We Rehearse Our Death, Because We Can
At Spiralheart Witchcamp, July 16-22, 2018 at Four Quarters Interfaith Sanctuary in Artemas, Pennsylvania, I had the honor of presenting Into the Cauldron: A Death Rehearsal as a camp path, along with my colleague Boneweaver.
We spent five days in the practice of unwinding our lives, living, as best we could, through our own dying, hoping to become more graceful in the face of our own deaths, more supportive of the process of others', a fearless and joyful presence in a world both bounded and made beautiful by mortality.
This is what I call Deathwork - a coming into more skillful relationship with the truth of mortality, our own and that of the things and beings that we love. It is a modern offering of very old rites that sought to remove the fear of death and empower the fullness of living. In the manner of the ancient mystery schools, and all true initiatory rites, this work is exactly what it claims to be. A rehearsal of our own deaths. We came prepared to die.
It was an incredible honor, and a highlight of my lifetime priestess work, to be a part of guiding this work into form, and guiding the brave, inaugural participants through it.
"Impermanence has already rendered everyone and everything around you so deeply holy and significant and worthy of your heartbreaking gratitude.
"Loss has already transfigured your life into an altar." -- Jeff Foster