First direction

Guarding the North, stands Mountain Lion.

This was the totem selected for my first month of learning, and I was presented with an exquisite carving of a stylised mountain lion. A short examination of the fetish was followed by the instruction to “share breath” with it.

The surge of energy and emotions on that first in-breath was quite unexpected. Simultaneously, I suddenly became aware of a distinct presence, a “weight” in the energy field at my left leg.

Sceptic to believer in a single breath, the next month would be spent becoming familiar with the teaching of Mountain Lion. The strangest thing about that first month, was how simple it was to accept the “reality” of a hitherto unexpected, yet continuous, unseen presence in my life.

At times I would become so involved in the everyday, mundane aspects of making a living that I would forget about the totem residing in the bag around my neck. Even here, however, Mountain Lion was never far away, and many of his most powerful lessons would be expressed, often unexpectedly, in the work environment.

About Running Elk

My given native name, Running Elk, was bestowed in 2008 as I took my first steps as a fully fledged Medicine Man of the Zuni tradition. A most unlikely candidate for the role, my journey as a healer began some four years prior. The detour onto the shamanic way was most unexpected, yet has been one of the most rewarding challenges to date.
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