Finding Rebirth And Sisterhood In The Sweat Lodge Experience
I prayed that they feel the Great Mother igniting that fire inside of their wombs that gives birth to dreams and dissolves illusion.
We sweated through each round in this dome representative of the female womb. I felt the full experience of entering the womb of the Great Mother in excited anticipation with a bit a fear, feeling warmth and comfort surrounded by my sisters, journeying to the sounds of their chanting and singing; Entering into a very personal and sacred emotional space of observing and discomfort, and in the end finally shedding with every last drop of sweat, all of my past. In that final round, As I sat knowing that I would soon emerge from this sacred womb, I experienced the most intense sweat of the night. Naked, I felt the sweat dripping in large droplets over the curves of my body and onto the mat, and with each droplet went all of my past pain, guilt, shame, trauma, hurt, regret. I felt the magic of these emotions and emotional experiences lifting away from my body which had held onto them throughout all my years on earth. Freed of them, I made my passage out of the lodge, feeling pure and unblemished, crawling out onto the grass and lying like a new born Woman under the cool glow of the full moon. In this moment I was reborn.
If you’re moving through a transitional period in life, or in need of rebirth, there are many traditional and non-traditional spiritual practices to move you through the experience. In addition to the Sweat Lodge… Shamanic practices of soul retrieval, Baptism and other religious ceremonial cleanses are highly effective. I’d love to hear from YOU about your practices and personal experiences of rebirth.
Peace to you on your journey.