On Circles, Ceremonies, and Homecomings - las peregrinas

On Circles, Ceremonies, and Homecomings

By: Rebecca Liston

Dear Reader,

Round-about December of last year, I said to our crew here at Las P. that I was “desperate” to “sit in Ceremony” again.

It had been many, many, MANY moons since last I had experienced the gentle and profound…what?

Words escape me.

Gentle and profound healing? Teaching? Deepening? Opening? 

Maybe it’s just simply this: 

It had been many, many, MANY moons since last I had experienced the gentle and profound. (period, full-stop)

(Yes, that’s it.)

I yearned for the gentle and the profound. And the last time I felt fully immersed in such things was when I had had the honour of sitting in a Sweat Lodge on sacred lands, seven months pregnant, big as a house, naked as a jay-bird…it had been a long, long time.

And so, I set out to find a Teacher. A Wisdom-Keeper. A Healer. And I emphatically stated that I wanted to find someone who was “The Real Deal,” by which I meant someone who truly knew what it was to lead a sacred Ceremony, not just someone who took some weekend course and was far from equipped to navigate Ceremonial waters.

And, as these things happen, by a series of synchronicities, a dear friend re-introduced me to Asha Frost with whom the two of us had studied at the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine even more moons ago than I care to admit!

Without missing a beat, I joined Asha’s Full Moon Circle (inviting Stella to join, too!)

And what I found was what I sought: The Gentle. The Profound.

From the moment she began calling in the Four Directions to the moment she closed the Circle with words of wisdom from Thunderbird, Eagle, and Bear, I wept.

I wept the tears of one who had been Seeking but who had now Found.

I wept the tears of one who Remembered, deep in her bones.

I wept the tears of all the years that I had been “missing” this…and hadn’t even known it.

I wept for myself. I wept for my family. I wept for us all. 

Gently, I wept. Profoundly, I was impacted.

During the second Full Moon Ceremony that I attended with Asha, I did not weep. No tears were shed as I dove fully into the experience, as I watched in my mind’s eye as the butterflies kissed the clouds and birds of all colours danced before me. 

No. I did not weep. This time, I giggled.

I giggled the joy of one who had been Seeking but who had now Found.

I giggled the relief of one who Remembered, deep in her bones.

I giggled the incredulity of all the years that I had been “missing” this…and hadn’t even known it.

I giggled for myself. I giggled for my family. I giggled for us all. 

Gently, I giggled. Profoundly, I was impacted.

I had come Home (again).

Sitting in Ceremony is like that. No one can predict what their experience might be…no one can say if it will be filled with tears or laughter or both…or nothing at all. But somehow, in some way, (gently, profoundly), it feels like coming Home.

And with that, Dear Reader, I hope you’ll consider joining Stella and I as we host Indigenous Healer and Author Asha Frost for our Summer Solstice Celebration on June 18th. Asha will create our Ceremonial space, and lead us through a Journey as we come together at this most sacred time of the year.

It will be a time of Celebration and Honouring, a time of Connection and Community, a time of Healing and Learning and Deepening and Opening…and it will be (yes, it most certainly will be) a gentle and profound moment of Homecoming for us all.

We hope to see you there,

Rebecca


Rebecca Liston is cofounder and business intuitive at Las Peregrinas, a creative and consulting agency. She specializes in anchoring folks in a clear-eyed understanding of which path is theirs for the taking. She’s got one foot in the land of the subtle and unseen, and the other foot firmly planted in the land of ruthless pragmatism. Oh, and she swears like a sailor, which makes us love her more.



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