Warrior Wednesday

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Have goals, but never focus on them, for the Warrior’s focus is on the journey, which becomes the personal vision quest towards enlightenment. ~ SwiftDeer

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The Call Goes Out: 144,000 Rainbow Warriors Needed

If you are reading these posts, you have heard the call and are a seeker of some way to become self-reliant and self-actualized. You have embarked on the Great Vision Quest of Life. The teachings of the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path are presented to assist you in becoming a Rainbow Warrior. They teach you how to align with Nature and how not to be at the effect of anyone, anything, anywhere, at any time and in any way. They are an invitation to learn how to be at cause in the center of your own circle, awake, aware and alert to all that is around you. In this way, you will be able to make decisions that count. From this place, you will be able to choose how to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem we have created on this planet.

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AZ Red Lodge Longhouse Eagle Dance

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September 23 – 25, 2016
NE Arizona

Gift yourself with an opportunity to dance to the Tree of Life and set your intention for the next year.
For more information or to register, contact Debra at debra@azredlodge.com

AZ Red Lodge Longhouse Ceremonial Week

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Come to the high dessert this Fall and reconnect with Spirit through vision quest and purification ceremonies for the seeker in YOU!  This week is rich in opportunities to stretch and grow, as well as space for personal reflection.

Get out of the city and come back to nature!

September 19 – 25, 2016
NE Arizona

Email debra@azredlodge.com to register or for more information

The Warrior’s Path

The Sweet Medicine SunDance (SMSD) Path is considered a Warrior’s Path. Its primary focus is to foster individuality, autonomy and freedom for all people. This requires the dedication of a warrior’s commitment to personal excellence and collective change. The SMSD Path is one of many spiritual paths and disciplines that share this intent and focus.

Historically, part of following the Warrior’s Path involves setting out on the “Warrior’s Errantry” Vision Quest. It is accomplished through Warrior Task Assignments within each of the five aspects of the human (emotional, mental, physical, spiritual, sexual).  This also necessitates proper alignment with the four elements (water, air, earth, fire) and the four sacred worlds (mineral, plant, animal, human).

This process involves taking the Warrior far from the comfortable, familiar environment she/he is used to and exposing her/him to experiences that demand resourcefulness and ingenuity in order to find and establish the proper weapons/tools of survival.

Ironically enough, submitting oneself intentionally to the potential of frustration and stress is the essence of growth in the Warrior’s Way of Enlightenment. Because the wandering Warrior must face new, strange and sometimes startling differences in daily living, all comfortable habits and ruts must be given up for more appropriate behavior to meet the new circumstances.  The Warrior Task Assignments force the apprentice to look at new ways of approaching life and provide new weapons and tasks for attaining success.

It is the shedding of all our barriers and reservations and diving into the total potential of knowledge and POWER that is the Warrior’s goal during this quest. It is a time for letting go of constricting beliefs to gain FREEDOM. The Warrior’s Way is exactly what the name implies; a way of directing the days of our life to better produce the likelihood of encountering those experiences that will lead to the enlightenment sought. This way is an all-consuming, all-illuminating lifelong commitment that tolerates no illusions. It is not a hobby, sport, recreation, diversion or a fad.

As this Warrior Task Assignment journey begins, we must approach it as we would a pilgrimage to a Holy Shrine. We must hold in our hearts the knowledge that there is only one true way or route to this shrine — COMMITMENT and DISCIPLINE.  We take to the road with certainty and strong Will and Intent to reach the goal. As we proceed, however, other roads that seem to be more attractive, more enjoyable, more socially acceptable, more physically (economically) rewarding or merely easier or shorter will always appear. In our confusion, it may soon appear as though the other roads better match the superficial appearance of what we think the path “ought” to look like. Instead of following our “true” route to the “shrine”, we then find ourselves wandering in all directions with our energy scattered, racing after what entertains us at the moment and losing the possibility of reaching the shrine.

By embracing the Warrior’s Path we will find our way home. We will discover our Inner Heart.

For more information, please visit DTMMS.

Vision Quest in the Pacific Northwest August 17-23

Looking for another place to do ceremony in nature this August?

The Raven Speaks Lightning Lodge in the Pacific Northwest is hosting its ceremonial week August 17-23
on beautiful ceremonial land in Washington state near Mt. Adams.

Beautiful natural setting in Washington state

From the 17th thru the 23rd, both Apprentices and seekers can experience a week of gateway and/or personal ceremony.  Gateway ceremonies facilitate our spiritual and personal development through the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path gateway process; personal ceremonies are designed for the individual to support working with his or her life situations, questions, and issues.  The leaders of the Raven Speaks Lightning Lodge can design personal ceremonies for you, based on your needs and desires.

For more information, contact Martha at LIGHTNINGRAVENS@COMCAST.NET.

The leaders of the Raven Speaks Lightning Lodge: Mateo (r) and Martha (l)

Raven Speaks Lightning Lodge, a lodge of the Sweet Medicine SunDance path formed in 2006 by Mateo Swan and Martha Iosbaker, offers a compelling assortment of opportunities for the curious as well as the serious student. Martha and Mateo bring their diverse skills and interests together to work hand-in-hand in creating the programs of the Raven Speaks Lightning Lodge.

Read more about the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path…

Spirit Camp: Rites of Passage, Family, Vision Quest – This August in Ontario, CA

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ICSS – Ontario, Canada

Another opportunity to participate in the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path Rites of Passage and vision quest ceremonies is coming this August 12-16, in beautiful Ontario, Canada.

The Institute for Contemporary Shamanic Studies (ICSS) is hosting Spirit Camp, a week-long sojourn in nature encompassing Vision Quest students, Rites of Passage, and Family Camp, featuring:

  • Ceremony that supports and heals
  • Teachings and ceremony related to your current life stage and what life is communicating
  • Tools to support your evolution in these changing times
  • For families: Ceremony for parents and children, teaching and parenting, Men’s and Women’s Circles
  • Fun activities such as swimming, campfires, drumming and singing
Mid summer is a magical time to camp on this land near Bancroft, Ontario. Connect with Mother Nature while walking on the land, listening to the laughter of children.

Spirit Camp welcomes seekers, families, elders and the young as a community of spirit.

For more information, read about Spirit Camp at the ICSS web site, or email icss@tcn.ca.

Rites of Passage, Vision Quest in MI – July 25-29

If you are looking for ways to integrate changes you have made or desire to make in your life, or for inner guidance through connection with spirit, this combination of Rites of Passage and Vision Quest in western Michigan may be just the right thing.

Rites of Passage ceremonies help us make healthy transitions from one stage of life to the next, and move with confidence into our next phase. Like all good roadmaps, the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path Rites of Passage help us understand where we are, how we got there, and where we’re going. This ceremonial opportunity will allow you to meet change and grow.

VisionQuests allows you to seek guidance from Spirit, integrate change and find new direction.

For more information, visit www.visionquestmi.com, or contact Brian or Debbie with any questions you may have: http://www.visionquestmi.com/firststep.html.

Registration deadline is July 9.