"God put Three Powers into the world for us to use. We need them all. We Indians know all three. It took us a million years to find them. There's the material power, the spiritual power, and the supernatural power. The material power is the goodness of this Earth. The spiritual power is the goodness of human beings. The supernatural power is the goodness of God, the Great Spirit. The Three Powers are all separate. They're not connected. It's the job of human beings to make that connection. We connect the Three Powers with our prayers, with our ceremonies, with our deeds. Every good deed is a pillar of the Creation. Every prayer holds up the world. Our ceremony, our Sun Dance, keeps the Universe in harmony by connecting the Three Powers. The third power is God entering into the world He made. It refers to God Himself, the Great Mysterious. You can't use it for yourself. That's sorcery. It's supposed to use you."
Noble Red Man / Matthew King,
Lakota elder and chief
Photo: Buttes reflected in a pond, just outside Canyonlands National Park, UT, November 28, 2015
Stephen Hatch, M.A. is a spiritual teacher and photographer from Fort Collins, Colorado. His approach is contemplative, inter-spiritual, and Earth-based.