Learning to Communicate

worlds of Earth

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

Living within Sacred Law

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The Children’s fire is the inviolable spirit of a person, thing, or a people within Sacred Law, or the Laws of Creation.  Traditionally, among Earth peoples, a society was a group of people that met within the children’s fire of Sacred Law.  They honored the sacred fire and the spirit of the people, and while they might employ civil, social, religious, or cultural laws, they understood that these laws must necessarily be in harmony and alignment with Sacred Law.  Sadly, we have created laws that corrupt the balance of Nature because we have stepped away from the harmony of a society, a group of people who live within Sacred Law.

To learn more, check out the Song of the Deer by Thunder Strikes with Jan Orsi or The Thirty Sacred Laws by Claudia van Corva.



Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift.

~ Albert Einstein ~

Einstein also said, “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”  Do you have joy in the search, in looking, in comprehending?  What catches your attention?  Or makes your heart sing with pleasure?

What are you passionately curious about?

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


The Call Goes Out: 144,000 Rainbow Warriors Needed

If you are reading these posts, you have heard the call and are a seeker of some way to become self-reliant and self-actualized. You have embarked on the Great Vision Quest of Life. The teachings of the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path are presented to assist you in becoming a Rainbow Warrior. They teach you how to align with Nature and how not to be at the effect of anyone, anything, anywhere, at any time and in any way. They are an invitation to learn how to be at cause in the center of your own circle, awake, aware and alert to all that is around you. In this way, you will be able to make decisions that count. From this place, you will be able to choose how to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem we have created on this planet.

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AZ Red Lodge Longhouse Ceremonial Week

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Come to the high dessert this Fall and reconnect with Spirit through vision quest and purification ceremonies for the seeker in YOU!  This week is rich in opportunities to stretch and grow, as well as space for personal reflection.

Get out of the city and come back to nature!

September 19 – 25, 2016
NE Arizona

Email debra@azredlodge.com to register or for more information

Jaguar Takes On Crocodile

We can learn so much from the animal world! This is a beautiful example of Sweet Medicine (in other words animals!) demonstrating for us the Warrior’s Attributes of the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path.

Do you see the innate balance and control, space and distance, power and strength, pattern and timing, intent and coordination, relaxation and focus, self-growth and speed, attitude and approach in this jaguar? Take a look!

Jaguar Crocodile image

Watch Jaguar Takes On Crocodile VIdeo

Earth Lodge Germany: August 5-11

What is Earth Lodge?

Earth Lodge is a gathering for people of all ages, a time and place where we come together to reconnect with nature, to celebrate Rites of Passage in the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path tradition, and to develop our abilities to let go of pain and self-pity and to meet our true selves.  Earth Lodge is a community, a celebration, a ceremony. This will be the 24th year for Earth Lodge in Germany.

Das Leben ändert sich – wir ändern uns – welche Werkzeuge haben wir, um mit diesen Veränderungen umzugehen? Wie können wir einzelne Situationen unseres Lebens nicht zu ernst nehmen? Wie können wir freudvoll mit der Veränderung tanzen, ohne unsere Energie zu verlieren? Die Earthlodge bietet funktionierendes Wissen an, wie wir Separation verhindern, wie wir uns mit Spirit wieder verbinden und ein gutes Leben entfalten können.

Is Earth Lodge in a big hotel?

Well, no. Earth Lodge is out in nature.  Earth Lodge Germany has several large tents for meetings and community gatherings, and provides simple and environmentally sound facilities and meals.  Those who come to Earth Lodge camp in their own tents.  To reconnect with nature, it helps to be close to her!

What about kids? Is Earth Lodge child-friendly?

Yes!  Earth Lodge has a strong Teen Lodge and Children’s Lodge, and facilitates Rites of Passage for those age groups as well as for adults.

Is Germany the only place with an Earth Lodge?

No – there’s also an Earth Lodge in Italy, which runs August 16-21. Earth Lodge Italy is in its 19th year.

La nostra vita è all’insegna del cambiamento. Il cambiamento è parte dei cicli naturali di cui facciamo parte.

Esistono momenti precisi in cui ognuno di noi sperimenta trasformazioni fisiche e della coscienza. Questi momenti li chiamiamo Riti di Passaggio, un viaggio negli inevitabili cambiamenti della vita. Riconoscere e accettare questi momenti significa predisporsi a vivere la propria esistenza creativamente, in connessione profonda con sé stessi, gli altri e con l’eternità.

Visit the Earth Lodge Germany site, or the Earth Lodge Italy site.

Red Lodge Arizona – Ceremony in August

The time for the Arizona Red Lodge Longhouse’s intensive week of ceremony is fast approaching.  By early next week, Red Lodge participants will be out among the cactus, rocks, and lizards, working with the gateway ceremonies of the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path.

Red Lodge Longhouse

Red Lodge Longhouse

Why does the Red Lodge program feature an entire week of ceremony?  Ceremonies play a critical part in our integration process.  They give us more access to our spiritual aspect, and help us to bring what we know in our spiritual aspect into our daily lives, as well as facilitating us bringing our learnings from our daily lives into our spirit.  Ceremonies facilitate the process of taking the Red Lodge teachings from information on paper into knowledge that we own and can use in our work, play, relationships.

Ceremonies in nature also give us the opportunity to align with the natural world, to rebalance ourselves.

Ceremonial week is an integral part of the Red Lodge Longhouse program in all of its locations.  For more information about each, see:

For more information about DTMMS and the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path, visit the DTMMS web site.