(Written February 16, 2009)
Many years ago I attended a retreat in Napanee where I got my first introduction to Native spirituality. I had a reading done using Medicine Cards which I found completely fascinating, and upon arriving home I bought my own deck of Sacred Path Cards (a sister deck to the Medicine Cards). In Native spirituality it is believed that all beings/things are deeply connected, and that every facet of life is your teacher, be it a rock, person, plant or animal. Therefore, all of creation is revered for the lessons it provides, if we quiet ourselves long enough to be taught. Medicine and Sacred Path Cards are a great tool to help us find the answers we seek using creation as our guide.
During times of confusion or uncertainty I often pull a card and read the story and lesson behind it to see if it applies to my current situation. It always does. I truly believe in the power of intuition and the brilliance of our souls to bring us to the exact person, place or thing that has the answer we are seeking.
Here is a glimpse of one of the cards I pulled recently, called The Hour of Power. Enjoy its wisdom~
THE HOUR OF POWER
All human beings have their own internal timing. Some are very quick to accomplish a daily task while others are more methodical. Some people have a slow metabolic rate and others have food seemingly run through their bodies. The thought processes of some are lightening quick and others are graced with the patience of examination. These examples of personal timing are some of the things that make us unique and different from one another.
So it is that each person also has an Hour of Power during a day’s cycle. Every person feels more connection with a certain time of day or evening. For some it may be just before sunrise when the world is still and quiet…for others it may be at 3:00 or 4:00 A.M. when the stirrings of life are totally quiet and Entering the Silence is easier.
Once again we need to look at the significance of power. When you feel powerful, you might feels happy, courageous, bold, ready to meet life, full of vitality, able to use your talents, connected to all life-forms, and/or balanced in who and what you are. These are all aspects of wholeness.If you want to find your Hour of Power, notice when you feel at your best and when you feel at your weakest. The times are usually exactly opposite by twelve hours. These are your internal cycles.
For instance, those who feel best at 3:00 A.M. are usually getting a dip in energy at 3:00 P.M. If you have never been up at 3:00 A.M. you may not have noticed how you feel at that hour.The Hour of Power is a ritual of joy. It is a time each day when each individual is filled with the essence of aliveness and pure connection to all Creation [but] due to the lack of Earth-Connection in the modern urban world, many have disconnected from their personal rhythms.
The Hour of Power has no connection to your birth time; it is your internal rhythm.When there has been a growth period, change in consciousness, or healing, the Hour of Power may change. We are constantly evolving and our internal timing will also regulate to our new growth. Then the body’s original Hour of Power can take on a new rhythm or different timing due to its new state of health.
"From ‘Sacred Path Cards: The Discovery of Self Through Native Teachings’ by Jamie Sams