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The Medicine Wheel is a circular symbol broken into four areas or quadrants. These four areas have four different colors assigned to them, which are most often yellow, red, black, and white. It is also very important to note that different nations have different medicine wheel teachings, according to their stories, values, and beliefs. So, there is not only one perfect medicine wheel.
Indigenous people of North America look to the medicine wheel as a symbol that everything flows in a circle, that is the circle of life.
Anyone who wants to achieve balance and a better wellbeing can use the Medicine Wheel.
How to use the Medicine Wheel?
The greatest lesson of the medicine wheel is what it teaches us about self-awareness. The more self-aware we are, the better able we are to identify what areas of our life we need to work on or change.
If you seek to improve your physical state of being, you might start being more active and incorporate regular physical activity into your daily routine. Health is about more than not having a cold or being able to run a mile; health has to do with the balance and harmony of the four states of being. See MORE ways to improve your physical wellbeing.
Connecting with an old friend might improve your emotional state of being. When the emotional being is unbalanced, it impacts the whole of a person’s wellbeing, so it is imperative to develop emotional intelligence and tools for addressing moments of imbalance. See MORE ways to improve your emotional wellbeing.
If your mental state of being needs bolstered, you might find yourself seeking a new skill, hobby, or taking a class. When the mental body is balanced, we are able to make decisions and move through the world with our goals and values in mind. See MORE ways to improve your mental wellbeing.
Your spiritual being may be connected with the Creator (or whoever you pray to), Mother Earth, the universe, nature, and so on. Spiritual wellness is all about maintaining a state of openness to the energies of the universe, which in turn helps us to develop intuition and a spiritual connection. See MORE ways to improve your spiritual wellbeing.
What are the four quadrants of the Medicine Wheel?
The spiritual being is represented on the medicine wheel by the yellow quadrant, which also represents the direction East, the element of Earth, the sacred medicine tobacco, and the season of Spring.
The emotional being is represented on the medicine wheel by the black quadrant, which also represents the direction West, the element of water, the sacred medicine sweetgrass, and the season of Fall.
The mental being is represented on the medicine wheel by the white quadrant, which also represents the direction North, the element of air, the sacred medicine cedar, and the season of Winter.
What are the Medicine Wheel colors and what do the colors mean?
The medicine wheel has four areas of a circle that have four different colors assigned to them. These colors are most often yellow, red, black, and white.
The medicine wheel color location and other attributes that are assigned to each direction are usually based on who taught you the teaching and where their teachings came from. See this to learn more about the Medicine Wheel colors
The four colors represent the four nations of people on the earth. In this medicine wheel yellow is on the East as it represents people from Asia, red represents the indigenous people of North America, black represents black people, and white represents white people or people from Europe.
East represents the beginning, the new beginning of life. Therefore the spring season is attributed to that section of the circle. South represents the next season which is summer. West, or the black quadrant represents the sun setting and the day ending, the fall season, etc. North and white is at the top representing the color of the clouds in the sky as well as the winter season, which closes out the year. See this to learn more about the Medicine Wheel colors and what they mean.
How do I use the Medicine Wheel to achieve balance in my life?
You must first understand your state of being for all four aspects of your life -- spiritual, emotional, intellectual, and physical.
Achieving balance might be as simple as prioritizing certain components of your life, restructuring your schedule, or taking more time to fulfill your needs throughout the day.
Investing energy into each of our states of being can bring us balance and harmony that radiates out into the circle of our lives, transforming our ability to be fulfilled and happy in all parts of our lives.