The arrival of a new baby into a family is a cherished moment full of potential and challenge. A new spirit has entered and needs to be welcomed into the family and the community. Like a genie that goes back into the lamp, each new spirit enters into the physical form of a newborn baby who must learn to be in the world, with the assistance of a nurturing parental environment.
Certain religions have their particular ways for incorporating the new member of a family into the community. Christianity has christenings and Judaism has specific naming rituals depending on which sex the child is. These religious rituals have a one size fits all quality to them, and some people prefer a ceremony that is personal and individualized for the family without religious overtones. Through Natural Ceremonies, I co-create a very personal event with the family that welcomes this new person into the fold. The presence of family, friends and community who bear witness to the new arrival being integrated into their lives has a powerful effect on everyone who participates. As is common with all ceremonies, baby naming is a true community building occasion for all.
The pleasure of creating a ceremony that reflects the values and beliefs of the individual family has a lasting effect on all members of the family. It doesn’t matter whether this is the first child or a sibling to other children. Holistic ceremonies touch us on many levels and move us as spiritual beings no matter what age. I can assist you in creating a joyful and memorable welcoming moment for your baby as a positive first step on the journey of life.
Moving into a new home is a great moment to celebrate. Putting our imprint on the house helps us to settle in and make it our own. Energetically there can be left-overs from previous families or individuals who have lived there before. Clearing away any energy residues is a helpful process for eliminating energy drains we may not be aware of on an everyday level and giving us a fresh space to live in. Raising positive energy through such rituals increases life affirming energies that make a home into a haven. Through Natural Ceremonies, I offer house blessings that enliven the home and its inhabitants with healthy energy.
House blessings have two parts to them. The first is to cleanse and purify the space using herbs whose properties have that effect. The removal of any negative energy in the house prepares it for fresh new energy to fill the space. Rooms are sealed to keep negativity out and lightness in. When all the rooms are cleared, the second part begins.
The second step is to create positivity through ritual which is collaboratively designed with the host(s). Through positive intention, the house is imbued with the energies that are valued by the new inhabitants. Taking the time to set the tone for the new home is a life enhancing process that occurs within a multidimensional context. Empowering the family space is often the result of a house blessing.
Falling in love can be a rapturous moment in life, full of romance and enthusiasm. Once we get past the romantic stage, being a couple settles into a way of life in which we hope the partnership will bring out the best in us. Making a commitment to each other is a powerful and deepening process that enriches the relationship. Sharing that commitment with others is one way of celebrating the special connection to each other.
Whether a heterosexual or a same-sex relationship, a commitment ceremony marks the promise we give to one another in the presence of those who are near and dear to us. They bear witness to the pledge of loving each other and the intention to create a sustainable relationship in which each one prospers as individuals and as a couple. When others share in the ceremony of commitment to each other we become part of a greater community.
As a celebrant I work with each couple to co-create the kind of ceremony that expresses their intentions. All of the essentials are planned in advance to make that special day as meaningful and precious as possible. Through Natural Ceremonies I am dedicated to assisting couples in creating the ceremony of their dreams that lives on in their memories for years to come.
If you would like to organize a ceremony to mark any of these new starts, please contact me and we can create something magical.