A voicehearer’s path ~

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The Magi ~

xmas-magi2In St. Luke’s retelling of the legendary beginnings of the rabbi Y’shua, there is an oft repeated tale of a visit by three “wise men” of the time whose astral calculations told them of the birth of a specially anointed child. Their path to get to him is not recorded among our literature, though one could wish it had been. Hollywood has speculated on that journey,  the story carries all the romance and intrigue one would desire in a good tale. What they embody for us is an allegorical journey toward the light.

I have said before that I do not see Y’shua as G-d incarnate. Yet, neither do I see him as an ordinary man. I see him as a type of Buddha, a mentor in Spirit upon whom we can call for enlightenment, and even assistance when needed. I have never doubted the strength and possibilities of faith. Y’shua often said to those he ministered to that their own faith had made them whole. That is pretty incredible, for it implies that we live well below our full potential. Many times he said to those who listened to him that they could become like him. He wasn’t wanting followers to bow to his “glory”, he was wanting brothers to walk at his side, doing the deeds he did, from that time unto the present. If I understand that correctly, we have certainly missed the boat.

I had wondered about his mission’s failure to bring about the kind of living among the common man that he intended, and what he planned on doing about it until I read about a wonderful Jewish teacher called the Baal Shem Tov. I suspect, if that’s him, that he has things well in hand, and will keep coming back and teaching us silly folk until we get it right, for which I am most grateful. Until we understand that the walk along the path is as important as getting there;  that how we live each day of our lives, giving, loving, laughing and being true to Spirit is what we are supposed to do, not beat each other over the head or kill for the sake of religion; he will just have to keep coming back to teach each new generation, hoping that someday we get it right.

In the meanwhile, the best thing that we can do is celebrate the greatest gift, the gift of Love. As Spirit teaches us, through Y’shua, through the Baal Shem Tov, through Shakyamuni Buddha, through Ptesin Win, through Mother Theresa, how to love, we can learn each step of the way, to be kind, to be helpful, to be faithful to our teachers. Many blessings to you this season, no matter which Holy Days you observe!

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Totems ~

Have you wondered what you might have as a totem? These energies in our lives are not worshiped in the sense of worshiping Hashem, did you know that? There is Wakan Tanka, who is worshiped, {directly translated, Sacred Spirit}, the totems are allies, helpers, teachers, even friends.

So, how do they function in our lives? There is one book I would advise you to get your hands on if this is something you really would like to know. Sun Bear, and Ojibwe holy man was in trouble with the elders of his tribe for publishing such clear information as is in the book, “Dancing with the Wheel”. It is a valuable resource for me, and I have had two copies, I wore the first one out completely, and gently retired it just a couple of years ago. It sits respectfully wrapped in a special box with other books that have brought special experiences with the reading of them. But I have a working copy available, as it is something I would not want to be without. You can get the book from Amazon, B&N, or any bookstore that would handle books dealing with the metaphysical.

Sun Bear died a few years ago, much to the distress of all who loved and respected him, but his work lives on. there are websites where you can connect with his people directly. Click the book to connect with one of the authors. One of my most respected friends and teachers, Shawnodessa, is an herbalist, and respected this man’s work enough to recommend the book.

The reason I bring up this book in particular is that he has in it, a chart of totems that correlate to one’s astrology sign, his point of view regarding this perspective is that one is given this knowledge to “dance the wheel” and learn all the lessons Creator has from each particular sacred point of view. For instance, my birth totem would be the raven. This bird is a trickster in the creation stories and able to see many sides of the same situation. However, this is my starting point at birth, it does not have to be the place I end up on the wheel at my crossing over. We built a medicine wheel according to his plan on my teacher’s property, much prayer went into that wheel, and the energy of it is still lovely just to stand within it’s bounds to pray.

Traditional astrology, that was taught as though one’s fate was sealed always bothered me. Even that has changed and today is taught, as is this, that one’s free will is in full power, but looking at the influences and how they slant our choices if we are not careful to keep ourselves on a high road. You will see, in this workbook, how to connect with the stones, plants, trees, and animals for meditation and self-growth. Through it, you will begin to understand that “Power” is not really the proper way to look at one’s totem teachers, they are not to be “used” as one uses facial tissue and discards, but valued and treasured as precious friends along the journey of life.

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