Summer Solstice Greetings and Gratitude to the Natural World:
In Canada, National Aboriginal Day has been placed onto the day of the Summer Solstice because since time immemorial prayers to the natural world were offered up on this day in all Native communities. Each celebrating in their way, in accordance with their traditions.
So, following these ancient ways, today we have come together to also offer up ancient and sacred prayers
so that they may unite us as people with the Natural World all around us.
Now, let us put our hearts and minds together as one:
In a sacred manner we wish to send greetings and gratitude to our Mother, the living Earth, upon who’s back we all live, who provides us with everything we need to survive and thrive and who right now is filled with an abundance of new life and is growing the new harvest, that will feed us and all living Beings far into the future.
Let us always respect the living body of Mother Earth and vow to protect her from all harm.
To our Mother the Earth we send greetings!
Let us turn towards the Waters of our World, the Rivers, Lakes, Streams and Oceans, the Rains and Mists and the Snows of Winter.
Water is life. Water is the Life Blood of Mother Earth.
Our own bodies are largely made of Water.
For that reason we need to protect the Waters and keep them clean and pure.
To the Waters we send greetings and gratitudes.
Let us also send our greetings and gratitudes towards the Fish and all the Beings that live within the Waters of this Earth. Many of them sustain us and all of them are our brothers and sisters.
Now with a prayerful mind, let us send greetings ad gratitude towards the Plants. They are the living dress of Mother Earth and they all are our brothers and sisters.
Let us honour all the many Food Plants now growing in the gardens and fields.
They are the ones giving up their life to sustain us.
For that, we send them greetings and gratitudes,
Let us also send out greetings and gratitudes towards all the many Healing Plants, that carry the Medicine, that restores our health and well being. We are thankful that they show themselves to our Medicine People and that they offer themselves up to us all.
May they thrive in Beauty and in Balance.
Let us also send our greetings and gratitude towards all the many different Trees, large and small. They provide us with wood to build our homes, with sweet fruits like Apples and Pears and with Maple sugar in Spring.
May they thrive in Beauty and in Balance.
With hearts full of love and admiration let us now turn towards the Animals:
All the 4 legged ones that live wild in field and Forest, let us honour them!
All the ones we keep in the stables and pastures -the ones we plan to eat – let us honour them!
The the Winged Ones up high in the air, let us honour them!
The Swimmers, the Shape Changers and Insects… let us honour them!
They are our older brothers and sisters, they were here first, on Mother Earth and each of them has a sacred Medicine to teach us.
From them we learn how to live in Beauty and in Balance, in Peace and so let us send greetings and our gratitude to all of them.
May they all thrive in harmony.
Let us now send greetings and gratitudes towards the 4 Winds and the mighty Thunder Beings that reside within them. The moving air around us brings us the change of the seasons. It also points towards the special Medicines of the 4 Directions:
From the East we receive confidence and courage and joy
From the South we receive patience, passion and compassion
From the West we receive introspection, strengths and endurance
From the North we receive wisdom Visions and dreams
For all these powerful gifts we are deeply thankful
Now we come to send greetings and gratitude towards our Grandfather the Sun , who provides us with light and warmth so sustains all life upon Mother Earth.
May he always be there, in Beauty and in Balance.
Next out greetings and gratitude goes out to Grandmother Moon, who rises in the night sky and provides us with a sense of rhythm and time.
She also guides the woman folk through First Blood, pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood and gives all of us sacred intuition and sensuality .
May she always be here for us, in Beauty and in Balance.
We also wish to honour the Stars that reside in the blue black blanket of Father Sky high above us.
The shining ones among them are the brothers and sisters of Grandfather Sun,
the dark and hidden ones are the brothers and sisters of Mother Earth and many of them carry life just as she does.
When we look up towards them, may we always remember, how small we are in the vastness of creation.
Let us now send greetings and our gratitude towards all of our Elders, our Medicine People, our healers, leaders and teachers.
May we absorb their wisdom, carry it within us and pass it along to our children and all young folk.
Now, with our choicest words and reverence in our hearts we send greetings and gratitude towards the Creator,
Shonkwia’ ti’son, Gichi Manitou, Gemne’do’o,
The Great Spirit, who is neither male nor female but
the very Life Energy, that is within everyone and everything
everywhere and at all times.
May this living Natural World be kept in Beauty and Balance for future generations.
May we and all our families and loved ones be kept save and in Beauty and Balance.
May everyone and everything upon Mother Earth be kept in Beauty,
and in Peace.
May our harts and minds now be as one!