Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Incubating Circles

You have
noticed that 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
as long as the hoop was unbroken, the people flourished. The
flowering tree was the living center of the hoop and the circle of the
four quarters nourished it. The east gave peace and light, the south
gave warmth, the west gave rain, and the north with its cold and mighty
wind gave strength and endurance. Everything the Power of the World does
is in a circle. 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.Birdsmake
their nests in circles. The sun comes forth and goes down again in a
circle. The moon does the same, and both are round. Even the seasons
form a great Circle in their changing, and always come back again
to where they were. The life of a man is a circle from childhood
to childhood, and so is everything where Power moves. Our
teepees were round like the nests of birds, and these were
always set in a circle, the nation's hoop, a nest of
many nests, where the Great Spirit meant
for us to hatch our children.
----Black Elk

Bird's Nest
by Keith Taylor


Valerianna said...

I am dreaming nests, circles spirals these days... thanks for this post!

Unknown said...

I dream of circles some nights. Love this piece by Black Elk!

Unknown said...

TRIED TO POST EARLIER AND couldn't get the google thing to work.

Love this post and Black Elk's words. I dream of circles.

Von said...

So beautiful, thank you.I would like to link and pass on to others who appreciate too if I may.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Love the whole idea of the circle - shall be back to look at more.

Gail said...

Circles have been on my mind, also. I belong to a Circle of Wise Women and it has been in transition. Our Circle is strong and will survive.

Lauren Raine said...

Thanks........circles are really what it's all about these days, I think..........maybe that's why I spend so much attention on what's "underground", on the shadow and animus/anima as well.

I think it's so important to encompass the whole "circle" of who we are now, individually and collectively. It's increasingly going to be about an integral, a "circular" consciousness.......

I don't know how to express that very well.....

"weaver of grass" - what a beautiful name!