Elemental Balance: East Energies

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In the East, we determine with the spirit through passion and lust. The words passion and lust are bound to create controversy. Think of it this way. You have not had an apple in a long time, and you may never have an apple again. As you eat this apple, you totally focus your attention on it. With all your senses, you taste the juice of it; you are aware of the texture and smell of it.  You savor every morsel of it as if it were the only thing going in town. This is eating an apple with passion and lust. So, in our lives, with everything we do, whether it is cleaning the floor, writing a paper, or making love, we should do it with the spirit of passion and lust, as if it were the last moment of life. Savor each moment by determining with your intent and focus from your spirit.

And, remember, it is the element of fire that reflects to us the power of passion and lust, the ability to vision with spirit, and to stalk out the fuel that feed our hungers and brings us joy.  Each of Grandmother’s Worlds have east energies that can also reflect our determination energy and connection to Spirit to us

The crystals sit in the east of the Mineral World wheel and are the holder-determiner brain cells of Grandmother Earth.  A crystal chip in a computer is programmable and allows the computer to create and to run complex programs.  Silicon dioxide chips are the essential elements that drive our electronic age, and used in everything from coffeemakers to space flight guidance systems.

Trees, called the Standing Nations, are the giver-determiners who sit in the East of the Plant World Wheel.  Trees have always been used as power symbols, and all magickal lodges, religions, and spiritual paths refer to the human being as the tree of life.  They communicate most directly with human beings because they are in the same place on the wheel that we are – in the place of determination – and the aura of a tree is similar to that of a human.

Trees determine the weather, for they are they lungs of Grandmother Earth.  They carry the memory of the ages and of Grandmother Earth’s story of herself, and the Elders say that the dying and destruction of the ancient grandmother and grandfather trees are slowly erasing that memory.

Trees determine the nature and variety of vegetation that grows around them by determining the amount of light that reaches the ground and the nutrients and acidity in the surrounding soils.  Growing around the tree are those plants that need shade and thrive on that type of soil; those that need sunlight grow away from the tree.  Furthermore, within two hundred feet of any toxic plant will grow its antidote.  Mugwort, for example, is an antidote for poison oak and can be found growing nearby.  Thus, the plant world keeps its balance.  The growth and proliferation of medicinal plants that provide sources for our healing are determined by the sacred trees.  It is no accident that such a large percentage of medicinal plants are found in our lush rain forests.

Since we depend on plants to give us life, food and oxygen, when we clear-cut forests, for example, we are truly destroying the determiners of life on this planet.  This applies to all the worlds of Grandmother Earth.  Human beings live on this planet because these worlds make life possible, and they are necessary partners in our evolutionary journey.  Destroy them, and we destroy ourselves.

The winged ones are aligned with spirit, and they are the receiver-determiners in the East of the Animal World wheel.  They are masters of movement in alignment with the wind energies, so they can fly the currents of the mind.  In every aspect of their being, they symbolize the way our mind receives.

The winged ones also represent our fierce desire to fly.  Even in the earliest cave drawings there are two connections made to the animal world by shamans and sorcerers: first to the horned ones and second to the winged ones.  Early humanity equated freedom with the symbol of the winged ones.  The greatest thing our mind can conceive is its individual, autonomous freedom, and birds represent this at the highest level, symbolically and in practice.  They also give us their wings and feathers as medicine objects that can direct or move energy.

We incarnate into the east race to learn the power of fire in the East in order to embrace spirit and gains moments of illumination.

 

Check out the Song of the Deer by Thunder Strikes with Jan Orsi if you would like to learn more.

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The Language of Nature

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We can learn to unlock Nature’s voice, the language of life, inside us.  For most of us, however, this process entails a serious attitude adjustment.  The original Dr. Dolittle is not just a fanciful, make-believe character.  He is a role model to emulate.  As part of our attitude shift, we must be willing to become students of Nature.

Next, we must discard all the paraphernalia we drag with us that separates and insulates us from Nature.  Many of us spend our vacations in national parks and beautiful areas, but we are not in any way connected or aligned.  We are afraid of insects and snakes, startled by animal noises in the night, or irritated by both hot and cold weather.  To feel safe, we feel we need our Airstream trailer or our superdeluxe tent.  Surprisingly, even many of those adventuresome folks who trek in the wilds with just the minimal needs on their backs, while enjoying the scenery, often pass through unmentored because they are not aware that they are the student passing through the landscape of the teachers.  A disease of our society is that we have forgotten how to get below the surface of things.

To learn more, check out the Song of the Deer by Thunder Strikes with Jan Orsi

Seven Arrows

quiver_1280When 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.   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 the Quiver?

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”.

You will find more information about the “Teachings of the Seven Arrows” in Shamanic Wheels and Keys.

If you are in Phoenix, come to the Warrior Spirit Lodge class on Tuesday, January 10, 2017.  For more information, click here.

Red Lodge Longhouse

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You may have heard about the Arizona Red Lodge Longhouse, but wondered what is that?!?

Just by hearing the name, you certainly would not know what this Longhouse is all about.  One of the challenges with describing this yearlong program is that in modern day syntax, there is indeed NOTHING like it.  An elevator, quick hit description doesn’t do this program justice either.

Historically, a longhouse was held during the winter months when everything slowed down and the entire community would come together to share, study and expand through sacred knowledge.  In today’s world, we don’t have the winter months to shut down our life and luxuriate in this approach to learning and seeking.

Our Red Lodge Longhouse seeks to keep the traditional ways of gathering  like-minded folks, but tailors the timing of these gatherings to today’s pace.  That being said, we gather 7 times over the course of a year, 6 weekends at our center and 1 week of ceremony out in nature.

Why would I want to invest this kind of time to this program?  What do we do over this course of a year?  At this time of fast paced life, seemingly unlimited technology, and so many options of things to do, we offer a time-tested approach to reconnecting to all of life, gaining tools to help us sort out our past issues, and determine our way to the life we choose now to have.

Join others that desire to create their life with a balanced approach, focusing on spiritual connection, personal growth and abundance.  You will gain tools for change, new friends, and an understanding of natural worlds.

As it seems easier to disconnect, this longhouse is all about connection.

Connect to your potential.  Join us!

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Contact Debra at info@azredlodge.com or call her directly – (602) 799 – 8564
For more information, you can also visit our website, http://azredlodge.com/

Earth Lodge Event Reminder

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A celebration of community of personal growth that has lasted more than 20 years. It’s pretty amazing, and we’d love to have you join us.

Location: Tuscany, Italy

Earth Lodge is a big family in which we grow in beauty.

For 21 years, each summer, we meet to live together in Nature, to experience sharing, enjoyment, harmony.

The Earth Lodge is a place where we grow hope: all together we experiment with the possibility of living in a community model that promotes growth and personal and collective evolution.

The seeds of beauty that are planted during these day are a small treasure to bring back home and to see them sprouting up in our family, in relationships, at school, with friends, at work. It is a very strong experience of change in which we can awaken the memory of who we really are, remembering what our soul’s design is in order to actualize it.

The Earth Lodge is a “womb” where we find knowledge and learn how to make our own life a ceremony, every day, in our daily experience.

Contact: Monica info@earthlodge.it

Family Spirit Camp Event Reminder

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Ready for a spiritual experience that’s family-friendly? Then Spirit Camp is for you!

August 9-15, 2015

Bancroft, Ontario, Canada

Can you resist the call of your spirit? Spirit Camp welcomes families, parents, children, elders of all ages to reconnect to life, spirit and self through ceremony and sharing in community.  You will gain skills to guide you through the many passages of life’s journey.

Parents will:

  • Learn about key growth periods in your life and those of your family.
  • Understand life transitions and what your kid/s may be ‘teaching’ you now.
  • Find tools to support you and your family’s evolution, now and in the future.

As a Family You Will:

  • Participate in activities such as swimming, hiking, crafts, drumming, singing and campfires.
  • Participate in ceremony and family activities that make spirit your companion

Midsummer is a magical time to camp on our land near Bancroft, Ontario.  Each day is scheduled to give parents a chance to connect with each other, nature and have their own separate teachings from the children.  Imagine walking on the land and listening to the laughter of children, while they safely expand their boundaries and explore nature at its best.  Come and join us on this adventure and exploration of your soul’s journey.

Contact the Institute for Contemporary Shamanic Studies at: www.icss.org or telephone 416-603-4912 for more information.

Fire From Within Event Reminder

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A personalized, powerful week of ceremony and healing. Register while time remains!

August 9-15, 2015

Bancroft, Ontario, Canada

This week-long shamanic retreat is designed to provide adult seekers of all ages with spiritual tools, knowledge, purification ceremonies, and Rites of Passage from the lineage of the Sweet Medicine Sundance Path. The week builds up to your participation in a beautiful overnight vision quest ceremony that will help you to make Spirit your companion as you learn to navigate your life passages with grace and power.

The teachings and ceremonies that you receive will be personalized so that the knowledge is directly relevant to YOU, no matter what age or stage of life you are at.

You will:

  • Develop a deeper connection to Grandmother Earth and all of nature
  • Learn how to heal your heart, body, mind, spirit, and soul
  • Learn about critical learning periods in your life (both now and in the future)
  • Understand your current life stage and what life is communicating
  • Discover practical ways to support your evolution in these changing times.

Contact the Institute for Contemporary Shamanic Studies at: www.icss.org or telephone 416 603-4912 for more information.

Raven Speaks Lightning Lodge Vision Quest Reminder

Raven Speaks Lightning Lodge Vision Quest

In Oregon for the Eagle Dance? Why not stay a bit longer to experience the power of a full week of ceremony?

August 4 – 8, 2015

Near Mt. Adams, Washington, USA

Your personal ceremony will be tailored to your needs and backed with teachings, a strong lineage and deep alchemy. These most pivotal times in which we live are demanding that we stretch beyond limitation and embrace our Mastery.

Ceremony is the pathway to get us there.

Are you ready to fully awaken your beauty and power? If so, we invite you to join us for ceremony this summer! There is still time if you want to jump into the unknown.

Contact: Mateo or Martha at 503-747-7330 or email: LightningRavens@comcast.net  for more information

Raven Speaks Lightning Lodge Eagle Dance Reminder

Hello all – just a quick reminder about this upcoming event…

August 1 – 3, 2015

Near Mt. Adams, Washington, USA

Ceremony allows us to discover and cultivate our Natural Self. When we commune with the Great Teachers of Life, the natural world and Spirit, we learn to live more consciously, see our vision more clearly and feel our passion more deeply.

Let the heartbeat of the Drum and Goddess Beauty, the Center Tree of Life, guide your prayers for the year.

Contact: Mateo or Martha at 503-747-7330 or email: LightningRavens@comcast.net  for more information

Arizona Red Lodge Ceremonial Week

September 21 – 27, 2015

Arizona, USA

Reconnect to your sacred self and to the natural world around you through ceremony designed to give you tools and experiences to help you develop your connection to the natural world, your personal health and balance, and your personal power – with the maturity to use it wisely!

Contact: Debra Laughlin at info@azredlodge.com for more information