Natural Healing Remedies and Ceremonies

3. The healing ceremonies use hand-crafted talisman and totems to help create liminal space in which the sick is able to find relief.

  • The sick is able to leave the stress of the modern world and find hope and guidance through ceremonies, rituals and objects.
  • accompanied by song, prayer, chant
  • synchrony with people and spirit

 

THE MEDICINE WHEEL

  • represents balance of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual beings that enables healing
  • used for prayer, meditation, healing, teaching, and celebration
  • serves as a cathedral, altar, and bible

TEACHINGS

  • teaches about our life and its connection with the world around us
  • cycles of life, death, rebirth
  • way to dessiminate traditions and keep culture alive and together for the next generation

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THE DRUM

  • represents power of Mother Earth inside of us and mother’s heart beat
  • brings synchrony with energies of the people
  • help connect ourselves with the spirit, land and Great Mystery

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SWEAT LODGE

  • sacred purification of mind, body, and soul
  • dome shape represents mother’s womb and a rebirth
  • connection with the earth seen as spiritual journey
  • aimed at enlightenment; visions sometimes occur

DYNAMISM

  • the way the sweat lodge is built and ceremony is held can change the effectiveness of the healing

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HERBS

  • alive in spirit
  • permission requested to use
  • emphasis on procedure

Willow tree-treats pain, form of aspirin

sage-  cleans teeth and heals sores

wintergreen- treats joint pain and sore muscles

TOBACCO

  • great spiritual power
  • increases bond with nature

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