"Inyan drained its blood to make each creation and kept getting weaker and weaker as this went on . . . When creation was complete, Inyan was dry and brittle and broke apart and scattered over the world . . . Then the phrase Mitakuye Oyas'in came into being . . . Mitakuye Oyas'in means 'all my relatives' or 'we are all related.' This is the most fundamental belief in our Lakota philosophy, that we are all related to everything on earth and in the universe. We were all formed from the blood of Inyan: humans, animals, trees, water, air, stones . . . Our word for stone is 'Inyan.' A stone tells me about Inyan, and that spirit of Inyan is in that stone. That spirit or energy in that stone is Inyan. That's my belief. In English when we talk about a rock, pebble, or stone, it describes a lifeless object, so that's what it becomes. It becomes just an object. But to us it's a living relative." Albert White Hat, Sr.
"Years ago, anthropologist Margaret Mead was asked by a student what she considered to be the first sign of civilization in a culture. The student expected Mead to talk about fishhooks or clay pots or grinding stones.
But no. Mead said that the first sign of civilization in an ancient culture was a femur (thighbone) that had been broken and then healed. Mead explained that in the animal kingdom, if you break your leg, you die. You cannot run from danger, get to the river for a drink or hunt for food. You are meat for prowling beasts. No animal survives a broken leg long enough for the bone to heal.
A broken femur that has healed is evidence that someone has taken time to stay with the one who fell, has bound up the wound, has carried the person to safety and has tended the person through recovery. Helping someone else through difficulty is where civilization starts, Mead said."
“In this century, human knowledge is extremely expanded and developed. But this is mainly knowledge of the external world.
In the field of what we may call "inner science", dealing with the inner things, there are many things, I think, that you do not know.
You spend a large amount of the best human brain-power looking outside - too much. and it seems you do not spend adequate effort to look within, to think inwardly. . . . Perhaps now that the Western sciences have reached down into the atom and out into the cosmos finally to realize the extreme vulnerability of all life and value, it is becoming credible, even obvious, that the Inner Science is of supreme importance. Certainly physics designed the bombs, biology, the germ warfare, chemistry the nerve gas and so on, but it will be the unhealthy emotions of individuals that will trigger these horrors.
These emotions can only be controlled reshaped, rechanneled,
by technologies developed from successful Inner Science.”
-- The Dalai Lama speaking at Harvard