There is an old native prophecy which says there would be a moment in the future when a new generation of non natives would turn to native culture for healing themselves and the earth, this generation would turn to native culture and spirituality….well, for my point of view it seems the time is right now…I guess many people nowadays are aware of it…natives and non natives… Many people, non native are really seeking for the old wisdom of native people and through the ancient native spirituality and wisdom we can have a new enlightment to guide our lives. Personally I think it´s wonderful, indeed but What we must be careful is with the fact of many greed people perfectly know that and they are out there trying to make fool of you, take your money, and make you a blindly follower of their many colors tribe, or whatever else…Be careful you all!!!.... some time ago I wrote a post that can help you not to be tricked by fakes and some hints native friends kindly gave me to share with you all. I truly pay attention to all of them and hope it can help you all too. Of course I am totally for learning the old path, I do this myself we just might know how to do this in a harmless way. I highly recommend you all read this article too: How to be out of fake shamans!!
The tragedy envolving the “best seller” author Arthur James Rey can give us a clue of how dangerous can be in a rite which demands so much knowledge , led by someone who does not have it.. I am not here making a judgement of what can be right or wrong. I am surely not the right person for that…but I just would like to share with you all some words coming from a Lakota buddy and through his words you can decide by yourselves. I must say also that he kindly allowed me to do this in his name otherwise I wouldn´t be doing this… . So you can see both sides and at least start seeing the other side of the coin….Remember, these words were written by a true traditional Lakota person, so we should pay attention to that…there is something we might learn from that…don´t you all agree??
Arthur Ray is not either the first nor the last , there many others like him out there and nobody wants people being harming by fakes who does not have any clue about real native American culture and spirituality. Leading a sacred rite is not a silly thing that can be done by an unprepared one. We really should understand the fine line between learning culture, dance, and symbolic cerimonies just for the reason to make us connected to this wonderful ancestry and being part of a rite which can harm us physically and spiritually , lead by someone without any clue of native American spirituality and tradition.
I could say to you all that I really want one day to be blessed enough to participate to a real native ceremony…so I can perfectly understand the necessity people have to be in it…but look, just very special people inside the culture really can lead such cerimonies…there must be a reason for that, as the same if you go to a mass in a church , this one must be lead by someone really prepared for that…think about it….Do not let yourself be fooled by fakes who does not seek for any other than you money…or just gather followers enough to satisfy their poor egos….This is not Native American medicine at all.
I know many people out there are completely desperate for an experience, a shamanic experience…but I don´t think it´s just that simple…Believe me, if you really want to be connected by this so wonderful tradition, you could do it in a harmless way…remember, native people are extremely and deeply connected to the nature…so one nice thing to do, is to be in a place surrounded by nature, in silence….try it and see what comes after…see? There is no necessity to be part of those non sense cerimonies led by fakes who does not understand anything about native ancestry….One day you will be blessed enough to be guided by a real native but one capable to do this, it´s important to remember that even among native people just a real medicine man can do such things…do not let the greed and arrogance of others use your faith for their own profit…Many things about native American spirituality are open to us, others are not…and there is a reason for that…use the ones which are available, they are simple and will help you…try to be deeply connected with them…Aho!! Sandra Prem
I am Lakota
It is for prayer and cleansing of ones body & spirit.
Some snake oil salesman misrepresenting that he is selling my people’s sacred ways is bad enough. But this man was a charlatan of the worst kind. Deadly.
Second I wish they charged him with falsely claiming to be a Native American Indian but it seems the federal government only charges that on someone that took money from the government by claiming to be a Native.
Third in a real Sweat Lodge, if you get too hot you can just push open the side and crawl out. Being alive is always more important than not being rude when someone else is praying.
Fourth Sweat Lodge has nothing to do with wicca or new agers, on the contrary it is older than the dead sea the scrolls and as traditional to my people as it is sacred.
Fith James Arthur Ray killed people. May they rest in peace and may their families find healing.
words from Tokala Clifford ( Oglala Lakota )