Old Wisdom (from the Nest)

We Are All Related

I haven’t posted my own writing in awhile. With all this hate circulating our country, I offer this note. We need to realize that we are all together in this — this world is made of different colors, religions, and love. Embrace those that are not like you. You can learn a lot. And those who only wish to cause fear, they won’t win. The villain never wins


Mitakuye Oyasin

I just finished reading Leonard Peltier’s novel, Prison Writings- My Life is My Sun Dance…  It’s an amazing account of a Native American man wrongly accused of killing two police officers.  To see all the mistreatment our nation has done to Native Americans is rather embarrassing and discouraging.

He writes: “We need not courtrooms, but schoolrooms, not jails and prisons but decent homes and jobs for the millions of every color—including many, many white people—who are being denied their human and civil rights every day of every week by the special interests that are trying to steal America. Government must be by, of, and for the people, not by, of, and for the special interests. Read your own Declaration of Independence and Constitution, America. It’s all there.”

Native Americans, from just this one book, seem to have such a connection with each other and the world around them. It’s not only encouraging, but I’m jealous and saddened that we haven’t done so as a nation ourselves.

— Sitting Bull said, “As individual fingers we can easily be broken, but all together we make a mighty fist.”

Aho Mitakuye Oyasin…. All my relations. I honor you in this circle of life with me today. I am grateful for this opportunity to acknowledge you in this prayer….

To the Creator, for the ultimate gift of life, I thank you.

To the mineral nation that has built and maintained my bones and all foundations of life experience, I thank you.

To the plant nation that sustains my organs and body and gives me healing herbs for sickness, I thank you.

To the animal nation that feeds me from your own flesh and offers your loyal companionship in this walk of life, I thank you.

To the human nation that shares my path as a soul upon the sacred wheel of Earthly life, I thank you.

To the Spirit nation that guides me invisibly through the ups and downs of life and for carrying the torch of light through the Ages. I thank you.

To the Four Winds of Change and Growth, I thank you.

You are all my relations, my relatives, without whom I would not live. We are in the circle of life together, co-existing, co-dependent, co-creating our destiny. One, not more important than the other. One nation evolving from the other and yet each dependent upon the one above and the one below. All of us a part of the Great Mystery.

Thank you for this Life.


Mitakuye Oyasin—We are all related

Love, B. R. Wren

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