All My Relations

I love the phrase All My Relations. I first heard it from a Lakota tribe member in S. Dakota. The Lakota phrase is Mitakuye Oyasin, translated as all my relations or we are all connected. It is a Lakota blessing that honors the sacredness and connection among all people, animals, earth and the creator.

Here’s another Native American Sioux proverb. The creator gathered all of creation and said, “I want to hide something from the humans until they are ready for it. It is the realization that they create their own reality”. The Eagle said, “Give it to me, i will take it to the moon”. The creator said, “No, one day they will go there and find it”. … The salmon said, “I will bury it at the bottom of the ocean”. The creator said, ” No they will go there too”. The buffalo said, “I will bury it on the great plains”. The creator said, ” No, they will cut the skin of the Earth and find it even there”. Grandmother mole, who lives in the breast of Mother earth, and who has no physical eyes but sees with spiritual eyes said, “Put it inside of them”. And the creator said, “It is done!”
So begins the journey of life; learning to hear, understand, and act upon our inner guidance.
At the weekly meeting of our dreamcrafters group, I was reminded of the power of dynamic caring communication, especially deep listening. We all want to be acknowledged, heard, and valued for who we are. What a precious gift to our friends, family, and co-workers when we listen deeply. To listen as if they truly matter, which they do.
all my relations
Probably more important is how we communicate with ourself, our inner relations. Alan Seale describes it as a partnership between our soul and ego. This partnership requires ongoing conversation between the soul and ego. The soul is meant to be the leader with the ego as means to fulfill our dreams. The ego needs our soul’s nurturing and guidance to feel safe enough to surrender control to the soul. The quality of this relationship will affect all other relationships.
All my relations are in need of some compassionate communication. It’s time for me to make a priority of asking caring questions & listening to my fearful ego mind. My ego has struggled for too long trying to find the way. Now I understand why. My ego is wanting more love, direction & acknowledgment. Not the resistant posture that I’ve often held toward my fearful voices, as if resisting them would make them go away. We all know how that turns out! What we resist, persists, or even grows.

This resistance has affected my external relationships as well, with a tendency to isolate and hold back from life. Armed with this awareness, I can start developing better interpersonal relationships too. As I’m learning to be more accepting of myself, I’m becoming gentler and more accepting of others.

Please take time to nurture all your relations, within and without. The world needs our compassionate communication.

As always, thanks for listening and reading. I’d love to hear your comments.


4 thoughts on “All My Relations

  1. Hi Brad,

    I really liked this post. In particular, I liked the point about our relationship between our soul and our ego. I’ve never looked at it like this before. Without being hard on the ego, the way you said it, is full of compassion for the ego, and making it feel safe to surrender to the soul.

    I really like this way of looking at it.


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