What is a Shamanic Journey?

sedona shamanic journeyThe Shamanic Journey is a type of meditation exercised in order to receive guidance, answers, solutions, information, and visions from the spirit world. Most Shamanic cultures believe there are three primary Spirit Worlds, The Lower World, Upper World and Middle World.

The Lower World is the realm of nature, animals, trees, plants and rocks. Here lies the root of our deepest thoughts and emotions. This is where we meet and connect with our Power Animals. This type of vision is usually reached by some form of tunnel that leads into the earth. This is the the best place to start for beginners.

The Upper World is the spiritual realm that connects us with the universe, planets, stars, our ancestors, and ascended masters. Here we find our teachers and guides. This type of vision is usually reached by following a beam of light starting at your third eye and following it out into the universe. Some will climb through the inside of a very tall tree or ladder. The Upper World can often seem very ethereal and can appear to be very bright and can go from light pastels to a soft gray.

The Middle World is the place where we live and breathe. This world overlaps the world of the seen with the unseen and the dream world. This is where we can travel back and forth through time. Here we can also look for lost or stolen objects, perform long distance healing work and to find the souls of the recently deceased in order to help them cross over into the afterlife. This is also a good place to have a conversation with someone like a co-worker, friend, or family member to discuss matters. You can reunite with an old friend or communicate with someone who has already crossed over. In the Middle World we communicate with the Spirit that lives in all things. This is where the Shaman becomes the medium between the spiritual and physical worlds. This type of vision can easily reached by a simple walk in nature or passing through a doorway.

Reaching an Altered State of Consciousness
The constant beat of the drum or shaking a rattle are the most common tools used to assist us in a successful Shamanic Journey. Studies have shown that this continuous rhythm affects our brain in such a way that allows us to more easily experience a vision.

The Helping Spirits
The helping Spirits are the guides of the Shaman and can assist us in the healing of individuals, the community and Mother Earth. The most common types of Spirits who work in partnership with the Shaman are the animals, the plants and trees, the elements such as wind, the stone and mineral kingdom and humans who appear as teachers.

The Spirits who appear as animals are more commonly known as Power Animals or Animal Spirit Guides. They provide us with strength, protection and support.

The Plant and Tree Spirits can provide help with very specific issues. Shamans and Medicine People have been using the help of the Plant and Tree people since the beginning of time for healing.

The Spirits that appear to us in human form are usually messengers and can act as intermediaries between us and the universe. They have compassion for our pain, confusion and suffering, therefore they gladly volunteer their help.

New Zealand Maori Healers Coming to Sedona in March 2016!

maori in sedona march 2016
Maori healers are coming to Sedona in March 2016 to present their healing and spiritual work and tradition. Their special healing bodywork is very powerful and direct and helps works on all levels of human levels. A type of deep tissue massage, acupressure and spiritual guidance that works on the nervous system, tendons and bones to release toxins, stress, pain, fatigue, old traumas and painful memories from our cell memory.

Maori are the indigenous people of New Zealand which in Maori language means Aotearoa. Maori healers (Maori Healers) carried out intuitively “scan” deep work with your body’s tissue and energy balance, which, according to many is very deep and allows for transformation.

maori healers in sedona march 2016Te Reia Oomai or Maori medicine (treatment) represents a natural way of healing methods by ancient Maori tradition, which continues through oral tradition from one generation to the next only to specially selected family members. Maori treatment involves working with the body (body work), which in most cases means a deep massage (Roma Roma), energy and spiritual guidance, support (Mirimiri) and use of medicine Maori (Maori Rongoa).

Maori massage technique of acupressure is very deep massage where pressure is applied to the nervous system, the tendons, bones and muscles. By this the body is released of toxins, stress; Pain and fatigue are released is removed. Even very old traumas and painful memories from our cellular memory cells are dissolved and re-filled with positive energy and vitality. You will experience the natural state of your being, which is very important for further treatment.

How can Maori treatment help you?

In general, people are not conscious of energies that are stopped or blocked in our body. These blockages prevent us to build up life as we want. We start with good intentions, but we often fail to stay on this path for a long time. We become trapped with no ideas about what you want. It is often very difficult to locate our own blockade.

Captured energy in most cases takes the form of the disease. Symptoms can manifest themselves physically, emotionally and mentally. Most of these symptoms is caused because the body is not in equilibrium with the feelings and emotions that we have.

Maori healer work on a physical and energetic level. Intuitively, through clairvoyance searches trapped energy and then communicates with the body. On the part of the body where energy is trapped adds energy or cause pressure. It uses their hands or forearm, sometimes elbows. For small and specific points, such as points on your feet, they use a green stone called Pounamu.

During treatment, sees himself as an instrument through which operates Higher Force . Blocks and emotion that touches them Maori healer can no longer hide the body and find a way out of the body, they come to the surface and the body can be eliminated.

maori loveDuring treatments, we encourage you to release directly through personal, physical and natural way of expression, such as. screaming, crying or laughing. These are confusing emotions that up to this point have been expressed, and now came the moment of liberation.

Maori treatment can sometimes be experienced as a very emotional and painful. Physical and mental pain lasts for a very short time. It shows us how much pain we accept in our everyday lives. The length of the actual pressure depends on our willingness to let old things. Resistance is nothing more than the fear that comes from our mind and not the body; body just wants to be liberated.

Maori healers working in a group and it may happen that you will be treated at the same time from multiple healers. More people are also dealt with in the same room. During the treatments healers often sing and pray; they also laugh a lot and help you to free yourself from ourselves. For all the people in the room present a strong sense of connection, which can also be seen as an awakening of happiness and joy.

Each treatment is completely different. Everyone has their own personal way and the way of liberation and achieving peace. However, all have in common the fact that the intensive penetrates into the core of the problem, and is directly confronted with him.
Dropping and liberation is usually done between treatments, but can take several hours, even days or weeks. Depending on how fast you are willing to surrender your new personal situation.

A brief description of their intuitive “scaning” of the body and work with your body’s deep tissues (deep tissue bodywork):

Mirimiri
Mirimiri is one form of work on body, where the intuitive abilities of therapist are in foreground.
In addition to the work and knowledge that would traditionally have to demonstrate in front of the old masters, the therapist may also have the ability to “read” folds, curves, lines, signs and wells on the body. During the process mirimiri therapist investigate the body and determine the sites that need to be treated. Even if the client talks, he is looking for unspoken, unknown or forgotten. In therapy, the therapist receives “messages” and helps to establish physical connections to those places where the cells begin to deteriorate and lose the essence of life. The therapist evokes the wisdom that is stored in the body in so-called “codes of knowledge” (nga Kete about this wananga), and helps the client to activate processes that regenerate vital energy (calming word means “regenerate”).

Romiromi
In places where it is necessary to work with your body’s deep tissue, romiromi is activated. Ro means “go inside”, “mi” means to promote molecules in cells, allowing the decomposition and release of toxins that are calcified .
In the process of romiromi we can use elbows, hands, knees, feet, sticks, stones and sea water.
There can be more therapist working on one client. Deeply buried emotions can come to the surface during the therapy. From Emotional experiences arises physical, psychological or mental illness.
Activation of whatu-manawa (heart size) assists therapist in identifying individual toxic problems that hinder an individual, and prevents prolonged conflict in which he finds himself. When these problems come to the surface, the therapist performed whaka Watea (to clean the room), which enables holistic healing and transformation.

The Maori are also active in the field of…
• Natural medicine
• Correcting the imbalances of the body, muscles, tissues, bones
• Balancing and strengthening joints and ligaments
• Holistic well-being, fitness and health
• Sexual Awareness and healing of sexual records and injuries
• Liberation of lost souls and spirits
• Cleaning landscapes and spaces
• Clean up “dragon” lines
• Exorcism

MAORI SESSIONS (Treatments)
Maori session last somewhere between 35-50 minutes.
Price: $130.
We are pre-booking sessions, space is limited, reserve now! Email Igor_Strucelj@yahoo.com

MAORI EVENING PRESENTATION
Maori most often when they come to an area (city) first have an evening lecture which is about 1,5 to 2 hour long. First they represent themselves, their culture and their work. They always sing sacred Maori songs in evenings and mostly answer questions from the guests.
Price: donations

MAORI WORKSHOPS
Maori have different kind workshops to offer.
Lately they focus on two workshops; Sacred Divine Restoration and Ancient Safety and Tracking Energie Lines.
Workshops are usually about 3 hours.
Price: $80.

MAORI TEAM
Visit their official web page and read more about who they are and what they do… www.maorihealingaotearoa.com

Lunar Eclipse at Canyon DeChelly 2015

eclipse canyon dechellyCan anyone else feel the effects of the Eclipse still? Bringing up aspects of shadow self?

Most of the time the shadow self is ignored, neglected, and misunderstood. Imagine what would happen if we could learn to love, acknowledge, and nurture it? It may create more balance, totality, and completion of old chapters, agreements, commitments, relationships, and un-finished projects. Embrace it, cry with it, love it then… we will be ready to journey forward into this new exciting chapter of our lives.

During the eclipse, I was with some friends at Canyon DeChelly. Navajo Reservation. The Navajo said they do not look at the eclipse because it will bring out their shadow side. For some people, It is hard to look at these parts of ourselves… easier to just ignore it. So I watched the whole event and saw that once I looked at the shadow, eventually the light began to come back and it seemed even brighter.

Shamanic Journey

sedona shamanic journeyThe Shamanic Journey is a type of meditation exercised in order to receive guidance, answers, solutions, information, and visions from the spirit world. Most Shamanic cultures believe there are three primary Spirit Worlds, The Lower World, Upper World and Middle World.

The Lower World is the realm of nature, animals, trees, plants and rocks. Here lies the root of our deepest thoughts and emotions. This is where we meet and connect with our Power Animals. This type of vision is usually reached by some form of tunnel that leads into the earth. This is the the best place to start for beginners.

The Upper World is the spiritual realm that connects us with the universe, planets, stars, our ancestors, and ascended masters. Here we find our teachers and guides. This type of vision is usually reached by following a beam of light starting at your third eye and following it out into the universe. Some will climb through the inside of a very tall tree or ladder. The Upper World can often seem very ethereal and can appear to be very bright and can go from light pastels to a soft gray.

The Middle World is the place where we live and breathe. This world overlaps the world of the seen with the unseen and the dream world. This is where we can travel back and forth through time. Here we can also look for lost or stolen objects, perform long distance healing work and to find the souls of the recently deceased in order to help them cross over into the afterlife. This is also a good place to have a conversation with someone like a co-worker, friend, or family member to discuss matters. You can reunite with an old friend or communicate with someone who has already crossed over. In the Middle World we communicate with the Spirit that lives in all things. This is where the Shaman becomes the medium between the spiritual and physical worlds. This type of vision can easily reached by a simple walk in nature or passing through a doorway.

Reaching an Altered State of Consciousness
The constant beat of the drum or shaking a rattle are the most common tools used to assist us in a successful Shamanic Journey. Studies have shown that this continuous rhythm affects our brain in such a way that allows us to more easily experience a vision.

The Helping Spirits
The helping Spirits are the guides of the Shaman and can assist us in the healing of individuals, the community and Mother Earth. The most common types of Spirits who work in partnership with the Shaman are the animals, the plants and trees, the elements such as wind, the stone and mineral kingdom and humans who appear as teachers.

The Spirits who appear as animals are more commonly known as Power Animals or Animal Spirit Guides. They provide us with strength, protection and support.

The Plant and Tree Spirits can provide help with very specific issues. Shamans and Medicine People have been using the help of the Plant and Tree people since the beginning of time for healing.

The Spirits that appear to us in human form are usually messengers and can act as intermediaries between us and the universe. They have compassion for our pain, confusion and suffering, therefore they gladly volunteer their help.

Sedona Shamanic Healing

ShamanShamanic Healing is a natural way of bringing your mind, body and spirit back into harmony and balance. With the assistance of the earth, animals and prayer, you can learn how to heal yourself.

There are many different forms of Shamanic or Native Healing, different Healers will use different techniques, tools and medicine to assist their patients.

Some Shamans may help remove illness and disease, physical pain, bad dreams, ghosts, etc. Some are also teachers who can help you find your spiritual path. Some will pray and meditate for answers and spiritual solutions to an individuals or a community’s problems. Some will look to the animals and things in nature for guidance.

Rebekah offers Native American Shamanic Healing in Sedona. Her practice includes the Medicine Wheel Ceremony, Animal Totems and Readings, Shamanic Journeys and Soul Retrieval, Sacred Counsel Sessions, Dream Interpretation, Home clearings and blessings and Sedona Spiritual Vortex Tours.

Who is a Shaman?

A Shaman is the spiritual leader and natural healer of the tribe. Also referred to as a Medicine Man, Native Healer, Spirit Walker, Sage, Visionary, Mystic, Prophet, or a Holy Man or Woman.

They are the ones who can walk between the physical and spiritual worlds as a communicator for the great spirit.

There are several different types of Shaman.

A shaman can either be a man or a woman. Some cultures will call a man a Sha-man, and a woman a Sha-ma. In more modern terms, both are referred to as a Shaman.

A true Shaman is not likely to claim to be a Shaman or any other title that would set them higher than anyone else. But the people in their tribe, family, business, or any other type of group, clan or community will tell you that he or she is their Shaman. Shamans may claim to be a Shamanic Practitioners and study shamanism. Just as a true healer will not claim to be a healer, they will be more likely to claim to practice healing work, or call themselves a healing practitioner or facilitator.

Some Shamans find it difficult to live in modern society. They prefer to spend more time in nature studying the animals, the weather, the elements, and all natural things.

What is Shamanism?

Shamanism is the oldest spiritual practice known to humankind. Shamanism comprises of a range of traditional beliefs and practices concerned with communication with the spirit-world. A practitioner of shamanism is known as a shaman. There are many variations of shamanism throughout the world, but several common beliefs are shared by all forms of shamanism. Shamans are intermediaries, or mediums between the human and spirit worlds. They are capable of entering supernatural realms to obtain answers and solutions to the problems of their community. Someone would come to a Shaman for guidance, healing, clearing, answers, clarity, direction, and to treat illnesses.

Characteristics of a Shaman…

Teaches through being an example
They are humble and practice humility
Being of service in every moment and situation
Practices moderation
Honors another’s path regardless religion and differences in beliefs
Expresses unconditional love for self and all relations
Practices non-judgment of self and others
Balances physical and non-physical worlds
Takes great care of physical self
Can heal human self and facilitates healing of others
Keeps a clean and simple environment
Knows the solar cycles very well and plans activities and other events accordingly
Lives on less
Trusts and listens to inner guidance
Takes time to be in silence, knowing answers are found within self, or in nature
Spends time in nature and understands the elements
Speaks to the animals and interprets their messages and wisdom
Interprets dreams as guidance in the physical world
Speaks positively and uplifts others
Looks for the good in everyone and every situation
Knows medicinal properties of plants and herbs
Uses non-physical energy work when appropriate
Shape shifts when appropriate
Understands the natural laws of the universe
Continues to study and learn to become a better teacher

Tools of a Shaman…

tools of a shamanSage, braids of sweet grass, cedar, lavender, and blue corn, drums, rattles, and prayer feathers, stones, bones, and a staff or spirit stick.

Sage is best known for smudging ceremonies. This practice is used for cleansing, clearing, and purifying negative energies. Scientific studies have shown that sage, when burned, gives off negative ions. Negative ions are known for clearing mental blocks and works with the non-physical, psychic self. These are the same ions that you would get from standing at the edge of the ocean and breathing it in.

Blue corn is one of the most unique corns found in the Southwest and is a symbol of life by the Hopi.

The drum is one of the most important tools of a Shaman. It is used for meditating, vision quests, and shamanic journeys, healing and breaking up old patterns and negative energies, grounding, centering, calling in the spirits for ceremony, and of course, dancing. The deep, earthly sound of the drum represents the heartbeat of mother earth, loving, giving, and nurturing. It brings us back to the comfort of being in our mothers womb, safe, secure, and surrounded with unconditional love. The heartbeat connects all of life and reminds us that there is no separation. The plants, animals, stones, trees, fish, stars, plants and the universe are all one. There is only one universal heartbeat.

Places you might find a Shaman…

There are many shamans walking the earth today, they are all over the planet. Some don’t even know that they are a Shaman yet they are practicing Shamanism every day. You may find these healers and shamans near vortex sites, sacred sites, and where the earths ley lines connect around the planet. When you are looking for a Shaman, all you have to do is put it out there and you will always be guided to the perfect one.

Misconceptions of  a Shaman…

Over the years I’ve noticed that some people are perfectly trained by what they see on television. When going to see a Shaman or someone who practices Shamanism for the first time they may have some unrealistic expectations…

Are you looking for an old wrinkly man dressed in furs and robes who is wearing crystals and feathers and has a full set of ragalia on? This might have been what you would have seen a few hundred years ago, but things have changed.

You might be looking for someone who is isolated and lives in a small hut within his village or you think you may have to drive up a long windy road to the top of a mountain to seek these individuals. Not any more…

There may be a Shaman or Shamanic Practitioner living right next door.

So I encourage you to release all expectations and be open to searching for the modern Shaman who dresses in normal clothes and lives a life just like everyone else. They may even have a day job!

There are many shamans out there and it is said that there is at least one within every family, workplace, etc.

 

Sedona Spiritual Healing Day

sedona spiritual healing retreatAn in-depth Sedona Spiritual Healing Experience.

Release fear, loss, anger, emotional pain, physical pain and dis-ease, control issues, and gain more inner peace, love, compassion, gratitude, happiness and balance. Reconnect with nature and remember the truth of who you really are. Also gain more insight and clarity on your life’s path. Illuminate your passion for life!

This experience is located at one of Sedona most powerful vortexes sites. Experience a Medicine Wheel ceremony for releasing, forgiveness, gratitude, and abundance. Let the drum and sacred songs heal you from deep within. Gain insight and direction through a Shamanic Journey. Learn your Animal Totems and meet your animal spirit guides and receive messages and guidance. Enjoy a healthy meal and a peaceful setting at one of Sedona’s most charming vegan restaurants. Then complete your Sedona Healing Day with a Sacred Path Life Coaching session. After this day…. you just might feel like a new person and have a renewed love for life!

Medicine Wheel Ceremony Sedona Arizona

medicine wheel sedona sunset tourA Medicine Wheel is a ceremonial tool used by many spiritual people all over the world to perform rituals that honor the four directions, the sacred hoop of life, the animals, the sun, moon, Mother Earth, Father Sky, and many more aspects of the natural world.

“Medicine” is anything that deepens your relationship with the Creator and the Great Spirit and brings you closer to harmony and balance.

The wheel is made up of a circle divided into four directions, the east, south, west and north. Also a symbol of astrology, each person is represented somewhere within that circle depending upon their birth month and day. That placement is associated with a special moon, power animal, totem clan, healing plant, color and mineral. Learn more about Animal Totems.

sedona shamanic medicine wheel ceremonyTHE CEREMONY

At the wheel, we say a prayer for releasing, forgiveness, gratitude and abundance. When we speak out loud to the universe we are stating our intentions and this is very powerful. I’ve seen miraculous things happen, some of which most people won’t believe or even understand.

Before entering the wheel in the East we will offer some kind of herb or prayer. This is an offering to let the spirits know that we enter with pure hearts and leave any ego or negativity outside of the sacred wheel. Cornmeal, tobacco, sage, cedar, rose petals and many other natural gifts may be offered before going into the wheel. I’ve also seen gold glitter and crystals. Offering something before we enter the wheel is a good practice. It is said that before we enter any sacred space or even just going out into nature for a vision quest, it is good practice to offer something at the “door.” Like some traditions, one would bring a gift when going to their home to visit. It’s also common practice to smudge yourself before going into ceremony.

I’ve worked with children from the age of three to the grandmothers and grandfathers, all seem to have something to pray about.

The prayer we hold is not associated to any religion, it includes all living things such as the Creator, the Great Spirit, the animals, the four directions of the universe, our ancestors, and other things that bring us closer to nature. It’s also like stating your intentions.

medicine-wheel-ceremony-2In the Medicine Wheel we drum and sing songs for forgiveness and gratitude. We offer our blessings and prayers to Mother Earth and Father Sky, to Grandfather Sun and Grandmother Moon, to the four directions and the animals that represent them. The sound of the drum and rattle is healing and have been used for thousands of years. Some receive healing from just the sound and some also receive a vision.

Most people experience a lightness and tingling sensation. Some don’t want to leave the wheel because they feel so connected a sense of true security that they are afraid to leave the wheel and lose it. This is a feeling and an experience that can be done at any time and in any place.

Over the years I’ve been assisting people from all over the world to heal past wounds, physical, emotional and spiritual. I never know what to expect with each one and they are all different. No matter what you want to do from heal physical pain to an old emotional wound, drumming in the medicine wheel can help. This can help release negativity that you have been carrying around for a long time, sometimes we don’t even realize we are carrying it.

MEDICINE WHEEL TEACHINGS

The medicine wheel dates back thousands of years originating from the Northern Plains. Today, Medicine Wheel ceremonies are becoming more popular and can be found all over the world. As the teachings spread to different cultures, it is a bit modified, therefore not every ceremony will be alike. Each will be a bit different and that’s okay.

The medicine wheel represents the many cycles of life. The circle is representative of life’s never ending cycle (birth, death, rebirth). Each stone or spoke placement in the wheel focuses on a different aspect of living.

The term “medicine wheel” was first applied to the Big Horn Medicine Wheel in Wyoming, the most southern and one of the largest in existence. That site consists of a central circle of piled rock surrounded by a circle of stone; “Rays” of stones travel out from the central core of rock and its surrounding circle. The structure looks like the wheel of a bicycle.

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 in North America over the last several centuries.

Movement in the Medicine Wheel is 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.

medicine-wheel-wyTHE FOUR DIRECTIONS

There are many different interpretations of the Medicine Wheel. Each of the Four Directions (East, South, West, and North) are represented by the colors black, red, yellow, and white, which also represent the four colors of man or the four colors of corn. The Directions can also represent:

  • Stages of life: birth, youth, adult, and elder.
  • Seasons of the year: spring, summer, fall and winter
  • Aspects of life: spiritual, emotional, intellectual, physical
  • Elements of nature: fire (or sun), air, water, and earth
  • Animals: Eagle, Bear, Coyote, Buffalo
  • Ceremonial plants: Tobacco, Sweet grass, Sage, Cedar

medicine-wheel-sedona-sunset-tour

The East is held to represent the mind, air, the color yellow and ‘yellow skinned peoples’, learning the groups to which people belong and the infant.

Lessons and gifts from the EAST, the place of first light, spring, and birth, include:
Warmth of the spirit
Purity, trust, and hope
Unconditional love
Courage
Truthfulness
Guidance and leadership
Capacity to remain in the present moment

The South holds the heart, fire, the color red and ‘red skinned peoples’, and the child.

Lessons and gifts from the SOUTH, the place of summer and youth, include:
Generosity, sensitivity, and loyalty
Romantic love
Testing of the physical body/self-control
Gifts of music and art
Capacity to express feelings openly in ways respectful to others

The West holds the spirit, water, the color blue or black, and ‘black-skinned peoples’ and Adulthood.

Lessons and gifts from the WEST, the place of autumn and adulthood, include:
Dreams, prayers, and meditation
Perseverance when challenged
Balance between passionate loyalty and spiritual insight
Use of personal objects, sacred of life’s meaning
Fasting, ceremony, self-knowledge, and vision

The North represents the final life stage in the wheel, being an elder and passing on knowledge to the next generation so that the wheel may start again just like the circle it takes after. It is also associated with the color white, representing the white hair of the elders and the white skinned people.

Lessons and gifts from the NORTH, the place of winter and elders, include:
Intellectual wisdom
Ability to complete tasks that began as a vision
Detachment from hate, jealousy, desire, anger, and fear
Ability to see the past, present, and future as interrelated

These are all different teaching from all corners of the earth, and as you can see they each slightly differ from one another. Therefore in creating and performing a Medicine Wheel Ceremony, there is no wrong way to do it. So dance, sing, shake the rattles and beat the drum as it all will help you on your personal medicine path.

medicine-wheel-sacred-journeysIn other practices, the Northern direction corresponds to Adulthood (the White Buffalo), the South represents Childhood (the Serpent), the West represents Adolescence (the Bear) and the Eastern direction represents Death and Re-birth (Eagle). In terms of social dynamics, community building and the use of Circles in Restorative Justice work, the four quadrants of the circle correspond to Introductions.

According to Native American astrology we were all born into a particular direction of the wheel and given an animal totem and animal clan.

The concept of the medicine wheel symbolically represents a nonlinear model of human development. Each compass direction on the wheel offers lessons and gifts that support the development of a balanced individual. The idea is to remain balanced at the center of the wheel while developing equally the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of one’s personality. The concept of the medicine wheel varies: different groups attribute different gifts to positions on the wheel. But the following offers a generalized overview of some lessons and gifts connected with the development process.

MOON CYCLES OF THE WHEEL

The waxing moon is represented by the east. New beginnings. A fresh cycle is occurring in your life. Wipe the slate clean, it’s time to release the old and start again.

The full moon is represented by the south. Abundance and prosperity in all forms. Expansion. Surging energy. Activity. Movement. Rapid growth. Be open to receiving the bounty of the universe.

The waning moon is represented by the west. Transformation. Letting go of the old. Initiation. Illumination. Harvest. Gather inner resources. Trust. Chaos brings positive change.

The new moon is represented by the north. Take time for contemplation. Look within. Connect with your ancestors. Dream up ideas.Meditate. Forgiveness.

FOUR DIRECTIONS PRAYER

Standing in the East

Thank you Thunkaslia (Creator), Wankan Tanka (Great Spirit), Grandmothers, Grandfathers, Ancestors, All of our Spirit Guides and our Animal Spirit Guides for bringing us Wanbli Galeshka (the Eagle) in the East. We ask that you lend us your strong eyes to be able to see our lives from above.

And where Grandfather Sun rises every day to warm our bodies, gives us light to see, and grow our crops. We thank you for the abundance that you bring us.

And the spring time that brings us new beginnings to express our unique talents and creativity.

The direction that represents the infant being born into this earth to begin a new earth walk.

Standing in the South

Thank you Thunkaslia (Creator), Wankan Tanka (Great Spirit), Grandmothers, Grandfathers, Ancestors, All of our Spirit Guides and our Animal Spirit Guides for bringing us Heyoka (the Coyote) in the South.

Help us learn to balance work and play, to awaken the child within and return to innocence. Show us how to laugh more and have more fun, and to not take life too seriously and to recognize this.

The direction that represents the youth and the children. Help us to be good examples and take care of the young ones.

Standing in the West

Thank you Thunkaslia (Creator), Wankan Tanka (Great Spirit), Grandmothers, Grandfathers, Ancestors, All of our Spirit Guides and our Animal Spirit Guides for bringing us Matho (the Bear) in the West.

We ask Bear for strength and courage in our adult lives to face our fears and difficult situations with ease. Help us to turn this fear into excitement so that we may live our lives to the fullest.

We also ask for the ability to know when to go within to seek answers and for spiritual guidance. And to trust that we can always find answers in ourselves and in nature.

The west representing adulthood when maturity and responsibility sets in and the ability to create new life and explore our world becomes our path.

Standing in the North

Thank you Thunkaslia (Creator), Wankan Tanka (Great Spirit), Grandmothers, Grandfathers, Ancestors, All of our Spirit Guides and our Animal Spirit Guides for bringing us Tatanka (the Buffalo) in the North.

We ask to remember the day when the buffalo roamed freely upon this land. And when the early people  saw that and knew that all of their need would be met, and they would have everything that they need right when they needed it. They saw abundance in everything and did not know of lack. Help us return to that time.

Teach us to honor and respect our elders, the ones who came before us and have lived many years.

The direction that represents our elders, the white hair ones, the wise ones. Let their voices be heard so that we may learn the old ways and carry on the traditions of our ancestors.

Standing in the Center

Thank you Maka (Mother Earth) for being here for us two leggeds, and for all of our relations. Help us to respect you more and spend more time with you knowing that we can always find true security in you. Help us to walk lightly among your sacred body and appreciate all living things and all of creation that we share it with. Thank you for all our two-legged brothers and sisters. Help us to all live in harmony and peace with each other. Thank you Mother Earth for our four-legged friends, the finned ones, the furry ones, the winged ones, and the creepy crawly ones. Thank you for the stone people, and the plant people who share their fruit and medicine with us.

Thank you Father Sky for expanding our awareness of the unknown and for Grandfather Sun that gives us light to see, warmth and comfort, the nurturing you give to grow our crops and food from the earth.

Grandmother Moon for our night dreams and inner guidance and intuitive insights, all the planets, stars galaxies and things we can’t see out there. Thank you Father Sky for reminding us that we are all connected and all a very important part of this grand universe.

Thank you Self. Go within and say silent prayers to yourself. Send love to yourself. Thank yourself for always doing the best you can. Tell yourself you are doing a good job and that you will always be okay.

Aho Mitakuye Oyasin (All my relations) Hetchetu Welo! And so it is done!

CREATE A PERSONAL MEDICINE WHEEL

medicine-wheel-prayer-pahoA personal medicine wheel can be made using items such as crystals, arrowheads, seashells, feathers, animal fur, bones, and so on. Take time to reflect on each aspect of your life (self, family, relationships, life purpose, community, finances, health, etc.) as you place objects within the circle.

The medicine wheel is a symbol of balance. During the process of creating a wheel you will begin to recognize what areas of your life are out of balance, and where your attention is lacking and requires focus. Continuing working with the wheel after you constructed it. Sit with your wheel in silent meditation. Allow the wheel to assist you in gaining new and different perspectives.