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.
I AM THE WHEEL - THE WHEEL IS ME

THE SUNDANCE MEDICINE WHEEL

THE SUNDANCE MEDICINE WHEEL
The Sundance Medicine Wheel

Saturday, September 1, 2012

THE SUNDANCE MEDICINE WHEEL AS A ROSETTA STONE


A ROSETTA STONE

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.

EARTH, AIR, FIRE, & WATER

     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.

PRAYER, STUDY, SACRIFICE & SERVICE

            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.

                                   E.R.B.

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