Yesterday at Yogaville we visited Diani, a real medicine woman who turns a real native American Medicine Wheel. According to you season of birth and years on earth, the wheel tells you where your are on life’s path and the animal energies that are supporting you. I was struck with the similarities between the Wheel of Dharma is Buddhism. There are two wheels in Buddhism: Wheel of Samsara which is the stuck wheel of Ground Hog Day, a wheel that just spins in the mud and we can’t get it moving no matter what we do. The Wheel of Dharma is the same wheel but it is a wheel that is moving, life is moving again. The doldrums are over. The sails fill with the wind of life and we are moving, continuing our adventure. We all know the feeling of being stuck, and then being freed.
The median wheel woman showed us some dream catchers she was making. Wow, this is a symbol of the Wheel of Dharma freed from the Spider, the Minotaur. The web with the Spider and the Fly is transformed into a jeweled web. Same web, same wheel, same world, but one moment it is hell, and then it is heaven. When energy is trapped in a tape loop, we are on the Wheel of Sorrow; when energy is freed, it’s the Wheel of Dharma. We are no longer the fly to our spider.
When we see that both wheels are One wheel, we are no longer caught in the dual mind that longs for release and feels stuck in the mud. The operating system of our mind is dual, but the hard drive is One. We experience the world as I and IT, but the world is really Thou. This Oneness of reality has to be activated, and it is activated by just seeing that by effort we can’t make the Wheel of Sorrow get free from spinning in the mud. When we see that all our good intentions to get unstuck just get us stuck deeper, we Stop. The effort stop, and when we stop gunning the engine and spinning the wheels, the wheel gets traction and moves out of the mud. Our effort, our panic, our guilt and shame are the misdirected energies the drive the wheel deeper into the mud. We do this because we believe there are two wheels: the wheel of sorrow is now, we believe, and the wheel of Dharma or freedom is in the future, so I have to get to that liberated wheel.
But there are not two wheels. The World, the Cosmos is One, not two. Our way of perceive the world create the dual world, and this is necessary so we can make stuff and catch a train, but it is not the wise view of the world, not the true view of the world. So this wise view must be activated, which is what the Buddha Dharma is all about, the activating of wise view that sees the world as One, yet plays in the world as if it were two.
Today is Friday the 13th, a day of bad luck, but when the Wheel of Dharma turns, bad luck is suddenly good luck. When the world is one, the world is Good, even the bad is part of the good because we aren’t stuck in the bad. The turning wheel sticks to nothing, and nothing is stuck on it. When the Wheel and the road are One, so are the bumps and the smooth parts One road. This realization is the Joy of the Open Road.