THE SEVEN ARROWS RITUAL
Ceremony for Death & Life Arrows
Handed down through the centuries
Taught to Paul Wagner by Lakota Elders in New Mexico
Reimagined and edited by Paul Wagner
This seven arrows ritual is for rebirth!
Let’s focus on releasing the old and welcoming the new!
Mitakuye Oyasin (for all my relations)!
Feel free to make this ritual your own in subtle ways so that you feel empowered to complete it.
Please remember that this is a sacred ritual. It should be approached with reverence for all of our ancestors, elders, guides, and all the light-Beings throughout time. It is an honor to be called to this ritual. And it is a gift from Native American and Tribal elders throughout the ages.
As I share this with you, know that I honor all Beings and all Elders who fought to keep these beautiful and transformative traditions alive.
I was lucky to be called these rituals early in life. I was offered these rituals while a student of several loving, generous, and kind Native American Elders. These lovely human beings took me under their profound wings and guided me to clarity. I am beyond grateful for the luck I have in this life that gave me such bounty.
Begin this ritual by calling all of your guides to your aid. Find deep gratitude for this life and its lessons.
You will need:
- Blue Cloth (big enough to hold all of the items listed here)
- Flowers, Chocolate or an offering to nature
- Whittling knife
- Tobacco (found in pouch form at many stores)
- 14 sticks (of any size and shape, although smaller is easier to work with) • A private location in nature where there is a mountain or hill
- Wrapped food, in a sealed bag (so that animals do not smell it)
Before leaving your house
Sit quietly somewhere and examine your life, revealing those aspects of self, the people in your life, thoughts, and concepts in your mind and heart that you would like removed and those that you would like to welcome in. Make a list of 7 aspects of self, people, thoughts, and concepts to remove and 7 to welcome in. Take the 14 sticks, of whatever size and shape you desire, and decorate them according to which aspect of self, person, thought, or concept the represent. You may also decorate these sticks once you get to the ritual location and then do the ritual. It’s up to you.
At all times during the ritual and it’s prep, keep a gracious and open heart so that you can shift according to concepts aligned with love and forgiveness. No blame, finding and releasing anger and sadness, uncovering joy, always. Joy is our intended state of mind and heart. We take trips in life to add things, people, and thoughts to ourselves because we feel we need them. If we’re not present or careful, this process often takes us away from who we are. Rituals can help us to get back to who we are.
It’s about the simplicity of mind and heart.
PART 1: THE SEVEN ARROWS OF DEATH
- Go to the bottom of a mountain or a remote area where you are safe.
- Make a circle of tobacco and cornmeal with an opening to the east.
- Enter the circle in the east and close the circle.
- Sit facing east.
- Place the arrows in the ground. Open the bundle and distribute contents.
- Feel free to light incense now.
- Sing: “Great Spirit, Mother Earth, Powers of the 4 Directions, Winged Ones, 4 Legged Ones, and my Medicine. All of my allies, all of my ancestors, all those who love me, HEAR ME NOW.”
- Speak the give-away of the DEATH ARROWS by stating what each arrow means to you and why you are releasing it.
- Recite this prayer: “Please help me and give me strength on my way.”
- Burn the arrows and bury them.
- Thank all the light-Spirits for their presence.
- Take notes on the creatures who visited with you and the spirits you felt with you.
- Notice EVERYTHING around you, even the wind.
LEAVE this part of the journey with JOY through the eastern door.
PART 2: THE SEVEN ARROWS OF LIFE
For the Life Arrow Ceremony, go to the top of a mountain and repeat the above ceremony. This time leave your arrows right there as a give-away. Also, leave chocolate or tobacco as a give-away.
Always Live In Gratitude.
Mitakuye Oyasin (for all my relations in all the realms, throughout all the worlds)
If you have any questions about the seven arrows ritual, please schedule a session with Paul HERE.
Paul Wagner is a Consciousness, Life, and Business Coach, and a 5-time EMMY-Award winning writer. He created THE PERSONALITY CARDS, a powerful Oracle and Tarot deck that’s helpful in life, love, and relationships. For years, Paul studied with Lakota elders in the Pecos Wilderness, who nurtured his empathic abilities and taught him the sacred rituals. He has degrees from Boston College in Computer Science and Psychology. Mr. Wagner has lived at ashrams with enlightened masters, including Amma, the Hugging Saint, for whom he’s delivered keynotes at Her worldwide events. Paul tours the world lecturing about personal expansion and spiritual freedom. He lovingly offers intuitive readings and inspirational coaching to help you with self-discovery, decision-making, forgiveness, and business. Book a session with Paul.
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