Holding all six dark arrows in time and space (no matter what time it is or what space you’re in), experiencing the tonal (material) enemies of fear, anger, depression and stress, and the nagual (spiritual) enemies of fear, clarity, power, old age and death, we pick up the 7th dark arrow of Ego Self-Importance. The pretense you might hear when this arrow is chosen is, “It’s my way or the highway.” “I would never/always do that.” “It’s my world and you will just have to find a way to live in it.”
Given that the world does not simply work this way, our buttons are constantly being pushed by the tyrants of life:
- the weather – it’s too hot, it’s too cold, why is it raining today?, the wind is messing up my hair….
- time – there’s not enough time, too much time, I’m late, they’re late, you’re wasting my time…
- inner dialogue – [insert the dark voices inside your head here]
- other people – family, loved ones, friends, bosses, employees, children, store clerks, and the list goes on…
- situations – traffic, long lines, road construction, the dog peed on the carpet (again!), my team loss the Super Bowl, and so on…
There is no doubt that by looking outside yourself for the world and its occupants to comply with meeting your every need, you will be tyranted by life, you will have every button pushed. How can life be any different when you are constantly at the effect and in reaction?
BUT WAIT! Remember that when something happens, WE CHOOSE OUR RESPONSE. This choice becomes our action and colors our perception of what continues to happen. The 7 Light Arrows are ours for the choosing…
Grizzly Bear is the Spirit Keeper that sits in the west of the Spirit Keeper wheel of animal totems. They are the Keepers and Teachers of the Sacred Dream, called the “sleeper-dreamer,” who teaches us to know ourselves through introspection of the dream and teaches us to sleep dream and actualize our reality. A great dream interpreter, the grizzly bear teaches us how to survive turmoil and trauma. Teaches protection of home, loved ones and possessions. Teaches us to stand and walk tall: how not to give power away to tyrants and how to pace our physical body.
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On a Sunday afternoon in April, Jan Orsi, co-author of Song of the Deer, spoke in Scottsdale at the monthly forum sponsored by The Institute of Noetic Sciences on the topic of “Achieving Balance in a Chaotic World.” Speaking to a gathering of 30 people, Jan focused on the uncommon warrior in each of us that transforms tyrants into teachers and chaos into opportunity.
As a speaker, Jan draws on her interest in waking people up to understand how balance can be achieved in these chaotic times through access to the ancient teachings. She achieves this by taking the audience on a journey through the medicine wheels of learning.
Drawing on a teaching that identifies specific kinds of tyrants in order to learn how to change these situations, Jan engaged the audience in reflection on particular relationships and life situations that participants had found difficult. This discussion revealed new options and opportunities by encouraging participants to choose truth and integrity in relationships over approval, recognition, security, and acceptance.
Through her writing, teaching, and one-on-one mentoring, Jan touches students of all ages. Her determination is to seek knowledge, step beyond belief, and produce Beauty.
More about IONS
From the IONS-Phoenix web site:
“What is IONS? The Institute of Noetic Sciences was created 35 years ago by Edgar Mitchell, one of our first astronauts to the moon. As he saw the earth rise over the surface of the moon, it was such an extraordinary, emotional experience for him that he suddenly knew there was no separation of spirit, mind and matter. And that one day science would come to fully understand this interconnectedness.”
More about Tyrants
If you are interested in learning more about the kinds of tyrants and what they teach us, see the DTMMS publication Mastering the Tyrants.