Ceremony is an event that is of ritual significance, performed on a special occasion. It may mark a rite of passage in a humans life, such as marriage, death, initiation at puberty. Society/ community and groups of people gather together in deep respect and come together as one. You can also hold your own ceremony for self, on your own.
There are many forms of ceremony, but the two main ways are –
1 – Traditional Ceremony, which has been handed down through the teachings of the ancients, given and passed through the years as specific teachings given by a medicine person. These you only do with specific permission and they are to be respected and not altered.
2 – Self generated ceremony . These are ones that have been given to us by our own intuition, dreams, visions and meditations. We can bring in our own framework and add to them as it feels appropriate.
One of the most important things about ceremony is respect. Respect for the space, for the elements, for Mother earth and Spirit.
We learn through ceremony to come together, unite as one in celebration, in cleansing in release and in healing.
There are many forms from the traditional ways like The Native Indian pipe ceremony, Weddings, Funerals, and many different traditional dance and fire ceremonies. We celebrate the different cycles of the year, such as equinox and solstice. The list is enormous
Through ceremony we learn how to give back, we sing, drum, pray dance -we open our hearts, our minds, our voices, our bodies and we give thanks.
When we come together we make a sacred space. The energy changes, times shifts and alters and we move into a different space and awareness.
Giveaway and re-birth are the centre of all ceremonies. it brings us close to our true nature, it opens us up to energy and to all of creation around us. All is made new and everything becomes sacred.
To perform your own Sacred Ceremony.
Decide on your intent, on what you would like to give away/celebrate
Set up a time when you are not going to be disturbed at all. No phone, radio, visitors etc
Find a special place, inside or outside in nature.
Light a candle
Give thanks to Great Spirit and Mother Earth
Call upon your guides, animals and spirit helpers.
Call in the energies of North, South, East and West.( the four directions)
Call in your ancestors to be witness to this ceremony.
And then follow your own instinct.
You may wish to sit in silence, you may wish to move and dance or sing.
Have a rattle or a drum,
Follow your own intuition and go with the flow.
Give yourself time to be in this space.
After a while you will feel guided to bring this to an end
Sit in silence and give thanks.
Write in your journal if you have received anything, any guidance, and wise thoughts to self. Note your experiences.
Breath and bring yourself back into the present world
Give yourself time to adjust for you have just done something very powerful .
For with this space you have release and opened to new possibilities.
This can be done on your own or if guided to you, you can offer this to people that you feel would welcome this type of work into their lives.
Keep it Humble and Sacred.