I have been inspired this morning to share with you the incredible visionary that was Black Elk.
As a young boy he fell ill, near death, and experienced a vision that carried him through his life. He was convinced that he would see the great
Lakota people live again as they has for their history prior to the American government telling them otherwise.
He was interviewed by John G. Neihardt in 1930 and Neihardt's Black Elk Speaks Being The Life Story Of A Holy Man Of The Oglala Sioux
published in 1932 by William Morrow and Company. Black Elk grew close to Neihardt over the years he knew him and even dubbed him with the name of
Flaming Rainbow. There are also several other books available about the man, including The Sacred Pipe
recorded and edited by Joseph Epes
Brown. It is Black Elk's account of their spiritual rites involving the pipe. Black Elk The Sacred Ways of a Lakota
by Wallace Black Elk and
William S. Lyon is another that actually shares practical lessons that came from Nick Black Elk when Wallace was young.
Black Elk's Vision
The link is to an excerpt from the book Black Elk Speaks
that tells of the vision that he had as a child.
He had many visions through the years and lived during the time when the Lakota nation transformed from a free tribe to the corralled people that they
became. His insight into his world was incredible, he was the spiritual leader of the entire nation, he was close to Crazy Horse, and he fought and
survived the first Wounded Knee massacre. He was also convinced the the sacred hoop would be brought back together and made whole again and that the
sacred tree would rebloom. Unfortunately he passed away in 1950 never seeing his visions come to fruition.
There has been speculation over the years though that the resurgence of a Natural lifestyle and returns of ancient beliefs may be the stirrings of
that awakening. An awakening that can encompass us all regardless of race or creed. The world is long over due at this point in time for a true
change. A step toward Love and away from all of the destruction and control that has reigned for so long. It's a long shot, but an awaking starts
with a few and can expand infinitely. We just have to remember that Love is going to be the only way to conquer the beast of war and hate. Maybe
Black Elk's visions of a whole hoop aren't too far gone yet.
You have to forgive me, I have been prompted for a couple of months now to reread Black Elk Speaks
, and have just not been able due to so many
things. If I had there would be much more here in terms of fresh perspective. As it stands I still felt compelled to share this wonderful man with you
all. Now I need to go break up a fight. Philamayayapi!
edit on 25-6-2014 by woodsmom because: Typo
edit on 25-6-2014 by woodsmom because: Another typo, sorry, boys were