Let every step you take upon the earth be as a prayer.— Black Elk
The most craziest Black Elk quotes that are little-known but priceless
At the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit.
And that center is really everywhere. It is within each of us.
One should pay attention to even the smallest crawling creature for these too may have a valuable lesson to teach us.
Sometimes dreams are wiser than waking.
Peace will come to the hearts of men when they realize their oneness with the universe, It is every where.
Everything an Indian does is in a circle, and that is because the power of the world always works in circles.
They told me I had been sick twelve days, lying like dead all the while, and that Whirlwind Chaser, who was Standing Bear's uncle and a medicine man, had brought me back to life.
It is hard to follow one great vision in this world of darkness and of many changing shadows. Among those men get lost.
And as he spoke of understanding, I looked up and saw the rainbow leap with flames of many colors over me.
All over the sky a sacred voice is calling your name.
Perhaps you have noticed that even in the very lightest breeze you can hear the voice of the cottonwood tree; this we understand is its prayer to the Great Spirit, for not only men, but all things and all beings pray to Him continually in differing ways.
The center of the universe is everywhere.
There can never be peace between nations until there is first known that true peace which is within the souls of men.
You see, I had been riding with the storm clouds, and had come to earth as rain, and it was drought that I had killed with the power that the Six Grandfathers gave me.
Also, as I lay there thinking of my vision, I could see it all again and feel the meaning with a part of me like a strange power glowing in my body; but when the part of me that talks would try to make words for the meaning, it would be like fog and get away from me.
And when I breathed, my breath was lightning.
Out of the Indian approach to life there came a great freedom, an intense and absorbing respect for life, enriching faith in a Supreme Power, and principles of truth, honesty, generosity, equity, and brotherhood as a guide to mundane relations.
The Great Spirit is everywhere; He hears whatever is in our minds and our hearts, and it is not necessary to speak to Him in a loud voice.
Everywhere is the center of the world. Everything is sacred.
And I say the sacred hoop of my people was one of the many hoops that made one circle, wide as daylight and as starlight, and in the center grew one mighty flowering tree to shelter all the children of one mother and one father.
Everything the Power of the World does is done in a circle.
He was so narrow-minded he could see through a keyhole with two eyes.
When a vision comes from the thunder beings of the west, it comes with terror like a thunder storm; but when the storm of vision has passed, the world is greenier and happier; for wherever the truth of vision comes upon the world, it is like a rain. The world, you see, is happier after the terror of the storm.
Grandfather, Great Spirit, once more behold me on earth and lean to hear my feeble voice.
The boys of my people began very young to learn the ways of men, and no one taught us; we just learned by doing what we saw, and we were warriors at a time when boys now are like girls.
Hear me, four quarters of the world-a relative I am! Give me the strength to walk the soft earth, a relative to all that is! Give me the eyes to see and the strength to understand, that I may be like you. With your power only can I face the winds.
The sky is round, and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball, and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power, whirls. Birds make their nests in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours.
You remember that my great vision came to me when I was only nine years old, and you have seen that I was not much good for anything until after I had performed the horse dance near the mouth of the Tongue River during my eighteenth summer.
As you walk upon the sacred earth, treat each step as a prayer.
And while I stood there I saw more than I can tell and I understood more than I saw; for I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of all things in the spirit, and the shape of all shapes as they must live together like one being.
It is good to have a reminder of death before us, for it helps us to understand the impermanence of life on this earth, and this understanding may aid us in preparing for our own death. He who is well prepared is he who knows that he is nothing compared with Wakan-Tanka, who is everything; then he knows that world which is real.
Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of a person is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves.
Like the grasses showing tender faces to each other, thus should we do, for this was the wish of the Grandfathers of the World.
I saw more than I can tell / And I understood more than I saw.
The soldiers did go away and their towns were torn down;
and in the Moon of Falling Leaves (November), they made a treaty with Red Cloud that said our country would be ours as long as grass should grow and water flow.
The Holy Land is everywhere.
Everything an Indian does is in a circle, and that is because the power of the world always works in circles, and everything tries to be round. In the old days when we were a strong and happy people, all our power came to us from the sacred hoop of the nation, and so long as the hoop was unbroken the people flourished.
Every place is the center of the world.
The power of the world always works in circles.
It may be that some little root of the sacred tree still lives.
Nourish it then, that it may leaf and bloom and fill with singing birds.
If I thought that I was doing it myself, the hole would close up and no power could come through. Then everything I could do would be foolish.
Now suddenly there was nothing but a world of cloud, and we three were there alone in the middle of a great white plain with snowy hills and mountains staring at us; and it was very still; but there were whispers.
My friend, I am going to tell you the story of my life, as you wish;
and if it were only the story of my life I think I would not tell it; for what is one man that he should make much of his winters, even when they bend him like a heavy snow?
When you pray with this pipe, you pray for and with everything.
Birds make their nest in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours.
Give me strength to walk the soft earth, a relative to all that is.
But I think I have done right to save the vision in this way, even though I may die sooner because I did it; for I know the meaning of the vision is wise and beautiful and good; and you can see that I am only a pitiful old man after all.
I looked about me once again, and suddenly the dancing horses without number changed into animals of every kind and into all the fowls that are, and these fled back to the four quarters of the world from whence the horses came, and vanished.
I looked below and saw my people there, and all were well and happy except one, and he was lying like the dead - and that one was myself.