Digital Alchemy by Jahsah Ananda
“Even the seasons form a great circles in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of a man is in a circle from childhood to childhood and so it is in everything where power moves. Our teepees were round like the nests of birds, and these were always set in a circle, the nation’s hoop.”
- Black Elk
The circle creates the connection between spirit and matter. Ancient peoples have always connected to spirit and nature through the sacred circle, the sacred hoop, and the medicine wheel. Dancing and singing in a circle are ancient ways of worship and devotion.
The circle is the source of the healing. Co-creating in the sacred circle with ceremony and focused intention forges a link with the vital oneness that is at the core of everything. The Sacred Hoop represents the great wheel of life. It is the whole universe, to teach us of ourselves and our right relationship to all living things.
The four directions circumnavigate the Sacred Hoop, representing North, East, South, and West, and the four elements of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. The fifth direction is the Center which corresponds to Spirit. Standing in the center of the Sacred Hoop there are two more directions, Above and Below, the Universal and Planetary energies, our Evolutionary and Involutionary Energies. Gravity anchors us to the Earth, yet this expansive energy extends our spines upwards towards the Sky. From our center we feel all the seven directions and honor them.
The Sacred Hoop offers us the Medicine Wheel, a sacred circle for honoring Spirit and Nature, and a compass for right living upon the Earth. Dancing in the hoop creates a primary way of communicating to the Earth. As you dance upon the Earth, you are drumming out a rhythm with your feet and movements, you are massaging the Earth with the vibrations of your dance. The vibrations resonate throughout the body and into the Earth and the Earth sends loving conscious vibrations abundantly up to us in return through our legs. In this manner, hooping barefoot upon the Earth is the most powerful way of dancing and connecting with the Earth energies, however this exchange between our bodies and the Earth is continuous throughout our lives in a spiraling exchange.
People around the world have honored spirit and connected to the divine energies of ecstasy through dance. Maypole dances, Sun dances, and Whirling Dervishes are examples of Sacred Circles Dances. The Sacred Hoop is the symbol for all life and with awareness and the sacred space of dancing in the hoop with heart centered consciousness we can tap into the Sacred Hoop. This connection and resonance with the Sacred Hoop allows us to both learn about ourselves and our relationships to all life, and to send love and healing energy to the Wheel of Life to transform the world and manifest our highest visions into being.
Hoops can also be used to create sacred space for group ceremonies, rituals, or circles. Create a hoop altar in the center of your circle. Create a mandala of hoops in the center. In a ceremony, hoops can be used to mark rites of passage as people step through the portal of a hoop into a new stage of life.
People increase the spiritual potency of their hoops through many ways to magnifying their intentions and energy with their dance. The colors chosen for decoration may connect to various archetypal, elemental, or chakra energies. You can add powdered crystals, sand, salt, flower essences, essential oils, and written affirmations to the inside of your personal hoop when you make it yourself.
Bless and charge your hoop in the light of the Sun or the Full Moon. When you step inside your hoop make an intention for your hoop session, and spiral your vision into feeling and being. When hooping you can vision your energy and body clearing as you hoop counterclockwise, and growing and tonifying as you hoop clockwise.
The hoop represents the Medicine Wheel, the energy grid of living energy all around us. Spinning the hoop around our bodies creates a prayer wheel with the hoop, amplifying our conscious intention and vibration with each rotation. Spiraling with the hoop can elevate the consciousness to the ecstatic realms reached by the Whirling Dervishes. The hoop is a sacred tool for conscious movement, meditation in motion, energy activation, and prayerdance.
“Each individual describes and perceives from different points along the circumference of the Great Medicine Wheel of eternal being.”
- Ken Carey, Return of the Bird Tribes