Of all the created things or beings in the Universe,
it is the two legged men alone, who if they purify
and humiliate themselves, may become one with
– or may know – Wakan Tanka.
Black Elk, Hehaka Sapa
Oglala Lakota, Heyoka Holy Man
THE SWEATLODGE CEREMONY
The Sweat Lodge ceremony is very ancient form of purification used for healing by Native American Nations everywhere in North America.
It’s a very sacred place where the people can come together to honor life and Creation, all our relations in a simple and humble way, through connecting in prayer to all parts of Creation. With the four elemental forces, with Mother Earth, with the Creator of all life and with our heart for the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual purification, healing, renewal and spiritual strength of the self, in the benefit of all beings.
In the Sweat Lodge ceremony we go back to the beginning of Creation to find the Light, the Sacred Seed of Life, our Star Seed, our Spirit. We enter in the sacred and safe darkness of the Universal Mother’s womb, the womb of the Mother Earth, the womb of our Mother, to be reborn to a new, happier, more balanced and harmonious life, by letting go in a sacred way, the hurts and pains of a selfish and self-destroying way of being.
In the Sweat Lodge ceremony we honor and give thanks to the Ancestors, who have lived and walked this sacred road of life before us, to their teachings and to the Spiritual Elders for keeping alive for us this sacred way to pray and heal, from the beginning of time.
We honor and give thanks and pray for all life, for the Grandfathers and Grandmothers; the Earth, the Water, the Air, the Fire, the Rock People, the Plant People, the Animal People. For our parents and ancestors, for the children, for the woman, for the man, for the elders, for the families, for the communities, for Mother Earth, for Father Sky, for Grandfather Sun, for Grand Mother Moon, for the Star Nations, for the Great Spirit, Creator of All and for the Great Mystery. We give thanks for giving us life, for nourishing us and for sharing their life and their medicines with us and finally for being alive and to have this opportunity to heal in this sacred way. We pray for the healing and relief of all suffering beings and we humble our self in front of the Creator and sincerely ask for forgiveness and for healing.
We are there to remember that we are just human beings with all the weaknesses and strengths, doubts and hopes, fears and love of a human being. We give our very best to trust the conductor, the helpers and the sacred way of the ceremony. We are there to listen, to respect, to be patient, to follow the instructions and to honor ourselves, all people and the sacred way of the ceremony. Only that way we will be able to connect with our heart and be able to let go our garbage and to open up, to be receptive to the Ancient Wisdom of the Ancestors and to the healing coming from the Spirit Helpers, from the Mother Earth and from the Great Spirit.
Native North American Spirituality is a way of life and the Sweat Lodge ceremony is a very important living part of that Tradition. It’s an unconditional gift, an opportunity we give to ourselves and to other people, to be able to come together with a good heart to purify, to heal, to celebrate life and to connect and to find guidance from the Great Spirit.
Traditionally there is no charge to pray and to heal in this way. It is not a commercial activity. Life and true healing are unconditional gifts, but temporary gifts like everything else in life. We are all very gifted, very talented people, we have so much to offer, so much to share and it depends on us how we nurture and use our gifts. When we really care and put our spiritual will and our hearts together unconditionally and we give our very best, we can achieve things that in other ways are impossible to achieve.
Our existence is possible because of the unconditional intention and the life giving love of our Creator, the Great Spirit and our Mother the Earth. We maintain our life through the constant give away of our relations. We are creators and co-creators of our individual and community life and all life experience. Humbleness, kindness and generosity are the way of the heart, the way of the Spirit.
Why do we truly want to be in a ceremony? What can we offer for our healing, what is it we need and are willing to let go from our life? What can we share and give from our heart? How can we do our very best? Maybe we have to find the answers to these questions before making our first step towards the traditional Native American Sweat Lodge ceremony, towards other ceremonies, towards our healing in these ways. The Sacred Circle is meant to be always open to all who are ready to go with a good heart, a good mind and with respect and sincere intention to heal.
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