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White Cloud's Prayer

Updated on November 17, 2014

A Native American Prayer

My spiritual philosophy is both simple and complex. A long journey with many detours and I'm still traveling.

I love the quiet and patient philosophy of Eastern and Native American spiritual beliefs. Peace, harmony, tolerance, respect. A connection to the earth.

This is White Cloud's Prayer - the prayer that I say every day.

It's a prayer that connects all people regardless of spiritual or religious beliefs...it's a very beautiful prayer. I hope you agree.

Photo by Flickr photographer Marxchivist and permission granted through Creative Commons

The Prayer of White Cloud

O Great Spirit,

Whose voice I hear in the wind,

And whose breath gives life to all the world,

hear me!

I need your strength and wisdom.

Let me walk in beauty and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset.

Make my hands respect the things you have made,

and my ears sharp to hear your voice.

Let me learn the lessons you have hidden in every leaf and rock.

I seek strength, not to be greater than my brother,

but to fight my greatest enemy - myself.

Make me always ready to come to you

with clean hands ...

and straight eyes,

So when life fades, as the fading sunset,

my spirit may come to you ...

without shame.

White Cloud's Prayer - A Song

I cannot express how beautiful this video is. And it absolutely illustrates how this prayer is a prayer for everyone. It's perfomed by a Christian choir but it hasn't been altered in any way except for a bit of poetic license. Mother Earth is listening.

Please watch and listen. You will be moved.

Why is this White Cloud's Prayer?

It really doesn't matter who composed this prayer.

It's what the prayer means that's important.Actually, it has been credited to several Native American Chiefs. When I first read this prayer, it was as a quote by the Indian Chief White Cloud.

According to Wikipedia, there were several Indian Chiefs named White Cloud. One was an Ojibwa chief. Ojibwa translates to Chippewa and White Cloud's Ojibwa name was Wabanquot.

Another Chief named White Cloud lived in Illinois in the 1800's. He was of the Ho-Chunk Tribe and his name was Waokieshiek (White Cloud). Ho-Chunk translates to Winnebago Tribe.

It really doesn't matter to me who originally said this prayer. It's what the prayer means that's important.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Very nicely done Cheryl! I'm lensrolling it to all my Native American lenses.

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      Liz Mackay 8 years ago from United Kingdom

      This is lovely I have always been fascinated by Native Americans. 5 stars and lenroll

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      Snozzle 8 years ago

      What a lovely prayer and loved the photos. Sometimes it's easy to lose touch with nature and her(his) lessons. This has brightened my day.

      Mike.

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      ctavias0ffering1 8 years ago

      I love White Cloud's prayer and you've certainly done it justice with this page. 5* and a sprinkling of Angel Dust

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      Seeking Pearls 7 years ago from Pueblo West

      This is really nice lens.5 stars:) to the editor in chief. Thanks for stopping by and the votes of confidence. I specifically loved the 1st video. The singing is timeless.

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Love reading White Cloud's prayer. Excellent lens!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This is SO beautiful! I love the way you've put all this together, and am very interested in the Native American culture. Thank you so much for making this lens :)

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      Cheryl Kohan 7 years ago from Minnesota

      Thanks, everyone for the kind thoughts. As I learn more about the Native Americans, I am more aware of the gifts they have given to all of us here in North America. I wish we were more appreciative.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thank you for your work here.

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      Cheryl Kohan 7 years ago from Minnesota

      [in reply to NIYAHA-NUNPI]

      Thank you for visiting. I searched for the meaning of your name and discovered that it's Lakota for Two Feather. That's so awesome and I think the language is just beautiful. I hope it never disappears.

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      Cheryl Kohan 7 years ago from Minnesota

      @KathyMcGraw2: Thanks so much for the blessing, Kathy. It sure does mean a lot coming from you.

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      Kathy McGraw 7 years ago from California

      Cheryl- I love this...and just lensrolled it to my Dreamcatcher and National Indian Month lenses. This lens is also *Blessed*

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      Kathy McGraw 7 years ago from California

      Cheryl just came back to tell you I featured this on the new Dreamcatchers Face Book Fanpage.

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      Cheryl Kohan 7 years ago from Minnesota

      @KathyMcGraw2: Thanks, again, Kathy, for featuring this. I don't do Facebook so won't see it but I do appreciate your kindness. You're a sweetie!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      my name is michelle,many years ago far back as i remember,as a child.i had a deep love for an indian whom i felt was with me in spirit.i told my father that i had another father in spirit.being young child my dad smiled at me asked me who is he.i replied an indian his name is whitecloud.growing up into an adult i never spoke of this.as although I knew in my heart he was with me when i felt alone the name whitecloud was name i had never heard of.im 53yrs old now but when my children was old enough i told them about my indian and how he guides me and watches over me.,but i truly did not know until today the name whitecloud was a real name..i grew up believing that it was my own imaginary name for this man whom i felt connected to in strange way..its by chance sat here i entered name WHITECLOUD,out of curiosity.all my life i felt oneday i will be with my father whitecloud in spirit only then will i feel complete and who i really am.please i hope you don't take me as a crazy person,i just wanted to tell you my truth.ive always chosen my own path in life.but always know im not alone as im guided to where i should be.i have lived with this knowledge for 53yrs.and never questioned it..others may,kind rgards and blessings.

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      Robin S 6 years ago from USA

      This is beautiful!

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      Cheryl Kohan 6 years ago from Minnesota

      @anonymous: Michelle, I'm sorry I just noticed your comment. Thank you. I don't think of you as a crazy person, at all...I believe that you've had this connection and I'm honored that you chose to share it. Kind regards and blessings to you, as well.

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      Cheryl Kohan 6 years ago from Minnesota

      @aka-rms: Thank you, Robin. I'm SO pleased that you like this lens. You've made my day.

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      Kate Loving Shenk 6 years ago from Lancaster PA

      I love American Indian Spirituality!! This is a wonderful lens!!

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      Cheryl Kohan 6 years ago from Minnesota

      @kateloving: Thank you so much, Kate, for stopping by and for your kind comment. I tried to make this page reflect the respect I have for this spirituality.

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      Heather Burns 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      I love this lens about White Cloud's Prayer! Beautiful! lensrolling.

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      Cheryl Kohan 6 years ago from Minnesota

      @Heather426: Thank you, Heather! You know, I almost didn't create this lens because I'm quite private about my spiritual beliefs. Now I'm so glad I did.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I loved the prayer, it is very peaceful and benevolent . If told from heart, I am sure it has longer lasting positive effects on oneself and the entire universe.

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      Cheryl Kohan 6 years ago from Minnesota

      @anonymous: Thank you very much and I'm so glad you loved it. Peaceful and benevolent. That is so true. It's the perfect way to start the day...and/or end it.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is very beautiful Cheryl. My heart has wings to fly and touch you with my breath of love and gentle kindness...

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      Cheryl Kohan 6 years ago from Minnesota

      @anonymous: What a lovely comment, Susie! Thanks so much. You are very special.

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      ShamanicShift 6 years ago

      Great lens and comprehensive resource about this prayer -- Liked & liked.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Awesome lens-beautiful prayer!

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      Cheryl Kohan 6 years ago from Minnesota

      @ShamanicShift: Thank you. Much appreciated. I feel a sense of peace with this prayer and its philosophy. It centers me.

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      Cheryl Kohan 6 years ago from Minnesota

      @anonymous: I'm so glad you visited...and am happy that you agree that it's a beautiful prayer. Thank you.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I think that Christians can care for the earth too in this way. Thank you for sharing your viewpoint.

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens. Angel blessed and will be featured on NOvember Holiday Blessings under Native celebrations.

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      Cheryl Kohan 6 years ago from Minnesota

      @anonymous: You are absolutely right, LucyClaire. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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      Cheryl Kohan 6 years ago from Minnesota

      @darciefrench lm: Thank you so much for the Angel blessing! And for the feature; I'll head right over to November Holiday Blessings to see the other lucky lensmasters!

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      kathysmith lm 6 years ago

      Namast Thank you for this page of pure bliss

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      Cheryl Kohan 6 years ago from Minnesota

      @kathysmith lm: I'm honored that you stopped to visit, Kathy, and am so happy you enjoyed this page. Thank you.

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      simply beautiful - thanks

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      Cheryl Kohan 6 years ago from Minnesota

      @ChrisDay LM: Thanks so much!

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      Leanne Chesser 6 years ago

      Beautiful. Blessed by an Angel and featured on http://www.squidoo.com/bestsquidoolenses.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Leaving a Cupid Kiss in honor of Valentine's Day and in honor of this most special prayer by White Cloud.

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      Cheryl Kohan 6 years ago from Minnesota

      @anonymous: I hope your Valentine's Day was extra special, Bev. Thanks for thinking of me and honoring this lens. It means a lot to me.

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      BarbaraCasey 6 years ago

      Wonderful prayer. Many thanks for posting it.

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      mockingbird999 5 years ago

      That's a beautiful prayer.

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      Cheryl Kohan 5 years ago from Minnesota

      @BarbaraCasey: My pleasure, Barbara. Thank you so much for the kind comment.

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      Cheryl Kohan 5 years ago from Minnesota

      @mockingbird999: Thank you, KM. I am so pleased that you like it. Just reciting it to myself calms me.

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      Kathy McGraw 5 years ago from California

      Cheryl...this is as beautiful as the first time I saw it :) Hope you have a wonderful New Years, with peace and tranquility.

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      Cheryl Kohan 5 years ago from Minnesota

      @KathyMcGraw2: Oh, Kathy, thank you so much. I think I'm more proud of this lens than of any other thing I've written. I wish you all the best in 2012 and beyond.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Cheryl, this is so gently powerful, my soul came to rest as I entered in and I think I will linger and drink it in a while more. You have caught the spirit of White Cloud's Prayer perfectly here and it is a pleasure to return with wings and an angel blessing for this delight of delights.

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      How BEAUTIFUL this lens is.. so thoughtful. Blessed.

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      Cheryl Kohan 5 years ago from Minnesota

      @anonymous: Susie, you are so kind. Thank you,

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      Cheryl Kohan 5 years ago from Minnesota

      @kathysart: Thank you very much, Kathy, for the visit and the blessing.

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      7thStone 5 years ago

      Very beautiful...thank you for sharing!

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      Cheryl Kohan 5 years ago from Minnesota

      @7thStone: You're very welcome. Thank you for your visit.

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      Namymartyn 5 years ago

      nice lens created by you really appreciable..........

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      poppy mercer 5 years ago from London

      Thank you for visiting and blessing my snowdrop lens...that was so kind, and much appreciated....I love this prayer; yes mother earth is always listening. Such a lovely lens.

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      dc64 lm 5 years ago

      A beautiful prayer. There is so much beauty in the world, I wish everyone would see it.

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      Cheryl Kohan 5 years ago from Minnesota

      @Namymartyn: Thank you!

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      Cheryl Kohan 5 years ago from Minnesota

      @greenspirit: You are very welcome. And thank you for visiting my White Cloud's Prayer page. I'm so happy that you enjoyed it.

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      Cheryl Kohan 5 years ago from Minnesota

      @dc64 lm: I agree...so much beauty that we often don't take the time to notice.

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      siobhanryan 5 years ago

      I never saw or heard the prayer before but it is beautiful with very deep meaning- great lens.

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      kougar lm 5 years ago

      Beautiful lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      ElectricCarBuff 5 years ago

      I love White Cloud's Prayer. When I have a printer, I will print it and stick it on my wall. Thank you.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Do have copies of White Cloud's Prayers as decals for windows and wallpaper or removable etchings that can be put on church windows, doors, or wall.

      Abbie Reid< Meherrin Native American Church, Winton, North Carolina

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      HERBMASTER 5 years ago

      Touching the sacred is always beautiful to me. Its similar to the Egyptian idea that the soul needs to be as light as a feather to enter into Paradise.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Just stopping by to breathe in this wonder...again!

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      Cheryl Kohan 5 years ago from Minnesota

      @kougar lm: You are very welcome! Thank you for visiting.

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      Cheryl Kohan 5 years ago from Minnesota

      @siobhanryan: I'm pleased that you enjoyed this lens. Thank you.

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      Cheryl Kohan 5 years ago from Minnesota

      @dc64 lm: I wish so, too, Debra. Thank you for the kind comment.

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      Cheryl Kohan 5 years ago from Minnesota

      @anonymous: Oh, Susie, thank you...you are sweet.

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      Cheryl Kohan 5 years ago from Minnesota

      @HERBMASTER: Well, I truly believe that all faiths touch the sacred in much the same way. Now if we could only learn to tolerate each other's differences...

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      Robert Morgan 2 years ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      I love this prayer. When prayed it imparts great wisdom. Thank you.

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      Nancy. Finer 17 months ago

      I love this pome

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