Pictures of an indoor Medicine Wheel Installation by Inside in October, 2014 for exploring 4 Aspects of self with a template representing a cycle of life. The four quadrants of the wheel represent the four seasons, four cycles of day & night, four parts of self and connection to natures elements.
Combining reflection to the elements in this cycle of life with an empathy talking circle encouraged a deeper personal sharing. The circle format supported inner leadership and a deepened sharing that created an empathetic field and safety.
If you are interested in reading more on the Medicine Wheel I would recommend Buffalo Woman comes Singing by Brooke Medicine Eagle. Brooke Medicine Eagle was in Victoria, B.C. in 2001 at the University of Victoria as part of the Prophet’s Conference. I enjoy sharing that Brooke also studied Feldenkrais, directly with Moshe Feldenkrais!
Have your own Medicine Wheel Event! Connect for more information on this walking map of consciousness and explore an empathy nature talking circle.
This month Renee Lindstrom, of Inside, was invited to present and feature the topic of ‘contemplation practice’ at the Church of Truth in Victoria, B.C. She decided to explore two maps of consciousness for learning and growth in one’s inner and outer worlds. These two maps of consciousness are the *Labyrinth and the *Medicine Wheel. The month began with sharing a labyrinth walk by candlelight in a local Victoria park on the eve of the anniversary of Gandhi’s birthday, October 1st. This date is also recognized internationally as the “Day of Nonviolence.”
The community group hosting these events, The Church of Truth, had shared weekly evening walks on this labyrinth all summer. By doing so they have begun to develop a heart-felt connection to the land and deepened this among themselves. They shared their own wisdom, healing and conscious awareness techniques throughout the summer while walking this ancient pathway.
The evening focus of October 1st was to open the month as a “gateway” to explore a personal deepening awareness while experiencing *sacred space. The purpose was to experience this ancient pathway and it’s sacredness and in doing so, integrate the inner body wisdom this map reflects. Each workshop this month will continue to be a multi-layered learning experience for deepening one’s connection to inner wisdom. Each workshop has its own learning benefits and can be experienced separately or together.
A planetary need is for all human kind to connect to and grasp a “point of consciousness” in our daily practice. A point of consciousness that is our recognition and understanding of the full circle of life, that which has all things.”
A learning point that Renee introduced Oct 1st was this circle with a cross in the center. The cross represents the four directions. This circle in the drawing below was drawn to represent the Map of the Medicine Wheel. Yet on October 1st it was introduced as the Map of Body Balance. Yes the body has four directions: north, south, east and west. It is circular and is three-dimensional, not two. The invisible lines of the cross in the body represent balance from side to side and front to back.
Explore your balance! Stand with your feet together. Shift your weight from side to side a few times. Shift your weight forward and back a few times. Each time you shift your weight you are crossing your center (plum) line. Each time you take a step in walking you are crossing both lines) Imagine walking a map that represents this inherent body pattern?
*Labyrinth: The Labyrinth was adopted by North and South American from the European Continents.
*Medicine Wheel: The Medicine Wheel has been adopted here along the West Coast of B.C. from the Plains of North America.
*Scared Space: Sacred space is an experience created by one’s inner connection that is reflected in one’s outer nature and the their environment. It is the ability to experience a particular connection to; oneself, what is above, what is below and around oneself in the landscape. This connection includes reverence and honor. It represents balance within oneself of the physical (north, south, east & west), mental (masculine), emotional (feminine) and belief systems (values, devotion).
Renee Lindstrom spent the 90’s exploring and training in the arts of sacred space and landscape. In the mid-nineties she had her own consulting and teaching practice that included creating sacred space in environments (indoors & outdoors) and in relationships with oneself. This was in part the incentive to delve deeper into human nature (Feldenkrais Method Training & Language of Compassion.
Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement since 2000, Labyrinths of Victoria since 2012, #yyj Peace Week Grassroots Calendar Founder, Vice-Chair of World Children’s Summit on Peace & Nature in 2015
Recently I enjoyed viewing a “Coles Notes” explanation of the a Medicine Wheel from a fellow Canadian in Alberta. This Elder was connecting with a troubled youth through the act of walking. There was not a direct focus on any issues. I observed through their discussion that the Elder was very aware of this youth and their needs through their behavior and unspoken expression. Rather than being direct and telling the youth anything, it was through guidance and modelling. The Elder began sharing the concept of the Medicine Wheel and encouraged the youth to walk, enter and stop in the center. The explanation of the Medicine Wheel was subtle and included the four directions, north, south, east and west. There was also mention of the balance of the four aspects of self for connecting to ones center.
Viewing this was a revelation and it was exciting to recognize the similarities to the core principles in the integrative centering and wellness tools offered in the getting InTouch programs at Inside. These include levels of experiencing integration from the outside in. These include
- guidance versus telling,
- mentoring versus teaching,
- modeling versus telling and not walking it oneself in reality,
- experiencing patterns versus fixing it.
The wellness tools are for creating an open learning mindfulness versus a closed mind that knows everything. The difference:
Becoming comfortable within oneself leads to acceptance and expansion beyond experiences into deeper relationships.
Staying in the discomfort of always knowing the answer, in fear of feeling, leads to a *struggle. Being right creates disconnection from all things.
*The struggle is keeping the walls of power up that come from being right.
One way to experience balancing aspects of self with Inside is through sharing a Labyrinth Walk. If you compare the following labyrinth design with the Medicine Wheel above you will see the similarities. Listening to the Elder share his Medicine Wheel with the youth I was able to hear very similar guidance of sharing a labyrinth walk with others. I was thrilled to experience the connectedness between these ancient patterns!
Chartres 11 Circuit Labyrinth
Other ways to experience balancing aspects of self with Inside tools and techniques:
Subtle Inner Connecting
- Awareness through Movement©
- Conscious Movement
- Sharing the Labyrinth (similarities to a Medicine Wheel)
- Nature Walking
Deepening Inner Connections
- Guidance with the Spoken Word
- Functional Integration©
Read more on Balance:
©by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP, May, 2014
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement since 2000
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