Fire Keeper's Message
Despacho Ceremony with Karen Chrappa
Every Despacho has its own essence, a theme that seems to infuse its creation. Even though a Despacho arises from a planned intent, elements emerge in synchronicity regardless of any plan. Our Gratitude Despacho could very well have been called A Heart of Gold. What is the essence of a heart of gold? This is the question that arises from ceremony.
How do we weave the elements of gold into our heart to inform the actions we take in the world?
Our Despacho set about surrounded in gold, held in solid integrity. Gold radiates and shines as joy in our heart. A heart full of gold is rich in compassion and loving kindness. Gold is abundance. Gold is prosperity. How can we cultivate these qualities of heart so we are informed by our compassion and integrity to take action in the world? How can we develop a consciousness of abundance and prosperity over lack and scarcity? One place to look are the words on which our prayers were laid.
FORGIVENESS. NOW. STRENGTH. AIR.
Let these words be a steppingstone on the path to a heart of gold.
In the midst of ceremony I head to the beach. I am surrounded by AIR, immersed in it, in AWE of it. (I will post more on this later.) Notice if a word calls to you, jumps off the page or notice even a word from which you withdraw. Let this word play like a mantra. Let this word seep into your soul. What arises from the blessing of this word? How does this word feed inspiration? Can these words serve in times of struggle? Does one word flow or fit with another? Call to these words. Keep them close to your heart. Let them serve as guideposts on your path.
This is the first practice from our ceremony. The first practice for weaving a heart of gold.
AHO my friends! AHO!
Karen Chrappa has dedicated her life to mastering the art and science of healing by weaving together the roots of physiotherapy, a foundation of intuitive Thai massage and the heart of shamanic energy medicine to help thousands on a healing path for the past 25 years. Her newly released book, A Structure for Spirit, offers Earth and Energy based medicine practices to align with intention and awaken your path of healing and awareness. Visit www.karenchrappa.com to find her on facebook or follow her blog for practices, rituals and New Moon ceremonies.