The medicine wheel has many meanings in shamanistic traditions and one of them is being a signpost in the dreaming reality. Together with your power animals, it leads you towards totality.
To clarify: in dreaming you learn to travel with your dream- or energy body from this reality to the boundless second reality to discover that you are the creator of your own reality. Shaman Vidar taught me about this medicine wheel ritual and you read more about this in the next excerpt from my book The Sorcerer’s Dream.
Tonight we will set up my medicine wheel. The medicine wheel towards the totality to be exact. I await in expectation.
In our first discussion of Ho'oponopono, we talked about what Ho’oponopono is and a little on the history of the ceremony. In order to fully grasp the breadth and depth of Ho’oponopono, it is important to gain an understanding of the basic Hawaiian spiritual concepts.
One of the more important concepts to understand is the role of the Kahuna. The priestly leaders that originally facilitated ceremonies like Ho'oponopono were the Kahuna. As with other shamans throughout the world, the Kahuna acted as the keepers of the wisdom and spirituality of their race. They were respected as healers and visionaries that would shepherd their people through life and guide them on the path to spiritual enlightenment.
By definition, a Kahuna is an expert. There were (and still are) Kahuna for navigation, fishing, building, healing, woodworking, war, and just about anything else you can imagine. They are intimately familiar with their chosen trade. For example, the hunter Kahuna finds their prey by connecting with the animal's spirit and asking the quarry’s help in the survival of the Kahuna’s people. Navigator Kahuna spend years watching the stars, currents, weather – and learning techniques for shipbuilding in order to give the greatest probability of a successful open-ocean journey. They also merge with the spirit of the atmosphere prior to the voyage to ask for assistance. There are over 40 different specialties to be found among the Kahuna including Kauka ha’iha’I iwi (bone setter), Lomi lomi (massage expert) and Kilo kilo (reader of the skies and omens.)
There is a remarkable difference between Western prophecies and those of native peoples. When Western prophets see into the future they envision Armageddon. The end of the world. When native prophets look down that same path they see the completion of a great cycle. A change of worlds.
The reason for these vastly different views is found in the way time is experienced. In the West time is history. There is a past, a present, and a future; a beginning, a middle, and an end. Like a stick. Native peoples experience time as a cycle. There are four stages, such as the seasons: spring, summer, autumn, and winter. Like a hoop. Each stage is a preparation for the next. At the center of the hoop is a still timelessness; the eternal present around which the cycles revolve. The visions of native prophets occur at that center point from where the cycles of change can be seen. There is no end.
For over a century, the American Indian shamans have prophesied the end of an earth cycle, the disappearance of the white man, and the return of all living things which had vanished under the pressures of the present world. The time, we are told, is near. As we observe governments, industries, and ourselves, we can see a system of waste and pollution so widespread as to cast a shadow across the generations to come. It doesn't take a clairvoyant to predict disaster. Forturnately, we are aware of the need for change. The question is, whether the necessary changes in our institutions and ourselves will occur faster than the production of pollution generated by our old patterns of behavior.
I've had this experience several times. When you feel that a heavy presense in your area, instead of moving into fear about it, you calmly deal with it and know that there's pieces of you that are drawing it in. More from Psychic Bloggers:
A few nights ago, I was getting ready for bed, and noticed a very malevolent energy emanating from a corner of the bedroom. It had been a rough few days and I was in no mood to entertain the entity’s presence or lend it energy. I knew it had come to spook me and draw me into fear and worry.
The light was off so I walked over and flipped on the switch. Immediately the energy of the room felt better and I noticed this malevolent energy retreat into the corner. It shrank. “So we understand one another”, I thought. So we understand each other. You want to play spook games and I’m not in the mood. You like bad energy, you thrive in dark moments. I bid it goodnight and crawled into bed, switching off the light.
The post goes on to outline other steps to take and what draws this type of energy in:
Experience has taught me that if one goes around grumpy and depressed, then sure enough, just this vibration alone will attract entities or beings to add to my mental and emotional bad mood.
They love fright, fear, jealousy, enmity, bad moods. Chaos and worry just brings them running towards you.
A Toltec warrior is a creator, someone who consciously connects with intent and creates their reality by walking it into the world. This is why it is so important for a warrior to be impeccable with their words and thoughts. When one has enough energy to be completely aligned with intent, they are aligned with the power of the universe, the collective flow to the nature of things, and as a result, their words and thoughts begin to manifest real time.
We have to recognize, once again, the powerful energy that exists through us and all around us and stop taking it for granted. When we awaken each day in gratitude for everything we are reinforcing our connection with intent. To continually feed old lines of energy or other people’s visions weighs those very lines down and makes them denser. Whether one can see them or not doesn’t matter, the energy that those lines hold are prevalent and easy to become attached to. These lines are illusions and illusion causes suffering because there is no connection with the creative force.
These stones and crystals will improve your intuition and awaken you to new information.
• Amazonite - Opens the third eye for intuition
• Amythest - Opens intuition and enhances psychic gifts
• Azurite - Stimulates the third eye: Facilitates psychic development, spiritual guidance, and higher consciousness. Brings new perspectives and expands the mind.
• Bloodstone - Heightens intuition and increases creativity
• Calcite - Opens to higher awareness and psychic abilities, channeling, out of body experiences.
• Dioptase - Activates the spiritual attainment and psychic vision when placed on the third eye
• Emerald - Enhances psychic capabilities, opens clairvoyance
• Flourite - Heightens intuitive powers
• Herkimer Diamond - Stimulates psychic abilities such as clairvoyance, spiritual vision, and telepathy, linking to guidance from higher dimensions
• Lapis Luzili - Enhances dream work and psychic capabilities, facilitating spiritual journeying
• Malachite - Placed on the third eye, it activates visualization and psychic vision
RealitySandwhich has a detailed post on Taoist Shamanism and Dream Yoga which
Taoist dream practice, sometimes called true dreaming, dream wandering, or night practice, uses energy work and shamanic techniques along with traditional dream yoga. The dream state can then be used as a tool for energy development and enlightenment, while the dreams themselves can become a source of spiritual direction or guidance.
The essence of a lucid dream is recognizing that you are dreaming during the dream. The first step in this process is to begin looking at your normal waking reality as though it too is a dream. A basic principle of Taoism is that life is a dream of our own creation. Dream yoga, then, is meant to help us wake up from this dream in order to experience life completely.
So the very first exercise is to go about your daily activities reminding yourself that everything you are experiencing is a dream. As the great philosopher and mathematician, Rene Descartes wrote, "How can you be certain that your whole life is not a dream?
While you go through your day, try to think of all that you experience as being part of a dream. This applies to everything from thinking of your physical possessions as dream possessions and your friends as dream friends, to thinking of problems and thoughts as dream problems and dream thoughts. Then, as you're lying in bed before going to sleep, review your day as though you were recounting a dream you had.
HealingTao has a detailed post on Tao Dream work including this section on The Stages Of Tao Dream Practice:
A dream pillow is a comforting device that helps relax you at night and induces vivid, more imaginative and even lucid dreams.
The idea is that you fill it with specific herbs and essential oils which you naturally inhale during your sleep. This aromatherapy can have powerful effects on your dreams...
Who Are Dream Pillows For?
Shamans believed that scent pillows carried messages from the gods. In modern times, nurses give comfort pillows to patients in hospitals to cover up the smell of medicines (which can cause stress and lead to psychosomatic symptoms).
These comfort pillows are also handy for healthy folk, too. With the right scents, you can increase your self awareness in dreams, leading to highly vivid dreams and even lucid dreams. The more relaxing aromatherapy scents can also deter nightmares, night terrors, and other stress-related sleep disorders.
LLewelyn has a post with detailed steps on how to make your own dream pillow. Here's a snippet:
This is a very cool looking documentary on a film maker traveling around the country making a film about his drumming experiences.
This film will document the Hand Drumming community and the personal stories connected to drumming. The story will show the personal joy and the wide spread benefits of hand drumming.
Covering the gambit of different styles and approaches and new medical and spiritual work, stories from across America will emerge. It is interwoven with cut away dramatic scenes depicting the legends of rhythm in our past.
Audiences who have not drummed will after viewing this film seek out a drum circle and those who have already found the joy of drumming will be reaffirmed at seeing peers from around the country.
Further use of the film will be used for education and would be available to Public Broadcast stations and other groups for viewing.
Touring for filming is scheduled for the summer of 2011 and release of the film in some time in 2012.
Peddling across America in a Motor home, drums in hand, no place will be to small to stop and drum. Music festivals, Drum circles and community events are happening everywhere. Following the rhythm we will film the events as they unfold.
Here's the preview. I love the rhythm!