ELDERS DAILY MEDITATIONS
“The concept that we are all related is one of the basic philosophies of D/Lakota religion.”
–Dr. A.C. Ross (Ehanamani), LAKOTA
The Medicine Wheel teaches the four directions of the races, Red people, Yellow people, Black people and White people. These four directions are symbolic of all races. Everything in the circle is connected and related. All races are brothers and sisters. If we are related to each other, then it is important to love one another as brother and sister, aunt and uncle, Fathers and Mothers, Grandfathers and Grandmothers. We need to care for each other and especially respect each other. We need to honor one another’s differences whether that difference is the color of our skin or our opinions. We should respect differences.
My Creator, let me feel the connectedness to all things. Let me know the lessons I need to learn today. Above all, let me feel my connectedness to You.
SOMETHING EXTRA TO THINK ABOUT
Msit Nókmaq/All My Relations, Draw a circle and then put an X inside of it running a line from the right to left passing thru the center of the circle and then one from top to bottom passing thru the center. Are there not four equal parts in any given direction? The Medicine Wheel is a symbol for us to remember we all are equal, but many seem to think they are better and more special than others. This is not a good way to think because Creator made all of us a equals man, woman, boy, girl and all existence. Why would we refer to the sacred rocks in sweat lodge being ancestors if they we were not related? How is it one can dictate to another who can go into sweat lodge and pray and who cannot or who can smoke from a sacred pipe and cannot? Are we really practicing what we speak or is this a part of bastardizing our ways to outside influences from other religions and beliefs?
~ Arthur Medicine Eagle- Sonier, MEGAMAW
Gitsch Manito-Creator, Wásóq-Spiritworld, Thank you for allowing my heart to see openly things I have failed to see. I ask for strength to walk in humbleness and to fulfill my obligations for our families and ways.
Welálin-Thank You, Msit Nókmaq, Chi-Miigwetch, Mitauke Oyasin
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