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Oh Great Spirit – Native American Prayer

Oh Great Spirit – Native American Prayer

Every once in awhile we come across something so beautiful we just have to share it with you. This inspiring prayer to the Great Spirit crosses so many cultural and religious boundaries, speaking to the common humanity in each one of us.

Here is the prayer:

Oh 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 wisdom.

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.

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 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.
–Chief Yellow Lark, Lakota Tribe

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By Chief Yellow Lark, Lakota Tribe

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10:39AM PST on Nov 16, 2011

I love this! Thank you!

1:18PM PDT on Nov 5, 2010

Affirm always that Spirit goes before you, making safe, smooth and perfect the way.

8:11PM PDT on Jul 30, 2010

EVERY child, in EVERY school in the world, from the US of A to Zimbabwe, from Afghanistan to Indonesia, from France to Ukraine, from the richest billionaire's heir to the poorest kid in the deepest and darkest corner of the Amazonian forest, should be taught this prayer. huh, I mean, not to "memorise" its words, but to understand what those words mean...

5:05AM PDT on Jul 29, 2010

absolutely adorable. : x

1:59PM PDT on May 26, 2010

May great spirit bless you for this, many thanks

7:12AM PST on Jan 12, 2010

This is similar to one my Mother would read me, always so inspirational.

5:54AM PST on Jan 12, 2010

Thank you for the insights & inspirations !

5:21PM PDT on Jul 24, 2008

I am trying to find the path. How do I know when I am walking the path?

3:03PM PDT on Aug 8, 2007

" There is a difference between KNOWING the path and WALKING the path "

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