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Thursday, September 6, 2012

A Native American Prayer

My spiritual philosophy is both simple and complex. A long journey with many detours and I'm still traveling.

I love the quiet and patient philosophy of Eastern and Native American spiritual beliefs. Peace, harmony, tolerance, respect. A connection to the earth. I respect and admire the tradition of Judaism and Catholisism and find truth within them.

This is a prayer that connects all people regardless of spiritual or religious beliefs...it's a very beautiful prayer. I hope you agree. The prayer is attributed to many Indian Chiefs.  However White Cloud is mentioned more frequently as the author.
Here is White Cloud's prayer. 
 The Prayer of White Cloud
Great Spirit,
Whose voice I hear in the wind,
And whose breath gives life to all the world,
hear me!

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.

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 enemy - myself.

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 shame.

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