The Medicine Wheel Teachings
"Our past is not from this planet.
When the earth was born, we were brought by our mothers/fathers to live here.
They left us this wheel, as a connection to the spirit world, where they come from.
We are 'Star people' and the wheel will be our help to claim once again what is our heritage."
(Words by the Native American people as part of the teachings from Ike West)
When I stumbled via dreams and signposts into the spiritual world, I learned about the four elements and the Native American way of living. This was 20 years ago.
I had just finished my study and for my free project I had chosen the Native Americans. I was shocked by the information I received through research about how they had been treated and felt ashamed to be white.
As I walked this path amazing wondrous things happened, unexplainable, magical, mystical. But most of all did I come in contact with Hyemeyohsts Storm, a Zero Chief from the teachings of the Maya medicine wheel. It proved to be a way to balance myself through knowledge of the five elements. It has helped me to learn more about who and what I am, and is definitely a very useful tool to get to know oneself thoroughly, when there is understanding needed. But also to understand other people, why they react in certain ways and how you relate to them in this way. It is nearly never wrong, because it is a life philosophy, a path to follow, not a mere religion or believe.
It starts with the Zero, the All and Nothing, from which creation can emerge, in the Centre.
East is the Sun, Fire, Spirit and Illumination, West is Earth, Stone, Body and Introspection, South is the Plants, Water, Emotions, Trust and Innocence, and North is the Animals, Air, Mind and Wisdom.The Fifth direction in the Centre once again is the Human, Ether, Self and Free Will. This place at the centre of the wheel is the integration of all the four elements that precede it.
But the circle doesn't stop there, because there are in total 20 directions to follow and each time you walk through this wheel, you peel of the layers of self to reach further into the core/soul and the universe.
This knowledge was brought to the NA by the Ancient ones. It was a map to be able to understand the workings of the universe and it's dynamic flow from the earth's point of view.
The 20 directions show the multidimensional way of universal balance as a guidance, a map, to obtain full awareness of yourself as entity.
There are many interpretations of the medicine wheel, even with different colors and places for directions and was delivered by the Star People, an alien race that visited the earth long ago. As a present they left the wheel as a guidance map for the soul to evolve and to show humans that the earth is a part of a great community of beings, planets and stars.
The directions taught in the Medicine Wheel show that every circle is divided into other circles and so it goes on endlessly, much like the splitting of cells, each circle carrying information about the essence and the challenge of the circle. In the circle their is no linear timeline, but all is infinite, as the circle itself represents.
Many only master the five directions which symbolize the material plane of existence. Some pass the gateway of the fourth dimension and experience the etheric level and few continue to complete the cycle to the 20th direction, where the Zero lies, the All and Nothing, the begin and the end, the integration of all duality.
In order to balance yourself, you have to be aware of the essence of the first four directions, to feel the meaning and understanding the simplicity of it.
When you want to initiate, fire sparked by willpower will create.
If you then want to materialize it, the willpower in connection with earth will make it.
If you want to feel it, your heart should be open like that of a child's perception and if you want to understand it, you will have to be immersed in the manifestation and let it be a part of you.
It has then become a part of your being, your awareness, and a new level is opened to explore further.
There are many traits that are associated with each and every direction, positive and negative.
Each person makes his/her own circle, as every soul/human being is unique.
http://www.sacredhome.co.uk/wheel.html#medicine (click on the image of the sacred Twenty Count to see the meaning of each direction).
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