Many cultures and spiritual traditions honor the four directions, each with special qualities and animal totems. The animals are often from the area in which the spiritual tradition originates. The Inca Medicine Wheel is from Peru, and it has four animals in the four directions. After being introduced to this system, I am greatly inspired with new information for me. Humbly sharing what has come to my understanding through meditation, I honor the indigenous sacred culture of the Q'ueros. The Q'ueros hold Mother Earth and all life sacred, seeing the Apus which are Mountains in the Andes as sacred sentient beings.
Please take what resonates with you from within this writing. Be inspired. Tune into your own information on this and other medicine wheels. Research the Q'uero Inca Medicine Wheel further to learn about this path. You can work with this as if the animals and what they represent are energies to integrate, as if they are messengers or guides, or as archetypes.
The Value, and Ways to Work with the Medicine Wheel
A way that I learned was that you can assign a direction and animal totem of the four to a given day or couple of days, working your way around the cycle. A community that I got to spend time at, The Mystical Yoga Farm in Guatemala, assigned a new direction and animal totem for every 2-3 days or so. It became a collective experiment and experience. I assure you that we really got the taste of the Medicine Wheel, and we did ceremonies that transformed each of us in a way was super potent within a beautiful community of great people who are really doing their inner work on the shamanic path. An amplification, entrainment, and inner change happens in a group setting when we are all focusing on the same things. Going on the journey of immersing yourself the energies of these totems is a path self-awareness of inner transformation which is what has been juicy for me.
I see the directions and totems as interacting and providing certain energies for inner growth. Our path is a spiral path, a journey that takes us through the four directions again and again. It represents stages of our growth from the now perspective of where we are. It can help give us more awareness of our own journey and help us shift to new perspectives of seeing. In fact, the four directions and totems could be seen as lenses of awareness, or ways of seeing that are unique in whatever kind of mental, physical, emotional and spiritual space we happen to be in.
A way that I have discovered that works for me is to ask Great Spirit or my Higher Self, while in meditation, "What kind of day is this?" Upon knowing the animal totem, I can ask what gifts that totem has to share with me. Tuning into the Medicine Wheel is a way of getting a perspective that you otherwise would not have known. You can intentionally shift to a different perspective such as a different animal totem if you choose.
The Medicine Wheel knowledge and tradition provides a structure to experience the story of your life to yourself as it is infused with wisdom that has been around for a long time and used by others who have observed cycles and transformed themselves. The Medicine Wheel, as a part of many indigenous cultures, has created a large morphic field of understandings. Morphic fields, a term from Rupert Sheldrake, calls a morphic field one that is a self-organizing whole of resonance. A morphic field has memory which an individual in resonance with it can tap into and learn from. Meditation is a way to tap into the knowing that is in a morphic field such as the morphic field of The Inca Medicine Wheel. Through tapping into the morphic (also called morphogenetic) field, you can learn a lot on any subject through telepathy or downloads from the field of resonance which you attune to, like an antenna. Invocation or prayers to the four directions, and ceremony is traditionally used as a way to work with them.
A Medicine Wheel is a structure to see your life and your spiritual journey of evolution which of course includes your physical body, your emotions, and your mental body. The Peruvian Wisdom of the Medicine Wheel connects you to your soul's knowing and allows your soul to speak to you. It is a way of reflection and understanding, and it is something to shift yourself. It is a way to access psychic or multidimensional information which can be solutions to life problems. It is a practice for tuning inward that grows as you grow.
What are the directions and animal totems of the Inca Medicine Wheel?
Serpent in the South
We start in the direction of the south, which is the Serpent. The Serpent helps us shed what no longer serves. It helps us to remain focused on our body's well being, and our groundedness. Serpents slither right on the surface of the earth. Serpent can be practical, down to earth even in a literal way. It allows us to move through space in a physical body. Serpent helps our body to be well and to be flexible, and to use it as a spiritual vehicle of transformation. Your body desires to transform itself in that it wants to release dead cells and toxins and waste that does not serve in order to shed and regenerate and be vitally alive.
The Serpent's gift is the working with the physical body, on physical healing, while encouraging the embodiment of our spirituality and growth in other ways. The Serpent's theme is "transformation." The way a snake moves is with a supple spine. Those who have supple spines as they age in the physical body are the ones who are the most youthful and regenerate the body, keeping it healthy. Flexibility of body and also of beliefs is what the Serpent offers us, always willing to change and transform, and to get unstuck. The Serpent represents the initiation of spiritual awakening with the rising of kundalini (snake) energy up the spine to the jade gate at the back of the skull. This is called the mouth of the Serpent allowing special fluid and energy to rise into the skull and awaken our crown and third eye/pineal gland. Kundalini awakenings bring new awareness with connection to our soul self's knowing. Kundalini awakening has physical symptoms with the new energy flow rising from the earth and Root Chakra toward our crown. Thus the Serpent energy activates and opens energetic pathways to the cosmic perspective. Serpent initiates us into transformation and to becoming bridges between heaven and earth. It initiates our trip around the Medicine Wheel from the Serpent traveling to the eagle's more cosmic way of seeing.
A Serpent is one who sheds layers of literal skin to expose new skin underneath. This represents shedding our emotional layers to an emptiness where we are moving on instinct, like an animal does, without the story our human self carries. We shed beliefs and stories and that which no longer serves energetically and physically.
A Serpent and the Jaguar, the next animal totem, can work together on the shedding of emotional layers. The Jaguar, is next in the circle.
Jaguar in the West
The Jaguar is the animal totem for the West. In this direction, we are processing the emotions. The Jaguar helps us to walk into the dark, or the shadows, and walk through fear. We mentally and emotionally work through stuff when we are in Jaguar. We are facing ourselves, and deep suppressed unconscious aspects of ourselves. The Jaguar lends support and courage to do this processing. Jaguar helps us to step beyond fear, and helps us to feel our emotional patterns in order to release them. Serpent has initiated us into releasing layers. The Jaguar could appear represent the dark side of a Yin/Yang symbol. It is the dark and the shadows in our subconscious that needs to be looked at for us to really feel the lightness and sweetness of life. Jaguar gives us the courage for our inner process to shed light which is our awareness, within ourselves. We can see and process the emotional baggage that we carry and let go with mental and emotional processing together. Jaguar illuminates the shadows. Once we have done the work in the West with Jaguar, we can truly move to joy and lightness, tasting the sweetness of life with the hummingbird.
Hummingbird in the North
In the North, we have the Hummingbird. It is good to get to know these totems as a feeling in order to work with them. This is the mystery, the ancient knowledge. It is what is intuitively known. Hummingbird helps us follow our inner guidance and to taste the sweetness, the joy, of life. Experience a feeling of innocence, trust and surrender in the now moment. There is lightness in the Hummingbird energy. There is deep surrender to the higher calling of ourselves through trust in where we are guided. We can step into the flow of timelessness when in Hummingbird. We learn how life is supposed to be joy, and embody that joy in our being. Hummingbird could be seen as the light side of the Yin/Yang symbol and is paired with the Jaguar. The Jaguar helps us bring awareness to the shadows we suppress so we can have true joy and lightness as a gift. Hummingbird is very much in the now moment, expansive, and wanting to taste and experience everything our human self has to experience with enthusiasm. Once we initiate transformation with the Serpent, then we integrate our dark and light of the Yin/Yang, we can move onto the higher perspective that sees it all and represents this integration of all directions.
Eagle in the East
Next, we have the wisdom of the East, or the Eagle. The Eagle, or sometimes a Condor, in this direction, is the visionary, the seeing from above. It is where we see what we have learned in our journey. On Eagle days, we are hit with epiphanies and understandings. Higher understanding clicks all of a sudden. A neutral, detached sort of view from the higher perspective is possible. Eagle is not emotional and has clarity. It sees possibilities and the larger and more cosmic picture in a way the at the other totems do not. Visioning brings the world we see into being. Thus, Eagle is very much about mastering our perspective and making our perspective wider and more all encompassing. It is the place of dreaming and visioning in the East, with the Eagle energy to guide us.
The Eagle is an opposite to the Serpent. One is the end point on the medicine circle and high above, whereas the other, the Serpent, is at the beginning of the cycle, the body perspective and ground level, physical perspective. The two are next to each other in the wheel as we go around the the Serpent again in the cycle, the alpha and the omega and then the alpha again, like the ouroboros or snake in a circle. In moving on from the Eagle, we remember that in the Serpent, to be in the bodies we have and to love them. We remember that we are here to embody spiritual knowledge and not just escape to the higher perspective, bringing it down to earth. This brings us full circle on the never ending spiral of evolution and growth. In the greater cycle, we grow and expand and learn and gather the higher perspective, then bring it back down to earth and live the wisdom in our life, which is the return to the body, the physical reality, and the Serpent energy of new beginning.
The different directions and animal totems of the Medicine Wheel, with their wisdom, have gifts. They inter-relate with one another. They support one another on our inner healing journey. We can pay attention to where we are in any moment we tune inward to notice. We can switch it up... ask ourselves how would Eagle see and experience this? Or another animal totem.... We can look at our own balance with the directions. Are we comfortable in one totem, say Hummingbird or Eagle and avoiding others? That is something to look at as each of the 4 totems has gifts for us. They are to be balanced within our being, and it helps to look at how balanced we are with each of these. All are there to support us through their knowing, which is really our knowing, as we are expansive, cosmic beings of energy and one with the universe, and all that is.
May the Medicine Wheel support you on your journey and may you make great discoveries. Thank you to the four directions of the Medicine Wheel, the Serpent, the Jaguar, the Hummingbird, and the Eagle.
PS I will be offering six week course in Enhancing your Inner Guidance this fall, of 2016.
Spirit is trying to speak to us in so many ways. We receive from our senses, such as feeling, hearing, seeing, and knowing. The world around us is communicating too with special messages that are there for the noticing to awaken our awareness, and with the awareness of our soul's knowing. The most simple and pure inner guidance is from a feeling excitement we that have inside, from our wanting and desiring something.
Nothing is More Important than How You Feel
Most of us could use practice in noticing how we feel. Culture trains us not to notice or express how we feel and this causes some bottled up emotions that harm us. It also means that we may not hear our most primitive yet accurate form of inner guidance and listen to it. Guidance is there to help us have a most delicious, juicy life! Guidance is the transmission of our soul's knowing which is aligned with love for us, and love for all, leading us to navigating our human experience with ease and grace.
For example, we may stay with a situation such as work, people or environment that is not making us happy because we are not in touch with how we really feel. How many of us have done this? Feelings and emotions are good things to know, they are our emotional guidance. With data points on how we feel, we are able to make decisions that are better for us and take ourselves to where it feels better. We have more days that are the "Best Day Ever" because we know how to listen to our finely tuned emotional guidance system.
We need to know what feels good to us and what feels bad. Some would translate this into a feeling of lightness in their body or a heaviness in their body. Would you like to learn how to feel this more? Practice by thinking of love and peace, with imagery of a beautiful spot that you like. Feel that, then feel the feeling of war and strife. Compare how your body feels when you feel the two feelings of War/strive and love/peace. What is the difference between the two?
These could be called frequencies or vibrations. Your body is creating a waveform, a vibrational wave of energy through your system. Incidentally, your vibration sends ripples out to others feeling you. A great way to change the world is to start with yourself and change your own vibration! A positive vibration generated from within emanates in the world.
Playing with frequencies as feelings helps us get used to knowing how we feel, and then takes us to vibrationally mastering how we feel. The energetics within create our outer reality. Think about that-- happiness is an inside job, as we know. What you put out comes back to you which is called the mirror effect.
Some tools we can use combined with awareness allow us to master the energetics of our inner being. We can use affirmations, intentions, visualization, listening to music, dancing, being in nature, laughter, yoga, quantum jumping, meditation, and other ways to change our vibrational space. Before we do that, let's first get good at noticing how we feel. Then we learn how to create a better vibrational space for ourselves, through moving toward what feels good and moving away what feels bad. It is as simple as that, really.
Expanding the idea of inner guidance, to something more complex, is to speak of meditation, dreams, and synchronicity. Synchronicity could be seen as our higher self or alternate multidimensional selves, all aspects of us speaking to us. It could be seen as the universe speaking to us.
Synchronicity is a highly significant occurance that is coincidence but beyond coincidence because of the meaning we elicit from it. Synchronicity offers signs that we are in the greater flow of the universe which is a good place to be. It makes us feel like we are attracting luck and support from the world.
The signs can be simple like a repeating triple digit number on a license plate that has meaning to us. Maybe we have heard of angel numbers and can look up the meaning. If it is a synchronicity, we will feel that the sighting of the number means something and that it is directly speaking to what we are currently experiencing in our lives. The little wink from the universe gives us hope and confirmation of the universe supporting our individual path. It helps us feel connected to the universe and everything in it. We start to attract opportunities. Or we accidentally attract the right information, the right healers, the right keys that unlock what we were challenged by and help we need appears. Sometimes we didn't even realize that whatever shows up even existed! It can seem like a miracle when this happens. We had need of it and the universe brought it to us. This is bigger synchronicity and even greater confirmation that we are loved and supported by the universe. Everything wants to help us.
A Cosmic Perspective
Meditation expands our consciousness while bringing messages through. We expand to feel we are the universe, and even a microcosmic version of the universe exists within us. Imagine stars, perhaps your stars of orgin, inside your head, visible from the outside through an opening in your third eye. The message for me, in receiving this image, is that the feeling of home, our original home of the stars, is actually within. In tapping into your multidimensional aspects and whole multidimensional being, you are connected to the greater universe. What you experience energetically is sent to them and they send to you in states of meditation, when you ask for that connection. To be multidimensional being is to accept that you exist on many planes of consciousness. Our limited mind has a challenging time understanding wht this could mean.
Aspects of us are intertwined, and also a greater whole that is one. These aspects want to communicate with one another. Tuning into the state of receptivity for the messages to be received is to tune into your greater multidimensional self.
See the image of a message in a bottle floating on the ocean of all that is. Being multidimensional is to be a drop or a wave in the ocean. We cannot really separate ourselves from the greater whole of the ocean as a part of it. You are a greater part of the universe, and you exist in your energy field and multidimensional aspects beyond the physical body that is the usual definition of self. The message in the bottle is a part of you, also a part of the greater universe speaking to you. Images serve as messages for some because they are encoded. That means you unlock the meaning of the image which is something a multidimensional person can do.
Our dreams are like this- we have movies play out every night that show us about ourselves and our connection to the universe. Life wants to talk to us. Life wants to collaborate with us, support us, communicate, and help us.
Turning up our Frequency
How can we develop this side of ourselves? How can we turn up the receiving of messages? Tuning out of a lot of popular culture, especially that which lowers our frequency. News and negative programs we watch passively can make do this by bringing in less trust and more fear.
Getting in a higher frequency that feels good however we do it, and also in meditation allows more receiving of messages from the universe.
Meanwhile, being in solitude and being in nature helps with receiving. Our inner voice speaks softly, and it speaks as an aspect of us, as our intuition. True guidance seeks to empower us and recognizes us as creators, so that we step more into our power. As we meditate, it is good to declare ourselves as sovereign and ask that to hear only aspects of us, and our higher self, or guides and angels speak to us with the caveat that only that which is in alignment with our highest and best interests and the highest good to be present. We can say this aloud, and we can ask that the energy fill us and be around us that is US, and all others leave that do not have our highest and best interests. That way we are picking up on pure, true guidance for us. We can declare our sovereignty and our connection only to source and as divine creators. The process of discovering our inner guidance and enhancing it is not so we depend on what is outside of us but that we attune more to our own inner voice and knowing. The voice is that of our own heart and of feminine, intuitive expression that requires receptivity to notice.
Heart the Receiver
Our heart is the the receiver of information. It is the bridge within our bodies of heaven and earth. And as divine beings on Earth, it helps to focus on our hearts as the center of our being.This is one way to focus our meditations. We are called to be embodied in the physical instead of escaping our physical vessels in meditation.
Speaking of focusing on the heart, receiving and following your inner guidance takes you to feeling what is in your heart, to act, and not look back. It is being okay with not understanding why we are called to do something or go somewhere or read a certain book or call somebody. It is surrendering to our divine path that we ourselves created. The comfirmation from the universe is more signs and synchronicity. We can trust guidance that arises as spontaneous action beyond thought. The impulse to action arises from the center of being without interpretation. A knowing what to do comes upon us. We act spontaneously and know in retrospect that our Higher Self was leading us through our heart space to a certain action or knowing.
A feeling of dropping linearity in our lives and living more abstractly, allows us to find the intuition coming in and to trust it. The mind is there to support the hearts knowing and vice versa with a merging of the two. The minds supports in visualizing, and it could be visualizing what is beyond the physical reality. Some sense that this opens us up to more magic and manifestation.
Meditating with another and sharing what we are seeing and experiencing multidimensionally is another way to enhance our receiving.Two or more people receive together in a playful meditative experience. Quantum jumping, entering the Akashic Records, or journeying and meeting one's guides are things we that I do with others which allow more messages for each of us and sometimes for the group. We expand our energy fields and feel ourselves multidimensional beings and the universe. We feel oneness with one another and our world too, which is such a wonderful frequency for receptivity. We find out how to be our best selves with receiving this guidance, or should I say inspiration.
Inner intuitive guidance helps us to live an inspired life and express ourselves. We are able to make decisions with this guidance. We are inspired for creativity, whether we express it in writing or art or music. We can transform our health through more receiving of inner guidance. We are happier and full of more well-being via the attunement that we open to, which is getting into a different state of being than a normal waking state of existence. More is possible from a different state of consciousness and for receiving it helps to be meditative, in the Theta State of brainwave activity, and in a higher frequency than normal.
It is being attuned to what wishes to come through from the invisible realms that is aligned with your divinity. In short, it means taking time out of regular life and distractions to listen to the still inner voice instead of what is in the outer world. Through inner guidance, we allow more blessings in our life and we bless all through our beingness, with our authenticity and joy for living on the planet.
In this, see the importance of discovering your inner guidance and take time for allowing it to come to you. Through knowing you are infinite, multidimensional and everything wants to communicate to you, a new world awaits. All consciousness has a perspective and we are all part of the greater consciousness, the consciousness of oneness.
Thank you for reading,
Stay tuned for a class in Intuitive Guidance this Fall