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“When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inward and examine ourselves” ~ Confucius

Now, why do you think he said that?

Heyokah

Well, did you know that the Native American tribe the Cheyenne (and other’s) within the tribe had a society called the Contrary Society. And if you remember the film with Dustman Hoffman ‘Little Big Man’ there is a scene of a Cheyenne Contrary who rode his horse backwards and rode on a different path than the rest of the tribe. The actual scene clearly can’t be taken seriously as it was directed to be a funny scene.

However, there is wisdom and teachings here related to the Confucius quote.

When you are focusing on a problem, you are working the Left brain (Beta brain wave vibration) by sifting and categorising by logical analysis, expressed physically outwardly through right hand side of the body, Yang energy. In this state, no one can really solve a problem and therefore contrary to the way to solve problems.

In Native American teachings, Contrary, Coyote, Heyokah or Trickster wisdom shows that this is not the way to look at things. An alternative view is needed. The magical Coyote (Contrary) is the Tricksters ally. He turns up to ask you to ask yourself what you are doing and why? What change in attitude do you need? The answer could be the exact opposite, the contrary, of the answers you would find for the self i.e. Not the logical answer. Think of the ‘Fool’ in Shakespeare’s play, ‘King Lear’. Whenever the King is being foolish the Fool either walks off scene or stands still and watches his King act the fool instead!

For the left hand brain thinkers amongst you who still quite don’t get it, think of Albert Einstein, not that great in math’s (left brain logic), asked questions in images and solved problems in an ‘Alpha’ state (Right hand brain), away from his Left hand brain ‘Beta’ state.

So what alternative solution are you being asked today?

As you can tell, Contrary, Coyote, Heyokah or Trickster wisdom are one of my favourite characters.

’til we meet again,

Walk in Peace;
Walk in Beauty.

Johnathan

Johnathan Brooks, MAC, PG Dip is a Cognitive Behavioural Coach who has trained in a wide range of personal development treatment methods including the “Power Therapies” (CBT Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (postgrad), EFT Emotional Freedom Technique, Master NLP Neuro Linguistic Programming) and has a Post Graduate Diploma in ‘Coaching and NLP’.

Do You Have A Difficult Question Or Decision To Make About Your Future?

Unsure Which To Choose?

Have you got a burning question that you just can’t seem to find the answer to? It could be a simple question, such as: ‘Should I go on holiday with this hunky guy I only just met?’ Never an easy one, when it’s all expenses paid! Or, should I accept this job offer or that one?

Divination can help. Complete the following exercise, using a pad and pen, to find the answer. The whole exercise should take about 20 minutes.

1. Go for a relaxing walk outside. (If you are self conscious, you can do this exercise in your living-room, but a walk is more fun). During the walk, find a place of balance and stand on the dividing line. For example, where a pavement meets a road or where sunlight creates a shadow.

2. Close your eyes and state your intention, i.e. ‘My intention is to answer my question.’ Be clear with your intent as you state it, then ask your question: ‘My question is…’ Then, turn 360 degrees and stop. Open your eyes and write down one thing that catches your eye. This could be anything, a red sign, a tree, a bird etc.

3. Continue your walk until you find another place of balance and repeat the exercise in point 2.

4. Repeat again, for a total of 3 times. Make sure each time to state your intention and your question, and to stop at a different place.

5. Write a one paragraph story that includes the three objects that you noticed. Relate the story to your question, and like magic, you have your answer. Not sure how? Here’s how it works.

Using the above example, let’s say your 3 objects were: A plane, the colour red, and trees.

Your story could go: One beautiful day I was walking along when all of a sudden a PLANE crashed in front of me and ploughed into the TREES and burst into a RED ball of flames.

How does this relate to the question: Should I go on holiday with this hunk? Try and have a think.

Spirit Bear says that it doesn’t mean that the plane you catch together will crash and you both die, just that the holiday romance probably will crash and end in disaster.

We all know the answers to our questions at a deeper unconscious level, and this exercise simply allows the unconscious to direct our story, informing our conscious mind of the answer, which seemingly appears to us ‘as if’ it were magic. And you thought you chose the objects and wrote the story!

When we don’t listen to the answers and do what we want to do what ever, that is when our ego (personality) interferes with our core-self. This is when problems arise in our lives and we wonder why it always happens to us.

Have fun and enjoy the walk and just go with the flow.

Til we meet again.

Walk in Peace;

Walk in Beauty.

Johnathan

What people have said who have tried this:

The answers lie inside me!

“(Above Exercise) It reminded me that the answers lie inside me, as do the tools to get to them, I just need to make myself stand still for long enough for them to come to the surface.”

~ RH.

It was just right for me!

“I used Johnathan’s exercise to address a long-standing question and found a straightforward, comforting and gentle answer came to me, based on my deep core identity! Right at that moment in time, it was just right for me!”

~ Georgina, Counsellor and Psychotherapist ~ South Wales.