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GRYPHON CLAN - Eastern Gate - SEPTEMBER 30, 2007
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INTRODUCTION
The naming of a clan is a very sacred process. It is not dictated by the creativity alone of the facilitator, but is rather more of a download of information that best represents the existing energy of the group as a whole. Through intuition, meditation, inspiration, imagination, observation and deep listening the clan is named, not by a human, but through a human by the unseen energy source that connects us all one to another.

We are but reflections of one another, until we are reflecting only what is inside of our heart of hearts from our purest essence. And we will then each be one to another the most persistent of reminders of the greatness that lies within each of us. For it is then that we are projecting the most essential part of our highest and finest selves from the very core of our being. And so it is wise to pay attention to everything and everyone that comes into your space. Let no blessing go unnoticed and no message go unheard. Be not fooled by the wrapping paper on the gift or the cover on the book.

And so with this, we have the naming of this Addiction Alchemy tribe on September, 2007:

The Gryphon Clan

ENERGIES
VISION & WISDOM + COURAGE & STRENGTH

GRYPHON'S POWER
The modern day Gryphon is someone who isn't afraid of the truth. And because of this has a very accurate way of seeing things. Gryphon's can clearly see the truth of a situation or someone's words and with great courage and strength will take action with wisdom.

The higher vision of the eagle part of the gryphon allows for great insight into what makes another person, or anything else for that matter, tick. Gryphon can almost piercingly see the core truth. Yet, it is the lion part that helps Gryphon know what to do with this truth. Lion imparts great strength and courage and a willingness to be fearless in dealing with lies, deception, scams and denial.

The person carrying Gryphon energy knows, sees and feels the truth, sensing and intuiting from great and vast heights and knows exactly what to do with this knowledge.


GRYPHON’S MESSAGE

Gryphon empowers you to see the truth of any situation. He will help you to see through the smoke and mirrors and behind the curtain to the deepest level of truth. And then he will help you masterfully handle these morsels of truth with great skill for the greater good of all concerned, including yourself. He gives you the vision and wisdom to know the difference between things you can and cannot change and the courage and strength to change what you can.

If Gryphon is speaking to you, it is likely you are suppressing this amazing ability that you have to see into other's souls. There may be something that is too painful for you to see. Ironically the denial of your own personal truth and repression of your intuition will likely bring far greater suffering to you than anything else.

Gryphon can provide safe passage out of the land of denial. And once this is accomplished, he can bring you massive amounts of fortification with both his bird's eye view and his command of the earth kingdom. After all, as half eagle, he is the Lord of the Skies and as half lion, he is King of the Jungle. Both domains are at his rule. This brings tremendous power to any situation.

Gryphon alerts you to the concept of power versus force. With the indomitable blend of raptor and beast, he walks in his power and commands great respect from all who cross his path. Some say that Gryphon represents the marriage of heaven and earth, man and divinity and that he is the keeper of duality. If this is so, he gives us the power to discover and tap into all of our resources and take back our personal power.


GRYPHON SAYS…
Get on my back and ride like the wind. Let me help you gain perspective on your situation. Let me help you energetically remove yourself so that you can see, objectively once more. I will not only help you see the truth about others, I will help you see the truth about yourself and your life. I will show you your own gifts of sight.

But I don't just give you sight, I can also bring you the wisdom to know what to do with the nuggets of truth that you uncover. For whatever a thing is...if it's the truth, it is more valuable to you than gold.  As you amass your treasure, I can help you uncover the personal courage and strength to take right action, with speed and grace.

As we come back down to earth and you have seen the sights, I can show you how to command your life and attract what you want by having the courage to speak up about what you want. I can help you find the courage to release negative thoughts and behavior patterns that do not serve your highest good, reclaiming your energy and making room for what does.

I can help you integrate the duality of any situation, while honoring your personal boundaries and respecting those of others. If something is unacceptable to you, my courage and strength will help guide your action. As you step more into your power, I can help you focus on what you want, instead of what you do not want. Remember, no one can block you from your true path.

I am the guardian of the knowledge of good and evil, right and wrong and so as you bite into the fruit of the tree of life, I can help you select only the best fruits. So, don't be afraid to take a bite out of that apple, for it represents the sweetness and fullness of life that is your birthright. As you became human, you made a covenant to accept good, honor and glory into your life. Gryphon says, "Now, do it!".

GRYPHON AFFIRMATIONS
I see the truth in all matters of my life.
I am an intuitive being.
I am confident in what I sense and know.
I have the courage and strength to allow good into my life.
I am treated with respect and courtesy by others.
I treat others with respect and courtesy.
I am a powerful person.
I am a person of vision and action.
I am worthy of respect.
I live my life with honor.
I am worth it.
I stand up for myself with dignity and love.
When I feel anger, I express it constructively.
I acknowledge and accept any feelings of anger and fear as they arise.
I attend to my feelings of anger and fear with love and compassion for myself.
I acknowledge anger and fear in others with love and compassion.
I respect all of my thoughts and feelings and understand that they are my mind and body's way of guiding and informing me of my innate body wisdom.
I surrender the need to control everything.
I have faith in the perfection of the laws of the universe.
I focus on cleaning up and maintaining my side of the street first and foremost in all my relationships.

SYMBOLOGY

GRYPHON TOTEMS
Because of the griffin's strength and powers of sight, it was believed to guard hidden treasures and hide them in their nests with their young. Because of its association with the Holy Grail, one of the treasures most commonly guarded by griffins was emeralds. (The Holy Grail was carved from a single emerald. It was used to hold the wine at the Last Supper and believed to have magical powers.) Other popular treasures guarded by griffins were the Tree of Life, knowledge, and the roads to salvation. Greeks and Romans used griffin images to guard tombs.

Griffins are a symbol of the sun, wisdom, justice, strength, and salvation.

GEMSTONES
Gold, Agate, Geodes, Emeralds, Green Aventurine, Green quartz, egg shaped stones
 

ORIGINS OF GRYPHON

The griffin is a mythical creature with the face, beak, talons and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion. At times, it is portrayed with a long snake-like tail. In some traditions, only the female has wings. Its nests are made of gold and its eggs resemble agates. Pliny believed griffins came from Northern Russia; Aeschylus thought they originated in Ethiopia; and Bullfinch wrote that their native country was India. In its body, the griffin is blessed with the speed, flight, and penetrating vision of the eagle and the strength, courage, and majesty of the lion.

In symbolism, the griffin combines the symbolic qualities of both the lion and the eagle. It is the king of birds and lord of the air united with the king of beasts and lord of the earth.

The griffin's dual nature led it to be associated with Jesus Christ, God and man, king of heaven and earth. The eagle half of the griffin signified Christ's divinity and the lion half represented His humanity. Because no one could block the path of a griffin, this creature was especially associated with that passage in the Gospel which records Christ's marvelous passage through the crowd at Nazareth who were determined to throw Him off a cliff. [Luke 4:28-30] During the Middle Ages, griffins were symbols of Christ's resurrection. The strength of the lion and the wisdom of the eagle combined in the griffin symbolized the strength and wisdom of God.

The logical difficulties of duality, led some people to see in the griffin the perversion of the strengths of both animals. Gevaert theorized that the combination of lion and eagle parts would more or less cripple the griffin, depriving him of the ability to fly unencumbered like the eagle or walk nobly like the lion. It was associated with those who used their powers to persecute the Christians, evil personified, the Antichrist, and the Devil. There was even an imaginary creature called the griffin-dragon who had the tail of a dragon or a snake. This one always represented evil.

One legend involving griffins is the Ascension of Alexander the great. According to this story, Alexander captured a pair of griffins and, having starved them for three days, hitched them to his throne and, teasing them with chunks of roast beef held above their heads on lances, flew heavenward for seven days. Alexander would've stolen a peek at God Himself if an angel had not asked him why he wanted to see the things of heaven when he did not yet understand the things of earth. Chastised for his presumptuousness, Alexander flew back to earth. Representations of Alexander's ascension were placed in French and Italian cathedrals during the 12th century.

The griffin's ability to soar like an eagle made him an emblem of poetic and spiritual inspiration. The eagle parts of the griffin represented the saints with their thoughts, aspirations, and souls lifted towards God. Its lion half stood for their courage in the arena and in the continuing struggle against sin, evil, and the Devil. As emblems of the saints, griffins are sometimes pictured eating fruit picked from the Tree of Life. [see Rev 2:7]

During captivity, Israelites would have become familiar with the griffin image. Both Persians and Assyrians decorated with images of this magical beast. Images of two griffins drinking from a flaming cup were common in the Persian religion, Zorastrianism. Later, the Crusaders, coming across this image, would be reminded of the Eucharist and the cup of fire became associated with the Holy Grail.

During the Middle Ages, Christian nobles searched for griffin's eggs or "grypeseye" which they mounted and used for cups, believing they brought health to any beverage.

Because of the griffin's strength and powers of sight, it was believed to guard hidden treasures and hide them in their nests with their young. Because of its association with the Holy Grail, one of the treasures most commonly guarded by griffins was emeralds. (The Holy Grail was carved from a single emerald. It was used to hold the wine at the Last Supper and believed to have magical powers.) Other popular treasures guarded by griffins were the Tree of Life, knowledge, and the roads to salvation. Greeks and Romans used griffin images to guard tombs.

Griffins are a symbol of the sun, wisdom, justice, strength, and salvation.

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