Around the globe, powerful interests are destroying ecosystems and landscapes, clearcutting, strip mining, and polluting. In every case, the destroyers have more military, political, and financial power than those who would resist them. If this planet and our civilization is to heal, it cannot be through winning a contest of force. When you have a chance of overcoming an opponent by force, then fighting is a reasonable option. Absent that condition, victory has to come some other way: through the exercise of a kind of power that makes guns, money, and other kinds of coercive force irrelevant. Dare we call this power love? ~ Charles Eisenstein

Today, people of many faiths are saying prayers with the Water Protectors of Standing Rock. Now is the time. So many things have converged in this moment on the banks of the Missouri River in North Dakota. We say prayers to end violations by white supremacist capitalist patriarchy of Mother Earth, of indigenous communities, of treaty rights. Today our prayers ground us again in the deepest truths we know: Water is Life. Earth is our Home. We belong to One Another. Prayer connects our hearts, strengthens our commitments and weaves miracles.

The hearts of all people’s faiths must now unite in believing we can change the path we are now on. We, from the heart of Turtle Island, have a great message for the world to unite for our children’s future…We are asking the religious people to come and support our youth, to stand side by side with them, because they are standing in prayer…This is a very serious time we are in. I know in my heart there are millions of people that feel this is long overdue. It is time that all of us become leaders to help protect the sacred upon Mother Earth. She is the source of life and not a resource. In a Sacred Hoop of Life, where there is no ending and no beginning. ~ Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th Generation Keeper of White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle, Spiritual Leader of the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota Nations

Robbie Robertson’s song “Ghost Dance” keeps running through my head:

You don’t stand a chance against my prayers
You don’t stand a chance against my love
They outlawed the Ghost Dance
They outlawed the Ghost Dance
But we shall live again, we shall live again
We shall live again

And the words of Lyla June Johnston (Navajo/Cheyenne):

The darker the night, the more exciting it is to shine. The darker the night, the more grateful the people are when we give a little light. Come on peaceful warriors. We know what to do here. Same thing we always do: Deepen the prayer. Widen the love. Step out in faith. With Creator behind us, before us, inside us, there is only Grace to be brought. Grace to be had.

May our prayers go deep, deep. May our love go wide, wide. May we experience in increasing fullness the miracle of collective liberation and healing. She is already on her way.