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The Road to Physical Mastery

Every martial arts master began from the beginning, faced incredible
challenges, got up and kept going again one day, one moment at a time.

No matter where you’re at in your own journey, are you striving for your
master form?

Click here to watch this video of one master in action!

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Snake Animal Totem: Mysterious, Adaptable and Transformative

Happy birthday to the Snake! For those not familiar with SunBear’s Earth Astrology, those born from October 24 to November 21 have the snake as their birth animal totem. Throughout the world, there are approximately 2500 species of snake!

We can learn so much about our natural selves from the animal world, including how to be more efficient and balanced with our every day energy.

Did you know? Snakes are very adaptable to their environment, sometimes changing their color to blend more closely with landscape. They are highly sensitive to touch and vibrations. Snake totem people, contrary to a snake’s cold blood, can be highly sexual beings. Spiritually, snakes hold the secrets of spiritual sexuality.

Change may not come easily to a snake person, but when it does, it’s usually a permanent one.

Snake totem people are highly adaptable and able to shed their old skin of thoughts, perceptions and philosophies when it’s time to transform into a new phase of life. They are teachers of fear and the many deaths that occur in life as a part of change and transformation.

What do you think? Where can you add a little snake medicine to your life?

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Finding Our Way

When we are born into physical existence and come through the forgetting circle, we must understand that we are separated from the “Great Light”. When you wake up and remember who you are, you turn around and choose to go back towards the light.

At any moment you can know the light, the Everything, the great light at the center of all things. The moment of discovery of the inner light is your truth. Then, depending on where on the circle you are, at that point of discovery, you then begin to move back on your path toward the light.

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The Twenty Count: Mathematics As Language of Universe

Within the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path, mathematics is considered the language of the Universe. The Great Spirit speaks to us about the interrelationship of all things through mathematics, and the central core of that mathematical speaking is what is called the Twenty Count. The numbers 0-20 represent all that exists in other words the “Everything.”

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Bear Animal Totem: The Dreamers

Happy birthday to the Bear! For those not familiar with SunBear’s Earth Astrology, those born from August 23 to September 22 have the brown bear as their birth animal totem, which includes the black bear and various shades of brown including blonde and cinnamon.

We can learn so much about our natural selves from the animal world, including how to be more efficient and balanced with our every day energy.

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Did you know? Bears are curious animals and lead a slow, methodical life while enjoying it as well. They take time to critically observe their surroundings and things that occur and learn from them. The only time they speed up their pace is in the fall in preparation for winter hibernation. Contrary to popular belief, the bear does not sleep the entire way through, sometimes taking breaks to wake up and enjoy the warmer days of winter. Their sleep is a “half sleep.” Hence, the correlation of bears as dreamers, dreaming their everyday, personal dream awake. They can teach you to step into the silence of your inner stillness and introspection.

What do you think? Where can you add a little bear medicine to your life?

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A Movement To Fall

In the Northern Hemisphere, fall is here marked by today’s Fall Equinox. On this day, day and night are almost of equal length. The sun crosses the Earth’s equator while moving southwards. The winds of change toss us about to test our flexibility and willingness to surrender to death, change and transformation. Are you ready for change in the air?

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An Exercise for Gaining Balanced Choreography of Energy

You’ve read our past posts on what is Balanced Choreography of Energy and what is Imbalanced Choreography. Most of us experience times of imbalance, lost or even harmful energy. What can we do about it?

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The following exercise is meant to help you identify when you’re out of balance with your choreography of energy, and what you can do to regain balance.

  1. Choose a duration of time. whether it be a day or a week. Decide to step into an objective observer/witness place with yourself. In other words, you are going to step back or away from yourself to observe without judgment or criticism how you balance or don’t balance energy improper alignment.
  1. Observe! It’s often easier to observe others than ourselves. If you observe something in others, make sure you relate it to yourself, or to a time when you did the same.
  1. Write what you observe in a journal. In the process, ask yourself the following questions:

Am I staying in the moment with the expression of my emotions and giving with them? Or am I creating an imbalance? If there is an imbalance, identify the direction. For example, am I holding with my emotions in the West or receiving with my emotions in the North? State specifically how you are out of balance with your emotions. Click to review imbalances with emotions.

Am I allowing energy to move through my body? Do I have plenty of energy to move through my day? Or am I draining energy through improper choreography? If I am out of balance with my physical body, in what direction? And I giving with my body in the South, or determining with it in the East? State specifically how your body is out of balance. Click to review imbalances with the physical body.

Do I see a minimum of three different viewing points or options when receiving input in my mind? Or do I have tunnel and see only one way to do something? If so, identify the direction and aspect of its imbalance. Click to review imbalances with the mind.

Am I passionate about my life? Do I have hope? Or do I lack spirit and feel hopeless and helpless? If so, name the direction and aspect of its imbalance. Click to review imbalances with spirit.

Am I openhearted? Or do I feel shutdown and lifeless? Click to review imbalances with sexual life force energy.

  1. Keep an inventory. Look for patterns that occur time and time again. For each pattern you discover, make an affirmation about what you are going to do differently to bring yourself and your energy into balance in that area.
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Sturgeon Animal Totem: Deep Diving

Oh ancient, royal fishes … we didn’t forget about you! Happy birthday to the Sturgeon! For those not familiar with SunBear’s Earth Astrology, those born from July 23 to August 22 have the sturgeon as their birth animal totem.

We can learn so much about our natural selves from the animal world, including how to be more efficient and balanced with our every day energy.

Did you know? The sturgeon is among the most ancient fish, dating back to dinosaurs roaming the earth; hence, their thorny, prehistoric physical bodies, strength and ability to survive. Although a deep swimmer, the sturgeon will occasionally breach the water, jumping into the air before going back to its low depths.

As such, people born with sturgeon as their sitting place animal totem likewise tend to show an aggressive thorny exterior to hide their true feelings while being easily hurt on the inside from their soft, sensitive hearts. If in balance, they can spin this medicine in the light to easily feel what others are feeling without it affecting themselves. They know how to dance in the memories of water and be in clear, deep emotions.

What do you think? Where can you add a little sturgeon medicine to your life?

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Center Examples of Imbalanced Choreography of Energy

Do you recognize what happens when we are out of balance with our sexual life force energy?

In the Sweet Medicine SunDance path, the Balanced Choreography of Energy is a wheel and movement around the circle of directions that help remind us what we naturally need to do be in balance and harmony with all aspects of ourselves.

We’ve shared past posts about what it means to be in balance each of the five directions around a wheel.

If we could master this balanced choreography: giving with the emotions, holding with the physical body, receiving with the mind, determining with spirit and catalyzing with open, heart-to-heart sexual communication, we would be walking around this planet in balance and harmony with all things.

But as we all know, imbalance often occurs. Fatigue and pain are created when these directions and energetic expressions are interchanged.

Sexual life force energy sits in the center of the wheel and is called chi/ki/prana in other traditions. As human beings, we often equate sexual life force energy with the act of sex itself, but it is, in fact, the creative, life-giving essence and energy that runs through all living beings in our universe.

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Let’s look at some common examples of imbalance with the center and sexual life force energy.

When people give with their sexual life force energy instead of catalyze, they give everything of his/her essence and, hence, rapidly deplete oneself. Therefore, a sudden life force loss is experienced in absence of another dysfunctional issue. Think of a gas tank that suddenly has a hole in it. One small hole can cause all the gas that otherwise would have catalyzed the engine to be partially or completely on the ground instead of the engine.

When people hold and transform with their sexual life force energy, the tendency is to go to sex as escape and fixation. Hence, sex addictions appear as dysfunctional patterns.

When people receive with their sexual life force energy, boundaries are lost and/or non-existent. There is a loss of personal identity and not being awake and conscious to one’s own energy. Codependence is often experienced as a result.

When people determine with their sexual life force energy, they lose touch with reality, and what is within sacred law. This can manifest subtly as illusion or as complete delusional thinking and behavior. The extreme of this are psychopaths, manipulators and engaging in criminal activity in order to force their own will.

Can you identify times when you are in imbalanced choreography with your sexual life force energy?

To review what is properly balanced choreography of energy, click below.

Balanced Choreography of Energy Wheel Recap

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East Examples of Imbalanced Choreography of Energy

Do you know what happens when you’re out of balance with spirit?

In the Sweet Medicine SunDance path, the Balanced Choreography of Energy is a wheel and movement around the circle of directions that help remind us what we naturally need to do be in balance and harmony with all aspects of ourselves.

We’ve shared past posts about what it means to be in balance each of the five directions around a wheel.

If we could master this balanced choreography: giving with the emotions, holding with the physical body, receiving with the mind, determining with spirit and catalyzing with open, heart-to-heart sexual communication, we would be walking around this planet in balance and harmony with all things.

But as we all know, imbalance often occurs. Fatigue and pain are created when these directions and energetic expressions are interchanged.

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Let’s look at some examples of imbalanced choreography of energy in the East with spirit.

When a person gives with spirit, they become asleep to reality as it is. Their illusion may be that “all is beautiful” despite what reality is saying about the situation. They are giving with this illusion of spirit and lack the foresight, backbone and physical development to deal with the reality of the world as it is.

If a person is holding with their spirit, they get caught in no hope. They cannot let their spirit fly free to give the vision necessary for hope springs eternal.

If a person is receiving with their spirit, there is no actualization. You take in the vision, but you don’t do anything with it. This can be seen in the recluse or hermit who has no vision or purpose.

If you catalyze with the spirit, you spin your cosmic wheels and create burnout. Some of our greatest imbalance and pain is created here by our family, peers, and religious teachers whom we mind to try to please. They attempt to minimize or shut down our sexual life force energy.

Can you identify times when you are in imbalanced choreography with spirit?

To review what is properly balanced choreography of energy, click below.

Balanced Choreography of Energy Wheel Recap