The ritual is an act of service to the self and to the world.
Conceived and held by psyche coach Laurie Pyne, the latest addition to Campout 2019's list of attractions may be considered leftfield by some, but it is potentially the most powerful contribution to the event's potential for upheaval and catharsis.
Open your mind and experience the transformative medicine that a lashing with nettles might offer. Laurie talks us through what is involved:
There are very few conscious rites of passage in modern life which encourage us to gravitate towards edginess and vulnerability. We offer you a safe and supportive opportunity to explore our difficulty with forgiveness, and how it affects our inner and outer lives.
This experience aims to help us approach the hardened, pained edge within ourselves, using the support of our Witnesses, and the medicine of being lashed with Nettle.
The root meaning of radical is root…we all stem from the one essence, and that essence is Love. By tuning into this oneness, through pranayama we can relax our perspective of who wronged whom, where the blame lies, and why our resentment feels justified.
By coming together in circle, with others who wish to support us on this quest, we will identify key moments or aspects of our lives we wish to release.
The intentions we set and the presence we bring are central to this experience .
Laurie and the Witnesses will hold a loving, nurturing space and all participants can request the lashing to cease at any time.
The Witnesses are a source of validation and support, for the participants, who can request them to stand or sit beside or in front of them. You're not going to be alone on this journey.
The keys of the ceremony are:
1 We start with a pranayama and intention for meditation and breathing to centre us but also to create a slightly altered state.
2 To focus on radical forgiveness and to set our intention for the process.
3 To notice our relationship to pain and vulnerability, and to be present with it as far as possible. We can choose to yield to it, to control the duration and intensity, or to cede control to another.
4. To acknowledge that anyone who has caused us pain may well have been in pain themselves.
By undergoing this extreme act of contrition, we are able to extricate ourselves from the shackles of blame and liberate the flames of forgiveness and compassion. As we consciously move towards and into our own suffering, we begin to release it; as we release our own pain, we reduce the overall level of pain in humanity.
The ritual is therefore an act of service to the self and to the world.
5. The final part of the ritual offers participants the beautiful experience of receiving restorative comfort and soothing support, being wrapped in blankets, held, and drinking the medicine of nettle tea.
This provides the Deep Heart space where we will reconnect as a group, sharing a little of what we’ve experienced and bathing in the warmth of Radical Forgiveness.
'Ritual for Radical Forgiveness : Lashing with Nettles' will take place as part of Saturday's programme at Campout 2019. Laurie will be previewing what is in store on Wednesday evening.
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