We are interconnected inter-beings born into a Family - Tribe - System. Our Sense of isolation, loneliness, and disconnection is a trauma symptom and adaptation. It is born out of our forgetfulness of the Knowing Field that holds everything. This evening is a CALL TO REMEMBER AND LOCATE this Knowing in the Body.
Vicki Noble, Author, Shakti Woman
CALL TO REMEMBER is a facilitated trauma-informed Participatory Earth-Based Ritual and Ceremonial space.
It supports us to come together in Collective Community to see each other in the naming, giving expression to, and acknowledging the individual, systemic and intergenerational forgetfulness, and alienation that is inherited and carried in our somatic his and her stories.
The evening is held within the safety and protection of the Directional and Elemental Wisdom keepers and guides informed by the ordinary earth-based nature-informed ritual lens of India.
Through the invocation and ritual navigation of the Elemental Direction Keepers, we navigate the Wheel of our Awareness to move through the layers of our Sensory perceptions in such a way that we are able to slowly and steadily see, acknowledge, feel, and include that which is absent, missing, excluded, and holed in our Physical, Emotional, Relational and Spiritual Wholeness.
We have received our life through the lineage of ancestors that we come from. They inform our primal sense of belonging, our partaking in and of life and love, and our narrative of survival. Within us exists the pulsating rhythms of our Parents and Ancestors – their wholeness, their split, their alienation, their pain, their joys, and laughter. We are our parents and ancestors. We carry our Parent's and Ancestors' survival stories. We are also, their offering and blessing into the world. We are only able to birth our Purpose in a healthy way into the world when we are able to find our healthy movement of Separation from them. We are only able to separate in a healthy way when we are able to fully acknowledge what we have received from our connection to our Parents and Ancestors, and agree to include this Gift of Life just the way it has come to us through them.
What we disconnect within, we exclude outside.
What we exclude within, we alienate outside.
What we alienate within, we hate outside.
What we hate within, we annihilate outside.
And these movements do not exist in isolation. It is individual. It is systemic. It is collective. We can no longer afford to look away from our own inside, and from each other. We can support each other to look together.
The entire space of the ceremony is prepared through ritual cleansing, purification, and the placement of directional protectors and keepers and their altars. The ceremony is usually held by five to six Shakti Wom(b)en facilitators holding and keeping the directions. Participants will be informed ahead of time their ceremonial bringing. It will be placed on the directional altars when they enter.
Participants are prepared for the Ritual through a simple cleansing ceremony and then guided into the space through singing and drumming. The main body of the Ritual is facilitated in the Ceremonially prepared space. It involves the navigation of all the directions starting from the East and moving clockwise through South, West, North, East, and Center. At each directional gateway, a process of unburdening, returning, and communicating with the elemental gatekeepers is facilitated. The ceremony facilitates remembering through the eight sensory systems of knowing viz. Visual input (sight), Gustatory input (taste), Tactile input (touch), Hearing input (auditory), Olfactory input (smell), Vestibular input (balance), Proprioceptive input (movement), and Interoceptive input (internal).
For the Gratitude Altar (East): Bring an offering to express your gratitude to life. It could be organic fruits, vegetables, or anything that is valuable to you and comes from a conscious heartful intentional space of giving and sharing. This will be distributed and shared at the end of the evening with everyone who attends.
For the Ancestor Altar (South): Bring a picture - name - object symbolic - of an ancestor that you would like to honor, remember or give place for. It could be an ancestor from your lineage or an affinity ancestor (someone who has inspired you).
For the Unburden Altar (West): Bring any "Emotional and Intellectual burden" that belongs to your ancestors - lineage - family line that you have carried for so long and now wish to return to where it belongs
For the Healing Altar (North): Bring and place anything that would benefit from conscious healing energy created through the ceremony. It could be symbolic, or it could be a photo of the one who needs healing, or it could be words written on paper, etc. Please take prior permission from whoever or whatever you are placing on this altar for wanting to be there.
For the Wholeness Altar (Center): Bring intentions, blessings, and affirmations to re-pair your connection with your essence. It could be literal or symbolic.
Form Your intention in a way that it mirrors the possibilities of now, and is not in the hope of something in the future. For example, instead of writing "I hope for peace with my parents" say instead "bless me to be in peace with my parents."
Avoid the negative formation of sentences like"I do not want to hate". In the energetic Universe, this is similar to saying - "I will continue to hate" for what stands out energitically in this sentence is the word Hate, and its energy supercedes everything else. So you are encouraged to Say "I want to love (or what you wish to invite)" instead.
For the Ceremony: Bring candles, flowers, incense, or anything else you are called to for the ceremony. You are encouraged to Bring any percussion instruments like rattles, tambourines, bells, cymbals, xylophones, bowls, maracas, gongs, etc.
WHAT TO WEAR
Wear clean comfortable loose-fitting clothing preferably of natural fiber (like cotton, jute, silk), and ceremonial. Wear fabric that lets the body. blood, muscles, and bones in your body to move, breathe and relax. Avoid jeans or shorts or anything you consider too casual or sleepwear.
WHAT TO AVOID
Avoid the intake of cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana, or any psychotropic drugs (natural or synthetic) 48 hours prior to the ceremony. Avoid consciously engaging in gossip, or talking discouragingly about anything in the space.
The ceremony will be facilitated within the Sacred Agreements that are established at the beginning of the ceremony. Participants are encouraged to express an additional agreement that they wish to include for themselves and the group.
The Ritual Holders or Facilitators will be dressed either in All-White or Red-Black combination. We will have SHakti Wom(b)an helpers who will be available for presence-full support.
Those attending are encouraged to observe mindfulness and honour the ceremonial space by keeping talking to a minimum. Talk with attention, and only as needed. You are free from all obligations of social forms of introductions, greetings, etc on this day. The more you are able to stay tuned into your inner state consciously, take responsibility for your sense of safety (feel free to ask for support), and embody a mindful presence, the more you will receive from the ceremony.
Allow yourself to participate fully and when called to rest, lie down, sit with eyes closed or be in active dreaming. Listen to your guidance. Reach out if you need support.