A Blessingway is a ritual of the Navajo Native American tradition which offers the Mama-to-be and her baby-to-be-birthed traditional blessings for safe passage into Mother and babyhood, at the hands of her supportive female friends and family. The ceremony honours all seasons of motherhood, whether it is the woman’s first baby or her fifth (or third!).
I was truly honoured to have been offered a Blessingway hosted by the Mother of Mothers, Ibu Robin Lim at her retreat centre, the Peace Kitchen, in Ubud, Bali. I was surrounded by the beautiful community of women I am lucky to call my friends here and my own Mama was with us too. Friends from afar joined us spiritually and each was represented within the circle by a red rose.
We were ritually cleansed before entering the sacred women’s circle with Eagle fathers and sage smoke; we called upon the spirits of our female ancestors to act as guides and protectors in birth; the shamanic drum was beaten as we took a journey back through time; candles were lit; songs were sung; laughter and tears shed and love, togetherness, gifts and remembrance shared.
Matt and I then received a Balinese style water blessing from Mum, the girls and our birthkeepers, before a pizza party was hosted by our husbands and children, where we were serenaded by the chief Soul Doctor.
I couldn’t think of a more perfect blessing into my third season of Motherhood.