We end many of our New World Women meditations, prayers or contemplations with the word “Aho,” which means “I agree.”
Aho is part of the phrase Aho Mitákuye Oyás’ which reflects the world view of oneness or interconnectedness held by the Lakota people of North America.
Take a quiet moment and feel into these words. We are doing the same right now as we prepare this message for you, honoring this Lakota prayer in its original form.
To the Creator, for the ultimate gift of life, I thank you.
To the mineral nation that has built and maintained my bones and all foundations of life experience, I thank you.
To the plant nation that sustains my organs and body and gives me
healing herbs for sickness, I thank you.
To the animal nation that feeds me from your own flesh and offers
your loyal companionship in this walk of life, I thank you.
To the human nation that shares my path as a soul upon the
sacred wheel of Earthly life, I thank you.
To the Spirit nation that guides me invisibly through the ups and downs of life and for carrying the torch of light through the Ages. I thank you.
To the Four Winds of Change and Growth, I thank you.
You are all my relations, my relatives, without whom I would not live.
We are in the circle of life together, co-existing, co-dependent, co-creating our destiny. One, not more important than the other.
One nation evolving from the other and yet each dependent
upon the one above and the one below.
All of us a part of the Great Mystery.
Thank you for this Life.
Aho Mitákuye Oyás’
May you feel a sense of interconnectedness that brings you peace.
We are grateful to walk this path with you, creating the new world that has been envisioned and desired for millennia.