The World in Which We Live – North

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As we move around the wheel, the north direction is next…

In the north direction, you will find the element of wind, the season of spring, the animal world, the stars as the heavenly body, our mind and mental as our human aspect, and the self-expression of wisdom, logic, alignment, harmony, balance, meditation, contemplation, knowledge, harmonic resonance.

The north direction sings of the flexibility of the wind or air, the element of the north.  Did you know that trees gain their strength and ability to stand tall under their own weight through bending with the wind?  Check out this story about the importance of wind at the Biosphere 2 project in Arizona.

Autumn, the season in the north, with its winds that tosses us about, tests our flexibility and willingness to surrender to change.  As the leaves and flowers die, the winds also scatter their seeds in all directions to lie in fertile ground, ready to come to life at the appropriate time.

The wind also carries sounds, scents, and whisperings from spirit to those who are open to receiving them.  In this, the animal world are our greatest teachers as we learn how to receive.  Remember those moments when you watched an animal lift its nose to the winds, gathering the necessary information to follow its prey, know where to find water, or flee from its predator.  Or maybe, a time when you were feeling sick or sad and your cat or dog sidled up beside you, receiving your energy?

Looking to the heavens, the stars remind us of the abundance of possibilities.  Even in the darkest of moments, there is, there are zillions of lights that will guide our journey and help us navigate our path to enlightenment.

Our mind and the myriad of thoughts is similar to the stars.  So many possibilities to focus our attention on.  Engaging life with an empty cup and open mind provides multiple viewing perspectives, allowing us to receive signs, symbols, information, and energy.  From this balanced place, our self-expression is wisdom, logic, alignment, harmony, balance, meditation, contemplation, knowledge, and harmonic resonance.

Our gift from the universe when we are balanced in our mental aspect is humor.  The ability to smile at our circumstance, laugh at our own folly, and to be guided by the joy in our hearts.

 

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The World in Which We Live – West

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Moving to the West direction, we continue our exploration of the world in live in…

The element of earth sits in the west, joined by the season of winter, the mineral world, the Earth as the heavenly body, our body and physical as our human aspect, and the self-expression of introspection, intuition, change, and death.

The stability and endurance of the Earth is song the West direction sings, and what does this better than the element of earth? From the tiniest grain of sand to the monumental Himalayas, both speak to us about stability and endurance.

Winter calls the earth and its inhabitants into itself, into ourselves, for a time on introspection and death.  As the earth slows down and sleeps, we live off her abundant autumnal harvest. As our outer activity also slows, we drop into our inner world, our wombs and spirit wombs, to hear the wisdom of our intuition.  We identify what needs to change and die within us, what needs to be composted, so to speak, so that the seeds we dream into fruition have fertile ground to root and grow.  What dreams and seeds will align us with the earth’s stability and endurance?

From the sands and soils that soak up the waters, to the rocks and stones that hold the transformative heat for a purification lodge, or the gems and precious gems, the crystals, or mixed ores and metals, the mineral world teaches us to hold and transform energy.  The mineral world also teaches us that substance is merely, primarily and basically a container, a vessel for spirit.  Similarly, our physical body, with all of the minerals that make up our structure or support its functioning, is also a vessel for spirit.  We are spirit having a human experience.

When we are aligned with the west energies of holding and transforming with intimacy, our dance or choreography is balanced in our physical aspect and the gift of the universe (the huaqua) to us is health.

 

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The World in Which We Live – South

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Each of the aspects we are about to explore sit on a wheel.  When we look at a single wheel, e.g. the Season Wheel, we have the opportunity to learn about the specific items in each direction: spring in the south, winter in the west, autumn in the north, summer in the east, and the solstices and equinoxes in the center. Understanding one wheel at a time exhibits one level of knowledge.  Deeper teachings beckon us as we overlay wheels to investigate the interrelationships of the myriad of aspects that all sit in one direction.  It is through the overlays and interrelationships of energy that we can begin to know, honor, and be in harmony with the world in which we live.

Let us begin our exploration of this amazing world in the south direction.

In the south sits the element of water, the season of spring, the plant world, moon as the heavenly body, our heart and emotions as our human aspect, and the self-expression of trust and innocence.

Water as the stabilizing element in the south sings a song of fluidity.  Think of the multitude of expressions of water…  one single drop, the ocean, rivers, streams, creeks, puddles, ponds, lakes, waterfalls, marshes, swamps, the underground aquifer, rain, and even ice and snow.  Water is constantly purifying and recycling itself.  All the water that is present on Earth is all we will ever have.

Spring sits here in the south as it is the season where the frozen waters melt, reawakening and rejuvenating life out of its winter dream as it begins to flow.

The Plant World also adds its essence here in the south, through teaching us about giving unconditionally.  A rose continues to bloom whether we appreciate it or not.  Plants give nourishment, shelter, food, beauty, and inspiration, and, they are our primary source of oxygen.  Without plants, we could not live.

The Moon, as the south heavenly body, waxes and wanes, ebbs and flows, and controls the tides.  Her light is a reflection created by the interplay of the sun and the earth.

As without, so within…  Internally, our emotions are a reflection of the water.  Are your emotions as deep as the ocean?  Do they trickle like a creek or torrent like Niagara Falls?  Is your heart open and compassionate?   Do you give with your emotions with tenderness?  Yes, all emotions?  What does it look, sound, or feel like to give the emotion of anger with tenderness?  With this open heart and flowing emotions (e-motion, energy in motion), we create the self-expression of trust and innocence.  We engage the world within our own essence (innocence) with the trust of a child, experiencing the world in the powerful presence of each moment, right here, right now.

When we are aligned with the south energies of giving with tenderness, our dance or choreography is balanced in our emotional aspect and the gift of the universe (the huaqua) to us is HAPPINESS.

And, who wouldn’t want more happiness in the world in which you live?

 

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The World in Which We Live

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The world in which we live is defined by the powers of four DIRECTIONS and stabilized by four basic ELEMENTS.  Our lifestyle is determined by the four SEASONS and our companions on this earth consist of four groupings or what the Sweet Medicine SunDance Teachings call the four WORLDS. Within us, these elements, seasons and worlds are reflected in our heart, body, mind, spirit and soul. Both inside and outside of us humans the POWERS OF THE FOUR DIRECTIONS manifest their beauty and power.

Each of the directions, elements, seasons, and worlds sit in a particular direction on the Medicine Wheel due to the essence of its energy and give away of beauty. Join us as we explore in direction in detail.

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Earth Astrology – Snake

Snake is the totem animal
within Sun Bear’s Earth astrology that corresponds
with the Sun Astrology sun of Scorpio.

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Just off the top of your head, what do you know about snakes?

Snakes, with their bellies so close to the ground, teach us how to align our heart beat and energies with Grandmother Earth’s, to be grounded, to gather knowledge with all of our senses, to slither gracefully and sensually (with our full body) through life, and to not worry about danger unless it is right in front of us.

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Snake, especially the rattlesnake, is the teacher of the nagual (spiritual) enemies of fear and death, protector of all the teacher plants and the healing herbs, and holds the secrets of spiritual sexuality, of Quodoushka. Snake, along with the raven and crow, is a teacher of the Twenty Count, in that the sigils of the Twenty Count and the four Worlds are carried on its back. Along with communicating telepathically with other animals, snake is the protector of women’s lodges, and warns when you are out of alignment with the plant and mineral world. Snake is also the keeper of alignment with Grandfather Sun as it sheds its skin yearly.  And, they are very adaptive to their environment.

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Living snakes are found on every continent except Antarctica, and on most smaller land masses; exceptions include some large islands, such as Ireland, Iceland, Greenland, the Hawaiian archipelago, and the islands of New Zealand.  Most species are nonvenomous and those that have venom use it primarily to kill and subdue prey rather than for self-defense.

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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.

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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.

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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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