Fall on the medicine wheel is a time of harvest as well as composting that which is done. In this season of the changing colors, one is called to recognize and appreciate that which is positive and sustainable and let go those things whose value and life force is ending.
WBM TIMES is an expression of Suzanne Lewis’s web site WWW.WHOLISTICBODYMIND.COM, a health community whose voice is local to global. It is said that dis-ease comes into the body where it has lost its’ voice. Our intent is to assist practitioners and seekers to express their gained wisdom, their tools for well-being so that others may be helped in their own recovery of aliveness.
Integrating the Oriental five element theory and the Indigenous People’s
Medicine Wheel is one way to cross-culturally develop a universal language that is inclusive of the family of life, its’ seasons, its’ symbols and its’ metaphors.
As a Wholistic Touch therapist and Self Health educator, the West on the
Great Wheel represents to me the time of:
one, remembering life episodes that brought disharmony, disease into one’s life. Two, reframing any negative, adverse, ignored or harmed component of our life’s history into a positive, self-sustaining perspective.
Three, forgiving ourselves for the prior involvement that created adversity and letting the past go like a leaf from a tree that’s completed its’ growth. Finally, four, rejoicing that we were even willing to look at this particular hard,
out-of-balanced part of our life and get on with one’s authentic blueprint of well-being.
These four steps seem simple but as is with life right timing rules healing. We have to be in the right place, at the right time, with the right community to initiate right action.
This is where the power of prayer gets involved. Life becomes a living prayer to be awake in the present moment, to be able to recognize the miraculous and to do no harm, to self or others. That willingness to turn everything over to the highest good, lightens the egoic load and brings in relationship with spirit.
The fall element or metal element of the five elements theory relates to one’s lung and large intestine. The lungs literally relate to inspiration, what was our sacred calling when we birthed into this life. How well do we sense our authenticity to our life purpose and relations? The yin and yang, feminine and masculine of the metal element brings in the large intestine which to my understanding relates to our family of origin and the patterns established during our youth around home, security and safety. The manner in which our bowels move directly reflects one’s overall state of health. We must trust to let go that which is done and be open to the outcome of destiny. Simultaneously, if our life is too loose, one is required to set boundaries, limits.
It is curious to me that the overview of the West on the wheel is focused on healing and education. The Southwest is the home of the Shaman or spiritual healer. The true West is the home of the medicine woman, one who represents the green things and the children and the Northwest is the natural home of Western Physicians, those who treat with allopathic medicine and diagnosis and removal. In this 20th century may we let go the medical patterns that give our power away to someone else to be well. May we come home to our own inner physician that yearns to be remembered and honored and is totally willing to show up and assist us to live each moment of every day fully, filled with respect for all there is.
In September, the theme is “harvest.” Fall is our agricultural and spiritual harvest time, so enjoy the flow, the peace, the prosperity and serenity of the season. The Solstice Eclipse catalyzed a great deal of sorting, clearing and discarding what no longer serves us. It is time to reap the benefits of this spiritual work, which is manifesting in our lives as abundance on all levels.
In October, November and December, we begin to turn our attention inward. Winter is traditionally the time of the Bear Lodge – a time of “hibernation,” deep introspection, going within.