Thanks Old Rivers! A lot of work has gone into those newsletters, the index for which is here: www.sunflower-health.com/shamanism/ezine/index.htm]
by the way.
related to jusma's stop abusing native ceremonies post
It could of course be argued that the sweatlodge worked fine - a bunch of people did get "purified" - host as well as participants stripped of a few illusions [as suggested in my newsletter piece].
I recall going to that edge of ego death
in a Lakota sweatlodge once and the leader saying "Now would be a good time to die!" [being middle-aged and not very fit my suffering was intense so I could really see his point!] then after a pause "Why not choose to live?" I chose to live - to be reborn into this life! My condolences to those angry grieving families of those who may have made a different choice.