Sweat / Sudor
This painting represents an actual experience I once had with a Native American Indian, who shall remain nameless at his request. The experience was ceremonial in nature. We had what he called a sweat lodge ceremony. Five of us, including him, sat forming a circle. He burned some sage and lit a fire with stones, which later became smoke. He used a feather to spread the smoke over each and every one of us to represent the removal of evil and a cleansing of the spirit. During the ceremony we were asked to perform other acts, but which I am not at liberty to discuss. He later walked us through a meditation. It was during this meditation that I was transported to a valley with a river surrounded by mountains. There I observed a cowboy with an eagle tied to his arm by a rope. An Indian came from a bush behind him and chopped his arm off, setting the eagle free. I observed the eagle flying high with the rope carrying the man's arm dangling beneath it.
In essence this experience represented to me my spirit being set free. According to the Indian, this ceremony is normally held in a teepee. Although the teepee was not physically present in the ceremony, it is represented here in this painting as part of that experience. You are here with me now sitting inside the teepee looking up towards the top.
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