This material is intended to reinforce and enlighten your connection with Source. It is offered in hopes that it may help you to draw upon the limitless power of the eternal Consciousness that is Creation. In doing so may it assist you to animate the Creator within you. To this end, the Nine Directions presents a set of metaphors which is intended as an aid in your fulfillment of the “Prime Directive,” Know Thyself.
The metaphors of the Nine Directions are based on the Native American traditions of Seven Directions, while incorporating my own understanding and practices in regards to those traditions. Setting out on this path offers one the chance to become familiar with, and come to know as true, the individual elements of your “Whole True Self.” In such a “knowing,” one comes to think, act and attain an optimal level of Hu-Man behavior.
Success of these exercises is premised on YOUR willingness to open yourself to these conversations with Creation. The individual Directions are meant to help you integrate, into your core being, the qualities associated with the symbolism of each. In being willing to embrace them as guide posts on the path to your Wholeness, you are asked – at each position of its compass – to take on the point of view of that Direction; to see yourself, as the Direction, as though you were looking into the Medicine Wheel from that specific compass point. It is in consciously embracing each of the Directions, that one may open a dialogue with It. In the end, owning them All, you realize that You are One with Creator.
Further, there are two key elements in truly embracing these Directions, as I see this practice. I am grateful to The Wingmakers for bringing the first of these to my attention. In all other contemporary and even earlier teachings, a common practice is the I Am statement, thought to originate in Biblical references to Jesus’ seven “I am” statements as recorded in the Book of John. In contemporary Spiritual practices, it is often seen in references to “positive affirmations.”
However, as we learn in The Fifth Interview of Dr. Jamission Neruda, published on the aforementioned Wingmakers site:
“…according to the WingMakers, what is real is that we are all imbued with equality and oneness
—not through the unconscious mind, which only links us in separation, but rather through the life
essence that is us. And this life essence is sovereign and integral. It is I AM, WE ARE. No one is
above, no one is below. No one is better, no one is lesser.”
In consideration of this, which has the ring of absolute Truth to it as far as I am concerned, when invoking each of these Nine Directions, it is appropriate that we close with the intonation, I AM, WE ARE. To which I append that second key element: NOW! It is an another absolute Truth that this Now moment is all that exists. It is the everlasting moment in which we live in all Dimensions, Densities and Time. Recognizing this Truth in this Ceremonial practice is not only the right thing to do, but also it is essential to bringing them into one’s Self.
It is therefore an appropriate practice to say, for example:
“I AM, WE ARE – THE EAST – NOW!”
I hope you enjoy the journey,
The First Direction: The East
“Conscious evolution is humankind’s final frontier, the ultimate freedom sought by humanity since
the dawn of time. Thus the challenge seems to be one of overcoming the fear of the unexplored
territory that lies ahead, and finding the courage and optimism to illuminate the spiritual dimension
hidden within our nature.” ~ Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan
The Native American teaching with which I am most familiar comes from the traditions of the Marten Clan of the Red Lake Band of the Anishinabe tribe. In that teaching, the entrance into the Medicine Wheel is in the East.
Qualities, Aspects and Traditions
The animal Totems of the East are the far-sighted winged ones: the Eagle, Hawk, and Crow. Listen to the messages from Spirit that they carry. Soaring so high and seeing so far, with absolute clarity, they encompass within the breadth of their vision the vast field of potential upon which we play out these lives.
Imagine that field as an endless sea of grass. See the lines of the several paths that you have trodden, etched upon that fertile green field. See the twists and turns, the dead ends and false starts, the various forks you have encountered and the path you have finally chosen that has led you to your own Here and Now. As you see those paths spread out in front of you, acknowledge those people whose own paths have crossed yours; some you have embraced, some who you have let go, each with Love.
The East is the color Yellow-gold, as the new day’s Sun.
As such, it represents the time of Dawn, the new day and is always the birth of Now. It is the Spring, the season of new life, our callow youth and the flower’s first bud.
The Element associated with the East is Fire. This is the fire of the first Sun and the Divine Fire of Transformation by which the Eagle is ultimately transformed into the rising Phoenix.
Spirit Guide — Wounded Warrior Woman
Minerals – Hawk’s Eye and Opal for Visualization; Silver for Intuition
Lessons – Illumination; Clarity; New Beginnings; the True Value of Freedom
Astrologically, The East relates to the First House. It is what we see by the light of day. Because it illuminates what is visible, it is how we behave because we can only behave in accordance with the world we can see. And, in turn, it represents the way others perceive us because the judgments of others are most often based on the way they see us behaving.
So these are some of the attributes of the East, 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 – THE EAST – NOW!
Then, step aside and allow the sheer force of you own Spiritual Gravity to bring it to you,
from without and within.
Quick Note: The designation, “First” or “Second,” etc, are in no way intended to indicate an order of
importance for a particular Direction. They are all equally important. One cannot be elevated over any
other(s), just as you wouldn’t place a primary importance on the heart’s Aorta, over the Left Ventricle.
Each is part of a whole and none truly stands alone.