Ceremony Work 2018-05-30T04:46:41+00:00

CEREMONY WORK

“A ceremony is an outward sign of inward grace”

A ceremony is a moment out of ordinary time.  A single moment can be both spacious and memorable. Ceremony gives us an opportunity to distil the essence of what is important to us.  It enables us to celebrate, to mourn, to pray…..  And to welcome in the mystery.
Ceremony helps us step out of our ordinary ways of trying to make things special.  It helps us surrender to something much bigger than ourselves.

Everything is connected, and Everything is leaning towards fulfilment. Sometimes we can be trying so hard with our ‘doing’ to move towards fulfilment that we actually get in the way of the natural flow that will take us deeply into the perfect mystery.

Over the last ten years, inspired by deep ceremony work with Susannah and Ya’Acov,  I have come to trust in my own relationship with ritual. And in 2008, after two rigorous years of training with One Spirit Interfaith Foundation, I was ordained as an Interfaith Minister.

I have worked with many people to create the ceremony that is just right for them. Whether it is a baby blessing, a marriage, a funeral, a scattering of ashes, or a ceremony with a purpose that is deeply personal to you, together we choose the words, the symbolism, the gestures.  All of this helps us focus on where the deepest yearnings lie. And then, in the ceremony itself, we surrender to something that is way beyond the planning. We welcome grace and mystery and a connection with everything that is.

This weekend was celebrant heaven for me. Saturday afternoon I found myself at The Hermitage... at a totally magical marriage ceremony... with wonderful rituals from the Netherlands... and sunshine slanting through the trees... and the roar of the waterfalls....
And on Sunday afternoon in Dryburgh Abbey.... stunning venue.... heavenly singing....beautiful heartfelt words...a profound blend of Buddhism/Christianity/Shamanism... and Scottish traditions of hand fasting and quaich (with a twist)
"What wonderful work you have!" someone said on Saturday.
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I have to agree
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OOOO would be interested in the rituals from the Netherlands, what were they? Sounds perfectly lovely and they were lucky to have you hold the ceremonies! x

We have just returned from 3 nights in Dryburgh Abbey Hotel! Fabulous.

In among the wildflowers in St Andrews Botanic Garden (in sunshine) I married a beautiful couple on Saturday. This is 'work' is it???
Glorious.
Looking forward to the photographs... and here are a few wildflowers to remind me.... <3
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The heart of shamanism summed up in two minutes.
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