Blessingway is a Native American Indian tradition celebrating a variety of rites of passage, such as birth, womanhood (menarche), commitment and divorce. It is time out of our lives, unlike other days, set apart from mundane living. The process creates a picture of success and sends it into the future as the honored person’s personal pathway, full of physical and psychic strength. Blessingway acknowledges that the course of life is about to change and surrounds this change with positivity. I am sure you will emerge transformed by the power and magic of this special tradition, which restores some of the meaning into lost customs that mark our personal histories. Some of the features of blessingway celebrations are: singing, dancing, blessings, gift giving (with symbolic significance) and rituals that mark the changes that are taking place.
Blessingway into Birth
Blessingway into Birth is a powerfully magical ceremony with a purpose: a gathering of participants who help to prepare the honored woman and her unborn child for a good journey ahead and for easing childbirth. Through the ritual of Blessingway, the pregnant woman is encouraged to feel her power, to visualize her success, and to feel a part of the incredible flow of nature, as others imbue her with honor, strength, appreciation and love. The ritual ceremony honors and cares for the pregnant woman and incorporates many empowering elements that symbolize the transition that is about to take place in the lives of this woman, her unborn child and her family.
This article about Blessingway into Birth was written for Empowering Birth Magazine, in the April/May 2014 issue: Blessingway Into Birth
Blessingway into Womanhood
Blessingway into Womanhood takes notice of the transition of menarche, the beginning of puberty, which marks a woman’s capacity for fertility. It is the celebration of a girl becoming a woman, surrounded by her community at this momentous change in her life. Blessingway into Womanhood is another powerful ceremony where participants help to prepare the honored woman-to-be for a good journey through life. As with all blessingway, the young woman is invited to feel her power, to envision her success, and feel a part of the rhythms of life, while her community empowers her with honor, love, courage and strength.
Blessingway for Metamorphosis – Divorce
The end of a relationship is often fraught with distress and hardship, making it hard to imagine what the future holds. This Severance/Renaissance ceremony acknowledges the need to release that which has been outgrown, the value of transition, stepping on to the path of new growth, and creating a future with love, joy and strength. Blessingway for Metamorphosis symbolizes the end of one cycle and the beginning of another to which others bear witness and surround these changes with positive energy to realize the best outcome.
The intention of this blessingway is to allow the old life to die away so that the individual can claim a new life, a new path and a future filled with possibilities and opportunities. Severance marks the end of the previous existence symbolically, a transition is enacted that empowers the changes, and Renaissance celebrates the rebirth of the individual into new form. This rite of passage recognizes the death and regeneration cycles of life, and envisions and enacts the way to move forward.
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