Thanks for sharing that beautiful experience. Just seeing that picture, brings tears to my eyes, I can feel it just hearing about it and seeing it in my minds eye. That is so healing. so loving, cleansing and nurturing. Ahhh to be loved that much, and we are and can be. we can create our own memories and rituals for healing like that.
Maryanne Williamson has a book of rituals and celebrations.
Have you read the book 'Red Tent' by a Jewish woman? It's Fictional-Historical on Jewish Biblical Women, about Jacobs daughter, Dinah, and her midwife/ herbalist mothers, Rachael, Leah, Rebekka and their loves and losses. Very healing, lots of beautiful female ceremony, rituals, traditions, nurturing.
You've reminded me how we can put these beautiful rituals into our everyday lives and how healing, bonding, opening and centering they are in our lives. I have felt that these kinds of rituals, and ceremonies help to begin a new life and leave the old, "from this day forward"... These help me to feel and mark the time when something real, real change happens. Like in the little I know of magick and using candles, there's something about the candle flame that opens our psyche, our mind to get us ready for the healing or spell it opens us up to the place where we change, sets the stage, this is where the spell begins....... I have heard of a little, 10 yrs at the time, friend who was part of an Easter ceremony, while she was holding a candle, she fell or fainted and was shaking, vibrating, or started having seizures. I wondered if she didn't actually have a very opening spirtual experience. I wasn't there, but heard that Everyone panicked and put her on anti seizure meds, some thought she was possessed.
In healing I call it connecting with the Divine, Fool's Crow talked of 'Becoming the Little Hollow Bones' becoming One with God/ Goddess. Essential Oils, Drumming, favorite Enya CD, mantra, chanting, Breathing can bring us back to that connection, and begin our ritual, our centering, our healing, our prayer, our magical spell.
I have been wondering, visuallizing, to facilitate that rite of passage for my boys and girl. My oldest boy has talked of going on a vision quest. If anyone has any ideas of how to provide a vision quest experience for a 14 year old I would love to hear from you.
We have written letters to the boys when they turned 12 and taken pictures at certain cross roads and advancements. which creates memories and markers for them where they can remember how they felt on that day or during that time.
I feel a really beautiful rite of passage coming for my daughter and would love to plan it and find the perfect elements to make it wonderful for her.
please share any and all ideas, resources and stories...
Love and light,