Posts Tagged ‘Native American’

Frog Totems

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

I love listening to the tree frogs singing at night during the summer months, like a lullaby putting me to sleep.  However, during my 35 years in NC, I never knew what a tree frog looked like until a few years ago when our region suffered a huge drought and they suddenly began to appear in my porch planters.

Tree frogs blend in with their surroundings by changing their color according to where they are.  They can sit for hours and sometimes days in the same spot waiting for their next meal to arrive.  And they seem fearless, as they do not hop away when I come close to them.  I discovered this characteristic quite by chance, while sitting on my metal, patio rocker.  There was this little critter sitting stationary in the curl of rod iron, swinging away with me that day and the next one after that.  When a tree frog accidentally discovered my kitchen, I learned first hand how far they can jump.  I finally caught up with my little friend glued to the side of my refrigerator.  Gently catching him in my hand, it was a great treat feeling his tiny suction cupped feet on my fingers.  “Ok now”, I said, “You belong outside”,  as I placed him in one of my plants.Being an amphibian, Frog totems are associated with both land and water.  North and South American Indians link the frog with rain, weather changes, and fertility of crops and people.

Emotions are also the realm of the frog, and a frog encounter can help us to understand our sensitivities to another’s emotional states. As the frog’s life cycle involves a metamorphosis from tadpole to adult, so too, can it help us to understand and flow with the transformations in our own lives.

Because frogs are extremely sensitive to sound, as your totem, it may be telling you of a new psychic ability, that of clairaudience or the ability to hear sounds psychically.

Has frog hopped into your life lately?  If so, you may want to ask yourself, if your life is too mundane.  Or do you need to divert your attention into a new creative experience?  Are you drowning in your emotions?  Its time to sit up and face the music of life and make the necessary changes to keep yourself moving forward.

Domes – Why put them on architecture?

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Why did the ancients put domes on their architecture?
Domes are a replica of the celestial sphere of the heavens, and because of this they are a sacred symbol, that represents the natural order, and the cyclic repetition of the universe.

We can feel this sacredness when we enter a place of worship that has a dome. The the high ceiling allows us to feel elevated and in this way, we can more easily contemplate the Divine.

Acting as a cosmic canopy, domes can be both visible  and hidden from sight.  For instance, the Native American Kiva, sports an invisible dome that represents the cosmology of the Seven Sacred Directions.

The symbol of the Dome can also help us to bridge our conscious and unconscious feelings and thoughts, as well as, the mundane and sacred aspects of life.

 

About the Author…
 Barbara-Lynn Freed has over twenty years experience in Shamanism and teaches a 3 year Shamanic apprenticeship called Resurrecting the Old Ways:  Walking the Land & Honoring the Spirits in Right Relationship.  To find out more about this program and how to sign-up visit her website.

Walking the Path of Surrender

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

Back in the early ’90’s, when I was first beginning my spiritual healing practice, it was popular for practitioners to increase their clientele, by setting up shop in various cities, and working out of New Age bookstores.   This method seemed to be working for many people, so I too decided to give it a try.  It was really a lot of running around, but because it turned out to be fairly lucrative, I continued my monthly traveling route to and from the North Carolina cities of Raleigh,  Wilmington and Greensboro, for nearly two years.  I saw it as a win, win, win, situation, for the client, store and myself, and a great way to serve these communities.

In retrospect, I know now, how unwise it was to work on folks right off the street.   I never knew who I would be working on or what malady I would have to deal with.  Most clients were fine, but there were a few, that I would have been better off never meeting.  I am reminded of a young woman who had a black amoeba like energy,  stuck in her third eye.  My guides took one look at her and said sternly, “Step out of the room!  We will work on her ourselves.”  And then, “Don’t accept any money in exchange for this healing.  You don’t want anything connecting the two of you when she leaves.”  Well, I was young and inexperienced back then, what did I know?!

During that time I was also in the processes of educating myself through a four year apprenticeship in Native American healing and spirituality.  My teacher and I usually met a couple of times a week for our session work together, which usually consisted of discussions, profound healings, and sacred pipe ceremonies.  It was truly a transformative and educational time for me.  However, I was unprepared for what was soon to transpire during one of our healings.  Our time together started out fairly routinely, however, as soon as I lay down on the table, The Guardians of the Directions came and talked to me about my healing practice.  They said, ” You think you are serving others, but really you are only serving yourself!.  If you truly want to serve others, what you need to do is cancel all your appointments for the next month, and let us bring you people to work with.”

Well needless to say, I was in shock.  First of all, I really felt I was serving others, and never even entertained the thought that I was just serving my ego.  And there was absolute terror, at the thought of loosing all my hard won contacts, and having no income.  Did I really want to do as I was being asked?  Would the Guardians come through for me?  How committed was I to this path anyway?  It really threw me into a very profound, although short lived, Dark Night of the Soul.  Several days later, after much soul searching, I finally decided to follow the Guardian’s suggestions.  I cancelled everything on my calendar for the next 30 days, and thus, my path of surrender began.

The path of surrender, is extremely yin in nature, and little understood in our culture.  Most people are continually pushing and promoting themselves to get ahead.  In the path of surrender, all things that I need are simply brought to me by Spirit.  I live in a state of Grace.  Through the years, the Guardians of the Cardinal Directions, have become my most cherished companions, protectors, teachers, guides, and allies.   Although I have not surrendered my free will, I am always mindful of what I am being asked to do to serve humanity.