An integral part of being in partnership with Spirit is mindfulness. One way to anchor mindfulness is to be in ceremony. Notice I said be in ceremony, not do ceremony. That is illustrating that being is a state without a clear beginning and ending. Doing implies an action is started and ended and then we go on to the next thing in our day.
Mindfulness is a state where we feel present and conscious of every thing going on around us and within us all at once, similar to using our felt sense. We are completely in the moment.
When we add reverence to this mindful consciousness, we have ceremony.
Being in ceremony with the little experiences flowing throughout the day carry us like a river that streams from the source of our hearts. It reminds us that we are interconnected with everything around us on multiple levels all the time.
These little experiences are rooted in feelings like gratitude for the plants we are cooking that gave themselves for our dinner and the farmers that tended them, the excitement of hugging a friend we haven’t seen in awhile, helping someone by holding the door for them, crafting an email with a kind tone. Even realizing that we are irritated, or sad or tired can spark a ceremony of stopping what we are doing to cry or rest. Being in this river of personal ceremony leads to unconditional love for oneself, which spills over into unconditional love for every other being.
And it gives us the ease and power to shift into the times when we need to do ceremony. When we come together in circles or share in those significant life moments, the reverence we bring to the event is radiant.
One morning I was meditating on the subject of reverence after hearing a talk by Welsh shaman Susan Raven on Nature Spirits and how she received the potent message “Human, Reverence thyself.” from an ancient and powerful nature being.
The Deva of Ceremony came through in a strong wave and said to me:
It is very important to realize that you are in ceremony 24/7. Thoughts and words as much as deeds and actions. This is especially relevant if you are shamanic, or a spirit mover. Reverencing yourself is only part of it. Knowing that you are sacred, yes, but that everything around you is as well. Treating the world with that reverence. Yes, it sounds like a tall order, but really it is time. What else is more important now?
What else indeed?
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ROGER WHEELOCK and GAYLE RUTH are shamanic practitioners and teachers in the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition. https://www.rainmother.com/ I am grateful to be able to take part in ceremony with them, and to support their love for the Peruvian people through the World Ayni Association. Roger has a practice in Asheville, NC https://www.communityshaman.com/
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