Ceremony is the intentional focus of energy and attention on ourselves as Spiritual Beings Having a Human Experience and the particular aspect of Life that we are commemorating as a sacred component of that experience. Ceremony both sanctifies and reflects the sanctity of important transitions and their impact on our human psyches. In ceremony we invite the participation of other beings and dimensions into our experience and in so doing increase its depth and meaning and embrace the teachings that are transforming us.
We use simple tools to stimulate our senses so that we involve more deeply all aspects of ourselves. The scents of incense or essential oils; the sounds of invocations, chanting and songs; the feel of warmth or wetness from fire or water or the touch of a loving hand; the words and actions that issue from deep within us – all stretch our souls and connect us with Life from eons past and future. If you are longing to acknowledge or celebrate the transitions in your life, Linda would be honored to be your ceremonialist
Ceremonies - Equinox & Solstice
The mystery of fire lies in the way that it transmutes energy into light and warmth. Fire can cleanse, nurture and refine when properly respected and used. Acknowledging that life experiences change us, we consciously choose to release what no longer serves and to invoke the energy of positive change for what is to come. In this way we celebrate with Fire the Great Mystery that is Lie and our transformation on the path.
For thousands of years our ancestors have marked the seasons of the year with celebration. These celebrations have served as a way for the communities of the earth to renew themselves and to bond once again with nature and give thanks. This can be our gift of renewal and transformation, our time to listen and be with the rhythms of nature, and our opportunity to express our gratitude for the gifts of light, love and life.
Bring a gift to feed the fire - A stick decorated with your dreams,
thanks, fears, anger, beliefs - Let the fire symbolically
transform and transmute them
Bring your open heart to hear and connect with the
heartbeat (rhythm) of the earth. Come and get in touch with the
awe-inspiring, sacred planet we call home - MOTHER EARTH
Bring your friends and loved ones - Come gather with your community
Bring drums and rattles- COME CELEBRATE
House Blessings and Clearings
Blessing ceremonies have been a part of every culture since the beginning of time. A House Blessing is a wonderful tradition for anyone moving into a new living space. When we think of “Home”, our minds are filled with numerous images and memories. We spend a great deal of time in our homes, so they have become an important part of our lives. Our homes shelter us from the world, bring warmth to our hearts, and help to provide comfort and safety. Our homes provide a place for celebrations with family and friends.
Since we are usually not aware of what energetically occurred prior to our acquiring a living space, it is highly recommended that we intentionally clear and cleanse the space before moving in. When a home is filled with peace, love, and harmony, it can be a place of renewal. A sanctuary where we can recharge our batteries. Blessing and Clearing your home ensures that the space will be filled with your positive energies and intentions. House Blessings and Clearings also make a great gift for a friend or family member, as well as for yourself.
Our birthdays are a perfect opportunity to celebrate and honor where we have been on this life path and where are we want to go. Often people chose to call together their family and friends for a "milestone" birthday to sit in circle and to share and honor the contributions of their specialness. Please consider it for yourself and those you love.
Naming ceremonies cross all religious and national boundaries. The tradition of embracing a new life as part of the community began in ancient times. The miracle of a birth is a time for celebration in the family and the community. Naming ceremonies take on different forms depending on the preference of the parents, but they all have some common features: welcoming the child into the community, announcing the names that have been chosen, making promises of commitment to the child, and choosing other adults to provide guidance and mentoring for the child. This provides a perfect celebration of a new life.
When a young girl begins her first menstrual cycle/first moon, she is welcomed by the women of her community as one of them. She is celebrated and acknowledged as a powerful, creative being with the gift of life within her. The creative power of the feminine has from the beginning of time been a source of mystery and reverence. This honoring invites her to expand that creative power into every area of her life.
How would your life have been different, how would you have seen yourself as a female if you had received such a ceremony? It is time for us women to share with our young sisters the wonders and the value of being a woman. Please consider this ceremony for young women in your life.
Whatever form a partnership takes, the choice to link one's life to another creates another entity, the relationship itself. Weddings and hand bindings offer a public commitment to a community and invites them to love and nurture this new entity - the relationship. This ceremony also invites all present to re-examine and re-commit to the quality of any relationships they desire in their own lives, and thus the love of two becomes the cementing of many. Linda can perform weddings is a Reverend of the Universal Life Church.
Many people find that obtaining a legal divorce isn't enough to make them feel a sense of closure. They are choosing to participate in a divorce ceremony -- to heal their hearts, to forgive past hurts and mistakes, and to free each other to move powerfully into new and separate futures. Whether or not they participate together or separately in this ceremony, their statements and prayers of forgiveness and release, in the presence of a supportive group, can be valuable in creating closure and self idenitity.
Older women and men are now celebrating their aging years with a ritual to mark their life experiences and wisdom. They are creating their own ceremonies of elderhood to celebrate their self-sufficiency, longevity, and personal freedom to choose how they will share their wisdom for the betterment of their communities. We live in a society that does not normally give reverence and honoring to our elders. It is we. the elders, who must openly claim our place in the circle of elders and live with honor and contribution in that circle.
A personalized end-of-life tribute can be a beautiful way for one to honor a deceased friend or family member. It is appropriate to celebrate the life of this person who has passed over and it can be a valuable source of healing and a beginning to closure for those who grieve. I will help you create a meaningful, memorable tribute to those who have passed over.