The Sioux Indian ritual of sweats is explored in terms of consciousness and other psychological terms.
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As you explore the Sioux's purification ceremony, please note how the sweat lodge and ritual serve as a means to alter consciousness. In other words, it is like a "rebirthing process" (http://www.garynull.com/Documents/nativeamerican.htm). Research suggests that is a "process of renewal through the integration of the spiritual and physical" (http://www.garynull.com/Documents/nativeamerican.htm) It aims to bring an altered awareness and personal revelation through this cultural ritual.
Research suggests that this renewal or alterations happens when "We honor our relations as we enter the womb and again as we leave" (http://www.garynull.com/Documents/nativeamerican.htm). This altering is for personal enlightenment. Research also suggests that "they shift our perception of reality" and "helps us remove the veils that prevent us from seeing life as it really is: unified and sacred" (http://www.garynull.com/Documents/nativeamerican.htm). It seems like a way to not only get to know oneself more deeply but also the world around participants.
Although I personally deem this activity as a way to continue and ...
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