Substantially Rewritten and Updated from a
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The Medicine Wheel is rooted deeply in antiquity, its presence evident in most every ancient culture, though it is known by many names. The symbol of a circle which comprises the
Medicine Wheel carries great power and mystery, from microcosm to the macrocosm. The paths of protons/neutrons, of planets and galaxies, the shape of unity (as with a wedding ring) or of destruction
(as with a tornado)—few symbols can match such complexity or breadth. Traveling around the medicine wheel, though, can sometimes seem like walking through a labyrinth with our eyes
Discovering the holiness of the Medicine Wheel comes with what I call the Sacred Passage, and is a way for the spiritual warrior to at least approach life with his or her eyes
wide open. I thank the late British shaman Kenneth Meadows for inspiring my thoughts about this.
Entering onto the path of the Wheel does not guarantee an instant fix. Rather, it's an outline for developing an effective means of ridding yourself of negative energy as well as
returning to your center. It can become a way of life, a way of the spiritual warrior. If you would like to try to walk the warrior's path around the
medicine wheel, give a few minutes of reflection before starting. Also, as options, if you have a drum, give it four loud raps when you arrive at each of the cardinal points (or clap loudly four
times if you don't have a drum). You can light a candle at each of the points, too, as you reach them, while also lighting a larger, prettier candle in the center.
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