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Heyoka and Transformation

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From: Heyoka andnTransformation

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Talking/writing about the Heyoka way is always somewhat slippery; fornHeyoka is hard to capture, both figuratively and literally. Heyoka is anforce of nature. Heyoka is Sacred. Heyoka is profane. Heyoka is both,nand neither, and in-between. Heyoka is of the Sacred Dreaming, inherentnin the Sacred Fire of Life. Though Heyoka may have guides, allies andnadvisors in spiritual and human realms, the pathway is not “taught” butnself-taught or self-learned. Heyoka “feels” his/her way into thisnlearning and places all trust within the Sacred Mysterious and Self.n“That peculiar awareness of unity-within-duality in perception” that isnreferred to at the end of “To Heyoka” characterizes many of the internalnand external manifestations of Heyoka medicine.

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Heyoka is “set apart”, and this brings both freedom and vulnerability.nHeyoka medicine is akin to both the Trickster Way of Coyote and thenlightning fast transformation of Thunder Being. Heyoka is a guardian tontruth and is compelled to challenge wrongness when he/she encounters it.nThere is no compromise in this absolute trust in reality and noncompromise possible in confronting the shadowed and unreal.

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Heyoka shows the shadows that the people would wish remain un-shown,noften without knowing he/she is doing this. Heyoka is moved by forcesnthat are powerful and compelling and Heyoka’s only choice in thesenthings is willingness, or being swept along regardless. Heyoka is mirrornto the people, again, knowingly or unknowingly. It matters not if anHeyoka is shy or bold in their personality, in either case the medicinenwill move through them regardless. It is not a choice. In this sense itnmust be understood that Heyoka does not choose to be Heyoka or to “act”nHeyoka in any given situation. When Heyoka medicine moves, Heyoka movesnwith it. Any personal reluctance to move within this medicine is sweptnaside when the medicine itself moves. There is no compromise for therenis no hesitation possible once the Heyoka medicine moves.

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Through the unique constellation of powers within Heyoka medicine; thenCoyote Way, the Sacred Mirroring and the Sacred Dreaming, the ThundernBeing Way, “duality in all things” becomes an acute awareness and thisnsensitivity opens the pathway of transformation and transformativenmanifestations. Like Thunder Being, Heyoka brings storm and renewal.nHeyoka “un-does” complacency and wrongness and re-forms the energies ofnthis “un-doing” into what is needed and good. Heyoka can be incrediblenin healing work as well as fear-inspiring to those that resist needednchange.

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Heyoka, like Coyote calling out in the night, demands us to “wake up.”nHeyoka, like Thunder Being, turns things upside down and inside out.nHeyoka shows the Sacred Mirror and shatters the glassnbetween-the-worlds. Heyoka transformation is more than simple change ornmodification; it is the actual undoing and re-forming of primal energyninherent in all things.

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Reviled or loved, Heyoka is movement and transformation.

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