East on the great wheel of life is all about visioning and bringing forth one’s life dream. It is also connected with springtime, birth and new growth. We are asked to petition for a new dream in the fall or West on the wheel, then contemplate the components of the dream during the winter or North on the wheel and finally take the steps/actions to manifest the dream in the springtime or East.
Many Indigenous messengers have shared with me that most North Americans are stuck in an East-West pattern. One dreams a mighty dream inspires great profits and then becomes a broken dreamer because of impatience or literally dreaming too big a dream. This causes the visionary to swing across the wheel to the West and become heavily obstructed with dysfunctional patterns, addictions and depression.
Repeatedly I have heard the medicine of the East is to recognize one’s life dream, chart a course of action or outline of the steps that may be required to obtain the goal, being aware to validate and appreciate each marker in manifesting the dream. It is also important to be reasonable regarding one’s dream to understand if the goal is obtainable in a lifetime or is it too big of a project.
What I wondered this spring of 2018 whose dream was it to create such political arena filled with such denigration and destroying of our American rights? Why in this electoral display is such ugliness the norm and loving kindness and respect for all gone.
East on the medicine wheel is often represented by the Eagle and Red Tail Hawk for they can see the bigger picture.
Whereas the Oriental Five Element theory is represented by the wood element of the liver and gall bladder. I find it curious how naive most people are regarding how major an organ the liver is. The typical American connects alcohol and rich food consumption with the health of their liver. Until just recently liver cancer and death went hand in hand. It would take a page just to explain the multitude of jobs the liver does—creates bile, influences the bowels, works with the kidneys to help or harm the spleen, affects the menstrual cycles, stores blood, works with the lungs to oxygenate the blood that then gets pumped to the heart… Whew we all deserve to become more educated on this organ’s importance.
I love the Oriental simplistic view that the liver physically resides below the right rib cage and stretches up and under the heart and thus is considered the foundation of the heart much like the base a house is built on. If the liver is balanced the heart is strong, especially spiritually. Whenever the liver is out of balance then the heart is weakened. What make the liver weak usually is related to something that violates one’s moral code or our big dream or life dream. When we feel violated then the emotion that erupts from this organ is anger. Anger turned inward is depression, anger directed at someone else is abuse and just expressed is a healthy passport for change.
Curiously, alcohol is often referred to as a “false spirit” for what most individual’s desire is to experience their sacred calling, to live their life dream
Those of us born in the late forties, had mothers who were often drugged, unconscious, and thus from our first breath in the outside world, out of the birth passage ( a tight squeeze) was influenced by drugs. When life gets challenging for my generation, gets tight, weautomatically desire to go unconscious and alcohol and drugs become our tool.
East medicine wants us to dream the big medicine, the life purpose and then get wise enough to develop an adequate timeline and road map so that we can have ease and trust that this is a good life and well worth living.