It being my birthday week, I would like to share with you one of the rituals that I offer to celebrate a birthday - a personal beginning of the new year. It is a combination of an ancestral and timeline rituals.
To begin you do your usual preparation of space and tuning in; then set up a timeline from now until the end of you personal year, with various stages and phases you anticipate on the way, including seasons, holidays, deadlines, wishes, plans etc.
Standing in the beginning of the year, first call in your loving and compassionate ancestors, representing them in a circle around you (using stones, crystals, pebbles, or any other small objects), use your gut feeling to know how many to set up. Standing in the middle of this circle of your ancestors, imagine them all being there, arriving to your birthday celebration, greet them and introduce yourself, telling them that it is your birthday and asking, if possible, to bless you with their gifts, power and wisdom for the year ahead. Tune in, feel into it, and receive their blessings, breathing them in deeply, finding a place for them in your body and in your field. Maybe there will be messages, maybe energy, maybe just a feeling of being held safely - accept and receive with gratitude all that is coming your way.
When it feels complete, with all these gifts, begin walking down the timeline. Stay tuned to what your body feels, where there are moments of strength, and where it feels a bit weaker. Use the gifts you just received to walk the timeline. Call in and represent other resources you might need on the way through the year. You are aiming for a strong supported heart-opening feeling all along the timeline.
When you reach the end, look back with gratitude for everything this year is holding for you, including the unknown, the mystery and the unexpected that you are not seeing yet. Everything has a place and is welcome as long as you are well resourced and supported. When the journey is complete, close the ritual, release representatives and enjoy the rest of your day.
I am fascinated by the Systemic Family Constellations work and everything shamanic. I study it, practice it, research it. Here, I am sharing what I learn and hope it can be of use to somebody interested in healing their families, communities and lives.
In 2019 I published some of my poetry inspired by systemic work in this journal. It is available as PDF, Kindle or printed at the link above.