The Medicine Wheel
Maps of Transformation, Wholeness and Balance
by Barry Goddard
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Pub Date 30 Sep 2022 | Archive Date 06 Jul 2022
John Hunt Publishing Ltd, Moon Books
The Medicine Wheel shows us how to both live and transform ourselves while remaining in balance with the natural world. Indigenous peoples in the Americas, with whom these Wheels originate, have a profound understanding of what it means to be human that has been largely lost in the modern world. This book is not just another ‘self-help’ guide, but rather an exploration of an ancient map that shows how human beings and the world work. A Wheel is very simple and experiential – dividing the world into the four basic elements of Fire, Water, Earth and Air – and on that basis it creates a deep and transformative psychology, a subtle and practical philosophy and a ceremonial form through which the community can celebrate the sacredness of life.
A Note From the Publisher
Patrick Harpur (author of The Philosopher's Secret Fire, Penguin 2002)
The Medicine Wheel affirms Plotinus’ dictum that ‘the native motion of the soul is circular’: as we move around the Medicine Wheel’s four (or eight) directions, each of which provides a different perspective on ourselves, we approach the four-fold wholeness of the Self so beloved by C.G. Jung. A sensitive and sensible guide to our circumambulation, Barry Goddard offers us telling suggestions and practical advice on how to understand ourselves and to manage life’s waywardness. We trust him because he doesn’t lay down the law so much as let us in on his own tribulations with endearing honesty and refreshing humility. The lessons we feel he has learnt the hard way are passed on unassumingly – even chattily – until they add up almost imperceptibly to more than the sum of their parts: a kind of wise Middle Way which he nowhere mentions, but which may owe as much to his Buddhist background as to Aristotle’s Golden Mean.
Chris Luttichau (author of Calling Us Home, pub The Head of Zeus 2018)
Barry Goddard has written a book about the medicine wheel based on in-depth study, clear insights, and personal experience. The medicine wheel teachings guide humans on how to live in a way of wholeness, as a part of the web of life. The teachings are highly relevant today in a world that is changing rapidly. They provide a map that can help people understand themselves and the world in general.
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I am familiar with the medicine wheel both from a ritual perspective and a historical one. Mr Goddard has written an interesting and comprehensive method to live life in a positive way. There an=re many components to this and not just Indigenous ones are discussed. Eastern influences and psychological ideas are interwoven into the thread of doing the work. This book IMO is meant to be used and its ideas tried in a real way as much as possible. When you do this you will become one of the people that live with the earth and on her surface. Part of the circle of life. Excellent story and practices abound in this by Barry Goddard.