Aho Mitakuye Oyasin

Aho Mitakuye Oyasin... All my relations. I honor you in this circle of life with me today. I am grateful for this opportunity to acknowledge you in this prayer...

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 Mitakuye Oyasin is a simple yet profound statement. It comes from the Lakota Nation and means all my relations. It is spoken during prayer and ceremony to invite and acknowledge all relatives to the moment.

To most of us today, relative means a blood relation or another human in the family lineage. We have not been taught that an entity, other than human, could be a relative. Understanding this simple statement and contemplating it, could change your outlook on life forever. If you love and honor your relatives, you would be loving and honoring most of what is on this earth, if you lived by this meaning of “relative." What a different world we would be living in!

Sit with this statement, see the Truth in it. Everything is related because it all emanates from one source and has purpose. Truth can be found in Native philosophy, Buddhism, Christianity, Judism, Islam, all belief systems, because they are all related. I have studied Buddhism and found Christ. I have studied Native philosophy and found Buddha. I have studied Mother Nature and found self.

Truth does not owe homage to humans. Humans owe homage to Truth.


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07.03 16:31

Thank you Beautifull souls!! Aho Mirakuye Oyasin.

Leif Erickson
05.01 16:02

My mom did sweat lodge Every week and ended with this prayer A’ho Mitakuye Oyasin, We are all related, we are all connected. and I have been looking into hinduism lately. Same. Hell David Icke even said We are all from the same source and love is the only true thing. in a world pumped full of fear currently in 2021 We need to do the opposite of what is pushed on us. Love everyone, this is a great time to be alive.

05.12 15:38

What a beautiful and sacred prayer. We are all one and I wish more people realized it. Also to honor the earth and all beings; animal, plant, mineral.

05.12 15:37

thank you

05.12 15:37

Thank you for this page. I learned this phrase from not only my father who was adopted by the Navajo Tribe of Arizona, but also from a group of people whom unfortunately I have lost contact with, but we did sweat lodges together and had a wonderful and spiritual communion over many sweat lodges, drumming, and a peace pipe ceremony. Thank you again.

05.12 16:06

I have found connection and safety within this prayer since it was first shared with me some thirty years ago…

05.12 15:37

😊 Thank you Relative! I I had to share this with my FB crowd. Many have lost this primitive “knowing”. Your Knowledge can spark that old memory in many of us. Keep writing and sharing.

05.12 16:04

😊 Thank you Relative! I I had to share this with my FB crowd. Many have lost this primitive “knowing”. Your Knowledge can spark that old memory in many of us. Keep writing and sharing.

05.12 16:04

I needed this today. I Thank you for your prayers and wisdom. You speak to what everyone would understand. But many turn their blind eye and definitely their ears. They don’t know how to except truths, strength, natural beauty and pride. We must protect ourselves, family and those that do not even know that they need spiritual support. A’HO

05.12 15:36

Thank you so much for this prayer. It seems to choke me up every time! What CONNECTION!!

Sharon Smith
29.05 19:39

I had forgotten how beautiful this prayer is. Thank you.

Dianne rose
30.05 16:37


29.05 19:39

Thank you for this page. I am learning cherokee and your page has helped me to understand the deeper meaning of these beautiful words.

Johnny Knightly
29.05 19:39

I learned Aho Mitakuye Oyasin from a man back in the day and on that same day built a sweat lodge and learned more. Been on a spiritual journey ever since with knowing that all is my relations. I’ve lost my way a few times but my path is still our path as one. Aho!

Donald Aho
30.05 16:36

11.Love is the bridge between you and everything.

29.05 19:39

This is awesome. Thanks for posting on Internet.

Jahir Ahmed
29.05 19:39

Truth does not owe homage to humans. Humans owe homage to Truth.

As a Muslim, I strongly support this statement. In Holy Kuran Muslims has been ordered to look after human.

What a pitty that we do not understand the meaning of RELATIVE!!

29.05 19:39

It so touched my heart, as if this prayer had come from my own self!

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