The sweat lodge is probably the oldest form of prayer and is known all over the world. It is led only by persons who have been trained and recognized as leaders and who have committed their lives to the service of the people.
The sweat lodge is a purifying sacred ceremony. The purpose of a sweat lodge is to cleanse, purify, clear old non-serving energy, and to be reborn out of the dark circle of the lodge. The lodge represents the warm moist heat of the womb that we are renewed into the Light of the world.
The cleansing process is not just a physical cleanse of "sweat," but also spiritually, emotionally, and mentally through this ritual process. The lodge is also serves as a place for worship, healing and for celebration of events or achievements. The sweat lodge and corresponding teaching of the Native American Medicine Wheel is not a religion in conflict with other religions but will serve as an enhancement to understand on a deeper level the core beliefs of all spiritual paths.