On April 16th 2014 we entered the womb of the Mother. Humble, nervous, excited, terrified… the range of emotions spanned the gamut. Our brother Esteban poured the sweat and we all shared in an amazing, sacred and powerful ceremony from start to the present moment. Following are some responses of Illuminated Warrior experiences. On the Gallery page some photos can be seen of our preparation, none were taken once the ancestors (lodge stones) were in place. Much gratitude for all that transpired and the insights and transformation that has accompanied the process.
My sweat lodge experience was probably the best experience of my life. I can’t remember ever feeling so pure and close to nature. Nor have I ever felt such powerful energy. It changed me as a person. I prayed like I’ve never prayed before. After the lodge I felt a giddy feeling I haven’t felt since I was a child. I felt my brothers pain as well as their love and compassion and that is what got me through. Thank you my brothers and thank you Steve for leading our lodge and keeping us grounded throughout the experience.
After our phone conversation, I began ruminating on the events of the day of Sweatlodge.
I feel I have received a message.
I explained to you, the message regarding it to be a healing event for me based on my hemorrhoid pain the evening prior and it’s synchronicity with an original message I received long ago regarding the hemorrhoid issues and Spirit turning my head to look at the medication needed to ease the pain.
Next, the card I received at our morning circle regarding that it is OK to love myself, which has been a tremendous issue for me throughout my life.
And I believe that Steve’s and your positive, happy & funny reaction to the ancestor stone that had my image on it was another supportive message. That it is OK to be me.
Next was the amount of courage and determination necessary to participate in sweat lodge. Although it is difficult physically, mentally and emotionally to endure, it is necessary to endure in order reap the benefits which are so very worth it.
And I was not able to complete the rounds mostly do my physical issues.
So the message I have received so far is that I must, no matter how difficult it becomes, must heal myself physically first. And it is OK for me to put this extreme effort into healing myself because it is OK to love myself and be happy with myself.
And it is necessary for me to heal myself, so that I can be who I really am, so that I can enjoy as much life as possible and to be available to help and guide my children and grand children and so i can continue to perform my light worker duties.
And as I type this, I am receiving messages that this is a very important and has been a lifelong issue that I must correct.
I’d like to Thank you Waska for everything you do and for all the people you help and support. Steve was also amazing, I couldn’t have made it though the lodge experience without the both of you. As far as my post-experiences, the night of the lodge I was exhausted but couldn’t sleep. Salena and I had to drive to PA. that same night, I tried to nap while she drove, but couldn’t stop talking about the days events. We got to PA. around 1am but still couldn’t get to sleep because my mind was so charged. I awoke the next morning @11 with feeling of renewal and a appreciation for life. I caught myself paying attention to the words I used when talking to Salena. Last night I was totally out of it, I had to get to bed early. I the night was filled with very strange dreams. At one point I felt so hot I awoke sweating thought I was in the lodge. I slept to around 10 this morning with some muscle soreness. Now I’m driving to ocean city Maryland to get the grand kids with my son. The take away at this point, is I am thankful for all I have in my life, the people who support me and the people I support.
My response to the sweat lodge:
The experience was very life changing, after you are through with the lodge you feel reborn and look at things with a new perspective and gratitude. I would recommend this to anyone and personally do it again if given the chance.
I have done innipi several times before, yet this was much more profound. The power of the Illuminated Warriors and the work we are collectively doing created a masculine energy tornado that bore into the womb of the Mother. I always take an elevator down into the dense, warm center of the earth during the sweat, but this time I was not alone. Even before Steve mentioned what he was seeing I was already watching the entire genetic stream of ancestors present themselves before me and line up behind me. This was after I experienced Golden Eagle remind me of All the work I had done with the magicians, sacraments, meetings with spirit guides, and my yoga teachings from Gurani Anjali and other Bhaktas by ripping a film/shell open that was covering my aura. The fog was lifted and it began! Oh yes, the intense heat of a Lakota lodge was trying, that was the challenge that pushed me to new levels of acceptance/strength to reach the fullness of being I now feel; to move forward in a direction which resonates with my karmic agreement. I could not have gotten so far with this experience without the combined energy of my brothers, of which you Steven, are one. We have certainly walked the same paths , both light and dark. I am without doubt my intent set forth in sacred lodge will come to pass in the most beautiful and amazing of ways from my fellowship with all of you and Divine Beloved, Great Spirit. Namaste, Professor Mike
I had a wonderful sweat lodge experience with Steve. I felt confident and secure that we were in the hands of someone who is very experienced. Upon introduction my first impression was that Steve was warm and welcoming and this made me feel comfortable. He is a easygoing and relaxed, and also stern when he needed to be, to help keep focus or to ensure that no one was harmed. He wanted us to benefit as much as we could but not push us beyond our limits of safety. He had beautiful words and song that really reached inside me, and when we sung our own song, it really impacted me, still to this day, almost haunting in a good way. All in all at the end I felt somewhere along the lines between jelly and primordial ooze.