Hyemeyohsts Storm (1973)
Medicine Wheel of Life
Web Publication by Mountain Man Graphics, Australia
What is the Great Medicine Wheel of Life?
Traditionally, this pattern is set out on the ground with stone markers, but in a deeper sense, this pattern is set out in our worldly experience, and our reflections upon our worldly experience, and in our words and our actions.
We learn that the four different points of the compass are four different but simultaneous vantage points upon the world that are associated with the powers (or lack thereof) of being human. We also learn to understand that whenever an object is placed in the Medicine Wheel, and viewed within the circle by a community of people as a whole, it is invariably perceived differently.
It is this invariable disparity of common-viewpoint that may attribute varying degrees and layers of misunderstanding. This all has to do with perspective, and the respect of other peoples' perspective.
Earlier the author writes:
The Medicine Wheel is a dynamical system, and the journeys through its breadth, and depth and wild blue expanses is the journey of Life Itself. We gradually ascertain, after repeated trecking, that the four directions of the compass are inherent at all places in the cosmos, self-similar and as an assemblage of the viewpoints from all other places in the cosmos.
Tangential to this line of thought, but very much in alignment to the natural principles outlined, here is an armchair thought experiment.
Clearly, IMO the Medicine Wheel of Life paradigm will be determined to be able to deal with those more complex and ethical issues, such as those associated with integrity, and principles. The small amount of information presented here should be followed up in earnest elsewhere.
A good place to start is here:
Title: Seven Arrows Author: Hyemeyohsts Storm ISBN: 0 345 32901 5
Best wishes to one and all.
Mountain Man Graphics, Australia
In the southern autumn of 2004
The Powers of the Medicine Wheel
"Among the People, a child's first Teaching is of the Four Great Powers of the Medicine Wheel. To the North on the Medicine Wheel is found Wisdom. The Color of the Wisdom of the North is White, and its Medicine Animal is the Buffalo. The South is represented by the Sign of the Mouse, and its Medicine Color is Green. The South is a place of Innocence and Trust, and is for perceiving closely our nature of heart. In the West is the Sign of the Bear. The West is the Looks-Within Place, which speaks of the Introspective nature of man. The Color of this Place is Black. The East is marked by the Sign of the Eagle. It is the Place of Illumination, where we can see things clearly far and wide. Its Color is the Gold of the Morning Star. At birth, each of us given a particular Beginning Place within these Four Great Directions on the Medicine Wheel. This Starting Place gives us our first way of perceiving things, which will then be our easiest and more natural way throughout our lives. But any person who perceives from only one of these Four Great Directions will remain just a partial man. For example, a man who possesses only the Gift of the North will be wise. But he will be a cold man, a man without feeling. And the man who lives only in the East will have the clear, far sighted vision of the Eagle, but he will never be close to things. This man will feel separated, high above life, and will never understand or believe that he can be touched by anything. A man or woman who perceives only from the West will go over the same thought again and again in their mind, and will always be undecided. And if a person has only the Gift of the South, he will see everything with the eyes of a Mouse. He will be too close to the ground and too near sighted to see anything except whatever is right in front of him, touching his whiskers. There are many people who have two or three of these Gifts, but these people still are not Whole. A man might be a Bear person from the East, or an Eagle person from the South. The first of these men would have the Gift of seeing Introspectively within Illumination, but he would lack the Gifts of Touching and Wisdom. the second would be able to see clearly and far, like the Eagle, within Trust and Innocence. But he would still not know of the things of the North, nor of the looks-Within Place. In this same way, a person might also be a Golden Bear of the North, or a Black Eagle of the South. But none of these people would yet be Whole. After each of us has learned of our Beginning Gift, our First Place on the Medicine Wheel, we then must Grow by Seeking Understanding in each of the Four Great Ways. Only in this way can we become Full, capable of Balance and Decision in what we do. Seven Arrows speaks of this Growing and Seeking.
QuoteForTheDay: "Consciousness is never experienced in the plural, only in the singular. How does the idea of plurality (emphatically opposed by the Upanishad writers arise at all? .... the only possible alternative is simply to keep the immediate experience that consciousness is a singular of which the plural is unkown; that there *is* only one thing and that what seems to be a plurality is merely a series of different aspects of this one thing produced by deception (the Indian maya) - in much the same way Gaurisankar and Mt Everest turn out to be the same peak seen from different valleys." - E. Schrodinger, "What is Life"