Twenty Count Tuesday – Sacred Kachina-hey, Dream Teachers

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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.

7 Arrows – Dark Arrow of Dependency

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When something happens, we choose our response. This choice becomes our action and colors our perception of what continues to happen. Each group of Arrows, whether Dark, Light or Rainbow build on one another.  The second arrow cannot be picked up without first picking up the first arrow.  By the time, we pick up the seventh arrow, the previous six arrows are all at work.

Looking back to the first dark arrow, once our basic reality needs are met and we still claim to NEED something or someone, we opt for pain rather than pleasure, shooting the dark arrow of attachment from our quiver.

Opting for pain rather than pleasure are the choice points that signal a necessary death experience, for example, death of a pattern that is no longer working. These are the emotional shock points necessary for maturation to occur.  Recognizing emotional shock points for what they are, we re-interpret what we claim to need as WANTS.

If we stay at the effect and in reaction, choosing pain over pleasure, the second arrow we pick up within the Circle of Foxes is Dependencies.  Picking up this arrow keeps us from maturing and gets us caught in the adaptive triangle of Persecutor, Victim, Rescuer.

A good example of this is addictions.  In our imbalanced, immature state, we choose long-term pain and create short-term pleasure through using addictive substances, becoming attached to the initial “high” as a NEED.  We know deep inside that we don’t need the addictive substance.  And yet, we still WANT to re-experience the initial state of short-term pleasure again and again, thus creating dependencies on the addictive substances.  Picking up this dark arrow, we become the victim to the substance, whether its food, tobacco, alcohol, drugs, gambling, work, or co-dependent relationships, to name a few.  The substance can also be perceived as the “rescuer,” numbing the emotional pain or stress temporarily.  And ultimately, the substance also becomes our “persecutor”, causing affliction, sickness, disease, and sometimes even death.

Can you think of instances in your life when you initially became attached to a perceived NEED?  Or the moment when you realized this was not actually a NEED, but instead of letting the pattern of pain die, you redefined the NEED into a WANT and kept the pattern of pain going?

Animal Medicine Monday – Lizard

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The Lizard is known as an ancestor speaker and tells us the secrets of the spirit world.  It teaches us how to talk to the little people; faeries, devas, gnomes, manitous.  Lizard carries secrets of sorcerers, teaches divination, precognition and the future.  It is a communicator of past life times.  Be aware because sometimes it lies.

7 Arrows (cont.)

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ChuaTaKaMa means choreography of energy in motion. It is the key to this teaching. ChuaTaKaMa is broken down into three aspects — NEEDS, WANTS and DESIRES.

  1. CHUATA is the moment of choosing long-term pain for the sake of short-term pleasure. This choice is prompted by NEED. We all have certain basic reality needs, without which we truly suffer and need help to experience pleasure and beauty. They are food and water, tools and skills, shelter and clothing, healing and knowledge, free will and orgasticness.

Once these reality needs are met and we still claim to NEED something or someone, we are opting for pain rather than pleasure. These are the choice points that signal a necessary death experience. These are the emotional shock points necessary for maturation to occur.

  1. CHUAKA is the moment of choosing short-term pain for long-term pleasure. Recognizing emotional shock points for what they are, we re-interpret what we claim to need as WANTS. Rather than staying stuck in pain, we let go of the “need” and get ourselves moving out of the patterns of pain into greater self-reliance and pleasure. It is in these moments that we learn that death brings life.
  2. CHUAMA is learning through pleasure without pain. Having reached adequacy in reality needs and accessing life through our wants, ChuaMa leads us to ways that make DESIRES (dreams of beauty) come true. These are experiences of rebirth.

CHUATAKAMA is the proper use of all of our choices within a given resource circle of possibilities. Life is a choice: 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)?  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.

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

Warrior Wednesday – Relaxation and Focus

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In each direction of the Warrior Attributes wheel, there are two attributes.  The first attribute carries the feminine energy and the second carries the masculine energy.  In each pair, you must have the feminine aspect mastered before you can step into and embody the masculine aspect.

The Warrior’s Attributes are Relaxation and Focus in the Northeast. If you have your priorities, decisions, and choices in alignment, then you just relax and take care of business. The key to all proper choreography is to relax. When you relax, you can access the beauty of your design. Focus is where you place your attention. If you are under stress, it is very difficult to focus. Focus your energy with commitment, discipline, and follow-through.

Warrior Wednesday – Intent and Coordination

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In each direction of the Warrior Attributes wheel, there are two attributes.  The first attribute carries the feminine energy and the second carries the masculine energy.  In each pair, you must have the feminine aspect mastered before you can step into and embody the masculine aspect.

The Warrior’s Attributes in the North are Intent and Coordination. Intent is a determination to act in a certain way. We must be very careful when judging someone’s intent. What we call intent for people is many times their motivation of action. The only way we can know a person’s intent is to see the action through the eyes of the Great Spirit. Only the Great Spirit can see the total picture. Coordination is the ability to receive multiple viewing points and be able to work them together harmoniously. Without knowing your intent, you won’t know what you need to coordinate.

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Thundering Thursday

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Always seek perfection through becoming impeccable.  Find the inner truth which leads you into proper alignment with all things within the Everything, allowing you to come into harmonic resonance with the ancestors and the Great Spirit. ~ SwiftDeer

 

Warrior Wednesday

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Everyone’s outer world is a direct reflection of their inner world.  Therefore, if we are in harmony with the worlds of Grandmother Earth, our inner world is harmonious.  And if we are in conflict on the outside, there is sure to be conflict on the inside.  The true battle a Rainbow Warrior fights is the one inside ourselves, the one that keeps us small, in a box, ignorant, stuck in dogmatic thinking, running patterns that no longer serve us, and believing in scarcity (to name just a few).

In the next eight weeks, we will explore eight pairs of Warrior’s Attributes that illustrate the characteristics necessary to fully develop as a Warrior.

During this next week, notice the moments in your life that throw you off balance or where you feel out of control.  Stop, take a breath, and identify what is going on in your inner world.  Where are you emotionally?  What are you feeling physically?  What thoughts just crossed your mind?  Are you connected to the present moment, to your Higher Self, to Spirit? Or are you disconnected?  Are you losing energy, depleting your life force? Or are you gaining energy?