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Initation and Releasing: The Double Whammy- Sweat Lodges!

on August 19, 2013

I’ve mentioned in the last few posts I’ve written that I’ve been experiencing some powerful spiritual moments. One of them has been my experiences of sweat lodges. I’ve never done one before and I’d never even considered it, to be honest I didn’t really know much about it. But recently I’ve had the chance to do two of them within two weeks of each other!

The first one I got to do was because Miguel and I actually helped to build it! Apparently sweat lodges last about 18 months or so before they need to be taken down and started afresh. It was an interesting process to see it gradually being built up, using mostly very natural materials like tree branches, and then being covered in duvets, blankets and more. It was all done in a very sacred manner. This is what it looks like:


(Thanks to Crystal for this photo)

As we helped to build the lodge we were allowed to take part the following day in the first ceremony to be held in it which was to be about ‘Initiation’. I chose to be initiated as a ‘woman of power’ to bring empowerment to myself and to be able to step forward in my life with confidence and no fear. 

It was a day long ceremony, as we helped to bless the rocks that would be used, cleansed ourselves with empowering flower infused water which we had all helped to make and mentally and physically prepared our bodies for the ceremony we were about to undertake.

I won’t go into detail of what was said in the lodge as that isn’t for me to share publicly, but there was lots of talking, releasing and opening up. The best way to describe it really is like a ‘spiritual sauna’. But it’s also a lot different to sauna! It gets hotter with each ’round’ you do, as more and more hot rocks get added to the middle of the lodge, and the only light when the make shift door is closed is literally the vague glow coming from the rocks. It’s pitch black!

The first time, I only managed to last two rounds and a tiny bit of the third (out of four). As I crawled out, laying on the floor and received the healing given by the firekeepers, my head was thumping and I felt like I was spinning, but then I saw a white light shine all over me and what looked like an eagle fly directly at me. I opened my eyes and just looked at the sky line, and I did feel like I had just woken up into a new life.

Lots happened after that day. It was then I started seeing all the butterflies. I started being able to speak up about things I couldn’t before. Suddenly I stopped getting headaches which I had been suffering with and I could deal with work with ease each day, there wasn’t any work that I couldn’t handle or got confused about.

Two weeks or so later, we did another sweat lodge, this time as part of our spiritual group class, so as it was in the evening, it was shorter this time. This one was about releasing. We had no idea how so many of us were going to fit! Somehow we managed to fit in, in one slightly cosy circle.

Again, I won’t go into detail of what I or anyone else chose to release, but it was very powerful and emotional. For me, there were a lot of tears, when I released some things that have been weighing me down for the last few years. At last I could take it off my shoulders.

This time I lasted all of the three rounds we did. There were no eagles or white lights this time. The following day I felt ill though, hot still and emotional. After a day I felt okay physically but still found myself crying now and again.

Now the guilt, anxiety, worry, stress, and fear I felt over the stuff I released is gone. My feelings about certain things have really changed dramatically. I also recently done something else powerful which I now didn’t feel the fear as much as I thought I would have done…but that’s for another blog 🙂



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