When someone talks about “healing,” what do you think of? Recovering from a cold? Curing disease? Getting better after surgery?
In the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path healing paradigm, the healed, or healthy, person is not just someone whose body is free from disease. True health encompasses our emotions, mind, spirit, and sexuality as well as our body. When we speak of healing, we mean coming into balance in all our aspects as well as with the natural world, into alignment with Sacred Law, and into alignment with one’s true self.
The Sweet Medicine Sundance Path healing paradigm is a shamanic way of approaching healing. However, it is not a “traditional” way: it incorporates knowledge from several shamanic paths as well as western science. It is a multifaceted approach to healing that addresses all aspects of us as humans: emotional, mental, spiritual, and sexual/soul force as well as the physical.
Some of the basic premises in this healing paradigm are:
- Each of us heals himself or herself – no one else can do it for us. This requires taking responsibility for our own healing (and our own lives!).
- We heal through proper balance and alignment.
- Disease and illness are teachers that we call in to learn some particular thing. Understanding this, and where we are in our pattern of learning, is critical to our healing.
- Healing can take other forms than the return of the physical body to health.
Our path offers a variety of techniques and ceremonies for those who desire healing. Training in our healing paradigm is part of years 3 and 4 of the Red Lodge Longhouse program. Both are available in a variety of locations around the world.