The sweat lodge is popular today among many New Age followers, not just followers of Native American traditions. It is a spiritual tool that I recommend, if you have some confidence in the leader. Why? Because sweat lodges are usually run with the purpose of reaching spiritual realms and/or finding answers/direction concerning your life.
The lodge itself promotes a psychological openness (with less control) because of the high temperatures, the physical closeness to others, the darkness and the common intent for spiritual answers. While some leaders may be enthusiastic about the rituals and ceremonies they provide (traps mentioned earlier in this chapter), that need not interfere with your goals and gains.
I suggest starting a lodge with the mental goal (loose intent) of receiving answers, guidance, and direction for specific issues/goals in your life. But at the same time, I suggest also having a stronger goal of allowing spirit to judge if more important answers/guidance would be more useful for you at this time.
© 2008 by Thayer White
Finding Your Soul in the Spirituality Maze
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|Excerpt from Be Your Own Therapist: "My judgments as to the possibility or impossibility of a future event can be as tyrannical as my other right/ wrong and good/ bad judgments discussed earlier in this chapter. If I judge that event to be impossible, then it likely will be impossible for me. Yet if I judged it as possible, it might be."|