Initiation This painting is about a new beginning. The sacred start of a journey into the unknown. Just take a moment, sit down, close your eyes and focus on what you really want in your life. Allow the picture to become 3D, as if you are there, look, feel, smell, listen, and even taste what it is like to have that now. Then hold that image, that feeling and focus on the painting. There is visible and invisible support present for you. The old Native American Chief is a Shaman and represents wisdom. Guru we say in Sanskrit: Gu means Dark, Ru means light. That which will bring you from the darkness into the light. Your own inner wisdom and intuition, and also the wisdom of teachers in your life. This Shaman will help you to connect with his wisdom, the wisdom of your guides and of your Aumakua, your higher Self: the part of your soul that is connected to the wisdom of all souls, including your ancestors. What can you let go of, that does not serve you anymore? What can you call upon, that is still a hidden treasure? The drum also brings support in the form of healing. If you have a drum, use it when meditating on this painting. The rhythm and frequency will help you to induce a trance, to invoke what it is that you need to reach your desired outcome and help you to eliminate blocks and limitations, both energetically, physically and mentally. When you don’t have a drum, find Lakota songs or drum music; sound creates vibrations that resonate with the cells in your body and create harmony and inner peace. The young girl stands for the innocence and purity of your soul. Her initiation is the step to maturity, autonomy and confidence. She has faith and trust and is willing to take the next step into the unknown. She will help you to do what you need to do as well; to follow your heart, live your truth and stay on track. Under this painting, in a deeper dimension, invisible for the conscious Mind, are two horses: A dark stallion and white mare. Their wild nature will always guide them to freedom. This painting is painted over them. With their magical power and sensitivity, they represent the holy union between the male and the female parts of you, the Animus and Anima. Their presence will bring you harmony. Call them and they will appear. Totem animals: The hawk The Old Ones recognized this magnificent bird as the carrier of messages from the ancestors or Aumakua to this realm. Hearing the magical call of the hawk told the elders to beware of an important event. It could mean the threat of other tribes wanting war, but also the birth of a child. The hawk calls you to pay attention, to wake up, to listen deeply to messages that are sent to you. Its screeching call can penetrate through your Unconscious Mind or Unihipili and to search for the deeper truth, the magic behind appearances. This magic can assist you and give you the strength to conquer situations that appear to be difficult or give you stress. The key is your ability to differentiate, to observe objectively, and to penetrate those areas in your potential that have hidden strength that is needed now. The broad vision of the hawk takes you on the journey to find your hidden powers. The Great spirit asks you to connect to the earth that nurtures you, the softness of the wind, the fire of the sun, the power of the ocean. Beware of the gentle rain on your skin, the fresh smell of the morning, the colors of the evening. Great Spirit invites you to connect and be inspired. Your ability to be present, receive the gifts and use what is offered with gratefulness and respect will determine your power to create. The wolf As a totem animal the wolf represents togetherness, care, playfulness and inner strength. Wolves live in a pack: wolves are loyal to their own family and together they take care of the little ones and the weak. The wolf asks you to look at your family beyond your bloodline; your ‘sangat’ as they say in the yoga tradition, all souls that are connected to you in your inner circle. Who belongs to your pack and in what way can you strengthen the connection? Who does not belong in your pack anymore, but takes a lot of your energy? The wolf is also a tracker. The wolf can help you to find the right path and stay on track. If you have the feeling that you are lost, ask the guidance of the wolf and his heightened senses. Decide for yourself if this decision contributes to you living your truth. Look with the eyes of the wolf and see what past experiences have taught you. Even the most difficult life situations contain lessons. Once you have gone through the emotions and learned the lessons, you can let go of the old ‘stuff’ that binds you to your past. Then you are free to use your energy to create your future. And finally, the wolf stands for playfulness. He invites you to balance your sense of responsibility with the happy, uncomplicated and free child that lives in your heart. Be silly, tease your loved ones, jump, dance, sing, swing, frolic, explore, be curious, laugh, have fun! Often, we lost this, but when you enjoy the lightness of Being, positive energy will flow, and these frequencies will vibrate in your cells and help you to eliminate the darker energies.