"I was standing on the highest mountain of them all, and round about beneath me was the whole hoop of the world. 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.

And I saw that the sacred hoop of my people was one of many hoops that made one circle, wide as daylight and as starlight, and in the center grew one mighty flowering tree to shelter all children of one mother and one father. And I saw that it was holy."

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1 comment:

Cheryl Finley: said...

Oh my...I have no appropriate words for how this makes me feel..I sense Black Elk's reverence for life...for respect for humanity and the eterna spirit that animates our humanity...and our unity.
It is with my deepest heartfelt gratitude...that I say...thank you.