“This is a hastening time for many of us. We, like Mother Earth, are in the
process of our own healing. Individuals who are on a spiritual path are a
microcosm of that much larger process that is happening on a planet level.” – Lynne Namka, Ed.D
As I have mentioned above, the first four of my Directions are associated with physical spaces, compass points if you will, although they do indeed have symbolical connections in the Spiritual Realms. Here, we explore the non-corporeal, spiritual dimensions that are related to these Directions.
The time of Year, time of Life or time of Day are not relevant to these non-terrestrial Directions as they “reside” in the numinous, non-physical realms beyond space and time.
However, many Native American Indian traditions make use of eight “compass points.” Should you like to imagine the “Extra-Terrestrials” as occupying “physical” spaces around the Medicine Wheel, then the appropriate compass point for Mother Earth is the Southeast.
The Fifth Direction – Mother Earth
Mother Earth is the Ground we walk on; the feet we walk with.
The great Consciousness that feeds, houses, clothes and sustains us. (The Gaia Hypothesis)
The Source of the Water of Life, the Air we breathe, our Sustenance and our Raiment.
Archetypically – Gaia is the first Mother
Healing – She is the First Physician and our Primary Healer (All natural remedies come from Her.)
Mother Earth presides over all Nature and life in this 3-D experience. PAN oversees the full Nature/Spirit resident in the body of Gaia and is therefore always associated with our beloved Mother Earth.
Her Color is BLUE, which befits Her precious image as it is seen floating in space. The Part of the Plant that resonates with Her Soil in which all things grow. Her animal Totem is the Turtle or Tortoise. Her Element is, of course, Earth. The Spirit Guide with which She is associated is Lady Gaia and Her Mineral is Loadstone. The Lessons She has for us are the Sacredness of our Planet, our Relationship to Form and Matter, and The Peace Shield Teachings.*
And She provides us with The Gifts of the 4 Sacred Herbs ~ Tobacco, Cedar, Sage & Sweetgrass. Each is a Teacher Plant.
The Lessons of Sacred Tobacco – As we burn the sacred tobacco we ask for the understanding of Tobacco’s life giving teachings to fill our void, the ability to learn from our elders and the gift of heartfelt prayers of thanks.
The Lessons of Cedar – A reminder of what is everlasting and green all year around, a representation of the living Mother Earth and the innocence of the Heart. Used for house blessings.
The Lessons of Sage – Helps to cleanse, preserve and insulate our sacred space within, to hold the “helping spirits” and to collect the energy of prayers to honor one’s own sacredness.
The Lessons of Sweetgrass – Used in ceremony, it is braided, as one’s hair, to show honor to the great life form that is within and around Mother Earth. It represents our respect and love for Her, as well as our Spiritual Grandparents, and our “total giveaway” to our Spirit path.
A 5th Sacred Herb, Cannabis – While not commonly employed in Native Indian Medicine Wheel ceremonies, it nevertheless has been used as a sacred herb, across ancient and indigenous cultures for thousand of years. It has served as a sacred medicine used to promote health and healing and as an aide to spiritual practice. Its Lessons are of the healing powers of Mother Earth.
So these are some of the attributes and gifts of Mother Earth and, as you know that YOU are the Wheel, so too do you know that they are elements within YOU. Embrace them in your heart also, feel them within, and say:
I AM, WE ARE – MOTHER EARTH – NOW!
Then, step aside and allow the sheer force of you own Spiritual Gravity to bring it to you,
from without and within.
* Please see Rainbow Eagle’s excellent site at: www.rainboweagle.com for more information about these teachings.
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