Lakota Instructions for Living

Friend do it this way – that is,
whatever you do in life,
do the very best you can
with both your heart and mind.

And if you do it that way,
the Power Of The Universe
will come to your assistance,
if your heart and mind are in Unity.

When one sits in the Hoop Of The People,
one must be responsible because
All of Creation is related.
And the hurt of one is the hurt of all.
And the honor of one is the honor of all.
And whatever we do effects everything in the universe.

If you do it that way – that is,
if you truly join your heart and mind
as One – whatever you ask for,
that’s the Way It’s Going To Be.
~Passed down from White Buffalo Calf Woman

Photo manipulation created in Photoshop. Woodland image and tipi image photographed in Mountaindale, New York, USA. Embossed with brushes and styles, two textures by Shadowhouse creations used. All layers adjusted in Photoshop through blending mode and for opacity and color.

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“Sing like no one’s listening,
love like you’ve never been hurt,
dance like nobody’s watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.”
~Mark Twain

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  • Monica M. Scanlan
    Monica M. Scanlanabout 3 years ago

    Lovely, Pamela! Love the words of wisdom!! Wish more folks lived their life that way these days! The world would be a much better place! :)

  • Indeed it would be, thank you Monica!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • Debbie Robbins
    Debbie Robbinsabout 3 years ago

    Superb Pam!!!!! I have NIPMUK Heritage so I really LOVE this!!!!! thanks for the info as always.. :)))

  • Thanks Debbie, so glad you enjoyed this!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteabout 3 years ago

    Great work Pamela.

  • Thank you so much!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • Kathleen Struckle
    Kathleen Struckleabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful work.

  • Thank you Kathleen!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • JRGarland
    JRGarlandabout 3 years ago

    Truly awesome!!

  • Thanks Jr!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • barnsis
    barnsisabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful work,
    I Love "whatever you do in life,
    do the very best you can
    with both your heart and mind.
    I would like to think that is something I have and continue to do in many ways.

  • All we can do is our best! Thanks so much!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • YouBet
    YouBetabout 3 years ago

    The textures are 3-D & I see so many little extras in this. Is that an elf (or you) laying in the grass and painting (lower right)? A turkey or buzzard in the trees? An animal skeleton of what(?) walking towards the waters edge. On & on! Brilliant!!!

  • Thank you, yes many facets in this image!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyabout 3 years ago

    Excellent work Pamela

  • Thanks Chris!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...about 3 years ago

    Beautifully done

  • Thank you much!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • Carol2
    Carol2about 3 years ago

    Beautiful work, Pamela!!

  • Thank you Carol!

    – Pamela Phelps

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