In its simplest form, the medicine wheel is a circle on the ground with the four directions marked with stones. Often, I will sit in the center of the circle facing each direction as I meditate. Through my shamanic studies I have learned that each direction can represent a different time of day, season of the year, or season of our lives.
Autumn is the season of the West. It is a time to harvest the fruits of our labor and release what no longer serves. It conjures up the image of fields of corn that go as far as the eye can see and a farmer harvesting the ears, leaving the stalks to dry and be returned to the soil.
It is also a time to acknowledge with gratitude the great abundance in our lives. When we focus on our abundance, our difficulties seem to lose their power over us. Just like the setting sun at the end of the day, we can let go of our troubles and ask Spirit to bring healing and peace.
As we welcome autumn, I invite you to contemplate:
- What am I holding onto in my physical environment that I can clear away?
- Am I carrying emotional or mental baggage from past experiences that needs to be forgiven and released?
- Have I reached a point in my life when it is time to slow down?
- In what way am I enjoying the fruits of my labor?
- How would I feel if I wrote a list of all the things I am grateful for?
Then, choose one of the questions and take action. Work with the energy of autumn and enjoy this beautiful season of healing and many blessings!