Synopses & Reviews
Rituals mark life'¬?s momentous and symbolic events: from special birthdays and holidays to personal affairs such as a child'¬?s first day of school or the death of a beloved pet. Over time, and as people and circumstances change, some rituals become merely habitual, losing their significance and creating a hunger for more meaningful methods of celebration. In THE ART OF RITUAL, Renee Beck and Sydney Barbara Metrick explain the power, relevance, and need for ritual, describing the various types of rituals and their myths, symbols, and history, as well as how to:Prepare, perform, and complete rituals.Integrate the five elements into ritual practice.Craft and consecrate ritual tools.Make and use altars.This revised and updated edition also includes a new healing ritual for small groups and a series of self-exploration exercises that assist with the integration of ritual into daily life. Presenting a multitude of ways to create ceremonies for healing, growth, and change, Beck and Metrick will inspire you to honor each rite of passage in a truly personal way.A guide to creating rituals, vows, and affirmations to celebrate important events, promote healing and growth, or affect change.Includes guidelines for creating personal, family, or group rituals as well as advice for crafting and consecrating tools, making an altar, and using the five elements to balance your rites.
About the Author
SYDNEY BARBARA METRICK is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with a Ph.D. in expressive arts therapy. She is the author of I DO and CROSSING THE BRIDGE, and co-author of Art from Ashes. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
RENEE BECK is co-director at the Contra Costa Alternative School and a licensed marriage, family, and child therapist with masters degrees in transpersonal counseling and clinical psychology. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.