Everything listed under: Native American Teachings

  • Finding your Place on the Medicine Wheel

    Summer Solstice is the time of high ceremony. It offers an opportunity to participate in ceremony and tune back into what is going on inside yourself. Navigating the busyness and demands of everyday life often causes us to become out of sync with ourselves. We begin to identify with the roles that we take on and lose sight of who we are and what we are really about. Another tendency is for your life to stay aligned with how you saw yourself in the past.

  • Receiving Your Vision

    Spring Equinox is the perfect time to seek your vision for the upcoming year. But what does it mean to receive a vision? I hear people say, Well I have never gotten a vision.

  • Nothingness- the World of the In-Betweens

    This is a challenging yet powerful time of year on the Medicine Wheel or cycle of life. The Medicine Wheel maps out the changes in the cycle of the earth so that we can find balance with creation and ourselves. In my Medicine Wheel tradition, the death of the old happens half-way between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox which falls on about February 5.

  • Offering Your Bounty

    The fall is an ideal time to reflect on the Medicine Wheel and the cycle of life. We planted seeds of new aspects of ourselves in the spring and allowed them to develop and grow during the summer. Now is the time to reap the harvest or value of what we planted.

  • Coyote Medicine

    In my tradition, the Coyote is the Spirit Keeper of the South. It is his time of year on the Medicine Wheel. The Coyote is the one who shows you the things that you do not want to look at.

  • Vision Quest

    Two people just completed Vision Quest during our Summer Solstice Ceremonies. Vision Quest is a Native American tradition to seek your vision for your life. It helps you discover who and what you are.

  • Emptying

    I was recently asked about the focus for this time of year on the Medicine Wheel. To start, it is the time between death of the old and birth of the new. And since all things are born out of emptiness, I see it as a time of emptying.

  • Offering Your Natural Gift Free Class and Weekend Workshop in Spokane

    Your natural gift is the natural expression that spontaneously unfolds when you open your heart. This weekend workshop is based on Michael Hoffman's recently published book, Your Natural Gift. The workshop allows to participants to experience identifying, unlocking, awaking, and offering their natural gift.

  • What is Your Harvest?

    It is the time of fall (and the west) in my tradition of the Native American Medicine Wheel. It is the place of the harvest. This is the time that the things you have been creating and developing this cycle take form and complete themselves.

  • Reliability and Dependability

    Reliability, dependability. Consistency and steadfastness. Durability. My tradition calls it Buffalo Medicine. It is grounded. It is not flashy. It does not draw attention to itself. It quietly goes about its business supporting and uplifting everyone and everything around it. Read more.

  • Medicine Journey

    shutterstock_126109535My friend Steven Young just completed a Medicine Journey. A Medicine Journey is like a Vision Quest that you do out in the world. Your seek your vision in the experiences that present themselves to you on your journey.

    Steven shared his vision and journey with his people tonight. It was powerful and inspired us that listened. It is so refreshing to hear someone 50 years old going after their dream and listening to what life is trying to say to him. I guarantee he has a renewed passion and calling for his life. Read more.

  • Summer Adolescence?

    The Summer Solstice is the space of the south on the Native American Medicine Wheel- at least in the tradition that I am familiar with. Summer is the time of learning and activity. A time to explore the new things that you are unfolding in your life. The things that are still outside your comfort zone. The things that you are still figuring out how they work.
    It is the time of adolescence. We have to be willing to go back to the awkward time of adolescence where we do not know how everything works yet. For if it is a truly new space, we will have to learn how everything works again. And, we have learn to trust ourselves in this new place. Read more.

  • Summer Solstice Ceremonies 2013

    In our tradition, the Summer Solstice is the one time of year when the people from all the different circles and locations come together to do ceremony. This year we are returning to the beautiful mountain site of Deer Creek where we did Summer Solstice Ceremonies for many years. Also this year, we are reawakening the Sweat Lodge Ceremony in our clan. Read more.

  • Spring Equinox Ceremonies 2013

    You are cordially invited to:  Ceremonies and sharing circles to align yourself with the earth's energy of new beginnings. Come find your place in the Medicine Wheel so you can recognize the new elements that are awakening in your life. Dates: March 22, 2013, 7:30-10 pm March 23, 2013, 10 am-6 pm March 24, 2013, 10 am-1 pm Come for the entire time or some of the time.

  • Free Flight

    The following is an excerpt from my upcoming book Your Natural Gift: Offering the Essence of your Heart. I am currently editing it and it is due for release this spring: Free flight. Allowing things to unfold (rather than forcing things) requires that you allow new doorways to naturally open and to step inside them when they do.

  • Winter Solstice and End of the Mayan Calendar- A Time to Disengage

    Today is the Winter Solstice. Among other things, the solstice is the transition between the days getting shorter and the days getting longer. It represents the time between the old cycle and the new- between last year and next year.

  • Eagle Medicine

    The Lakota Sioux identify the Eagle as the spirit-keeper of the East on the Medicine Wheel. The gate of the east represents spring-time and new beginnings. They celebrate and honor this space of the East and the Eagle at the Spring Equinox and this time of year.

  • Happy Spring Equinox: Protect and Support Your New Beginnings

    The Spring Equinox occurred yesterday. It is officially Spring! Our tradition of the Native American Medicine Wheel teaches that springtime (or the East) is the time of new beginnings- in nature and our lives.

  • Winter Solstice: The Perfect Time to Go Inside

    The winter solstice for 2010 occurred this morning at 3:11 am Pacific Standard Time and 6:11 am Eastern Standard Time. Last night was the longest night of the year. So tomorrow's daytime will be a little longer than today's.

  • Fall Equinox: Time to Reap Your Harvest and Offer Your Gift

    The Native American Medicine Wheel is a powerful ceremony and series of teachings that mark where you are in the cycle of  your life. The primary points of the Medicine Wheel are the seasons of the year which correspond to the four directions- like on a compass. The fall is highlighted by the Fall equinox or the first day of fall- which is Wednesday.

  • Summer Solstice- Time of High Ceremony

    Today is the summer solstice and the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Due to the tilt in the earth's axis, the sun is shining directly over the Tropic of Cancer- its northern most point. The sun's migration has been moving northward since December, and today, it will change direction and start to move south again.

  • I Am Nothing; I Know Nothing

    Whenever I want to be really present, I say, "I am nothing, I know nothing." It is a declaration taught to me by my teacher to be clear when doing Native American ceremony. I use it in all aspects of my life. Saying this (and meaning it) allows me to detach from all the things that I thought I was and thought I knew.

  • Spring Equinox: The Time to Create New Beginnings

    Saturday, March 20th is the Spring Equinox and the first day of spring. The Spring Equinox is celebrated by Native Americans and other earth-based spiritual traditions by doing ceremonies and rituals. The idea is to connect with what is naturally occurring with the earth and nature.

  • Flexibility and Strength: the Teaching of the Sacred Red Willow

    The red willow tree is sacred to many of the Native Americans of the plains. They build their sweat-lodges out of it. It is flexible and strong.

  • Let the Things that No Longer Serve You Die

    The Native American Medicine Wheel is a powerful way to tune into the cycles of the earth and life. My tradition teaches that this time of year late winter or the northeast and late winter- the death of the old. It is the perfect time to let things in your life that no longer serve you die.

  • For All My Relations

    My spiritual teacher, Bart Anderson, conducted Native American sweat lodges to help get in touch with themselves. He described sweat lodge as a place you go to pray. When praying in lodge, he suggested that I pray for the people that are in my "stream of consciousness" and for the things that I am part of.

  • Winter Solstice- A Time for Introspection

    Today is the winter solstice and shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Due to the tilt in earth's axis, the sun is shining directly over the Tropic of Capricorn- its southern most point. Now the sun's migration changes direction and begins to move north again.

  • They Would Tell the Whole Clan About the Herd so that All Could Eat

    Up to a couple hundred years ago, Native American tribes of the plains were dependent on the Buffalo for food and survival. They used every part of the buffalo for sustenance. If a person were to see a herd of buffalo on the plains, the first thing that he or she would do is go back and tell the whole clan of the herd so that all could eat.

  • Completing Our Harvest

    The Native American medicine wheel illustrates our cycles of life and growth throughout the year. The spring (or east) is a time of new beginnings, birth, and planting seeds. The summer (or south) is a time of activity, learning, and growth.