Archive for March, 2010

Totem: Talking to the Deer Spirits

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Every year I usually go to some type of Spring Equinox celebration, and this year was no exception.  I attended a small labyrinth gathering on the beautiful property of a friend of mine.  We did a group walk in her 40 foot, well cared for, labyrinth and afterward, toured her manicured, all year round herb and vegetable gardens.  I enjoyed looking at the greens growing in her greenhouse, and picking up some gardening tips, along the way.  Of course, most of her garden was surrounded by a 7 foot fence to keep the deer from eating her crops.

Having no known predators where I live in North Carolina, deer are overly plentiful.  So it’s not unusual gardening conversation, to have folks comparing deer stories and ways to keep them at bay.  Most people I meet convey much frustration about deer eating whatever they plant around their house.  They have tried everything to keep them away; spraying plants with “deer off”, hanging “Irish Spring” soap in the trees, urinating to mark their property, (Yes, really!), using dogs to bark them away, growing plants that deer don’t like, and of course, fencing them out.  Nothing usually works, except for the fences.

Most people always seem astounded when I tell them that I’ve never had deer problems where I live.  Sure, I see them walking in the woods during their morning or afternoon strolls, but they know better than to come into my yard.  And when they do, I go out, bang on a pot, and chase them away.  It’s a real clear message that says, “You’re trespassing here!  Go away!”  However, these actions are only a last resort.  My real secret, is having the Guardians of the Directions (east, south, west, north), intercede for me, by simply asking the deer spirits to stay away.  And if that fails, they surround my property with Panther energy.

The reactions are usually the same.  “The Who?  Guardians?  Who or what are they?”  In Native American circles, The Guardians of the Directions are sometimes called Spirit Keepers.  They sit at, and are in charge of, the energies of each Cardinal Direction.  They are real Divine Beings, that symbolize four archangels in the Judeo-Christian belief systems. (Gabriel in the East, Micheal in the South, Raphael in the West, and Uriel in the North).  In fact every ancient culture worked with the Guardians in some capacity.  Today, they are only known to indigenous peoples, and those of us who work shamanically or follow the old ways.

It is through years of working in Right Relationship with Spirit and all of my relations, that the Guardians of the Directions have volunteered to speak to and work with other spirits in my behalf.  However, you too, can have such a relationship by opening your hearts, shifting your perceptions, and committing to a life of Right Relationship, where all life is sacred, and everything is interrelated.  When we walk our talk in this way, a whole new world opens up to us.

If you are interested in learning how to connect with the Guardians of the Directions, let me know.  We can work together in my seminar Creating Sacred Space.

Do you talk to the Spirits?  Let us know about your experiences!

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The Law of Attraction: Should We Use It?

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

By now every man, woman, and child in the US must know about the“Law of Attraction”. Having its origins in New Age circles, we can thank Esther Hicks for making it a buzzword in mainstream America.

“The Law of Attraction”—–what does it mean?” asks the neophyte.  It means that if you concentrate and focus on what you want, you will attract it to you.  Hey man, you can fulfill all of your desires!  How cool is that!  And because it’s a “Law” its spiritual too!

Hmmm…what’s wrong with this picture?  Don’t the eastern religions teach spirituality is being Detached from one’s desires?   They say we need to release our desires to move forward on the spiritual ladder.

When we focus on the “Law of Attraction” we are merely reflecting our consumer-oriented society’s needs and our culture’s disconnection from gratitude.  As if we don’t already have enough, now we can satisfy our More Syndrome and fulfill all our monetary desires.

The “Law of Attraction” is but one Law governing this Planet.  Let’s balance out our actions by learning about the “Law of Reciprocity”. Then instead of fulfilling our desires, maybe we can change our lifestyles and save the world.

So what is the deal with the “Law of Reciprocity”? The “Law of Reciprocity” is based on the “Law of Right Relationship” which says that all life is sacred and that everything in the Web of Life is connected.  When we get something, we need to honor the Sacred and All of Our Relations, (the 2 legged, 4 legged, fishes, insects, plants, trees, winged ones, mountains, stars), by giving something back in return.

And when we give something back, it needs to be:  Without Attachment, Without Controlling the Outcome, and Without Strings Attached.

An interesting thing happens when we allow ourselves to work with the“Law of Reciprocity”. All of our:

–  Poverty transforms into abundance

–  Greed & envy transforms into gratitude

–   Competition transforms into cooperation

–    And domination transforms into equality

If, we had as many people committed to the “Law of Reciprocity” as there are committed to the “Law of Attraction”, a wondrous healing and renewal could happen on Earth and in its human collective.

Wouldn’t it be nice if this change began with YOU!

2012: Let’s Take A Deep Breath

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

As we approach 2012, the end date of the Mayan Calendar, we have all observed how our lives have grown more intense. This is due to the higher energies or light coming to the Planet at this time. This light has a vibratory rate much faster than we are used to.

Those of us who are doing inner work are finding that releasing outworn patterns is imperative, because the old ways are not working any longer.  Instead, we must find revelations and healings of self and life at a quicker pace than ever before. Others, who are not as self aware, may react to this phenomenon through agitation or violence.

What can we do to ease the pressures of the times we live in?  The Hopis have a prophecy about our planetary dilemma. They say, “As things speed up, you slow down.”  You might ask, “How can you do that?” and “Is it really possible?”  After all, we do live in the age of instant communications, highway cowboys, and fifty hour work weeks.

An easy way to slow down is to simply breathe deeply, and slowly. By doing this you can begin to release your fear, that you do not have enough time to get everything finished.

A great exercise you can practice anywhere and anytime to slow your breath down is:

Breathe in for 4 counts.
Hold your breath for 4 counts.
Breathe out for 4 counts.
And hold your breath out for 4 counts.
Repeat for 5-15 minutes or longer if needed.

Doing this exercise will help you to return to a calmer disposition. You can actually get more done when you are clear and working more deliberately, than when you are frantic or rushing around. Take a hint from nature about this.

I often have hummingbirds visiting my many porch flowers. Sometimes though, their speed hinders them. They dart around so quickly that they miss the very flowers they came to feed on. The bumblebee on the other hand, methodically goes from flower to flower and plant to plant, feeding on as much nectar as possible. They even take time out for an afternoon siesta. When they wake up, they simply resume their work.

So next time you feel you don’t quite have enough time to do whatever it is you are doing, take a deep breath, clear your head and remember it’s time to slow down.