Thanks to friends who found this extraordinary gem, it’s almost a little fairytale actually and quite amusing. It is in a newsletter published by Exeter Steiner School. For some reason (why? don’t ask me), they need clearing; and apparently this requires some pretty remarkable rituals to be performed.
The Parents’ Friends Group are holding a Clearing ceremony in the last week of the holidays (w/c 29th August) to clear the energetic space of the School. The aim is to disperse any stuck energy and make space for free flowing, vibrant energy from which our community can grow in every way.
The grounds of our school holds us all and in particular our children in mind, body and spirit each day and as we are all current custodians of this land it feels important to honour it and invoke energy that promotes and sustains this holding. It seems from some parents’ work that the sycamore tree in the centre of the School is the focus of the energetic process of the school and the aim will be to help restore its energy. The ceremony will involve bringing a candle to the sycamore tree and making a circle round it. We will then dance, sing and make music around the tree. Our next step will be to walk the perimeter of the school three times to invoke a protective field around us. Finally we will bring the Children’s Fire to the tree and as parents, teachers, guardians, we will write the intentions we have for our children and the community and put them into the fire to bring them to life. Children are welcome to join the ceremony.
My inner spiritual eye lets me imagine what this event might have looked like: it is outstandingly comical. Let’s hope the sycamore appreciates the efforts, though I never before heard of a tree that enjoys singing and dancing; they don’t do things like that themselves (and most trees are slightly afraid of lighted candles, perceiving them as threats to life and limb, actually — if I were the sycamore, I’d be concerned about the Steiner folks plan to bring not only candles but fire to me). But isn’t it a bit odd to put things — even intentions — in the fire to bring them to life? I thought you did this procedure with stuff you wanted to relieve yourself of. Of course the children can’t write their own intentions; they are Steiner educated, after all. One might also ask how the clearing organizers concluded that walking the perimeter thrice is enough, but I guess it’s a fairytale number quite suited for the purpose. And can this protective field be measured by spiritual science? Is it like a larger type of tin-foil hat, one appropriate for the protection of the group-soul?
PS. Almost right after the clearing ritual information, there’s a little creation myth. Apparently, this mythical being, Atsytsyakayon’s daughter, met Cloud Man, and she
had never seen a man before and she fainted. While she slept, Cloud Man placed two arrows over her, the four winds blew and new life began inside her.
Well, it’s amazing what might happen when you fall faint from seeing a man. The big mystery, though, is how you pronounce the names of the main characters of this myth. The daughter dies from unfortunate consequences of bizarre child-birth, and Atsytsyakayon then buries her and plants tobacco upon her corpse. Like in any ordinary family.