A blessingway is a traditional Navajo (native American) ceremony, which celebrates a woman's rite of passage into motherhood but what does this look like in a modern Australian setting?
A blessingway is a ritual which celebrates the transition to motherhood and the preciousness of new life whether this is her first or fifth baby, each new life is sacred and should be celebrated. In Australia we do not have access to an authentic Navajo ceremony and there is some debate about the correctness of using the term 'Blessingway' some people prefer to use Mother-blessing although Blessingway is more commonly known in Australia and just as many terms from foreign cultures can inspire new ideas such as tantric couples retreats a modern Australian blessingway gives a mother and her close companions an opportunity to come together to acknowledge, celebrate and offer support at the dawn of a new life and the beginning of a new journey for both mother and child. I will use both terminologies here.
There are many and varied ways to conduct a mother-blessing ceremony depending on the disposition of the mother, some prefer a simple ceremony with little fuss while others are open to delving deeply into their own spirit and opening themselves up to receive the energy of those people they have chosen to invite along with them on their special journey to motherhood.
Practically a blessingway is a ceremony conducted with respect, a circle is formed to create a sacred space, stories are shared and encouragement is given. Various activities can take place such as bead sharing, henna tattooing, singing, massaging and many others depending on what has been decided in advance. Once the ceremony is complete the celebration can begin and most blessingways are followed by the sharing of food.
A mother-blessing is about supporting and celebrating a woman as she makes her final journey towards motherhood, it isn’t something the mother to be (or mother to be again) can organise and run on her own otherwise she could easily miss out on the most important aspect, which is letting go. I can support you to get the most out of your transition to motherhood by working with you to create your ideal blessingway ceremony and acting as the Master of Ceremonies on the day to ensure you can really relax and be in the moment with your guests.
I will work with you before hand to understand what is important to you and how the ceremony can best meet your needs and expectations, on the day I will be available to lead the ceremony for 2 hours which includes helping to set up, opening the ceremony, guiding the participants through the activities which have been chosen and facilitating the closing of the ceremony. This service is offered for $120 while activities such as belly cast kits, henna etc are extra, this will all be discussed and finalised well before the ceremony.
Please feel free to contact me for more information, a specialised Buddhist blessing is also available to Buddhist or those that feel a connection to the Dharma.