MotherBlessing Ceremony (Blessing Way)
The first time I attended this incredible ceremony as a camera person I was just in the beginning of my own pregnancy. I hadn't known neither the Mother nor her female friends who came to bless her into her birth, which gave me an opportunity to observe from the "outside" the magic of transformation.
Such ceremonies exist in many cultures in the world and today they haven't lost their importance. Carl Jung spoke about initiation - a ritual that marks the transition of the personality from one state/milestone/status, etc. into another, naturally following the previous one.
Motherhood naturally follows pregnancy regardless of the outcome of birth. A woman becomes a mother in a global sence of this word in the moment of conception and in the following months her Motherhood matures, forms, develops with her baby. Psychologically this period is comparable to an entire lifetime during which the woman goes through many various micro-states. A Girl dies in order for a Woman-Mother to be born.
The ceremony can be performed in various ways.
1. A format that keeps intact the qualities of an old-school bridal shower - when the Mother is "seen out" into her birth, into her new state of adulthood, by her close women, female friends. Their presence and focusing of kind energy on one woman who is the center of the celebration of Life, creates a unique atmosphere of warmth, unity and adamant power of Nature. Here there is room for tears, personal stories, gifts that are typically given at a contemporary Baby shower, sharing fears, music and singing, creating sentiments that will accompany the Mother during labor and birth.
The expectant Mother can organize this ceremony and invite her close women to attend. In that case together we shall find the right ingredients for this magic that would fulfil her wishes and aspirations. You also can make this ceremony a surprise gift for a dear expectant Mother. Together we shall prepare an unforgettable celebration considering the tastes and little secrets of your expecting daughter/sister/friend.
The ceremony lasts approximately 4 hours and includes cookig together, a circle with a series of rituals, singing, gift sharing, creation of art pieces, tea-time. It can be performed at the house of the Mother or any of her close women, outdoors in nature or in a beautiful space.
It is important for me to consider cultural and religious spesifics of the woman and her close circle, to create a safe space which will resonate with their body and soul. The very purpose of this beautiful celebration is for the Mother to come out of the shell and feel the Goddess within, the Goddess who is about to grant life to a new human being. And for the invited women it is a chance to get in touch with their own feminine Source.
The cost of the ceremony is 12 000 rubles.
2. A group setting, when several expecting mothers gather together to share their stories and charge from each other in preparation to meet their little ones. It is about experiencing symbolical birth by walking through a maze, it is about support, trust, letting go; it is about absolute Love for herself and her baby. The ceremony lasts 3-4 hours and includes a guided circle, chanting, personal belly drawing by a henna artist for every mother, photosession, lots of hugs, warmth and pampering.
The cost of the ceremony depends on the amount of participants.
MotherBlessing is held within the last weeks of pregnancy. The Mother fills with the magic energy of empowerment and carries it into her birth.