Healing Hearts at Wounded Knee

by James O’Dea

Out of the boundless Love we hold for Creation;

Out of the deepest Grace from which the Universe unfolds;

Out of the sourcing of all Wisdom;

Out of embracing, ceaseless Compassion;

Out of the tender, yet raging fire of Courage;

From the depth of our Heart of Hearts

Let Us

Cherish ourselves

Cherish one another

Cherish all children

Cherish all women, men, elders

Cherish all of every belief persuasion,

Cherish all of humanity, inclusively in such great need.

Let us cherish the two leggeds, the four leggeds,

The winged ones, all creatures great and small,

Let us cherish and treasure our Earthly planetary home.

For we have not yet learned to do this.

To honor all who ever died in war and massacre

To honor all who have ever died in holocaust

To honor all who have been tortured and died; who have been tortured and lived

To honor the Great Wounding of Humanity

We gather to finally heal.

Let us pledge to end massacre

Let us pledge to end genocide

Let us pledge to end racism

Let us pledge to end war

Let us pour forth the power of forgiveness

Let us nest in “brotherly/sisterly love”

Let us learn the depth, breadth and eternal nature of our true power

Let us learn what it is to more deeply Love

Let us sit in healing ministrations,

Let us hold heartfelt deliberations, reconciliation councils,

Let us host workshops, talking circles, gazing sessions,

Let us sing, dance, make music, art singly and together,

Let us listen to our stories, dreams and visions,

Invite inspiration to walk hand in hand

Let communities gather and ignite new life ways

Let us pray, meditate, deepen into Soul

Let restorative justice reign with wisdom and love

We are much more than we have ever known.

Leaders, dawning leaders, gather, bring your own

Mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers,

Hermits, orphans, grandparents

We call to one and all

Come with us in person

Or come with us in spirit

Come with us to Wounded Knee

Let our passion and compassion

Bring us here on bended knee

We bow to you Creation

Heal our Hearts at Wounded Knee.


Great Mystery,

Great Spirit,

Divine Grace which creates the galaxies,

the stars,

our earth

and gives us the mystery of life,

be with us,

anoint us,

guide us,

heal us.

Mitakuye Oyasin

[We are all related]

“We can end the transmission of wounding”*

Poem Taken from Healing Hearts at Wounded Knee Mitákuye Oyás’iŋ (All Are Related) is a phrase from the Lakota language. It reflects the world view of interconnectedness held by the Lakota people of North America.[1] This concept and phrase is expressed in many Yankton Sioux prayers,[2] as well as by ceremonial people in other Lakota communities


About awakinOAK

Intentionally located in east Oakland -- to, on the one hand, overcome institutionalized violence and on the other hand, be showered by the multicultural love and wisdom from neighbors-- this small community strives for integral nonviolence and supports activities that foster fearlessness, courage, autonomy, unconditional love and compassion for all beings. Every Friday for the last 10 years, the anchors of Awakin Oakland, host "Wednesdays on Fridays", an open-house meditation night that was inspired by a family in Santa Clara who has been doing this for close to 23 years [2020] No teachers or gurus. No set agendas or proposed beliefs either. Just one strong principle -- when you change within, the world changes
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