Imagine a place in your life where you sat at a large table with lots of other people. It may be the family dinner table or maybe the conference room table at work. Most of us will choose a position at the table where we feel comfortable, a place where we return to each and every time we sit at this table. Silly as it is, we sometimes become territorial and protective because it is “our” seat. Have you experienced a time where someone else sat in “your” place and you had to sit somewhere else? Were you surprised at how different the table, those who sat around you, or even the room looked? Did this new perspective change your inner perception? Learning the medicine teachings from wheels assist us in changing “our seat,” our perspective, our way of thinking, and opens up different points of view.
Wheels or circles have been used since the ancient times as tools for teaching the ways of the Universe. Nothing is seen as linear for the idea of a linear existence is considered to be an illusion. There is no “beginning” or “end.” There is simply a change of reference points. Birth into physical existence is not the beginning of life (for spirit is eternally alive), but it is a different perception point through which spirit experiences its aliveness. It is simply movement in the wheel of life.
Learning of the Universe through wheels offers a way to perceive how one form of life is completely interconnected with all other life: flowing, changing and reaching out to touch all forms of all things with beauty. All the wheels of the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path spin and interconnect with one another in this way.