About Me: "Wakiya" (Thunder)
I am a Tribal, Musician, Writer, Artist. I try to walk the path and have studied the tradition of the "Wisdom keepers" like Lame Deer, Fools Crow, Black Elk, and Rolling Thunder from the tribes of this region, and Lao Tzu, Buddha, Bodhidharma, Yeshua, and other enlightened ones from the many various tribes of the earth. I understand the worlds religions and belief systems, and realize the division this can cause by the lack of understanding the "real message" from the Masters. My intention, and life's prayer is to try to live in harmony with Grandmother Earth, Grandfather sky, (Nature) and "the spirit that moves in all things," and help in any way I can to build a bridge between all men and tribes so they can walk their path in a manner that will benefit themselves, the Earth and others. I open up, and ask Great Spirit, The creator, The Tao, The Universe, to work and direct healing and positive energy through me by different means, like the Flute, drums, Words, Prayer, and Touch. I try to be loving and accept others from the heart, and practice forgiveness. I honor all people, the winged one's, and four legged ones considering us all equal, not one being above another. I honor the bountiful Harvest from Mother earth in the form of plant life, water, air and herbs which sustain our oneness with her. I pray all tribes should re-unite as one, so we may protect the planet and live in harmony. Within you, without you.
( all my relations)
Spirits of the four directions
To attempt to write on this subject is to walk a fine line and a major undertaking! Why? Because of the personal significance it may have to any one individual, tribe, nation etc. That being said, I am guided to proceed anyway. First there is power in the number four. Four shows up everywhere in Native American culture. It also seems to be a universal number, appearing in other teachings and ritual, like those in the Jewish tradition, particularly the kabala's teaching's of the four angels. Then in the Bible we have Yeshua (Jesus) picking his apostles starting with four, and increasing by four until he has twelve. Twelve being equally divisible by four. Part of the ritual associated with The Elders or Pipe carriers in the Lakota and other traditions is to call upon the spirits of the four directions.
These are as follows Sapa, Luta, Gi, and Okaga Ska. This would be West, North, East and South respectively. The colors being black, red, yellow, and white. Each direction has its own meaning and power. West "Sapa" is a place the thunderbeings (wakinyan) reside and is considered a place of darkness. This darkness is in a good sense, like that of solitude or meditation and crossing into the spiritual realm. North or "luta" is a place of renewal and represented by the color red. East "Gi" is a place of brightness, light, clarity and fire with the color being yellow. And South (color white) is a place or door between the spirit world and the visible realm. This circle represents the cycle of life from birth, youth, to elder and death.
Some tribes vary the colors animal representations, and meaning, but one thing for sure, is that the spirits of the four directions are powerful and are waiting to be called upon for direction and help. Walking the wheel of the four directions in this life, can mean you have experienced many cycles of birth and death to former aspects of yourself. This is a natural thing from which we learn lessons and gain wisdom. When we gain enough wisdom we can help others walk the circle and follow ritual. We become elders in a figurative and real sense. Some are called and hear the calling. We carry the pipe, hawk or eagle feather, and drum so we may connect and heal with their use. We use sage a lot along with various other herbs.
Some liken the spirits to the archangels of Michael, Gabriel, Uriel, and Raphael. My own personal take is that these angels have the same properties of the four directions in Native American culture. Uriel is known as the fire of God, and seems to correlate with the thunder beings. Raphael is a healer and could be the same as "Gi" or the spirit of the north who rejuvenates or renews. Gabriel could be the keeper of the spirit world or Okaga ska (south) and Micheal can be seen as the rising sun or son (Clarity) of god. This is my personal vision.
These beings or angels are all beyond gender but all are spiritual warriors, and guides. How often do you call on them to help you walk the red road? They all have gifts for you depending on what circumstance you find yourself in. Call on them and they will be by your side instantly. Yes you can even feel them! but you have to respect and honor them by being open minded to their presence. They may send someone to you on the earthly plane,,kind of like an undercover angel! Is it real? That's for you to decide. Have you ever had someone appear in your life and say something helpful, and then be gone never to be seen again? All these forces are in unison with Grandfather sky and Grandmother earth which represent the feminine and masculine aspects of the universal mind or spirit.
When loading the sacred pipe, part of the ritual is to to say "There is a place in this pipe for you" to each of the directions, and grandmother and father. The smoke that rises carries your prayer to grandfather and all associated with him on a spiritual and earthly level. Don't be surprised to see a hawk or other majestic winged one fly overhead to carry the word. Build yourself a medicine wheel with a colored rock in each of the assigned four directions. Buy the books "The sacred Pipe" by Black elk or "Seeker of visions by Lame deer" become an apprentice to the tried and true ways of old. Oh! I might mention that the colors Black, yellow, Red, and white represent the colors or races of mankind working as one or being one. All my relations! The original inhabitants were called Human Beings, or people of the earth, because they lived in harmony with it. There are no wannabees, there are only those who are and those who are not walking the red road regardless of race. If you like, you can call it the good road, or earth road but I call it red because red represents renewal and rebirth.
But all man or two leggeds along with the four leggeds, winged ones, and plant life are all related. We are all one. All my relations! In the future I will comment more on this subject, and on what I call "The Thunder lineage" and how it fits in with the spirits of the four directions which you might find controversial but enlightening. My writings and words are for many purposes some apparent and some not so apparent, but spirit asks and I write. It is good. Hecheto welo.