To “make medicine” is to engage upon a special period of fasting, thanksgiving, prayer and self-denial even of self-torture. The procedure is entirely a devotional exercise. The purpose is to subdue the passions of the flesh and to improve the spiritual self. The bodily abstinence and the mental concentration upon lofty thoughts cleanses both the body and the soul and puts them into or keeps them in health. Then the individual mind gets closer towards conformity with the mind of the Great Medicine above us.
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