Free as the North Wind Blows

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Free as the North Wind Blows

From the Frozen Waters comes the Promise of the Future…Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha

Snow. Beautiful and cold. Chills the body, but not the soul.

My lodge is the North Lodge. Yunsai, the White Buffalo, is the Gatekeeper of the North Lodge.

When I go to Scout troops to teach about the Medicine Wheel, I first ask the question: What is at the center of the universe? I get various answers, but usually not the one that I’m fishing for. So I ask for a volunteer and ask them to stand up. I tell the youngin’ to stretch out their arm and point with their pointing finger. Then I tell them to close their eyes and slowly turn around in a circle and imagine looking out to the very end of the universe, past the planets through the blackness of space and beyond the stars and galaxies.

Then I ask again. What is at the center of the universe? And very often they say: “I Am”–which is what I’m fishing for. We are each the center of our own universe–the center of a circle, a wheel, that extends at every degree, into infinity!

I’ve been taught by Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha that the center of the Medicine Wheel is the place of the Creator, the Source. Humans, she says, are the Co-Creator, endowed with the power to create. In this way we are made in the image of God. Quantum physics tells us that our creative power comes from the power of our consciousness. Beliefs cause an non-manifest realm of “waves of quantum possibilities” to “collapse” into a singular manifest reality–the one that we observe as “real.”

Its not hard for me to imagine that the universe is like a magnificent wheel. Then I imagine that there is a place called the North gate. The North gate is characterized by the following attributes: Will, Wisdom, Water, Freezing Winds, Creative force, Intuition, Death, Life, Star Seeds, Allowing, Potential, Path of Success, Power, Action, Control, Priorities, Goals, Accomplishments, Results, Recognition, Effective action through thought; Testing-tempering for defeat of imbalanced and destructive thought forms; Give-away, Renew, Freedom, Creation. And I imagine these attributes as Gifts that flow from the North, especially during the season of Winter. They are Gifts that manifest, according to my appreciation of them, according to my beliefs about them, according to the laws of quantum physics.It’s a long list, yes?

Lots of Gifts come from the North. So, if you are lucky enough to have some snow time any time soon, when you are out there walking ask: “What Gifts may I find here? What has the North Wind blown in?” You’re bound to find plenty!

Perhaps as you walk, with the giant sky above and the horizons wide before you, and the blustery snow and cold tingling your finglings, you will feel a Love of this Awesome Creation. And then bring to mind this thought as you feel the Love:

“The more you are motivated by Love, The more Fearless and Free your action will be.” …the XIV Dalai Lama

With appreciation for the North Winds,


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