Rites of Passage and Healing Rituals
Rites of passage and healing rituals strengthen our sense of connection, not only to ourselves and others but what is meaningful and sacred. They can be an important means of nurturance, reflection and celebration during times of challenge or transition. Rituals and ceremonies for these important times include:
We all experience rites of passage on the journey of life. Our bodies grow from infancy and childhood to adulthood and old age. Our relationships evolve through dependence, independence and inter-dependence. Throughout our life our identities, goals and beliefs shift and change. Ceremony and ritual pay tribute to these significant changes.
Coming of age and life cycle ceremonies can include alternative bar and bat mitzvahs, puberty, mid-life passage and croning ceremonies and other meaningful rites of passage such as leaving home or graduating college. Rites of passage can also include ceremonies for new careers or retirement.
Healing ceremonies address every level of recovery (physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual) as they pertain to the individual. Healing rituals can help people find meaning and perspective from their experiences while creating space for rest and renewal and, when appropriate, allow others to be a witness to their process.
Divorce and separation rituals, spiritual initiations and life transitions can offer healing and support on another level as they honor the loss of what is ending, encourage what is newly emerging and celebrate what has already begun. While these are often intimate ceremonies, great strength and meaning can be derived from sharing with others.
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