The Medicine Wheel
The Medicine Wheel is a symbol of balance and harmony. Medicine means more to our people than just the medicine you take when you are ill.
Medicine is energy – a vital power or life force that is inherent in nature itself. A person’s medicine is their power – an expression of their own life energy system.
Medicine Wheel is a circle of generated energy under the control of the mind that provides knowledge of that power. Medicine then is personal empowerment.
Basically, the medicine wheel is a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual device that enables its users to attune ourselves to earth influences and forces and with the natural energies that affect our lives. It is comprised of a set of symbols in the form of an encircled cross.
A medicine wheel is a physical manifestation of spiritual energy, a window in which we can see clearly what is going on within us.
A basic medicine wheel may be constructed by simply placing small stones in the form of a circle with spokes like a wheel. The four spokes or arms indicate paths to the center which represents the Creator/Source, but may also represent the self. So it is a symbolic map or chart that may be carried about and set up anywhere.
The stones that surround the Creator represent the inner and spiritual realms.
The medicine wheel represents a universal web of power in which all things are connected. It is divided into four directions: east, representing spirituality, a reminder to believe in the Creator and respect all things; south, the environment, so we don’t forget to respect the earth and to make sure we don’t destroy all the trees and water; west, a reminder to keep our physical bodies healthy by looking after ourselves. Eat properly and get plenty of exercise and the north, good mental health, a reminder that we should always try to stay healthy in our minds even when things happen that make us sad or angry.
The medicine wheel was designed in such a way that if you use it properly when you pray you will have paid your respects to all of mankind, all the animals, the plants, the trees, the water, the spirit world, everything in the universe. The medicine wheel has the power to connect our souls and make us one. It has the power to connect us to infinity.