Ceremonies and Seasonal Shifts

"The most important thing for you to remember about ceremony is that it is a way for humans to give back to creation some of the energy they are always receiving. The Earth Mother constantly gives us two-legged a surface on which to place our feet, Father Sun warms us, Grandmother Moon brings dreams. The element of earth gives us a place to grow food and the ability to make our homes and tools. The water keeps us alive. The fire warms our homes and cooks our food. The air gives us the sacred breath of life. Each part of the Medicine Wheel, each part of life, is constantly giving gifts to humans.
Through ceremony, we learn how to give back. When we sing, we give energy through our voice; when we drum, we allow the earth's heartbeat to join with our own; when we dance, we bring the energy of the earth and sky together in our bodies and give it out; when we pray, we give energy through our hearts; when we look upon our relations, we give blessings with our eyes. When we put all these things together, we have a ceremony, one of the most powerful forms of gift-giving we humans possess.
When humans participate in ceremony, they enter a sacred space. Everything outside of that space shrivels in importance. Time takes on a different dimension. Emotions flow freely. The bodies of the participants become filled with the energy of life, and this energy reaches out and blesses the creation around them. All is made new; everything becomes sacred."-Dancing with the Wheel by Sun Bear, Wabun Wind and Crysallis Mulligan

This passage makes me cry every time I read it. The truth of these words runs deep in my bones. I hope you read this over and over and let this message sink deeply into your heart. Sacred ceremony is not only a beautiful way to spend time, it is a meaningful way to bring about positive change for our planet and our human family. I have a ceremonial guide PDF download below that is meant as a reference so you can get started with your own seasonal ceremonies. This is not something you will cover all at once, this is a guide you can look back over when you feel drawn to facilitate a ceremony or ritual as the seasons change. If you have been wanting to get more into ceremony but you just weren't sure how to begin, this seasonal guide will show you how to tune in to the rhythm of life and celebrate.

Ceremonial Celebrations_ Ways to Honor the Four Seasons.pdf
Ceremonial Suggestions_ Moon Phases and Season Changes.pdf
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