Even though the Medicine Wheel is a ceremony with Native American roots, its teachings are timeless and can be applied to living in our modern world by anyone with intentions of self- discovery, healing, spiritual seeking and/or reconnecting to the Earth.
The Medicine Wheel is full of symbolism as it consists of an equidistant cross within a circle.
The circle represents the wholeness and unity of all life and, as we step inside the circle, we come into relationship with all life. This realization of inner unity is an important aspect of the healing process as it dissolves the idea of separation. As we establish a sacred bond with life around us, the signs and omens omnipresent in nature come alive always sharing with us where we are on our path. Life thus becomes more profound and meaningful.
The circle has no beginning and no end so that it becomes a symbol of constant change and a realization of being able to flow with the energies of life that exist all around us. Both the spiraling vortex and circle are symbols which help bring our awareness to the ever flowing energies of life.
The equidistant cross represents the search for balance as we attempt to reconcile the opposites of life - masculine/feminine, night/day, Heaven/ Earth, etc. When we are able to integrate the dualities of life we are then able to come to a place of acceptance for the perfection inherent in our nature and in others.
The cross divides the circle into four equal quadrants each represented by a season, direction, element, color, animal totem and aspect of being human.
East: spring, air element, yellow, eagle, child, mental aspect
South: summer, fire element, red, coyote, teenager, emotional aspect
West: fall, water element, blue/black, bear, adult, spiritual aspect
North: winter, earth element, white, buffalo, elder, physical aspect
From these teachings we can get a true barometer as to what energies are at work with you and the ways you can flow with those energies into balance. You will be able to recognize what strengths you utilize on your path and also what may be blocking you from creating the life you desire. True healing occurs when we are able to recognize and accept all parts of ourselves and integrate them into wholeness.
Excerpt; from Inner Journeys
Image; Sedona Medicine Wheel
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