|Posted on April 6, 2015 at 1:10 AM|
The Medicine Wheel is not a belief system but a way to see life more clearly, a series of diagrams to help understand the structure of life and see how one action causes another.
It teaches how to steer a good heart-full road through life’s many challenging and variegated circumstances.
The ancient matriarchal cultures saw their world in terms of circles and cycles and so it was natural that they should teach of life in this manner.
The Jewish Kabbalah is another way of teaching these essential truths but presented in a vertical format as befits a more male oriented society.
Each system comes from the understandings and attitudes of its culture of origin and none is better or worse, they are merely different ways of understanding life on earth.
The East of the Wheel is where the sun rises. It is the place of beginnings and endings, of vision and inspiration - where spirit comes into matter and where matter touches spirit - the place that is beyond the confines of linear time. It is springtime and the planting of seeds and the beginning of sprouting.
It is the place of the myths of Eagle and Condor who fly between the worlds and see the big picture from high above. It is the place of the Mage, the ‘I-mage-a-nation’ where we learn that what we imagine becomes real. It is the place of the visionary, the one who sees beyond the apparent reality, and of the energy matrix which underlies the physical bodies of all living things. It is the high place where we can go to be alone and to contemplate Life, the Universe and Everything.
It is the Fire of Spirit where dross gets burned away and where we need to navigate with care to make sure it is only the dross and not ourselves that gets burned. It is the place of the mens’ council and of the Heyeokah, the contrary-joker-comedian who teaches truth through showing the world upside down
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