THE STRUCTURE OF THE CIRCLE

The Medicine Wheel

The Way of the Circle is the Unwritten Code of Ethics that guides one’s life toward harmony, balance, and good medicine” (Unknown). The way of the circle is the way of life and provides a direction of purpose and fulfillment.

 

“The circle, being primary, influences how we as Aboriginal peoples view the world. In the process of how life evolves, how the natural world grows and works together, how all things are connected, and how all things move toward their destiny. Aboriginal peoples see and respond to the world in a circular fashion and are influenced by the examples of the circles of creation in our environment & quote; [1].


The Medicine wheels represent the alignment and continuous interaction of the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual realities. The Wheel facilitates awareness, balance, and power we have over our own lives. An Imbalance in our Wheel creates disharmony, anxiety and can impact our relationships with ourselves and others.


The circle shape represents the interconnectivity of all aspects of one’s being, including the connection with the natural world. For many Indigenous groups, culture and spirituality are interconnected. This type of interconnection addresses experiences and beliefs related to transcendence, structures relationships with others and the natural world. It also provides a sense of identity and empowerment. The unity within ourselves gives a sense of coherence that lends a system of belongingness and safety. A fundamental human need is a sense of belonging and without it, we feel we are nothing. (Dr. Brokenleg)


The circle contains four directions that are honor ones understanding with self, nature and the Great Spirit. The four directions embody four natural forces that represent powerful attributes that can allow one to grow through their stages of life (which vary among tribe members). In life, we are continuously growing and learning more about our journey. Our Medicine Wheel allows forgiveness and continues learning to honor our life purpose while having a relationship with the Creator. Creator helps us forgive, let go, move on and heal.