Navajo medicine wheel

The wheel of the medicine of the native Americans, an archetypal symbol of native American medicine, has been a rich source of ideas that has inspired the psychology and health. By Koncha pines-Pey.

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Although interpretations of the importance of the medicine wheel are varied and speculative, since I met them the first time I questioned what hidden mechanism described, how contributed to psychological harmony, which related images found Jung in them, have a relationship with other medicine wheels as mandala Tibetan.

Jung and the Navajo symbols

Jung died at the age of 86 in a quiet village next to a lake in Switzerland. Was reading a work of Teilhard de Chardin, the phenomenon human, in the moment that died. Had traveled, among others places, to the southwest of the United States, where visited to them representatives of the tribes indigenous. It took good note about the similarities of Mandala Tibetan Buddhists and the healing paintings of dry sand of the ceremony of the navajos. It was observed in each of the 500 different designs of painting of sand how spoke of a special ceremony, a send it or an archetype. The colorful paintings of sand, very stylized, were created to help restore health and harmony in the patient.

The process of creation of a sand painting is believed that contributes to the cure Since in the process of elaboration of the images arranged symmetrically focus thoughts on the balance and harmony. The Navajo believe that the healing power of the sand painting is a representation of the Holy spirits, which are present when the patient comes into contact with the images.

He send it circular has obvious parallels with the wheel of modern medicine, and has the same purpose of reminding us the balance, harmony, and the comprehensive nature of our existence...

Powerful symbol of the soul

Jung was interested in the psychological meaning of the symbol, and believed that the circle It was the most powerful. He began to paint send them personal around 1914, which were collected in the Red Book. The first mandala of Jung, a system Munditototius, it sounds a lot like the medicine wheel. The painting depicts the microcosm within the macrocosm, with personally significant figures in reference to the four cardinal points.

Asked their patients of psychotherapy that draw or paint send them and he examined them to discover their unconscious thoughts. Through the analysis of the images, Jung thought that patients could develop a new sense of self, once freed of the feelings and unconscious complexes, to start the path towards individuation. Jung describes individuation as the process of harmonization of positions in balance and disparate elements.

Draw a sending it can function as an attempt of self healingthe harmonious design of counter clutter and confusion of neurosis. Therefore, for Jung draw send them serves the same purpose as those old knives medicine wheels.

When Jung made his first seminar on mandala ran 1930; He showed photos of their own send them and some of their patients: send them one navajo and Tibetans. "When a person draws a send it, expresses the State of the psyche". The interpretation of the images in a send it spontaneous can provide clues about the psychological functioning of the person. Sometimes illustrates the self, other fight the spirits and the ánima fight of the ego, the forces of the opposition, the shadow of the ego,. Images of a send it activate the archetypes, those wells of meaning unconscious. Mandala, and by extension the medicine wheels, can express the ego, the personality, the totality, integrity and the unification of opposites.

Other psychotherapeutic commonly present in the knife culture Jungian is the circle. A circle to talk, formed by the participants of the sitting. After swallowing sweet grasses or saliva, the group leader opened the meeting and shares a personal experience, and then the members of the group speaking from their own experience and feelings. Only speak one at a time and there is no questioning or interrogation, nor answers; just listen.

Although the ancient medicinal wheels of stone of the Aboriginal Indians are moults in terms of its purpose or original meaning, the circle is has contemporanizado. At a minimum, the archetypal circular form of the medicine wheel could be interpreted as a reminder of what is important see in life, and of all creation as a whole. The Centre of the wheel can be seen as representing the I unit, while than rays outward as a way of reaching out to other people and the rest of the world. The cardinal points on the perimeter of the wheel would talk us of the need to integrate opposites to find harmony. In its evocation of balance, medicine wheel razor reminds us that we must focus on what is most important in life.


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By • 28 Feb, 2014 • section: General