How to Align with the Food We Eat

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You can make a powerful connection with the worlds of Grandmother Earth through the food you eat in the following way: When you sit down to eat, look at every single plant and meat on your plate and envision it alive in its natural form.  Reflect for a moment about the preciousness, the sweetness, of that food usually taken for granted.  Them very clearly from your heart, say thank-you, and honor the way in which it died in order for you to be nourished.  Declare your intent – to gain the greatest amount of energy and nourishment possible from the food.

When you do this, you receive much more than just calories and vitamins; the plants and animals co-empower you through their give-away.  In this way, you engage in a process of connection and communication that transcends physical substance form.  Do this for one week, and then go back to your old routine and notice the difference in your energy.  This is a step for you towards alignment.  This also applies to people who say grace at a meal.  Usually, this is spoken as a prayer to God or Creator/Creatress for the blessing of the food.  In addition, however, offer your prayer of thanksgiving directly to the plants and animals that feed you.

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

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Animals as Teachers

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Animals are powerful teachers and have much to offer us because they possess natural balance, harmony, and alignment.  They do not have doubt, blame, shame, insecurity, and all the other blocks we experience.  A wolf does not worry because it is not an eagle.  A fox does not experience jealousy because another fox is bigger and has longer, shinier fur.  They don’t yearn to be something else.  The animal simply knows what it is and instinctively knows its purpose.  Animals teach us to accept ourselves for who we are because they are so in alignment with who they are.

One way to align with and communicate with the animal world is to go to your local zoo.  Spend time with an animal that you are attracted to, particularly one of your own totem animals, for they are the key to your own unique naturalness.  Do not stare into their eyes, as that is a signal of aggression or danger; rather, gaze at them indirectly or with soft focus.  Send your energy and your communication softly, with respect and honor.  Ask that animal to receive the energy and send its energy back.  They communicate in images, so see what you get.  Observe the animal in its catness, its deerness, its rabbitness, its crowness, its wolfness.  What makes it what it is?  If the opportunity presents itself, imitate the body movements, mannerisms, and sounds of the animal, just as you did with the trees.  What does it feel like, look like, act like in your own body to be a jaguar, a bear, an eagle?

Over time, you will want to get to know your own personal totem animals.  We encourage you to explore this arena by reading Sun Bear’s book The Medicine Wheel (New York: Prentice Hall, 1986).  His sacred vision, his Earth wisdom, and the love of Grandmother Earth that Sun Bear shared during his life were instrumental in bringing back the sacred Medicine Wheels and reawakening people’s connection with the Earth Mother.

In their natural habitats, animals maintain harmony and balance.  They exhibit alpha/beta behavior and assert their territorial imperative to maintain that balance.  That same behavior is exhibited by humans as well, since we are still two-legged animals, but we don’t create balance and harmony with our alpha/beta behavior.  More often or not, we dominate and try to take control, thus upsetting the balance in the environment.  When we enter the picture, we destroy the whole balance and suffer immeasurably for it.

Read how Reintroducing Wolves into Yellowstone National Park changed the Ecosystem as an example of this harmony and balance.

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Animal World: Mythologicals

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In the Center, we catalyze with our sexual soul force through open heart to heart communication.  Our open hearted sexual communication is what gives us our identity as a human being. This comes through our soul, our life force energy.

The mythical animals, the receiver-transformers, sit in the Center of the Animal World wheel.  The unicorn, the pegasus, the dragon, the thunderbird, and other mythological archetypes transform our myths and our dreams into sources of understanding and power.  The mythological animals sit in this place along with the ancestors because they are stored within our ancestral memory.  We sit as unbalanced two-leggeds in the very Center of this wheel, but if we can grow up and become balanced humans, then we can evolve to our own circle and become “human beings.”

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Be A Tree

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After communicating with the tree, practice being that tree you are talking to.  Move your body and arms, mimicking its limbs and bending in the wind.  Let your body take on the structure and form of the tree.  Don’t let your mind determine what this should look like.  Go inside and listen.  Feel what it feels like to be a tree.  Let its voice, resonating inside you, guide you into the shape of its spirit.  And whatever you do, don’t be inhibited by the thought that someone might be seeing you act like this.  Your actions might intrigue them.  Then you can become their guide.

When you take your leave of the tree, thank it with an offering of tobacco, corn paho, or a strand of your hair.  Practice this, and you will experience a powerful connection, not only to nature, but to every other aspect of your life.  Learning this new language doesn’t require long journeys, expensive equipment, or great amounts of time.  All it takes is practice with an open heart, receptivity, and a strong desire to rediscover the shining of your true nature.

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

Talk to Trees

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Walk out in the woods, or park or even your own backyard.  Connect directly with a tree that has attracted you or pulled you to it.  Put your arms around the trunk of a tree, sit in the tree, connect physically with it in some way.  Offer a prayer and perhaps some tobacco or corn paho (fine cornmeal).  This is a way of saying thank-you and honoring the tree for its gifts and its beauty.  Talk from your heart – maybe say something like this: “I’m new at this.  In fact, I feel awkward talking to you.  I’ve been told that you can communicate with all the worlds, so talk to me and teach me how to hear your voice.”

Then be quiet and listen.  It’s that simple.  If you don’t feel a connection at first, don’t give up.  You have to relearn, remember actually, how to listen as you did as a small child when you were still closely connected to all things in the Great Round of spirit.

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

Connecting with the Plant World

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A little child learns about the world through observation – miming, mimicking, and copying.  In Nature, we are the child, and the plants, animals, minerals, and spirit are the teachers.  Plants, animals, minerals, and spirit always communicate openly – no mind talk, no chatter – resonating in the various chakra centers of our body.  We can learn to hear by feeling their voices inside ourselves.

To start learning this new language, get into Nature away from noise and confusion.  If you can’t do this, a large city park with lots of trees will do.  Take an opportunity to wander in this place.  This is actually a walking meditation.  Don’t decide where to walk.  Quiet your mind; just walk and listen.

Walk as though you are playing a game in which an invisible friend is pulling you gently by a slender silver thread connected to your navel.  Follow it!  After a while, you may feel “drawn” to a particular place or stone without knowing why.  Take the time to send energy to that plant, appreciating its beauty and its give-away.

Be aware of thoughts and insights that come to you that are not your thoughts.  You may suddenly know something, but don’t know how or why you know it.  Just accept it.  Don’t let your mind kick in to question your sensations, feelings or hunches.  If distracting chatter intrudes, just let it pass through you and move back into your inner silence.  Communication will come through your body sensing and your chakras, through your intuition, and through your heart, not through your mind.

You may begin to feel delight and the joy of discovery.  The dictionary definition defines serendipity as an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.  There are no accidents.  Serendipity happens when you open up and let yourself be guided by spirit and by that innate inner connection to all things around you.

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

Strengthening Your Connection to the Mineral World

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A little child learns about the world through observation – miming, mimicking, and copying.  In Nature, we are the child, and the plants, animals, minerals, and spirit are the teachers.  Plants, animals, minerals, and spirit always communicate openly – no mind talk, no chatter – resonating in the various chakra centers of our body.  We can learn to hear by feeling their voices inside ourselves.

To start learning this new language, get into Nature away from noise and confusion.  Take an opportunity to wander in this place.  This is actually a walking meditation.  Don’t decide where to walk.  Quiet your mind; just walk and listen.

Walk as though you are playing a game in which an invisible friend is pulling you gently by a slender silver thread connected to your navel.  After a while, you may feel “drawn” to a particular place or stone without knowing why.  Take the time to send energy to that stone or rock, appreciating its beauty and its give-away.

Lie on your stomach on a large boulder.  Spread your arms and legs out, and focus on your navel.  As you breathe through your navel into the rock, experience the energy flowing between you and the rock.  Be aware of thoughts and insights that come to you that are not your thoughts.  You may suddenly know something, but don’t know how or why you know it.  Just accept it.  How does it make you feel?  Don’t let your mind kick in to question your sensations, feelings or hunches.  If distracting chatter intrudes, just let it pass through you and move back into your inner silence.  Communication will come through your body sensing and your chakras, through your intuition, and through your heart, not through your mind.

You may also want to take a class from someone who is an experienced practitioner in the use of crystals for balancing energy in the body.  Learn how to use crystal energy for your own healing.

Locate a Zen garden in your community to visit.  These gardens are arranged so that there is an instant communication that speaks as a wholeness.  A Zen garden has impact because of the artistry of the arrangement, to be sure, but it also communicates strongly because of the alchemy, because of the consciousness of the essence of the rocks and plants.  This environment stills your brain chatter.  You feel a part of it.  Everything else outside is eclipsed, and the rest of the world falls away.  So, what is it doing to you?  It is actually shifting you into an altered state of awareness and consciousness, letting you feel more connected.  Very often, you may feel a need to goo inward; you will feel your body relax and let go of stress.  The plants and rocks are speaking to you through pure energy-to-energy translation.

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

Mineral World: Metal and Mixed Ores

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In the Center, we catalyze with our sexual soul force through open heart to heart communication.  Our open hearted sexual communication is what gives us our identity as a human being. This comes through our soul, our life force energy.

Metals and mixed ores are the catalyst-transformers in the Center of the Mineral World wheel.  South of Center is copper; West of Center, iron and lead; North of Center, silver, plutonium, and aluminum; East of Center, gold and titanium.  In the Center is brass and uranium.  The Center of all wheels is the catalyst energy.  Consider this.  We take uranium, titanium, plutonium – that is, we take the soul, spirit, and mind of Grandmother Earth – and we threaten to destroy her and her children with nuclear energy and waste.

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Learning to Listen

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The key to developing a greater facility to communicate is to listen, to hear what other worlds are telling us and awaken them inside ourselves.  We possess a direct connection to the other four worlds of Grandmother Earth.  We contain minerals in our body; we are animal in that we are two-leggeds; we are the water and nutrients of the plant carried in our blood; and we come from pure spirit at birth and return to pure spirit at death.

People just haven’t learned how to listen.  We usually speak and listen from our brains, filtering everything from a chorus of our pretender voices and brain chatter.  Furthermore, language – words – as our primary means of communication limits our experiences and separates us, thus contributing to the chatter that prevents us from hearing.

We are like walking radios tuned into only one station.  We must get rid of the static and develop a wide band of receiving and broadcasting stations that are an intrinsic part of our natural self.  To do that we need to know more about the nature of each of the worlds, their essence or give-away, and their role in the matrix of life here on Grandmother Earth.

For the next few weeks, we will be looking at what it means to be a balanced human and how each of the five aspects within each world of Grandmother Earth assists us in attaining this balance so we can become sacred humans.  Stay tuned, like or follow or blog or Facebook page so you don’t miss any one aspect.

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Learning to Communicate

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Where do we go to learn how to communicate better?  Our wisest choice is to go into Nature as an empty cup and let the worlds of the Earth show us a thing or two.

Plants, animals, minerals, and the world of spirit are our most powerful and authentic teachers.  They lead us into deep silences, where they introduce us to and teach us about our true nature – our authentic natural self.  Those of us who accept Nature as our mentor continue to discover unlimited inner treasures.  Get out in Nature, and do your own connecting.  Feel what it’s like; experience it for yourself.  The tragedy of our generation is that so often we settle for information alone.  True knowledge and wisdom come from direct personal experience.  The Internet, as magnificent as it is, is contributing to the massive collection of data and information, and helping us to create the illusion that information and data are knowledge.  This does not develop wisdom, and it cannot replace direct personal experience.

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