|Sacred Strokes – Bury the Soul
Deeply relaxing and comforting.
When you take Castle Building and Cocooning back to their roots you begin at Bury the Soul.
Bury the Soul is an old Native tradition, where the recipient is literally buried in stones and rocks. Under ceremony and with several people participating in the stone placement.
This Sacred Stroke offers grounding and balancing on a mental and emotional level, and rejuvenates the body through piezoelectric effect. The ceremony is often offered for grief, anger, domestic violence or addictions. It is a way to completely escape this world for a while and deeply reconnect with Mother Earth.
Traditionally you lie on your stomach outside, while sun warmed and water chilled stones are placed on you. A group of people offer the stones to the one lying on the ground, placing stones where they seem appropriate and right. It is a very intuitive process and just as often stones are placed around the person as they’re placed on the person.
Once the stones are placed and the recipient is fully supported, there are several things which can be done. Songs can be sung, drumming, rattle and flute are often used and the entire session becomes an honouring and a tribute to Mother Earth.
In a modern setting, you will often lie on a massage table, or on a cushioned floor. The stones are heated in warm water and chilled on ice. And you can be clothed or not as you prefer. Drumming and other instruments might be used during the session, as well as creating sounds by tapping the stones. Various rhythms resemble different animals and invite their energies and associations into the treatment. Smudging, energy work, tiny stones sprinkled over your body and replacement of the stones all participate to create a unique and intensive experience.
Traditionally people would rise up and shake of their stones when they felt themselves ready to leave the warm embrace of Mother Earth. On the massage table and especially when using a mix of basalt, marble and crystals the stones are peeled off the body a few at a time and placed on the floor in a Sacred Symbol.
Bury the Soul can be a very intense and empowering experience, and has very few contraindications. Make sure to let your practitioner know if you have sensitivity to temperature, sounds or a history of epileptic seizures. These are the major contraindications in Bury the Soul, and the session will be adjusted to take this into consideration.