Black Spirituality Religion : Native American Spiritual Devices

SAMURAI36

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Any other part or full-blooded Native Americans here?

THE LEGEND OF THE MEDICINE WHEEL

The Medicine Wheel is a symbol of all creation, of all races of human beings, birds, fish, animals, trees, and stones. It's in the shape of a wheel. The circle shape represents the earth, the sun, the moon, the cycles of life, the seasons, and day to night. Movement around the outside of the Medicine Wheel is in a clockwise direction, the rotation path of mother earth. At the center of the wheel (the hub) is the Creator, who sits in perfect balance. Outside the center, there is an inner circle representing the Old Woman (the earth), Father Sun, Grandmother Moon, and the four elements. Four distinct colors, set in the four directions, lay on the perimeter, separated by beads representing the moon's cycles. Leather, laid from the perimeter, in straight lines, to the center (the spokes of the wheel) represent spiritual paths leading us to the center, to perfect balance, to the Creator.

The meaning of the number four, as it is in Native American life, is evident in the Medicine Wheel. 4 = four directions + four seasons + four elements (earth, air, water and fire) + the four races of human being. The wheel also teaches the four aspects of our nature…physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. The easterly direction on the Medicine Wheel represents the new light of day, the place of all beginnings. South is the sun at the highest point, a place of youth and innocence. West is from which darkness comes, the place of the unknown. North is the place of winter, the place of wisdom. With the Medicine Wheel, we call upon the moons, animals, angels, finned ones, the elements, the Sun, Clan mothers, Spirit Keeper and the Star Nations, to help us manifest our needs, and to remember who we are, what is to come, and why we are here. The month, which you were born, determines your starting place on the medicine wheel and your beginning totems.

All people, travel the wheel at their own speed. The important message of the medicine wheel is that you allow yourself to keep traveling, rather then tying yourself to one position and blocking your energies from growing and changing. The Medicine Wheel is a powerful tool to get to know yourself and your guardians. Each Native American Indian band have their own ceremony and meanings of the Medicine Wheel. Come and join us around this wonderful place we call the great medicine wheel.

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THE DREAM CATCHER LEGEND

Dreams were sought by the native Indians, since they valued visions to be very sacred. The Old Ones tell that dreams do hold great power and drift about at night before coming to the sleeping ones. To keep the dreamer safe, the Old Ones created a special web, the Dream Catcher, to hang above their sleeping places (window). The ancient story told by the native Indian is that the Dream Catcher hoop, with the intricate webbing at it's center, ensures a sleep undisturbed by bad dreams. The Dream Catcher web lets the good dreams filter through and float down to the sleeper, while the bad dreams are hopelessly entangled and perish at dawns first light. Dream catchers are believed to bless the "sleeping one" with not only pleasant dreams, but also good luck and harmony throughout their lives. The colored beads on the beaded Dream Catcher are believed to be the good dreams caught by Mother Sun at star time. The dream catcher strengthens the link between creation and the spirit world.
 

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SAMURAI36 said:
Any other part or full-blooded Native Americans here?

The Medicine Wheel is a symbol of all creation, of all races of human beings, birds, fish, animals, trees, and stones. It's in the shape of a wheel. The circle shape represents the earth, the sun, the moon, the cycles of life, the seasons, and day to night. Movement around the outside of the Medicine Wheel is in a clockwise direction, the rotation path of mother earth. At the center of the wheel (the hub) is the Creator, who sits in perfect balance. Outside the center, there is an inner circle representing the Old Woman (the earth), Father Sun, Grandmother Moon, and the four elements. Four distinct colors, set in the four directions, lay on the perimeter, separated by beads representing the moon's cycles. Leather, laid from the perimeter, in straight lines, to the center (the spokes of the wheel) represent spiritual paths leading us to the center, to perfect balance, to the Creator.

The meaning of the number four, as it is in Native American life, is evident in the Medicine Wheel. 4 = four directions + four seasons + four elements (earth, air, water and fire) + the four races of human being. The wheel also teaches the four aspects of our nature…physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. The easterly direction on the Medicine Wheel represents the new light of day, the place of all beginnings. South is the sun at the highest point, a place of youth and innocence. West is from which darkness comes, the place of the unknown. North is the place of winter, the place of wisdom. With the Medicine Wheel, we call upon the moons, animals, angels, finned ones, the elements, the Sun, Clan mothers, Spirit Keeper and the Star Nations, to help us manifest our needs, and to remember who we are, what is to come, and why we are here. The month, which you were born, determines your starting place on the medicine wheel and your beginning totems.

All people, travel the wheel at their own speed. The important message of the medicine wheel is that you allow yourself to keep traveling, rather then tying yourself to one position and blocking your energies from growing and changing. The Medicine Wheel is a powerful tool to get to know yourself and your guardians. Each Native American Indian band have their own ceremony and meanings of the Medicine Wheel. Come and join us around this wonderful place we call the great medicine wheel.

PEACE

Yes, me! :toast:

I have chippewa, blackfoot, cherokee and acoma ancestry. Spent some time(though not nearly enought) with some Hopi elders in Arizona> I'll be adding some of my own insights on the topic as well
 

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Yes, me! :toast:

I have chippewa, blackfoot, cherokee and acoma ancestry. Spent some time(though not nearly enought) with some Hopi elders in Arizona> I'll be adding some of my own insights on the topic as well

You said you also believe in a former life you were Native American? Can you talk a little bit more about this?
 

SAMURAI36

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I am paternally Cherokee as well.

I'll also be posting some info on the history of the Cherokee Nation soon.

PEACE
 

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