“The Magic Circle”
“’This is the worst day of my life!’ Pete slammed the door and ran across the field behind his house. He hadn’t finished his homework yesterday, so today his Mom had made him do it all before going outside to play, and she took away his video games for the rest of the week!
She had been so crabby since Dad died. Why did Dad have to go and die anyway?”
After a long four year gestation period, Katherine Inksetter, Jennifer Engracio and I have given birth to a dream. It’s a book! “The Magic Circle: Shamanic Ceremonies for the Child and the Child Within.” Jennifer, Katherine and I have studied shamanism for several years and practice ceremony regularly. We know how life enhancing this practice can be. We wanted to write a book of ceremonies for children that would help them discover their wonderful, unique selves.
Children turn so naturally to ceremony. When our Granddaughter was little one of our goldfish died. She wanted us to bury it in the garden. She instructed her family to collect things from nature – a leaf, flower, rock, or feather, to put in the grave with the fish. While we talked about Fishy, she asked her Dad to beat the drum. Children know about ceremony.
A ceremony is a specific activity or set of activities done in a specific way with a specific goal. We wondered if a book of instructions would appeal to kids. I can imagine what our now teenage granddaughter would say: Boring.
Do you remember when you were young reading adventure stories that included activities for you to do? We dreamed in a story about a little boy named Pete. Pete has adventures on a Medicine wheel, where he meets a horse named Breeze. Breeze and Pete quickly become close friends, continuing their journeys around the medicine wheel together.
When he is older, Pete goes on a Vision Quest where he meets more animals, including a curly haired dog, a teeny little mouse, a grumpy eagle and a golden bellied, fire burping dragon. Each animal shares their wisdom with Pete to help him on his quest. These stories are woven through the ceremonies in the book. Each ceremony is a quest of discovery.
The ceremonies in “The Magic Circle” have all been tested by a child or an adult. I tested Rain, Rain Come out and Play. This was a good choice as I am in my 2nd childhood. In Rain, rain come out to play, the child looks up to feel rain on their face, wades and splashes in puddles. I still love splashing in puddles. Don’t you? Try it. Let your little boy or girl come out to play. Each person’s experience of a ceremony is different, and the results can be unexpected. So when you do a ceremony, be prepared to step into the unknown!
Kid’s quotes are scattered throughout the book. A nine year old girl says: “Our bodies are the hotels for our spirits while we are here on earth.” A little boy was reminded that his great grandfather would have been 100 years old. He replied, “Do you think we could sing him happy birthday with our souls?”
Children know they are spiritual beings.
After doing one of the ceremonies in the book, a little girl remarked, “I learned that the world is a beautiful place. While we drummed, the birds were dancing to the music over the water.” A seven year old boy did the “Sensing Tree Energy” ceremony. He said, “The tree really talked to me! I asked it if it knew my friend and it said it did! It also told me that all the green trees communicate with each other!” Children know they are connected to the Earth and to all things in creation.
In many cultures, ceremony and spirituality are a natural part of people’s lives. In our logical, scientific “prove it to me” society, the spiritual nature of children is too often neglected. Kat, Jen and I have a vision for our book “The Magic Circle: Shamanic Ceremonies for the Child and the Child Within’. We have a vision of children reading the stories, being intrigued and trying out the ceremonies.
The Magic Circle is available in select stores, at Amazon.com, and through our website: www.ceremoniesforchildren.com.
Jennifer, Katherine and I have a vision. A vision of children reading “The Magic Circle” and discovering their mysterious, magical, spiritual selves.