“Ancestral Lodge: Journey into the Womb of our Mother”
While it is commonly called “Sweat Lodge “it is actually a purification ceremony and should not be confused with a sauna or steam bath. William J. Walks Sacred, a Cree Medicine Man says: “When you come out of a purification lodge, you don’t feel the same as when you come out of a sauna. The ceremony is a rebirthing process. There’s something that happens in a spiritual sense that is powerful and uplifting.”
The nature of this ceremony differs from tribe to tribe and nation to nation. While it is primarily associated with Native Americans in this country, it can also be found in Africa. In an effort to honor our ancestors and respect their sacrifices our ceremonies are a combination of both Native American and African. It is with great humility and respect that we give thanks that the spirit world see fit to honor us with this sacred ceremony. We will always seek to uphold the integrity of it.
Essentially the lodge is a dome shaped structure made from saplings and its circular shape reminds us of the womb. It is covered with blankets and tarps to hold the heat in and there is a hole in the earth for the hot rocks.
Rocks are heated “White Hot” and brought into the lodge. Each participant is ‘smudge’ before entering the lodge. Once inside we all sit around the hot rocks and the medicine person leads the ceremony. Usually there are four (4) rounds, one for each of the four directions (north, south, east, and west). Additional rocks are brought in foe each round.
The medicine person explains the significance of each round, offers prayers, directs visualizations and in most cases allows’ spirit to use his or her person to give guidance to the community. All participants remain quiet, going deep within themselves unless called on by the medicine person. While the experiences in the lodge help shift our perception of reality, Walk Sacred reminds us that the essence of the healing is in the work of each participant: “The medicine man helps remove the veils that prevent us from seeing life as it really is: unified an sacred.”
“Native Americans warn people to take certain precautions before entering into a purification ceremony: FIRST, if a person is charging money, people need to think about the type of energy this will attract and the effects it will have on the people in the lodge. This is a GIFT from the spiritual world that cannot b compensated for by material gifts. Someone who charges for the purification is not working in the traditional way of the pipe. SECOND, one must look into the character of the person leading the rite. White Deer of Autumn suggests, “Look into a medicine man’s background the way you would approach finding any new doctor. Find out the person’s track record. Who are they? What are they experiences? And understand your responsibilities of going into the ceremonial process. Then the blessing received will be beyond your wildest imagination.” (Gary Null)
In the ten years that we have been conducting purification ceremonies we have never charged nor do we intend to start. The manner in which I was taught is they cannot charge for ceremony. While we have traveled all over the country conducting these rites we have never charged. We have only sought our expenses nothing more. A hat is passed or blanket is put down for donations, our faith is in spirit and what spirit will bring.
I invite you, in fact I encourage you to look deep into my character and find out who I am. You are going to take part in a sacred ceremony of which you are going to be opened to higher realities and it is important to know something about the person you are going to take this journey with. It is my goal to open to spirit and allow spirit to use my person to guide myself as well as you to a greater appreciation for this sacred walk we call “LIFE”.
Peace & Love
Directions to Adena Mound
Take Newtown Pike going north. Pass the Marriott Hotel and McDonalds on the right hand side. Follow Newtown Pike as it turns into a two-lane road surrounded by horse farms. At the stop sign make a right onto Iron Works road. Next take your first left onto Mt Horeb Road. There is a small church on the corner of Mt Horeb and Iron Works. Adena Mound is approximately 1 and a1/4 miles down on the right. The gates will be open. If you cross over the little bridge and stream you have passed the mound. Park your car near the picnic tables.
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