It will help improve muscle and joint functions, increase bone density, elevate sinking hormone levels, and create a sense of well-being with far-reaching benefits. That flush of post-workout contentment actually boosts our immune system. Physical strength brings natural resiliency to body and soul and connects us to the physical “body” of Earth.
There are many ways to bring these powers into our lives. Here’s a simple four-step exercise drawn from Huichol Shamanic wisdom:
1. Sit down comfortably. Imagine the four powers as the four directions: north, south, east, and west. Start by visualizing the nerika — the soul’s doorway — as a circle that connects you outward, literally and emotionally, into those four directions.
2. Travel into the circle. Visualize a deer — your higher self and guide — in the center, guiding you toward the east, and look for the image of the rising sun, bursting through clouds.
3. Ask the deer to bring any one of the four powers into your circle of life, whether you want to start with love, intuition, intelligence, or physical strength.
4. With each power, imagine it coming into your circle from a different direction. Imagine the deer guiding it into your own heart, and experience the feeling each brings:
For love, imagine a profound sense of joy and connection, and feeling embraced by all life.
For intuition, imagine you are plugged into the entire universe, filled with psychic power.
For intelligence, imagine there is a force, conscious or unconscious, guiding your every action and decision.
For physical strength, feel your body connected energetically, physically, and emotionally to the body of Mother Earth.
Practice this simple ritual often. Whenever you have a quiet moment, bring these four powers into your circle, your heart, and your life. With them in balance, you can achieve what you never thought possible.