Creating Ceremony: We are all Cinderella
The Season of Spinning Gold is upon us and I am getting very excited at the prospect of swinging open the doors to this most magical of courses once more!
Ok, so those of you who have taken online courses know how this works. Typically people do a series of emails marketing their course and convincing you why it is THE THING that will change your life, you get bombarded with, like, 18 emails a day and so it goes.
I’ve never done that and I have no plans to do it this year either because…GROSS.
I did want to up the ante on our own season of Spinning Gold and give you something that will really yield tangible benefits for you whether you take the course or not.
So I decided that I would just give it away for free.
I am not going to ask you to sign up for Spinning Gold in order to change your life, I am going to teach you how to change your life over the next week for FREE. I know that is a bold claim but stay with me.
I blame it on Cinderella. Well, I blame it on the realization that we are ALL Cinderella.
I was thinking about the story the other day and I realized that it centers around the question that I have been asked the most both this year and last year.
How do I change?
The question shows up in so many forms:
How do I change my lover?
How do I change my marriage?
How do I change my health?
How do I change my money situation?
How do I change my story?
But it boils down to: how do I change? How do I make it better?
Now there are lots of practical answers to these questions – steps you can take, tricks you can try, and programs you can buy.
But really, in my experience, if you want to create change then you have to do know how to do one thing.
Think about the story of Cinderella. She is down on her luck. The sun is setting, the ball is starting, her sisters are brats, and her stepmother is wicked. She needs change – not like a little nip here and a little tweak there, the girl needs deep, radically transforming change. So what does she do? She creates ceremony, she makes magic. We know how the story ends and as I have written before, happily ever after is for everybody.
Now of course the problem is that many of us grew up without access to the language and forms of creating ceremony.
It is not hard to do at all, but you do have to know where to start and if you understand the basic framework that all ceremonies have then it becomes much easier to do.
So, that’s what we are going to learn about over the course of the next week: how to create ceremony.
I’m going to give you the five-step process that I work with and that is called on by people all over the world when it comes to creating ceremony.
I’m going to break it down for you and because we are all fairy tale lovers here, we are going to work with the story of Cinderella as our guide.
The steps we will explore are:
- Prayer and Petition Making
- Conclusion and Clean Up
I have never taught this process before and I am really excited to make it available for you here and now. I want this to be interactive teaching, so as you are going through each lesson, feel free to pop over to my blog, Canto, and leave a comment so that I can respond to you directly.
Look for the first email in your inbox tomorrow!
And, in the meantime, if you want to check out the different versions of Cinderella check out this wonderful site.
Also, often people use the words “ritual” and “ceremony” interchangeably. This is not really correct. For our purposes a ritual is a single sacred act whereas a ceremony is composed of many sacred acts – so each ceremony contains many rituals.