Mitakuye Oyasın

By: Dennis Hawk 

  

The principles that are being discovered as this blog evolves are guideposts along our spiritual path. The two principles that have emerged so far are:  First, I am here on this earth at this very moment because that is exactly the way God wants it. Second, I, like the rest of creation, am a ball of energy stored in matter…and in motion.   

There is a third principle that is a guide toward our spiritual destiny, which is represented by another Lakota concept: Mitakuye Oyasin. This phrase literally means “all my relations.”  To paraphrase, we are all related.  Tiyospaye is the word for family in Lakota.  It is in reference to the biological family but it can also mean the sacred family gathered around ceremonies, - sweat lodge, sundance, give-aways, vision quest, etc. When attending the Lakota lodges, we would greet each other with “Hello Cousin” in Lakota.   

The symbol of family, relatedness, is a way to describe the interconnectedness of all things. The entire universe is all one big family: Father Sky, Mother Earth, Grandmother Moon, Grandfather Sun and so on.   

This brings me to the third principle of spiritual destiny. What we do or don’t do, whether we act or we don’t act, affects the entire family around us. We are not alone.   

So, to this point, three principles that allow us to move forward spiritually are:  First, I am here on this earth at this very moment because that is exactly the way God wants it. Second, I, like the rest of creation, am a ball of energy stored in matter…and in motion. Third, whether we stay still or move, we effect the entire universe…our family.  

Mitakuye Oyasin.

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