You have noticed that everything an Indian does in a circle,
and that is because the Power of the World always works in circles,
and everything tries to be round.
In the old days all our power came to us from the sacred hoop
of the nation and so long as the hoop was unbroken the people
flourished. The flowering tree was the living center of the hoop,
and the circle of the four quarters nourished it. The east gave peace
and light, the south gave warmth, the west gave rain and the north
with its cold and mighty wind gave strength and endurance. This
knowledge came to us from the outer world with our religion.
Everything the power of the world does is done in a circle.
The sky is round and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball
and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power, whirls.
Birds make their nests in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours.
The sun comes forth and goes down again in a circle. The moon
does the same and both are round. Even the seasons form a great
circle in their changing and always come back again to where they were.
The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is
in everything where power moves. Our teepees were round like the
nests of birds, and these were always set in a circle, the nation’s hoop,
a nest of many nests, where the Great Spirit meant for us to hatch our children.
This is based on a quote by Black Elk.
I’ve read a few varied versions of this but the basic message is the same.
Everything is in a circle or runs on a circular path.
Think about it – for a circle to work it all has to work together – there can’t be any chinks or chunks missing, this have to be smooth and fluid. Everything has to know it’s place and fit in with the thing in front and the thing behind.
Nature works in a way that can sometimes seem cruel but seems to keep the strongest going and keep the right blood lines going and will naturally keep the numbers of anyone species down without some nasty blood filled cull.
Humans work on a circle too – his point of us starting and ending with childhood is so very true. Just the adult child is not so cute in our eyes so not as forgivable which is why I think the modern world is losing respect for its elders, where really we should hold them up as the highest of the high. To be honest I think we should respect everything a little bit more than we do.
Remember the circle of life. Humans have their place within it but for some reason humans decided they were better and took themselves out of that circle and thought they were above it and could look down upon it.
Why are we so shocked that the circle is no longer turning properly and things are no longer so fluid and smooth and that things no longer seem to have their place.
If we could slot ourselves back into the circle….well….just imagine.