Sunrising vs. Sundowning

In Shamanism, we embrace the “Duality” of the Universe. We embrace: Father/Mother, Day/Night, Summer/Winter, Life/Death, etc. We understand that this existence is greatly assisted by Polarity. In a very basic way we use this cognition to merge with natural flows that are occurring in our environments.

Very often my clients, as busy members of this complex society, tend to become pessimistic and with no aspirations in sight. A simple exercise I share with them is to list most of the things they really dislike. Then after done to create a new list with the exact opposites of each point. So often it’s not that we don’t know where to go or what we want, but that we are focusing in the opposite direction.

The official website for the Mayo Clinic, states:

The term “sundowning” refers to a state of confusion occurring in the late afternoon and spanning into the night. Sundowning can cause a variety of behaviors, such as confusion, anxiety, aggression or ignoring directions. Sundowning can also lead to pacing or wandering. Sundowning isn’t a disease, but a group of symptoms that occur at a specific time of the day that may affect people with dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease. The exact cause of this behavior is unknown.

For a Shaman, the above is a very useful information. We just flip the data around. People that maybe suffering from a debilitation mental condition will have their auras weakened, and this will make subtle influences more visible. Thus if “Sundowning” creates confusion, anxiety, aggression, etc. wouldn’t “Sunrising” create exactly the opposite?

Below are the antonyms provided by

calmnesshappinessclaritycomposurecalmpeacesystemorderorientationmethodsenseorganization, certaintycalmassurancecontentmentbeliefCollectednesstrustadvantagecomposurepeaceblessingtranquilityjoyhappinesseasenonchalancefaithpeacefulnesssurenesscalmnesssecurityconfidence, graciousnesspacifismgenialityshelternonaggressionkindlinessdefensiveamicabilityretreatbenevolenceamiabilityaffabilitysociabilityresistancerepulsiongentlenesssurrendermildnesspleasantnessamenabilitycordialityfriendliness.

By the way, in the excerpt I included from the Mayo Clinic, it is admitted that the cause of this behavior is unknown, and yet I believe any Mystic or Shaman would immediately recognize that our Sun constantly emanates illumination both externally and internally.

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