And the emotions provide feedback or input back into the Value system. So it is a circular pattern. In this way, it can be seen how everything we do, all of our Decisions, Actions and Emotions, Are rooted within Spirituality. This is one reason why the elders tell us, that everything in life is sacred.
And everything we do is Spiritual. I think many people have an innate understanding of this cycle. Because many sayings that are used to describe people, fit this model. For example, a well-rounded person. Or a person needs direction. Or imbalance, or off the center. To be imbalanced, you can see how important it is to have an internal locus of control.
And to exist at the center of the wheel. What has happen since the Europeans came to this continent, is that many of these spiritual aspects have been taken away. Sacred lands, such as the Black Hills were taken.
Spiritual practices such as the Sundance and Potlatches became illegal. Children were taken away to boarding schools. And many spiritual leaders were killed. As a result, negative emotions were generated. Such as mourning, sadness, anger and frustration and ultimately low self-esteem. And without a spirituality to fall back on, these negative Emotions went straight to Decisions.
And that's where alcohol came in. Because the Action was to drink, to numb these emotions. The Wounded Knee massacre in , in which Chief Bigfoot and over , unarmed Lakota people, including many women and children, were killed.
It stated by many people, as the symbolic event for the Lhasa spirituality, for the Lakota people. Black Elk a Lakota spiritual leader and Medicine man who lived during that time, said that because of the Wounded Knee massacre, the Circle is broken. And it literally was.
The Spiritual aspect was taken away. Leaving a semi-circle of despair. But he also said that it would take seven generations to heal the Circle. And that is where we are now. The children of today are the seventh generation. And it seems to be a resurgence of traditionalism, in many tribes. This is a good thing, because the people who are being able to avoid alcoholism, or to recover from it, are generally very strong spiritually.
Within the Medicine wheel, it is easy to see how there can be imbalances. In the Spiritual, Mental, Physical and Emotional aspects. A person who is imbalanced, toward the Mental nature, and away from Emotions, might be characterized as cold and unemotional.
In modern society a lot of men are imbalanced in this way, because they believe that to be a man is to be non-emotional. But to be missing the Emotional development, is to be missing the important feedback link into the Value system.
If this is completely undeveloped, the person might be characterized as heartless or impassioned. Because there is no mechanism for guilt or joy to feedback to the Value system for re-evaluation. Someone who is imbalanced toward Emotions and away from the Mental aspect, might be characterized as irrational or overly emotional. In this way, the emotions are controlling the person's decisions and actions.
This can manifest itself as impulsiveness or poor decision-making. A person can also be imbalanced toward Spirituality and away from the Physical aspect. In many religions, it is a sacred thing to be a martyr with your body. But in some instances, it is conceivable to see how a person who is imbalanced toward Spirituality, may actually be running away from his or her Physical nature.
Being imbalanced toward the Physical nature and away from Spirituality, is something I think is common among people today. These people believe that the only things that are real, exist only in the physical world. And they believe that thoughts and emotions are rooted in physical nature.
These are the type of people who say things like "I need to find myself", when they realize they're something missing in their lives.
But there are also interactions. Problems who rise in interpersonal relationships when people are out of balance. This diagram represents two people who come together who are imbalanced. The person on top, is someone who is imbalanced toward the Mental side and away from Emotions. And the person on the bottom, is someone who is imbalanced toward the Emotional side.
The old saying "Opposites attract' is actually true in many cases. I'm sure many of us can think of examples of relationships in which one person is very rational and unemotional, and the other person is very emotional and seemingly irrational. What happens in this situation, is people see in each-other what they don't have in themselves.
And by getting together, they kind of complete each-others circles. These people can interact in the Physical and Spiritual realms, but when the person on top wants to be rational, there is conflict.
Because the person on the bottom has to operate outside of their circle. And the opposite is also true. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Retrieved September 3, Retrieved September 25, Retrieved May 12, Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 15, Retrieved September 18, Retrieved September 4, Rock Revolt Magazine. Retrieved February 21, White Lightning Signature Guitar ".
Retrieved December 14, The Oregonian. Portland, Oregon. Oregon Military Museum Project. James B. Thayer dies in LO at age 96". Pamplin Media Group. Pacific University. Retrieved May 20, September 29, Retrieved September 8, John Bruce Kulick. Ceremonial circles have been used to enhance spiritual experiences for centuries. The use of the medicine wheel is common to Native American spiritual practices with each direction of the wheel representing an energy or force in nature or the spiritual realm.
Stones are commonly used to make medicine wheels though you may create a medicine wheel using objects such as jewelry, ribbons, feathers, sea shells and bundled herbs. The objects are representative of aspects of yourself and the forces that guide you in life. Select a location for your medicine wheel.
Choose an area in which you feel safe and will be able to meditate once the wheel is complete. This location may be either inside or outside. Gather the objects you wish to use for your wheel. You need four objects to represent each direction: north, south, east and west.
Select a fifth object to place in the center of your circle.Sep 29, · The use of the medicine wheel is common to Native American spiritual practices with each direction of the wheel representing an energy or force in nature or the spiritual realm. Stones are commonly used to make medicine wheels though you may create a medicine wheel using objects such as jewelry, ribbons, feathers, sea shells and bundled herbs.