The Children’s Twenty Count describes our world as we live in it, and the powers that influence us here in our attempt to establish interconnection, interreliability and interdependence with all things.
As we begin to discuss the lower numbers, we begin with the powers that are the “so below“…the numbers that are related to this 3rd dimensional reality and “all that is green“…
8 = Book of Life
The Book of Life is the place where our sacred images for this lifetime are stored or recorded. These images are all the mirrors that we chose, out of which and within which we reflect ourselves. They give you the teachings you have asked for in this life in order to grow and evolve. These sacred images are the karma and dharma which we are dealing with in this lifetime.
In the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path, karma is lessons or patterns we have repeated from one lifetime to the next. They are in our lives to learn from. Karma is readily identifiable because it often translates as pain. When we change the pattern, we will experience a different outcome and … hopefully … pleasure or happiness. In other words, we will experience dharma.
In many ways, karma has been given a bad name because it is linked to lessons that must be learned and past patterns repeated again and again until the lesson is learned. Some people feel that karma is something to be feared, and/or you can do nothing about it.
Our former nagual, SwiftDeer once told the story about a man walking down the street and a brick falling on his head. He says, “Ouch! Oh well, that’s my karma!” What the man doesn’t realize is that all he has to do to avoid the brick (and therefore pain) is to do something differently. In other words, he needs to change his behavior pattern by stepping aside or by choosing to walk down a different street so that the brick doesn’t fall on his head. By making this simple change to walk with pleasure versus pain, the man chooses dharma.
In the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path, the eighth chakra is the physical body. We know that our patterns are stored in the physical body. Therefore, one could say that our body is a representation of a living Book of Life.
The Book of Life teaches us our sacred images, our earthly family, the totality of the Four Worlds of Grandmother Earth and the Laws of Cycles.