We live within the great circulations of the Universe. The Hebrew prophet, Ezekiel, described this cosmic movement as, "wheels within wheels." We live through the cycles of our lives, even before birth we must gestae for nine months, then the life cycle: birth, growth, death, decay. Every manifest thing has duration, and moves in step with Universal Nature's cycles: beginning, middle, and end. Within Universal Nature's Great Wheel are numerous major and minor wheels, Our Milky Way or galactic cycle-our imagination can scarcely grasp at the enormity of its cyclic movements or duration. Then there is the cyclic movement of our solar system within the our galaxy. Then are the lesser movements, our planet Earth's 365 day movement around our Sun, our Earth's 24 hour rotation, and how about our satellite, the Moon's 14 day cycle around our earth-"wheels within wheels."
All these cycles, and many, many more we know and do not know, are webbed together, and are causally linked one to another. Nature repeats herself everywhere, and it is on her repetitive action that the laws of cycles are founded.
Our brothers and sisters, the American Indians, have embraced the rhythms of Universal Nature's cyclical movements, and have applied them to their worldview. Here is an expression of that worldview through the poetical creation of Nakoma in his poem, "The Circle is My Path:"
"From where I came I will return. Born from the
womb of Mother Earth and weaned from
her-I grew as the grass grows upon her lap,
receiving nourishment. I am grateful.
My roots are strong, I was given wings. I
sprang into my life cycle-I travelled in a circle
with no end, as the seasons and years run one
into another since time began. I was carried
by the wind.
We are all on the rim of the world and at
the center at the same time. We are all attached at the
ripples that emanate from the center-life is so.
We ride the waves-the wind turns us. We flow
as the prairie grass flows and we are bound to
scared land, walking our path in a sacred manner.
The smoke from my pipe carries my prayers
And they are answered-our Creator hears
and responds with his life-giving sunlight,
rains and snow, warming and cold, mild and
harsh-it is all part of the cycles of things.
From the four directions we receive and give
thanks. From his hands we have evolved-
time changes us...
The Great Wheel moves us within its boundlessness. It has been explained as a "circle whose circumference is everywhere, and whose central point is everywhere" or as Nakoma puts it, "We are at the rim of the world and at its center at the same time," or another description, the movement is from the Source to the Source. Whether we aware of its movement or not, whether we like it or not, 'the circle is our path.' It is best not to resist the movement of the Great Wheel, but to surrender, and jump on now: learn from its movement, and just roll with it.
One truth many paths. Be good, do good.