The Medicine Wheel and Four Directions
The term "Medicine" as it is used by First Nations people does not refer to drugs or herbal remedies. It is used within the context of inner spiritual energy and healing or an enlightened experience often referred to as "spiritual energy's". The Medicine Wheel and its sacred teachings assist individuals along the path towards mental, spiritual, emotional and physical enlightenment.
Different tribes interpret the Medicine Wheel differently. Each of the four directions East, South, West, and North is typically represented by a distinctive colour, such as black, red, yellow and white, which for some stands for the human races. The directions can also represent:
Stages of life: birth, youth, adult (or elder), death
Seasons of the year: spring, summer, winter, fall
Aspects of life: spiritual, emotional, intellectual, physical
Elements of nature: fire (or sun), air, water, and earth
Each of these aspects must be equally developed in a healthy, well-balanced human being through the development stages of our life. To bring ourselves into balance in each area puts us in balance.
Before entering the Medicine Wheel your host, Catherine will offer you guidance in how to engage and receive the optimum benefits from your experience.