North: This is the place
of winter and snow, of the white hairs of elders, the dawning
place of true wisdom. Here live teachers of the intellectual
gifts which are symbolized by great Mountains and the Sacred
gifts of the North are to:
synthesize and speculate
discriminate and solve problems
analyse and understand
criticise and remember
can be possessed by all but are obtained in different ways. The
human mind can be trained to become a highly developed instrument.
The beginning of training is difficult. All the gifts of the Medicine
Wheel do not come automatically or easily, and often require a
decision along with a great deal of effort over long times
is the direction of completeness and fulfilment, and is where we
learn of all things that end. In the North we learn to complete
what began as a far away vision.
In the North
we find the capacity to finish what we have started, and this is
of great importance to our well being. This is the final lesson
in the development of the powers of the will.
teaches us detachment and allows us to see as one, the past, the
present and the future. Detachment means freedom from hate, jealously,
desire, anger and fear. It is a letting go of all things.
must be left behind, not to be forgotten, but to step outside of
it so things can be seen in a different light. It is difficult
to do this, yet, if we don't, they control us and stop us from
ourselves we need to see ourselves at the centre of the Medicine
Wheel. From there we can see how we fit together with everything
else. From the centre of the wheel we will see ourselves as a small,
but truly sacred part of a very large process.
We will learn
that we are not our bodies, not our thoughts, nor our feelings
or insights, but rather something deeper and wider. We can watch
our feelings, thoughts, insights and know that they are reflections
in the mirror of the Sacred Lake.
of detachment and the beginning of surrender is learned in the
fires of love. The end of detachment is learned in quiet moments
on the shores of the Sacred Lake and cannot be told
gift is to know that we are always on the journey. Our true home
is at the centre of the universe and to which we always must return.
and gifts must be balanced. Wisdom teaches that all things fit
together. Balance when applied to the connection between all human
beings brings justice.
the greatest gift of the North!
North, look south and realize that to understand is not only a
thing of the head, but also of the heart.
Wheel turns forever.