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

Walking the way of the Wheel

Walking the Way of the Wheel

       Walking the way of the wheel is to say I am walking the path of life.   
     We are all on our own wheel somewhere and looking towards something. 
      In the Medicine Wheel I can see the four paths that lead to a knowledge of God if I am facing the Alter of God at the center of the wheel of my life. 
     The Alter of God is the indwelling place of God. The leaves of the Christian path teach:
33  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. - Matthew 6:33
20  ¶ And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:21  Neither shall they say, Lo here!  or, lo there!  for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. Luke 17:20-21
         To walk the way of the Medicine Wheel is to seek the God Within. 
      In the wheel we also find teachings about walking with our backs to the wheel.  
      One comes to Mind about the need for Family Home Evening and turning the Heart of the Father's to the Children and the hearts of the Children to the Fathers. 
           For example:

       The young child is in the east just beginning Life with his face is toward the center of the wheel pleading daddy, daddy 
come play with me. We can play catch.
        The parent in the west with his back to the wheel says "No son I have no time to play. I am tired and need rest."


      The Father is in the north nearing the end of his journey and looks toward the center of the wheel, saying come my son and play with me, we can go fishing.
     The son has his back to the wheel looking for happiness outside himself and answers "Sorry dad I have no time now. 
You had no time for me when I was young. 
I have found friends on my own 
and just have no time for you now. 

- One may wonder who those friends might be. -  

       One can ponder what it might be like if both faced the center of their wheel together 
or if both turned their backs to the wheel all together. 
      Each way of looking at it has its own teaching.

My Walk Facing the Center

         I began my journey facing north and the cold winds of reality, walking the path of service.  
      Finding it hard I faced the west and looked within for the answers, walking the path of sacrifice. 
      I saw I need a greater vision and faced south to walk the path of study.  
      In my struggle I faced the east looking for a new beginning and finally walked the path of prayer asking "Father, where are you? Please help me out of this mess." 
     Just think of the mess I could have made of it, if I had always had my back to the center of my wheel.

      Now I know my path was backwards and there is a better path around my wheel of life. 
      Whenever there is a new beginning, I see in the Medicine Wheel that the path before me is the path of prayer. 
      Walking the path of prayer I look up and like the hawk I receive spiritual insight.
      Looking down, I become like the beaver, knowing and being able to control the flow of things.
      Looking forward I am reminded to be flexible and willing to change directions quickly like the deer fleeing from danger.  
     Going to the north of the wheel facing south the path before me is the path of study.
     Looking up I am remind to be like the Flicker and beat my own drum, not dancing to another tune just because he says it is the right thing to do.
     Looking down I see the Sturgeon swimming deep into the murky waters of understanding wearing the full armor of God.
     Looking on the other side of the wheel I see the path leads to being the leader, like the bear walking the path of service. 
     Bear is first on the path of service, but he lead the way on the path of study, learning to walk the path of service before he became the leader. 
      Walking the path of sacrifice, facing west, I Look up and see the Spirit of Raven who is the direct messenger from God and as a gift greater spiritual insight.
       Looking down there is the Snake like on staff of Moses bringing spiritual healing.
      Looking ahead I see that the path that leads to high places where the elk who feed.
8  Thus saith the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages;
9  That thou mayest say to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that are in darkness, Shew yourselves.  They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places.
10  They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun smite them: for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them.
11  And I will make all my mountains a way, and my highways shall be exalted.
12  Behold, these shall come from far: and, lo, these from the north and from the west; and these from the land of Sinim.
      Facing the North wind of reality once again I am reminded that all before me is service. 
     When I look up I see the snow goose and he reminds me to endure to the end as he wings his way south without stopping.
    I look down and there is the playful otter reminding me to make all of life a play, happy and carefree. They must be doing a lot of Zen Practice.
    Then looking straight ahead comes brother cougar feeling his way out of the thicket of trouble. 
       I have made it round the wheel this once I guess it time to start again at the end of the day and start of a brand new night with a new beginning with to sunrise on the morrow.
     Any way I look at the wheel there is a different teaching that depends on where I am looking and the direction I walk in any given moment.

     Here is the Medicine Wheel. If you learn to read it, it may help you find a better path as it did for me. Or it mite help you better understand the path you are on.

With this then I will wish for you happy dreams 
and the hope of a good walk. 

Edward Running Bear.

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