Four Elements, Air

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The Four Elements are the building blocks of all Creation on Grandmother Earth, and therefore, stabilize our world.

The North element is Air or Wind.  The wind works with flexibility. Think about the ways you know the wind—from the whirling tornados to summer’s gentle breeze, or the wind that comes up just before a storm hits. Did you know that Wind, or air movement, is integral to all types of weather conditions?  Or that air pressure, which is largely caused by differential heating of the air by the sun and ground conditions (earth), controls the way air flows?

Below is another fascinating component of how wind interacts with the plant world on Grandmother Earth.

“The Biosphere 2 project was created as a research tool for scientists to study Earth’s living systems, and it allowed scientists to play with farming and innovation in a way that didn’t harm the planet. One of the most profound discoveries made by the scientists had nothing to do with a cure for some new disease or a new way of farming land. Rather, the discovery had to do with the wind’s role in a tree’s life. The trees inside Biosphere 2 grew rapidly, more rapidly than they did outside of the dome, but they also fell over before reaching maturation. After looking at the root systems and outer layers of bark, the scientists came to realize that a lack of wind in Biosphere 2 caused a deficiency of stress wood. Stress wood helps a tree position itself for optimal sun absorption and it also helps trees grow more solidly. Without stress wood, a tree can grow quickly, but it cannot support itself fully. It cannot withstand normal wear and tear, and survive. In other words, the trees needed some stress in order to thrive in the long run.” (https://travisma.wordpress.com/2013/12/12/the-necessity-of-stress/)

The article this was pulled from was called “The Necessity of Stress.”  We could also think of it as the ‘Resiliency of Flexibility.’

Our inner winds are our thoughts, beliefs and philosophies, or our mental aspect.  Are there places in your life where you avoid stress instead of viewing it as an opportunity to be flexible or build resiliency?  Do you miss opportunities to refine your character because of dogmatic beliefs or inflexible philosophies?

Think of the many different ways you have experienced the wind and you will know the North energies.  Take a moment to explore your inner voices, your outer words, and all that you believe in.  And know, as the breath of Wakan Tanka birthed the elements, our beliefs and words birth our reality.

(If you are drawing this wheel, North is at the top of your circle, South is at the bottom, West is to the left, and East is to the right.)

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Four Elements, Void

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In the Center of the Element Wheel is the void, the black hole or womb. The void works with all of the four elements. In fact, it is from the void, the apparent nothing, the source, that all things take on substance within spirit. This is the Chuluaqui Quodoushka energy that was mentioned in the creation story. The void works with the energy of open heart to heart communication. It is the catalyst energy that makes and keeps the other elements in a state of balance or imbalance depending on how it is used.

Ask yourself… Am I catalyzing my life in balance?

Connect with the Void energy if there is a dream you would like to birth, a potential you would like to actualize, or to bring more harmony and balance into your life!

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SunDance Story of Creation, part 2

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Once the Everything knew its feminine and masculine aspects, the breath of Wakan Tanka birthed first of the four sacred elements, air. The second element was fire, the spirit of the Chuluaqui force of Wakan Tanka. Then from the space of its female and male side, WahKahn and SsKwan came together with the energy force of their separate Chuluaqui energies combining in a whirlwind serpent-fire of total love and the third element of water was created. From the two Chuluaqui energies came Quodoushka, the sacred marriage and union of the male and female energies which together become greater than the sum of the parts and thus became the heart of Wakan Tanka. Then seeing that the purpose of creation was discovering substance form through the act of orgastic pleasure in order to gain knowledge of itself, Wakan Tanka (WahKahn/SsKwan) made love and created all things within the Everything. Thus the fourth element of earth became the physical manifestations of the love energy of the Great Spirit.

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SunDance Story of Creation, part 1

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Every culture, every people since always have had myths, stories and legends of how life began. The Twisted Hairs’ story of creation is written in the records of the sacred kiva, their underground meeting place. Here, SwiftDeer retells that story.

In the beginning, since always, the Everything was created from within the Void in which there was present pure energy force called Chuluaqui. Chuluaqui is the primal and primordial life force of pure light energy that is the source of all light energy movement within all things of the Everything. We could say that Chuluaqui is the source of the force of Wakan Tanka. It expresses itself as pure orgastic, harmonic and balancing energy vibration and is, in essence, the spark of life that allows all things within the Everything to take on their particular substance form. As Wakan Tanka, the Great Spirit and Sacred Mystery which is called the Everything, took breath, it inhaled with implosive force its Chuluaqui and thus discovered its female being. This creative receptive force became the egg of all creation known as WahKahn, the Universe, our sacred Great Grandmother. Then Wakan Tanka exhaled and in so doing discovered its male side, the active conceptive force, the seed of all creation known as SsKwan, the Galaxy, our sacred Great Grandfather.

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Exploration, Journey, Discovery

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Each time we explore the world in which we live, we are taken through a journey of discovery. At times, we will see the overall picture identified simply as the four directions of a wheel. Then we will look through a microscope, as it were, and see the composition of the basic elements of all substance. Zooming outward, we will see their reflection in the seasons. Looking around in creation, we notice its many forms and we can identify the four worlds. And then we will look within again and recognize that those initial elements and four aspects or types of energy connect us to these four worlds. They are our teachers of energy, of being alive in balance and harmony with all that is. In the Sweet Medicine SunDance way, the “power” of anything is its essence, how it gives away or touches others and all of life with beauty.

This is information which, of course, can be told and memorized. Yet, when we explore our world through the eyes of a curious child, we open ourselves to the experience of discovery and recognition.

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Powers of Four

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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.

SOUTH
Element: Water
Season: Spring
World: Plant
Human Aspect: Heart – emotional aspect
Self-expression: trust & innocence

WEST
Element: Earth
Season: Winter
World: Mineral
Human Aspect: Body – physical aspect
Self-expression: introspection, change, death, intuition

NORTH
Element: Air
Season: Fall
World: Animal
Human Aspect: Mind – mental aspect
Self-expression: wisdom, logic, alignment, harmony, balance, meditation, contemplation, knowledge, harmonic resonance

EAST
Element: Fire
Season: Summer
World: Human
Human Aspect: Spirit – spiritual aspect
Self-expression: illumination, enlightenment, pleasure, beauty, medicine

CENTER
Element: Void
Season: Solstices & Equinoxes
World: Spirit
Human Aspect: Soul – Sexual
Self-expression: breath, chi/ki

What connections can you make with each of the energetic expressions within each direction?  Please share your insights!

4 = 5, 8 = 9, what?

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As we begin working with wheels, you will notice a curious phenomenon. Although we speak of FOUR (cardinal directions only), there are always FIVE! Within the center of any wheel is the driver, the catalyst, that which activates the wheel into motion. It is always the Universal Life Force Energy that throbs within all forms of life. Without it, we have no life. Likened to a womb, it is from the center that all else is birthed. Depending on the teachings or the nature of each specific wheel, this center may be specified or it may remain unnamed.

This is also true when we are working with EIGHT-wheels (cardinal and non-cardinal directions), the Center is present catalyzing the wheel, and, therefore, we are working with NINE.

If you desire to teach yourself about the wheels, draw a circle with South at the bottom of the circle, North at the top of the circle, West is to the left and East is to the right. The Center is in the middle.  As you learn something about the south direction and its energies, write it down.  Do the same with all of the directions.  Explore how everything in one direction relates to each other.  Then investigate the interconnections between all of the directions.  Share what you have learned, noticed, or taught yourself!

Wheels, Tunes & Vibrations

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Each position on a Medicine Wheel corresponds to one of the four cardinal directions: South, North, West, East – or one of the four non-cardinal directions: SouthEast, SouthWest, NorthWest and NorthEast. On any medicine wheel, the cardinal directions hold the energy of a circle and the non-cardinals move energy in and out of the circle.  There are also specific qualities and characteristics that exist for each direction. Thus, no matter which wheel is being used, the subject matter is placed in a particular direction because it contains the corresponding properties.  Every wheel has its own tune or vibration, part of the larger Song of the Universe.  Each individual wheel can be overlaid on top of the other. When this is done, the layers form a harmony to one verse of the Song of the Universe.

“MY” Place at the Table

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Imagine a place in your life where you sat at a large table with lots of other people.  It may be the family dinner table or maybe the conference room table at work.  Most of us will choose a position at the table where we feel comfortable, a place where we return to each and every time we sit at this table.  Silly as it is, we sometimes become territorial and protective because it is “our” seat.  Have you experienced a time where someone else sat in “your” place and you had to sit somewhere else?  Were you surprised at how different the table, those who sat around you, or even the room looked?  Did this new perspective change your inner perception?  Learning the medicine teachings from wheels assist us in changing “our seat,” our perspective, our way of thinking, and opens up different points of view.

Wheels or circles have been used since the ancient times as tools for teaching the ways of the Universe. Nothing is seen as linear for the idea of a linear existence is considered to be an illusion. There is no “beginning” or “end.” There is simply a change of reference points. Birth into physical existence is not the beginning of life (for spirit is eternally alive), but it is a different perception point through which spirit experiences its aliveness. It is simply movement in the wheel of life.

Learning of the Universe through wheels offers a way to perceive how one form of life is completely interconnected with all other life: flowing, changing and reaching out to touch all forms of all things with beauty. All the wheels of the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path spin and interconnect with one another in this way.

Wheels, Keys, Knowledge, Enlightenment

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When we refer to circular logic, it often means chasing our tails or thinking and talking crazy.  We strive to connect thoughts in a line: first A, then B, which leads to C, D, E, and so on.  Logical, right?  Most of the time, we don’t actual think or process information in this lineal fashion.  One thought leads to a memory, while another takes us into the future, which then circles back to experiences, smells, relationship, and connections.

Circles are used in the Sweet Medicine SunDance path to take snapshots of knowledge in time and space to help us learn and evolve.  The knowledge is actually recorded and encoded on Wheels, which are multi-layered, comprehensive, and moves and deepens as we build our relationship to the knowledge. They are cognitive maps, tools that enhance understanding.

When we apply the Wheels and Keys in our own personal growth and change work, they are like weapons to conquer the enemy within. Some Wheels and Keys are like road maps explaining how to best maneuver through your everyday reality.  Some Wheels and Keys are blueprints outlining the greater picture of our spiritual reality.  Knowledge contained within the Wheels are Keys to enlightenment.

You are about to embark on a journey into the world of Wheels and Keys. If you are a linear thinker, you will need to adjust your thinking process and engage in the creative venture of circular thinking.

You will be exposed to new languaging and concepts. Familiar words will take on new meanings. New words are created to illuminate assumptions and mysteries. Some of the ancient magickal words when translated into English would take a sentence or paragraph to describe. They are written as they sound and spelled to contain the original magick within their letters.

The concept of the LAW OF ALL ENERGY IN MOVEMENT will challenge you. Do not try to figure it out! Let it be a Key that spins your mind into new places and new ways of understanding.

You are invited to study and learn these Wheels and Keys, work with them and apply them in as many contexts as you can until they begin to dance with you. These Wheels and Keys are alive and will breathe through you, awakening your memory of what it is to walk on this Earth in balance and harmony.

Invite the Wheel to teach you.

Use the key to unlock the door.

Be courageous and walk through the door into unexplored territory!

Make the unknown Known!