Eliza Carroll MS
Intuitive Spritual Counselor

"You have noticed that 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 The flowering tree was the
living center of the hoop, and the circle of the four quarters nourished it. The
east gave peace and light, the south gave warmth, the west gave rain, and
the north with its cold and mighty wind gave strength and endurance. This
knowledge came to us from the outer world with our religion. 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 tipis were 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 Speaks, John G. Neihardt, University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln and London, 1932,
1961, 1979

Copyright 2006 Eliza Carroll