White Cloud's Prayer
A Native American Prayer
My spiritual philosophy is both simple and complex. A long journey with many detours and I'm still traveling.
I love the quiet and patient philosophy of Eastern and Native American spiritual beliefs. Peace, harmony, tolerance, respect. A connection to the earth.
This is White Cloud's Prayer - the prayer that I say every day.
It's a prayer that connects all people regardless of spiritual or religious beliefs...it's a very beautiful prayer. I hope you agree.
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The Prayer of White Cloud
O Great Spirit,
Whose voice I hear in the wind,
And whose breath gives life to all the world,
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.
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 ...
White Cloud's Prayer - A Song
I cannot express how beautiful this video is. And it absolutely illustrates how this prayer is a prayer for everyone. It's perfomed by a Christian choir but it hasn't been altered in any way except for a bit of poetic license. Mother Earth is listening.
Please watch and listen. You will be moved.
Why is this White Cloud's Prayer?
It really doesn't matter who composed this prayer.
It's what the prayer means that's important.Actually, it has been credited to several Native American Chiefs. When I first read this prayer, it was as a quote by the Indian Chief White Cloud.
According to Wikipedia, there were several Indian Chiefs named White Cloud. One was an Ojibwa chief. Ojibwa translates to Chippewa and White Cloud's Ojibwa name was Wabanquot.
Another Chief named White Cloud lived in Illinois in the 1800's. He was of the Ho-Chunk Tribe and his name was Waokieshiek (White Cloud). Ho-Chunk translates to Winnebago Tribe.
It really doesn't matter to me who originally said this prayer. It's what the prayer means that's important.
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