May the four winds guide your way

Many many years ago, I started saying this as a farewell wish to my colleagues that decided to leave the company we were working at together. It was so long ago that I honestly can’t remember where it came from. However, since I’ve recently started closing my posts with this phrase, my mother said it reminded her of a prayer that she received from Alberto Villoldo, which I have included below, simply because I feel it is beautiful and wanted to share it with you.

From the research that I’ve done, some references attribute the copyright to the The Four Winds Society. It is listed as a shamanistic prayer for crating a sacred space:

To the winds of the South
Great serpent,
Wrap your coils of light around us,
Teach us to shed the past the way you shed your skin,
To walk softly on the Earth. Teach us the Beauty Way.

To the winds of the West
Mother jaguar,
Protect our medicine space.
Teach us the way of peace, to live impeccably
Show us the way beyond death.

To the winds of the North.
Hummingbird, Grandmothers and Grandfathers,
Ancient Ones
Come and warm your hands by our fires
Whisper to us in the wind
We honor you who have come before us,
And you who will come after us, our children’s children.

To the winds of the East.
Great eagle, condor
Come to us from the place of the rising Sun.
Keep us under your wing.
Show us the mountains we only dare to dream of.
Teach us to fly wing to wing with the Great Spirit.

Mother Earth.
We’ve gathered for the healing of all your children.
The Stone People, the Plant People.
The four-legged, the two-legged, the creepy crawlers.
The finned, the furred, and the winged ones.
All our relations.

Father Sun, Grandmother Moon, to the Star nations.
Great Spirit, you who are known by a thousand names
And you who are the unnameable One.
Thank you for bringing us together
And allowing us to sing the Song of Life.