We are missing out on ceremony in our lives. As our world has become more secular, and more oriented toward work and individual accomplishment, we have lost connection to our communities and to working and celebrating together.
While we still celebrate and mark big events (weddings, birthdays, graduations, births, deaths), we may not do it with as much focus on intention and transformation as we once did. This leaves us with beautiful events, filled with décor and food and entertainment, but perhaps not as much purpose and spiritual transformation as we could have.
When you bring intention, a focus on transformation, and spirit into an event, it becomes a ceremony, infusing all who participate with a feeling of greater connection and meaning.
We can enrich our lives, and our connection to each other and to the sacred by bringing ceremony back into our lives.
What is Ceremony?
Ceremony allows us to bring the sacred into our everyday lives. It opens up the channels between you, your community, and a higher power.
Why do we perform Ceremonies? What are the benefits?
- Ceremony helps transform the ordinary into the sacred
- Ceremony imprints the totality of an event into the brain, memory, psyche, and subconscious
- Ceremony helps weave a group or community together
- Ceremony illuminates connection and purpose
- Ceremony seals intention
- Ceremony reduces stress and anxiety
- Ceremony transmits cultural value
- Ceremony brings awareness and mental clarity
- Ceremony creates meaning
- Ceremony provides release, purification, and healing
How is Ceremony different than Ritual?
Ritual is something performed repetitively to bring meaning. Ceremony is a special occasion, purposefully practiced to fulfill an intention and facilitate transformation.
What characterizes a Ceremony?
A Ceremony is characterized by the following elements:
- Intention – each participant creates their own intention or joins the common intention
- Sacred space – ceremony takes place in a location that you have blessed and created to become sacred
- Calling on Spirit – a ceremony calls in the spirits of the higher power, of gods and goddesses, of ancestors
- Music or drumming – sacred music, drumming, or rattles help us move out of our beta brain and into our hearts and bodies to be more open spiritually
- Altar and offerings – a shared altar with offerings from all participants
- Sacred tools – blessing herbs or incense, fire (candle), water, earth, something to represent all the elements
- Connection to the Spirit Realm – ceremony opens up the channels to the spirit realm where transformation can happen in a non-linear way
“We are hungry to connect with more than what we experience with our ordinary senses in the material world. By performing ceremonies, you will find yourself stepping into a beautiful and creative power you might never have imagined.” – Sandra Ingerman
Occasions to perform Ceremony:
- Coming of Age
- Seasonal change
- Full moon
- End of relationship
- Beginning of menstrual cycle
- New home
- Product launch
- Project completion
- Team bonding
- Before competition
- Before travel
- When starting a new class or group
At Plant Society we are excited to explore ceremony more deeply and to bring you opportunities to participate in ceremony for transformation and creating purpose around important events.
Written by: Shari Boyer
Shari is the Founder of Plant Society. She is an herbalist and Earth Healer.