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Feb 3, 2021

"The grief and sense of loss, that we often interpret as a failure in our personality, is actually a feeling of emptiness where a beautiful and strange otherness should have been encountered." --Paul Shepherd

Francis Weller: Initiation, Trauma and Ritual

"For hundreds of thousands of years, human beings worked through trauma communally through ritual practices. Ritual was the re-regulating practice after trauma or a death. What happens when we abandon those forms? Again, another thread of what the soul yearns for is dropped. I've spent the last 20-plus years developing ritual practices for community around grief, around gratitude, around initiation, around reclaiming lost parts of our being, around renewing the world." In the following interview Francis Weller delves into the themes of his latest book, "In the Absence of the Ordinary: Essays in a Time of Uncertainty."

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What has supported you in your own times of grief? And is there anything you are grieving now? A part of our call in these times, according to Weller is, "to reimagine the presence of the sacred." Where do you experience that presence in your life?



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