Self-Defense and Healing in Seattle

How does the inner knowing and being of a warrior overlap with that of a healer?  How does knowing healing ways and practices both support and require the mindset of a warrior?

In March the Raven Speaks Lightning Lodge brought in two Black Lodge instructors for a weekend workshop dealing with exactly that question.  The weekend began on Friday with a day-long introductory self-defense class dealing with the ethics and emotional realities of self-defense as well as the practical how-to aspects.  On Saturday participants engaged in an NRA Home Firearm Safety class, in which they learned the essential rules of firearm safety, as well as how to identify and unload various types of firearms.  Then, Saturday evening, the crosstraining between the warrior mindset and healing began.  Mateo Swan, of Raven Speaks Lightning Lodge, took participants through the various mindset, discipline and training connections, and then everyone began preparations for a healing ceremony, which took place Sunday morning.

Comments:
“Excellent course.”
“Great that the instructors were so encouraging, understanding and supportive.”

A total of 17 people participated in the weekend in Seattle.

Upcoming events at the Raven Speaks Lightning Lodge include monthly classes in Portland and teaching weekends in Seattle, as well as a vision quest week in August and a Quodoushka in October.  For more information, contact Mateo Swan and Martha Iosbaker at LightningRavens@comcast.net.

You can find more information about Black Lodge, the physical health and skills development aspect of the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path, and about the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path healing paradigm, at the DTMMS web site 

“Abundance” is theme for next DeerTracks (Coming in June)

DeerTracks is the DTMMS newsletter, dedicated to personal excellence, spiritual awakening, and alignment with nature.  The theme for this June issue is ABUNDANCE:  How do you create abundance in your life? How do you define “abundance” for yourself- what ingredients constitute abundance for you? Money? Health? Family? Creative work? Service? Nature?

Articles in DeerTracks bridge ancient wisdom and modern society, provide personal stories from people who study and teach the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path all over the world, and highlight the ways that individuals apply their genius, artistic originality, talents, and skills to make a difference in their profession and in their community. Each issue also provides information about events from across the globe, including Italy, Australia, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, England, Canada, the United States and more.

Submissions will be accepted through May 12.  Submission guidelines were recently sent to all apprentices on the DTMMS mailing list.

Articles from previous issues of DeerTracks can be found in the DTMMS reading room.