“When an elder fails to perform his work with respect to the spiritual, the future of this elder is threatened, not the present.
When ritual is absent, the young ones are restless or violent, there are no real elders, and the grown-ups are bewildered. The future is dim…”
– Malidoma Patrice Somé
One of the fundamental symptomatic forgettings of our contemporary situation is that Ritual and Ceremony are primarily community-making endeavours.
We forget that our experiences of pain, sorrow, grief, ecstasy, tender-heartedness, and vulnerability make, bond and inform us of what it means to love and be loved deeply.
We forget how to bear witness to our deep-feeling states and how to retrieve the medicine from our soul’s encountering to feed and nourish our seen and unseen kin.
We forget that we’re currently in a state of amnesia regarding what it means to be a true human being and how to be in right-relation with Life itself.
Ritual and Ceremony serve a vital life-making, soul-tending, spirit-honouring purpose. These practices offer us a co-creative, co-emergent sacred space where we can come together in this kind of baseline equality of our human experience and petition directly with the divine as the unseen forces and guiding principles that inform and support the teaching of Life and Death.
There are no ‘qualifying’ markers for this – everyone is included, and we’re asked to show up exactly as we are.
In this, the ceremonial hearth becomes our facilitator where we get to practice remembering what it means to be in right-relation with the Mystery, with the more-than-human, with our humanity, with each other and the deepest truth that lives within us, and so that we can carry this forth into the world through our work, rest and play as the embodied remembering for others.
Our times are urgently calling for this particular kind of waking and gathering.
Will you join us at the hearth?
There are 2 places left for the upcoming Ancient-Future Re:Membering Fireside Council & Grief Tending weekend in rural Fife, Scotland.
It’s exactly three weeks until we gather together in the very beautiful Scottish countryside for our weekend revitalisation of the almost forgotten arts of fireside remembering, grief-tending and communing with the wild and raw forces of Life.
You’re very welcome to join us…
Welcome, I’m Annu!
I write about embodying the roots of Truth & becoming trustworthy vessels for the living Mystery in the hearth of our everyday life.
Find out more about me & this work HERE!
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