Collective Dream of Grandmother Earth

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In the Center of the Dream Type wheel is the Collective Dream of Grandmother Earth. It is the memory of dreaming. This is the dream of all humans walking as balanced fives—that is, in total alignment, balance, and harmony with the Self, the five Worlds of Grandmother Earth and the 20 Powers.

7 Arrows – Rainbow Arrow of Gaining Wisdom, Alignment, Balance & Harmonic Resonance

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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.

 

7 Arrows – Rainbow Arrow of Introspection

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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.

Animal Medicine Monday – Turtle

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Turtle, the clan animal of the West, is the sigil of Grandmother Earth and teaches the sacredness of the Earth Lodge (including our bodies).  The turtle is the protector of the lodges of women, keeping both our home and womb sacred.  This clan animal is the keeper of the teachings of shields and carrier of teachings of humanity.  The turtle also brings alignment with the mineral world, especially that of the crystals.

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Winter Solstice (or Summer Solstice down under)

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Soltices and equinoxes sit in the center of the season wheel, catalyzing the cycles of death, life, rebirth, change, and movement.  Grandmother Earth’s internal, introspective movement moves counterclockwise to produce the seasons of fertility and abundance of all forms of all things.  Take a moment to breathe the energy of this solstice deep into every cell of your being, allowing the death of the that which no longer serves you, so that there is room for the seeds of new life to sprout and flower.

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Red Lodge Longhouse

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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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Click the links below…

Red Lodge Italy – it’s not too late to register for the 2016-17 program!
Email us!  Or call Arnaldo at 0039 335 7278108 (English speaking),
Claudia at 0039 328 4693058 (Italian speaking)

Arizona and Calgary programs start in January and are enrolling now.
Arizona Red Lodge
email us or call 602-799-8564 to register!
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Red Lodge Australia begins in March 2017.  Be one of the first to enroll!
As you are anxiously waiting for March, check out some of their other events.
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Twenty Count Tuesday – Grandmother Earth

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Across from Grandfather Sun, in the West, is his mate, the second Power, Grandmother Earth. She sings the Song of Introspection and Intuition and the Chants of the Mysteries of Death, Life, Rebirth and Movement. Hers is the Song of the Beauty of Change.

Did you know that Earth…

  • is the only planet not to be named after a Greek or Roman deity?
  • is the only known planet to support life?
  • has a powerful magnetic field due to its nickel-iron core?
  • is the densest planet in our solar system?
  • Tilts approximately 66 degrees?

Or that

  • 70% of Earth’s surface is covered by water? And only 1% of this water is fresh water found in lakes, rivers and underground?
  • the gravity between the Earth and the Moon cause the tides?
  • Earth’s rotation is gradually slowing, 17 milliseconds per 100 years? (Not to worry… At this rate, it will take 140 million years before our day will increase from 24 hours to 25.)

What does the Earth teach you about Introspection and Intuition?

What is YOUR body knowing of the Earth and how does this energy dance with YOU?

I invite you to share your experience and relationship to this second Power of the Universe.

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Four Changing Times of Humans

universe_1280In the last post, we looked at the changing times of Grandmother Earth.  We as humans have four times of change as well. However, they are a little different. You will notice that midday and midnight is where we have switched the East and West with Grandmother Earth’s movement. Due to society’s scheduling, most humans lose alignment with their inner change time. At midday, we need to go inward and rest our body lodge, here most people are working. At midnight during our fire time most people are sleeping. The strongest time for humans to do ceremony is between midnight and sunrise! It is naturally their active fire time.

For Humans
South: Sunrise
This is also our exhalation, our breathing out time.
It is when we most connect with our own inner water element, our fluidity of self and emotion. Coming from our fire time, we use the inner waters to cool the fire.

West: Midday
Here we as humans are in the burning heat and fire on Grandmother Earth.
We must put our earth body lodge to rest. Many cultures, in Mexico, Europe and elsewhere, align with this energy shift by closing their shops and other business activities between 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. and enjoy leisure and siesta or rest period.

North: Sunset
Here the mind gets calm.
This is a magick time where we have more of our inner gifts available to us.
This is especially true if we are in alignment with Grandmother’s cycle.
Usually at this time we are rushing home from work or fixing dinner, not aligning with calm energy.

East: Midnight
When much of Grandmother Earth is introspective and calm, it is our time to embrace the fire element within. This is when our active energy is the highest, for our inner fire is going full blast.

It is a good time to do sorcery and magick, a time to source the force of creation, and learn controlled dreaming.
Those who work a night shift have tapped into this energy. However, due to work scheduling, most people are asleep at this time. They make this their quiet time when in fact it is potentially their most powerfully creative time. This puts people out of alignment.

To embody this teaching, first sit with Grandmother Earth at each of her four changing times. Experience the four different movements from this new knowing. Use all your senses to taste, touch, smell, hear and see how she changes. Next observe your own four changes in the same way. Find the places in your life where you can have greater alignment with your changes as a human and with the changes of Grandmother Earth.

As we begin to learn more about the many elements of nature and different aspects of ourselves, we have an opportunity to deepen our alignment with Grandmother Earth.

Four Changing Times of Grandmother Earth

As we begin to learn more about the many elements of nature and different aspects of ourselves, we have an opportunity to deepen our alignment with Grandmother Earth.

sunrise-river_1280Grandmother Earth’s Cycles

South: Sunrise
The earth is in a phase of exhalation, breathing out.
This is the act of “catching of the spirit.”
Grandmother Earth is exhaling and being in the water and fluidity of self.

East: Midday
Here is the time of recuperation for Grandmother Earth.
Everything shifts and it is a “resting of the spirit.”
It is the time of day when the plant growth slows down, for they rest within the heat of the day.

North: Sunset
This is when Grandmother Earth begins her inhale.
You will oftentimes notice that the wind will blow stronger.
This is known as “seating the spirit.”

West: Midnight
This is when Grandmother Earth rejuvenates. She is healing herself.
It is in the moonlight that plants make their greatest amount of growth.
It is called the “calming of the spirit.”

“The sun teaches to all things that grow their longing for light,
But it is night that raises them to the stars.”  ~Kahlil Gibran

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Children of Grandmother Earth

In the totality of Grandmother Earth there are four categories or Worldsas we call them. They correspond to the four directions. In our tradition, we often speak of these worlds as “children” or “people.” Though different in nature from humans, we relate to them with equal respect and honor.  As varying forms of life, we are all children of Grandmother Earth, all manifestations of the creation of all substance form. Each of the Worlds carries and manifests energy within its own unique expression.

apple-tree_1280The Plant World sits in the south and are the Givers of Energy.  the Plants as the givers of energy. What it means for the plants to be givers is that their gift, their essence of being-ness as a plant is to give. They give nourishment, shelter, beauty, inspiration and most importantly through the photosynthesis, the oxygen we breath, our breath of life. Plants teach unconditional giving. You don’t find a plant trying to decide who it will give air to today according to its likes or dislikes.  Through its being-ness, it simply gives.

coal_1280In the West is the Mineral World, who are the Holders of energy. The saying goes, that “within one grain of sand lies the entire Universe.” It is from the Mineral World that plants are born, so we might say that what is “held” is the potential for life. The Mineral World teaches us that substance is primarily a container, a vessel for spirit. The Mineral World is thus like our physical body.

meerkat_1280Sitting in the North are the Animals as the receivers of energy.  Their gift is teaching us how to receive. Knowing how animals are receivers is probably most easily understood by those of you who have pets. You will recall the times when you were sick or just “blue” and your pet came to curl up beside you and “made you feel better.” Animals will take on the energy of their human companion. Often people will say the pet looks like or acts like their caretaker.

The fourth World consists of Humans as the determiners of energy. Among all the creatures, it is only the humans who were created with free will, an agency of choice and self-determination. It is also only the humans who have the genitalia for experiencing full body orgasm at will. These two features distinguish us from the other Worlds. We determine our own reality and with this comes authority, responsibility, and power. It is our choice whether we exercise these in beauty and re-creation or in pain and destruction.

Remember we said wherever you have four, you 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.
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