Healing The House

February 26, 2009 at 7:31 pm (healing, Inspiration) (, , , )

house-blessing2Healing the House

There are rituals for just about everything – the birth of a child, graduation from school, initiation into adulthood, love commitment to a partner, christening of a sea-worthy vessel, swearing-in of a president, reaching the top of a mountain, a loved one’s transition to death, but what ritual do you perform when your house burns down?

When I was 10, my family went to Jerusalem for my brother’s Bar Mitzvah, and to visit my Uncle and his family. My brother’s ceremony took place at The Western wall. I remember seeing people placing little pieces of paper into the cracks of the wall. My mother told me they were putting prayers in the wall. That idea resonated with me then, and it still does now. I have always believed in the power of writing down intentions, so when it came to doing a ritual for the house, a clear idea emerged.

After removing dumpsters full of burned and melted debris, the remains of the house consisted of charred studs and floors where there still was a house at all.

The amazing construction team had to shore-up what remained in order to start framing out the new part of the house. As soon as it was safe to enter, we were in there with 2 of our nephews performing our “after the fire house ritual”.

We first thanked the house for sheltering us and our friends and family for so many years. We thanked it for providing a safe and nurturing place. We thanked it for providing a place for us to do our music and art. We thanked it for providing a place for rest and healing, joy, laughter, and tears. We thanked it for being a welcoming and sacred place for us. Then we got to work….

Each person was given some turquoise paint and a brush. Turquoise has always been a healing color for me. We went as a group from room to room speaking and painting our positive intentions on the beams and studs.

To know that those positive words live inside the walls of my house, is a constant reminder of what a miracle it is to get a second chance to rebuild your house and your life.

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2 Comments

  1. Diana Weiner said,

    Rache,

    Your and Henry’s lives and house have always been built on love. The ritual you and the boys performed among the charred ruins is symbolic of your essence- — “peace, love, life”— to quote just a few of the positive intentions which are forever embodied in your reconstructed home. What you did to memorialize and revitalize your life and home was wonderful. May you enjoy for many years to come.

    Love,

    Dad

  2. Diana Weiner said,

    Dearest Rachel,
    The house blessing ritual was just the beginning of you and Henry rebuilding your
    home and rebuilding your lives. You have taken in the positive spiritual aspects of many cultures. You have continued in your new home traditions of openess to your many friends and relatives, hospitality, learning, and above all LOVE.
    May you have many years of health, happiness, and beauty in your lovely new home.
    Love,
    Mom

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