The Medicine Wheel for Therapy and Counselling

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Why is the medicine wheel so powerful when used in counselling and therapy? 

The Medicine Wheel is a very versatile tool that can be used in so many different ways to create powerful insight, healing and change. When it comes to counselling or therapy with people, whether it's group or one-on-one, the medicine wheel is a fantastic way to embody the lessons and the cycles of life. Not just talk about lessons but truly sit deeply with them to name, observe and accept what is before we make changes.

The Medicine Wheel has the four directions, the east, new beginnings; the north, difficulty and challenge; the west, healing and facing fear; and the south, integrating lessons to start again in a healthy way. Plus, there is a centre position, called the TREE OF LIFE. The centre spoke is what keeps the wheel in balance. The Medicine Wheel is a fantastic way to track your cycles of challenges in certain life areas, whether it be relationships, or whether it be health, work, career or more. And it helps you to track these cycles in a way so that you can understand where you are at and therefore what to do.

For example, you are starting a new job in the east, or are you struggling with a relationship in the north, or has your health taken a hit, and you are now sitting in the west to get healing and face your fears and your shadows? It's a really good example of how it can show you where you're at in the cycle and what the best strategy for that sequence would be. Each direction has a strategy and set of questions it asks of you.
It's no use starting new things or a new direction in the EAST if you're sitting in the WEST needing to process fear, receive support and nourishment. The west is a time for healing, repair, reflection and deep-facing shadow and fear. It's not a time to recklessly start new things. The Medicine Wheel will show you where you are in the cycle and what you can do to flow more smoothly. It will show you what the best strategy is for you at that time. 

The real healing journey!

It also gives you understanding and insights, but more than that, the Medicine Wheel is a physical journey into the metaphysical world. It's a metaphor for the spirit, but you do it in a physical way, which means that you embody it more holistically. You have a somatic body experience, which allows you to sit in the direction, feel it, let it run through your body and therefore shift it. You work with the relevant element, whether that's fire, water, earth, air, and you really sit with that energy and feel it all the way through you so that you get the physical embodiment alongside the metaphysical and mind-based insights.

Whether you are working with someone one-on-one, and you guide them into a Medicine Wheel journey, or whether you are doing groups where they've all got similar issues or different, even though their individual journeys will be very related to them personally, doing it with a group, just adds energy and beauty to the group.

It's a fantastic tool in both counselling and therapy for running group facilitation, whether that be meditation, stress management, or any type of therapeutic need that your group of clients or individual client might have. The Medicine Wheel has been around for a very long time and therefore it has its own unique power and energy through centuries of being used in time. It is a well-worn and powerful tool to embody and employ into any therapeutic-based business. Plus it is easy to learn.

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