Medicine Wheels.

Medicine Wheel.

Medicine Wheel  I made .

This was inspired to be written from a Question from a friend, dogkisses. 

In the past the Native American people have honoured the Sacred Circle by building their homes in circular fashion, Rituals of purification were done in circular sweat lodges. And it was in a Circle the Elders came together, all being equal to have their say.. The circle is One, never ending continuous And it evokes a feeling of Wholeness and completeness. Sacred Dance was and is also done within a circle.

Jacob Boehme, a sixteenth Century mystic wrote , “ The Being of God is like a Wheel, Wherein many wheels are made in another, upwards downwards, crossways, and yet continually turn all of them together. At Which indeed, when man beholds the Wheel, he highly marvels”.

The Hopi Indians have a word: Tuwanasaapi, which means a place of Belonging. The place where you are your true home, the Spiritual Axis of the Universe,

When Native Americans made their Medicine Wheels to help him in their Vision Quests, it became their centring place, their Tuwanasaapi. Making a Sacred place an opening for unmasking your true self, love, sincerity of heart, of giving thanks, transformation, and reaching the stars… Connecting back to those Ancestors.

A Medicine Wheel is also a circle of protection. In Ancient Europe the Magi put a circle shield around himself that sealed him from his surroundings. The power of the Circle protected him and was a place where energy could be built.

By using Ceremony, Intent and Love, a medicine wheel can be a protected sanctuary where a vortex of spinning energy can build.. And as the energy builds your prayers can ride to your higher self and to that God source of Creation.

You can find out more on the internet about Medicine Wheels.. I was asked how I chose my stones?

First you need to locate where you want to build your Medicine Wheel, use your intuition as to what ground feels right and where you are unlikely to be disturbed. Close your eyes and ask yourself what you are feeling, if you are not comfortable move to another spot.

The Earth is a living Force, and there are places upon this Earth where you are strengthened and weakened. Feel the Earths Energies. Connect with Mother Earth,

Next Chose your stones.. the Ancients understood the power of the stones and often used them in ceremonies and rituals, they believed they held living Spirits with healing properties, even though you may think a stone is an inanimate object it still holds living energy. Native and Ancient people saw a world beyond the material and acknowledged that Rocks held living Spirits.

When you chose your Stones always ask Nature, “ May I take you for my Medicine Wheel?” in fact you should always ask natures permission to what ever you take, be it veg from your garden to picking flowers.  I liked a  sign I read while in Canada many Years ago now, it read..

( Take only Pictures, Leave only Footprints) and that has stayed with me a long time.

You can find many places upon the web to see how you set your Medicine Wheel  and many will vary. Follow your own intuition, Always  Enter your Circle from the East,  And be guided by your inner thoughts and prayers to honour your Sacred Circle, and send out your Intent and Prayer..

In most traditions the Medicine Wheel is divided into Four Equal quarters

East ……. South…… West ……. North.

and the Different Elements of

Air……….Water……..Fire……….Earth.

then you have the

Mental …. Emotional…Spiritual…. Physical.

Spring…. Summer……. Autumn… Winter.

Dawn….   Noon………Sunset….. Midnight.

Waxing Moon… Full Moon… Waning Moon.. New Moon,

Yellow…… Blue…….. Red…… Black/White.

Birth…… Childhood…. Young Adult…. Elder..

Activation.. Nurturance..Experimentation.. Consolidation.

Inspiration.. Intuition…. Transformation… Introspection

Eagle/Owl.. Frog/Dolphin… Phoenix/ Snake… Bear/ Turtle. 

There is no right way or wrong system, ALL Medicine Wheel Tradition hold Beauty and Truth. And many can vary.  The Value of the Medicine wheel is in the way that it gives understanding and in honouring of the Inner cycles within each of us.

The Medicine Wheel can be used to go on your own Vision Quest to discover your waking Spirit, to heal emotional wounds,to experience your connection with Nature, or just to develop your peace of mind…

The Nest post I  do on Native Americans will be  on Drumming….

© Sue Dreamwalker 2011 All rights reserved.

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16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. rosemarymonteith
    May 10, 2011 @ 17:23:48

    Very interesting post Sue

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  2. summer breeze
    May 10, 2011 @ 18:05:53

    A very good discription of the medicine wheel dreamwalker,
    explaining that life is a circle 🙂
    Have a lovely week dear friend
    Love, Summer

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  3. jennyozzy
    May 10, 2011 @ 22:44:59

    i woud like one of these wheels in my garden maybe one day il try making one your beliefs are very spritual and i like that xxjen hve a lovely week dreamer

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 11, 2011 @ 22:17:17

      My Daughter has made one in hers, and she did it by instinct… only later did she get the compass out and find that she had aligned the 4 directions almost perfect. You should give it a go Jenny, and step inside.. You can make one indoors too.. .. Or just create your own space to go within… 🙂 Thank you for dropping in..

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  4. Lady Jude
    May 11, 2011 @ 04:40:20

    Thanks for sharing this information,.. all new to me

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  5. suemacarthur
    May 11, 2011 @ 09:31:19

    I always leave your page with things, to think about
    Take care
    Sue

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  6. Androgoth
    May 12, 2011 @ 00:32:49

    Yes I certainly like this posting Sue Dreamwalker, it is very informative and gives a fresh feeling for anyone wishing to try out a Medicine Wheel for themselves, all one really needs is the belief of what they are trying to achieve and the knowing that it is all for the good of one’s inner being…

    A very nice posting

    Androgoth XXx

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 12, 2011 @ 11:17:06

      Its all about going within one’s own self and discovering that which is within.. The answers we need are always there, we just need to open ourselves up to be able to see them.. Sometimes we hold so much inside of ourselves, and this blocks our own abilities and inhibits our own healing process

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  7. aussieian2010
    May 13, 2011 @ 11:09:11

    The cycle of life , the eternal wheel that revolves eternally , we are wheels within wheels within wheels , the circle of the wheel will never be broken , it is in this life that we must learn which part of the overall wheel we belong in , all wheels are like the wheels of a clock , dependent and relying on each other , the ultimate goal is to all work in uniform to make the eternal wheels of the spiritual clock to turn in mutual harmony
    Ian

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 13, 2011 @ 13:26:10

      You have captured the Wheel so well Ian, and yes all relying on each other, all turning evolving, striving to keep the whole ticking along.. and if one cog should collapse and fail.. we have to await while it gets fixed so we can all function once again… The Universe is forever underestimated in it complexities.. And yet it is governed by simple laws.. Laws which many have strayed from.. and the one which is the most important of all.. and perhaps the hardest to keep its
      “ To LOVE one another”.. For treating each other how we would wish to be treated is all it needs to set the biggest Circle in motion.. For what Goes around Comes around..
      Thank you Ian for your in-depth comment my friend.. Have a wonderful weekend Sue

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  8. dogkisses
    May 14, 2011 @ 19:04:36

    Thank you for this post Dreamwalker. I am honored that you responded to my inquiries. You are a dear and generous friend.

    I enjoyed the links you provided. Leaves me thinking about rocks right now. I know where I want to get a few from. They were given to me in 2006, each one very special. I used them to plant a pretty garden in memory of my girl, Free.

    My son is part Cherokee and we’ve both always had an interest in Native American Tradition(s). His dad passed on a long time ago now. We have both also participated in ceremonies, but it has been since 2005 that we last did. We went to SD to the Rosebud Indian Reservation. What a trip!

    I also love the Cherokee Song, (from the other post). I didn’t realize this, but that is the song that my neighbors and I sang many times last summer. We also had a spontaneous celebration one night, inspired by that song, during the camping trip that turned out to be such a huge challenge. That one night we had fun. I forgot what we used as drums.

    Speaking of drums. I would like to have one like you have. I love my drum too, but it’s heavy. I have to hold it sitting down between my legs. It’s a pretty wooden drum, maybe 18 inches tall, made with rope tied and braided all around it. I also enjoyed drumming to the song. Thank you.

    I will surely tell of my gathering of stones and if I make a medicine wheel out of them.

    I hope you are doing well as I write. I’m glad it is a week-end. The vibes are so much better than during the week! I think many times I’m not cut out for this fast-paced society. I like life more peaceful and slower than most people.

    Peace, Love and Blessings,
    your friend,
    Michelle.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 14, 2011 @ 19:58:14

      Hi Michelle, I am so pleased that you enjoyed and was inspired again by my post, Please when you feel able look out those stones and get out your drum and connect back into the Wheel of life and help it heal and rejuvenate your Spirit. And Drum to cleanse away the tiredness. Many such as ourselves who ‘Feel’ and are vulnerable to emotions soon absorb energies from around their surroundings that can drain our own energy systems.. This too is why you may feel as you do, Look to put up your own Blanket of protection by visualisation, put on your ‘Light-Body’ and put yourself within your own Medicine Wheel Michelle…
      Sending Love and Light to always surround you and uplift ..

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