Author: | Posted on: July 31, 2019
Did you know about the Medicine Wheel?
The Medicine Wheel can be extremely significant and this is especially in the fields of spirituality. Known as a Spiritual Compass, the four elements of the wheel are Air, Water, Fire and Earth. The four directions are North, East, South and West.
The term “medicine” was not applied because of any healing that was often actually associated with the medicine wheel, but shows and denotes that the sacred site and rock graphical position were of central importance and attributed with religious, hallowed and spirit-felt significance. Symbolically the denoting of it helped to highlight the important picture of a medicine wheel and it showed and gave proportion in many congregated circles.
Medicine Wheels or hoops have roots in varying cultures but they have in common a historically spiritual influence and in 2007 Indian Country Today wrote an article on Indigenous American hoop dancing and referred to it and the hoop this way: The hoop is symbolic of “the never-ending cycle of life.” It has no beginning and no end. Tribal healers and holy men have regarded the hoop as sacred and have always used it in their ceremonies. It’s significance enhanced the embodiment of healing ceremonies.
In spiritual terms the Medicine Wheel can be important to comprehend because it shows that even over history, across many decades and hundreds of moments in time, individuals have always craved that sense of inner-knowledge. Direction and balance in life is a requirement for many of us and in learning about how cultural roots have shaped it can be enlightening to find out how this process has been associated with a today’s notion of spirituality.