April | With Eyes Anew

In this ceremony we each chose a flower, or we let the flower pick us, and we spent time and space really exploring this flower as if it were the first time we ever experienced it. Then we turned inward and reflected on what might be discovered about ourselves if the flower was exploring us in the same spacious way. Collectively we then unleashed our creativity and play around discovery and innocence onto an altar made of a very large sheet of blank paper. This was our blank slate to fill with as we felt the impulse to do, with whatever freedom we allowed ourselves. The results were very touching, revealing vulnerability, tenderness, curiosity, playfulness, expressiveness, frustration, isolation, collaboration, pain, love and so much more besides. We give thanks to everyone who co-created this open hearted circle, enabling each other to explore with sensitivity.

The following resources were gratefully shared at the OneLight Gathering on Friday 13th April 2018 at London's monthly Interfaith Ceremony, generously hosted at Notting Hill's Essex Unitarian Church.


READINGS

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They say a child is born
a blank shape to be molded,
a tabula rasa to be written upon.
But children come
like a plant with a rhizome --
its food source,
the genetic coding for what flower it will become,
how often it will bear fruit,
what its artistry is;
all of that born into it with the seed.
The role of the gardener, then,
is simply to discern the manner of plant
or child trying to emerge.
The role of the gardener,
or parent then,
is simply to ask,
“How do I help it grow
into what it is in its roots?”

by Dawna Markova

 
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Blessing The Boats

May the tide
that is entering even now
the lip of our understanding
carry you out
beyond the face of fear
may you kiss
the wind then turn from it
certain that it will
love your back
may you
open your eyes to water
water waving forever
and may you in your
innocence
sail through this to that.

by Lucille Clifton

 

MUSIC

The music used throughout our ceremony can be found here on Spotify:

 

PEACE DANCE
The music from our peace dance can be found here:

 
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As ever, with gratitude to Kensington Unitarians Essex Church for allowing us to use their beautiful space.