CloudCatcher 2018 – Living Ritual – Day 3

Creativity is destructive.

What makes a good ritual? Like a good story, a good ritual needs to have something that matters at its core. That’s the wisdom imparted on us today by our teachers. Day 3 builds on our work on ritual dynamics, focusing on storytelling and rhythm. It is also more practical, with a lot of the processes not sparking much need for reflection.

Tension and release are tools used in storytelling, and we learn this same technique can be used in ritual, by focusing and exploring areas that made us feel uneasy. This is the tension, Moving through those uncomfortable areas serve as a release.

We moved into an energy raising process, using dance to tell our stories, First we dance by ourselves, then with a partner. Then with a group of four, a group of 8, half the path and the whole path. Each dance tells a different story and feels different. My first dance makes me feel free and authentic. When I pair with a partner, I find our movements tie in together. As a group of four, we change our moves again to compliment the other dancers. I feel the energy change each time we add more people to our group.

After we raise a cone of power, we discuss different rhythms and learn different ones for each element. Air is reminiscent of a waltz, using three beats. Fire is quicker again. Water is a continuous woosher woosher woosher and earth is like a heart beat.

One of the key things I’m taking away from today’s path is that creativity is destructive. At its core, art – in whatever medium – is messy. There are drafts, first attempts, second attempts, third, fourth and fifth attempts, mistakes, screw ups and learning curves. But each part of this helps polish the final process. As late, great painter Bob Ross once said, there is no right or wrong, as long as you’re having fun. And the same holds true for ritual.