Storm, Hyemeyohsts. "Seven Arrow." New York, NY: Ballantine, 1985


The Medicine Wheel

In many ways this circle, the Medicine Wheel, can best be understood if you think of it as a mirror in which everything is reflected. 'The Universe is the Mirror of the People,' the old Teachers tell us, 'and each person is a Mirror to every other person.'

Any idea, person or object can be a Medicine Wheel, a Mirror, for man. The tiniest flower can be such a mirror, as can a wolf, a story, a touch, a religion or a mountain top. For example, one person alone on a mountain top at night might feel fear. Another might feel calm and peaceful. Still another might feel lonely, and a fourth person might feel nothing at all. In each case the mountain top would be the same, but it would be perceived differently as it reflected the feelings of the different people who experienced it.


All things are contained within the Medicine Wheel, and all things are equal within it. The Medicine Wheel is the Total Universe.

Our Teachers tell us that all things within this Universe Wheel know of their Harmony with every other thing, and know how to _Give-Away_ one to the other, except man. Of all the Universe's creatures, it is we alone who do not begin our lives with knowledge of this great Harmony.

All the things of the Universe Wheel have spirit and life, including the rivers, rocks, earth, sky, plants and animals. But it is only man, of all the Beings on the Wheel, who is a determiner. Our determining spirit can be made whole only through the learning of out harmony with all our brothers and sisters, and with all the other spirits of the Universe. To do this we must learn to seek and perceive. We must do this to find our place within the Medicine Wheel. To determine this place we must learn to _Give-Away_.

Shah, Indries. "Tales of the Dervishes." New York, NY: E. P. Dutton, 1970.


Isa and the Doubters

It is related by the Master Jalaludin Rumi and others that one day Isa, the son of Miryam, was walking in the desert near Jerusalem with a number of people, in whom covetousness was still strong.

They begged Isa to tell them the Secret Name by which Isa restored the dead to life. He said: "If I tell you, you will abuse it."

They said: "We are ready and fitted for such knowledge; besides, it will reinforce our faith.'

"You do not know what you ask," he said, but he told them the Word.

Soon afterwards, these people were walking in a deserted place when they saw a heap of whitened bones. "Let us make a trial of the Word," they said to one another, and they did.

No sooner had the Word been pronounced than the bones became clothed with fleshed and retransformed into a revening wild beast, which tore them to shreds.

Those endowed with reason will understand. Those with little reason can earn it through the study of this account.”