One intention I’ve set for this year is to find ways to bring more elements of ceremony into my daily life. This helps me to be in the state of reverence and harmony within myself and everything around me. For me ceremony is a way to bridge the mundane and the reverent, the physical and the etheric. It reminds me that everything is Spirit and everything is sacred.
Recently I had the good fortune of being in a global ceremony led by a Peruvian elder and teacher Wilbert Salas Atasi, who has been a teacher to a couple of my close friends. One of Wilbert’s gifts is to create powerful despacho ceremonies. This ceremony was for the new year 2024 and created an energetic container for our prayers and intentions to be in what he calls ayni, the state of being in right relationship with Spirit.
Thanks to the spirits of technology we are able to gather together at the same time no matter where we are in the world and see and hear one another. I was fully enmeshed in it, participating and sharing my energy with the ceremony and with all the other people who were online with me, as well as all the people who would watch the recording of it later. All of us focused our prayers and intentions on each element as he added to the despacho. The despacho works like a container for these elements and prayers and when complete it is folded up in paper, loosely tied, then given to a ceremonial fire for release. At the end of the ceremony he shared the power and blessings by tapping the wrapped bundle on our outstretched hands, and from thousands of miles away I clearly felt the powerful flow of it move in and around me.
After the ceremony my Spirit team came in with a clear strong message for me. They said that I could make a similar ceremony every week to help anchor my intentions and call in blessings and create ayni with all around me in my life. Then it was like they took my toolbox and dumped it out on the floor in front of me. I got really excited.
What came out of my toolbox was my innate creativity, intuitive vision, empathy and all the shamanic and Reiki skills I have learned over the years. And the sacred objects all around me, my crystals, crystal skulls, oracles, art, herbs, feathers, flower essences, were the medium to work in with these tools. I started clearing a space on my altar right away.
I then became aware of some beings standing at the threshold of my consciousness. They had the feel of fae and Sidhe. They were standing by, getting ready to take part in and help create the container for the Gaian Congress, a gathering of human, nature and Spirit beings that I would be attending in a few days. This was a formal nudge for acknowledgment now so they could begin readying their part. I let them lead as we co-created a ceremonial space for our intentions. It unfolded as part crystal grid and part oracle reading, and reflected our prayers for powerful ayni, for right relationship between all of us and all of our realms.
This ceremonial creation worked its magic for ten days then it let me know it was done a few days after the Gaian Congress ended. The next ceremonial grid was already forming in my vision for prayers and intentions for a successful surgery and recovery for my dear friend’s upcoming procedure.
This new way of thinking about personal ceremony brings together many elements that have been scattered throughout my life into a focused relationship.
What I am calling a grid can be thought of in different terms, an altar, a mesa, a mandala, a sigil or design. It doesn’t have to have the appearance of a grid, it can take the shape of anything. And I don’t think there is any rigid format or recipe about what items we decide to put into it.
What is important are the intentions that are seeded into it, what it means to us, and how we feel the energy flowing as we create it. The other key piece which sparks the energy is feeling the co-creative relationship with our Spirit partners as we harmonize and let the weaving of our partnership create magic.
Elements included selenite roses, kyanite, mica, crystal skulls, herbs and flowers and cards from the Sidhe deck by David Spangler & Jeremy Berg
To help you tend to soul issues that may manifest in physical, emotional, mental or spiritual aspects of your life, and to give you tools to empower your path to harmony and well-being.
-There are so many kindred spirits doing the work out there. I include these links to help our community connect with one another.
FAIRY CONGRESS - Offers a summer weekend gathering in person with workshops, circles and of course faeries and nature beings! They also offer a winter virtual weekend with amazing guest speakers like Orion Foxwood, David Spangler and R.J. Stewart. I highly recommend joining the online network to participate in monthly workshops, circles, and book clubs.
SACRED HOOP Magazine Guide to Shamanism Compilation- http://www.sacredhoop.org/Pages/FreeGuide.html
Owner Valeria Pearson lovingly created SOLE TO SOUL YOGA studio with a community focus. There are classes for all levels and events that lift the spirit. I am delighted to partner with her to offer a kirtan chanting circle once a month.
My friend and herbalist mentor, LAWRENCE BIRCH is a Certified Clinical Herbalist, plant whisperer and shamanic practitioner. If you need custom tincture blends or are interested in a wildcrafting apprenticeship, he is the teacher extraordinaire:
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/
NEW WORLD KIRTAN = Kitzie's podcasts include interviews with artists and kirtan music. I love attending her weekly Satsang group and the New World Kirtan Band concerts -