Written by Amber
History suggests that every tribe would have one or more elders who were trained in the healing arts.
These people would serve as herbalists, healers, and spirit communicators.
Native American rituals and practices are rooted in association with all facets of life and the Great Spirit (God).
For example prayer ties, the Native Americans provide prayer ties to The Great Spirit in exchange for blessings.
You don’t have to be a Native American to practise this ritual of making and utilizing prayer ties as a purpose tool for prayer or healing.
What are prayer ties to The Great Spirit?
Prayer ties to The Great Spirit are spiritual tools produced to be a physical representation and bearers of the energy of a prayer.
Building Prayer Ties to the Great Spirit is a ceremony inside itself. The procedure ought to be done with a great deal of reverence and respect.
The ceremonial and the procedure are different with a lot of elders or teachers. Be aware that there are a lot of forms and you might envision and design ones of your own.
Cut about a 2-½” x 2-½” square piece of natural cloth. The colour may be any colour you pick out that represents the prayer you’re making. Tied bundles strung up together frequently have four colours constituting the unity of the 4 directions.
If you tie the bundles to a hallowed tree or other plant you might wish to tie downy feathers with them so that once the wind blows it carries your prayer above.
As you collect your materials, keep your intent centred on honouring the materials, plants or herbs you choose to utilize.
• Coloured cotton cloth cut in 2-½” x 2-½” squares – Yellow, red, black, white, blue, purple, green.
• Fresh cedar tree branches (the green ends), If you wish to add fresh cedar.
• Tobacco – Strip the spines from the leaf if you’re utilizing leaf tobacco.
• Cotton string, Kite string works well as does crocheting thread
• Sage (to smudge yourself and all your provisions)
As you make the ties, keep your intent centred on connecting to the Creator. After you’ve cut the squares, take a pinch of tobacco only or a concoction of tobacco, sweet grass, sage and/or additional herbs and place in the middle of the cloth as you state your prayer.
Then place the tobacco before of your mouth and nose and breathe into it and talk about the qualities that you build with this bundle, talk about the qualities of creation and the great power that goes with it. (This might be a little pinch as it’s all that’s required to hold your prayer.) Your prayer is therefore mentally placed, and uttered into place the “tobacco” into the bundle.
Fold the fabric over, fold it once again and one more time. Pinch the bundle together; tie it at the top around the pinch of tobacco.
As you position the ties, keep your intent centred on producing a hallowed circle of protection and oneness.
To learn more from this fascinating e-book and to “Learn about the Healing Art of Traditional Native American Indians”