AS WE SIT IN FRONT OF OUR DZIL KUGHA - our medicine wheel altar - we ask each stone gathered, “What is your name?” We know the answer perhaps without hearing it. We accept whatever names come even if they are unusual or surprising. Names are important. We may ask more questions. We listen. Wait for answers. Then... thank our stone people for working with us. We smile as our energies separate.
The mind evolves, Dr. Barbara Brown affirms in her book, Supermind: The Ultimate Energy (Harper & Row, 1979): “(It is) an energy with a significant degree of independence from the material substances that produce it... The intangibles of mind initiate the flow of nerve impulses and direct their passage throughout the nervous system, including the complex neural networks of the brain itself, with extraordinary precision. This is supermind at work, a superior mind unrecognized and
The dzil kugha provides a map of stepping stones. As the individual stones, or naadin di’i’i, energize various physiological aspects, there are great advantages. Actions are manifest in life for all the right reasons and responsibility in co-creation emerges. Role playing in relationships and filling empty spaces inside real people with authenticity and reinforces consciousness. “Identification is,” Dr. Charles Tart says in “Waking Up, “a static process in a changing world.” Logically and consciously we know that the stones are representatives of a permanent aspect of life force energy. In our connection we have stability. Our wheel rotates, changes, and yet we see how the interchange always is structured the same!
Before we continue on our journey, and become more intrinsically immersed, let me step back for a moment to describe how the process itself is sometimes experienced.
Earlier the intellect was something of an executive director... the manager of the whole brain process of learning and thinking. The intellect is the “master of the vineyard” that sets the goals for growth. Goal-setting is an intellectual process. Behind goal-setting, lending power to the process, are the
individual facets of self that carry our values and beliefs. The gardens of our lives grow best as we learn to work with our chosen stones.