Young men are angry young men in part because they have been … cut off from nature.
The North West Pacific totem is ritually carved from a 20 metre red cedar tree. Once erected it focuses the higher vision of individuals on elevated qualities as represented by specific animals. The crow, the otter, the orca. This animal collective, living in the totem also announces to visitors what the community stands for. As well the tree totem provides a home for these aforementioned nature spirits. When a tribal member accompanies the planet, is dedicated to personal development and community growth they too can be a host of nature spirits.
Almost like a lightning rod is the totem pole. But in this case it is not for the energy of a storm being released but the higher earth energy that loves to engage with people when called upon.
Interestingly, out of all the North American tribes there were only 6 northwest tribes who carved totems. Amazingly this power of the ‘totem technology’ is gripping to all of us.
The totem has: Purpose – unite the higher development of the tribe according to the essences of the local land.
Content that facilitates an authentic engagement with – the soul life of the planet and with the history of human connection with it.
Wiring enabling nature spirits to embody the totem and radiate the power of the carved symbols.
These 3 aspects of the totem (purpose, content, wiring) resonate with all of us. We all have a soul that calls us to live, to grow, to share, to connect. The feeling from the totem can be at once and intermittently: haunting and inspiring, intriguing and settling.
So… your totem awaits you. In the welcoming park, by the friendly river, on the rocky beach, on the slope of the entangled ravine.
Go. Breathe deep. Give your time and senses. Savour the well-being. Discover your ritual. Create your totem. Say thanks. Repeat.
When it’s time … share.
Your totem can be made of: wood, rocks, leaves, a river, a lake, words, vision, high emotion, belief…