Great Spirit prayer

Oh Great Spirit prayer

Hello all!O Great Spirit

Putting up a quick post mid-week (well okay the week is almost over….). I decided to include the work of someone else. This is the work of a young Plains Cree man, helped by the Red Man. A young man who might be struggling at the moment. So this Great Spirit prayer of his is especially meaningful.

Edit: I realized after putting this prayer on my site that it was based on an existing Sioux prayer. The young writer adapted it and modified it but it needs to be said that it is not an original.

Nonetheless, a great reminder that we are not alone. I was having this discussion with a client today. I was telling him that he seemed to have a guardian angel and it led to a conversation about our ancestors. He said: “oh no I do not have those” (bless his heart….). So I said to him: “we all come from somewhere. You might not know who they are but they know you. And they are with you to guide you”. We walk this earth with our ancestors and the Creator beside us. So without further due, let us say to the Creator:

Prayer

Oh Great Spirit whose voice I hear in the winds. Life to all the world, hear me. I am before you, one of your many children. I am small and weak; I need your strength and wisdom.

Let me walk in beauty and let my eyes behold the red and purple sunset. Make my hands respect the things you have made, my ears to be sharp to your voice. Make me wise so that I may know the things you have taught my people, the lessons you have hidden in every leaf and rock. I seek strength not to be superior to my brothers and sisters but still be fearless enough to be able to vanquish my enemy, the oppressor of my people.Great Spirit

 

Make me ever ready to come home to the happy hunting ground with clean hands and clear eyes. When this life fades, I will feel no shame. I fought the good fight and innocence still remains. I will look back for eternity and smile. It was a good day to love and a good day to die. I came in peace and made the world a better place.

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There you have it. A great prayer to the Great Spirit that one can say daily. A prayer to remind us that we are all brothers and sisters, equals. We share this earth, we share this sky. We share the same father and mother. What I do affect others and vice versa. We all have weaknesses and strengths and we all need guidance at one time or another. I know I sure do! So I will remember this prayer when I smudge every morning. What are your thoughts on it? Comment below and I will respond 🙂

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22 thoughts on “Great Spirit prayer

  1. Kasun

    Hi,
    I’m from a different religion than you. So I couldn’t relate to what your religion says. But I can definitely say that, what you are doing is very important and valuable thing, creating or restoring the faith on the religion. Everybody can’t do it efficiently. You are very good at it with your knowledge on the subject. Keep up the good work.

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    1. Emily Post author

      hi Kasun
      thanks for stopping by. I will just make a distinction. I see a big difference between religion and spirituality. And the Native culture and way of life is a spiritual way not a religious way. Religion has oppressed the native people for centuries whereas spirituality has help resilience grow and given strength to the people. I hope that is clear.

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        1. Emily Post author

          Well I do not know if it needs to be brought back as I think it has always been there. It is a matter of remembering that it exists and remembering the way of the ancestors

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  2. Chris

    Hey Emily,
    this was a very refreshing read. You hinted that this young Plains Cree man might be going through a difficult time. Yet his prayer focused on the beauty of creation and respect for it’s maker. He is also aware of his own mortality knowing that the ultimate legacy is to have left this world a better place.
    What a wonderful prayer Emily and thank you sharing.

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    1. Emily Post author

      hi Chris
      The prayer is about beauty and respect of all our relations including the Creator. and yes it is our responsibility to improve the world, in any way we can, no matter how little it is

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  3. Laura

    HI,

    I hope this comment stays where I intend it to stay. 🙂
    I have to say there is something not clear for me here. I mean, in your comment to Kasun. In my opinion spirituality should have wider views and not have this idolizing attitude I feel in this prayer.
    I mean, I would like more a prayer that says “I am strong because you are inside myself. Because you guide me and give me power. Thank you for making me the person that I am today. I will always count on you.”

    I don’t think there is ego here, only a confidence in the Source, and in what it created.
    Laura

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    1. Emily Post author

      hi Laura
      I hear your point. I also think of spirituality as being quite broader than religion. Native spirituality is a way of life, the Red Road as it is called. It is about respect, wisdom, humility, love, etc. This prayer is a personal one to the writer but it asks for strength and humility. For help respecting all his relations and making the world a better place. The Great Spirit is inside of all of us and all around us. Including in nature. The Great Spirit is there to guide us and give us strength not power though. As we are all equals. The Great Spirit is beside us not above us.

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  4. Jason

    Hi Emily

    This has to be one of the most beautiful and powerful prayers/mantras/posts I have ever read and unashamedly has me sniveling like a baby!
    Its the perfect prayer at the perfect moment and has given me some more strength to fight the good fight…
    Thank you for this, it is powerful, healing and extremely beneficial
    Thank you again! From my heart
    Jason

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    1. Emily Post author

      hi jason
      I thought you would like it 🙂 I hope it gives you strength to keep fighting your battle and see the strength in you

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  5. Gino

    Love the idea behind the prayer, that we are brothers and sisters and that basically we are all one, truly inspiring, always love reading your articles, they bring me in to a state of calmness Thank you!! haha
    Gino

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    1. Emily Post author

      Hi Gino!
      very nice to hear!Glad it brings you some calm and peace. it is a prayer based on an old prayer that has been used many times 🙂

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  6. Wayne

    Hi Emily,

    I like the prayer, it touches on many things and there is truth in it. I am a believer of the life we live, we live for a purpose and there are lessons in everything around us, including every leaf and rock as the prayer says.

    Religion is ridged and confining, and spirituality is freedom and love.

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    1. Emily Post author

      hi Wayne
      I am glad you enjoyed it. We certainly all have a purpose even if it is sometimes hard to see it. I agree with you in regards to religion and spirituality. I see religion as coming from the outside and spirituality as coming from the soul.

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  7. Johnathan Tarter

    This is a very beautiful prayer and is something that everyone should say daily and remember that we are all one, need to unite, and help each others out. Being one with the creator and realizing that the force is always present in our lives is very important! Thank you for sharing this beauty! 🙂

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