Monday, June 21, 2010

Solstice and World Peace and Prayer Day

Today being the Summer Solstice, it is fitting for all the flowers to be yellow! Our yard is full of banks upon banks of lilies of all shades of yellow, orange and everything in between!

Today is also World Peace and Prayer Day for Native Americans and all of us on the planet.

World Peace and Prayer Day was founded in 1996 in the Black Hills of South Dakota by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th generation keeper of the sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe of the Sioux Nation. Arvol Looking Horse was led by a vision to honor sacred sites and to invite all nations and all faiths to do the same, to heal our relationship with our mother, the Earth. World Peace and Prayer Day is held annually on the summer solstice, a powerful day to pray for peace among all living beings.

Let's all do something to honor all creatures and Mother Earth on this very special day. It can be as simple as a moment of silence. Below is a request for prayer from Chief Arvol Looking Horse.

To All World Religious and Spiritual Leaders
My Relatives,

Time has come to speak to the hearts of our Nations and their Leaders. I ask you this from the bottom of my heart, to come together from the Spirit of your Nations in prayer.

We, from the heart of Turtle Island, have a great message for the World. We are guided to speak from all the White Animals showing their sacred color which have been signs for us to pray for the sacred life of all things. As I am sending this message to you, many Animal Nations are being threatened, those that swim, those that crawl, those that fly, and the plant Nations. Eventually all will be affected from the oil disaster in the Gulf.

The dangers we are faced with at this time are not of spirit. The catastrophe that has happened with the oil spill which looks like the bleeding of Grandmother Earth, is made by human mistakes, mistakes that we cannot afford to make.

I ask, as Spiritual Leaders, that we join together, united in prayer with the whole of our Global Communities. My concern is these serious issues will continue to worsen, as a domino effect that our Ancestors have warned us of in their prophecies.

I know in my heart there are millions of people that feel our united prayers for the sake of our Grandmother Earth are long overdue. I believe we as Spiritual People must gather ourselves and focus our thoughts and prayers to allow the healing of the many wounds that have been inflicted on the Earth. As we honor the Cycle of Life, let us call for Prayer circles globally to assist in healing Grandmother Earth (our Unc I Maka).

We ask for prayers that the oil spill, this bleeding, will stop. That the winds stay calm to assist in the work. . Pray for the people to be guided in repairing this mistake, and that we may also seek to live in harmony, as we make the choice to change the destructive path we are on.

As we pray, we will fully understand that we are all connected and that what we create can have lasting effects on all life.

So let us unite spiritually, All Nations, All Faiths, One Prayer. Along with this immediate effort, I also ask to please remember June 21st, World Peace and Prayer Day/Honoring Sacred Sites day. Whether it is a natural site, a temple, a church, a synagogue or just your own sacred space, let us make a prayer for all life, for good decision making by our Nations, for our children's future and well-being, and the generations to come.

Onipikte (that we shall live),

Chief Arvol Looking Horse
19th generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe
For more sunny yellow Mellow Yellow Monday!


Kea said...

Lovely floral shots!

Solstice Blessings to you, and to All Beings.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Those look like Asiatic lilies, so beautiful and happy solstice.

charmie said...

wow, i love the captures of the flowers..

here is my entry:

Old Kitty said...

Beautiful lillies!!

Happy Solstice Day!!!!

The request for prayer to Mother Earth is just lovely.

take care

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

Thank you for alerting us to the Native American prayer day. Now, if you are a solstice celebrator, you've gotta visit my blog today!!

I'm a "mellow yellow Monday-er" too!"


Ma.links said...

Gorgeous flowers.

Liz said...

The flowers are gorgeous!

Happy MYM.

Liz @ MLC

Manang Kim said...

Lilies are my favorite too. They are so gorgeous. Enjoy the summer. Happy Monday!

MYM~Yellow Hollyhock
RRT~Red Hollyhock

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