Lynn Andrews on the Sacred Wheel
The sacred wheel of the four directions is a symbol of the unity of the universe. It is also a wonderful process for understanding where you are in your Earth walk so that you can make wise decisions
The sacred wheel of the four directions is a symbol of the unity of the universe. It is also a wonderful process for understanding where you are in your Earth walk so that you can make wise decisions moving forward.
When you put something on the sacred wheel, you create the opportunity to see the whole picture. The world in which we live today is so fragmented and fast-paced, and we go through much of it with blinders on so that we don't get lost in all the confusion.
The problem with blinders is that they also keep us from seeing the great possibilities that life holds for us. We end up not looking at the things that are most important to us until they are in jeopardy. The sacred wheel shows you how to take off those blinders and find the still point at the center of your existence, from which place you can face your life and any conundrum it throws at you in a vibrant and life-affirming way.
We all face many crossroads in our lives, more so today, perhaps, that at any earlier time in our history. These crossroads are places where we must make and implement important decisions regarding the direction we are going in life, and they are not always an easy place to be. Sometimes, especially with the most important decisions of all, every direction we look seems to be fraught with peril. When you stand at this kind of a crossroads, what do you do?
. The first thing you want to do is place yourself at the very center of the crossroads. The center of any crossroads is a place of tremendous power because it is the place where decisions must be made and acted upon. Making decisions generates energy and gathering the resources to act upon those decisions generates more energy, the energy you need to propel yourself into action. Power is always found in movement.
From the center of the crossroads, the most important thing for you to do is to find your own personal truth about the situation that has brought you here, regardless of what that truth may be. I say, "regardless of what that truth may be," because so often the reason we end up muddled in our lives, not knowing which way to turn, is because we don't want the truth to be what it really is or we are afraid that truth we discover will not be what we want it to be. This truth already resides within you, but finding your way to it isn't always easy.
That is where the sacred wheel comes in. When you stand at the center of a crossroads, you are also standing at the center of the sacred wheel of life, and you discover that using the sacred wheel opens you to your own truth in a way that is comfortable and workable to you. It is not someone else standing there telling you what you must see and think and feel and do. It is you, balancing your own fears, needs, responsibilities and desires against the situation you are facing in such a way that truth, understanding, acceptance and even direction come in like welcome friends.
The sacred wheel of the four directions shows you how to look at the totality of what you are facing and your place in it. Each direction on the wheel represents its own realm of power, mastery and magic, just as each direction of the crossroads you are facing represents its own world of possibilities and peril. Standing at the center of the wheel, you begin with the teachings of the south, the place of beginning: the physical world. Once you understand your physical place in the situation that has brought you to the crossroads, you move around the rest of the wheel, looking at your emotional well-being, your dreams in life, how you feel about what is going on and where you want to go, what your mind has to say about it, both the scary stories it tells you (which are usually not true) and the amazing power of your intellect and creativity to resolve the dilemma you face. You also look at how this situation affects you spiritually, what the divine light of your life asks you to see. Even if you don't have a personal relationship with the Divine, all of us know divinity, whether we find it in nature, art, music, whatever it is that touches your soul and inspires you to great heights. What does this divine vision tell you about what you are facing, your role in it and where to go next?
Indigenous peoples have used medicine wheels for thousands of years as part of their sacred life and the life of their communities. There are wheels that are used in sacred ceremony and wheels that are used to guide and inform the people as they move through life.
The sacred wheel that my teachers and I use is not based on the medicine wheels of any indigenous culture. It is born from our understanding of the sacred feminine on Mother Earth as it has been preserved and handed down from shaman to apprentice, mother to daughter, for many thousands of years. It is an earth-based wheel that teaches us how to live on our great Mother Earth in harmony, joy and abundance and it helps us find our own personal truth in life and the answers we need when decisions must be made. It brings us to the place where we are one with the Great Spirit and all of life, which is the true source of wisdom and power in the universe.