At our Dreaming Circle on Sunday, we went for a Dream Walk and encountered some interesting phemonema. It reminded me of how we see messages from the dreaming all the time but don't realize their significance. But when I related what we experienced to the Medicine Wheel, I told the group that the Dreaming was showing us the GATES on the Wheel.
It made sense since in order to pass through to the Dreaming you need to pass two gates, an outer and inner gate. There are 16 Gates on the Wheel, to the Dreaming. We pass through them all the time, but unconsciously. it is great to have the consciousness, a deeper level of understanding of the world we live in. And what we are living on a grander scale. It brings so much more meaning to daily life. I am so grateful to my teacher Lisa F. Tardiff for these teachings. Without them, i would be lost in the crowd.
Yet I came away from the circle feeling sad... because I realized with my hypersensitivity, how easily I am influenced by those around me and how I no longer have the energy or inclination to initiate people into the teachings. It seems that the gap between Indigenous ways and modern humanity is wider than ever. It takes a lot of time and energy to explain how things work. People who are new to the circles have no idea of what the Sacred Circles ways are about, no awareness of the basic concepts of silence, respect, humility, collectivity and circular thinking.
When I was younger I would be happy to teach the old ways, but now that I am old and the Wheel and the world is changing so drastically.... it takes more and more effort to stay connected to Nature, Spirit and Cosmology. It takes more work to teach the old ways. It is getting harder to follow the ways of the Ancestors.
I don't know if I can keep this up much longer, but I have schedualed a Circle at the Olde Forge on May 17th and a Dreaming Circle Meetup on May 19th, 2019.
One day at a time...
Call the Olde Forge if you want to register for the circle there.
See CIRCLES page on this website for more information on teh May 19th Circle or go to Meetup Ottawa:
***By the way, the Gates we went through at the circles were the Frog and Turtle Gate, which is profound in the sense that the Turtle Gate is going Extinct and Frog is taking its place.