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SMILING COYOTE CLAN - Begins - January 22, 2012
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The naming of a clan is a very sacred process. It is not dictated by the creativity alone of the facilitator, but is rather more of a download of information that best represents the existing energy of the group as a whole. Through intuition, meditation, inspiration, imagination, observation and deep listening the clan is named, not by a human, but through a human by the unseen energy source that connects us all one to another.

Although human issues are universal, what is so amazing about the dynamic of each clan is that the particular members of a clan hold a piece of each other's puzzle. Upon first appearance, this may not seem so, but the wheel is a study in this very principal, as we all get exactly what we need, exactly when we need it, in perfect order, every time. The people come together, time after time after time in service to each other.

We are but reflections of one another, until we are reflecting only what is inside of our heart of hearts. For it is then that we are not so much reflectors, as we are receptors and projectors. It is then that we are projecting the most essential part of our highest and finest selves from the very core of our being. And so it is wise to pay attention to everything and everyone that comes into your space. Let no blessing go unnoticed and no message go unheard. Be not fooled by the wrapping paper on the gift.

And so with this, we have the naming of this Addiction Alchemy tribe:

Smiling Coyote Clan


The power of coyote is here now to help you move through the last vestiges of the illusions that linger as you awaken from the dream within the dream. Humanity has been on a powerful mission, a journey billions of earth years and as many more light years in the making. Up until this point, as a whole, humanity has not been ready to awaken from the dream of death. Now, we are becoming ready. Coyote, the master teacher who shows us the best and worst of ourselves through the tricks of our relationships is on the move, putting us on the fast track to release as many layers of denial as it takes for us to realize the full implications of being human.

"It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences."
                                                        - Audre Lorde

Who is bunging you up, tricking you and keeping you off balance? Look to this great teacher in your life and receive the teaching. For there is great power building for your use. And remember, it's never "who", but "what". Coyote comes through repeating patterns of epic proportions and the more you repeat, the crazier and more insane the tricks become. And less we not forget that you might have a bit of the ole' coyote in you, as well, dishing out your own brand of humor along the way. It's time to lighten the load and realize that all work and no play is the biggest trick of all!

"The opposite of play is not work. It’s depression." ~Brian Sutton-Smith

The Fool is also called the trickster and carries a bit of coyote magic as he or she stumbles innocently along the path. The Fool can help you remain innocent and pure so that you can experience the infusion of inspiration that comes with fresh awareness. But coyote is the one who walks with you and protects your innocence and keeps it from becoming your ignorance. (Hence the Fool depicted in the Rider-Waite tarot deck is assisted by a dog or is that a coyote in disguise?). Do not be deluded about the differences between innocence and ignorance. For innocence is what keeps you open to learning. Ignorance implies that you have "ignored" information that has been supplied to you.


It's time to release the archetype of victim completely from your vocabulary and your life. There is no "them", there isn't even an "us". If something is in your field of awareness, has an emotional charge, or is a repeating pattern in your life, then coyote has come calling. Then again, there is the other side of that coin. If there is something that you are completely ignoring and never makes it onto your radar, there's also something there. The coyote is most helpful in excavating your soul either way, whether you are acting in or acting out! Facing this can turn your life in a 180 degree direction, back into the light, back to your essential self and open the gates to a full measure of your own free will, as you clear your karmic patterns once and for all!

The coyote is also known as a Heyoka or Sacred Clown in native tribes and is considered a holy man. Sometimes the Heyoka's would come into the camp riding their horse backwards, waving hands, acting crazy and being disruptive. When that would happen the people would sit down and take notice. They knew that Great Spirit was conveying a message to them. The Heyoka's kept people from taking themselves too seriously or from becoming too rigid in their thinking or rituals. For in order to create, become enlightened and not have that knowledge become a velvet prison, the clowns know that you must always keep a touch of innocence about you.

Coyote Catches RoadRunner

The coyote is here to remind you that you must engage in humility, before you can become truly aware. As Carl Sagan puts it, we have developed "a great soaring, passionate intelligence", which may serve to limit us if we become arrogant and even inadvertently bind us to WHAT WE KNOW. In coyote land, the fool reigns supreme, and there's no shame in admitting you don't know. In fact, those are the magic words, that open all kinds of doors, especially if you are a true and pure seeker.

The Kabbalah says, “Every definition of God leads to heresy; definition is spiritual idolatry."

The smiling coyote is here to help you Learn, Un-learn and Re-learn with humility, awareness, wonder, excitement, humor, play and joy. He is here to teach you to see in a sacred manner all that is. He is here to help you release your victimhood and to understand the mysterious nature of being human. He is here to introduce you to the divine opposites and help you mine the gold that lay buried in the center of the labyrinth of your soul!

I see more than air in the wind.
I see more than fire in the flame.
I see more than water in the river.
I see more than soil in the earth.
I see more than myst in the Spirit.
I see absolutely every wish granted.
I see it all wished away again.
I see the bonfire of the vanities.
I see you.
I see me.
I see the birth of love.
I see an ever expanding creation.
I see us finding our way.
I see us coming home.
I see No Thing.
I see Every Thing.
I see what cannot be seen.
               ~ She Who Weaves the Web

The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper. – W.B. Yeats


Come run and play with me and step deeply into yourself! I am the best of all my canine brothers and sisters... teacher, leader, healer, protector and clan mate. I can help you learn how to expand your energy safely, so that you can bring your true individuality safely out into the world. You might as well, Coyote says, because if you can't become strong enough to shine, then you will never be weak enough to find the cracks that are going to actually let that light out into the world!

 “Progress always involves risk; you can't steal second base and keep your foot on first base.” ~ Frederick Wilcox

I walk the worlds between the wolves and the dogs. My brother wolves avoid humans and hold the space for the wildness of freedom, for humans have barely learned how to respect their own wildness. They teach you how to lead a pack and be in community, find a path and stay loyal to your tribe. My brother dogs have become one of you. They walk closely by your side and befriend you as family, submitting the greatness of the wolf in absolute humility to help you see if you are even worthy to lead such an unconditionally loving and wild being. But, I help you to run right up the middle path. You can depend on me for one thing and one thing only - your freedom!

“It is because Humanity has never known where it was going that it has been able to find its way.” ~ Oscar Wilde

The kind of freedom I bring you however, is not without a price. For if you think that freedom is free, then you have gotten caught in the trap of ignorance and I, your smiling coyote friend, will come calling to release you from your snare. I can show you how to adapt and move into your grace right at the table of your enemies. There is no need to run and hide. My brothers are not afraid of humans as wolves are, nor are we beholding to you as dogs. We teach you how to remember what you truly are and that you can enjoy the best of both worlds!

"Creative life... is made up of divine paradox. To create one must be willing to be stone stupid, to sit upon a throne on top of a jackass and spill rubies from one’s mouth. Then the river will flow, then we can stand in the stream of it raining down." ~ Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Women Who Run With the Wolves

I teach you how to respect and manage your wildness...the chaotic part of your soul that wants to create or invent something new, something untried, something that others have not yet remembered. You are a WEAVER and a WAYSEER! Do you remember what it is like to be a four legged? One who makes a complete circuit with the earth as you tread upon her ground- both hands and feet making contact into the grid of manifestation. If you don't remember, I will help you. You've had your head in the clouds for too long. It's time to get grounded and bring your magic to earth, bring it out so others can enjoy it. And so you can awaken them to their own dreams and remind them of who they really are, too.

“Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.” ~ Frank Zappa

It's time to say what you need to say, do what you need to do and be who you want to be! Now what is that? If you don't know, Coyote is here to help you remember yourself. This does not have to be a "rough ride". The going only gets tough when we don't look at our own part, when we slide into victimhood and abdict 100% responsibility for our own lives. Coyote can help us quickly, easily and even playfully embrace our lives and remain open to creating an unimaginable life of joy, love, creativity and beauty. Ready, Set Go!


I remember myself into being.
I travel the road home with strength, courage and compassion.
As I remember who I am, others will remember who they are.
The energy of coyote lives within me, liberating my soul.
I am open to learning, un-learning and re-learning.
I am a student of life, for life.
I am a weaver, a wayseer and a wayshower.
I am a path finder and wisdomkeeper.
My medicine is my power and I call it to me.
I see the undeviating justice of my life and make correction from within.
I practice the art of self-acceptance.
I accept my journey with compassion and forgiveness.
I understand that everything that has come before was exactly as it had to be.
I move forward in life understanding the perfection of my choices.
I consider and honor the hidden intentions of my mistakes.
I am guided and moved by the process of life itself.
I allow others to have their own life experiences.
I honor my relationships as teachers.
I am open to experience life and love to the fullest.
I serve humanity when I become fully individuated.
I am never more a part of the whole than when I am being my unique self.
I allow my unique self expression to bring a true originality into my work and my life.
I am willing to open to new information and new solutions.
I acknowledge that I am physically and vibrationally affected by what I ingest.
I know nothing, I am nothing.
I know no thing, I am no thing.
Do you really SEE me? I see my higher self, my soul, my spirit and my body as one.
I see my specialized, individuated self as a unique part of the whole of creation.


Despite being extensively hunted, the coyote is one of the few medium-to-large-sized animals that has enlarged its range since human encroachment began. It originally ranged primarily in the western half of North America, but it has adapted readily to the changes caused by human presence and, since the early 19th century, has been steadily and dramatically extending its range. Sightings now commonly occur in a majority of the United States and Canada. Coyotes inhabit nearly every contiguous U.S. state and Alaska.

Coyotes thrive in suburban settings and even some urban ones. Researchers studied coyote populations in Chicago over a seven-year period (2000–2007), proposing that coyotes have adapted well to living in densely populated urban environments while avoiding contact with humans. They found, among other things, that urban coyotes tend to live longer than their rural counterparts, kill rodents and small pets, and live anywhere from parks to industrial areas.

The main predator of the coyote is the grey wolf and where their territories overlap, coyote populations decrease. Coyotes will sometimes form a symbiotic relationship with American badgers. Because coyotes are not very effective at digging rodents out of their burrows, they will chase the animals while they are above ground. Badgers, on the other hand, are not fast runners, but are well-adapted to digging. When hunting together, they effectively leave little escape for their prey.

Coyote is well known for their adaptability.

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Note: This is a very unique clan. We will be spiraling all the way to the Center of the Wheel, beginning in the North and will spiral back out, culminating in the Center, similar to a labyrinth. We will be making 12 stops on the wheel and the journey will last approximately 12-14 months.

Critical Thinking
Coyote News Network
National Geographic - Coyote

Heyoka: Living Life Backwards
Black Elk Speaks - Heyoka Ceremony
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The Art of Original Thinking - Jan Phillips
A Whole New Mind: Why Right Brainers will Rule the World - Daniel Pink
How to Think Like Leonardo DaVinci - Michael Gelb
Emotional Freedom - Judith Orloff
Sacred Contracts - Caroline Myss

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