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      Traditional Native American Sweat Lodge Purification Ceremony in Chevy Chase

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      December 11, 2010

      Saturday   9:00 AM

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      Traditional Native American Sweat Lodge Purification Ceremony

      Hello Friends! Please join me in the traditional Native American ritual for healing, cleansing, celebrating, and connecting with the Spirit present in all things! Support and healing, Jessica What to Expect: In the sweat lodge, we move to the edge as a celebration of going to the physical limits, creating a sense of aliveness. On this edge, what isn't important falls away. We make friends with our fears instead of seeing fear as the enemy. Body and spirit relate and become united, we are in touch with the primal elements: fire, water, air and earth. The lodge is precognitive, pre-symbolic; it strips away cognitive concepts so we feel the essential self. The lodge is built of green saplings, cut with great reverence for the gift of their lives. Tarps and blankets cover the lodge. Rocks are ceremonially heated in a large fire; when they are red hot, everyone enters the lodge and the rocks are carried inside. The door is closed, herbs and then water are placed on the rocks. We sing, chant, pray, allow ourselves to venture into the unknown. Ceremony starts at 9:00 AM. Please arrive early to assist with preparation of the lodge. Drink plenty of water in the two days before coming to the sweat. Bring a swimsuit or light cotton clothing to wear into the lodge. Bring sandals, a towel or two, and water to drink. Plan not to wear loose jewelry or contact lenses into the lodge. Also, you might want to bring work gloves and sturdy old shoes for working with the wood, rocks, water, and fire. Inspiration: Consciousness School & Community asks a donation of $10-$20 to help pay for wood and other supplies.

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