Written and Narrated by Marie T. Russell.


"Walk with inner guidance in harmony with your environment and with others. Obstacles facing you begin to disintegrate. What you have been working toward is now within your reach. You begin to see how you fit into your surroundings and to acknowledge your role within the chord and measure. "  -- Lakota Sweat Lodge Cards (Sacred Songs -- Harmony)

Raise your voice in praise and let joy flow through your being. As joy courses through your veins, music and laughter will bubble up through your being. Your whole self will fill with light, and your world will lighten as well. 


The School of Life is not without its ups and downs, its lessons as well as its rewards. Some of the teachings come through joy, such as the birth of a child which brings the teaching and experience of unconditional love, gratitude, and wonder.

However, some lessons come harshly, and it can be difficult to find the joy and the blessing within them. Yet as we allow the process to continue, they will reveal their gifts. 

When we open our eyes and take in the teachings coming to us, we awaken to the messages that are being presented. They come in their own perfect timing, even though we may not see it that way at first, if at all. Ask for guidance and help, and let the teachings of each lesson take you into new territory. Trust and know that the lessons you need are always presented when you are ready...

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Article inspired from:

The Lakota Sweat Lodge Cards

The Lakota Sweat Lodge Cards: Spiritual Teachings of the Sioux
by Chief Archie Fire Lame Deer and Helene Sarkis.

cover art of The Lakota Sweat Lodge Cards: Spiritual Teachings of the Sioux by Chief Archie Fire Lame Deer and Helene Sarkis.This book and beautifully illustrated deck draw on the ancient Lakota ritual of healing and purification known as the sacred Inipi, or sweat lodge ceremony, which has existed in the Lakota culture for thousands of years.

The cards and accompanying book comprise a self-contained and highly original system that will help you harness creative energies to deal with issues that are of concern in your life. Used for self-discovery rather than divination, the cards gently guide you toward inner growth and self-knowledge in the time-honored tradition of the Lakota people.

Publisher: Destiny Books, an imprint of Inner Traditions Intl.

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About The Author

Marie T. Russell is the founder of InnerSelf Magazine (founded 1985). She also produced and hosted a weekly South Florida radio broadcast, Inner Power, from 1992-1995 which focused on themes such as self-esteem, personal growth, and well-being. Her articles focus on transformation and reconnecting with our own inner source of joy and creativity.

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