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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Morning Hymn for Seven Goddesses

Healing Hearts at Wounded KneeMorning Hymn for Seven Goddesses

For the Healing Hearts at Wounded Knee Global Ceremony, 2015

© Matthew J Whealton, Jr, 2015



This recording is a modern version of the Ancient Egyptian Morning Hymn, performed in Egyptian temples each day just before dawn to awaken the Gods and Goddesses within them. There are a number of ancient examples of these hymns known from throughout Egyptian history. The Temple examples are late, from the 6th century B.C.E to the Roman Period.  The earlier versions were used in other contexts as well – from funeral rituals to royal investitures.

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