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What Is The Medicine Wheel
"There is no one traditional medicine wheel," Loren Cruden writes in her book Compass of the Heart: Embodying Medicine Wheel Teachings, she writes "there is no consensus about what medicine wheel refers to."
Most land-based spiritual paths--whether of Native American, European, or other origin--have oriented spiritually to the "Six Powers" (the four Cardinal Directions, Earth, and Sky).
Loren Cruden states that the medicine wheel is one way of naming and using that orientation.
"Early cultures throughout the world built rock structures which joined the landscape to the sky, some serving as calendars. Stonehenge in England is an example. Over 100 Medicine Wheels constructed by Native Americans have been found in the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains of the United States and Canada. Their complete story is lost in the vastness of time." ~Joe Stickler, Valley City State University
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"I tell them that there are ancient Indian legends that say, 'In time the White man will call for the Indian to bring healing to them.' I believe that the healing for the world will come through the Indian Medicine Wheel and its teachings." Roy Wilson
The Four Pathways are used to experience the God within and all Pathways go through the Creator in the center, surrounded by seven Spirit Messengers along with the four Gatekeepers, the twelve Spirit Helpers.
Medicine Wheels: Ancient Teachings for Modern Times
"This illuminating guide to the Native American ritual of the Medicine Wheel makes an ancient spiritual practice available to everyone" ~Amazon
Roy Wilson, who has served for many years as the tribal spiritual leader in the old tribal traditional ways, combines Sun Bear's Zodiac in the outer circle and his own vision.
The Medicine Wheel can be a powerful element in finding your path, your power and guidance for your journey around the sacred circle that is your life. ~Sun Bear
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Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground. ~Rumi
"The medicine wheel is simply a way of orienting oneself spiritually. Each chapter includes her observations about all the spiritual aspects of that direction, as well as suggestions for rituals and exercises." ~The Midwest Book Review
Compass of the Heart: Embodying Medicine Wheel Teachings
(Author) "In 1981, when I began to work with Lewis Sawaquat, a Native medicine man, one of the first (and few) things he asked me to..."
Compass of the Heart: Embodying Medicine Wheel Teachings uses the teachings of the six directions-East, South, West, North, Sky, and Earth-as it explores what it means to be consciously engaged in the life that swirls around us each and every moment.
These practices that Cruden discusses in this book deepen one's relationship with the Earth so that spiritual awareness occurs not just in rare moments of inspiration but as an integral and ongoing part of life itself.
Loren Cruden, who lives in Washington State, is a midwife, herbal healer, and leads shamanic workshops in the Pacific Northwest. And she writes books
Interaction with a medicine wheel offers many layers of understanding. The wheel is a map of life, and just as you can name, explore, and understand life from many different perspectives, you can work with a medicine wheel from a multitude of approaches, each one adding dimensions of experience and realization. ~~Loren Cruden
Medicine Wheel Ceremonies is a great introduction to the ancient Medicine Wheel Circle.
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"I was able to set up and execute my own circle very quickly while maintaining an understanding and appreciation for the traditional Medicine Circle. I immediately felt the effects of this powerful medium." ~~Mary Jackson
"The Medicine Wheel is an area that I have been very drawn too, studied it a little but than wandered off to something else. I know the sacredness of them and I still want to learn more. Fantastic page with a lot of great information!" WhiteOak50
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