Many people are not familiar with the magic of the sacred medicine wheel. Yet, mysteriously, many of us seem to be drawn to circles. I know I get excited when I see the growth rings within the heart-wood of a tree. Most of us learned that counting the number of rings tells us its age. Amazing colonies of colorful lichen grow in gorgeous, intricate circular patterns. It seems circular patterning exists everywhere.
Circles are examples of the cycle of birth to death. They also show us which path to follow or which direction to choose. Consider Stonehenge in England, where the sun’s annual movements of the pre-Christian labyrinths. The Roman mosaics on temple floors are all based on circles. Even the circle of a wedding band has become a circular universal symbol of devotion.
The sacred circle has long been a basic form of Native American artwork, dwellings, clothing, dances, and healing practices and rituals. A year’s passage of time comes full “circle” and continues again. Circles embrace and teach us about the interconnections of life.
Embedded deep within the circle’s history lies the ancient theory of healing the “self” from within the medicine wheel. The Medicine Wheel is a physical manifestation of our spiritual energy and mirror reflecting everything within the human condition to us. It takes a great deal of courage to look into the mirror and see the reflections in our individual lives. It helps us create a “vision” of sorts to see where we are in life and what areas we need more balance to realize our full potential.
When healing within the medicine wheel, the “person” does not exist only on the outer circle – the “person” exists within the center of the circle and crossbars themselves—the center of it all. The person, at all times, is in complete control of their personal healing and balance. They may choose to walk the crossbar toward a medical doctor for help, but the person who remains in charge of healing their physical self.
Because we are each a central focus within the center of the wheel of health, we must mindfully be aware of our physical, mental, social, and spiritual status. Self-care is primary because it resonates so deeply in all aspects of our health and well-being.
We cannot blame the physicians, the clergy, the psychiatrists, or our family for failing us. The ability to heal and live in balance resides within each of us. We can call on others to help, but we must commit to doing the work.
Each of us controls our healing. We are responsible for what we do, feel, and if we choose to heal or not.
(A thought – I have been trained in the medicine wheel theories. If anyone wants more information about it, let me know.)