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White Cloud's Prayer

Illustration by N.C.Wyeth

Illustration by N.C.Wyeth

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.

Photo by Flickr photographer Marxchivist and permission granted through Creative Commons

The Prayer of White Cloud

O Great Spirit,

Whose voice I hear in the wind,

And whose breath gives life to all the world,

hear me!

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 ...

without shame.

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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Morenae on July 09, 2020:

A old civilization remember their old gods and folow the true spirit.

Humanity not remember their fathers.

Martin on March 03, 2020:

The settlers who took that land on the Rock River thought very well of White Cloud. They named their town after him: Prophetstown Illinois.

Mark Tulin from Ventura, California on December 01, 2018:

Beautifully done. There is something supremely powerful about Native American spirituality. It connects one so beautifully with nature. Thanks. Mark

Rodney Mccord on June 19, 2018:

I am part native. black foot and the prayers i see on this page is so Real i think this way not to realise its my spiritual ways of life

Will Hammond on November 06, 2017:

Beautiful and very inspiring. Where can I obtain a copy? Equally, I will expose this to all my friends.

Robert Morgan from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Gilbert AZ on June 25, 2015:

I love this prayer. When prayed it imparts great wisdom. Thank you.

Cheryl Kohan (author) from England on April 06, 2012:

@HERBMASTER: Well, I truly believe that all faiths touch the sacred in much the same way. Now if we could only learn to tolerate each other's differences...

Cheryl Kohan (author) from England on April 06, 2012:

@anonymous: Oh, Susie, thank you...you are sweet.

Cheryl Kohan (author) from England on April 06, 2012:

@dc64 lm: I wish so, too, Debra. Thank you for the kind comment.

Cheryl Kohan (author) from England on April 06, 2012:

@siobhanryan: I'm pleased that you enjoyed this lens. Thank you.

Cheryl Kohan (author) from England on April 06, 2012:

@kougar lm: You are very welcome! Thank you for visiting.

anonymous on April 05, 2012:

Just stopping by to breathe in this wonder...again!

HERBMASTER on April 04, 2012:

Touching the sacred is always beautiful to me. Its similar to the Egyptian idea that the soul needs to be as light as a feather to enter into Paradise.

anonymous on April 02, 2012:

Do have copies of White Cloud's Prayers as decals for windows and wallpaper or removable etchings that can be put on church windows, doors, or wall.

Abbie Reid< Meherrin Native American Church, Winton, North Carolina

ElectricCarBuff on March 25, 2012:

I love White Cloud's Prayer. When I have a printer, I will print it and stick it on my wall. Thank you.

kougar lm on March 17, 2012:

Beautiful lens. Thanks for sharing.

siobhanryan on March 13, 2012:

I never saw or heard the prayer before but it is beautiful with very deep meaning- great lens.

Cheryl Kohan (author) from England on March 13, 2012:

@dc64 lm: I agree...so much beauty that we often don't take the time to notice.

Cheryl Kohan (author) from England on March 13, 2012:

@greenspirit: You are very welcome. And thank you for visiting my White Cloud's Prayer page. I'm so happy that you enjoyed it.

Cheryl Kohan (author) from England on March 13, 2012:

@Namymartyn: Thank you!

dc64 lm on March 11, 2012:

A beautiful prayer. There is so much beauty in the world, I wish everyone would see it.

poppy mercer from London on March 06, 2012:

Thank you for visiting and blessing my snowdrop lens...that was so kind, and much appreciated....I love this prayer; yes mother earth is always listening. Such a lovely lens.

Namymartyn on March 01, 2012:

nice lens created by you really appreciable..........

Cheryl Kohan (author) from England on February 28, 2012:

@7thStone: You're very welcome. Thank you for your visit.

7thStone on February 27, 2012:

Very beautiful...thank you for sharing!

Cheryl Kohan (author) from England on February 05, 2012:

@kathysart: Thank you very much, Kathy, for the visit and the blessing.

Cheryl Kohan (author) from England on February 05, 2012:

@anonymous: Susie, you are so kind. Thank you,

kathysart on February 03, 2012:

How BEAUTIFUL this lens is.. so thoughtful. Blessed.

anonymous on February 02, 2012:

Cheryl, this is so gently powerful, my soul came to rest as I entered in and I think I will linger and drink it in a while more. You have caught the spirit of White Cloud's Prayer perfectly here and it is a pleasure to return with wings and an angel blessing for this delight of delights.

Cheryl Kohan (author) from England on January 15, 2012:

@KathyMcGraw2: Oh, Kathy, thank you so much. I think I'm more proud of this lens than of any other thing I've written. I wish you all the best in 2012 and beyond.

Kathy McGraw from California on January 01, 2012:

Cheryl...this is as beautiful as the first time I saw it :) Hope you have a wonderful New Years, with peace and tranquility.

Cheryl Kohan (author) from England on November 29, 2011:

@mockingbird999: Thank you, KM. I am so pleased that you like it. Just reciting it to myself calms me.

Cheryl Kohan (author) from England on November 29, 2011:

@BarbaraCasey: My pleasure, Barbara. Thank you so much for the kind comment.

mockingbird999 on July 15, 2011:

That's a beautiful prayer.

BarbaraCasey on February 27, 2011:

Wonderful prayer. Many thanks for posting it.

Cheryl Kohan (author) from England on February 16, 2011:

@anonymous: I hope your Valentine's Day was extra special, Bev. Thanks for thinking of me and honoring this lens. It means a lot to me.

anonymous on February 14, 2011:

Leaving a Cupid Kiss in honor of Valentine's Day and in honor of this most special prayer by White Cloud.

Leanne Chesser on February 14, 2011:

Beautiful. Blessed by an Angel and featured on http://www.squidoo.com/bestsquidoolenses.

Cheryl Kohan (author) from England on January 21, 2011:

@ChrisDay LM: Thanks so much!

ChrisDay LM on January 07, 2011:

simply beautiful - thanks

Cheryl Kohan (author) from England on November 29, 2010:

@kathysmith lm: I'm honored that you stopped to visit, Kathy, and am so happy you enjoyed this page. Thank you.

kathysmith lm on November 24, 2010:

Namast Thank you for this page of pure bliss

Cheryl Kohan (author) from England on November 22, 2010:

@darciefrench lm: Thank you so much for the Angel blessing! And for the feature; I'll head right over to November Holiday Blessings to see the other lucky lensmasters!

Cheryl Kohan (author) from England on November 22, 2010:

@anonymous: You are absolutely right, LucyClaire. Thanks so much for stopping by.

darciefrench lm on November 20, 2010:

Beautiful lens. Angel blessed and will be featured on NOvember Holiday Blessings under Native celebrations.

anonymous on November 08, 2010:

I think that Christians can care for the earth too in this way. Thank you for sharing your viewpoint.

Cheryl Kohan (author) from England on October 25, 2010:

@anonymous: I'm so glad you visited...and am happy that you agree that it's a beautiful prayer. Thank you.

Cheryl Kohan (author) from England on October 25, 2010:

@ShamanicShift: Thank you. Much appreciated. I feel a sense of peace with this prayer and its philosophy. It centers me.

anonymous on October 24, 2010:

Awesome lens-beautiful prayer!

ShamanicShift on October 23, 2010:

Great lens and comprehensive resource about this prayer -- Liked & liked.

Cheryl Kohan (author) from England on October 22, 2010:

@anonymous: What a lovely comment, Susie! Thanks so much. You are very special.

anonymous on October 21, 2010:

This is very beautiful Cheryl. My heart has wings to fly and touch you with my breath of love and gentle kindness...

Cheryl Kohan (author) from England on October 18, 2010:

@anonymous: Thank you very much and I'm so glad you loved it. Peaceful and benevolent. That is so true. It's the perfect way to start the day...and/or end it.

anonymous on October 16, 2010:

I loved the prayer, it is very peaceful and benevolent . If told from heart, I am sure it has longer lasting positive effects on oneself and the entire universe.

Cheryl Kohan (author) from England on October 08, 2010:

@Heather426: Thank you, Heather! You know, I almost didn't create this lens because I'm quite private about my spiritual beliefs. Now I'm so glad I did.

Heather Burns from Wexford, Ireland on October 07, 2010:

I love this lens about White Cloud's Prayer! Beautiful! lensrolling.

Cheryl Kohan (author) from England on September 22, 2010:

@kateloving: Thank you so much, Kate, for stopping by and for your kind comment. I tried to make this page reflect the respect I have for this spirituality.

Kate Loving Shenk from Lancaster PA on September 21, 2010:

I love American Indian Spirituality!! This is a wonderful lens!!

Cheryl Kohan (author) from England on September 08, 2010:

@aka-rms: Thank you, Robin. I'm SO pleased that you like this lens. You've made my day.

Cheryl Kohan (author) from England on September 08, 2010:

@anonymous: Michelle, I'm sorry I just noticed your comment. Thank you. I don't think of you as a crazy person, at all...I believe that you've had this connection and I'm honored that you chose to share it. Kind regards and blessings to you, as well.

Robin S from USA on September 08, 2010:

This is beautiful!

anonymous on May 17, 2010:

my name is michelle,many years ago far back as i remember,as a child.i had a deep love for an indian whom i felt was with me in spirit.i told my father that i had another father in spirit.being young child my dad smiled at me asked me who is he.i replied an indian his name is whitecloud.growing up into an adult i never spoke of this.as although I knew in my heart he was with me when i felt alone the name whitecloud was name i had never heard of.im 53yrs old now but when my children was old enough i told them about my indian and how he guides me and watches over me.,but i truly did not know until today the name whitecloud was a real name..i grew up believing that it was my own imaginary name for this man whom i felt connected to in strange way..its by chance sat here i entered name WHITECLOUD,out of curiosity.all my life i felt oneday i will be with my father whitecloud in spirit only then will i feel complete and who i really am.please i hope you don't take me as a crazy person,i just wanted to tell you my truth.ive always chosen my own path in life.but always know im not alone as im guided to where i should be.i have lived with this knowledge for 53yrs.and never questioned it..others may,kind rgards and blessings.

Cheryl Kohan (author) from England on March 27, 2010:

@KathyMcGraw2: Thanks, again, Kathy, for featuring this. I don't do Facebook so won't see it but I do appreciate your kindness. You're a sweetie!

Kathy McGraw from California on March 25, 2010:

Cheryl just came back to tell you I featured this on the new Dreamcatchers Face Book Fanpage.

Kathy McGraw from California on January 09, 2010:

Cheryl- I love this...and just lensrolled it to my Dreamcatcher and National Indian Month lenses. This lens is also *Blessed*

Cheryl Kohan (author) from England on January 09, 2010:

@KathyMcGraw2: Thanks so much for the blessing, Kathy. It sure does mean a lot coming from you.

Cheryl Kohan (author) from England on October 14, 2009:

[in reply to NIYAHA-NUNPI]

Thank you for visiting. I searched for the meaning of your name and discovered that it's Lakota for Two Feather. That's so awesome and I think the language is just beautiful. I hope it never disappears.

anonymous on October 13, 2009:

Thank you for your work here.

Cheryl Kohan (author) from England on September 30, 2009:

Thanks, everyone for the kind thoughts. As I learn more about the Native Americans, I am more aware of the gifts they have given to all of us here in North America. I wish we were more appreciative.

anonymous on September 11, 2009:

This is SO beautiful! I love the way you've put all this together, and am very interested in the Native American culture. Thank you so much for making this lens :)

Sandy Mertens from Frozen Tundra on September 08, 2009:

Love reading White Cloud's prayer. Excellent lens!

Seeking Pearls from Pueblo West on July 14, 2009:

This is really nice lens.5 stars:) to the editor in chief. Thanks for stopping by and the votes of confidence. I specifically loved the 1st video. The singing is timeless.

ctavias0ffering1 on May 30, 2009:

I love White Cloud's prayer and you've certainly done it justice with this page. 5* and a sprinkling of Angel Dust

Snozzle on May 27, 2009:

What a lovely prayer and loved the photos. Sometimes it's easy to lose touch with nature and her(his) lessons. This has brightened my day.


Liz Mackay from United Kingdom on May 27, 2009:

This is lovely I have always been fascinated by Native Americans. 5 stars and lenroll

anonymous on May 23, 2009:

Very nicely done Cheryl! I'm lensrolling it to all my Native American lenses.