On our nine-acre estate in the Texas Hill Country sits a Medicine Wheel, a Native-American symbol of health and the cycles of life that may aid you in your journey to find your own spiritual truth.
Sometimes known as the Sacred Hoop, the Medicine Wheel has been used for health and healing by generations of various Native American tribes. It represents the Four Directions, along with Father Sky, Mother Earth, and Spirit Tree. All of these are symbols of different aspects of health and the cycles of life.
The Medicine Wheel and its Meanings
The Medicine Wheel can assume a variety of forms. It can be artwork (e.g., an artifact or painting), or it can be a structure built on the land (such as the Medicine Wheel on our property) that can be a place of meditation and prayer. Thousands of Medicine Wheels have been built in North America over the last several centuries.
The following are some of the Medicine Wheel’s meanings:
- It can be used as a guide to help us find our way and ground us when we set out on inner journeys. In this way, the Medicine Wheel can help us understand our lives and ourselves. It is a circle that represents harmony between natural and personal powers, and that highlights the interconnectedness of everything.
- It is the circle of personal awareness that gives a person power over their life.
- It can help us find our purpose and direction in life, and align mind, body and spirit.
Marking the Transition into Sobriety
In recovery we replace repetitive, self-destructive behavior with positive rituals or ceremonies. In 12-Step groups, educational settings, family customs and spiritual communities, rituals and ceremonies are practiced as a way of acknowledging transitions. At Promises Austin, the Medicine Wheel may be used by individuals or groups to assist in centering, growing and healing.