Outside Phoenix, Arizona in 1983 I entered the Sacred Sweat Lodge with my teacher, an Apache Medicine Man and the group of dedicated healers who were in my ministry instruction. A circle of hawks was riding the updrafts of the desert as we gathered around the fire pit. Three spirit circles of Medicine Men surrounded our circle as the Stone People heated. This was the beginning of a continuing relationship. I will always return to the Sacred Sweat Lodge. The experience gives me back myself more than any self-healing technique I have used.
I knew as a child that the Earth was my Mother. As I sat in church and listened to the lessons I realized that this was not the Great Spirit that I knew. The Great Spirit that I know does not discriminate with its children, only loves. And as I journey along my path I have felt the Earth Mother hold me in her arms. I feel secure knowing I am a part of the Sacred Circle, and as a part of this energy it is important to give back what I have received.
Welcome to Plant Earth. You have chosen to be here, upon this planet, at this time, with those who pass through your life. Come into the womb and reclaim your power; become one with rhythm. Flow with the waters, feel the support, feel the healing and feel the joy of the love of your Earth Mother. We are one family.
The ceremony is dedicated to the four directions; East-Beginnings, South-Abundance, West-Mysteries, a
nd North-Wisdom. Each Human Being expresses from the heart their prayers, stories, songs and poems. There are many paths to the Great Spirit.
My lodge is open so that I may share the teaching. Share, so that others may take and give it away, continuing the Sacred Circle of all things. My ministry teaches that we are all students and teachers. As each Human Being speaks in the lodge they are telling our story. We are the reflection of each other. Come and see yourself as the veil is lifted within the darkness.
The ancient, mystical Sacred Sweat Lodge ceremony is the purification of the mind, body and spirit. Joseph Campbell stated, “The most effective way to connect with spirit is to participate in an ancient ceremony.” There is magic within. The lodge is the symbol of the womb of the Earth Mother. Approach Her with reverence; realign yourself with the rhythms of all Creation.
As you come from the Center, the world does not impact you with the intensity that it does when you are out of balance. Once in balance you attract others who are in balance. As we enter the new Millennium the intensity will continue. Take back your power. Be here and feel the Oneness. Be the example for the new ones coming in. Come set with the Grandmother. Listen to the Elders, they have walked the path.
Sage, sweet grass and cedar assist in purifying; clearing. Feel the presence of the Stone People. Receiv
e. When the Human Being walks the path of purification, everything but the Human Being is left behind. The sweat lodge is for speaking from feelings. The Great Spirit knows what is in your mind. The Great Spirit wants you to experience what is in your heart.
The lodge is built of Standing People and has been dedicated with the sacred pollen of the Apache. The Stone People are lava rock from the inner Earth and have come from the Sunset Crater, Mount Shasta, the Redwood Forest and Chief Joseph’s area. The lodge and the Stone People went to Chaco Canyon. Enter into this energy and let go. Let go of all that does not support you on your path. Return to harmony.
In Arizona I began to attend a smallchurch, University of Life ministered by Reverend William Rainen. Reverend Rainen had founded an organization, Universal Life Alliance that hosted popular trance channels, Kevin Ryerson, William Rainen and Neville Rowe. I joined the board of this organization and held the position of president for a term. At this time I became a student and a teacher, teaching metaphysical classes at the church one night a week and holding relationship seminars. At a Phoenix Church ministered by Reverend Gary McClure, I began healing classes taught by Reverend Thurman. In my home I began a support group for women, facilitated development classes and began metaphysical readings for the public.
The group of healers in Reverend Thurman’s classes was invited to attend ministry classes taught by Reverend Gary McClure. This ministry began holding their accredited classes at Western International University. Native American Healing was one of the classes taught by Reverend Gabriel Sharp, Mojave Medicine Man. During this class we met Grandfather David of the Hopi Nation and Delmar Boni of the Apache Nation. Delmar introduced the class to the Native American Sweat Lodge, which greatly impacted my life. Upon completion of the course I was ordained with my group and received my certificate.
It was time to move once again. I opened myself to spirit for direction and was interviewed in California and Utah for positions in the technical ceramic industry. Spirit directed me to Utah. My friends wondered about this and I did not understand the extreme change in culture that I, with my family was about to experience. But the calling was clear and away we went to a small community of Pleasant Grove, Utah, 99% Mormon culture. I was to work for a small all Mormon business, and I was a woman! I had signed a contract for one year with this company. After eight months, the company lost the contacts that provided me with activity and dismissed me. Within three days I had been hired with another technical ceramic company in Salt Lake City. During our stay in Pleasant Grove, Delmar Boni visited and we built a sweat lodge and invited the community to attend. One teen that attended with his father came the next night with his mother and said that it was the most spiritual experience of his life.
A time of change, moving from Salt Lake City to Tucson, Arizona. Back to the state of my teachers. Owl, Puma, Bobcat, Jackrabbit, Coyote, Hawk, and many other desert dwellers visit. What a blessing. My prayers travel to Grandfather with gratitude.