The Medicine Wheel
The Primary Cultures Healing Journey
The medicine wheel is the basis for the healing journey of many primary cultures around the world. The Q’ero and Inka refer to the medicine wheel in terms of the four winds – the Tawantinsuyu. The healing journey starts in the south and ends in the east and is held by the heavens and earth (all that is) above and below. In truth, we traverse the medicine wheel in a spiral with no beginning and end but an expansion of ever increasing levels of awareness and joy. When we engage the medicine wheel as healing journey we are engaging more than a set of practical tools that we bring to the western table of perception. What we are really engaging is a whole world view that is rooted in a different mythology than that of the West, and that is of critical importance at this time. It is through the medicine wheel that we heal not only our own wounds, traumas, limiting beliefs, fears, and personal mythology, but that we heal the fundamental underlying myths of our culture and the nature of our relationship with the Earth and all of our relations.
The opening and closing prayer to create sacred space for all rituals, ceremonies, and healings literally calls upon all the extra-psychic forces to come forth to support our work, and it helps us to fully understand the medicine wheel. The following is one way that we address, acknowledge, and call upon these energies:
Prayer for Creating Sacred Space
To the Winds of the South
Sachamama, hatun Amaru, Great Serpent Mother of the waters, the rivers, the galaxies, and the roads that bring us together, come wrap your coils of light around us
Teach us to shed the energies of the past that no longer serve us, the way you shed your skin, all at once
Show us how to walk softly on the Earth, in the beauty way
So that all we touch and create, we touch and create in beauty
To the winds of the West
Otorongo, Mother Sister Jaguar
Come protect our medicine space, devour those energies which do not belong to us
Teach us your ways beyond fear, beyond anger, beyond death, beyond guilt, beyond shame, beyond all the mythologies and beliefs that no longer serve us
Teach us to be impeccable, luminous beings
Peaceful warriors who have no need to engage in battle, internally or externally, but instead are able to support ourselves in asking for and receiving what we desire, so that we can leap into who we are becoming and so that we create from a place of love
To the winds of the North
Grandmothers, Grandfathers, Ancient Ones, Ancestors and Guardians of this Land
Come to us, teach us your ancient wisdom and the wisdom to come, we honor you who have come before us and will come after us; help us to remember that ancient wisdom directly; come warm you hands by our fires, whisper to us in the winds
Siwarkenti, hummingbird, teach us to drink of the nectar of life, even when the contrast is great and the journey seems difficult or long, help us to do that which seems impossible, just as you do
So that we create from a place of joy and a sense of timelessness
To the winds of the East
Hatun Kuntur, Great Condor, Apuchin, Huaman, Eagle, Macah
Come to us from the place of the rising Sun, the place of our becoming
Teach us to soar high and see those mountain tops we have only dared to dream of before and help us to see with the eyes of the heart, to feel the guidance in our bodies
Give us the broadest perspective and clearest vision of our destiny
Take us under your wings, and teach us to fly wing to wing with Great Spirit
So that we create with self effort and grace
Pachamama, Santa Tierra Madre, Great Mother Earth,
We come here for the healing of all your children, beloved Mother
The stone people, the plant people, the two legged, the four legged, the creepy crawlers,
the finned, the furred, and the winged ones, all our relations that are here not only to sustain us and bring us beauty and joy, but to also teach us with their characteristics, their medicine, helping us along the way
Thank you Mother for sustaining us with your bounty, for supporting our healing work on your belly, and for always taking those energies which are too heavy for us and mulching them for us, so that we donâ€™t have to carry them around any longer, so that we can be truly free to create extraordinary lives filled with joy, abundance, love, and support
Intitaita Father Sun, Mamakia Grandmother Moon, Hatun Chaska Star Nations, Star Brothers and Sisters, thank you for rising everyday showering us with your light, your cycles, your love, that makes life possible for us here, and for doing this unconditionally without judgment, teaching us to treat ourselves in the same way
Hatun Apu Kuna, Great Holy Mountains, Great Lineage, and Teachers of All times, thank you for helping us; and Ilaticha Wirakocha, Wakantanka, Great Spirit, Creator, God, Creator of all-that-is, you who are known by a thousands names and you who are the unnamable One that dwells within us and all around us in all forms
Thank you for bringing us together to sing the song of life one more day, to dance this dance of co-creation, to take creation beyond where it has been before, new levels of joy, abundance, and exhilaration
Thank you for holding us
In the work of the South (that which we heal), we change our perception of the past and work on the subtle energetic level so that our present reality is not organized by that which no longer serves us; we don’t forget our past wounds and traumas, but we hold them differently in our soul and our psyche.
In the work of the West (that which we step beyond) we shed the old form and embrace the new; we move beyond relationships based on fear. We become peaceful warriors who aren’t afraid to speak our truth and walk our talk. We change our mythology and embrace life from a point of power and knowledge. From the Western mythological point of view, we go back to the Garden and eat of the tree of everlasting life. We shed the myth that we were kicked out of the Garden and we walk in beauty instead of shame.
In the work of the North (that which we learn) we engage the ancient wisdom, we remember the ancient memories and connection to nature. We step outside of the confines of linear time as we are no longer informed by the past but are ready to become co-creators with an act of power and love. We learn to nudge destiny and influence past events; we remember who we are becoming. We return to innocence by stepping beyond our last impediment – all that we know, and all the roles we’ve identified with; so that there is nothing left to defend. With our new knowledge, we learn to be invisible and to keep a secret even from ourselves.
In the work of the East (that which we summon) we dream the world into being; it is the way of the visionary who looks at possibilities before probabilities. It is the Hopi and Inka elders that sit in prayer for the entire world. It is who we are quantum leaping into becoming. It is stepping fully into the role and responsibility of co-creator. We take all that we have learned and bring it back into the practical world – as the Inka say, we grow corn with it.
May you always walk in beauty along the medicine wheel.