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PLANT SPIRIT MEDICINE SPOTLIGHT: HERBAL INSECT REPELLENT

Mimi Young

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It's camping season. I just returned from a beautiful time away camping in the Cuyamaca Mountains, and though the creeping, crawling, and flying critters offer medicine of their own by asking me to pay attention, my preference is to be able to pay attention to other things by not having to constantly swat at them and itch my skin. For this reason, here's a remedy that I have found to be effective, without needing DEET formulations. I also list energetics of certain plant beings.

Create a formulation of 98 ml of witchhazel to total of 45 drops of essential oil (of any combo):⁣⁣⁣

• Yarrow - long used for its energetics of setting boundaries and restoring balance (particularly of Yin and Yang energies)⁣⁣⁣ 

• Clove - in TCM, Clove has long been relied on for a variety of ailments, including digestive and immune support. It has also been associated with protection and armouring.

• Tea Tree

• Rosemary - associated within earth-based magickal practises for protection purposes as well as cutting through distraction. This also includes protecting one's mind from false memories or forgotten memories. Outside of the esoteric, science understands that Rosemary contains a compound called 1,8-cineole, which has been shown increases alertness and enhances long term memory by 60-75% compared with people who had not been exposed to the oil. I find Rosemary an immensely helpful ally when I want to be able to enjoy the outdoors, remain focused (via its repellent ability), and being able to retain the gift of the experience via my memory later on.

• Patchouli - the plant that governs change, I use the plant when I want to shape shift, including my tendency to be magnetic to mosquitos.

• Basil - can also be applied in 10% dilution (with carrier) to bites, as Basil is anti-venomous. I have found Basil to offer effective relief to wasp stings

• Citronella

• Lemongrass (Do not exceed 4 drops, as beyond this it could irritate your skin

When blending, hold the intention of respecting insects while holding your own boundaries.

Happy time outdoors,

Mimi Young
founder, shamanic medicine teacher + ritualist

If you enjoyed this post, and would like more, please feel free to share with your friends. I also welcome you to follow Ceremonie on Instagram or the email list! My neurofeedback work can be found via Open Minds Performance, also on IG.

Image: I took this photo when I was attending a Motherpeace Tarot retreat in Descanso, California, with one of my teachers, Vicki Noble.

RESPONSIBLE MANIFESTATION

Mimi Young

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For the last two months, I've been probing the shadow side of the spiritual notion called the 'Manifestation Principle', and the potentially dangerous misuses of the Law of Attraction, particularly by leaders, healers, and teachers in the wellness and spiritual community. (For those who are just joining this discussion, feel free to read April's story HERE and May's story HERE).

I closed last month's newsletter with the question of what does the term 'manifesting' mean to me and what does it look like in my own practice, since I offer an Aura Mist product that is called Transcendental Meditation Mist, set to the frequency of Manifestation. I'd like to use this month's newsletter / blog post to share.

When a practitioner of earth magick and shamanic healing performs their craft, the first commitment is to harm none. The second is to see oneself as part of a greater, vaster expression of Life, some of which are Seen and others Unseen. The practitioner honours both these Seen and Unseen dimensions, and humbly accepts that she cannot possibly be aware of, see, or understand it all. She knows that this Mystery is what makes magick magickal. For this reason, when she sets off to connect with spirits, to do divinatory or healing work, or casts spells (energized intentions done in a traditional or ritualized container), she firstly acknowledges the process and outcome are collaborative, and that she cannot take full credit for the positive or healing that transpires. Put it another way, she knows she cannot succeed alone.

For me, I call in my loving ancestors (named and unnamed), plant spirits and animal spirit allies, the directions and elements, the stars and planetary bodies, archetypes, and sometimes other specific entities when I engage in rituals. I have cheekily called these rituals 'staff meetings'. But in all seriousness, that would actually be incorrect. It's more like me approaching my board of directors. I seek their wisdom, their counsel, their blessing - not the other way around.

We may work together to bring clarity around a certain wound in a client or a situation, and discover ways to restore harmony. We may call for a blessed door to open. We may ask for protection, provision, and prosperity. But whatever we do, it's done in the spirit of the commitment of harming none and always in the context of teamwork.

Which brings me to the idea of the manifestation principle. What's problematic about this spiritual idea is that some use it as a decoy to flex their muscles (delusions of grandeur) or as a disguise to judge or exploit others of lesser means or lesser privilege. This violates both commitments of magick practice.

So what exactly is the Aura Mist formulation I've named Transcendental Meditation Aura Mist, set to the frequency of Manifestation? It's designed to be a tool a committed seeker or practitioner uses to assist with inner clarity. The plant medicines of Lemon and Peppermint offer this wisdom (and yes, all plants offer medicine, not only exotic ones from far away places - stay tuned - I'll be discussing this in another newsletter / blog post). The Aura Mist is designed to promote a sense of bewildered awe of the Great Mystery and consequently a sense of compassion that radiates from the inside out. Frankincense has been used for centuries to support this. Recent studies indicate that Frankincense has a profound effect on Gamma brain waves, the brain waves associated with big picture thinking, compassion, and bliss - what is conventionally accessed via longterm meditation can be accelerated via this plant medicine. The Aura Mist contains Palo Santo, which is the 'networking' or 'social' wood. The smallest drop of mist or smoke has the ability to hail spirits.

Considering the aforementioned, the synergy is designed to provide the necessary conditions and ingredients to participate in the collaborative process of manifesting. The more I work in and with the Great Mystery, the more I realize how little I truly know, and whether I know anything at all. This waking, consensual reality is undeniably a brief and limited taste of something inexplicable and limitless.

As much as we each need to take radical responsibility for the choices and the stories we live out on a daily basis, part of the responsibility is also to realize that we are merely co-creatrixes/co-creators, and not all knowing, absolute beings that can objectively say we have "manifested" our [insert desirable thing / experience / outcome]. This is not to diminish the commitment, the grit, and the long hours of dedication to our goals, but is simply a reminder that if we are using any spiritual principle for self-deceit or misrepresentation, then it would be wise revisit the Golden Rule.


Lastly, thank you for reading and for being part of this space.

Yours,

Mimi Young
founder, shamanic medicine teacher + ritualist

This article was first published on my monthly newsletter. If you enjoyed this post, and would like more, please feel free to share with your friends. I also welcome you to follow Ceremonie on Instagram or the email list! My neurofeedback work can be found via Open Minds Performance, also on IG.

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THE SPIRITUAL PRINCIPLE THAT MOST PEOPLE NEVER QUESTION – BUT SHOULD

Mimi Young

Perhaps the most used word that ‘woke’ people use these days – whether they are in spiritual circles, wellness circles, or even personal development / business coaching circles – ‘manifesting’ is the ubiquitous buzz word and ever the dangling carrot for many.

Manifesting as a principle is not new, though has become more mainstream in recent years. Individual healers, coaches, teachers share some subtle differences in how the principle works, but pared down, manifestation is where your sense of personal value, feeling, thoughts, or general energy can create your reality. It is not unlike the Law of Attraction or even some tenets of positive psychology, but these days, the talk of manifesting has taken centre stage in mass consciousness.

I want to continue this conversation from April’s newsletter, and wanted to include two paragraphs from it for some context:

Many of us have had issues with security (financial), many of us are actively working on cultivating an abundance mindset. If you were to scroll through all the offerings on social media and general digital media, you will notice that most leaders are focusing on the topic of manifesting. It may seem like a new-age term, but it is not too different from the business coaches and self-development programs from the 80s and 90s. It sounds dated one when sells their program as 'how to make millions', 'how to retire by 45', so now it's called, 'how to manifest your dreams', 'be magnetic and attract the life you want', 'become an influencer and travel', and so forth.

Many of these offerings are looking to the law of attraction and self worth as a basis for drawing luck, money, and abundance. To a point, I agree with that. But to another point, I completely don't. It is problematic when someone says that we have attracted poverty, struggle, health issues, disadvantage, or anything else undesirable as a blanket statement, because it does not address the systemic issues of many socio-economic, political, cultural and other factors that have contributed to these situations. It also rids a community's social responsibility and shifts all ownership on the individual.

And from here, I’d like to elaborate and provoke your own relationship with the manifestation principle:

It’s easy for someone who is wealthy, successful, healthy, and generally in a position of advantage to take credit for their privilege by saying they attracted those desirable things. Suppose an immature, superficial person of privilege wants to flex their muscles. If they did it in an obvious way, it would be called out as cocky/distasteful. But if they used some spiritual lingo as they shared how they “manifested” their external markers of privilege, then they are called a spiritual badass boss. All this reveals is how culture prefers false modesty over overt bragging, and how we have stretched a basic principle that can be applied sometimes to explain certain outcomes — we have added sophistication and extremities— to hide the bragging, snobbery and made it fashionably concealed.

Folks, be discerning. Just because someone has a lot of followers does not mean what they are saying is truthful and helpful for you. There are people who call themselves coaches, healers, teachers of energy healing or the quantum, who say you aren’t as rich, healthy, or successful as you’d like to because you lack self worth (even if only at a subconscious level). And it’s all your doing because only YOU (without acknowledging systemic or cultural or socio-political factors) are stopping yourself from getting what you want, even though you don’t know how to get there. (But, conveniently, their coaching program or modules or whatever else will… Be wary of these figures. They will continue to tell you there is something wrong with you so that you continue to purchase their manifestation program, training, membership, etc). And to treat healers, gurus, teachers, coaches and the like as the gatekeepers of your well-being and happiness is an archaic idea that guards the status quo of dominant social norms and protects people of privilege.

If one can feel, fake-til-one-makes-it, or raise one’s vibration to match the frequency of peace, health, stability, safety, and other fundamental human rights, then tell that to an orphan in a war torn region. Tell that to a child sex slave. Tell that to a child struggling for life at BC Children’s Hospital or their parents. Tell that to any child who has been bullied, marginalized, ignored, neglected. I cannot imagine anyone having higher vibrations than children – so tell me, where is the manifestation principle now?

As many times the manifestation theory can be applied to explain desirable outcomes, it can also be refuted that many times. When people take credit for their successes in such a way where they are not considering and acknowledging a number of factors that may have contributed to their said success outside of their own control, it can be more of a confirmation bias than the law of attraction. It’s dangerous correlating the wrong things.

All that consists to make life or the Universe is vast, complex, and nuanced. To use a principle to explain why you have what you have or why you don't have what you don't have is suggesting that the Great Mystery can be explained in a linear, cause-and -effect way. We have come to assume that successes and failures are "manifested" acts for which an individual is responsible. Likewise, the manifestation principle becomes problematic when we use it as a measure to form opinions or judge others, such as "you must be 'bad' or of 'low self worth' since you have attracted any given shitty situation".

Equally dangerous is when we combine the manifestation principle with other spiritual ideas, such as past lives, to avoid our responsibility to confront social injustices. I am not denouncing past life work - patterns can be identified from past/parallel lives that can present healing in this life, but it's important to examine agendas. To blame the undesirable that one is supposedly "manifesting" because of a past life rather than confronting classicism, oppression, and injustices TODAY in this present life, is spiritual bypassing.

It is also dangerous because then one can abuse the manifestation principle and use it to say something monstrous, such as saying the Holocaust obviously wasn’t that disgusting, horrible, and traumatic for multiple generations because look at Viktor Frankl— he not only lived but also became a bestselling author...

Are those that you are following perpetuating inequality? Are they reinforcing, using spirituality and the manifestation principle, as a framework for exploitation or to avoid their own responsibility? I am also always very curious about these same spiritual teachers who claim to hold the manifesting keys to our happiness and vitality. Where is the evidence of them sharing their manifesting powers to 'up level' others? To bring healing? To root for the underdog?

I have yet to meet someone who is disadvantaged or has experienced trauma say they have attracted it. In many ways, manifestation, if one is not careful, can become a harmful weapon used by privileged people to shame others and justify their arrogance. In short, abusing the manifestation principle is spiritual rape culture.

I have focused my energy in this article on the dark side of the manifestation principle and what happens when it is misued. You may be asking how I relate to the force of manifesting and why I even have an aura mist that is set to its frequency. More on that in next month's newsletter. :)

Lastly, if this piece has been of value to you, please share it with your friends.

Yours,

Mimi Young
founder, shamanic medicine teacher + ritualist

This article was first published on my monthly newsletter. If you enjoyed this post, and would like more, please feel free to share with your friends. I also welcome you to follow Ceremonie on Instagram or the email list! My neurofeedback work can be found via Open Minds Performance, also on IG.

Image credit: Iulia Agnew for Ceremonie

PLANT SPIRIT MEDICINE SPOTLIGHT: PATCHOULI

Mimi Young

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If you’ve experienced quality patchouli essential oil, you’d know it’s a different animal compared to what’s commonly sold. The cheap Patchouli is clear, lacks body, and has a musk that is crude and loud. The note offers no subtlety or modulation, like an one note instrument or a speaker without volume control.⁣

Quality patchouli, distilled with expertise, has aged for a min of two years, developed viscosity, and a caramelly orange hue. This type of patchouli is the real deal and can be likened to fine wine — nuanced, sophisticated, and sweetly musky in the wildest, sexiest expression - not at all like the undeserved reputation of the “dirty hippie” patchouli. ⁣

Patchouli is associated with change. Once, as I was organizing the contents of oils in a new shipment, I knocked over a large quantity of Patchouli. The bottle shattered and my studio smelled magnificent, but I was also heartbroken that the contents could no longer be used for production. I recalled the story to my supplier while I placed a new order, and he, also a mystic plant medicine healer, reassured me that big changes were coming and loss incurred from the spillage would be thrice reimbursed. He was right. And I did not wait long for the currents of change and prosperity to arrive.⁣

Patchouli moves quickly, but in a way that helps you stay in your body and remain in tune. My sense is because they (Patchouli is non-binary!!) are so connected to the Earth and to truth telling that when you have Patchouli in your aura, it is virtually impossible to deceive yourself!⁣

I wear it as a single note and sometimes in synergies (blends). One of my fave blends is with Vetiver and Sandalwood — as found in Ceremonie’s GOOD VIBES ELIXIR in TERRAIN. It is a temple in a bottle — I instantly feel present and reverent when I wear it as a body oil.⁣

On June 4, I’ll be offering a LIVE ONLINE CEREMONIE STUDY CIRCLE — ESSENTIALS OF ESSENTIAL OILS. We’ll delve into ethical and authentic sourcing, blending basics, and ways to use oils in your consciousness and magick practice. If you can’t join live, a replay recording will be sent to you. $25. Details HERE.

Yours,

Mimi Young
founder, shamanic medicine teacher + ritualist

This post was first published on Ceremonie’s Instagram


Image credit: Iulia Agnew for Ceremonie

THE DIVINE FEMININE AS A 'TREND'

Mimi Young

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We can all agree that patriarchy wants to silence, control, and exploit the Divine Feminine, but how about examining healing and the Divine Feminine as a “trend”?

When we dress or adorn ourself or our physical spaces in a certain ‘Priestess’ aesthetic are we attempting to silence and control, or exploit Her?

When we use spiritual platitudes or abuse words such as “manifest” are we attempting to silence, control, or exploit Her?

When we approach spiritual experiences more as a bucket list, are we attempting to silence, control, or exploit Her?

The truth is the Dark Goddess who is the essence of the Divine Feminine does not exist to make anyone look attractive, spiritual, or popular (on IG or otherwise), nor comfortable for that matter. She is not our fashion accessory. She is not our toy. She is not our sidekick. She is not our executive assistant. She naturally brings disruption, rewilding, and transformation because this is where true healing, magick, and freedom comes from. She expects brutal honesty and authenticity with Her and yourself. She is not interested in appearances and homogeny. ather, She asks Her devotees for sincerity, reverence and commitment.

Yours,

Mimi Young
founder, shamanic medicine teacher + ritualist

This post was first published on Ceremonie’s Instagram


Image credit: Iulia Agnew for Ceremonie

A LITTLE ABOUT ME...

Mimi Young

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My name is Mimi Young, and I am the owner of Ceremonie and a spirit medicine practitioner. I smell things. People's auras, spirits, messages, warnings, omens, and things I am still not totally clear on. The term to describe this is called clairolfaction. (If you hang around with me long enough, you may find that I sometimes ask those in the room with me if they smell something in particular. I ask this because sometimes it’s unclear to me whether the scent I pick up is actually a physical aroma that belongs to the environment - say smelling coffee at a coffeeshop, or not, say smelling a distinct tree that is tied to specific spirit or ancestor that no one else in the room will perceive). My experiences in shamanic journeying didn’t start until I was well into adulthood while on bedrest while pregnant with my second child. (More on that HERE).

Being a Taiwanese-born Canadian, I grew up with a blended world view of East and West, Old and New, supernatural and natural. This is why my medicine work includes multiple modalities and spiritual practices, including core shamanism, plant spirit medicine, botanical healing, and Chinese divination. I have had an alinear life path that includes careers in graphic design and branding, handcrafted soft goods, literacy and numeracy education for children pre K through to high school, and most recently, as a neurofeedback practitioner to support personal optimization.

There is a common thread here, however. I have always been drawn to healing via learning and appreciating beauty. Whether I am designing wares, am leading a workshop, supplementing a child's education, or helping a client harness their neuroplasticity so they can unblock and access their full potential, the root of it all is through learning and embracing beauty that is all around us and in us. I am passionate about helping others see their own potential to accomplish what they desire. I feel very fortunate to be able to bring in many different languages and disciplines to make this possible.

Other things about me: apart from the work I do above, I am a mother of two beautiful beings who are my greatest teachers. I am also a lover of tea, cooking (and eating), electronic music, and old things with a story behind them. I live with my partner and boys in a historic fishing village called Steveston, about an hour outside of downtown Vancouver.

On a given day, you may find me writing curriculum for an upcoming course or leading an event, at a client's office blessing and cleansing their space, embarking on a shamanic journey on behalf of a client, fulfilling shamanic skin and aura care orders, offering neurofeedback sessions, but also a variety of less romanticized, but equally important activities -- driving my boys to their after school activities, bookkeeping and doing taxes, doing laundry and matching up socks, fiddling with something around the home that needs repairing, picking up essentials, hosting playdates for the boys and other kids in the neighbourhood, chatting with my partner about our weekly 'operations'. I check my smart phone calendar as well as my astrological calender. Call my human friends as well as call on my spirit allies. Clean the house with vinegar and baking soda, as well as frankincense and sage. I'm sharing all this because living a conscious / spiritual life (whatever you want to call it), is rooted in mundane while remaining in awe of it. Paying bills and mopping floors is as much valuable as peak experiences. One does not need to go anywhere to find beauty and love. The TWO most powerful ingredients in any spell or ritual is LOVE and GRATITUDE.

I am also active in my own growth and expansion. These past several months, I have found immense potency in dream analysis and shadow work, as well as my continual love for plant spirit medicine.

Thank you for reading and being here. I hope to serve you and continue to serve you.

Yours,

Mimi Young
founder, shamanic medicine teacher + ritualist


If you enjoyed this post, and would like more, please feel free to share with your friends. I also welcome you to follow Ceremonie on
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Image credit: Iulia Agnew for Ceremonie

WHAT IS A HOME?

Mimi Young

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What is a HOME?

Well, I would say it’s not about the walls, the square footage, the furniture, the styling, the neighbourhood, the property value.

A home is about the warmth that is found there. Home is acceptance. And nourishment. And affection. And a place of allowing. Home is where you can create beautiful memories in solitude and with others. A place where you can let yourself completely fall apart because there are loving arms to catch you. Home is also where a celebration is held for you because you’re you. A home is a place where you can manifest the expansion of your heart by making space for others. HOME is heart.

What is a RIDE?

Well, I would say it’s not about the shine, the engine, the make, the look, the year, how it inflates delusions of grandeur. It’s not a vehicle (pun intended) for us to constantly demand our right of way.

It’s more of a portal that takes you from one place to another — some practical, some dreamy. Via this portal, you can be taken back to a melody from long ago and sing along, a portal where you can offer to run a much-needed errand for someone, or for a group of souls to get somewhere together. It’s also a reminder of what process is — the time spent in a ride is very rarely spent AT the destination, rather, it’s spent EN ROUTE to the destination. It’s a call to living mindfully and with appreciation. RIDES are portals.

What is a BAG?

No, it’s not a status or style symbol, or merely a utilitarian vessel to carry belongings where you go. (Even when we support conscious businesses, we can fall into the trap into believing that consciousness and spirituality have a certain aesthetic, or we use this false metric to assess others).

It’s an extension of what you consider important and how you carry these in your energy field. But how long have we carried bags that hold things we no longer need or find of value? Those wrappers, faded receipts, pens that don’t work, random business cards you have no intention of calling? Why do we carry and carry and carry and carry and carry what no longer serves us? BAGS are auras.

What are SHOES?

They are not defined by fashion trends or retailer of choice.

Rather, what did you do and what parts unknown did you venture in them? Did you practise the Golden Rule as you wore these shoes? How has putting yourself in others’ shoes brought reconciliation and unity? When was the last time you walked the extra mile? SHOES are choices.

Our Home, our Ride, our Bag, our Shoes can be unexamined expressions of the illusions this life seduces us with. Or they can be invitations to liberation, meaning, and magic. They can be a set of tools we powerfully wield with intention, with kindness, and with love. How are you using your heart, your portals, your aura, your choices?

Yours,

Mimi Young
founder, shamanic medicine teacher + ritualist


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2018 to 2019: Ring Out The Old, Ring In The New

Mimi Young

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Empty glasses are scattered around, evidence of the mirth in our home these past few days. Messes were made; every pan, wooden spoon, and bowl in the kitchen was used. Today, with strong tea, was a cozy day in, the kids out to play since Vancouver is having a mild winter so far, and the adults at home (my partner and I), are transforming leftovers into soup, lazily reading new books, and leisurely packing for some days away in the woods, with the laundry machine's hum as a playlist of sorts.

Being the ritualist that I am, I am also considering how to bring in 2019. Which elements to weave in? Which spirit allies to name and invite? How to write my intentions, held carefully on sacred paper? This can't fully happen until I tune in and contemplate about 2018. 

2018, for me, was marked by a bursting heart and outrageous manifesting. A year full of surprises - terrifying, joyous, fulfilling. It was the year where I said goodbye to my day job, and leapt into the unknown. The year, if I were to define it as the Earth Dog year (not to truly end until the beginning of February to welcome in the year of Earth Pig, or Earth Boar, as some call it), was also defined by an increase of self-attunement, to self-dote and offer tenderness, clarity and breakthroughs, and even some luck. I felt held and seen, and I also had the immense privilege to hold and see others. As a recovering perfectionist, I learned to let go, let be, and let flow. Life is so much better without the strive towards perfection; rather, it’s an openness towards wholeness. Through embracing the whole human of myself, I released impoverished mindsets. In 2018, I danced til dawn to the Full Moon on a number of occasions, made time for what really mattered and continues to matter. And of course, the 'what' that matters are actually 'who's. I softened, and in the areas that were hardened, I discovered that the hardness was pain that turned to gold. 2018 was a remarkable realization of just how much I had outgrown 2017.

And while all the aforementioned centred around me (I can only speak from my perspective, after all), 2018's glory must be credited to people. Right people, right heart-place, right time. People who defy the coldness and the vacancy of unexamined, narcissistic, half-asleep lives. People who understand the value of a 5 minute long hug, who listen rather than who are impatiently waiting to speak, people who lovingly challenge because they believe and refuse to let fear make the final call, people who spread hurt-so-good laughter, people who invited and included, people who smile with every living cell, people who live what they say. Some were family or friends, many were clients, others strangers.

Ceremonie turned 3 a few days ago, on Boxing Day. As she enters into this year of being three, I am reminded of the Empress archetype in Tarot. Her corresponding number within the Major Arcana is three. Combining the fertile, nurturing Empress' energy with the warm, prosperous Earth Pig, I'd like to share my intentions for 2019. I am sharing because my life and my one-woman-company isn't just about me. Ceremonie is about CONNECTIONS - people, spirits, and the mystery of ALL THAT IS. This is why I am here. 

Here goes…

May the year 2019 be salt-of-the-earth good. 

May we be real, and experience authenticity's freedom. 

May luck be waiting for us, and follow us, too.

May the year come with a few happy surprises.

May we learn to be children again.

May we mother and father ourselves in the ways our hearts ache for.

May we honour the Divine Feminine in ALL and also nourish the Divine Masculine in ALL. He is needing Her love. We are needing Their love.

May we ride the beautiful, wild waves of flow.

May we be free to make mistakes - not ones of devastation, but worthwhile mistakes, so we learn and grow.

May we have all that we need, and have some extra to share. Even though abundance mindset says we can have our cake and eat it, too, it's far more meaningful to have our cake, and to share it. A bite of sweetness is more pleasurable than a plateful, when shared with people who ARE the sweetness of life.

May we not get sucked up into social media seduction. Conscious living cannot be defined by popularity, by pretty packages and pretty feeds, by the poetic words, by things and more things, or trips and more trips. May we commit to see and resist illusions. Illusions fuck with our heads and mute our hearts.

May we have the strength to say NO and YES, and the wisdom to know when to say what.

May we know our personal worth — unchangeable and eternal.

May we check ourselves; because there is a BIG difference between deserving and entitlement.

May we meet challenges with courage. And when we don’t understand, lean in with curiosity.

May we not make any more excuses. Let's be radically accountable.

May we attend to our gut's biodiversity AND our communities' diversity. Our health depends on both.

May the loving spirits guides and our ancestors hold us and lead the way. May we honour them and make them proud.

May we make new friends and extend our family.

If you follow this feed, and we haven't yet met in person, I hope we do that in 2019. Better yet - not hope - I look forward to meeting/serving you in 2019. I can’t wait to expand the Universe together.


Ready for 2019.

Yours,

Mimi Young
founder, shamanic medicine teacher + ritualist


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SKIN FOOD: CHICKEN SOUP WITH TRADITIONAL CHINESE HERBS

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People often ask me what I do for my skin, and I’ll be doing a deep dive on how I approach skin at my upcoming workshop, SACRED SKIN + CYCLES, at The Well on Bowen Island on Wednesday, November 21. There, I’ll share:

  • Practical skin science

  • What your skin truly needs through Traditional Chinese Medicine face mapping

  • How to nourish your skin with plant medicine

  • Form practical beauty rituals

  • How to harness the Moon’s cycles to support your skin

  • We will end with a powerful, group shamanic journey


I’ll also be sharing a list of my favourite, most effective skin foods that promote elasticity, clarity, moisture, and radiance. Until then, below is a recipe to my skin food ‘secret’: Taiwanese-style herbal chicken soup. It provides necessary nutrients, but also considers core TCM elements that look beyond the physiology of the skin and into the spirit. Everyone in my household drinks at least a bowl (often more) a day, regardless of time of the year. I may adjust the herbs, but the recipe below is an evergreen one. It functions as a stand alone or a versatile base, such as adding some cooked noodles or veggies to a bowl of the soup.

TAIWANESE-STYLE CHICKEN SOUP WITH TRADITIONAL CHINESE HERBS

  • 1 whole organic raw chicken

  • 2 small pieces of raw pork (such as the kind you use for fast fry pork chops)

  • 1/4 cup mirin (Asian cooking wine)

  • 1 Chinese honey date or 2 Chinese red dates

  • 1/4 cup Asian almonds

  • 1 slice of ginger

  • 1 clove of garlic

  • 3-4 dried anchovies (the soup will not taste fishy; the umami and depth it offers is incredible!)

  • 1 tsp of chaga powder (chaga can add bitterness; use sparingly)

  • 1-2 slices of reishi mushroom (also use sparingly)

  • 4 slices of dried astralagus

  • 1 piece of snow fungus

  • Optional: 1 tbsp of dried goji berries

  • Roughly 3+ L of alkaline water

Add all ingredients in a soup pot (clay or cast iron pots make the most delicious soups!) and bring to boil. Sieve out the froth and excess oil as it comes to the top. Turn heat to somewhere between high low or low medium for about 3 hours, keeping the lid on pot for as much as possible so as to not allow the soup to evaporate. (If you need to add a bit of water partway through, do so). Turn off heat and allow the residual heat to continue cooking the soup for another 2 hours. Add sea salt to taste.

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Happy cooking (& sipping)!!

Mimi Young
founder, shamanic medicine teacher + ritualist

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Disclaimer: Mimi Young is not a medical doctor. Please consult your medical professional if you have any specific health needs.

CEREMONIE'S CONSECRATED PAPER

Mimi Young

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When I write intentions to be used in ritual or spellwork, I craft them on paper that has been especially designed to support the work. I hold the belief that the paper itself is the sacred container for these intents, and to honour these intentions, the very words’ environment should be held with respect, beauty, and reverence. While early Taoist (Daoist) sorceresses wrote their sigils (an inscribed symbol that contains meaning and power) on rice paper and through ritual, ingested the papers containing these sigils, I follow certain aspects of this ancient Chinese tradition of my ancestors of long, long ago.

The notable parts for me are to:

  • write with intention, choosing my words carefully

  • when applicable, include any symbol or sigil to heighten the energy

  • choose special paper that is consecrated and dedicated to contain these intentions

  • when choosing the paper, to consider the ornaments/decorative elements of the paper, as well as the significance of colour

When I began taking my craft seriously, I searched far and wide for the right type of paper that held that space, and I simply couldn’t find it. I was looking for a specific energy, and even though beautiful paper abounds, none of them felt right. Simultaneously, I was also considering how to package my Ceremonie Skin + Aura care products with the same degree of respect and honour for its contents and in turn, for the people who would be using them in their own daily ritual and practice. Since I formulate, produce, and package each and every jar to order by hand, it was paramount to me that the paper that held it all together was approached with meticulous care, integrity, and purposefulness.

Having an undergrad in graphic design, I decided to create my own. It would be used for Ceremonie products as well as ritual work. I approached Hemlock Printers, a local family-owned boutique printing house located in greater Vancouver. I chose them because they were the first FSC certified printer (Forest Stewardship Certified) in North America and are known for their exacting standards. They loved my idea. And so I began my design process… and it began not in a sketchbook, but reclined, eyes closed, hands holding stones, and incense burning in the background. That’s right — I shamanically journeyed to inquire about the consecrated paper design process.

It turned out that my spirit allies and the larger plant spirit network also loved my idea. I felt so supported with their excited chatter, each expressing their enthusiasm and blessing. We discussed that we would design two sheets of ceremonial paper together. Each sheet would consist of multiple layers of plant visuals, and much of which would spotlight Fern, the queen of the primordial plant kingdom (or shall I say ‘queendom’?), as well as my personal grandmother spirit. I saw hints and flashes of what the finished papers would look like, and returned back to this consensual reality to begin the work on my computer.

The process was gentle, pleasurable, and truly felt collaborative. I felt the spirits’ presence as I played with gradients, opacities, and pantones. The brown signifies the remembrance and reconnection to Earth and the barely-there copper hue honours my own Chinese roots and uplifts the element of Metal.

The finished sacred papers were two large sheets that can be further trimmed down to suit the exact dimensional needs of each of the specific skin + aura care products. I designed the papers in such a way so that there are 8 different variations I can cut and wrap the papers around the bottles and jars. 8 is a significant number in Chinese numerology - one that symbolizes wholeness, integrity, and prosperity. I wanted the papers to pass on these vibrations to each and every individual who would be using these.

Recently, at the end of a Money Magick workshop, I was tidying up the materials at the end, when most of the attendees buzzing on the energies and plant aromas, had left for the evening. A few were still there and had mentioned how much they enjoyed writing on the Ceremonie papers that I had passed around during one of the exercises, and asked me where I purchased my paper. I hadn’t up until then, shared my story, and proceeded to. I was so touched because the three of them, mouths dropped open from the story I had just shared, then unanimously asked me to tell it again on this blog, saying that such a story of magic and intention should not be kept to oneself.

It is my hope that whether you ever attend one of my workshops, retreats, use Ceremonie products, or none of the above, that if you do practise earth-based magick or forms of ceremony, that you are reminded that the materials you use can be and should be approached with intention, dignity, and deep respect. I say this because the materials themselves are collaborators, and when the relationship comes from a place of honour, the real magick happens.

Below is a simple recipe on how to consecrate any paper you find for your own craft:

  • Find paper (can be found, purchased, upcycled).

  • Light candle.

  • Smudge self and environment with White Sage or a smokeless smudge blend that contains it, such as Ceremonie’s Sacred Smudge Mist.

  • Light incense (preferably Sandalwood or Palo Santo).

  • Invite spirit allies. This can be done with a rattle or simply by spoken word. Be clear about WHY you are inviting them.

  • Smudge the paper with White Sage.

  • Invite spirit allies to bless the paper.

  • Using just a touch of sacred oil (15 ml carrier plus 4 drops of Frankincense or Cedar), apply the oil (you need very little of it) onto your index finger and run your finger on the four corners of the sheet of paper. It is to energetically anoint the paper, NOT to make the paper oily.

  • Say aloud the full intention of the paper consecration ritual. For eg. “May this paper be the sacred container for my written intentions.”

  • Visualize the spirits and the light from the candle supporting this process.Feel the energies increase.

  • When you feel the process is complete, say, “So mote it be.”

Happy New Moon!

Mimi Young
founder, shamanic medicine teacher + ritualist

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