Let Me Walk in Beauty


From Self Reliance Book

 

“What you believe you become.

Believe in beauty, for the Earth Mother is covered

with beauty.

Believe in love, for your Earth Mother and Sky Father love you.

Believe in magic and you release your soul from the prison

your mind tries to build around it.

Above all, don’t be afraid.

The Great Spirit provides all that is needed.”

—Sun Bear

 

Sun Bear, Chippewa Tribe

Sun Bear, Chippewa Tribe

 

 

Thy Sacred Dwelling

 

“Why have I two eyes if not to behold Thy glorious vision?

Why have I two ears if not to hear Thy gentle whisper?

Why have I the sense of smell if not to breathe the essence of Thy spirit?

Why have I two lips, Beloved, if not to kiss Thy beautiful countenance?

Why have I two hands if not to work in Thy divine cause?

Why have I two legs if not to walk in Thy spiritual path?

Why have I a voice if not to sing Thy celestial song?

Why have I a heart, Beloved< if not to make it Thy sacred dwelling?”

—Hazrat Inayat Khan

 

Weeping Cherry Tree Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2006

Weeping Cherry Tree Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2006

 

Global Peace

“Man Must first create peace within himself if he desires to see peace in the world;

for lacking peace within, no effort of his can bring any result.”

— Hazrat Inayat Khan

 

The Healing Heart

Sympathy—a china doll sheds a tear

and a piece of the Great Wall comes down.

 

Synchronicity—at the same time, in New Your City a lover’s heart mends a tear

and a flower breaks through the concrete.”

—Hadj Pearlman

 

Painted Sky Orchid. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2013

Painted Sky Orchid. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2013

 

Let Me Walk in Beauty

“O Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the winds,

and whose breath gives light to all the world,

Hear me—I come before you, one of your children,

I am small and weak.

I need your strength and wisdom.

Let me walk in beauty,

and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset.

Make my hands respect the things that you have made,

my ears sharp to hear your voice.

Make me wise, so that I may know the things

you have taught my people,

and the lesson you have hidden in every rock and leaf.

I seek strength, not to be superior to my brothers and sisters,

but to be able to fight my greatest enemy, myself.

Make me ever ready to come to you,

with clean hands and straight eyes.

So when life fades as a fading sunset,

my spirit may come to you without shame.”

—Yellow Hawk Sioux Chief

 

Yellow Hawk, Sioux Chief

Yellow Hawk, Sioux Chief

9 thoughts on “Let Me Walk in Beauty

  1. ninja network says:

    Reblogged with the best love 💐💐💐

  2. That last prayer is one I have had above my altar for years. These are, each one, beautiful. Thank you.

  3. eurobrat says:

    Takes effort to direct one’s life in that direction, but so worth it!

    • It helps to create balance between the real world and what humans do to other humans, with our need for beauty and authenticity. We can them help others without hurting ourselves. Hugs, Barbara

  4. oldpoet56 says:

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