Autonomy

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A couple of days ago, we posted about Freedom, one of the three primary tenets that the Sweet Medicine SunDance (SMSD) Path focuses on fostering.

In addition to what was posted earlier, if you look up “freedom” in Webster’s Dictionary, the definition states:

Freedom – the quality or state of being free: such as

  1. the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action
  2. liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another
  3. the quality or state of being exempt or released usually from something onerous
  4. the quality of being frank, open, or outspoken
  5. boldness of conception or execution
  6. the power or condition of acting without compulsion

The Oxford Dictionary references two philosophers, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and Jean Paul Sartre: “‘Freedom for Hegel is not freedom to do as we please; it consists in having a free mind.’; ‘For Sartre the necessity of freedom is paramount in his thinking.’”

FREEDOM, within the SMSD Path, is the letting go of constricting beliefs, the shedding of all our barriers and reservations, and the diving into the total potential of knowledge and POWER. This is the essence of growth in the Warrior’s Way of Enlightenment.

Let’s look at the importance of Autonomy.
Interestingly, there are not a lot of quotes about autonomy.

“Control leads to compliance; autonomy leads to engagement.” ― Daniel H. Pink

“The essence of independence has been to think and act according to standards from within, not without: to follow one’s own path, not that of the crowd.” ― Nicholas Tharcher, Rebels and Devils: The Psychology of Liberation

“Because to take away a man’s freedom of choice, even his freedom to make the wrong choice, is to manipulate him as though he were a puppet and not a person.” ― Madeline L’Engle

“There are people, she once wrote, who think that we cannot rule ourselves because the few times we tried, we failed, as if all the others who rule themselves today got it right the first time. It is like telling a crawling baby who tries to walk, and then falls back on his buttocks, to stay there. As if the adults walking past him did not all crawl, once.” ― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Purple Hibiscus

According to the Webster Dictionary, autonomy is the quality or state of being self-governing especially, the right of self-government, or the self-directing freedom and especially moral independence.  Oxford Dictionary, referencing Immanuel Kant’s moral philosophy, defines autonomy as the capacity of an agent to act in accordance with objective morality rather than under the influence of desires.

When a student embraces the Warrior’s Path, the journey must be approached as we would a pilgrimage to a Holy Shrine. We must hold in our hearts the knowledge that there is only one true way or route to this shrine — COMMITMENT and DISCIPLINE.  We take to the road with certainty and strong Will and Intent to reach the goal. As we proceed, however, other roads that seem to be more attractive, more enjoyable, more socially acceptable, more physically (economically) rewarding or merely easier or shorter will always appear. In our confusion, it may soon appear as though the other roads better match the superficial appearance of what we think the path “ought” to look like. Instead of following our “true” route to the “shrine”, we then find ourselves wandering in all directions with our energy scattered, racing after what entertains us at the moment and losing the possibility of reaching the shrine.

Embodying autonomy, our ability to be self-governing agents in, of and for our own lives, provides the strength and fortitude to follow our internal moral compass and to stand resolute rather than be influenced by the desires of others or even our own fleeting whims.  We become leaders, positive image-makers, and sacred humans who are part of the solution.

By committing to walking the Warrior’s Path, we find our way home.

Are you ready to discover your own inner spiritual warrior?
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Freedom

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What does freedom mean to you?  Here’s a few thoughts from others…

“Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.”  Pope John Paul II

“Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.”  John F. Kennedy

“Freedom lies in being bold.” ― Robert Frost

“People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.” ― Søren Kierkegaard

“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.” ― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own 

“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” ― Coco Chanel

“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.” ― Jim Morrison

“A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.”  ― Bob Dylan

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”  ― Ronald Reagan

Freedom is one of three tenets that the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path focuses on fostering. Embodying freedom requires the dedication of a warrior’s commitment to personal excellence and collective change.  Within the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path, this process involves taking the student far from the comfortable, familiar environment she/he is used to and exposing her/him to experiences that demand resourcefulness and ingenuity in order to find and establish the proper weapons/tools of success.  These tools support balance in the five aspects of being human (emotional, mental, physical, spiritual, sexual).

Ironically, submitting oneself intentionally to the potential of frustration and stress is the essence of growth in the Warrior’s Way of Enlightenment. Because the wandering Warrior must face new, strange and sometimes startling differences in daily living, all comfortable habits and ruts must be given up for more appropriate behavior to meet the new circumstances.  Stepping into the unknown in this way provides opportunities for the warrior to see what is in front of them, to assess what resources (both inner and outer) are available, and to free-think a solution.

It is the shedding of all our barriers and reservations and diving into the total potential of knowledge and POWER that is the Warrior’s goal during this quest. It is a time for letting go of constricting beliefs to gain FREEDOM.  The Warrior’s Way is exactly what the name implies; a way of directing the days of our life to better produce the likelihood of encountering those experiences that will lead to the enlightenment sought.

By embracing the Warrior’s Path, we find our way home. We discover our Inner Heart.

Are you ready to discover your own inner spiritual warrior?
Discover how at http://www.dtmms.org

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Ego Self-Importance vs Impeccability

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Holding all six dark arrows in time and space (no matter what time it is or what space you’re in), experiencing the tonal (material) enemies of fear, anger, depression and stress, and the nagual (spiritual) enemies of fear, clarity, power, old age and death, we pick up the 7th dark arrow of Ego Self-Importance.  The pretense you might hear when this arrow is chosen is, “It’s my way or the highway.” “I would never/always do that.” “It’s my world and you will just have to find a way to live in it.”

Given that the world does not simply work this way, our buttons are constantly being pushed by the tyrants of life:

  • the weather – it’s too hot, it’s too cold, why is it raining today?, the wind is messing up my hair….
  • time – there’s not enough time, too much time, I’m late, they’re late, you’re wasting my time…
  • inner dialogue – [insert the dark voices inside your head here]
  • other people – family, loved ones, friends, bosses, employees, children, store clerks, and the list goes on…
  • situations – traffic, long lines, road construction, the dog peed on the carpet (again!), my team loss the Super Bowl, and so on…

There is no doubt that by looking outside yourself for the world and its occupants to comply with meeting your every need, you will be tyranted by life, you will have every button pushed.  How can life be any different when you are constantly at the effect and in reaction?

BUT WAIT!  Remember that when something happens, WE CHOOSE OUR RESPONSE. This choice becomes our action and colors our perception of what continues to happen. The 7 Light Arrows are ours for the choosing…

Imagine what your life would be like with self-awareness, self-appreciation, self-acceptance, self-pleasure, self-love, and self-actualization?  With these six light arrows in place, picking up the 7th Light Arrow of Impeccability provides us with a concept of self-realization.

Selecting this arrow breaks the 7th dark arrow of Ego Self-Importance, that place where our buttons are pushed by the tyrants of life and we are caught in self-destructive patterns.

Picking up Impeccability takes us to the place inside ourselves where we know Warrior’s Freedom.  Here, we are never at the effect of anyone or anything, anywhere, anytime, in any way.  We choose to not take ourselves or life too seriously.  And we always follow the Maximum Efficiency with Minimum Effort law, which “simply put, this Law teaches us that we have choice and that our energy resource intake/expenditure dance can be choreographed by us in such a way that we are able to live a relaxed and focused life with enough fuel to do everything we need/want/desire to do!”

The 7 Light Arrows center us in our Dharma Circle, creating productive, pro-creative patterns so we can be At Cause.

Like the light and dark arrows, the Rainbow Arrows build on one another.  Here at the 7th Rainbow Arrow, we have made the choice to pick up the light arrows of self-awareness, self-appreciation, self-acceptance, self-pleasure, self-love, self-actualization, and impeccability.  In doing this, the dark arrows of attachments, dependencies, judgments, comparisons, expectations, the needy child syndrome, and ego self-importance have been broken.  The Rainbow Arrows that are now in our quiver are the gaining of Illumination, Introspection, Trust & Innocence, Wisdom, Alignment, Balance, harmonic Resonance, and Full & Open Heart-to-Heart Communication.

The Gain of Abundance and Prosperity in our Personal Dream, our day to day life, is gifted to us as the 7th Rainbow Arrow.  We have the energy and drive to open to our Sacred Dream, our desire for enlightenment.  We give our beauty and shining to the Collective Planetary Dream, and the Collective begins to feed your Personal Dream.

Your Dream is Awake!

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Needy Child vs Self-Actualization

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Picking up the 6th dark arrow means we have already picked up the 1st dark arrow of attachments, the 2nd dark arrow of dependencies, the 3rd dark arrow of judgements, the 4th dark arrow of comparisons, and the 5th dark arrow of Expectations. We have created needs that are not based in reality, becoming dependent on them for short-term pleasure and long-term pain. We judge our self, life and others so we feel okay, and have found others that are “like” us so we can put down those who are “not like” us. Our delusions about these non-existent “needs” place us in the center of expectations, reliving the past and all of the other “needs” that were not met and projecting to the future, convinced that those needs will not be met either. Sounds pretty bleak!

The 6th arrow on this dark side is the Needy Child Syndrome.  This is the absolute need for love, recognition, acceptance, security, and support from others as a way to define and identify our self.  This is the place where we are constantly looking outside ourselves to feel okay.  This is acceptable as a child who cannot meet their own needs.  But as adults, it becomes total self-indulgence.

The 6th Light Arrow is Self-Actualization.  When we choose this arrow from our quiver, we say yes to a new concept of self-respect.  We become successful because we are having fun and finding pleasure doing exactly what we want, our heart’s desire.  We dream big and bring them to reality through our Self-Actualization!

By choosing the 6th light arrow of self-actualization, we are able to break the needy child syndrome dark arrow.  Our identity is no longer dependent on an absolute need for love, recognition, acceptance, security and support from others as a way to define ourselves.  Choosing pleasure, having fun, doing what we enjoy, and being successful provides us with a concept of self-respect.  We discern and put energy into desires and actions, behaviors and thoughts that bring us pleasure, knowledge, and moments that transcend time.  We feel, sense and know our interconnectedness to all of life.

All life consists and emanates Chuluaqui-Quodoushka energy, the perfect balance of female-male energy, the inhalation and exhalation.  Through the use of this energy in our everyday life, we gain Total and Full Balance of Energy.  Our spiritual-sexual eros, that is our desire to live, expresses itself.

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Expectations vs Self-Love

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At this point, attachments have been created to people and things that aren’t really needs.  Instead of seeing reality as it is, we form dependencies to justify our choice of short-term pleasure, long-term pain cycle.  We then judge, self, life, and others so we feel okay, forming strong group identities through comparisons to support our judgments and separations.

The fifth dark arrow we pull from the quiver is Expectations.  At this point, we are caught in delusions because we fade back to the past reliving all the past needs that were not met.  Or, we project into the future with how our future needs will not be met either.  With so much time and energy spent in the past and future, we miss out of all the beauty that is happening right now, in the present moment.

Did you know that no matter what we do, how we act, or what we say, there are five human responses to any action?   Some people are going to love us, some will hate us, others may like or dislike us, and some are going not going to even care (be in neutrality).  When we base our actions on trying to obtain a like or love response, we pick up the dark arrow of expectations.

To break this dark arrow, all we have to do is pick up the Light Arrow of Self-Love.  When we love ourselves, we develop self-confidence in who we are, what we do, and what we say to the extent that any response we receive from others will not initiate our pretender voices, disrupt our balance, or propel us to pick up the dark arrows again.  With Self-Love, we develop and maintain a strong commander voice that reminds us of our beauty, strength, wisdom, shining and all our other amazing aspects!

The Rainbow Arrow of Gaining Full and Open Heart-to-Heart Communication is gifted to us when we persistently select the Light Arrow of Self-Love.  Self-Love helps us to embody self-confidence, where we understand that we may receive any one of the five perceptions (love, like, neutrality, dislike, or hate) with any action we make. With self-confidence, we look to meet our own desires in the present moment, as opposed to being caught in the delusions of needs not met by others in the past or the future.

Aligning with all forms of all things, all that breathes calls to us to wake up to who we truly are in our true nature spirit personality. Our healing energy of self, our “being-ness” touches our self, life, and others.  Understanding that all matter is us allows us to communicate with Spirit.

#knowledgethatworks #deertribe #arrows #SwiftDeer #expectations #selflove #hearttoheart #truenature

Comparison vs Self-Pleasure

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With the first three dark arrows of Attachments, Dependencies, and Judgments in play, the fourth dark arrow in the quiver is Comparison.  Separating ourselves from self, life and others, we look for connection through group identity.  The “I am better (smarter, richer, etc.) than you” becomes “We (my group) are better (smarter, richer, etc.) than them.”  Being at the effect of time, space, and others, we need support systems to verify our judgments and separations are valid.

Comparisons is the place where our group identity becomes our support system that verifies and validates our judgments and separation.  Our judgments and separation feels like it is from “them”, those who are not like us, believe in the same way, or have the same values.  But truly, this dark arrow is picked up because we judge and separate from our self, then others and life.

Picking up the Light Arrow of Self-Pleasure breaks the dark arrow of comparisons.  The foundation for this arrow is being self-aware, finding the value and self-worth within so that you can appreciate yourself and increase your self-esteem, knowing that this creates self-acceptance.  Our circle of self is so strong that we no longer need an external group identity support system to validate our judgments and separations.  Instead, our hearts are open because we have opted to experience the pleasure of self for the shear sake of pleasure!

When we pick up the 4th light arrow, we say YES to loving our self for the sheer pleasure of doing so.  Our hearts open and we connect to self, life, others and Spirit.  The gift from the Universe is the 4th Rainbow Arrow where we gain wisdom, alignment, balance and harmonic resonance through the alignment with all forms of all things.  Logic, knowledge and wisdom can only be received by a flexible, open free-thinking mind whose intent is to be in balance and harmony with all the Worlds of Grandmother Earth.

#knowledgethatworks #deertribe #arrows #SwiftDeer #comparison #selfpleasure #wisdom #alignment #balance

Judgments vs Self-Acceptance

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Looking back to the first dark arrow, when we claim to NEED something or someone once our basic reality needs are met, we opt for pain rather than pleasure, shooting the dark arrow of Attachment. Staying at the effect and in reaction, choosing pain over pleasure, the second arrow we pick up is Dependencies.

Judgments is the third dark arrow. These are the moments when our ego puts others down in order to feel okay, creating strong separation.  Our ego self-importance judges others so we can feel bigger, better, stronger or more than those around us.  There are also times when feel smaller, weaker, worse or less than.  We turn the judgment on ourselves, immersing ourselves in self-pity.

Where are the moments when these first three arrows of attachments, dependencies, and judgments appear in your life?  Are there specific situations?  Can you identify the feelings or thoughts that are present just moments before picking up these arrows?

Remember, similar to the dark arrows, picking up the light arrows build on each other.  We cannot pick up the second arrow without picking up the first one.  And by the time we pick up the seventh Light arrow, we have picked up the other six before it.

The 3rd Light Arrow, which builds on having self-awareness and self-appreciation, is Self-Acceptance.  Choosing Self-Acceptance opens the door for our self-esteem to grow.  It allows us to ask ourselves at any moment or in any situation whether we did or are doing the best we can do based on what we knew/know.

Remember the 3rd dark arrow is judgments.  Often times we look backwards in time and judge our behavior or performance based on what we now know.   Or we judge and put others down so we can feel better.

Knowing deep within yourself that you have done the best you could, given what you knew at the time, provides a moment to take a deep breath, silence the internal pretender voices, and break the pattern of judging self, life, and others.

Self-acceptance, the 3rd Light Arrow, supports us in connecting to our self-worth and value, which then breaks the strong separation the 3rd dark arrow of judgments causes.  Through the Give-Away of our beauty to self, life and others without qualifications, we gain Trust and Innocence.

Trust is knowing there is an absolute interconnection and interreliability between one form of one thing and all forms of all things.  Trust us also knowing there is something greater than we are or that we know.  Innocence is being within the center of your own essence, standing in the center of our own circle of power, and simply being who we are fully alive in our senses. Trust and Innocence are the bottom two points of a triangle that has Perfection (walking your talk) at its apex.

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Dependencies vs Self-Appreciation

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Looking back to the first dark arrow, once our basic reality needs are met and we still claim to NEED something or someone, we opt for pain rather than pleasure, shooting the dark arrow of attachment from our quiver.

Opting for pain rather than pleasure are the choice points that signal a necessary death experience, for example, death of a pattern that is no longer working. These are the emotional shock points necessary for maturation to occur.  Recognizing emotional shock points for what they are, we re-interpret what we claim to need as WANTS.

If we stay at the effect and in reaction, choosing pain over pleasure, the second arrow we pick up within the Circle of Foxes is DEPENDENCIES.  Picking up this arrow keeps us from maturing and gets us caught in the adaptive triangle of Persecutor, Victim, Rescuer.

A good example of this is addictions.  In our imbalanced, immature state, we choose long-term pain and create short-term pleasure through using addictive substances, becoming attached to the initial “high” as a NEED.  We know deep inside that we don’t need the addictive substance.  And yet, we still WANT to re-experience the initial state of short-term pleasure again and again, thus creating dependencies on the addictive substances.  Picking up this dark arrow, we become the victim to the substance, whether its food, tobacco, alcohol, drugs, gambling, work, or co-dependent relationships, to name a few.  The substance can also be perceived as the “rescuer,” numbing the emotional pain or stress temporarily.  And ultimately, the substance also becomes our “persecutor”, causing affliction, sickness, disease, and sometimes even death.

As we choose the light, centered within our own circle and aligned with all forms of all things, the 2nd Light Arrow we pick up is SELF-APPRECIATION.

Once we choose to become Self-Aware (the 1st Light Arrow), we can create a strong internal concept of self.  Picking up the 2nd Light Arrow of SELF-APPRECIATION provides a concept of Self-Worth where we find value inside our self.  When we value and appreciate who we are in our uniqueness and individuality, we break the dark arrow of dependencies.  We no longer have the strong externally based wants that places us in the victim, persecutor, rescuer triangle.  We stand strong in our own circle, know our bottom lines, and maintain agreements with our self first.  From this place of centeredness, we can then negotiate clear agreements with others

By consistently picking up the second Light Arrow of Self-Appreciation, we break the 2nd dark arrow of dependencies.  We then gain the 2nd Rainbow Arrow of Introspection, which is the place of “going within” and listening to our body knowing. It is the place of death, change and movement.

It is also through our proper alignment with the four worlds of Grandmother Earth that we gain this Rainbow Arrow.  Introspection makes us aware of Grandmother Earth, the second Power of the Universe, and we feel the earth under our body. From the depth of introspection and intuition, we know that we are in relationship with all forms of life. Earth is our substance.

 

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Attachment vs. Self-Awareness

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LIFE IS A CHOICE; when something happens, WE CHOOSE OUR RESPONSE. This choice becomes our action and colors our perception of what continues to happen.  Do we choose the dark (as defined by another and caught off balance within our patterns of pain) or do we choose the light (centered within our own circle and aligned with all forms of all things)?

The 7 Light Arrows are ours for the choosing…  Choosing the Light Arrows breaks the Dark Arrows. Persist in this practice and one day you will discover that the Universe has placed the Rainbow Arrows in your quiver in the place of the Dark Arrows.

The Circle of Foxes is those times when our choices, decisions, and priorities puts us into a spin where we are constantly chasing our tail. The first dark arrow that is selected is within this spin is Attachments.  This choice is based on strong needs that are out of balance and often motivated by ignorance.  We have basic reality needs such as are food and water, tools and skills, shelter and clothing, healing and knowledge, free will and orgasticness, without which we will truly suffer. Attachment, as an out of balance need, is the moment of choosing long-term pain for the sake of short-term pleasure.

Think of the moments where you choose long-term pain for short-term pleasure…  Are you attached to your cup of coffee in the morning or maybe a drink after work? Do you look at your phone before you are even awake and are out of bed in the morning? Maybe your cupboards or refrigerator have to be arranged just so. Maybe it’s the co-dependent relationship or possibly an addictive substance.  How do you create long-term pain in your life by choosing?

To break this first dark arrow of Attachment, we must be committed to and disciplined about picking up the 1st Light Arrow of Self-Awareness. This provides a concept of self, not defined by something external to us.  We are aware of our needs, our resources, what we know and what we don’t know, and when to ask for help. When we pick up this Light Arrow, we break the dark arrow of attachments, which had us attempting to meet needs that were not real by looking outside ourselves.

When we pick up the light arrow of Self-Awareness, the dark arrow of attachments is broken. Becoming self-aware destroys ignorance.  And our developing concept of self helps us to discern what is a true reality need and what is not.

Grandfather Sun, the first power of the Twenty Count, is a magnificent resource to bring light to our Self-Awareness.  He shines down on us and we feel the warmth and light of his rays throughout our whole being. We accept the Light as the source of our knowledge, illumination and enlightenment. We lighten up with the smile of the sun’s rays. Light is our focus.

And, if you are in a really dark place, look out into the night sky and just notice all those little points of light that are ready to guide you.  They are the abundance of possibilities that are right in front of you, if only you take the time to notice them.  So, grab a star and put it into your pocket!

When we allow our spirits to expand, when we soar with the eagle, we can catch those insights that illuminate our life.  When we compound the illuminations, we can achieve enlightenment.

#knowledgethatworks #deertribe #SwiftDeer #circleoffoxes #attachment #self-awareness #arrows

Life is a Choice!

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We have all stubbed our toe at one point or another.  In that moment of pain, we actually have the ability to choose our response.  Sometimes, it is a millisecond of time before the cuss words fly out of our mouths, while we are hopping about, grabbing the toe that hurts.  But, in that millisecond, a choice was made.  What if, in that millisecond, you realized stubbing your toe was a warning about the lack of presence you were holding?  You could apologize to your toe and then thank your Higher Self for the notification to be present in the now.  I know it sounds silly, but stubbing your toe is a whole lot better than breaking your arm, missing the curb and falling flat on your face, or getting in a car wreck.

When something happens, we choose our response. This choice becomes our action and colors our perception of what continues to happen.  We are the Bow. The Quiver of Arrows is our resource circle of choice in self-expression. The Target is ourselves, life and others. What arrows we shoot is determined by our attitude and approach to life.  (S/he shot me a look that dropped me in my tracks is the perfect example of these arrows.) We are both “she/he who will not see” (our Shideh or lower Self) and “she/he who is learning or has learned to see” (Hokkshideh or Higher Self). Which one is operating as we reach into our Quiver of Arrows?

The Quiver is formed by our molding, sculpting and armoring. Simply put, this means that our resource circle is only as full and accessible as our life experience and process of self-development have made possible to date.  The Quiver contains three sets of seven Arrows: seven Dark Arrows colored by pain and reaction; seven Light Arrows colored by pleasure and responsibility; seven Rainbow Arrows which are the gifts of transformation and beauty. The latter are magickal arrows in that they are gifts to us from the Universe when we choose from the place of “learning to see”.

Life is a choice: do we choose the dark (as defined by another and caught off balance within our patterns of pain) or do we choose the light (centered within our own circle and aligned with all forms of all things)?  Choosing the Light Arrows breaks the Dark Arrows. Persist in this practice and one day you will discover that the Universe has placed the Rainbow Arrows in your quiver in the place of the Dark Arrows.

#knowledgethatworks #deertribe #arrows #SwiftDeer #choice