Warrior Wednesday – Speed and Self-Growth

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In each direction of the Warrior Attributes wheel, there are two attributes.  The first attribute carries the feminine energy and the second carries the masculine energy.  In each pair, you must have the feminine aspect mastered before you can step into and embody the masculine aspect.

In the East, the Warrior’s Attributes are Speed and Self-Growth. Speed refers to our way of learning. Do you learn slowly and with caution, at medium speed with full purpose and meaning, or fast, making changes on a regular basis? Self-growth is the determination of our spirit to actualize more of our potential, more of who we are truly meant to be. By continually developing and growing, you will gain whatever speed is necessary to move along your path with heart. How fast are you acquiring the five huaquas of health, hope, harmony, happiness and humor?

Twenty Count Tuesday – Sacred Measure of Intellect

treecircle_1280It seems as though the Circle is complete, but then we really begin to awaken. We feel drawn, pulled by a spinning, whirling sensation. It is as if the winds of a tornado were blowing us towards the North of the Center of this Great Wheel, this Great Orchestra. The Power is elusive, the sound is on a very high scale and comes from the tenth Power. It is on such a high scale that the light-within-the-sound seems beyond our ability to perceive. The sound-within-the-light seems to be ringing inside our head, inside our own mind. For a brief moment as we are singing our Song, playing our Music, dancing our Dance, we fall into perfect rhythm and harmony. In this moment, we realize that this tenth Power is the Great Measure, the Great Intellect that lies within ourselves. It lies within every Note, Song, Sound, Light, Presence and Power within this Great Orchestra.

We are conscious of it and yet unconscious of it. We seem to be a part of it and yet not a part of it. We struggle to remain in harmony and not lose it, for we know, intuitively, that it is here that all of the Energies, all of the Instruments, Sounds and Songs are collected. They are blended together in a Collective and Unified Circle.

Now we dance at a Gateway. We see, hear, sense and feel the experience of this great SunDance. We realize that if we can dance through this Gateway, an even greater Song is being played. This Song is coming from within the Circle and from outside the Circle at one and the same time. There is a “double energy” that is coming from each of these Powers on the Wheel of Life.

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Twenty Count Tuesday – Sacred Movement or Design of Choreography

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We are playing and dancing almost in perfect harmony, but we are a bit off in our rhythm. We know this because we hear the Sound and feel the Percussion. We turn to look at this great Power. We see that it is Pure Energy that is bringing this Song. It is Movement itself. It is the ninth Power that is dancing and flowing with the rhythm of all the other sounds. Catching it, tuning to it, is aligning to the Great Choreography. We see and know that this is Movement.  Change happens here. We begin to perceive that maybe the Song is written here, designed from this place. This Song sings to us from the Northeast section of the Great Orchestra.

Music is the Heart…

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MUSIC is the HEART of the Twenty Count. As you read the Story of the Everything Orchestra, you will hear the Song of the Universe. Each power has its own song. The integrity of each allows for endless combinations of both melody and harmony.

Children of Grandmother Earth, The Human World

circle_1280Each of the worlds have a wheel of their own.  Each of the directions dance with the Human World in different ways.

In the South are the red humans.  These are the peoples who are most closely aligned with the heart, the fluidity of emotions. They teach us the way of one-heartedness, having a heart connection to all forms of Life in a beauty way. It is to these sisters and brothers that we owe these Sweet Medicine SunDance teachings.

In the West are the black humans. These brothers and sisters teach us about physical mastery and power, the body’s agility, rhythm, strength, and endurance.

In the North are the white humans, the people of the mind, of modern technology who have greatly advanced the evolution of civilization. However, they have significantly forgotten to do so in balance and harmony.

In the East are the yellow humans. These sisters and brothers teach us about the spirit.

In the Center are the Métis rainbow humans. These are all those who realize that no matter what color the skin, no matter what race or cultural heritage, we all have red blood, black pupils in our eyes, white bones, and yellow marrow in our bones. They teach us the ways of the Five Huaquas: health, happiness, humor, hope, and harmony. These are the gifts of being truly human. In order for us as humans to achieve these qualities of human-ness

We must:

  • GIVE WITH TENDERNESS – having as our intent to gather together in our heart space
  • HOLD & TRANSFORM WITH INTIMACY – by caring for one another in our physical bodies
  • RECEIVE WITH CARING – by teaching one another within respect and honor
  • DETERMINE WITH PASSION AND LUST – by sharing with one another our fire, our inspiration
  • CATALYZE WITH OPEN HEART-TO-HEART COMMUNICATION – by being intimate with one another

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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Four Elements ~ Earth

The Four Elements are the building blocks of all Creation on Grandmother Earth, and therefore, stabilize our world.

Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 4.01.19 PMEarth is the element that sits in the west.  Earth energies work with stability and endurance. Think of the many different ways that the earth element appears on this planet: the small portions of earth used in your planter, or the tremendous amounts of earth moved to prepare the foundation for a building, or a tall rugged mountain. Feel the stability that comes when you think of the earth element.

Earth is reflected inside us through our physical bodies.  Is your measure of self-care high enough to create the stability and endurance of your physical body that you desire?

Contemplate the many forms in which you experience this element on the planet and you will have a knowing of West energies.

To begin to discover the interconnections of wheels and directions, overlay the wheel of elements with the seasons or the corresponding colors that vibrate with these directions.  The directional colors are as follows: the South is known by the color red, the West by the color black, the North by the color white, the East by the color yellow, and the Center by the color purple.

Four Elements ~ The Void

Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 11.54.05 AMIn the Center of the Element Wheel is the void, the black hole or womb. The void works with all of the four elements. In fact, it is from the void, the apparent nothing, the source, that all things take on substance within spirit. This is the Chuluaqui Quodoushka energy that was mentioned in the creation story. The void works with the energy of open heart to heart communication. It is the catalyst energy that makes and keeps the other elements in a state of balance or imbalance depending on how it is used.

Ask yourself… Am I catalyzing my life in balance?

Connect with the Void energy if there is a dream you would like to birth, a potential you would like to actualize, or to bring more harmony and balance into your life!

A Journey of Discovery

Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 9.23.50 PMEach time we explore the world in which we live, we are taken through a journey of discovery. At times, we will see the overall picture identified simply as the four directions of a wheel. Then we will look through a microscope, as it were, and see the composition of the basic elements of all substance. Zooming outward, we will see their reflection in the seasons. Looking around in creation, we notice its many forms and we can identify the four worlds. And then we will look within again and recognize that those initial elements and four aspects or types of energy connect us to these four worlds. They are our teachers of energy, of being alive in balance and harmony with all that is. In the Sweet Medicine SunDance way, the “power” of anything is its essence, how it gives away or touches others and all of life with beauty.

This is information which, of course, can be told and memorized. Yet, when we explore our world through the eyes of a curious child, we open ourselves to the experience of discovery and recognition.

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How Wheels and Keys Work

Screen Shot 2016-08-30 at 12.09.14 PMYou are about to embark on a journey into the world of Wheels and Keys. If you are a linear thinker, you will need to adjust your thinking process and engage in the creative venture of circular thinking.  Wheels are a way to record and encode knowledge that is multi-layered and comprehensive. They are cognitive maps, tools that enhance understanding.  When we apply the Wheels and Keys in our own personal growth and change work, they are like weapons to conquer the enemy within.  Some of them are like roadmaps explaining how to best maneuver through your everyday reality.  Some of them are blueprints outlining the greater picture of our spiritual reality.  Knowledge contained within the Wheels are Keys to enlightenment.

You will be exposed to new languaging and concepts. Familiar words will take on new meanings. New words are created to illuminate assumptions and mysteries. Some of the ancient magickal words when translated into English would take a sentence or paragraph to describe. They are written as they sound and spelled to contain the original magick within their letters.

The journey into the world of Wheels and Keys is fueled by legend. The knowledge they contain has been tested for validity and so we say that it has been so “since always”.  Brought to us through the Twisted Hairs, the Sweet Medicine SunDance Teachings are part of an oral tradition that contains the legends of the very beginning of time. You are not asked to believe these legends. You are simply invited to allow the stories to touch your heart, inspire your spirit and let your mind and body test them for yourself to see if the knowledge they contain works for you in your life.

Screen Shot 2016-08-30 at 12.11.31 PMThe concept of the LAW OF ALL ENERGY IN MOVEMENT will challenge you. Do not try to figure it out! Let it be a Key that spins your mind into new places and new ways of understanding.

You are invited to study and learn these Wheels and Keys, work with them and apply them in as many contexts as you can until they begin to dance with you. These Wheels and Keys are alive and will breathe through you, awakening your memory of what it is to walk on this Earth in balance and harmony.

Rainbow Humans & The Five Huaquas for Life

Of the Human World, the Rainbow Humans teach us the ways of the Five Huaquas: health happiness, humor, hope and harmony.

These are the gifts of being truly human. In order for us as humans to achieve these qualities of humanity, we must:

Give with tenderness

(having as our intent to gather together in our heart space)

Hold & Transform with Intimacy

(by caring for one another in our physical bodies)

Receive with Caring

(by teaching one another within respect and honor that everything is born of the feminine and do nothing to harm the children)

Determine with Passion & Lust

(by sharing with one another our fire, our inspiration)

Catalyze with Open Heart-to-heart Communication

(by experiencing intimacy with one another)

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