Book-learning is all well and good, but until we know it in our body as a practice, it does not become knowledge and eventually wisdom.
We have been focused on the 7 Arrows for the last few weeks. Here’s a way you can bring your feeling and experiences of each of the arrows into substance and form.
Buy or find wood dowels, shish kebab skewars, sticks, or whatever material calls to you. The arrows in the picture above are 1/4″ wood dowels cut into 12″ lengths with one end sanded down for the point of the arrow. Paint and decorate one arrow as the embodiment of each dark, light, and rainbow arrow. You can always paint more dark arrows if you actually want to break them each time you consciously pick up a light arrow.
As you do this, think, feel, sense the times you pick up the particular arrow you are working on in the moment. You’ll be surprised at the colors and items you add as the representations of each energy.
The set of arrows here show the 7 Dark Arrows at the top, the 7 Light Arrows in the middle and the 7 Rainbow Arrows at the bottom. It’s also interesting to lay all of the 1st arrows (dark, light, rainbow), 2nd arrows, 3rd arrows and so on next to one another.
We’d love to see pictures and hear about the insights you learned in bringing this teaching to life.
Like the light and dark arrows, the Rainbow Arrows build on one another. Here at the 7th Rainbow Arrow, we have made the choice to pick up the light arrows of self-awareness, self-appreciation, self-acceptance, self-pleasure, self-love, self-actualization, and impeccability. In doing this, the dark arrows of attachments, dependencies, judgments, comparisons, expectations, the needy child syndrome, and ego self-importance have been broken. The Rainbow Arrows that are now in our quiver are the gaining of Illumination, Introspection, Trust & Innocence, Wisdom, Alignment, Balance, harmonic Resonance, and Full & Open Heart-to-Heart Communication.
The Gain of Abundance and Prosperity in our Personal Dream, our day to day life, is gifted to us as the 7th Rainbow Arrow. We have the energy and drive to open to our Sacred Dream, our desire for enlightenment. We give our beauty and shining to the Collective Planetary Dream, and the Collective begins to feed your Personal Dream.
Your Dream is Awake!
By choosing the 6th light arrow of self-actualization, we are able to break the needy child syndrome dark arrow. Choosing pleasure, having fun, doing what we enjoy, and being successful provides us with a concept of self-respect. We discern and put energy into desires and actions, behaviors and thoughts that bring us pleasure, knowledge, and moments that transcend time. We feel, sense and know our interconnectedness to all of life.
All life consists and emanates Chuluaqui-Quodoushka energy, the perfect balance of female-male energy, the inhalation and exhalation. Through the use of this energy in our everyday life, we gain Total and Full Balance of Energy. Our spiritual-sexual eros, that is our desire to live, expresses itself.
The Rainbow Arrow of Gaining Full and Open Heart-to-Heart Communication is gifted to us when we persistently select the Light Arrow of Self-Love. Self-Love helps us to embody self-confidence, where we understand that we may receive any one of the five perceptions (love, like, neutrality, dislike, or hate) with any action we make. With self-confidence, we look to meet our own desires in the present moment, as opposed to being caught in the delusions of needs not met by others in the past or the future.
Aligning with all forms of all things, all that breathes calls to us to wake up to who we truly are in our true nature spirit personality. Our healing energy of self, our “being-ness” touches our self, life, and others. Understanding that all matter is us allows us to communicate with Spirit.
If you remember, the 4th dark arrow is Comparisons, the place where our group identity becomes our support system that verifies and validates our judgments and separation. It feels like we judge and separate from “them”, those who do not believe in the same way, or have the same values, and are not like us. But truly, this dark arrow is picked up because we judge and separate from our self, then others and life.
When we pick up the 4th light arrow, we say YES to loving our self for the sheer pleasure of doing so. Our hearts open and we connect to self, life, others, and Spirit. The gift from the Universe is the 4th Rainbow Arrow where we gain wisdom, alignment, balance and harmonic resonance through the alignment with all forms of all things. Logic, knowledge and wisdom can only be received by a flexible, open free-thinking mind whose intent is to be in balance and harmony with all the Worlds of Grandmother Earth.
Self-acceptance, the 3rd Light Arrow, supports us in connecting to our self-worth and value, which then breaks the strong separation the 3rd dark arrow of judgments causes. Through the Give-Away of our beauty to self, life and others without qualifications, we gain Trust and Innocence.
Trust is knowing there is an absolute interconnection and interreliability between one form of one thing and all forms of all things. Trust us also knowing there is something greater than we are or that we know. Innocence is being within the center of your own essence, standing in the center of our own circle of power, and simply being who we are fully alive in our senses. Trust and Innocence are the bottom two points of a triangle that has Perfection (walking your talk) at its apex.
By consistently picking up the second Light Arrow of Self-Appreciation, we break the 2nd dark arrow of dependencies. We then gain the 2nd Rainbow Arrow of Introspection, which is the place of “going within” and listening to our body knowing. It is the place of death, change and movement.
It is also through our proper alignment with the four worlds of Grandmother Earth that we gain this Rainbow Arrow. Introspection makes us aware of Grandmother Earth, the second Power of the Universe, and we feel the earth under our body. From the depth of introspection and intuition, we know that we are in relationship with all forms of life. Earth is our substance. We experience the inter-connectednes, inter-reliability, and inter-dependence with all the worlds of Grandmother Earth.
When we pick up the first light arrow of Self-Awareness, the dark arrow of attachments is broken. Becoming self-aware destroys ignorance. And our developing concept of self helps us to discern what is a true reality need and what is not.
By choosing self-awareness from our quiver, the gift of the 1st Rainbow Arrow is Illumination. Grandfather Sun, the first power of the Twenty Count, shines down on us and we feel the warmth and light of his rays throughout our whole being. We accept the Light as the source of our knowledge, illumination and enlightenment. We lighten up with the smile of the sun’s rays. Light is our focus.
When we allow our spirits to expand, when we soar with the eagle, we can catch those insights which illuminate our life. When we compound the illuminations, we can achieve enlightenment.
Life is a CHOICE. 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 as a gift from the Universe. A perfect balance of the female and male energies in the light brings to us the Rainbow Arrows of illumination and enlightenment; introspection and intuition; trust, innocence and perfection; balanced alignment with wisdom; open heart to heart communication; impeccability as one’s self-worth and the actualization of our Sacred Dream.
Imagine what your life would be like with self-awareness, self-appreciation, self-acceptance, self-pleasure, self-love, and self-actualization? With these six light arrows in place, picking up the 7th Light Arrow of Impeccability provides us with a concept of self-realization.
Selecting this arrow breaks the 7th dark arrow of Ego Self-Importance, that place where our buttons are pushed by the tyrants of life and we are caught in self-destructive patterns.
Picking up Impeccability takes us to the place inside ourselves where we know Warrior’s Freedom. Here, we are never at the effect of anyone or anything, anywhere, anytime, in any way. We choose to not take ourselves or life too seriously. And we always follow the Maximum Efficiency with Minimum Effort law, which “simply put, this Law teaches us that we have choice and that our energy resource intake/expenditure dance can be choreographed by us in such a way that we are able to live a relaxed and focused life with enough fuel to do everything we need/want/desire to do!” (p. 5, The Thirty Sacred Laws, The Teachings of the Twisted Hairs Elders of Turtle Island, Volume II, Part I, The Universal and Cosmic Laws by Claudia Barner, PhD).
The 7 Light Arrows center us in our Dharma Circle, creating productive, pro-creative patterns so we can be At Cause.
Next we will explore the 7 Rainbow Arrows that are the basis for our Transformation Circle and the co-empowerment of self, life and others.