The Sacred Chuluamahdah-hey, the eighteenth Power of the Universe, are the Karma Lords and Dharma Masters who are the Keepers of our Books of Life of all lifetimes that are kept within our Akashic Records. As the Keepers of the Keys of the Books of Life of all Humans within the Everything, they sing the Song called the Great Magick Chant. Their most sacred Chant is the Children’s Fire Chant. It sings the Song reminding us that Nothing Must be Done to Hurt the Children. They sing gently to us that within all humans is a child. They sing the Become as a Child Song and the Honor the Child Within Song.
Yesterday began the month of the Cougar Earth Astrology animal totem, which corresponds to the sun astrology sign of Pisces.
Cougars are the Keepers of balance and harmony on one’s Path with Heart. They teach us how to have balance in movement and change; how to awaken the aura, increase orende (chi, ki, prana, life force energy) and make death an ally. Cougar helps to design and bring in what’s needed for our Path with Heart. They are a balancer and healer of muscles, bones, joints. A supreme survivalist, Cougar teaches us to stabilize and learn how to do any physical act without injury. They are also the Keeper of choreography. (This also includes all big cats like the puma, panther, and mountain lion.)
Remember, picking up the light arrows build on each other. We cannot pick up the second arrow without picking up the first one. And by the time we pick up the seventh Light arrow, we have picked up the other six before it.
The 3rd Light Arrow, which builds on having self-awareness and self-appreciation, is Self-Acceptance. Choosing Self-Acceptance opens the door for our self-esteem to grow. It allows us to ask ourselves at any moment or in any situation whether we did or are doing the best we can do based on what we knew/know.
Remember the 3rd dark arrow is judgements. Often times we look backwards in time and judge our behavior or performance based on what we now know. Or we judge and put others down so we can feel better.
Knowing deep within yourself that you have done the best you could, given what you knew at the time, provides a moment to take a deep breath, silence the internal pretender voices, and break the pattern of judging self, life, and others.
As we choose the light, centered within our own circle and aligned with all forms of all things, the 2nd Light Arrow we pick up is Self-Appreciation.
Once we choose to become Self-Aware (the 1st Light Arrow), we can create a strong internal concept of self. Picking up the 2nd Light Arrow of Self-Appreciation provides a a concept of Self-Worth where we find value inside our self. When we value and appreciate who we are in our uniqueness and individuality, we break the dark arrow of dependencies. We no longer have the strong externally based wants that placed in the victim, persecutor, rescuer triangle. We stand strong in our own circle, knowing our bottom lines, maintaining agreements with our self first, and then negotiating clear agreements with others.
Remember LIFE IS A CHOICE; when something happens, WE CHOOSE OUR RESPONSE. This choice becomes our action and colors our perception of what continues to happen. Do we choose the dark (as defined by another and caught off balance within our patterns of pain) or do we choose the light (centered within our own circle and aligned with all forms of all things)?
The 7 Light Arrows are ours for the choosing… Choosing the Light Arrows breaks the Dark Arrows. Persist in this practice and one day you will discover that the Universe has placed the Rainbow Arrows in your quiver in the place of the Dark Arrows.
The 1st Light Arrow is Self-Awareness, which provides a concept of self, not defined by something external to us. We are aware of our needs, our resources, what we know and what we don’t know, and when to ask for help. When we pick up this Light Arrow, we break the dark arrow of attachments, which had us attempting to meet needs that were not real by looking outside ourselves.
Can you identify the times that you have become self-aware and had a false need disappear?
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…
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 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 Kachina-hey, the 17th Power of the Universe, play the sound of All the Ways Will Gather Together within the Rainbow Circle Dance. You must Dream this Way, they sing. You must awaken with the Song of the seventeenth Power of the Southwest. Hear the Great Kachina Powers. They are the Dream Teachers! They are chanting the Dance Your Dream Awake Chant, the Blessed Beauty Way Chant, The Sacred Medicine Pipe Chant and the Sacred SunDance Way Chant. Their chants are as infinite and as many as the stars within the great sky. All of these are the Sacred Chants of Great Power. They point the way to the dream of the eighteenth Power of the Northwest.
The Kachina-hey speak to us in symbols and sigils, both in our asleep dreams and in our awake dreams. They help us to process our life experience so we can learn the lessons while we are in karma, or grab the greatest opportunities when we are in dharma. They also point out and mirror to us our closed symbols, those places where we say to ourselves, ‘Oh, I’ll never do that!’ or ‘I couldn’t possibly…’ or ‘this is the way I always do…’ Holding these closed symbols at arm’s length takes an enormous amount of energy. When we approach a closed symbol, open the door, and walk through, we make the unknown known and gain the energy that was once used to keep the symbol closed.
The Wolverine is a powerful animal that resembles a small bear but is actually the largest member of the weasel family. According to National Geographic, “these tough animals are solitary” and “need a lot of room to roam. Individual wolverines may travel 15 miles (24 kilometers) in a day in search of food.”
Wolverine is the keeper of personal power and defender of psychic attack. Wolverine is one of the strongest defenders against mental confusion. It will also eradicate evil or that which destroys life.
So far, attachments have been created to people and things that aren’t really needs. Instead of seeing reality as it is, we form dependencies to justify our choice of short-term pleasure, long-term pain cycle. We then judge, self, life, and others so we feel okay, forming strong group identities through comparisons to support our judgments and separations.
The fifth dark arrow we pull from the quiver is Expectations. At this point, we are caught in delusions because we fade back to the past reliving all the past needs that were not met. Or, we project into the future with how our future needs will not be met either. With so much time and energy spent in the past and future, we miss out of all the beauty that is happening right now, in the present moment.
When do your expectations keep you choosing pain instead of pleasure?