The Native American Medicine Wheel

The Native American Medicine Wheel comes from a deep, natural and ancient wisdom, which would be well worth finding out more about if you are interested. But you don’t have to ‘believe’ in it for it to help you make good choices in your life.

The Medicine Wheel is like a map of life. It is used as a path to understanding, a focus for ceremonies and a basis for healing. It encompasses everything – from the mystical void from which all existence sprang, all the physical elements, the inter-connectedness of all things, and respect for ancestors and nature.

The wheel can take the form of an arrangement of stones on the land or a work of art. Different tribes each have their own version. Different systems of colours and meanings have been assigned to the directions of the wheel, such as the stages of life, the seasons, physical elements, and animals.

In the version which inspired the LifeEditor, the wheel is like a compass. Each cardinal direction represents an element: fire, earth, water and air. The in-between directions represent other key factors which shape the energy of life: concepts of self, the sub-conscious, patterns and rules, and priorities.

These ideas will help you look at your choices from different angles to see how good they are for you. Here is a sample of the questions the model prompts you to ask yourself.

The first cardinal direction in the Wheel is the East is where the sun rises. It’s the direction of a new dawn. It represents fire and the sun, whose energy is the source of all life on earth.

The element of fire triggers expansion and passion in the human spirit. It is our divine spark. It illuminates our path toward enlightenment. It encompasses creativity and adventure.
When it is healthy it offers a continuous opportunity for development and enrichment. But if it is unhealthy it can take the form of fantasy and illusion.

• Does this choice seem like a new dawn for you?
• Does it set your heart on fire?
• Does it offer an opportunity for expansion and development?
• Does it enable you to see a path of positive progression for you?
• Will it feed and nourish your spirit?
• Will this be a creative adventure for you?

The Life Editor model based on the Native American Medicine Wheel has similar questions on all the 8 directions of the Wheel. It shows you how you feel about each question on a spider graph, and composes a personalised feedback text based on your answers.

I hope you find this tool useful. Do share your comments and experiences with other users by posting a Response or submitting Your Story.