“Life is the Ceremony.
How we live it is the sacred ritual.”
Ceremony can be the foundation of personal and community health and transformation. When we take in the intention of a Ceremonial practice, there is a bond between the heart and mind, an agreement with ourselves and a grander power. Whatever one’s faith or belief may be, this ritual is a universal age-old practice of connecting in with what we truly are in our hearts and souls. The power of Ceremony is that it can propel one into better health in mind, body and spirit.
Shamanic cultures around the world knew the importance of marking life’s transitions through community and personal celebration and release. Ceremony taps into archetypal forces like bonding, purification and severance that are deeply important to us, for reasons much more profound than we might at first imagine. A Ceremony can be of atonement, of healing, of marriage. A Ceremony can be of purification, to mark a transition, it can celebrate a divorce. We experience Ceremony in Birthdays, weddings, funerals, and some Holidays.
Ceremony can be used as part of the treatment program for many ills, including sexual abuse, infidelity, abortion, bereavement, eating disorders, or substance abuse. A Ceremony can mark the beginning of manifesting a dream, honoring a life transition or releasing past experiences.
“This is what rituals are for. We do spiritual ceremonies as human beings in order to create a safe resting place for our most complicated feelings of joy or trauma, so that we don’t have to haul those feelings around with us forever, weighing us down. We all need such places of ritual safekeeping. And I do believe that if your culture or tradition doesn’t have the specific ritual you are craving, then you are absolutely permitted to make up a ceremony of your own devising, fixing your own broken-down emotional systems with all the do-it-yourself resourcefulness of a generous plumber/poet.” Elizabeth Gilbert