The Wolf Clan tradition identifies the Eagle as the spirit-keeper of the East on the Medicine Wheel. The gate of the east represents spring-time and new beginnings. They celebrate and honor this space of the East and the Eagle at the Spring Equinox and this time of year.
Many Native Americans refer to someone's spiritual gifts used to heal and bring value to others as their medicine. Animals have medicines attributed to them to honor their essence and to acknowledge the aspects of self and medicines that human beings can awaken and learn from them.
All relationships are contractual. Many of these contracts (or mutual agreements) are unspoken and assumed. Whether we are aware of it or discussed it, we created contracts with the people that we have relationships with. Betrayal happens when when one or the people in the relationship believes a contract was broken.
Some of our deepest betrayals happen in childhood- often with our parents. This is largely because there are vitally important unspoken contracts between the parent and child. They include: the parent will keep the child safe–physically and emotionally, the parent will love the child unconditionally, and the parent will be involved in the child's life. When these
Contemporary human beings have a tendency to distort information when translating an experience. We amplify, personalize, or make assumptions about the things we encounter. We then emotionally respond to our translation of the experience rather than the actual experience which often creates unnecessary unhappiness, anxiety, and stress.
Amplifying is making something larger-than-life. Unfortunately, our anxiety gets amplified as well. Plus, it often creates a ripple effect on those around us which further amplifies the situation.
Personalizing is taking information that has nothing to do with
About the Author
I, Michael Hoffman, am a licensed psychotherapist, teacher, and author with 25 years experience in counseling and teaching experiential workshops. I have maintained this blog since 2009, and my second book Natural Way of Being will published in 2019.
I offer in-person and video-conferencing counseling, intensive workshops, and online courses to allow participants to directly experience their natural way of being and the life they would have for themselves.