The ceremonies of healing that you create can serve you. Give creating ceremonies of healing a try!
Fear, pain and sorrow are normal and important parts of our stories. We wouldn't be living fully if we didn't experience disappointment and heartache. But without a way to stop and gather the slivers of gold in the experience, we can carry burdens that affect all areas of our lives, conscious or not.
Hope is the sort of thing that we regularly lose—and that we can also recover by creating a ceremony of healing for each of these tangled feelings—hopelessness, pointlessness, anger, boredom, worry—that weave together into your chronic sadness. By focusing on one of these tangled-up feelings and endeavoring to heal it, we can begin to heal our sadness and reconnect with our sense of hope.
Two ceremonies of hope to help heal your feelings of hopelessness.
Plant a “hope” garden and, as you water it, you might say or think, “I have hope.”
As you plant your garden ask yourself the following questions.
▪ What simple words can be spoken to capture your intention?
▪ How will you decorate your garden environment?
▪ How can you engage the senses- seeing, tasting, feeling, hearing, smelling?
Create a “hope” altar and, as you ceremonially visit your altar, you might say or think, “I have hope.”
As you create your hope altar ask yourself the following questions.
What story do you need to tell related to the intention?
What objects can symbolize your past story and intentions for the future?
What thoughtful elements that you place on your can embody the celebration of hope?