When you think of “medicine” what is the first thing that comes to mind?
For many modern people, medicine is associated with drugs, surgical procedures, nurses, dentists, or doctors that all improve one’s physical health. However, “medicine” in many past ancient cultures was understood as an interrelated process of physical and spiritual well-being. Medicine was once thought of as a way of being in harmony with the primal energy of nature, and a way of becoming aware of the personal power within each of us that allows us to become more whole and complete.
Before we based our lives on beliefs and interpretations of “holy scriptures,” we looked to the surrounding world for answers and we observed the rhythm of nature to guide our existence. What we discovered is that life behaves in cycles or circles rather than Cartesian “line” that we perceive time and existence these days. We discovered that the seasons came and went in cycles as did the Sun cycles and Moon phases, and we observed that even living beings like humans, trees and animals worked in cycles of births, death and rebirth.
With this understanding of life came a respect for the sacredness of the circle, and its medicinal …
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As part of the Lakota culture, when people pray or do anything sacred, they see the world as having Four Directions. From these Four Directions — north, east, south, west — come the four winds. The special meanings of each of the Four Directions are accompanied by specific colors, and the shape of the cross symbolizes all directions. Like many Native American beliefs and traditions, specific details regarding colors associated with directions varies.
The direction from which the sun comes. Light dawns in the morning and spreads over the earth. This is the beginning of a new day. It is also the beginning of understanding because light helps us see things the way they really are. On a deeper level, east stands for the wisdom helping people live good lives. Traditional people rise in the morning to pray facing the dawn, asking God for wisdom and understanding.
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The Medicine Wheel and the Four Directions
The Medicine Wheel, sometimes known as the Sacred Hoop, has been used by generations of various Native American tribes for health and healing. It embodies the Four Directions, as well as Father Sky, Mother Earth, and Spirit Tree—all of which symbolize dimensions of health and the cycles of life.
The Medicine Wheel can take many different forms. It can be an artwork such as artifact or painting, or it can be a physical construction on the land. Hundreds or even thousands of Medicine Wheels have been built on Native lands in North America over the last several centuries.
Movement in the Medicine Wheel and in Native American ceremonies is circular, and typically in a clockwise, or “sun-wise” direction. This helps to align with the forces of Nature, such as gravity and the rising and setting of the Sun.
Meanings of the Four Directions
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I realized before I decided to write this post that I will probably get some nasty comments because of my views and wording but that is fine with me as everyone has the right to voice their opinion. All I ask is you do it in a respectful manner without using foul language. Thank you.
On a day in the USA where most people are thrilled to have a day off of work to celebrate Christopher Colombus “discovering” America I feel it is important to remind everyone that he was not the first to discover this land. The first people to set foot on this land BCE are the real discovers of the USA, Central, and South America. Today we refer to these people in the USA as NAtive Americans to be “politically correct.” I know first hand that most would rather be referred to as American Indians. I feel they should be honored not just today but every day. While many of us have only Europen or African ancestors many more of us have Native American ancestors who were, and I use this term lightly, very mistreated by the European settlers that came first to our East coast and then spread across the land killing and forcing the first settlers of our nation on to land that would not sustain them, took away their native languages and called them savages because they didn’t have the same traditions and mannerisms as the invaders did. Time and time again broke treaties forcing them on to reservations in places the European settlers did not want to live in. while some tribes and nations have allowed gambling on their land most American Indians because of the prejudices that are still prevalent today have a hard time finding jobs that pay enough to support their families. Thankfully many of the tribes and nations have once again started teaching their children their true traditions of magic, natural medicines, native language, and that they can proudly be called by their American Indian name rather than adopting a European or Hispanic name to help them be treated as equals in this country.
Yes, I am part American Indiana on my mother’s father’s side of my family tree I hail from the Choctaw Nation in Louisiana. My American Indian name is Moonbeam. I was blessed with this name by an Elder of our Nation because when I was born a moonbeam came through the hospital window and lit up my face. I will be starting classes soon to learn how to speak the Choctaw language as I have been asked to by my ancestor who has always walked with me as a Spirit Huige and protector.
The link below is a very long but beautiful piece of music. I hope you enjoy listening to it and remember these sounds were heard in the USA way before any “white man” settled here.
Native American Meditation