The Seven Sacred Directions
The seven sacred directions provide a means for Spirit to impregnate the material world, and we can use each of them as gateways to the unseen realms. The four cardinal directions are each associated with a particular element – East with Air, South with Fire, West with Water, and North with Earth. Since our bodies are composed of these same elements, we have the ability to physically and energetically merge with their unique attributes and powers. This series employs discussion, energetic practices, and ceremony to strengthen our connection to the cardinal directions, to the four elements, to Earth and Sky, and to the divine spark that dwells within each of us. We undertake this exploration with gratitude and respect for all that is, even the uncomfortable and sometimes confusing portions of our existence.
1. Honoring East and Air, January 10, 2014
East is the direction of the rising sun, the place of awakening, the promise of spring, the potential of the child. This is where we take our first steps into new beginnings, where we chart our course. Air defines our lives, from our first inhalation as a newborn to our final exhalation. Each breath of life supplies us with the raw materials of oxygen, energy, and Light. Air is associated with our mental body, and its higher expressions include mental clarity, inspiration, and insight. By allying with East and Air, we cleanse our minds and expand our beings.
2. Honoring South and Fire, February 14, 2014
South is the place of growth, of high noon, and of summertime. Here we bring potential into manifestation by being ourselves and expressing our authenticity, to sing our own heart song. Fire is an agent of change and purification that provide us with warmth, illumination, and activation. Fire is associated with our energetic body, and its gifts include the ability to choose and to release those things that no longer serve. By allying with South and Fire, we recharge our energy field and come fully present into the ever-present Now.
3. Honoring West and Water, March 14, 2014
West governs maturation, the evening of the day and of our lives, the autumn, the time of harvest. Here we move from outward exuberance towards inner wisdom. Water represents flow, fluidity, and flexibility in the world and in our beings. It encourages us to accept and make the most of the blessings of Spirit, whatever they might be. Representing the emotional body, Water invites us to feel fully and to deepen our relationships. By allying with West and Water, we learn to move past inhibitions and to live from a place of true freedom.
4. Honoring North and Earth, April 11, 2014
North is the direction of stability and steadfastness, the night, the winter, elderhood and the approach of death which always leads to rebirth. These aspects invoke dreaming, a call to surrender self-preoccupation so that a more inclusive vision can emerge. Earth is the element that composes all physical manifestations, and its creative beauty encourages stillness and reverent contemplation. Earth is associated with the physical body, yet all physical expressions must one day be dissolved to make way for new forms of being. By allying with North and Earth, we experience the cycles of life and renewal.
5. Honoring Mother Earth, May 9, 2014
This is the realm of Planetary Earth, the compassionate Gaia whose love for her offspring is unconditional and boundless. We connect with Mother Earth whenever we open our hearts to what is instead of believing in mental constructions, which are simply reflections and commentaries on reality. We welcome her presence when we experience the majesty of an alpine meadow, the immensity of an ocean, the magic of a coyote’s song, or the wonder of our own beating heart. By allying with Mother Earth and our ancestors, we come home, feeling the rightness and relishing the fullness of our lives.
6. Honoring Father Sky and Source, June 13, 2014
Throughout the world, indigenous cultures venerate Sky as the place of helping spirits, guides, angels, and deities. When we open to Father Sky’s influence, we invite guidance and expansiveness into our lives. We can become active co-creators of our circumstances by setting conscious intents that harmoniously blend with life’s fundamental principles to manifest the greater good. The seventh direction is inward and lies at the core of all physical and non-physical reality. When recognized and acknowledged, this place of Source naturally fills us with love, Light, and laughter.