~This post was actually not gonna come out until next Tuesday, but I feel a big push to post it now. Mostly for my sisters in the SouLodge. As we sit in the West together there has been much death and dying and release...so girls...this one is coming out early, just for you!~ For the better part of this year, I have felt a pull to create ceremony, ritual, passage. I have many ideas swirling in my soul and one has finally birthed itself! The inspiration has been a death ceremony as a way to lay to rest the you that you don't want to be anymore...the you that is no longer playing a positive role in creating a life you love...the you that has been on it's way out for a while but the ego is holding on to it.
A fortunate, unfortunate situation has popped up within the last month. My dearest friend from Jr. High found herself in a place that really needed a death ceremony. And true to the laws of the creating, timing is a big player in how and when your purpose is created. As soon as my BFF entered this situation the download of details for this ceremony flooded in over a span of several days. Excitement and power of transformation was bouncing my insides all over my outsides and I just knew this death ceremony had to be done, and has to be done more in the world.
She traveled to me for a time frame of several days, which now I am calling this time "soul rehab". The first day produced healing on many levels. We did extractions, spirit release, and soul retrieval. Day two she accompanied me to a Yoga class I teach and that was a time to seal in the work from day one. Later that night on day two, the death ceremony was building and ready to GO! So we entered my healing room and began.
We layed out two strips of butcher paper and taped them together. As she lay on the sheet I asked if she had any last words to this skin and Self she was letting die. She did, and with a true voice, declared her intention and gratitude....beautiful! I began creating an energetic "coffin" around her as she imprinted her old Self into the paper, into the coffin. I drew an outline of her form and she emerged for the next step.
With art supplies handy, the work began. Locating a main source of suffering on the paper body, names and colors and art flowed out of her onto the paper self. All the anger and pain and wounds boiling the blood and moving the energy OUT. I began a wailing into the that spot, she followed with two, and that part was at peace and clean. She powerfully and organically moved into other body parts, and letting those pains and programs have a true expression without judgment or blame. Simple movement out of her and into the paper old Self. Flowing gracefully she moved through the whole body...calling out demons, shutting up the liars, and slapping...stomping...yelling at the saboteurs.
And this played out until it was complete, all of the old Self out and into the paper.
The next part of the ceremony is to dismember this old Self, and she began with the head. Ripping the paper through the throat, freeing her voice! We cursed and swore and rejected all the things the old Self stored as she continued ripping the many body parts apart. Her true Self expressing sovereignty and ownership of her body, mind, and soul. When she was done, I looked at this lovely being and her face had changed. Her eyes were a darker green. She felt weightless as if I could see right through her. She is new.
It was dark, and raining...a perfect cocktail to dig a grave. So we collected all her old paper Self parts, bundled them together and that girl was digging as quickly as she could. We threw her old Self into the ground, did a typical...we are gathered here tonight to honor the passing of....
Forgiveness was expressed in celebratory vibration. Then, the grave was covered and the party began. A special party where we stomped on that grave, yipped to our Selves at congratulations, danced, shook, howled, and birthed a special song that I now believe will act as a mantra or affirmation for her to use to keep herself from recreating those old habits. I won't share it here because if feels sacred and I know that each death ceremony I facilitate from here on out will have it's own sacred tool individual to that client.
My dearest friend met herSelf that day. Met her truth, her light, and her power. She just had to release and bury the parts of her that held contrary energy to her true Self. I can now say with this death ceremony added to my energy medicine bag, the death and dying process is easy peasy and shouldn't be put off. There is such an immediate renewal into the tangible realm of the power inside the soul. There is such a relief and release, as if it was ages ago that my friend had that old Self living her life. She left her "soul rehab" a full version of her true self, along with tricks and tools and tasks to keep her on point as she carves the trails in creating her life forward. So cool....
Day three was all about the journey. She learned how to journey to her true Self, her inner world landscape, and into her power. She experienced and felt the qualities of who she really is from this place. Then we crafted her a set of soul cards that are all hers to use when she needs remembering of her greatness. She gained a power animal to guide and protect her on her journey of empowerment from healing. She has several mantras and affirmations. And is fully equipped to tackle life's obstacles with a new set of soul rules. We occupied the empty space the death made with the qualities and ammunition to be who she really is. An open, strong, intuitive Goddess.
I am ready and honored to facilitate this ceremony for anyone at a trans-formative place in their life. And/or wanting to begin an annual, bi-annual, quarterly death to the "skin" that is no longer needed to roam free in the wild of the inner world. Be ready to be wild, uninhibited, and loud! You can contact me at inquirewithin.me@gmail to schedule a session for death, or life, or rebirth!