Back to Nature (Published on TBNWeekly.com - April 13, 2005)
Walk in peace
 
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Photo by Rick Tremmel
The Thunderbird came to them from the place of thunderstorms, hail, lightning and the boiling, crimson setting sun, wings spread, as if they were large gray clouds against the turquoise sky, back to the place of the setting sun.
Look deeply: I arrive in every second, to be a bud on a spring branch, to be a tiny bird with wings still fragile learning to sing in my new nest, to be a caterpillar in the heart of a flower, to be a jewel hiding itself in a stone ...

Please call me by my true names, so I can wake up and so the door of my heart can be left open, the door of compassion.
– Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk living in exile since the age of 40 in a small community in France. His lifelong efforts to generate peace moved Martin Luther King Jr. to nominate him for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967.

“Every day we do things, we are things that have to do with peace. If we are aware of our life ... our way of looking at things, we will know how to make peace right in the moment, we are alive.” (www.seaox.com/thich.html)

The Continental Indigenous Council proposed that Oct. 24 be declared a worldwide day of peace. Excerpts from this proposal urged that we must live in peace and accept responsibility for Mother Earth as a sacred duty.

“We were instructed to carry a love for one another and to show a great respect for all the beings of this earth ... In our ways spiritual consciousness is the highest form of politics. When people cease to respect and express gratitude for these many things, then all life will be destroyed, and human life on this planet will come to an end.

These are our times and responsibilities. Every human being has a sacred duty to protect the welfare of our Mother Earth, from whom all life comes. In order to do this we must recognize the enemy – the one within us. We must begin with ourselves.

We must live in harmony with the Natural World and recognize that excessive exploitation can only lead to our own destruction. We cannot trade the welfare of our future generations for profit now. We must abide by the Natural Law or be victims of its ultimate reality … It is no longer good enough to cry, “Peace.” We must act peace, live peace, and march in peace in alliance with the people of the world. We are the spiritual energy that is thousands times stronger than nuclear energy. Our energy is the combined will of all people with the spirit of the Natural World, to be of one body, one heart and one mind for peace.”

The Quillayute, a Chimakoan tribe of the Pacific Northwest, tell of a time of great storms that drove the people to live upon the prairies. Soon the people ran out of food and became ill from the relentless rains, hail and cold. Their Chief prayed to Creator to help his people. The people sat quietly and waited in prayer. Suddenly they heard the thunderous flapping of huge wings as the Thunderbird came to them from the place of thunderstorms, hail, lightning and the boiling, crimson setting sun. He carefully placed a large whale on the ground in front of them and then flew, wings spread, as if they were large gray clouds against the turquoise sky, back to the place of the setting sun. Thunderbird and Whale were bitter enemies, but on this day Thunderbird and Whale came together to save the Quillayute elders and children from dying. They came in peace.

Oh Great Spirit of our Ancestors, I raise my pipe to you, to your messengers the four winds, and to Mother Earth who provides for your children.

Give us the wisdom to teach our children to love, to respect, and to be kind to each other so that they may grow with peace of mind.

Let us learn to share all good things that you provide for us on this Earth … Walk in Peace back to nature. – Native American Prayer for Peace

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