First Nations people of all cultures believe in the power (medicine) of the animals, birds, and other creatures of the natural world as our relationships with these relatives connect us all to the Creator. The medicine of any creature or plant refers first to its energy, then the lessons we learn through observing it in the natural world, and finally the benefits each bird, animal, creature, plant and tree offers to humans and the world through its physical being.
There are many times during our journeys here on Planet Earth in which we need many helpers. One of the times that we will need many helpers is when we begin to make order out of the chaos of our lives and our world.
As we approach the Vernal Equinox, Springtime of 2020, we can see the chaos in the world. All over there is sickness and fear. Hatred and chaos as the people of every nation begin to rise up to protect themselves from the agendas of the evil ones.
There is much confusion, anger, fear and pain – but the ones who can see into the future know the medicine, the wisdom that if heeded will make our collective paths much smoother.
Two powerful totems to call on and ask to work together when we need to bring order to chaos, peace to fear are Hawk and Elk – the Bird and Hoof Clans. Learn about clans here.
When we combine Hawk’s (Bird Clan) far-seeing vision, mental strength and deep connection to Great Spirit’s chief messenger Eagle with the grace, strength, stamina and sensuality of the Hoof Clan leader Elk, then we not only create order from chaos but also a pathway to a beautiful, conscious dance of love, peace, joy and generous hospitality.
Order out of chaos begins when we have reached the point on our healing journey in which the spiritual light has overcome the spiritual darkness enough to allow in the positive thoughts, dreams, visions for the future.
My Mohawk Medicine Woman Geraldine Standup teaches that this shift is known as the time we begin to use our Good Mind more often than our bad.
When Hawk comes to help us sort through the good and bad, the dark and light, the wrong thoughts and beliefs versus the good seeds that have been planted in our psyche along the way, she opens up the path to our Good Mind – or the consciousness of the Christ.
Around the world, we are seeing people beginning to awaken and sort through the rubble and chaos of their minds – the indoctrination, the manufactured outrage, the disrespect of Elders and leaders and all kinds of little uglies that affect our every word and action.
Our beautiful planet home Earth was very much in danger of being overtaken by those with no spiritual connection to the Creator – thus they had no deep insight or wisdom to guide the people with, but instead drove a system based in greed, ambition, power plays and conquest.
Once Hawk has helped awaken us and started us on the path of the Good Mind – which we Natives call The Red Road, we are able to start “bringing heaven to Earth.” And that means that through our changed behavior, we change the vibrations around us and that affects all the people in our lives. And that change requires the medicine of the hooved ones that Elk can bring to us.
Peace Is The Prize and it is after our minds have become clear and still that we can see our friend Elk coming to help us. Because after all that sorting and mind-bending belief, thought, and word change – we really need a little rest and hospitality from the Creator of all things.
I like to think that Elk (like all the hooved ones) is kind-of a spy who hides behind the bushes and brambles and watches us as we flail around looking for a place to settle ourselves and calm down enough to receive her gracious hospitality.
Creator sends us Elk to help us really understand that we are Spiritual beings having a brief human experience during our short visit to this beautiful place. Who hasn’t feel that surge of love and joy in seeing a deer or Elk? The excitement and deep connection at the sight of a fawn?
These gentle ones of the Hoof Clan move slowly and quietly like stealth warriors who can see in the night. Their beauty, the soft velvet of their brown eyes, muzzles and ears reminds us of their medicine sensuality. Reminds us to stop and feel, first with our hearts for it is our hearts that will lead us into physical softness, gentleness, kindness and peace.
Elk is a beautiful symbol of bringing Heaven to Earth as we see his antlers connect to Thunderbird’s lightening energy and bring that powerful medicine to Earth.
According to Katherine Skaggs, folks with Elk Medicine “receive the gifts of instant knowing and messages from Spirit with great clarity.”
Hawk helps us learn that our best lives are lived through our heart connection which is where our reality lies. Our heart is the seat of our perception, which is the black quadrant on the Medicine Wheel where the great healing Grandmother and Grandfather Bear medicine lives.
But it is Elk who gives us the stamina and the grace to walk it out. To express ourselves in loving, generous, gracious words and deeds. To walk gently and softly, with big eyes to see the beauty in everyone we meet, no matter their status, colour or culture.
And it is at this point – when Hawk has helped light the way to our Good Minds that our hearts become healed and we are able to receive the medicine of the beautiful Elk, whom many believe to be the King of the Hooved Ones.
It is my honour to be your messenger.
S’gi (thank you in the Cherokee language)
It is my honour to receive and share these teachings from my guides and the Ancestors. These are messages received and written to the best of my understanding. If I have made mistakes, I would be grateful for your input. If these messages don’t resonate with you, that’s okay. I wish you well. And if these messages do resonate with you – welcome to the family.
— kandace keithley, namadaki aandeg miimiiwe gekek kwe (woman who sits with crows & dances with hawks) ~ Tsa-La-Gi