~*~ "INDIAN PRAYERS" ~*~
May The Great Spirit's Blessings
Always Be With You
May Mother Earth guide your feet.
May Father Sky keep his arms around you.
May Grandfather Sun warm your cold days.
May Grandmother Moon Keep the Glow
in your heart.
May the Star Nations Light the way
to the next destination,
and the Great Spirit always keep you
shielded from the pain.
Blessings to you.
The crow flies to my pillow,
and tells me of a dream.
The wolf he is your brother,
and the tiger is your soul,
the dolphin is your healer.
I am your father,
father crow and I will fly you
to the places your heart
wants to be in the dreamtime.
Spread your wings and call to me
for you are a part of the wilderness,
you are a animal being,
your heart is pure
and all the animals you meet see this.
The wolf will guide you through your life
and protect you from all who wish you harm.
The tiger dwells inside of you,
but fear has clashed with him,
and he is fighting fear for you.
The dolphin is the fire in your soul
that will heal you.
I am crow your spirit father.
I am your eyes when you cannot see,
and your ears when you cannot hear.
I have been to the end of the earth.
I have been to the end of the waters.
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 friend.
O my Father, Holy Spirit.
O Four old men and keeper of the Sacred Pipe.
O Morning Star and all good things of creation,
I mention these things, the light of dawn,
The good wind, the timber, the soil and the
Listen, all you creatures under the ground,
All you creatures above the ground and in the
May this people be long in life, and increase.
May our boys and girls, our children of all ages,
May our grown men and women, and all our elders,
May they increase and be strengthened.
Our Father Creator,
We ask this blessing upon our food,
And we ask for all your peoples
The increase of loving hearts and the happy life
of peace and harmony.
- Ancient Arapahoe prayer.
THE TWENTY THIRD PSALM (AN INDIAN VERSION ) The GREAT FATHER above a SHEPHERD CHIEF is. I am His and with Him I want not. He throws out to me a rope and the name of the rope is love and He draws me to where the grass is green and the water is not dangerous, and I eat and lie down and am satisfied. Sometimes my heart is very weak and falls down but He lifts me up again draws me into a good road. His name is WONDERFUL . Sometimes, it may be very soon, it may be a long long time, He will draw me into a valley. It is dark there, but I'll be afraid not, for it is between those mountains that the SHEPHERD CHIEF will meet me and the hunger that I have in my heart all through life will be satisfied. Sometimes He makes the love rope into a whip, but afterwards He gives me a staff to lean upon. He spreads a table before me with all kinds of foods. He puts His hand upon my head and all the " tired " is gone. My cup He fills till it runs over. What I tell is true. I lie not. These roads that are " away ahead " will stay with me through this life and after; and afterwards I will go to live in the Big Teepee and sit down with the SHEPHERD CHIEF forever.