Water and Attaining Peace

One of the many benefits from participating on the First Nation-Farmer Climate Unity March was making friends with Native Americans as we walked together. My life experiences as a Quaker have taught me our lives can, and should, be guided by the Spirit. For many reasons I have long wanted to learn more about Native Americans and other indigenous people because what little I did know was that their lives and communities are also Spirit led.

But as I tried to learn more about native beliefs, I found there were conflicting stories, and warnings that many things written about native people were inaccurate or untrue.

I was glad to come upon the teachings of Chief Arvol Looking Horse. I felt a spiritual unity as I read his words and heard him speak on videos. I was glad to be able to ask my Native American friends whether he was someone who’s teachings I could trust, and they said “yes”.

Here he asks all of us to come together to promote healing of Mother Earth. Fundamental to the beliefs of Quakers is working for peace, so I especially appreciate what he said about achieving a universal consciousness toward attaining Peace.

In our prophecies it is told that we are now at the crossroads: Either unite spiritually as a global nation, or be faced with chaos, disasters, diseases, and tears from our relatives’ eyes.

I ask you to join me on this endeavor. Our vision is for the peoples of all continents, regardless of their beliefs in the Creator, to come together as one at their Sacred Sites to pray and meditate and commune with one another, thus promoting an energy shift to heal our Mother Earth and achieve a universal consciousness toward attaining Peace.

One of the first things I learned when I began to spend time with Native Americans in Indianapolis as we supported the water protectors was Mni Wic’oni, water is life.

Following is Chief Looking Horse’s message on the importance of water in the Lakota tradition.

A Message from Chief Arvol Looking Horse

“We as caretakers of Turtle Island have always understood Great Spirit has blessed us with the water of life, Mni Wic’oni. We always knew it is the life-line to maintain health and well-being. For a few decades now, we have been told through our ceremonies that man has gone too far, disrupting many cycles of life. Through our passed down knowledge that still carry traditions of respect for the world in order to maintain balance and harmony, we still carry our ways to honor the four seasons upon Mother Earth. On March 21st, many People will be Welcoming the Thunders in ceremonies throughout Turtle Island. We also acknowledge another honoring for water around Mother Earth to unite and offer prayers on March 22nd, known as World Water Day.

We are asking to open your heart and minds to this time of crisis that is now upon us, threatening a healthy life for our future generations and also for the many spirit lives of the four legged, winged ones, those that crawl and that swim who depend on Mni Wic’oni, the water of life.

Those that know how strong spiritual energy is, understand water is the most essential life-line to survival. It is a ‘Source of Life’ that is so powerful, that when we offer our energy of prayers, it can change into medicinal healing, through united intentions. Even science finally found this out only recently. Water carries the Keeper’s energy and can change very fast. It can also bring death by not respecting its gift, especially when over abused as a Resource. It is time we wake up the World to stop abusing and destroying a gift of life – before it is too late.

In a sacred hoop of life, where there is no ending and no beginning.”

Onipiktec’a (that we shall live),

Arvol Looking Horse Signature
Chief Arvol Looking Horse

19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe



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