“Lick my sores” demanded the old woman of the river when the wounded Black Nubian woman sought solace after being betrayed by the sisters of her community.
Angie Arriene would say that when the pain of betrayal pusses and festers, a person is called to look upon their own darkest, most troublesome aspects.
Lick my wounds demands one’s willingness to face the pain and anguish and transcend them by going into the deepest chambers of one’s belief system. Angie was quick to insert that each person has to stay in their own river bed, we can’t claim another’s course as ours. We each must heal in our own manner. When I see a dear friend loaded to her eye balls with grief, pain and broken relationship beliefs I hear to not judge her riverbed, her course of action to get whole to get well.
Such a lesson for the healer in me and others. It is oh so easy to discern the appropriate steps for another to journey to recover themselves and their essential belief system, but we each must stay on our own heart path trusting that like the rays of the great sun, we’re all on track back to the ONE.
When I perceive another’s agony and distress, I repeatedly hear, God never gives one more than one can handle. Intimately I know this as a truth and a great challenge.
With great insight I recognize that ego and self pride creates a humungous (huge) stumbling block to being well. These traits voice loudly, “You could do a little bit more…go ahead suffer your stronger than others and can take on more while the weaker one heals and mends”.
Such a fallacy.
That ol’ ego has to be quieted so the Higher Self can whisper, “You can relax Now. See the Beauty of each day as you walk the Way. ” Today is the only day there is so awaken to who you really are, A Child of God who knows surprise, delight and bubbling humor. Wake up
Summertime, South on the Great Wheel of life, is the home of the Healer archetype, one who advocates good relations with both one’s inner family as well as outer family. A healer models quality communication skills and love in action. According to the teachings of White Buffalo Calf Woman, we are all one family…the earth, the stars, the four legged, two legged, winged ones, waters, winds, trees, those that creep and crawl…we are all related and we are to be in good relations. At a cellular, spiritual level, we are the same. South, summer, is the season for advocating our intimate connection with all.
Summer is fire element in the Oriental Five Element health system focuses on the Heart, Small Intestine, Triple Heater and the Pericardium (the liner of the heart). Simply stated the heart is the spiritual center/fulcrum of the body and the small intestine, our ability to digest emotionally what life gives us. Indigenous people speak that fire was a gift from the Creator/God to we ‘two leggeds’ to bring light, warmth and the ability to be fed. Fire is the agent of change. Our life must have heart and meaning. Literally the heart receives and disperses blood, the essence of aliveness. The small intestine receives nutritional matter and then with help from the kidneys disperses its contents. The healthier foods we consume, the more peace we have while taking in the nutrition and the easier it is for the small intestine to process and move on the fuel for our vitality.
The fire element in the Five Element health system is quite complex as it has a component called the triple heater, which roughly translates as our ability to heat up and cool down with the changing of the seasons and passions. We in the Western world may find this quite foreign. The pericardium, the liner of the heart, figuratively connects with one’s ability to have healthy boundaries, safety. In life through challenging relationships with self, with others, with nature, with spirit and so on, one sometimes incurs violations, misconduct, and illness. Many, after repeated chapters of mistrust and hurt, either consciously or unconsciously go about barricading the heart, putting up blocks that prevent us from feeling connected to another being or situation.
Summertime, the South on the Wheel, the elements of heart, passion and assimilation all demand that each of stop, reconnect with the universal heartbeat that makes us register that if one part of the Circle of Life is hurting, we are all hurting. It is the time to support that which has heart and meaning and can be felt through our senses. The outside nature of Mother Earth reflects the nature of we human’s body, our earth.
When water, like the blood of we humans, is depleted it is harder to keep things vitally alive, green. According to the Oriental Five Element Theory, when the water element is out of balance, immediately the fire element is injured. Issues of how one is handling issues of relationships, health and communication are destined to be a priority this summer season