Medicine Wheel - The Circle of Life
Medicine Wheel teachings are among the oldest teachings of First Nations people. The teachings found on the Medicine Wheel create a holistic foundation for human behaviour and interaction; the teachings are about walking the earth in a peaceful and good way; they assist in helping to seek healthy minds (East) strong inner spirits (South), inner peace (West), strong, healthy bodies (North). A Medicine Wheel can best be described as a mirror within which everything about the human condition is reflected back. It requires courage to look into the mirror and really see what is being reflected back about an individual's life.
The term "Medicine" as it is used by First Nations people does not refer to drugs or herbal remedies. It is used within the context of inner spiritual energy and healing or an enlightened experience, in other words, spiritual energy.. The Medicine Wheel and its sacred teachings assist individuals along the path towards mental, spiritual, emotional and physical enlightenment.
There is no right or wrong way to walk the wheel or live your life, because as the ‘Old’ People say, "The Great Mystery does not make mistakes, therefore as each person is a 'perfect soul' that reflects the central essence of the medicine wheel, where they are at this point in their earth walk is where they are supposed to be. Eventually each person will return to their starting place ready older and hopefully a little wiser to begin the process of walking the Wheel again, this time with new understanding, insight and inner strength.