On the New Moon of March 1st, 2014, ONE is starting a new series: Gratitude Circles. Prior to each New Moon, we will post the theme here. We invite you to join us, where ever you may be, to magnify the power and presence of our healing intent. If you would like some guidance on how to hold your gratitude circle, you may visit our Ceremony page to watch this video outlining some ingredients you may choose to include. It is by no means prescriptive. You are welcome to be as creative as you like. We would love to hear about your adventures - so leave us a comment here on the blog! For our first New Moon gratitude circle, we would like to engage all willing participants in ceremonies of gratitude for rainfall, and the shared intention of bringing the blessings of abundant rain to California and other draught-stricken places on the earth. We will join hands across the web of ONE on March 1st. If you can gather a small or large group for ceremony, great; if you are seemingly alone in your home, know that you are connected to other well-wishers and thanks-givers across the land. Light a candle, breathe, remember the blessings of rain, open your heart, and take it from there…
Here are two traditional prayers, excerpted from Earth Prayers (by Elizabeth Roberts and Elias Amidon San Fransisco, 1991):
Cover my earth mother four times with many flowers.
Let the heavens be covered with the banked-up clouds.
Let the earth be covered with fog, cover the earth with rains.
Great waters, rains, cover the earth. Lightning cover the earth.
Let thunder be heard over the earth, let thunder be heard;
Let thunder he heard over the six regions of the earth.
Waters, you are the ones who bring us the life force.
Help us to find nourishment so that we may look upon great joy.
Let us share in the most delicious sap that you have,
as if you were loving mothers.
Let us go straight to the house of the one for whom
your waters give us lifeand give us birth
For our well-being let the goddesses be an aid to us,
the waters be for us to drink.
Let them cause well-being and health to flow over us.
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