Wherever we have four directions on a wheel, we also have five. So, with the four Worlds is the fifth World: In the center of all Worlds is the World of Spirit, the catalyzer of all energy. All forms of life have “spirit” (manitou): they have life force energy, which we call the catalyst, pulsing through their form.
The ancestor spirits sit in the Center of the worlds, for it is the journey from spirit into substance and substance into spirit that makes transformation and evolution possible. We are the culmination of all the potential of all our ancestors, and we owe them honor and respect. We have the opportunity and the obligation to develop our excellence to actualize the potential of our ancestry and carry the Beauty and power of that legacy on to the next seven generations.
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“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” ~ Bruce Lee
The powers of the Twenty Count are the MAT spaces that empower us to become greater than the spaces we fill in order to have excellence. For there to be evolutionary growth, we must not only fill and become the space; our soul yearns to expand that space to make it greater. This is our refinement of character, our Great Shamanic Work.
You can read more about the Great SunDance Journey of the Soul in the Song of the Deer by Thunder Strikes with Jan Orsi.
Conflict energy sits in the Northwest. This energy works with dualities such as good versus evil and right versus wrong. Conflict energy is set up by the rules created by a society to get a consensus of boundaries of conformity. These boundaries, the do’s and don’ts, rights and wrongs, formulate and contain conflict.
Within conflict, one finds the illusion of freedom. If I am caught in “I’m right and you are wrong,” I am under the illusion that I am free because I need not consider your views as valid. When we use conflict in the dark, we approach it as an obstacle and it breeds victims and defeat.
However, conflict isn’t a negative thing in itself. How conflict is perceived determines whether it is seen as a challenge or an obstacle. We need conflict in order to grow. If there was no conflict, we would be bored. Seeing conflict as necessary for growth, and therefore as a challenge, breeds excellence and evolution. In nature, we see conflict behavior as a challenge wherever predator and prey behavior is exhibited. Within that natural hierarchy, predators only hit on weak or sick prey. Alpha/beta behavior is an example of conflict that is necessary for the survival of a species.
Competition sits in the Southeast. Innate within competition is motivation. It is competition that motivates us to strive for excellence. A common first level understanding of competition is that you are in the light when you compete with yourself. When you compete against others, you are in the dark. However, you can engage in both of these in the light or in the dark. To see how, let’s deepen this teaching.
When you choose the energy of competition with yourself, you may be working with win-lose energy, which can carry dark energy. For example, if you are competing against yourself and you get into perfectionism, have a fear of success or failure, or you lack self-acceptance, you become your own worst enemy. However, if you are stretching for your own inner excellence and using competition energy to make the next jumps, you are working with this energy in the light. Therefore, it becomes a win-win.
A clue to help you discern whether you are in the dark or light is in your response to the question: “How well can I take a compliment without an excuse, an appearance of humility or denial?” The degree to which you can simply let the compliment in is the degree to which you are in competition for your own inner excellence. When you deny a compliment, you are in negative competition with self. To change negative competition, accept how well you did something, and acknowledge that next time you can and will do better. Each time you do the best possible, know it can only get easier.
When you are in negative competition against others, you want to win at all cost, putting others down in order to show how great you are. Your intent is to beat another. If you are in positive competition with another, it is a win-win situation. Remember, you can’t win without a worthy opponent. Therefore, compete as friends. SwiftDeer says choose excellence if you want the test of a worthy opponent.
Your intent is very important. There are times when using what looks like “negative” competition is really positive. For example, if you are in street combat or a life/death situation, don’t try to teach love/light competition energy. Go against your foe and use your competitive edge to save your life.
In the North of Center are the Super Stars. This is the place of Imagination. This is the “magi envisioning a circle of power.” They demand excellence because they embody excellence. These characters are unusual and you will notice their spontaneity. They risk not being liked because they understand they can’t do anything about people’s perception of them. Regardless of their impeccability, they know that others will respond in one of five ways: like, dislike, hate, love or neutrality. They have stopped living their life based on how others will perceive them and are willing to look at themselves and recognize the distortions. They get what they want.
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