Wedding Vessel

What could be a more fitting symbol for a marriage than this? The belly is our shared life experience. The two spouts - our unique approaches, the naked surface, our new canvas. In some traditional Indigenous American and Mexican wedding ceremonies the vessel is used in the marriage rite. The “Novios” pass the vessel back and forth until each has sipped from both spouts. How fitting a metaphor for learning to see from the perspective of our mate! The vessel becomes a remembrance of the vows that were taken and the new container we have created together. These vessels are all one of a kind, made from white stoneware on a potter’s wheel, and assembled by hand.  The surfaces are smoothed and unglazed. This naked surface is also a metaphor. To become truly present and awake we must strip ourselves bare of our past and our agenda. “Sacred Union” gives us a chance to let go of our pre-conceived ideas of who we are. We come to one another as children – innocent and open. Together, we paint a life upon this blank surface. In our surrender to living from LOVE we discover who we really are – beyond our self-image, opinions or stories.

 

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Kind Words

"I am sharing thoughts of Sarena's wedding. Your energy and emotional presence supported the love and commitment of my daughter and son-in-law's exchange of vows and expression of their love. There can be no limit to emphasizing the importance of the energy, sensitivity, capacity for love and empathy of the individual that holds the space and speaks the thoughts of the bride and groom. A wedding is a sacred ritual that has the potential to open the hearts and minds of all those present. Sarena and Sean's wedding was the realization of the great potential of a gathering in the name of love. Thank you Nansee for the beauty of your words and the purity of your emotional presence."
– Patricia Breed