May the stars carry your sadness away, may the flowers fill your heart with beauty, may hope forever wipe away your tears. And, above all, may silence make you strong.— Chief Dan George
Surprising Native American Spiritual quotations
Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.
If you talk to the animals they will talk with you and you will know each other.
If you do not talk to them you will not know them and what you do not know, you will fear. What one fears, one destroys.
When we become hollow bones there is no limit to what the Higher Powers can do in and through us in spiritual things.
Religion is belief in someone else's experience. Spirituality is having your own experience.
Everything an Indian does is in a circle, and that is because the power of the world always works in circles.
The voice of the Great Spirit is heard in the twittering of birds, the rippling of mighty waters, and the sweet breathing of flowers.
All I try to do is portray Indians as we are, in creative ways.
With imagination and poetry. I think a lot of Native American literature is stuck in one idea: sort of spiritual, environmentalist Indians. And I want to portray everyday lives. I think by doing that, by portraying the ordinary lives of Indians, perhaps people learn something new.
Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.
Each soul must meet the morning sun, the new sweet earth and the Great Silence alone.
To us, the ashes of our ancestors are sacred and their resting place is hallowed ground.
Everything the Power of the World does is done in a circle.
To grow in unconditional love and in beauty, is spirituality.
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.
Adversity can be our greatest motivation fo spiritual growth or our deadliest means of discouragement.
When someone was so poor that he couldn't afford a horse, a tent or a blanket, he would, in that case, receive it all as a gift.
The greatest moments of Native History lie ahead of us if a great spiritual renewal and wakening should take place. The Native American has been a sleeping giant. He is awakening. The original Americans could become the evangelists who will help win America for Christ! Remember these forgotten people!
So long as mists envelop you, be still.
Be still until the sunlight pours through and dispels the mists - as it surely will. Then act with courage.
You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.
I do not see a delegation for the four-footed.
I see no seat for the eagles. We forget and we consider ourselves superior.
First kill me before you take possession of my Fatherland.
The power of the world always works in circles.
Religion is for people who are afraid of going to hell. Spirituality is for those who have already been there.
We [Native Americans] respect being human beings, but also the natural and spiritual world and I thought that came across wonderfully and I hope a lot of people get a sense of that; not to take away that we also have that warrior spirit.
Birds make their nest in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours.
The only thing Native Americans ever did better than the rest of us is spirituality. Of course, that's everything, isn't it?
Love in its essence is spiritual fire.
We also have a piece about the Mayflower, but it's just a very different, very gritty, very character-driven version of why those people were on that boat and what the experience was like for them, emotionally, physically and spiritually, and also the Native Americans and what the state of Native American society was at that time.
In the Native American tradition... a man, if he's a mature adult, nurtures life. He does rituals that will help things grow, he helps raise the kids, and he protects the people. His entire life is toward balance and cooperativeness. The ideal of manhood is the same as the ideal of womanhood. You are autonomous, self-directing, and responsible for the spiritual, social and material life of all those with whom you live.
Environmental policies are driven by a kind of emotional spiritualism that threatens the very foundation of our society. There is increasing evidence of a government-sponsored religion in America. This religion, a cloudy mixture of new-age mysticism, Native American folklore, and primitive Earth worship, is being promoted and enforced by the Clinton administration in violation of our rights and freedoms.