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I love this famous quote by Black Elk (Heȟáka Sápa). He was a visionary Medicine Man of the Oglala Lakota Sioux who passed away this month in 1950. May this great man rest in peace. The contrast of black and white in his words is highly symbolic and interesting. “Black” Elk mentioned several “white” things with the “whispers” metaphorically becoming grey.

Black Elk said… “Now suddenly there was nothing but a world of cloud, and we three were there alone in the middle of a great white plain with snowy hills and mountains staring at us; and it was very still; but there were whispers.” There are words coming from black, reflecting off white and birthing grey. This can be symbolic of many things.

The numerology of 3 is interesting. This number is known to represent the triad of human-heaven-earth. The Sioux Nation consists of 3 divisions: Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota, each of which speaks a unique dialect. A Sioux Holy Man named Lame Deer once said… “We see in the world around us many symbols that teach us the meaning of life.” If we choose to see the symbols, our eyes will open.

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