Nicholas Black Elk [Hehaka Sapa]  was a famous Wichasha Wakan (Medicine Man or Holy Man) and Heyoka of the Oglala Lakota (Sioux).

1- Grown men may learn from very little children, for the hearts of little children are pure, and, therefore, the Great Spirit may show to them many things which older people miss.

2- The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness, with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells Wakan-Tanka , and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.

3- There can never be peace between nations until there is first known that true peace which is within the souls of men.

4- The power of a thing or an act is in the meaning and the understanding.

5- Everything an Indian does is in a circle, and that is because the power of the world always works in circles, and everything tries to be round. In the old days when we were a strong and happy people, all our power came to us from the sacred hoop of the nation, and so long as the hoop was unbroken the people flourished.

6- Sometimes dreams are wiser than waking.

7- The Holy Land is everywhere

 8- "The Six Grandfathers have placed in this world many things, all of which should be happy. Every little thing is sent for something, and in that thing there should be happiness and the power to make happy. Like the grasses showing tender faces to each other, thus we should do, for this was the wish of the Grandfathers of the World."

9- “It is in the darkness of their eyes that men get lost”

10- “You have noticed that the truth comes into this world with two faces. One is sad with suffering, and the other laughs; but it is the same face, laughing or weeping. When people are already in despair, maybe the laughing face is better for them; and when they feel too good and are too sure of being safe, maybe the weeping face is better for them to see.”

Responses to "10 Life Changing Lessons Everyone Should Learn From Black Elk"

  1. Anonymous says:

    I read the book "Black Elk Speaks" a long time ago.... Great reading, great inspiration and it taught me very much about myself.

  2. Anonymous says:

    How beautifully spoken. I need to study more and pray more. Thank You, and I thank Creator for all that is.

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