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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Warrior Wednesday – Power and Strength

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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.

The Warrior’s Attributes in the West are Power and Strength. Power is your ability to will something when you don’t have strength. Through the use of your will, you can access and utilize all of your resources. Strength is how much physical force you can demonstrate when lifting, running, or performing any exercises without experiencing a loss of orende (chi, ki, Prana, life force energy). It is the endurance factor of expended energy over time. Power and strength together create consistency and continuity in being at cause. The ability to choose the physical activities you want means you have good health.

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Inspiration

“The “power” of anything is its
essence and how it gives away and
touches others with beauty.

We gain clarity of who we truly are
in the wheel of life
through the reflection of the
powers of the directions.”

~ SwiftDeer

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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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The Warrior’s Path

The Sweet Medicine SunDance (SMSD) Path is considered a Warrior’s Path. Its primary focus is to foster individuality, autonomy and freedom for all people. This requires the dedication of a warrior’s commitment to personal excellence and collective change. The SMSD Path is one of many spiritual paths and disciplines that share this intent and focus.

Historically, part of following the Warrior’s Path involves setting out on the “Warrior’s Errantry” Vision Quest. It is accomplished through Warrior Task Assignments within each of the five aspects of the human (emotional, mental, physical, spiritual, sexual).  This also necessitates proper alignment with the four elements (water, air, earth, fire) and the four sacred worlds (mineral, plant, animal, human).

This process involves taking the Warrior far from the comfortable, familiar environment she/he is used to and exposing her/him to experiences that demand resourcefulness and ingenuity in order to find and establish the proper weapons/tools of survival.

Ironically enough, submitting oneself intentionally to the potential of frustration and stress is the essence of growth in the Warrior’s Way of Enlightenment. Because the wandering Warrior must face new, strange and sometimes startling differences in daily living, all comfortable habits and ruts must be given up for more appropriate behavior to meet the new circumstances.  The Warrior Task Assignments force the apprentice to look at new ways of approaching life and provide new weapons and tasks for attaining success.

It is the shedding of all our barriers and reservations and diving into the total potential of knowledge and POWER that is the Warrior’s goal during this quest. It is a time for letting go of constricting beliefs to gain FREEDOM. The Warrior’s Way is exactly what the name implies; a way of directing the days of our life to better produce the likelihood of encountering those experiences that will lead to the enlightenment sought. This way is an all-consuming, all-illuminating lifelong commitment that tolerates no illusions. It is not a hobby, sport, recreation, diversion or a fad.

As this Warrior Task Assignment journey begins, we must approach it as we would a pilgrimage to a Holy Shrine. We must hold in our hearts the knowledge that there is only one true way or route to this shrine — COMMITMENT and DISCIPLINE.  We take to the road with certainty and strong Will and Intent to reach the goal. As we proceed, however, other roads that seem to be more attractive, more enjoyable, more socially acceptable, more physically (economically) rewarding or merely easier or shorter will always appear. In our confusion, it may soon appear as though the other roads better match the superficial appearance of what we think the path “ought” to look like. Instead of following our “true” route to the “shrine”, we then find ourselves wandering in all directions with our energy scattered, racing after what entertains us at the moment and losing the possibility of reaching the shrine.

By embracing the Warrior’s Path we will find our way home. We will discover our Inner Heart.

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Wealth, Knowledge and Rainbow Powers

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It is said by the Elders…

“Everything in the Universe has its way of giving to others…in other words its “giveaway“…and that includes us humans. Within the four races of humanity, there lies a rainbow giveaway of power, magick and mysticism. Through the process of evolution, these rainbow giveaways or “powers” have become the world’s religions, philosophies and belief systems, including modern science.

Today, we stand at a crossroad of awareness and enlightenment where we can look back on the paths that the great teachers have walked. We have available to us more than at any time in the history of this planet, a tremendous wealth and depth of knowledge and wisdom as taught by the masters of all religions, in the form of the written word.”