth and goes down again in a circle. The moon
does the same and both are round. Even the seasons form a great
circle in their changing and always come back again to where they were.

The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is
in everything where power moves. Our teepees were round like the
nests of birds, and these were always set in a circle, the nation's hoop,
a nest of many nests, where the Great Spirit meant for us to hatch our children."
Black Elk, Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux 1863-1950





The above is a Medicine Wheel created by stones, is otherwise known as "The Sacred Hoop". The Native Americans used this for astronomical rituals for healing and for teaching purposes. There have been many poems and songs dedicated to this topic including " The circle of life" by Elton John in the Lion King production. Here are the Lyrics to that song.

"From the day we arrive on the planet
And blinking, step into the sun
There's more to be seen than can ever be seen
More to do than can ever be done

Some say eat or be eaten
Some say live and let live
But all are agreed as they join the stampede
You should never take more than you give

In the circle of life
It's the wheel of fortune
It's the leap of faith
It's the band of hope
Till we find our place
On the path unwinding
In the circle, the circle of life

Some of us fall by the wayside
And some of us soar to the stars
And some of us sail through our troubles
And some have to live with the scars

There's far too much to take in here
More to find than can ever be found
But the sun rolling high through the sapphire sky
Keeps great and small on the endless round"



So true is life! I hope that we as one people live in the circle of life in Peace, Light and Love!




Please join my circle camp fire of life.



7 comments:

  1. Absolute beautiful Stephen it is sad that more people do not feel and think the same way - I thank you for sharing your site with me and for the wisdom you have put down here for us to share in. Namaste` Dear Friend. Blessings Always. J.xxx

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  2. I am blessed that my expressions of love, peace and light are reflected in your comments!

    Namaste

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  3. thank you stephen for inviting me here. have loved what i have seen and bookmarked for frequent stops. peace and love

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  4. Thank you Joan! Hope to see you here often!

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  5. So Glad I found this. It resonates deeply within my being.
    Love & Light

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  6. I am pleased you feel the energy form the post!

    Love and Light to you!

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