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Journey to the Four Directions

Author: Ashley Costanzo and Janice VrMeer

ShamanNature@excite.com


East, West, South, North

In sacred space I ask you forth

Bring your power and your grace

Live within this sacred space

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To the East, where the Sun rises, where inspiration and originality are
born, please join us so that we may get to know and honor you. We welcome
you. To the South, where the jaguar swims, where playfulness and relaxation
come from, please join us so that we may get to know and honor you. We
welcome you. To the West, where the Sun sets, where intuition and dreams
come from, where the harvest is collected, please join us so that we may get
to know and honor you. We welcome you. To the North, where the cold comes
from, where wisdom and clarity lie, please join us so that we may get to
know and honor you. We welcome you. To Father Sky, to Mother Earth, to the
creator, the center of all things, please join us so that we may get to know
and honor you. We welcome you.

The four directions are spirits, advisers wise in the ways of this world.
They deserve the greatest respect, for they came to us at the time of
creation and established time and space. Without the four directions, our
world would not have a framework within which to function. The Sun would
not rise and set at predictable times, out planet would not be hospitable,
nor would there be order to our universe. These four spirits anchor the
universe that we know. They rule the seasons and our days. The rising and
setting of the Sun gives us time, defines our days; the poles define our
space. The seasons set the calendar, the year. We plant in the spring, in
the summer our crops mature, we harvest in autumn and in the winter, the
fields lay dormant, resting for the new life in the spring.
Each direction offers a lesson for each phase of our lives. Master these
lessons and become the master of your life. Any problem we might encounter
relates to one of the directions. Everything in this world comes from these
four directions. The four directions also represent the four sons of Tate,
the wind.

The other directions are Above, Father Sky; Below, Mother Earth; and the
Center, the Creator. Worthy of all the respect of the four cardinal
directions, we will address them in a future article.

When doing any sacred work, it is advisable to begin by calling in the
support of the directions and focusing your intent by repeating your plea
for assistance to each of the directions. The opening quotation is an
example of how to call in the directions. You are welcome to use this form;
it is our gift to you. But as you get to know the directions yourself, we
advise that you find your own ways to call and honor them. Ritual is not a
static medium of expression. To maintain its power, it must regularly be
changed, renewed and updated to fully reflect your current relationship with
Spirit.

To be relevant, ritual should also be created by the individual practicing
it. How many sad souls monotonously repeat catechisms that, for them, have
no meaning? Your communications with Spirit must be as fresh and original
as Spirit made you to be. Do not surrender your powerful relationship with
Spirit by mindlessly adopting someone else's form.

Following are four meditations, or journeys, that will help you begin to
form relationships with the different aspects of Spirit. This is only an
outline, a suggestion. As always, we recommend you remain open to changing
things as Spirit guides you. The directions may also present themselves to
you differently than we describe them here. We offer only guidance; you
must find your own truth. We do provide, however, a description of the
directions as most people will come to know them.

The directions can mean different things to different people. Most tribes
indigenous to the Americas honor the directions, and many tribes have
different colors and animals to represent each direction. There is beauty
and strength in diversity. In nature, diversity is the key to survival.
Honor the directions by respecting the unique ways they present themselves
to you. Perhaps in your diversity you will find new ways to bring balance
to our world. Let us journey now to the pillars of our reality, the four
directions.

Breathe deeply, close your eyes and relax. Picture the Sun rising, a new
beginning, a new day lit with the fire of new possibilities. As the Sun
climbs in the sky, a jaguar swims across a lush green swamp, then lounges on
a warm rock. The Sun sets now; the day is complete. The world's worries
melt away, and the harvest is collected. As the Moon rises in a clear night
sky, a cold wind blows, chilling the landscape. A peaceful knowing enters
your being as you sit waiting again for the Sun to rise.

East



Light a candle for the East, for it is the direction of the element of fire.
The East is the direction of birth, new life, creation, originality. East
Eagle rises with the Sun on its wings, welcoming a new day. The morning Sun
illuminates, brings forth the birth of a new beginning, a new day, a new
life.

Vision is the gift of the East. As Eagle can see the ground clearly from
great heights, so you too will be granted the genius of foresight and
discernment if you but ask for the East's assistance.

There is freedom, expansiveness here, for traveling to the East encourages
you to let go of your old patterns; the sky is the limit now. The East can
infuse dense energy with its light, raising vibrations and consciousness.
When this happens on a personal level, it can bring new perspective. The
East invites you to live in the moment, to be fully present for your
renewal. It signifies the springtime of your soul, Easter. In healing, the
East relates both to diagnosing an illness, the first step to finding a
cure, and the resurrection, the final step in overcoming an illness.

As the Sun rises, greet the East with great respect. Notice the colors that
present themselves and the first images that come to your mind. Ask what
gifts and teachings the East has to offer you at this time. Ask the East
how you can honor it. If you have any questions for the East about new
beginnings, original creations or inspiration, ask them now. If you have
any issue that relates to the East, ask for support and guidance now. Thank
the East. Focus now on the Sun, high in the sky, and a spreading feeling of
warmth.

South



The South is sensuous, playful and vulnerable, the direction of emotions and
water. If you are having difficulties with trust and faith, visit the
South. The South will teach you the strength of vulnerability. Allow the
warmth of the Sun to relax you as you explore the situations and emotions
surrounding your vulnerability. Your feelings will alert you to potential
problems before they arise. In that there is strength. Trust your
emotions.

For healing, the second step is to go to the South to shed your oppressive
ideas about yourself, who you are and what you do. Like Snake, begin
letting go of your old skin, your disease and limitations, and embrace the
joy of the South.

As you look down from the sky, greet the South with great respect. Notice
the colors that present themselves and the first images that come to your
mind. Ask what gifts and teachings the South has to offer you at this time.
Ask the South how you can honor it. If you have any questions for the
South, about relaxation, growth or trust, ask them now. If you have any
issue that relates to the South, ask for support and guidance now. Thank
the South. Focus now on the Sun, dipping below the horizon.

West



At sunset, honor the West by letting go of a limiting perspective. Like
Caterpillar, go within a cocoon where the past can be shed. In the morning,
you will be reborn like a butterfly into the sunshine. Like Bear's cave,
the West is where our fears, limitations, stale patterns and addictions must
be faced alone in the dark and conquered.

The West rules completion, the harvest, maturity, the physical body and the
element of earth. If you have problems with aging or your physical body,
visit the West to greater understand your physical limitations and the
appropriate way to deal with them.

Twilight is the time of the West, when the veils between the worlds are the
thinnest, a time when we can look to Spirit to strip us of all the things in
our lives that deceive us, that are antiquated or ready to be harvested.

For healing, it is necessary now, after shedding the old skin, to dare to
dream and create the blueprint for your original self, your natural state of
health and beauty. Like the phoenix, the West is always consuming itself,
always ready to change. The West helps you to surrender, devour ego and
become a hollow vessel for Spirit to work through.

As the Sun sets, greet the West with great respect. Notice the colors that
present themselves and the first images that come to your mind. Ask what
gifts and teachings the West has to offer you at this time. Ask the West
how you can honor it. If you have any questions for the West about physical
challenges, endings or fears, ask them now. If you have any issue that
relates to the West, ask for support and guidance now. Thank the West.
Focus now on the dark night sky and a coolness enveloping your body.

North



By the light of the Moon, look into a quartz crystal. See the clarity,
wisdom and knowledge held in this ancient stone. The East is the direction
of the element of air. Sages, wisdom, wolf and whale live in this icy
realm. If you are in search of clear, articulate knowledge or guidance, get
to know the North. This is the realm of the mental plane, the home of the
teachers of truth. If you are seeking, you will always find an answer in
the North.

Winter is the season of the North, a time of severity and silence for
reflection. In healing, the North is the final destiny, the mental
assimilation of all you have accomplished on your road to health. Embrace
the change and pass unharmed, without fear, through the valley of death.
Prepare for the resurrection and rebirth of the East.

As the Moon rises, greet the North with the utmost respect. Notice the
colors that present themselves and the first images that come to your mind.
Ask what gifts and teachings the North has to offer you at this time. Ask
the North how you can honor it. If you have any questions for the North
about change, knowledge or the records of ancient wisdom, ask them now. If
you have any issue that relates to the North, ask for support and guidance
now. Thank the North.

Making allies of the four directions will help you move with greater
purpose, strength and guidance through your life. Most importantly, like
all shamanic work, the primary benefit to working with the directions is to
bring much-needed balance to this world, your world and your lives.

Closing the Directions



When you are finished with your work in the spirit realm, it is important to
offer thanks and close the directions. Invite them to stay, but release
them to do what they must in the world. This will provide more focus for
your intent and add closure to your work.

To the East, where the Sun rises, where inspiration and originality are
born, thank you for letting yourself be known to us. Please go if you must,
stay if you will. To the South, where the jaguar swims, where playfulness
and relaxation come from, thank you for letting yourself be known to us.
Please go if you must, stay if you will. To the West, where the Sun sets,
where intuition and dreams come from, where the harvest is collected, thank
you for letting yourself be known to us. Please go if you must, stay if you
will. To the North, where the cold comes from, where wisdom and clarity
lie, thank you for letting yourself be known to us. Please go if you must,
stay if you will. To Father Sky, to Mother Earth, to the creator, the
center of all things, thank you for letting yourself be known to us. Please
go if you must, stay if you will.

Thank you, reader, for joining us in this sacred space we have created
today. Go if you must, but stay if you will.

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