THE WAY

Chinook Blessing Litany

We call upon the earth, our planet home, with its beautiful depths and soaring
heights, its vitality and abundance of life, and together we ask that it


Teach us, and show us the Way.

We call upon the mountains, the Cascades and the Olympics, the high green
valleys and meadows filled with wild flowers, the snows that never melt, the
summits of intense silence and we ask that they

Teach us, and show us the Way.

We call upon the waters that rim the earth, horizon to horizon, that flow in our
rivers and streams, that fall upon our gardens and fields and we ask that
they

Teach us, and show us the Way.

We call upon the land which grows our food, the nurturing soil, the fertile fields,
the abundant gardens and orchards, and we ask that they

Teach us, and show us the Way.

We call upon the forests, the great trees reaching strongly to the sky with the earth in
their roots and the heavens in their branches, the fir and the pine and the
cedar, and we ask them to

Teach us, and show us the Way.

We call upon the creatures of the field and forest and the seas, our brothers and
sisters the wolves and deer, the eagle and dove, the great whale and the
dolphin, the beautiful Orca and salmon who share our Northwest home,
and we ask them to

Teach us, and show us the Way.

We call upon all those who have lived upon this earth, our ancestors and our friends,
who dreamed the best for future generations, and upon whose lives our
lives are built, and with thanksgiving, we call upon them to

Teach us, and show us the Way.

And lastly, we call upon all that we hold most sacred, the presence and power of
the Great Spirit of love and truth which flows through all the Universe…
to be with us to

Teach us, and show us the Way.

—Edward Goldsmiths book – the way-an ecological world view – begins with this litany.

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Comments on: "THE WAY" (1)

  1. Shikha, thank you for this poem. It is about the Cascade and Olympic mountains, which I see every day where I live in Olympia, Washington state, U.S.A. I visited India in 1998. It truly is a small world.Steve

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