The Medicine Wheel is an ancient
power symbol of the Universe that was utilized for the purpose of
healing which expresses wellness in all directions of the world.
This way of healing supports the emotional, spiritual, mental and
physical entities of healing and fosters balance in oneself.
Healing is an understanding
of being holistic in body, mind and spirit. The holiness
is manifested by striving towards wholeness of spirit and the
attempt to incorporate our total selves in our families, our
communities and to the environment. The approach is known as
holistic, meaning it encompasses all areas of the persons life
mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well being of an
individual's life. The goal is to balance these elements and having
the ability to maintain healthy balanced responses to our
surrounding environment. If an area is neglected or affected
negatively, it affects all other elements will be affected.
The Medicine Wheel concept
strives for harmony and cohesive relationships. Good
health is looked upon as a gift that is a reflection of respect of
the Creator and oneself. Active lifestyles, positive attitudes,
harmonious relationships in both the physical and spiritual worlds
are reflections of good health and healing.
Sickness is a representation of
imbalance (for example: violence, addictions, suicide). Not taking
care of ourselves in healthy ways can cause the imbalance. When our
body, mind and spirit are balanced we are able to respond to our
environments in a healthy manner. When our body is imbalanced we
may struggle with diseases. When our mind is out of balance,
negative thoughts and feelings create a place to fester and develop
unhealthy ideas. When the spirit is not well, we may live in a way
that does not respect our spirit. When we can respond to negatives
that foster wellness it protects us.
When we begin our own healing
journey, it is very important for us to tune into ourselves and to
rebuild our relationship to our origins and return to the teachings
of our MOTHER EARTH.
Many have to look at their
historical background in order to understand where they come from
so they can acknowledge and analyse why life was the way it was.
This source of knowledge is very important in order to help break
cycles and to confront the oppressing issues. By pinpointing the
source of imbalance than one can deal with the issue that create
dis-ease. Once this is achieved, the individual can let go of these
issues and renew themselves through a rebirth and restarting. Many
people resort to The Sweat Lodge and become renewed, recharge,
revitalized totally cleansed emotionally and spiritually achieving
a sense of balance. This is a process that is a continuum, ever
evolving and never stagnant going, from healthy to unhealthy
states. When we gage ourselves withing The Medicine Wheel we can
reflect and analyse our states. By identifying the patterns of
balance and striving towards the continuum of wellness, we can
claim our wellness through growing experiences that we are
challenged with daily and always return to balancing our lives, by
adjusting and making changes to ensure wellness.
The Medicine Wheel is a silent
teacher of the realities of things. It shows that many different
ways in which all things are interconnected. Beyond that,
it shows not only things that are, but also things that could
be. It is divided in four specific areas of life that encompasses
the spiritual, physical, emotional and mental well being of a
person. It teaches us that these aspects of our nature must be
equally developed to be a healthy, well balanced individual.
In order to really parent
effectively traditionally we must deal with ourselves and our
hurts. To break the cycles of oppression that has lead so many
families astray from the cultural way of life. Many families are
struggling today to live on the sacred path but through the use of
The Medicine Wheel teachings and with the resources that we have to
move into the wellness realm.
The Medicine Wheel teaches us of
the four cardinal directions and the gifts from each with:
The East: Light, Beginnings and
The South: Youth, Generosity,
Sensitivity to the feelings of others
The West: Darkness, Dreams, Deep
The North: Elders, Wisdom,