One White Horse Standing

In This Issue:

An Indian Prayer


Dragon Medicine


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One White Horse Standing Newsletter

MAY 2009

Hi Folks,

Spring has finally arrived. We have had unusually cool weather and lost some of the blossoms from the trees. Yet, the emerald green grass and trees make it a magnificent time of the year. I awake to the music of the serenity bird's choir each morning at 5:30 and instead of going back to sleep, I relish the songs of the earth. Truly a prayer for the day.

In this issue, I found an old prayer that seems to touch some deep tones within me. It is a reminder of the grace of living life well by being fully present and choosing to live a good life rather than just a life. I find its power is increased when it is spoken by mouth and not just the mind. Hm...wonder when we only read the prayers in our mind, if they are ever freed. Maybe, the power behind prayer is our voice.

I have set up a new office with much stress and strain. Today, I began the moving-in process. I knew it was the right day as Sadie, Smokey, and Jax came in and laid down behind my chair. No words, just a simple act of accepting the new office space. So it is.

It seems that it is becoming time to do more workshops. Wonder what we will do together.

Bountiful Blessings
Herb Stevenson
One White Horse Standing



An Indian Prayer

by H. Kent Craig

My grandfather is the fire
My grandmother is the wind
The Earth is my mother
The Great Spirit is my father

The World stopped at my birth
and laid itself at my feet

And I shall swallow the Earth whole when I die
and the Earth and I will be one

Hail The Great Spirit, my father
without him no one could exist
because there would be no will to live

Hail The Earth, my mother
without which no food could be grown
and so cause the will to live to starve

Hail the wind, my grandmother
for she brings loving, life giving rain
nourishing us as she nourishes our crops

Hail the fire, my grandfather
for the light, the warmth, the comfort he brings
without which we be animals, not men

Hail my parent and grandparents
without which
not I
nor you
nor anyone else
could have existed

Life gives life
which gives unto itself
a promise of new life

Hail the Great Spirit, The Earth, the wind, the fire
praise my parents loudly
for they are your parents, too.

Oh, Great Spirit, giver of my life
please accept this humble offering of prayer
this offering of praise
this honest reverence of my love for you.

Oh Great Spirit,
Whose voice I hear in the wind,
Whose breath gives life to the world.

Hear me!
I come to you as one of your many children.
I am small and weak.
I need your strength and wisdom.

May I walk in beauty.
Make my eyes behold the red and purple sunset.

Make my hands respect the things that you have made,
And my ears sharp to hear your voice.

Make me wise so that I may know the things
That you have taught your children--

The lessons that you have hidden in every leaf and rock.
Make me strong, not to be superior to my brothers, but to be
able to fight my greatest enemy: myself.

Make me ever ready to come to you with straight eyes, so that
When life fades as the faded sunset
My spirit will come to you without shame.




Dragon Medicine

October 30th - November 1st

Mythologically speaking, the dragon's primeval, bestial nature has sculpted a large piece of the dragon's personality. It is the dragon's linking to carnal forces; it's ties with fire and water, or it's ability to bring out human greed, which have given the dragon an animalistic reputation. However, these are not the dragon's only associates: the dragon has ties to many deeper, unknown levels which make it not completely bestial, but cast it as a spiritual creation.

The medicine of Dragon is the essence of self-transformation. It provides a pathway for recovery from trauma. The class will be held in a circle of sacred space where all participants share the experience of their healing journey within this class. Through exercises, prayers and journeys we each will seek our own inner resources for finding the strength and courage within to face and transform the pain that haunts us.

For more information, or to register, call Marie Smith at 608 647-2366 or email


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