“Words Before All Else”
one heart, and one body. Today we have gathered and come from many
different places. We have arrived safely at this place to share with
each other our gifts from the Creator. So we bring our minds together
as one in Thanksgiving and Greetings to one another.
We now turn our thoughts to Earth Mother. She continues to care for
us and has not forgotten her instructions from the beginning of time.
Now we bring our minds together in Thanksgiving for the Earth.
they too have not forgotten their instructions from the Creator of
Life. The Waters continue to flow beneath the ground, in little
streams and in rivers, in lakes and in wetlands, and in the great
seas. They quench our thirst and help keep us clean so we can fulfill
our duty to Creation. We now bring our minds together in Thanksgiving
to all the Waters of the Earth.
We now address all the Beings both seen and unseen that dwell in the
Water for they too have not forgotten their original instructions from
the Creator of Life to provide for us in many ways. With one mind we
send our Thanksgiving and Greetings to all the Nations who dwell in
Now we direct our thoughts to the many kinds of plants that live upon
the Earth— for they too have not forgotten their original
instructions. Many members of this Nation sustain those who walk upon
this Earth, and many others who continue to fulfill their duties to
take away the sickness of the human family and elevate human
consciousness. With one mind we send our thoughts and Thanksgiving to
the Plant Nations.
With one mind we now think of our relations in the many Insect
Nations. Like the other members of the natural world, they too have
not forgotten their original instructions to fulfill their obligation
to Continued Creation. With one mind we send our thoughts and
Thanksgiving to all the members of the Insect Nations.
We now gather our minds together and send Greetings and Thanksgiving
to all the Animal Life in the world, for they continue to instruct and
teach us even today. It is said that the Creator knew that Humans
would take too much for granted if they were given all the wisdom, so
instead the Creator gave a little piece of wisdom of how to live on
the Earth to the different animals. We are happy that many still walk
with us on our continuing journey. With one mind we send Thanksgiving
to all the Animal Life in the world.
With one mind we now think of the Trees. According to their original
instructions the Trees still give us shelter, warmth, food, and make
the environment a suitable place to dwell. The trees remind us of the
beauty and power in the natural world. With one mind we send our
Thanksgiving to all the members of the Tree Nation.
We now bring our minds together and send our Greetings of Thanksgiving
to the Birds. At the beginning of time the Birds were given a special
duty to perform. The Creator gave the Birds instructions to each find
a special place to live in the world and they should learn the song of
that place. During the day, our minds are lifted by the songs of the
Bird Nations. With one mind we send our Thanksgiving to the Birds of
We are thankful to the Four Winds who continue to blow and cleanse the
air according to their original instructions. As we listen to the
Winds it is as if we are hearing the Creator’s breath, clearing our
minds as it blows through the trees. With one mind we send our
Thanksgiving to the Four Winds.
We now turn our attention to the Thunderbeings. For they too have not
forgotten their original instructions and welcome the Spring with
their loud voice. Along with the lightning, they carry the waters of
the spring on their backs. It is also said that the Thunderbeings
were given the job to hold down the beings beneath the Earth which
would prevent life from continuing. With one mind we send our
Thanksgiving and Greetings to the Thunderbeings.
Our minds are as one as we send our thoughts to our oldest brother the
Sun. Each day the Sun continues his instructions from the Creator of
Life, bringing the light of day, the energy source of all life on
Earth. With one mind we send our Thanksgiving to our oldest brother
We now gather our minds together and give thanks to our oldest
Grandmother the Moon. She holds hands with all the women of the world
and binds all of the female cycles and rhythms of the Waters so we may
continue to carry out our obligation to Creation. With one mind we
send our Thanksgiving and Greetings to Grandmother Moon.
With one mind we send our thoughts to the Star Nation who continue to
light our way during times of darkness to guide us home, and hold the
secrets of many forgotten stories. Even though many of the stories
are no longer in our minds, it is said it is enough to be thankful to
the Stars and perhaps one day we would learn these stories again.
With one mind we send our Thanksgiving and Greetings to the Star
With our minds as one we think of the Four Spirit Beings who live in
the Four Directions. At the beginning of time when the Creator first
made the Human Family, it was seen that they very quickly got
themselves into trouble. The Creator knew that they needed extra help
and so created the Four Spirit Beings to remove the obstacles from our
paths and guide us with our feelings. And now we gather our minds
together as one and send our special Thanksgiving to the Four Spirit
Now we have arrived in a very special place where dwells the Great
Spirit, the Creator of the Universe. As one mind we turn our thoughts
to the Creator, for without the Creator we would not be able to walk
on the Earth fulfilling our original instructions. Everything we need
is provided for us and all we have to remember is to give thanks.
With one mind we send our Thanksgiving and Greetings to the Creator.
We have now become like one being. We send our Prayers and special
Thanksgiving Greetings to all the unborn children of the future
generations. We send our thoughts to the Elders and the Children for
they give us guidance and purpose to live in a good way. We are
thankful to all the Enlightened Teachers who have come to help us
throughout the ages. We send our thoughts to the many different
beings we may have missed during our Thanksgiving. With one mind we
send Thanksgiving and Greetings to all of the Nations of the World.
Now Our Minds Are One.