For thousands of years, ceremony has been important for human beings to celebrate the rites of passage of their lives. Ceremony helps us step through the thresholds of birth, birthdays, adulthood, marriage, parenthood, eldership and death.
Participating in ceremony helps us step away from our individual emotions and sense of self into a grander relationship with the archetypal energies which give us a sense of connection with all those who have come before and those who will come after.
There are four basic elements that make up a successful ceremony: invocation, transformation, closure, and celebration. It is vital to includes each of these elements in the design of a ceremony.
An invocation is the calling in or invitation to forces that are outside of our self. These powers create a sacred space to hold the ceremony. When open, sacred space creates an envelope around the ceremony.
During the ceremony there should be a transformative experience. This could be a ritual that shifts things and makes them new. In a marriage ceremony the vows and the pronouncement change the two individuals into a married couple. In a funeral it is the shift from the remembrances of this life to the afterlife or the family moving forward.
Closure is an essential part of any ceremony to help the participants return to their physical bodies and step back into their normal lives. Activities such as singing, saying a prayer, or sitting in silence within the community are very grounding.
Lastly, a time set aside for celebration is important. During the celebration participants can tell stories, give toasts, dance, or just visit with other participants.
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