Like many on their soul path, I turned to the writing of others to learn more about myself. In the 90’s I was fascinated by Native American spirituality and read most of Mary Summer Rains books in which she is mentored by a Native American elder… a grandmother of great wisdom. I am grateful the author shared her path. So much so that I share mine with you now.
I created a Medicine Wheel garden in our side yard. I divided the eight sections with rocks and planted each section with the same types of flowers and herbs. In each I placed sacred items representing my path on the medicine wheel. And the garden grew so lovely, except in those areas that I needed to work on — self esteem and relationships. Another message from Mother Earth to me.
When we moved to Ojai, I longed for another Medicine Wheel. We created garden spaces, beautiful outdoor rooms lush with plants. The herb garden, my patients pass through to get to the office, grew lush and vibrant in less than six weeks. My husband and I have very green thumbs. I plant intuitively and he puts in the watering and keeps the critters under control. Well, he and the cat keep the critters under control.
In the north section of our property is our horse corral. The barn was built shortly after the house in the 50’s, so there’s horse energy in the place of wisdom. Though I found my horse most wise indeed, I still envisioned a Medicine Wheel under the sprawling oak in the north corner. There I would seek wisdom from the land, from Gaia herself.
We had perfect rocks for the Medicine Wheel. Dug up by the pool builders, these smooth golden boulders would mark the directions elegantly. But my husband had parked the horse trailer under the oak. How I longed for another Medicine Wheel…
And one day, the oak split and crushed the trailer that was parked in the spot designated for my Medicine Wheel. That’s what I get for wanting something badly enough. It comes to me. I don’t miss the horse trailer, but I sure do love my Medicine Wheel. And so did my horse J.
Shane treated the Medicine Wheel as sacred, at least she seemed to. I never found manure within the circle. The old gelding that died a few falls ago wasn’t as respectful. Yet a few years ago, we were watching the Fourth of July firework display when the horses spooked and ran into the circle of rocks, then turned and calmly watched the fireworks with us.
In the morning, after I feed and pick up manure, I seek refuge in my Medicine Wheel. I sit on the Eastern rock and meditate. Usually the animals join me. Fortunately the rock is big enough for me, a cat in my lap, a dog by my side, and (for a while) a pygmy goat. The horse Didn’t try to get into my lap like the goat used to, but she hovered. It’s awesome to be surrounded by my beloved animals.
It’s important for my soul growth to create sacred spaces. I recommend it to my patients when they begin their journey or are feeling lost. Create a sacred space. Somewhere in your home or outside in the garden, set aside a spot for you to connect to your Higher Self. Outside I have my Medicine Wheel. Inside I have My Altar.
Where is your Sacred Space?
Love and Light,
Deborah Maragopoulos MN FNP
Intuitive Integrative Health