Depression, anxiety, relationship problems, divorce, self awareness and self esteem can all be helped by walking the Native American Circle or commonly referred to as the Medicine Wheel. This wheel of the Native American way of life or religion can cure our disjointed, selfish, chaotic ways. Much like the Labyrinth of the Celts, the Native America Medicine Wheel too can be walked and answers to your deepest questions will be found. The walk involves being conscious of your body, mind and spirit, and it involves being able to see, feel and hear without judgment, blame or shame. Mostly this walk involves being in a meditative state, and have an open mind.

The answers to the questions, “What is this sacred wheel all about? How can this tool be used to help heal the human spirit?” are going to be found as we walk the circle together. Take a journey with me along the Sacred Medicine Wheel as we travel clockwise from the East, through the South, around to the West, and on up to the North and back again to the East direction. As we travel we will also reach up to the heavens, down to the Earth and go within to our inner self. For all of these directions have certain healing powers, and will provide order out of chaos. Only if you are open enough to hear the messages being brought to you from Great Mystery, and Spirit.

In order to walk the medicine wheel a circle must be laid out on the Earth or dare I say, in your home. Be observant in choosing the place for the wheel. As you envision the circle know where each direction lies in proportion to the area that will be your circle. The East direction is the most important because it is the entrance and exit of the sacred circle. Once the space has been captured gather at least five stones or sacred objects to be used for directional markers. Prepare the space in a sacred manner with a smudge stick of cedar and sage to purify the chosen space.

The opening portal to the circle is the East, begin there, and place the sacred object or stone to mark this place. The next most important marker is the center of the circle; place the next sacred object in the center. Traveling in a clockwise direction but always moving back to center placing each sacred object in the South, the West, and last the North. Now that the circle has been made, and purified the time has come to begin to walk the circle and use it as a tool for truth and healing. Meaning and truth from each direction becomes extremely important when walking the medicine wheel. This sacred circle is to be walked consciously to open each person’s heart, mind and soul, and help become connected with Great Mystery.

The Directions as meaning

Each of the directions has meaning to the spiritual world. Before traveling around a medicine wheel, it is wise to understand these directions and their meaning. East direction is the place of illumination; the golden door for entering the sacred medicine circle. East also is the home of male energy, and the colors could be either yellow or red. Entering the East brings about illumination, the sunrise, and excitement of what could be. East is also the home of integrity, and where a person’s truth becomes known. In other words the East direction will help a person know their truth.

Most of the time when walking the medicine circle the travel is in a clockwise direction with movement in and out of the center. The center of course ties the circle together with the lines of both the Blue Road of Spirit, which runs East and West, and the Physical Red Road, which runs South and North. So the center becomes a true centering place for all of the directions through these roads, and the intersection creates a connection between Father Sky and Mother Earth. The next direction is the South, the home of innocence, faith, trust and humility. Some circles have the color as red others the color is yellow. This South direction is the home of the noonday sun, summer, and playfulness. The South is the direction where Truth is spoken. This direction is a place where we can learn to speak our Truth.

Moving around the wheel, the next direction is the West. The West direction becomes the home of female energy, and the color is either black or navy to represent the void. The West is the direction where goals and introspection is pondered, and answers to our questions about the future come from. The West is quiet, and in that quietness answers come, and often times solutions will come to us. The Truth that is represented here is dignity, and where living our truth becomes just as important as knowing our truth. Without living our Truth we can’t move forward and support our goals.

The North of the medicine wheel is the home of our ancestors, and the color is white. Nearly all medicine wheels use white as the North marker. North is the home of wisdom and gratitude. The Truth represented here is about thanking the Truth. Once we know the truth, speak the truth, and live the truth, then we must be in gratitude and thank the truth. The home of the North is where our elders go when they pass from the Good Red Road to the Blue Road of Spirit. As we walk along the medicine wheel we can call upon our ancestors to guide and direct us along the way. We become thankful for their hard work that allows us to have a better life.

We know and understand that the center is the connection of all directions, but we must not forget the other three directions: Above, Below, and Within. Above is the home of Father Sky and Great Mystery or God, and we are to send our prayers to Great Mystery who lives in the Sky. Father Sky brings us air to breathe, water for all growth, warmth, seasons, and sunshine. Below is the home of Mother Earth. Mother Earth is the nurturer, the feminine side of Great Mystery, the home of Plants and animals living in harmony. Mother Earth provides us with food to eat, clothing to wear, water to drink, and clothes to wear. The Within direction connects our mind, body and soul into one being. The Within direction is our inner voice, and needs to be heeded and heard.

The Tool

From personal experience I have walked the medicine wheel to help me become more grounded, connected, and I have used it to pray. Whatever the problem, whatever the need, the Sacred Medicine Wheel can help restore peace and harmony in lives. No matter the problems, no matter the questions, the Sacred Medicine Wheel will is a perfect tool to calm ones soul. Even the actual building of the Medicine Wheel will bring about change in someone who has turmoil. There are no rights to the Medicine Wheel except to honor it, and regard its spirituality, and sacredness.

Many types or kinds of Medicine Wheels exist, and not any one of them are “the correct” version. These come from different tribes. With those many tribes come many different meanings. This information given is basic for all tribes. I personally have been healed using the medicine wheel, and I have observed others receiving healing through walking the circle. There are much more teachings on the Sacred Medicine Wheel that go further in-depth as to the teachings. This information right here right now, will work for the average spiritual, emotional seeker of ones own truth.

The medicine wheel knowledge comes from my own experience in walking the circle, and making my own sacred circle. This knowledge also comes from studies I have done from several prominent teachers. The books: Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux by Black Elk and John G. Neihardt. Sacred Path Cards: the Discovery of Self Through Native Teachings by Jamie Sams. Buffalo Woman Comes Singing by Brooke Medicine Eagle. Handbook of Prophecy and Philosophy by Twylah Nitsch. Breath of the Invisible: The Way of the Pipe by John Redtail Freesoul. All of these books are still in print and available at most books stores.

Whatever you feel is your problem, building and walking a medicine wheel will help connect the dots of your body, mind and soul. This is a most wonderful tool to use as prayer, as seeking goals and introspection of your life. This tool can be used to give gratitude and thankfulness for what you have, and for the ancestors in your life. The wheel will help find your inner child, and help it to learn to play. The wheel will help you touch your masculine or feminine side. The wheel will also help you to seek out wisdom, and yet you will also learn to laugh at yourself. The Sacred Medicine Wheel can reduce stress in lives, and can heal your inner demons. Take timeout for yourselves, create a sacred medicine wheel, and use it as a tool for healing yourself. By taking the time and walking the circle for prayer and meditation will provide less stress, and a greater ability to cope in our everyday world.

Author's Bio: 

Carrie Fleharty by day is a mild mannered school librarian, but at night she's a word junkie. She is becoming a Personal Life coach. She is a writer of poetry, articles, essays, and stories. She keeps refining her craft through workshops and classes so that will produce something enjoyable and good. She enjoys and embraces change and sees it as a way to improve herself. She intends to keep improving her life, and keeps challenging herself to become a better person. She thoroughly enjoys expressing herself through the written word. And has written two books "Changes and Shifts: a Personal Journey" and "A Poet's Mind and Soul."

Her hobbies are bicycling, writing along with reading, listening to music, watching movies, hiking, bird watching, and being outdoors. She has two Boston Terriers and two adorable adopted cats.

Her soul ignites through spiritual fire. She understands that the right spark can take a person to new meanings and new beginnings through a deeper sense of self. She is a seeker; she seeks Truth, the Devine, Spirituality, and Love. She believes that a spark will flame up to spread Truth. This Truth will be made known to all who seek.

Carrie is in the process of becoming a Personal Life coach. She is able and willing to lend a helping hand so that you will achieve your goals. These goals could include anything personal, health, financial, career or spiritual goals. After all "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure." A Return to Love: Reflections on a Course in Miracles by Marianne Williamson. Sometimes all it takes is a helping hand.