Readings For The Ceremony, Healing Hearts At Wounded Knee

Readings For The Ceremony,

Healing Hearts At Wounded Knee


Sijsele Belgium: Gritta Maes

Dear relatives from across the Atlantic Ocean. We are grateful, as organizers of the Healing Hearts at Wounded Knee Ceremony Belgium to be part of this Global Remembrance Movement. We will pray, sing, dance, make music, weep, laugh, tell stories, remember and commemorate knowing that we are not alone, knowing that we are part of a growing group of human beings who know how important Healing of the Heart is. We will remember all our ancestors who suffered and died in wars and genocides. In Belgium a lot of Native Americans fought in both World Wars I and II. We will pray for all the people who are right now suffering from violence and are dying in wars all over the world. We would like to pay attention to our own little wars, in the family, amongst neighbours, in ourselves. We can feel anger, hatred, jealousy, resentment, hopelessness and pain in our hearts because of what happened and still happens to our relatives, ourselves and the world. But we also can choose to open up that same heart for brighter things . Heartbeat after heartbeat we can let go of all these crippling feelings because we are not alone. We can choose to let love, joy, forgiveness, laughter and empathy touch our souls. Then healing can start. It’s not an easy journey to embark upon. The Great Spirit and our ancestors will guide us and support us as well as Mother Earth. Our Mother Earth who also screams for healing. A lot of us can learn a lot from the wisdom of the Native Americans. Standing Bear learns us: …the old Lakota was wise. He knew that a man’s heart, away from nature, becomes hard; he knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to lack of respect for humans, too. So he kept his children close to nature’s softening influence. Thank you for being part of this ceremony and we wish you all a forgiveful life. Gritta, Saskia and many more Belgium Healing Hearts supporters


Antwerp Belgium: Marja van der Heijden



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Readings For The Ride, Healing Hearts At Wounded Knee

Readings For The Ride,

Healing Hearts At Wounded Knee 



Below,  are the different prayers, poems, and readings people have submitted for us to share during the ride and during their own ceremonies.  These come from around the world.        

Sijsele Belgium: Gritta Maes

Dear riders, runners, supporters, horses and all beings involved in the Big Foot Band Memorial Ride. The organizers of Healing Hearts at Wounded Knee Belgium would like to offer you their support and love. We pray that the ride will be protected by The Great Spirit and by the ancestors. We hope that the elements will be gentle on you and if they aren’t that you find the courage and the strength to carry on. We pray that the people you meet will be of the welcoming kind. We ride along with you in heart and soul and wish that pain and grief of past and present times can be resolved and will be transformed in love. Thank you for embarking upon this journey, thank you all for helping others to heal and forgive. With love from Gritta, Saskia and many more.


Antwerp Belgium: Marja van der Heijden


Peace mantra:

asato mā sadgamaya

tamasomā jyotir gamaya

mrityormāamritam gamaya

Oṁ śhānti śhānti śhāntiḥ


From ignorance, lead me to truth;

From darkness, lead me to light;

From death, lead me to immortality

Om peace, peace, peace


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Suggestions & Guidance for Ceremony

264723_370Suggestions & Guidance for Ceremony

For those who would like support for ceremony, here is a tentative outline and two offerings from Grandmother Flordemayo.  Please feel free to have candles, flowers, an alter, if you wish, or other objects to assist you in creating a sacred, respectful or reverential space.  And, please feel free to have as much music as you feel inspired to have throughout!  There are some groups who will have a drum, which represents the human heartbeat in communion with the universal heartbeat.  These are all suggestions and ideas for you and may lead you to your own inspirations.  Please do feel free to use and honor your own spiritual and/or non-traditional practices.
1.  In gathering, here is an opening prayer from Grandmother Flordemayo:
Grandmother FlordemayoAs we start with our ceremonial prayers
we gaze our vision to the East
we recognize the direction in our prayers and heart
greetings and gratitude
We move clockwise to the South
we repeat again
moving again to the West
and we repeat again
We move to the North
We repeat again
As we come come in completion of the 4 directions
We honor the Earth
By touching the floor
We then raise our hands to honor the Heavens
this way we have brought our self in the movement of the
The Heaves and Earth and the 4 direction
Love and Light,
Flordemayo, Universal Healer
2.  You may want now to invite the Ancestors of your location to invite their blessings and give them thanks for their sacrifices and send them your blessings as you do ceremony to honor them.  Or you may have other invocations that you will want to use.  This is very open to your own spiritual practice or calling.
3.  You may want now to share some of the history of your place and why you are holding ceremony there.   As an alternative, you may want to cite “Our Call” on Healing Hearts at Wounded Knee, as this is a universal mission to end war and massacre.  Or you may be inspired to do other things related to your site.
4.  Here is a special offering from Grandmother Flordemayo which came to her specifically related to these ceremonies:

Spiritual Conversation with the Beloved Mother
(December 21, 2015)

When we make the commitment to bring a Global Prayer together, the prayers from the heart is our vessel.  Think of the breath as the vehicle.  We then consciously move these (prayers) from the Earth to the Heavens; and in our hands we hold a stone.  The stone represents a tangible object that we will pour all of our prayers; our good thoughts, our wishes, and everything that we as humans want to turn around and move that is not serving a purpose in our lives at this moment.  Embrace the stone and pouring into this stone all of your unconditional love, hold it throughout the day, sleep with it at night and allow it to become one with you.

On December 29th, at noon, when humanity plants their prayers for the future you can place your sacred stone in a place on the earth and allow it to bring circles of healing in the four directions of Mother Earth.  Seeing and knowing that these circles will come together and build a web of healing energy around the world not only on the 29th, we will continue to see the healing and the changes so that it can continue.


Folks should get or pick up a stone from their local area today, the day of the Winter Solstice, or the first opportunity upon hearing about this. The stone represents a tangible object that we will pour all of our prayers, our wishes (see above).   If they already have a stone, they can use this stone as well.   Either way is fine.   Also, we can suggest that folks keep the stone with them until  December 29th if they wish.
5.  This may be a place for some personal sharing from participants for their history, hopes for the future, future plans,  or however they feel moved to share.
6.  Closing Prayers