Edward Running Bear's Four Red Roads Medicine Wheel

Edward Running Bear's Four Red Roads Medicine Wheel
Four Red Roads Medicine Wheel

Four Red Roads Medicine Wheel

The Outer Circle is The World I see around Me.
The Inner Circle - The Sun-dance Medicine Wheel is The World With in Me.


The Sundance Medicine Wheel

Saturday, September 1, 2012



The Rosetta Stone is a black basalt stone found in 1799 that bears an inscription in hieroglyphics demonic characters and in Greek and it is celebrated for having given the first clue to the decipherment of Egyptian hieroglyphics. The Medicine Wheel as a Rosetta Stone gives many clues to the universal nature of the philosophies of world religions.


     The concept that the Medicine Wheel as a Rosetta stone came to me as I sat in a Buddhist temple where I noticed a Medicine Wheel on the floor. In the East was the element of air, enlightenment and knowledge symbolized by a pile of books. In the South was Sage, used by the Native Americans with fire, as a burnt offering for spirit cleansing? In the West was a large bowl shaped bell, a symbol for water. In the north was a great altar and the teachers, of old, were memorialized there in red as in the Red Road, for the blood of the elders buried in the earth in North of the Medicine Wheel.


            In  the Biblical text, shared elements of The Sundance Medicine Wheel are describe in the visions of Ezskiel Chapter One:

5  Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures.  And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man.6  And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings.7  And their feet were straight feet; and the sole of their feet was like the sole of a calf's foot: and they sparkled like the colour of burnished brass.8  And they had the hands of a man under their wings on their four sides; and they four had their faces and their wings.9  Their wings were joined one to another; they turned not when they went; they went every one straight forward.10  As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle.

And again in the revelations of John Chapter Four:

2  And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.3  And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. 4  And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.5  And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
6  And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.7  And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.8  And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.9  And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,10  The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,11  Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hastThere are wheels in every Scripture. The same for teachings for finding or knowing God are also universal themes namely, prayer and/or meditation, study, sacrifice in the forms of fasting and prayer and as well as selfless sacrifice in service.

This brings me to first Corinthians 9:20 – 23.

18  What is my reward then?  Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.19  For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.20  And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;21  To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.22  To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.23  And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.

        "Onto the Jews I became A Jew" and I would add onto the Muslims I became a Muslim, and onto the Native Americans I became a Native American.

        You'll find it hard to go, as you would to a Christian with the Bible and the Book of Mormon to bring the Native Americans to Christ without a knowledge of the Medicine Wheel. The Medicine Wheel has already been used to bring the Native Americans to Christ though it was to the Methodist faith. How much more powerful a tool would it be if used with the Book of Mormon. 

        Likewise you will find it hard to convert a Muslim by beating him over the head with a Bible and the Book of Mormon rather than to show him the word of God as found in the Qu-ran as they relate to modern revelation. By using the Qu-ran you might get his attention. The early Christians use the Bible and the threat of death with little effect but to cause hostilities that persist even until this day. In the teachings of the Medicine Wheel are many clues to the universal nature of the brotherhood of man. 

        But I am sure that, you will find many that would disagree. Namely among those who feel it is a waste of time to do as Brigham Young has asked, "That we should read of all good books" and they who themselves have not read the Holy Qu-ran or studied the teachings of the Medicine Wheel.


Saturday, May 19, 2012




           The following is a home study course to help you learn to read the Sundance Medicine Wheel.  This is in no way meant to replace regular scripture study, rather when this tool is placed in the mind I have found it has enhance my understanding of the ways of the elders that are found in the scriptures, by showing connections that may have other wise gone undetected.

             Many of the sheets are designed in a greeting card format.  The front face of the card gives a picture of the animal named for each of the stones in the Wheel.   The back face of the card shows where that card is in the Wheel.  On the inside of the card are a few references to help understand in a general way  what might be there to help guide ones path, and is in no way meant to represent the only way to look at things.
The best source for learning what each animal has to say is by observation.  By watching, we can learn how the animals go about their lives and can give us clues to order our own lives.  We no longer live in a wild world where the animals are our brothers and neighbors.  But we can and have learned many things about them from books.  Included in the cards are a few of the less obvious teachings that are traditional to the Native Americans. One that comes to mind is that the Bear is the leader. Another example is that the owl is the Spirit messenger of death.  See the movie "I heard the Owl call my Name", that is based on a true story about a dying priest who was sent by his Bishop to live among the native people of British Columbia.

       Stones or coins can easily replace the cards once their pattern is place in the mind.  In fact the Medicine Wheel is a set of scriptural references that can be read in the dark.  The greatest benefit I find is that the Wheel takes the scriptural teaching out of the historical context and places them in a pattern written in the heart, for ready reference, in order to guide my life step by step around the endless paths of Prayer, Study, Sacrifice and Service.

       The study of the Medicine Wheel has given me a more sure testimony of the Book of Mormon and the truth of the restored gospel.  With these Lessons on the Wheel, I hope to share that more sure testimony with you.

(2 Nephi 29:7-9.)

 "7 Know ye not that there are more nations than one? Know ye not that I, the Lord your God, have created all men, and that I remember those who are upon the isles of the sea; and that I rule in the heavens above and in the earth beneath; and I bring forth my word unto the children of men, yea, even upon all the nations of the earth?

8 Wherefore murmur ye, because that ye shall receive more of my word? Know ye not that the testimony of two nations is a witness unto you that I am God, that I remember one nation like unto another? Wherefore, I speak the same words unto one nation like unto another. And when the two nations shall run together the testimony of the two nations shall run together also.

9 And I do this that I may prove unto many that I am the same yesterday, today, and forever; and that I speak forth my words according to mine own pleasure. And because that I have spoken one word ye need not suppose that I cannot speak another; for my work is not yet finished; neither shall it be until the end of man, neither from that time henceforth and forever."

         As I ponder the Paths of the Wheel and have studied in Al Qu-ran, I am left with little room to doubt the universal nature of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Surely our Father, God, and Creator has spoken the same to each nation of his children.  So I ask you as Muhammad asked those of his time "Why do we make distinctions among ourselves because of dead prophets when we have a Living Prophet." (See 2 Nephi 29)

If I have any thing to preach it is this.

(1 Thessalonians 5:16-21.)
"16 Rejoice evermore.
17 Pray without ceasing.
18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
19 Quench not the Spirit.
20 Despise not prophesyings.
21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good."


        "It is our duty and calling, as ministers of the same salvation and Gospel, to gather every item of truth and reject every error. Whether a truth be found with professed infidels, or with the Universalists, or the Church of Rome, or the Methodists, the Church of England, the Presbyterians, the Baptists, the Quakers, the Shakers, or any other of the various and numerous different sects and parties, all of whom have more or less truth, it is the business of the Elders of this Church (Jesus, their Elder Brother, being at their head) to gather up all the truths in the world pertaining to life and salvation, to the Gospel we preach, to mechanism of every kind, to the sciences, and to philosophy, wherever it may be found in every nation, kindred, tongue, and people and bring it to Zion." 7:283.
 Brigham Young, Discourses of Brigham Young, selected and arranged by John A. Widtsoe [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1954], 248.)
            Yours with nothing new to say, because nothing can be added to or taken from the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

                                                Edward Running Bear