ADDICTION ALCHEMY FIELD GUIDE:
Next Generation Recovery COMING SOON!
You have been asking and we have been listening! So many of you are reaching out
to learn about the recovery medicine wheel and how you can have these gatherings in your
own communities. Now, with this guide you will be able to assemble your tribal
community for healing, empowerment and adventure! The AA Field Guide will give
you easy to follow steps to facilitate your own Addiction Alchemy Recovery Wheel gatherings.
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Release Date Winter 2015
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.
Although human issues are
universal, what is so amazing about the dynamic of each clan is that the
particular members of a clan hold a piece of each other's puzzle. Upon first appearance, this may not
seem so, but the wheel is a study in this very principal, as we all get
exactly what we need, exactly when we need it, in perfect order, every
time. The people come together, time after time after time in service to
We are but reflections of one another, until we are
reflecting only what is inside of our heart of hearts. For it is then
that we are not so much reflectors, as we are receptors and projectors.
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.
And so with this, we have the
naming of this Addiction Alchemy tribe:
Appearing across the board, in almost all native lore, Thunderbird is
rich and complex, drawing in a variety of other elements which
compliment his power.
Thunder, Lightning, Woodpecker, Trickster and Sacred Clowns are some of
the energies intertwined with the gift of the Thunderbird. Seemingly
disparate, as you will soon see these energies all work together to help
us go from one end of the spectrum to the other. It takes a great deal
of power to go, for example, from the vortex of an addiction and push
the slider over into passion and devotion to your cause or purpose, to
completely change the shape of your body or your mind for that matter.
But that is what we are calling Thunderbird in to do!
This is the polarizing pull of Thunderbird, bringing complete redemption
through sudden, sometimes shocking bursts of Light or Truth as we break
with denial. Yet, if we call on the consort of Thunderbird, the
Trickster or Sacred Clown, we can learn to stand back and laugh at our
foibles. Even amidst grief and pain, we have the power to put things in
perspective and not take our mistakes too seriously. Especially when we
learn that when we were "screwing up", we were being someone else's
Sacred Clown...showing them something about themselves that they could
not see. Just as those who trip us up have done for us. Thunderbird can
help us see ourselves in the Coyote/Trickster hall of mirrors. Knowing
that we are both the reflection and the mirror can help us take it just
a little bit easier on ourselves.
The swift electrical flashes of
lightning and the commanding sound of thunder can jolt us out of denial
and oblivion very effectively and certainly get our attention. If you
are already in addiction recovery then you might remember the day you
realized you had a real problem, the day you broke with denial. Those
are Thunderbird moments. Some of us experience this with a DUI, loss of
loved ones, loss of a job, incarceration or nervous breakdowns. But
don't forget that lightning and thunder can also herald new ideas,
invention and creation!
Thunderbird is a powerful ally as
you ground out some idea, inspiration or belief and anchor it into the
physical. Think lightning bolts coming from his eyes and then the larger
than life sound of thunder punctuating them like exclamation points and
you get the picture. So perhaps you are further along than you
realize and there is something you will be creating, inventing or
developing. Did you know that most of the time lightning strikes from
the ground up?
The medicine wheel helps you
understand where you are in your process and to come to terms with the
paradox of taking those things as signs that something in your body/soul
wants attention or needs to change, without giving yourself a life
sentence with no hope of redemption. Thunderbird helps you navigate
judgment and mercy and teaches you how to ALLOW them to meet in the
middle. When you start accepting and stop judging yourself so harshly,
conversely this frees your energy for other things... such as moving
forward in life and creating something new and wonderful!
I have come for you as I have heard your call for complete and radical
transformation. You are calling for a reversal of something in your
life. You want to change or create something new NOW! I hear this loud and clear. You have
learned your lessons and you have come a very, very long way in your
human evolution, possibly much more than you know. Yet, there are
blockages and obstacles that are on your path. You know they are here
for your greater good? Say yes!
The Trickster and the Sacred
Clowns are all around you, like a drill sergeant they tease and taunt
you into doing better than you have ever imagined. They push you beyond
WHAT YOU THINK are your limits. They help you understand that you can
create ANYTHING you want and furthermore they goad you into finding your
genius. That part of you that creates from your soul. And best of all
YOU HAVE "HIRED" THEM to help you do this.
"Send in the clowns" has been your
anthem and you have called these tricksters into your life to help you
evolve. And therein lies the irony of it all. Yet, the great equalizer
is that just as quickly can you send them away. When you "get" the
lesson, when they are no longer giving life to the distorted beliefs in
your heart and a voice to that doubting, judgmental nag in your head,
you might be surprised at how quickly things change.
Thunderbird says don't get mad,
take a lesson. If someone in your life, either past or present, appears
selfish, self centered, uncaring or self absorbed maybe they are only
there to teach you what it looks like to take care of your own needs and
to nurture yourself. Why not become a little selfish yourself? And then
again maybe you are being selfish and you don't know it!! Maybe you're
the one who is self absorbed...maybe, just maybe you need to be right
now! Did you ever think of that? So maybe you need to give others the
same leeway! See how the snake eats it's tale? The deeper our denial,
the more insane the clowns become.
Leave no paradox unturned. Examine
all options. Drop the victim and stop thinking you are in the know.
Obviously you want the wool removed from your eyes or you wouldn't have
called upon Thunderbird. For Trickster, ushered in by the power of
Thunderbird will ensure that you get the message. You can giggle about
your mistakes and let a little mystery back into your life or you can
grieve for the rest of your days, that is your choice. Ever wonder why
the Dali Lama is so full of mirth? Maybe one answer is because
everything matters...and nothing matters.....we're all special...and no
one is special! It's a hoot! So then you begin to see that the only
thing that seems to matter is what you bring through the portal of your
soul into this physical world. You better make it good!
Thunderbird says knowledge is
great, but you better be able to forget what you know as quickly as a
thunderclap, for when you do everything that you need will be magnetized
to you. The clowns will make sure that you have the awareness and the
eyes to see so you can receive everything that is before you. One of my
greatest gifts is my ability to heal you with a flash of Light (break
with denial) and then the sound of thunder, allowing you to be reborn
into a new way of being. Why do you think I am called a Thunderbird?
This is a clue for you, my friend,
a call to action that your soul in conjuring. You must use the power of
sound to heal and raise your own vibration. Woodpecker, my earth-winged
brother reminds you to drum, to never forget the power of drumming and
how it helps you connect to your own heartbeat, the memory of the
heartbeat of your own mother and mother earth. It will reset your
magnetic energy, bring in light, help you clear past memories and
connect to your heart, among other things. It will even shine your
shoes! Ha ha ha! He he he!!!
But seriously, ever noticed how
hard it can be (without training) to sing in harmony with others? The
natural instinct is to go to the same tone that someone else is singing.
But you want to break out of the pack, now don't you? This is what this
is all about, right <wink>? Now, I hear you saying you are ready and
willing to vibrate in harmony with others. Let's see if that is true.
This first requires you to find a very clear tone to harmonize with, one
that can hold it's own. Thunderbird helps you do this with the power of
sound. Sound and energy healing needs to become an integral part of your
life, along with absolute silence and stillness. Also, this may be part
of your calling to help others honor the thunder beings. Think about it!
Then do it! Boom, boom!
That's my ultimate gift to you,
says Thunderbird - a lightning bolt - an idea - a flash of inspiration,
followed by the song of the thunder beings - that mighty vibration of
sound moving you to take action... galvanizing you into
movement...faster than the speed of light.
I am grateful for this life experience.
I forgive, but I do not need to forget, because I acknowledge the value
of all that I experience.
I allow my beliefs to be transformed and transcended.
I step outside of time and into the realm of eternity to empower my
I am open to learning, un-learning and re-learning.
I see the undeviating justice at work in my life.
I understand that the Universe is conspiring on my behalf to manifest my
I purify my desires and intend for my highest good.
I attract from the purest essence of my desire.
I use the power of sound to heal myself and others.
I honor the lessons that this life brings me.
Inside of me is something truly unique which is constantly seeking
I communicate with all the parts of my being.
I am a multi-dimensional being.
I am more than the sum of my experiences.
I am an earth-walking being of light.
I belong to the world and the world belongs to me.
I remain fluid and flow with my life.
I am open to learning new things.
I release the need to control and flow with discernment.
I allow myself to receive all things needful, both spiritual and
I allow the flow of the eternal will to good to enter my heart.
I freely give to others that which I wish to receive in my life.
I play the sacred drum and hear its echo in my heart.
I came into physical form to express my whole self.
I am body, mind, heart, soul and spirit.
I am earth, water, air, fire and spirit.
I am a conscious and masterful co-creator of my life.
I am the one I have been waiting for.
I am a unique expression of the divine.
I have an important gift and message for the world.