In the West, we hold with the physical body with intimacy. Now, this does not mean to hold as in hold on tight. It is holding in the sense of transforming energy through stabilization and for utilization. Think of it as an electrical cord. The body is the structure through which electrical energy moves like a conduit, and provides the transformed energy to turn a fan, or work a toaster, or move the body parts. When our holding and transforming is out of balance, the earth is right there, ready for us to take off our shoes, to lie with our belly on the ground, to connect with her and listen deeply to her guidance. We can also look to the west energies of each of the Worlds to mirror back to us what it will take to come back into balance with our innate ability to hold and transform with intimacy.
Rocks and stones are double holders in the West. They are the muscles and bones of Grandmother Earth. A rock is alive; it talks to you. The Stone People hold the energy in a Medicine Wheel and give their alchemy to you in ceremony. In the purification lodge, the heated stones hold the heat of the fire and then release it inside the lodge. When water is poured over them, they sing their give-away song. This transforms the space and makes it possible for us to purify and heal ourselves
The herbs and shrubs are giver-holders, which sit in the West of the Plant World wheel. Herbs will hold their healing properties until such time as they are to give them. For example, the sage holds its cleansing ability until it is burned, then it can be used to heal negative energies. Notice when cooking how herbs change the taste of food. You can learn to tune into their song and know exactly which herb to take when you need healing.
The crawlers, those whose bellies are closest to Grandmother Earth and who often move through her. They are the receiver-holders who sit in the West of the Animal World wheel. The snake is the closest to the Earth, receiving her energy from the Earth, then giving back to us knowledge of the perfect alchemy of the Earth
We incarnate into the west race of humans with the opportunity to integrate the attributes of the West – learning how to hold and transform energy within our body, to develop mastery, and to experience our body as he sacred temple it truly is.
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The measure and duration of our life force energy as it manifests in this 3rd dimensional, substance reality is defined as Tonal orende. In humans, tonal orende is calculated based on five different aspects: emotional, physical, mental, spiritual, and sexual.
To get an idea of the meaning of tonal orende in practice, consider these reflections:
What, when, why, where, and how often do you need to express your artisticness, originality, and creativity? How often do you need to do ceremony, meditate, do breathing exercises, or engage in alchemy? The key is to look at the degree of happiness you experienced the day before. A high spiritual orende will trigger happiness.
The bringer of thunder, lightning and rain; awakener of the voice of our Hokkshideh (our Higher Self); keeper of memory. The thunderbird is the over-soul of all winged ones and thus is able to communicate with all the winged ones. It teaches mastery of elemental alchemy. The thunderbird is the mythological equivalent to the phoenix, the dragon, the peyote waterbird and is a cousin to the roadrunner.
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About the Red Lodge Longhouse Program
The Red Lodge Longhouse program is a year-long commitment to personal excellence and the impeccability of a Warrior. This program is for students who wish to develop ways of knowing how to connect with Spirit and how to live in harmony with fellow humans and nature. Through alchemy, sacred laws, magick and tools, the student gains freedom and enlightenment within their own path with heart.
The Intent and Focus of this First Year
First Year Red Lodge consists of six weekends and a ceremonial week-long in addition to personal study and opportunities for hands-on experiences and ceremonies. The first year program explores in depth the circular movement of the Wheels and Keys of knowledge of the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path.
At the end of this year, the student will be able to use these Wheels in their life, understand their connection to nature and how to make personal changes for the better. This program helps students to understand their movements through the Wheel of Life, to learn about their energy body, to stalk themselves and win the battle
of being “asleep” in life.
Red Lodge Year One is designed to allow the seeker or student to discover their path with heart and explore the Worlds of Grandmother Earth. It is an introduction to the “Great Work”, the inner journey to heal oneself and find the warrior within.
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MAGICK AND ALCHEMY is the BODY of the Twenty Count. Our bodies are the vehicles for felt knowledge, for validation through experience to the point where we truly know. Magick is the process of aligning with any energy that is present to be able to discern its nature and then by adding our own energy, to direct its movement and expression. Knowledge of the Twenty Count allows us to create change in our reality because it is the very structure of reality.