who sings to us in silence,
who teaches us through each other,
guide my steps with strength and wisdom.
May I see the lessons as I walk,
and honor the purpose of all things.
Help me touch with respect,
and always speak from behind my eyes.
Let me observe, not judge.
May I cause no harm, and leave
music and beauty after my visit.
When I return to Forever,
may the circle be closed
and the spiral be broader.
– Australian Aboriginal ritual chant
Image: Jamie Gulpilil in Ten Canoes (2006).