The paradox of Impromptu ceremonies
Or Creating rituals on the fly
Can there be an impromptu Ceremony? Hold up isn't a ceremony a traditional observance and the handing down of statements, beliefs, customs, from generation to generation a sacred manner.
Plainly something that has been done before, so we do not have to improvise. And yet in this instant message world sometimes we are called to do just that. I am 100% sure that each Beike has been called upon short notice to facilitate something approximating a ceremony of the fly.
This challenge takes somewhat different forms according to the nature of the occasion, which usually falls under one of the following two categories:
People-blessings; anniversaries, baptisms, birthdays,and the like
non-human entities; spaces large or small, articles of clothing, chains rings, pets
Pets! Try smudging a piss-off German Shepard who thinks your trying to burn him! Guacar!!!!
Here are somethings I learned along the way.
First thing is to create a sacred space. Second thing, find four directions, in any earth-based tradition especially a shamanic tradition they do this to recreate the cosmos, and thats what setting the four directions do. That's what a medicine wheel, maypole, mandala, a labyrinth, and the center is the world tree or axis-mundi.
Water = in a glass or bowl
Fire = candle, incense of some kind.
Wind= feathers , house hold Cinnamon burns nicely and is an air element herb.
Earth= a stone, corn, oats, a plant, a Cemi if one has one , a clay pot will do or dirt , even a coin.
Things to say
Sometimes we are lost for words, but I have Little tip that has help.
Please take not offense in my use of the Bible but everybody usually has one.
In the Bible in the book of Proverbs (wisdom) there are 31 chapters, each chapter has at least 24 verses most have more than 31. You can use the date or the date and time to find some guidance on what to say to take the essence not the verse!!!
Lets look at today is 6/20 so 6th chapter verse 20
The verse say “My son, keep your father's commands and do not forsake your mother teaching “.
Lets make this easy, lets have a birthday blessing for a girl say 14:
Father's commands and mother teaching , essence mind your parents.
I would say something like,
today we celebrate the birthday of A### she is now 14 and 14 is not an easy time for anyone, because when you're 14 sometimes you want to be treated like your a grow-up and sometimes you want to be treated like a kid, and for your Parents there's no way to tell when your feeling which. Thats why parents are so annoying. And we have all felt this way when we where 14. But with the loving care of our parents, you continue to grow, grow in beauty and in wisdom.
Let take a look at some of the care we quietly received when we babies. Our mother care for us
Teachings us to love, a sense of right and wrong ,maybe Dad or Mom read to us or told us stories all these things show us that we are loved and this special blessing today is part of that love.
Do your ritual part, be it smudge,water blessing,oils,have parents say a few words have the girl say a few words, make sure you close sending back any energies you called before you party.
Notice I did not go into a the mind your parents thing,after all it is there birthday let them have there day without rubbing them the wrong way!
Han Han Katu
Beike Kunuk Ceiba