Part 2: Seasons of Life & the Medicine Wheel

After talking together about the practices of awakening, empowerment, relinquishment, and paradox, the women who gathered for WeConnect at the GCN Conference moved to another layer of the wheel representing seasons in our lives.  This layer made use of ideas and symbols from the Medicine Wheel of our North American First Nations people.  Now I am hardly an expert on the medicine wheel.  But in my crazy little home congregation we are passionate about reconciliation with our First Nations sisters and brothers and we have used the Medicine Wheel as part of our worship.

The medicine wheel differentiates the four quadrants of the circle with the colours white, yellow, red, and black.  These colours make connections to seasons, directions, times of day, and elements of the created world.  One of the things that has struck me about the opportunities that I’ve had to worship God our Creator with the medicine wheel is how intimately it connects us with the earth.  God has given us two sources of revelation.  The first is that vast beauty and wonder of his creation.  “The heavens declare the Glory of God, the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” (Psalm 19:1)  The second is the written word, God’s story through the scriptures.  In much of the western church we have so over-emphasized the scriptures that we have become impoverished in our connection to God through all that he has made.  I get Richard Rohr’s daily meditation sent to me – and interestingly enough – this week he is focusing on calling us back to a robust connection with creation as a spiritual practice of remaining in God’s presence.