Book of Interest—The Book of Ceremony

How do you celebrate your life?

When we recognize the sacredness of each moment, miracles happen. This sentence, from the Introduction to this book, sums up Ingerman’s ideas about ceremony, shamanism, and spiritual guidance. Four pages later, when she wrote that “the practice of shamanism is … based on helping the community survive” I was suddenly taken back to the aftermath of 9/11 in Manhattan.

Every healing practitioner that I worked with, no matter what system they followed, found a way to use what they had learned to help our city survive and heal from that trauma. From the people who took groceries to the rescue workers at the site, to the healing practitioners who offered healing (in whatever form they practiced it) in tents next to the morgue, to the millions of people who prayed for the rescue workers and for the safe passage to the other side for those who died that day, it was the kind of ceremony that Ingerman is encouraging readers to adopt.

Gone are the days (when I first began to do this work) of investing power in a teacher who claims to have secret wisdom that the rest of us are not worthy of receiving. Instead, Ingerman tells us, “the key … is to unlock your intuitive knowing that invites the power, vibration, and frequency of words and phrases …”.

Don’t get me wrong. There is plenty of left-brain information in the book (Gathering Materials, Setting Up an Altar Creates Sacred Space, Working with Earth, Air, Water, and Fire, and Interpreting Omens and Signs are just a few of the subheads). But she tells us that the shaman’s job is to hold a clear space and encourage participants to focus on the feelings that they have rather than trying to gain a rational understanding of what’s going on.

This is a book for those of us who have been walking this path for decades now, and for those who are picking up our torches to carry on. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

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