& Spirit Helpers
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The 29 pages in this Guides & Spirit Helpers section are
to Know Your Guides
So many people initiate
their spiritual path looking for someone to provide all the
they want a physical teacher to tell them all they
want to know. It's important to understand that spiritual development
isn't about answers on a silver platter; it's about learning
to find them yourself. The purpose of Spirit Lodge is to Bridge
that passage helping you find a way to achieve the connections
you need-connections that will provide those answers. This means
getting to know your Guides intimately, establishing a relationship
with them that is as strong as any relationship you might have
in the physical sense of the word. Connecting with guidance
initiates entry into realms you have yet to imagine, into experiences
beyond your dreams, and a way of life that is all inclusive.
Some individuals come here already
having been introduced to their Guides while others have no
clue how to make contact. By exploring Native teachings one
naturally encounters their Guides and Spirit Helpers. That's
when things really get exciting and the breakthroughs begin.
Every one of us is capable of having these breakthroughs if
we are willing to do our own part and with time and effort to
achieve. As a student you can take this as far as you want and
the further you go the more Guides you'll meet, the more help
you will have to understand things the way YOU need to understand
them. Then you're in college with a Master Degree in the making.
The knowledge accumulated in our
libraries and the shared insight of our many members here at
Spirit Lodge is meant to be there for you to draw upon. It is
to be passed on so that others can find their way along their
path wherever it may be taking them. I love hungry students
that want to feed themselves. Spirit wanted you to have this
knowledge and so the Lodge serves in this capacity. It's an
honor to share it with you. I don't take private students on
these days as a rule of thumb because of time restraints but
I do know when Spirit wants me to tend things through the Lodge
and in that we are blessed to learn from each other as we go.
We are all works in progress, always learning and this is about
developing your own techniques formed from a solid foundation.
As long as you're comfortable talking
about things in the forums it's easy to discuss your course
of direction and more personal aspects of your growth. In discussion
forums such as this one topics are widely varied along spiritual
lines and there's no cause to hold back. The more you share
the more others share with you. The more you work at understanding
Native ways the more doors will open for you to pass through.
Your Guides and Spirit Helpers hold the answers YOU need, they
wait for you to seek them out and when you do they are more
than eager to show themselves in a variety of ways. These experiences
shared benefit you and the community on a whole because others
can see they are not alone, they can discover another way to
jiggle things through your methods perhaps, and in that possibly
have breakthroughs too. We all benefit. Regardless of how many
participate it's good to put discussion out there.
All it takes is the desire within
to be honored and then the stepping into the study process.
The first step is Air and from there everything else unfolds.
Give it a try, you'll find those teachings in our Medicine Wheel
Library and once you make contact I assure you that you're not
going to want to stop there. It's fun, exciting and evolutionary
in the experiences that await you. Be prepared for that, and
the betterment of your life as a result. It does change us,
but for the better and it allows us to let our own light shine
a little brighter. Air being the conceptualization of things
and birth of new actions allows you to focus on the Now (which
is important) and keep an eye on what's coming into being for
you. If you read the article on the associations of the elements
and focus on Air you will familiarize yourself with the things
it represents and rules over. In this way you come to understand
the element itself. As you begin to delve into it more you will
meet a Guide that will show you around and shamanic journeys
begin taking place. That's a powerful and very useful ability
to develop because it is in these journeys that we actively
partake in learning from our Guides. Relationships develop,
we learn about our own abilities in the process, learn to shapeshift
at times, to fly or swim or envelop ourselves in the environments
that our creature-teachers dwell in. Each experience takes us
into deeper understanding, a feel for things, and we learn about
energy, energy signatures, how to interpret the information
they hold and then how to apply that knowledge. Experiences
such as these bring us to periods of growth and progression
while we continue to develop our understanding of the spirit
Yes, there's a great unknown out
there to explore, and it takes a pioneering spirit to delve
deeply into it but it's a fascinating process that leads to
such wonderment. I can't encourage you enough to get to know
your Guides, you have so many of them too. More than you realize,
it's not just one it's a whole group of them each of us work
with, and the more aware we become the greater the work we can
accomplish. Each of us is here for a purpose to fulfill, a destiny
to unfold, and we can pass through that blindly or with the
assistance of our guidance that is more than willing to share
with us. They won't do the work for you either, it's on you
to do that yourself, but they will assist you in finding clarity,
showing you how to go about things in keeping with your own
nature, and over time you will become very comfortable with
that. At first it is a little intimidating and we're a bit uneasy
on how to proceed but if you take it a step at a time and remain
focused everything falls into place very neatly.
There are patterns that will become
clear to you
patterns in the sense of learning how things
work and then how to work within those matrixes. They are so
vital to understand and recognize. The Seven Sacred Directions
are more than just a pattern they flow into one another and
each is a portal to a spiritual realm you can explore. Those
realms are populated with entities where you will make friends
and experience alternate realities. Dimensional realms that
open to you are fascinating and infinite in number. It all starts
with meeting your Guides who will direct the way, enlighten
you with information, help you map the dimensions and introduce
you to countless others as you go. The deeper you delve the
greater the expansion goes. The Sacred Directions contain universal
truths and as such they hold together as a matrix, an overlay
of how the energy or experience or manifestation of anything
comes into being. When we're moving forward with something or
in our own growth the spiral is clockwise, it moves from the
center out and expands or evolves and our understanding and
abilities with it. When we're undoing something that process
reverses itself and we direct or work with energy in a counter-clockwise
direction reversing the pattern. Your Guides will help you understand
how that functions as you encounter them and develop your relationships.
They are your greatest teachers. As you study the directions
and come to know your Guides you will discover how you have
lived and learned in this way all along, only now you're aware
of it. You wouldn't have known it at the time because you'd
not been exposed to these perceptions and encounters but once
you begin to see in that way things really open up to you.
This happens all the time to people
when they begin to see how they work and how one step leads
to another life starts to make sense. It's the fact that we
can see it actually playing out in so many ways in our own lives
that gives us the validation we need to work with it though.
It's awesome. The work you put into this is well worth th effort
I assure you. You'll start developing such clarity that you'll
be hearing clicks all over the place as the pieces come together.
Once this foundation is understood you will be in the driver's
seat (proverbially) and be able to go anywhere you want with
it. You'll have a bevy of Guides working with you and know that
you're in good hands with them. On your feet and running!
Guides come in all shapes and sizes,
they are able to appear as animals, archetypal personas, Archangels,
Light Beings, relatives, friends who have crossed over, Spirit
Keepers of the elemental forces, Guardians of realms, GateKeepers,
LoreMasters, you name it they're there for you to work with.
People tend to categorize things in relation to what they're
taught and our Guides will conform to the way we believe at
first, true Shapeshifters they can take the form we will most
readily accept. Eventually we come to understand this and can
see that they are the same, just named differently. It's all
semantics once you can see how they function. Now I don't want
to confuse you more, but with the entities there is a hierarchy
that comes into play. The 'lower worlds' denser dimensions have
'lesser' entities and as you rise upward into the 'upper worlds'
you come closer to those entities that vibrate the energy of
the Archangels, Ascended Masters, the White Brotherhood
name you want to give them. It's something you can watch for.
We have Guides to work with us on all levels. The elemental
forces and their attributes will overlay the dimensions as well.
They are present everywhere.
Learn to place the energy signatures
of the elemental forces as a second nature. This way when they
come into play you'll instantly know which element is reaching
out to you and what it means when that happens. The elements
themselves are sources of guidance and tell us what's going
on around us once we learn to work with them. Learning means
developing your sensory perceptions too and as you progress
you will find the lessons have multi-layered aspects to them.
You have it within you already, all the sensory tools necessary
to do these things, it's not just others that can do it, you
can too, but it's up to you to prove that to yourself. In learning
how to utilize your sensory input beyond the mundane usage in
the physical reality you'll understand your own radar clearly.
The sensory impressions are so vital. You'll need to be able
to recognize Air with each sense
sight, sound, scent, taste,
touch, and feel of it. You have a feel for Air but get to the
point where it's more than conceptual
to where you are
able to define it with each of your senses so you know it that
intimately. Do that with your Guides too, get to the point where
you know who is present with you with your eyes closed
like you can tell when a family member or someone close to you
enters a room without looking. You have that *knowing* by the
feel of their presence. Working with that brings guidance through
stronger and you will have times when they appear before you
visually, when you hear them, catch a scent they carry with
them, can feel their touch, and more. It's just awesome.
The more you work with these steps
of development the greater your awareness and understanding
become. That understanding is gradual, be patient with what
you are shown because your Guides will take you only as far
as you can go at a given time-they take you to the point where
you can 'hold' that insight and wait for you to digest it before
taking you further. They are so patient with us, and more than
willing to give us as much assistance as we need in getting
through any particular aspect of what they teach. If they are
getting testy with you, seemingly irritated with some behavioral
aspect of your questioning, it's only because you are acting
like a Doubting Thomas and they are tired of the repetition.
It's their way of letting you know it's time to get over the
doubt and press forward again, you're chasing your own tail
with doubt, or you're allowing apprehension and fear to create
a blockage. You know the look your mother gave you when you
were over-analyzing something? It's about the same thing. That's
when it's time to say "Okay, I got it, let's press forward
again." then off you go.
What are your Guides like? They are
a lot like people, interesting in character, fascinating in
nature, and all with variances in their personalities. It's
a wonderful mix, and some can be taskmasters when it comes to
important lessons being presented. When we encounter that push
to understand it's because there is going to be a situation
or circumstances we're soon to be faced with where that knowledge
will need to be applied. It's our loss if we don't heed their
urgings to get on with things. All will hold only your best
and highest interests at heart.
In this process you will also get
to really know your Self
your Inner Spirit
it is through that relationship to Self that the potential you
hold exists. It is a cooperative effort between you and your
Inner Spirit and in this light it is *all* about self-development.
As you understand the elemental forces and Seven Sacred Directions
those actions your Spirit Helpers take will hold so much more
clarity for you. You're going to feel like you're moving ahead
in leaps and bounds then. You'll start to see how all the patterns
weave in and out of each other, how to recognize them and know
how to work with the energy patterns, to go with them and then
direct them where you need to and when you're done how to release
that focus back to it's normal state and flow. It's awesome.
Understanding guidance is going
to get more defined as you go. Your Guides will help you see
when you need to develop something, tame your nature in some
manner, act to bring about changes, observe and learn, or get
hands-on training. They will take you places you've never been
and show you techniques to develop your abilities. Thus, you
come to see how to walk the path you're taking in life with
greater clarity and gain a whole new spiritual social circle
to go with it..
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