Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Peace and Healing

Creator, open our hearts
to peace and healing between all people.

Creator, open our hearts
to provide and protect for all children of the earth.

Creator, open our hearts
to respect for the earth, and all the gifts of the earth.

Creator, open our hearts
to end exclusion, violence, and fear among all.

Thank-you for the gifts of this day and every day.

(Native American - Micmac - Alycia Longriver - 1995)

Alycia Longriver was a participant in the "Sunbow 5 Walk" in which a small coalition of Native Americans walked from Cape Cod, Massachusetts to California on a journey that covered more than 3,000 miles and took more than seven months to complete.
Ms. Longriver states, "In 1995 I walked with a group across the US, speaking to other groups, and praying all the way (15 million steps) for the healing of people and the earth. 
I prayed asking Creator 'to bring', but after the walk realized we already have these things. It is a matter of opening our hearts to the gifts within."

And I, always straddled between one world and the next, have done it with 7 baby chicks. For after the recent loss of my sister in law, and trying my best to be one with my brother's deep grief and grieving, coupled with the loss of all but two of my beloved chickens, I am now raising 7 new my dining room. 

Such is hope. And such also, is endless cleaning...of the sadness and even darkness as I grieve the unkindness of others in this world, and all of the dark they carry within, I seek to bring back into myself..the light, the love, the caring mindfulness of wishing for the other what I wish for myself.

I have opened my heart after much sadness from losing my sister in law who tried so hard to survive end stage kidney failure just as I lost 4 of my precious chicken pets..2 to a neighbors dog and 2 to pair of raccoons that are most likely the pair I saved from starvation when their mother was killed last winter. Such are the laws of nature and of life.

I have opened my heart to never giving up by getting 4 baby chickens to raise and then because I just loved them so, 3 more. So, now 7 baby chicks have been raised since February 4th in my dining room. Yes, my dining room.

Luckily, I work hard to keep things clean ;-)

Meet Priscilla, Maxine, Blanche and Hazel..the older girls now joined by Angelique, Francine, and tiny Nellie Grace, peeking in the back left. Another one, Priscilla. laying down and hiding to her right. I see this photo as my little Rockettes. For love of all of nature, and its creatures, ground me.

Children and grandchildren are our spirits reaching out to the future. My lifelong  love of animals..I think I have now topped 80 total in my 6 decades, give me joy and a great deal of reaching out, as well ;-)

Michele Bilyeu Creates With Heart and Hands as she shares her imaginative, magical, and healing journey from Alaska to Oregon. Creating, designing, sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting... from my heart and with my hands.


  1. Lovely post as always. I love the prayer -- something that could be said each day as we greet the morning.

  2. Lovely post as always. I love the prayer -- something that could be said each day as we greet the morning.

  3. How timely for this weekend when so much strife and ugly behavior is going on in the political realm. This prayer is lovely. Thanks for sharing it.

  4. In the evening, I sit raw without hope, 11 months a widow. When the grandchildren are at their cousin's house, the silence here is deafening. In the morning, I sit alone in my nightie, looking for a purpose. I see your blog with little chicks. I laugh..I am empowered. I watch my two old cats argue about a basket to sleep in. I open my blinds and get with the program. A potholder for someone else...xxoo

  5. Beautiful prayer Michele. I'm posting it on my fb page. Grieving is a song all our hearts must sing. Think of you often.

  6. Amen to that prayer. How wonderful that you are raising chicks....what fun! I understand all too well the grief of loss and yet I would rather embrace my grief than to have missed out on the opportunity to connect with those that I have so dearly loved and lost.....pets included.