Teachings of the Medicine Wheel
The Medicine Wheel is perhaps the most intriguing gift from ancient America: a physical structure typically made with stones arranged in a circle, big enough for people to enter. In this workshop you will learn to use the Wheel as a personal Life guide. Each point on the Wheel represents distinct qualities and spiritual characteristics. On those points, you'll place medicine helpers that you've chosen, at times for no obvious reason; just seems like the right animal/tree/gemstone, but you will soon see that the Spirits are guiding you. When the energies of the medicine helpers combine with the aspects of the point on the Wheel where they've been placed, a story emerges that will guide you, revealing the acquired traits or core beliefs that have previously blocked you. These are personal Healing Wheels.
You will also learn about personal Free Form Wheels. Where Healing Wheels are a direct reflection of your Life-patterns, Free Form Wheels are open to the guiding influences of the Spirits (Personal Spirit Guides and Helper Spirits.) You will learn how to prepare before creating either kind of Wheel. Personal Wheels are usually small (on the dining room table, bed, living room floor), built for a specific session, then taken down until needed. Free Form Wheels are used in determining & executing Life Purpose, and in tandem with Healing Wheels, for manifesting.
The Medicine Wheel works because it reveals unsupportive core beliefs, pointing you in a better direction, anchoring that new awareness into your physical body-memory through movement: placing stones and totems, moving about the Wheel and locking onto answers the totems have brought you, what Jung called "gestalt”. Now aware of these energies, you'll have better control over your life: old, self-defeating patterns will cease, empowering you to manifest your dreams more easily. The Medicine Wheel is a non-threatening but effective teacher and workshops are kept small and confidentiality respected. You will learn how to work your own Medicine Wheel and it will bring your stuff up; it takes courage to face fears, perceived shortcomings, self-judgments, but those energies can be converted and you are worth the effort.
Includes 42 page manual.
We begin by creating a physical shield out of rawhide and natural vine. The remainder of the class is dedicated to deciding what it is each you want to change or create in your life, looking at what is behind that, then formulating a concise statement which is then "embedded" in the Shield. You will choose, on your own, the Medicine Helper(s) best suited to your purpose, which you will put on your Shield.
You are taught how to create an active, working relationship with the Medicine Helper of your choice, and how to use your Shield daily. Understanding Animals as Medicine Helpers is an excellent adjunct lecture to this workshop and it is recommended that you attend that when possible, ideally before the Shields workshop.
Medicine Shields Refresher Follow-on
A two hour refresher for Medicine Shield students. Bring Shields you are working on and need help with, Shields you have worked on that you'd like to share your experiences about, and any other Shield related questions.
Medicine Wheel Refreshers Follow-on
A two hour refresher for Medicine Wheel students. Bring Wheels you are working on and need help with, Wheels you have worked on that you'd like to share your experiences about, and any other Wheel related questions.
The How-To and "Why Bother" of Forgiving
It is not uncommon for people to discover old cuts and bruises from their way-a-longtime-ago-past when they start working with Medicine Wheels and Medicine Shields. This workshop was created to deal with what is arguably the best way to handle them: Forgive and get on with your life. You will learn spiritually based techniques that are effective and reliable. All they need to work is you.