Everything the Power of the World does is done in a circle.
The sky is round, and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball,
and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power whirls.
Birds make their nest in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours.
The sun comes forth and goes down again in a circle.
The moon does the same and both are round.
Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing,
and always come back again to where they were.
The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood,
and so it is in everything where power moves.
Our tepees were round like the nests of birds,
and these were always set in a circle, the nation's hoop.
Black Elk, Hehaka Sapa
Oglala Lakota, Heyoka Holy Man
THE MEDECINE WHEEL
Since time immemorial, Medicine Wheels have been used in many different cultures and traditions all around the Earth. Drawn, painted, engraved on different materials or constructed with stones, they are the sacred mirrors of Creation and reflect the infinite cycles of the Universe, the cycling of the Earth and the Moon, and the cycling of human life and evolution through time. They are reflections also of the immutable spiritual values and wisdom of the Ancestors.
Traditionally, they have been used to spiritually connect to the Universal essence and movement of Creation, for ceremonial healing and teaching, both on the individual and on the community level. When a conscious connection established with the Universal force through the wheel and when it’s done with positive intent and respect, a portal can open to a higher state of consciousness and being. The energy channeled through the Medicine Wheel is used to create or to restore balance, to manifest healing and spiritual awareness.
The visible or invisible center of the wheel is the Sacred Fire, burning in all and creating all, the One; the Creator force. The circle is Creation, the People; the Circle of Life. The center is sacred and the circle is sacred and meant to work together in balance and harmony. On the Native American Medicine Wheel, the circle is divided into four sections reflecting the Earth’s cycles on the Universal matrix; spring-summer-fall-winter and the human cycle; child-youth-adult-elder. Reflecting the Four Grandfathers, the four elemental forces; air-earth-water-fire and the Four Winds, the four directions; east-south-west-north. Reflecting the Creature Beings; mineral-plant-animal-human, the Four Kinds of Humans; yellow-red-black-white and the Four Human Dimensions; physical-emotional-mental-spiritual. Native North Americans used the Medicine Wheel to teach and to heal and applied it in their way of life during countless generations.
In this Universe everything is alive and all life is intelligent and sensitive, highly structured and organized, manifesting, moving and transforming through the Universal Spiritual Law of balance and purpose. All life is born, evolves, dies and is reborn to a new form. All life has the sacred right to be and to be respected the way it has been created. Life is a gift and all beings have gifts to share and to receive through Life. A true gift comes from the heart without conditions and Life is offered to us in this way. Being grateful for life and for life’s gifts, honoring the source and resources of life, our gifts and the gifts of others and respecting their sacred space and freedom, are the fundamental teachings of the Native North American Medicine Wheel.
In that vision, human beings are considered to be living Medicine Wheels. When we were born, we started to travel through the Medicine Wheel of our body, of Mother Earth, and of the Universe. As human beings, we came with a sacred purpose from the Spirit World and entered the Sacred Circle of Life, the Medicine Wheel, to walk on the Sacred Red Road. We come through the Eastern door to travel to the South, to the West, and to the North, again and again and finally go back to the Spirit World when we have completed our journey. The Medicine Wheel and each direction have many teachings and there are many levels and dimensions to understand them and many ways to apply them.
On the Medicine Wheel everything comes from the center and this center is in everything and everywhere, it is the Sacred Fire of Creation. Our human existence begins and ends in that center. How we live our life depends on how we are connected and working with that Sacred Fire, it is in our heart, in the very center of our being. Sky above, Earth below we turn around that Central Fire, traveling and dancing through the doorways of the Four Directions with our Sacred Fire in our hearts, like Mother Earth dances around the Grandfather Sun. We give and we receive, we offer and discover the gifts of each direction. We learn what our gifts are and how to use them with our heart in the benefit of the Sacred Circle of Life.
We are all gifted, we all carrying medicines. In the Medicine Wheel teachings, we have medicines we are born with and medicines we can receive and discover during life. In each direction of the Medicine Wheel many gifts are offered to us. There are Stone People medicines, Plant People medicines, Animal People medicines and Spirit People medicines placed on the wheel for us, to teach, to help, to guide and to heal us. They are Spirit Helpers and they are waiting for us to discover them, to work with them and to share them with others in the Circle of Life. The Medicine Wheel works like life works, turns like life turns, with unconditional offerings. We are meant to shine every day like Grandfather Sun shines. We are meant to share like Mother Earth shares with us every day.
Whatever we put on the Medicine Wheel it will come back to us in abundance and will affect us and others. It depends on each individual and on each community, what kind of medicine and teachings, what kind of environment and future they are placing on the wheel for themselves and for their children in those directions. Every seed we plant will grow for our children and the children of their children, through seven generations to come.
Do we really respect life, care about life, about the future? What can we give back in return for the gift of life, for the abundance and beauty of life, for all the love we received in life, for all the healing and for all the inner growth we achieved in life? How can we live to honor Creation, our gifts and the gifts of others? How do we treat our Sacred Fire and with what kind of things do we feed it? Which wolf do we feed more in our heart, hatred or love?
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