June 04, 2015
It is the ego's grip on identifying itself that gets in the way of true Mastery and Wisdom.
The true Mystic is not a self to be identified with but a state of being.
To identify with this state as an identity creates separation, for the ego cannot accept a self without imposing edges.
Separation, however, invites doubt, second guessing and general neurosis.
The Master rides this state of being like a surfer rides a wave.
She/He does not presume to own it or barter with it for sustenance... this would be like boxing up the ocean and offering it for sale.
Ask not "what is this, who am I, what do I know...."
To do so, spits you out of the ride and onto the sandy shores...
Spread out your arms instead,
Align your heart to the rhythm of the waves...
It is not yours to own but is yours to "be."
June 01, 2015
Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!
One of the reasons there has been a resurgence of interest in the teachings of the indigenous is that our own “civilized” culture has become so out of balance. We have our noses stuck in our phones instead of meeting eye to eye. We take walks in Nature looking at our emails and social media networks instead of interacting with the plants and animals who live there. Unfortunately, the further we get from connecting in with the implicit spirituality in our environment, the easier it is to forget our actions have consequences and the more out of balance we become.
Indigenous people are profoundly connected to Nature. While our cultural psyches are more recently rooted in a dualism that singles Man out from Nature and gives him dominion over it the indigenous recognize that we are all part of the same web that flows through all of creation. At the very core of their practices is a deep respect for the powers in Nature. Animal allies, for example, are important vehicles for connecting in with the Web of Creation. Each animal has certain aspects or characteristics that give it particular powers or energy to draw from. Power Animals, Totem Animals and Animal Archetypes are all ways the indigenous engage with the natural world regularly.