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We offer this one-day workshop in service to Death. We will share with you how to assist in creating a sacred space for a peaceful and victorious Death using a variety of practices that encourage reconciliation to the dying and their loved ones. From the perspective of many traditions both contemporary and ancient this is a sacred rite of passage, a separation of the energy body from its physical form. The Death Rite is a sacred offering which compliments the end of life process. Death is the ultimate journey of liberation. When neural activity ceases and the brain shuts down, an extraordinary phenomenon occurs. A portal opens between dimensions enabling the dying person to enter the world of spirit. Death is one of life’s certainties but today few people prepare for it until it is staring them in the face. At which point it’s all to often easy to become overwhelmed by panic, grief and a lifetime of unfinished business.
It is asked that you do not charge a fee for the rite itself. This is in essence to maintain its integrity and provide an honourable exchange.
Topics covered in the workshop are:
- Creating Sacred Space
- Personal cleansing and preparation practices
- The Energy Body
- Exploration of Tools that may be used
- Spirit Flight – Symbolic Journey of Death
- The Great Spiral Death Rite
In Conclusion, Death is an Ally - In presenting this workshop, one of the key elements is the importance of developing a relationship with our own Death... Making Death an Ally! It is common for most people to feel the need to resolve any unfinished business in order to continue on their own personal journey. Then we are more able to form a connection and make death our ally. Death as an ally gives us a unique perspective of life, keeping our priorities straight and our life in balance.
Experiencing symbolic deaths versus a literal death whenever possible, allows growth to occur. Death comes to us throughout our lives in many guises in the form of loss, such as serious illness. In the Western world, we are constantly presented with distractions and this contributes to the loss the wisdom and the knowing of “how” to let something die with grace and beauty. We have lost the way to let go and make it impossible to rebirth a new job or a new relationship, a new physical body or a new life. When we experience a symbolic death, we are re-informed about what is important in life, motivating the changes necessary for a peaceful death in the end.
Without this wisdom we are unable to support others through the dying process. To simply read about it, is not enough. We must know the experience Death symbolically. This is so when we are privileged to witness another in the dying process, we then can call on death as an ally and not continue the fear associated with dying.
Liz – “Unique and well delivered in a practical, clear, respectful, safe and relaxed way. This course has left me feeling less afraid, more empowered and more able to surrender to the process of dying. Writing about my life as if I was going to die the next day captured the essence of the meaning of my life and facing the inevitability of my own death. Dharma and Halcian were so open hearted, clear and uncontrived in how they shared their passion in the workshop that it was easy to feel comfortable and inspired. The whole day seemed to unfold with a flow – no defined deadlines or fixed time frame – that I was aware of. It was well set up and organized before we arrived – I knew exactly what my role was, and I was made to feel very welcome and included. I loved it. Handouts were well presented and in a professional format. Space, lighting, temperature, equipment was all appropriate and supportive. Dharma and Halcian related well as a couple and shared humorous teasing between them in a manner that invited us in. Generous, enlightening and supportive, well explained, not dogmatic or preachy. Well worth it as it prepares you gently and safely to face your own death experientially by being wrapped in a shroud to receive the spiral death rite and how to facilitate the exit of the spirit from the body. I feel initiated as a death doula and more confident with death and how to facilitate the exit of the spirit from the body using the Death Rite Ritual.”
Cherri – “I was honoured to participate in this workshop earlier this year and can thoroughly recommend it. To prepare us for this special day we were invited to follow guidelines of contemplation and self-care which stood me well to be fully present and receptive. Dharma and Halcian guided us with gentle humility, love and skill through a day of absolute reverence. At the end of the day I left feeling empowered to hold space with beauty, integrity and, importantly, my own individuality. I am so very proud to include the delivery of this sacred rite as part of my offering as a death doula, and hope that when my time comes I will have the gift of receiving this.”
Sohalia – "The Death Rites workshop with Halcian and Dharma was a comprehensive, transformative and a deeply meaningful day. Before the workshop began we were invited to start the journey bringing presence, consciousness and awareness to our mortality. This was through daily contemplation of my own energy levels, recommended dietary guidance and maintaining good hydration. Most significant was creating a short testimonial which has become essentially my current eulogy [should l die unexpectedly sooner than l anticipate]. We were also encouraged to bring and identify objects that held sacred meaning to us. This was a profound experience that led beautifully into the workshop. The workshop only deepened the experience and was accompanied by a wonderful resource booklet. There were personal practices we experienced in the workshop that were simple and powerful. Halcian and Dharma co-create with ease. They embody sacred intent and skilled knowledge whilst offering a relaxed atmosphere conducive to learning. This was also balanced by the right amount of gentle humour when needed to keep us uplifted and energised for the topic at hand. It was a beautifully balanced and choregraphed day as each participant had the opportunity to experience lying in one of Halcian’s beautifully handcrafted shrouds and feel the energy body safely being separated and gently lifted above the body and returned. The Death Rites ceremony was taught with skill and humble reverence. This underlined the magnitude of such an act of love, to ensure the complete release of the soul from the physical body. An act that if nothing else creates a sense of release, relief and surrender for the loved ones as it has done [in various forms] throughout history, traversing many faiths and cultures. I felt supported as l was guided by the expert and tender hands of Halcian and Dharma. At the completion of the workshop l felt sufficiently skilled to offer this Rite in my practice as a death Doula."
Elaine – "This type of workshop was totally new to me and I learnt so much, not only about death rites but also about myself. Halcian and Dharma the facilitators, gently guiding us through the process before during and after, a truly amazing experience"
Vicki – "As an active member of The Perth Deathcare Collective I was privileged to be one of a small group of 6 to be initiated into the Great Spiral Death Rite facilitated by Halcian McGregor and Dharma McDonald. Although I have been a student of Shamanic practice for the past 16 years, I had not experienced teachings at this level of understanding. It has broadened my confidence and abilities to be of service when called upon to be part of a vigil for someone who is dying, and when my turn comes, I would hope to be blessed by having these two great Souls in attendance."
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