(formally from 'Medicine Wheel Lodge' in respect of Cheryl's rites of
Celebrating the Unity
Playing: 'Riders on the Storm'
By: The Doors
of the Exiled One
Cheryl Hart with Sitting Owl
Children who display a strong instinctual nature often
experience significant suffering in early life. They are spotted early
on as babies and are domesticated and told they are improper and
wrong. If these qualities are left to develop as they were meant to,
they would constitute the basis of their own creative nature, the soul
food for their instinctual nature. Quite often early exile happens to
children through no fault of their own, and is consolidated by
misunderstanding, cruelty, and ignorance.
In many cultures there is an expectation that when the child is born
that they will be a certain type of person, acting in a certain way
that they will adapt to the parent’s set of values. These
expectations are defined very narrowly when both parents have a desire
for a ‘perfect, conforming child’. The parents hold a fantasy that
whatever child they have it will be perfect and will reflect their own
ways and beliefs. If the child is spirited, wildish, or rocks the
boat, the parents will attempt some psychic surgery, trying to re-make
and remodel the child and will try to change the way they think and
who they are. The child’s soul may wish to speak, but they are
pressured into silence. Pressure to be ‘adequate’ can drive the
child away and cause it’s consciousness to go underground into the
subconscious cellular memory, only to be expressed later in a negative
and destructive way.
When a culture narrowly defines success or desirable perfection in
anything; whether it be in looks, height, strength, economics,
manliness, womanliness, or just good behaviour, the problems of the
exiled are compounded into both inner or personal issues, and outer or
cultural issues. The most well known mythological tale that is centred
on the exiled one is ‘The Ugly Duckling’. The duckling of the
story takes on board the beliefs of others, the negative images that
are being reflected on to it, as the truth, therefore the duckling
believes it is weak ugly and unacceptable and it is then banished from
the duckling’s society.
Even when one is placed into circumstances of little nurture, one
however strives to continue no matter what, for the instinctual
endurance of the soul is one of our greatest strengths. In these
circumstances one may survive, but will not thrive as Great Spirit
intends. This strength has led you to this page, and will hopefully
lead you to reclaim your instinctual spiritual self here at Medicine
If you recognise yourself as one of the exiled, then this workshop of
life called: ‘Living Your Bliss – Coming out of Exile’ could be
just what your soul is seeking.
realisation of your BLISS (Your True Being) comes only when you can
live any passing moment of your life without being influenced by any
FEARS, DESIRES, or SOCIAL DUTIES to live any particular way!
As adapted from a
quote by: Joseph
At Medicine Wheel Lodge we run a workshop of life to heal these
wounds. In the workshop of life called: ‘Living Your Bliss –
Coming out of Exile’ we aim to assist the individual to reclaim
their instinctual and spiritual identity using ceremony and ritual to
affect the deep unconscious as well as the conscious mind.
A reprogramming is achieved by working with the individual’s own
inner mother and nurturer, and through deep connection to our Mother
Earth and Father Sky. The maternal and paternal energies are brought
in and these energies, which have always been there, are utilised. The
individual finds that they can then release their physical parents
with forgiveness and compassion. In connecting to nature, the
participant’s inner most nature then reveals itself and the illusion
is seen as just that, an illusion. Reality is altered and destructive
messages are cleared to make way for their new reality to begin as
they step into their innate power and begin living their bliss.
After this workshop of life you will hopefully have lifted the first
veil on your discovery of who you really are and can then see with
renewed clarity how the beliefs in the old lies had created your own
reality. Life should then be filled with vitality and an oneness that
you had never felt before; feeling blessed with this learning of
compassion for yourself and all others.
This could be a real hero’s adventure. The journey could be arduous
for some, but a new consciousness born. This workshop of life could be
a journey of profound significance.
For further details: Contact
"We all form self-images and much of our behaviour
is pretty well determined by how we feel about ourselves."
--Eunice Baumann-Nelson, Ph.D., PENOBSCOT
"There is a cycle of building beliefs called the self talk cycle. Our
self talk builds our self image and our self image determines our
behaviour, our actions, and our self worth - how we feel about
ourselves. If we want to change the way we feel about ourselves we
need to change our self talk. We need to build ourselves up. We need
to talk to ourselves in a kind, positive, uplifting, good way. We need
to talk to ourselves about the good things that are happening and know
that we are worthy and expect abundance.
"Oh Great Spirit, today help me to know myself. Help me to see the joy,
kindness, strength and beauty that I am."
Sitting Owl would like to add that: This meditation is a very
important one for many people, and especially many women, to take to
heart. It is indeed the self talk that creates our beliefs as ‘Reality
is what we think it is’ (Hawaiian Shamanic Principle – IKE). But
we must also see that all that beauty is Great Spirit's and that we are
just the humble messengers. Also those that think they are the
greatest and come from some ego self image need to recognise their
weaknesses and humble themselves, again knowing that any greatness is
only coming from Great Spirit. It is all the unfoldment of the Great
Your Bliss –
out of exile
Living Your Bliss – Coming out of Exile is a
workshop of life that we here at Medicine Wheel Lodge feel is necessary for
those of us that were not fortunate enough to have had any Rites if Passage
ceremonies to assist us with the natural transitions that all humans must grow
Recognition and non-acceptance of the toxic psychological conditioning and the
detrimental effects that continue to impact throughout our daily lives as a
result, are the only pre-requisites needed to undertake this workshop of life. A
doorway is now created in which we can be transformed and enter another
This workshop of life is for:
All those that who are still holding hurts from
those that have had a lack of nurturing from either of their parents;
those who have a deep seated anger and feelings of inadequacy;
and those with
fear of failure.
This workshop of life is for:
All those that have suffered great
criticism, which has grossly affected their sense of self and want to move past
those that have established co-dependency in relationships;
those who are
trying to fill the gaps from their empty childhood and are still suffering the
trauma of separation over and over as a result;
those that feel lost and have no
sense of direction; and those that have lost their way and don’t know why they
and moon both die to the old, and
Shedding their shadows to be reborn."
Joseph Campbell - 'The Power of Myth'
This workshop of life:
a mixture of men and women, and is open
to all ages.
Designed to offer rites of passage transition and
It not only incorporates the three stages of Separation,
Transition and the Return, but it also uses Shamanic wisdom.
Native American Indian philosophies, the Medicine Wheel, Rituals, and
We cover subjects such as uncovering personal values and
visions, wounded inner child issues, honouring others for their roles,
This is all done in a safe environment with a loving
family of brothers and sisters.
We finish the workshop of life with a
cleansing and purifying Inipi Ceremony, also known as a Sweat Lodge.
In this ceremony we enter the womb of our Mother Earth, connect with
Father Sky, the animal and the plant kingdom, and commune with Great
Living your Bliss – Coming out of Exile is run in a natural bush
setting and is designed to get you back into step with your natural,
spiritual, and instinctive nature;
To reconnect to Mother Earth and be
nourished and sustained by Her.
The connection made will assist with the ability to release and
forgive our physical parents or anyone that has caused us pain;
With compassion, acceptance, and gratitude you can move forward
knowing all that is needed will be supplied.
This workshop of life
allows the individual to step into their new role feeling connected on
all levels of existence; no longer carrying the burdens of the past,
but instead living a renewed and radiant consciousness, which is in
accord with their newly found synergetic participation with the Great
privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.
The goal of the hero trip down to the jewel point,
is to find those levels in
the psyche that open, open, open,
and finally open to the mystery of your Self,
being Buddha consciousness or the Christ.
That’s the journey."
Joseph Campbell from:
‘Reflections on the Art of Living – A Joseph Campbell
Selected and Edited by Diane K. Osbon.
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