Back to Nature (Published on TBNWeekly.com - April 13, 2005)
Walk in peace
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 ...
|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
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
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
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
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