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Published 2-21-11 - The Religion Network publishes every Monday

Black Elk, Mary Baker Eddy, Book of Isaiah, White Buffalo Calf Woman, Morihei Ueshiba


Dear Readers,

A circle's shape has no beginning and end - the perfect metaphor for the
Perfect One. He has chosen to draw us inside the of his Circle in Love.
Inside that circle we are complete, pure; flowing like liquid light and
united as the interconnected beings we really are. Nature provides lot of
examples of circles to remind us of God: four seasons, orbiting planets,
regenerative plant cycles, the swirling of water and even the patterns
of our lives. If we see Him every time we see a circle, we'll praise
and pray a lot without even trying. And we'll be reminded to
show love to everyone else inside of His circle, too.

- Lisa

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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 anything and everything tries to be round.

... 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,
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.

Black Elk (1863-1950)
Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux



His habitation high is here, and nigh,
    His arm encircles me, and mine, and all.

From a hymn by Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910)
Founder of Church of Christ, Scientist



Crop Circles (NON-space alien kind!)


Have you not known?
Have you not heard?
      Has it not been told you from the beginning?
      Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
It is He who sits above the circle of the earth,
   And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers,
   Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
   And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.

Isaiah 40:21-22 
New King James Version


Lakota Instructions for Living:

Friend do it this way - that is,
whatever you do in life,
do the very best you can
with both your heart and mind.

And if you do it that way,
the Power Of The Universe
will come to your assistance,
if your heart and mind are in Unity.

When one sits in the Hoop Of The People,
one must be responsible because
All of Creation is related.
And the hurt of one is the hurt of all.
And the honor of one is the honor of all.
And whatever we do effects everything in the universe.

If you do it that way - that is,
if you truly join your heart and mind
as One - whatever you ask for,
that's the Way It's Going To Be.

Passed down from White Buffalo Calf Woman
(Supernatural, sacred prophet of the Lakota religion)

The Last Word:

Move like a beam of light;
Fly like lightning,
Strike like thunder,
Whirl in circles around
A stable center.

Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969)
Founder of Japanese martial art Aikido



































































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

Self is the only prison that can ever bind the soul.

Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933)
Princeton professor; author;
Wrote "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee" lyrics
to the tune of Beethoven's "Ode to Joy"


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