How much of who we are in influenced by outside forces. This may sound like the old "Nature or Nurture" debate, but was that questioned ever answered?
From a Shamanic perspective, we are not born as blank slates and we are not self-made individuals either. We come into the world with baggage and gifts from past lives. But we are also a product of our environment, some more than others. Some are more hypersensitive than others to the Natural and Cosmological forces that guide and influence our thoughts and behaviours. But in the end, we are all affected.
We all know how the Moon affects us, but do we know that we are also affected by the Winds?
The Winds are natural forces that change monthly on the New Moon. By being aware of them, how they work and how they affect us, we can make some conscious choices and learn something about ourselves and our relations to natural influences.
In Medicine Wheel circles, we explore the Wind at large and observe it manifest in and around us throughout the month. It brings us newfound knowledge each time. Although there are only 8 Winds, when combined with different Moons as well as planetary and collective influences, we begin to realize our inter-relatedness to all life everywhere. And how complex we are, how multi-faceted life is and how we are just a small speck in the grand spectrum of things.
It helps us to not take things personally. We are part of a collective reality, where individuality is played out through our personal Wheels. Knowing we are just one "cog" in a Bigger Wheel, helps us see what the theme of the month is all about. And where we belong in the Circle of Life. IT shows us our gifts and lessons.
We make mistakes, we fall on our face, we pick ourselves up, we heal and learn and we go forward to new lessons and healing. Life is constantly evolving, so why stay stuck in yesterday's unresolved.
Mother Earth needs us to heal and learn, to stop dumping our unresolved in her body, like the garbage that piles up in the landfills and is overflowing into the waterways and oceans. Humans are walking around with lifetimes of unresolved (excess baggage) inside of them. It weights heavy on us all. Our imbalances create imbalances in Nature. And today there are too many humans on the planet without awareness of how their imbalances have an effect on Nature. This is a big problem.
Do not underestimate the power of your own healing journey. Do not waste time holding onto old hurts, resentment, anger, pain, fear... life is too short and each day can take us closer to fulfilling our life path and purpose, to finding peace, wisdom and resolution to your stories.
WINDS are about CHALLENGES. Each Wind will bring another challenge, another lesson, another opportunity to grow, learn, heal....
The 8 Winds, (ASA Roles) are...
Which ones do you relate to most?
Which ones affect you the most?
Which ones challenge you the most?
Which Wind do you think we are in this month?
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