I was blessed to be asked to attend a sweat lodge ceremony last evening in Ranchos de Taos done in the authentic Lakota fashion. I made a video talking about the experience, but I should have written down things I wanted to make sure to mention…which means I forgot stuff like…
- I brought tobacco as an offering, which was placed on the altar outside the lodge.
- There is a certain direction you walk (or crawl) in when you enter or exit the lodge.
- I was offered a sweat lodge dress but opted to stay in a t-shirt and long shorts. I should have taken Kathy up on the offer. Since I didn’t bring a spare set of clothes, I had to drive home soaking wet. LOL
- There is a “line” between the lodge, altar in front of the doorway, and the fire in front of that. You are not supposed to walk across it and need to go around it.
- Because our bodies are the only thing we ever really own, to give of your flesh is the post powerful offering you can make in prayer.
- Puff hard on the pipe so it doesn’t go out half way around the circle of people!
- We often used the word “aho” after someone spoke their heart. Here is a link to what it means: https://www.facebook.com/NARemediesMedicienandGarden/posts/someone-asked-about-the-word-ahoaho-is-lakotalakhota-dakota-and-has-been-borrowe/1057753627669125/
Here is a video from the sweat lodge location facing Taos. The storm clouds made it look extra magical. We had a beautiful view from up in the mountains.
Because I ended up not feeling well at all by the end, I’m not sure I’ll do a sweat lodge again, but I’m glad I did do it. It was a powerful evening of prayer and connection to not only other human beings, but also the Great Spirit.