Elemental Balance: East Energies

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In the East, we determine with the spirit through passion and lust. The words passion and lust are bound to create controversy. Think of it this way. You have not had an apple in a long time, and you may never have an apple again. As you eat this apple, you totally focus your attention on it. With all your senses, you taste the juice of it; you are aware of the texture and smell of it.  You savor every morsel of it as if it were the only thing going in town. This is eating an apple with passion and lust. So, in our lives, with everything we do, whether it is cleaning the floor, writing a paper, or making love, we should do it with the spirit of passion and lust, as if it were the last moment of life. Savor each moment by determining with your intent and focus from your spirit.

And, remember, it is the element of fire that reflects to us the power of passion and lust, the ability to vision with spirit, and to stalk out the fuel that feed our hungers and brings us joy.  Each of Grandmother’s Worlds have east energies that can also reflect our determination energy and connection to Spirit to us

The crystals sit in the east of the Mineral World wheel and are the holder-determiner brain cells of Grandmother Earth.  A crystal chip in a computer is programmable and allows the computer to create and to run complex programs.  Silicon dioxide chips are the essential elements that drive our electronic age, and used in everything from coffeemakers to space flight guidance systems.

Trees, called the Standing Nations, are the giver-determiners who sit in the East of the Plant World Wheel.  Trees have always been used as power symbols, and all magickal lodges, religions, and spiritual paths refer to the human being as the tree of life.  They communicate most directly with human beings because they are in the same place on the wheel that we are – in the place of determination – and the aura of a tree is similar to that of a human.

Trees determine the weather, for they are they lungs of Grandmother Earth.  They carry the memory of the ages and of Grandmother Earth’s story of herself, and the Elders say that the dying and destruction of the ancient grandmother and grandfather trees are slowly erasing that memory.

Trees determine the nature and variety of vegetation that grows around them by determining the amount of light that reaches the ground and the nutrients and acidity in the surrounding soils.  Growing around the tree are those plants that need shade and thrive on that type of soil; those that need sunlight grow away from the tree.  Furthermore, within two hundred feet of any toxic plant will grow its antidote.  Mugwort, for example, is an antidote for poison oak and can be found growing nearby.  Thus, the plant world keeps its balance.  The growth and proliferation of medicinal plants that provide sources for our healing are determined by the sacred trees.  It is no accident that such a large percentage of medicinal plants are found in our lush rain forests.

Since we depend on plants to give us life, food and oxygen, when we clear-cut forests, for example, we are truly destroying the determiners of life on this planet.  This applies to all the worlds of Grandmother Earth.  Human beings live on this planet because these worlds make life possible, and they are necessary partners in our evolutionary journey.  Destroy them, and we destroy ourselves.

The winged ones are aligned with spirit, and they are the receiver-determiners in the East of the Animal World wheel.  They are masters of movement in alignment with the wind energies, so they can fly the currents of the mind.  In every aspect of their being, they symbolize the way our mind receives.

The winged ones also represent our fierce desire to fly.  Even in the earliest cave drawings there are two connections made to the animal world by shamans and sorcerers: first to the horned ones and second to the winged ones.  Early humanity equated freedom with the symbol of the winged ones.  The greatest thing our mind can conceive is its individual, autonomous freedom, and birds represent this at the highest level, symbolically and in practice.  They also give us their wings and feathers as medicine objects that can direct or move energy.

We incarnate into the east race to learn the power of fire in the East in order to embrace spirit and gains moments of illumination.

 

Check out the Song of the Deer by Thunder Strikes with Jan Orsi if you would like to learn more.

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Reflections: Fire Element

17_1008 fire reflectionFire is an entirely different matter.  Fire burns until all fuel is devoured.  It is worthy of our respect and health fear.  Fire irresistibly beckons us and we are drawn like moths to a flame.  Paradoxically, it calls us to go within to find our vision and inner passion.

Find a space to build a small fire.
Have a collection of wood to feed the fire.
Observe the flames licking up the fuel.
Feel the warmth of its heat.
Watch how the flames die down into glowing embers.
Note how quickly these embers flare again into flames.’
Look deeply into this mirror for it reflects your spirit.
Your true nature is reflected in this fire.
No matter how dim the experience of your own inner passion has become,
It only takes a spark to get a fire going.
Ask the fire how you can rekindle your passion.
As the fire pulls you into quiet introspection, visit your inner fire,
Deep within the base of your belly, your womb.

 

If you are interested in purchasing a copy of Journeys into the Mirror: A Journal for Women written by Janneke Koole, Illustrated by Mukee Okan, you can find it at DTMMS.

Controlled Dreaming, Screen Play Writers

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In the East of Center are the Screen Play Writers. This is the place of freedom. These “dreamers” carry the vision with artistic originality. They have written themselves into life, into their own cabinet of government. They understand the difference between freedom and license, between “I can do anything I want to when I want to” and “I can do anything I want to as long as I take responsibility for my actions.”

If you would like to learn more about Controlled Dreaming, please visit the DTMMS store.

Gathering of DTMMS Leaders in the Midwest

On Saturday, October 30, fourteen DTMMS leaders from Chicago, Grand Rapids, Battle Creek, and the Detroit area were gathered by Med LaRou (co-leader of the Light Warrior Clan) for a day of reflection, inspiration, and strategy.  Together they asked:

  • how can we nurture and grow the Sweet Medicine SunDance path in the Midwest?
  • where do our passions for leadership lie?

Through both large and small group discussions, they clarified their goals and vision, identified key arenas and passions, and began developing strategies and tactics to foster connection, growth and vibrancy in the medicine community in the Midwest.

This group of leaders will continue to meet, drawing in the energies and inspiration of others as well, to further develop these ideas and to cultivate the actions and follow through that will create their vision.

May it be done in beauty!