Mitakuye Oyasin, this is a
common phrase, greeting, salutation given by those who
understand it's meaning in the Spiritual sense. The
term is of Lakota origin yet universally used and it
means in a literal context, "all of our relations". It
is a verbal acknowledgement of respect, as well as
comprehend human kinship, even when it crosses racial
boundaries, though the relationship between mankind
and all other Creation has lost the spiritual
connection that brings harmony and purpose to our
Mitakuye Oyasin means
EVERYTHING... Including US!! It is said that all
things that cast a shadow possess Spirit, and all
Spirit comes from our maker, therefore we are all
The beautiful Rose that you notice
every day. The unique pebble that captures your eye.
The feather of a magnificent hawk you find in your
yard. A lock of hair from a loved one, or even the
trusty rabbits foot on your key ring. These things are
all physical forms of spiritual existence.
items from the Greatest Inventor. The Master of all
Mysteries. The Creator of Everything. From a small
child's comforter, to the four leaf clover pressed in
the diary of a young girl, wishful things come. Our
nature from birth holds a reverence for things we
associate with blessing and assurance. Heirlooms,
trinkets, keepsakes and curios are all objects of
fascination, that may be valuable to no one else, yet
they are emotionally priceless to their keepers.
grow older, and supposedly wiser, we sometimes outgrow
our net oral instincts to cling to items of Spiritual
importance to us. We distance ourselves from the
Spirit realm with the ignorance of modern intellect.
This is one of the reasons why nature has become
something many no longer relate to, or respect. The
knowledge of man often times brings with it confusion
in Our relationship with Creation. Our ears become
deaf to the Spirits that call out to us. Our inner
being, our Spiritual Self; must be nurtured, and some
have unknowingly hidden their instincts away.
The familiar Voice of the Spirit
World no longer speaks to them. They have moved from
their Center, lost touch with their inner man.
Spiritual gifts come to us all, though many do not
recognize them and fail to understand our
relationship with all things.
The existence of Spirit is something that many debate.
yet these doubts are forgotten when someone dear to
them has passed on. It is not uncommon to find the
living visiting the graves of the departed. Bringing
them items and gifts that they enjoyed in life. Or
simply just going to talk to them, and yes, finding
solace from these encounters with the spirit of
someone greatly missed.
The items one considers
Medicine differ as widely as personalities do. They
are generally object of natural substance, being from
a living source. Medicine Bags are worn by some
constantly, and by others only when felt necessary or
needed. They may contain tokens from Animal, Plant,
Bird, Stone, or Human. These things offer their own
individual Spiritual qualities. When carried by one in
a respected manner, they offer protection, blessing,
or simply confidence or assurance. It can be called
good luck by those who do not understand the sacred
aspects of things, but to those of us who have had
personal experiences involving the Spirit Realm, our
Medicine is very important to us. The Medicine Bag is
Sacred and Powerful.
The collection and
reverence of the items we choose, or the gifts of
Medicine that we have been given by others teach us
lessons, relating to Spiritual things. We learn of
offerings that are given in respect of the items that
are accepted as Medicine. We learn of Purification of
these items by smudging with Sage, Sweet Grass, with a
blend of Cedar, as well as the care of our selves as
spirits and of others, along with the value of
everything that has been given because Life is Spirit
...these lessons develop a respect for all our
relations, and from this we begin to re-awaken; our
inner being, our spiritual selves, our Wanagi.
from Country Road Chronicles, January 2001