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HOW DID I BECOME A SHAMANIC PRACTITIONER? (EXPANDED)

Mimi Young

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Many have asked me this question, or how did I choose to be involved with plant spirit medicine. As someone who has remained out of the public's eye, and has stayed quietly behind the Ceremonie brand, I am also beginning to become more visible, adding a distinct personal element to my work that didn't exist before. We learn so much from stories, including our own, and so I share it here:

It's has been a long journey that involves evolving through archetypes to develop an ever-increasing understanding of myself and the worlds (seen and unseen) around me. I come from a home where my mother is a devout evangelical Christian and my father, an equally devout atheist. The paradigm I was raised in was black and white - be it if it was rooted in science and the rational, or religious conditioning and tenets. Deep down, I had always connected with spirits and mysticism - my first friends, as a young child, were the great Cedar tree spirits - Grandma Tree and Grandpa Tree, as I had called them (and still do). I also spoke to fruits and vegetables (I even named a doll Celery). The rational world crept in, pressing me and I naturally lost touch with these allies for some time and became well versed and articulate in more widely-accepted world views. It can be easy to look back at those times as conforming, asleep, or a victim of patriarchy, but I also see those decades as preparatory, as many myths and archetypes that exist in the modern Christian world view were taken from older, pagan practices. In my own story, I simply learned them in chronologically reversed order, as many people today do.

After I gave birth to my first son, the Wild Woman stirred within. Some call her Lilith, some Kali, some gave her the generic name of Witch. I called her Jezebel. She frightened me. She asked all the right questions and didn't care that she didn't have a tidy answer. She was raw, brave, wildly intelligent, could smell lies from miles away, was fiercely loyal to her loved ones, and I was scared  to death to even entertain a cup of tea with her. I was secretly afraid that she would somehow seduce some sense into me and I would lose full control of who I am. I knew that she, as the Destroyer, would kill me. 

Simultaneously, my husband and I were wanting a second child, but had difficulty conceiving and keeping the pregnancies. The timing wasn't right.

The pangs for the shadow and unknown, like contractions, only became stronger. I began re-experiencing manifestations of clair-olfaction, sometimes also known as clair sentience (an intuitive gift I have had since my late teens, but had tried my best to ignore it and suppress it), the ability to smell things that aren't physically there, and then associating them with distinct messages from the spirit world. And it was a dark walk in the desert, for I had no teacher in the form of books or workshops. I searched for teachers who have this gift, but none came on my path. So I had no choice but to listen to Jezebel. She said spend time outdoors everyday. She said look for omens and symbols. She told me about Tarot, and I committed to learning the Tarot language, a visual tongue through which spirit allies can speak to me with clarity and precision. By then, we had stopped attending church, and were promptly ostracized for doing so. We kept two couple friends from that network of well over a hundred. They were the only ones who wanted to remain in our lives. (I later released this disappointment and remarkably, I am filled with so much love - even as I write this portion of my story). And so in many ways, certain things died within me - limiting, outworn beliefs, victimhood, the need to be perfect, and like a snake, I shed and emerged. I begun to understand that the Wild Woman is my greatest protector, advocator, and mother. 

Fast forward a bit and I became pregnant again. At week 15, I began hemorrhaging, which only stopped when I reclined in bed. The first day of the bleeding, I heard the doorbell ring. When I opened the door, no one was there, but when I looked up, a large Great Blue Heron flew across me and into the expansive sky. I knew that the baby would live, despite any complications. The midwife sent me for a few medical tests and science couldn't tell me why it was happening. The instruction was to remain in bed rest until the baby reached full term. 

I am a very active person, and to ask me to lie in bed for two days with the flu is a monumental task as it is. To be on bed rest for over 5 months was a demand that challenged me in a way that I had never experienced. The idea of being removed from the physical world was enormously difficult for a type A person like me to 'endure', though by week 2, I had sufficiently wrestled with this internally, that I finally said, "Oh, all right!!!! I'll start meditating, again." So meditating I began - longer and longer sessions each day. I would break them up with an online course on aromatics and skin (essential oils, plant extracts, and other natural compounds in the context of skincare), but I did meditate roughly for 5 hours a day on bed rest. It was an immensely productive and transformative use of time. I now see this as the Universe's gift to me.

One day, during a meditation, I traveled somewhere and met some talking creatures. They said some interesting and truthful things. When I came out of the trance, I knew that something remarkable had happened. I met ancient, powerful friends. I didn't yet possess the language, but I had journeyed to the Lower World and spoke with some spirit allies. It was my first shamanic experience, and though I tried, I didn't know how to return to that realm.

My second son, Kyo, was born in the spring of 2015. His name means synergy. The birthing experience was beautiful, and dare I say pleasurable (in the same way that Ina May Gaskin describes birthing can be). It was a Thursday, the day of expansive, benevolent Jupiter’s rule, and I was making eggs at the stove, when I felt a pop and an enormous waterfall rushed out of my body, and immediately following that, the pangs and the accompanying sensations. I knew he was ready, and was wasting no time.

This experience was different than birthing my firstborn. With my firstborn, it was all very new and I hadn’t stepped out of the Maiden archetype into Mother energetically, yet, but this time, I had shed my old skin and was a very different person. From a sensory perspective, I knew what I wanted. I wanted to be in my cave and no one to bother me. Any amount of reassuring back rub, loving words, helpful cup of water were all rejected. I was channeling Durga and she was sovereign and self-sufficient, and so was I during those couple of hours. I was rewriting man's definition of "labour". I was birthing, and while it was work, it was magnificent.

At one point, when I was overcame by the pressure of him and my own body, I found myself naturally travelling inwards, into my body, into my very womb. There, I was struck by an illuminating orange disc of light - I understood as the second chakra, the energy centre that governs creativity (including the birth of a child). I found Kyo, and it was apparent that he was having second thoughts about leaving the safety and warmth of my womb. I assured him that my arms would very soon be holding him, as well as my breasts, and that we would remain very close. I also shared that his brother, father, and so many others were very excited to meet him and play. With that, it took another 10 or so minutes before Kyo was born. The shamanic journey is a vehicle to meet spirits from the otherworlds, but also to welcome the transition of a baby into this one.

Back on my feet and enjoying mothering my newborn and 7 year old, I had banked so much energy while off my feet, that I had the momentum to create something that can be best summarized by the Ace of  Wands coupled with the Queen (Mother) of Pentacles. I created a toning oil to help rid water retention and toxins from being immobile for so long, and the moms around me noticed, and asked if they could buy bottles to use it as cellulite oil for themselves. And so Ceremonie was born (then called Trimaran Botanicals, renamed last year). I would begin working with essential oils and enter into a conscious trance and basically was channeling their energies and personalities, and coupled it with my own trained knowledge, began formulating. It was truly alchemical. In the certified aromatherapy world, blends are termed 'synergy'. It is wondrous how Kyo helped me birth this.

While this was happening, I asked the Universe, almost as a joke (because I didn't believe it would happen), for a shaman to show up in my life to teach me. I knew it was highly unrealistic to travel extensively to Peru with two babes (and a mortgage) in tow, so I had asked Jezebel to send  someone here in greater Vancouver where I live. And she did, one week later. My formal teacher was a female shamanic practitioner, named Leona De Lang Boom. She is a second generation modern shamanic practitioner. She began when she was 18 years old, and her mother is still active in the work. Their specialty is in past life work and have taught me how to work with psychopomps (a spirit/creature/angels that are travel companions to afterlife as well as former lives). What's absolutely incredible is when I met mine for the first time, I fell so in love with him. He's a red crown crane, and is adorable yet strong. I didn't know it at the time, but later learned that many psychopomps are cranes. 

What a wild ride, this gift called life, stranger than fiction, and wondrously beautiful. 

Love to all,

Mimi Young
founder, shamanic medicine teacher + ritualist

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CARING FOR YOUR END-OF-SUMMER SKIN

Mimi Young

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While summer in Vancouver this year has been cooler, wetter, and greener, it doesn’t mean that my skin feels as vibrant. Having spent more time away (for work, for pleasure, for family grieving) these past months, my skin has experienced dusty winds, icy air conditioning, salty waters, prickly fluctuations, general neglect, and like the fallen fruit that lays on the ground end of summer, I am reminded that while my skin is resilient, she also is craving sweetness and holding not from blush or bb creams, but from care, attention, and time to be. Our skin is precious. I think sometimes we forget this.

Here are my favourite rituals and plant medicines that honour skin that has been over air conditioned, over sun-kissed, wind burned, over traveled, and skin that has had too much of one thing and not enough of whatever else.

  • Replacing your morning beverage with broth (bone, mushroom, or sea vegetable based broth). If you’re looking for a quality broth recipe that is rich in collagen, minerals, and adaptogens, here’s mine, which has been passed down in my family.

  • Washing your face before bed and upon waking. (Before bed is obvious, and while you are sleeping, your pores open to release toxins onto the skin’s surface. Washing your face before you apply skincare and/or make up is an important step to prevent toxin reabsorption).

  • Washing your face with warm water using a soft cotton facecloth, and using a clean cloth each time (dead skin cells and debris get trapped into the cloths, hence a clean cloth each time). I always mention this at my Sacred Skin workshops - the best skincare investment is not your serum, but getting 2 dozen inexpensive cotton washcloths that you can rotate. While travelling and you are staying at a hotel, make a point to request extra facecloths.

  • When applying skincare, always start with water-based products, followed by gels, then oils last. This optimizes absorption of all products, and minimizes how much you use.

  • Massage your face upwards, and towards the back of your head.

  • Your face isn’t flat / 2 dimensional. The muscles on your entire head (yes, your top, side, and back of scalp!!) also can be massaged and stimulated, which in turn, can support circulation, facial muscle tone, detoxing, and general vitality (aka maintaining youthfulness).

  • Carrot Seed Essential Oil or Extract - promotes cellular regeneration and prevents free radical damage, detoxifies on a cellular level, and is immensely nutritive. Carrot promotes elasticity, suppleness, and a natural glow in the skin.

  • Helichrysum (Immortelle) Flower Essential Oil - energetically cooling (without becoming stimulating, like say, how Peppermint can be too cooling), Helichrysum can soothe burns and inflammation, and also repairs damaged skin. Many studies have revealed that this flower is far more repairing than Lavender. A prized and precious oil.

  • Camellia Seed Oil - from the seeds of the tea bush, Camellia is highly moisturizing and absorbing, leaving no sheen on the surface of the skin within a few minutes. Tea has long been associated with mysticism (I offer an On-Demand course, Shamanism + Tea HERE), and as you develop a relationship with plants, you can speak to the actual tea seed oil, inviting her soothing, protective, and grounding properties to come through.

  • There is something very special about applying a body oil or body butter all over your body, including your ears (they always appreciate a loving massage), toes, and finger tips. My personal favourite at the time of the year is a body oil that contains Douglas Fir, Frankincense, Patchouli, and a hint of Peppermint. Start with 98 ml of a carrier oil you like (I used Camellia Seed Oil), then add 20 drops of Douglas Fir, 7-8 drops of Frankincense, 8 drops of Patchouli (choose a quality, aged one to avoid the ‘dirty hippie’ scent - I write more about Patchouli HERE), and 6 drops of Peppermint. Finally, add 1-2 ml tocopherols (vit E) to enhance shelf life. Avoid eyes and nose when you apply this body oil.


When we take the time to really and consciously honour our skin, to give gratitude to her and to offer a gesture of appreciation, our whole beings benefit. Our skin, after all, is holding us together.

Happy skin honouring,

Mimi Young
founder, shamanic medicine teacher + ritualist

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WINTER RITUALS + CELEBRATIONS

Mimi Young

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Yule may be the most magickal time of the year. The divine Crone rules the Earth and invites the people of the land to honour and appreciate the darkness of Winter and wildness, and to hold space for mystery and the transformations that will soon emerge in the Spring. In Shamanic cultures, the medicine woman/man may wear antlers to invoke the forest deities or the respective animal totem, insuring a season of abundance and peace for the upcoming year. In modern times, we may no longer belong to a coven or have a Shaman near us, but we can clear debris, set intentions, and manifest our dreams through private practice knowing when we tend to ourselves, we are also raising the collective vibration. 

We may have forgotten how to live with the Earth's natural ebb and flow of seasons, but we can consciously choose to quiet ourselves this winter season, dim the lights (physically and metaphorically), and hibernate. We can choose to live simpler, to choose a holiday season that may look less materially, but be far richer in all other measurements. We can spend time letting our gardens rest, sweep the dust that deludes us, and dare to give permission to wear the sense of uncontainable beauty that lives in us all. Can we be brave enough to create an inner monastery so we can finally face and learn from our demons? This is the season of Yule. It is the season of darkness that is brighter than any light we are familiar with. The way there is Death; death of our egos, death to our agendas, death to our defaulted, desensitized selves. We enter this sacred place of Mid Winter, by claiming the wild women and wild men, light workers, witches and Shamans that is our natural birth right. 

As a way to support your practice, CEREMONIE is now offering 20% OFF our entire shamanic skin + aura care collection until 27, 2017.  Enter promo code WINTERSOLSTICE. 

"Gather we as old year ends
together here with knowing friends
as the New Year passes by
open up our magic eyes.

Ancient mother of Midwinter,
watcher over life and death,
the one who rebirths the world,
be with us on this longest night!
See us through the dark hours
and stand with us
as dawn births the promise of new life.
So mote it be!" -- Susan Peznecker


Stay free,
Mimi Young
founder + shamanic practitioner

Please note that orders placed after December 5 will be fulfilled the week of January 2, 2017. 

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WHAT SAMHAIN (OCTOBER 31) MEANS TODAY

Mimi Young

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Samhain (pronounced as 'sow-in'), is originally a Gaelic pagan festival marking the end of the harvest season (summer) and beginning of the 'darker half' of the year (winter). It is traditionally celebrated from sunset on October 31, and is also known as the start of the new year for pagans. The veil between this physical reality and other realities are thinnest during Samhain. For this reason, witches, shamans, seers, prophets, medicine people, and the like conventionally seek to connect with ancestors, plant spirits, power animals, angels, and otherworldly beings. Though much of what is understood and practiced of this immensely spiritual and powerful season is lost to the masses (the reasons for this can be discussed in another blog post), I'd like to share a few points about Samhain that is still relevant for those who seek spiritual (and practical) meaning today.

1. The weeks leading up to October 31 is a prime time to discern what it is that you would like to have clarity on, resolve, or experience significant change. On the Samhain Sabbat, via shamanic or Wiccan ritual, prayer or even quiet visualization, set your intention. Invite your ancestors, angels, animal or plant totems to assist in manifesting the intention. Remember, magic is all about intention.

2. As a general Samhain practise, use this time to connect with your spirit allies. Say hello to them. Thank them for being with you. Use this opportunity to also say goodbye to energies and themes that no longer serve you. Commit to making choices that support your highest and best.

3. Samhain involves two key themes - to acknowledge and appreciate the year's work and abundance, and to allow what is necessary in the Earth and one's life to pass onto another form, traditionally symbolized as death (as the Death card in the Tarot tradition). To give oneself the permission to acknowledge death in one way or another is immensely empowering, nourishing, and liberating. Death is indispensable in the cycle of life. Rebirth is the natural outcome. As the saying goes, the Tomb becomes the Womb.

4. The Samhain Sabbat is when God is within the Goddess (the two are united) in the Underworld. Both archetypically romantic and neutralizing (as in the balancing of Yin and Yang), consider what you would like to give tenderness to or balancing in your life. To further the symbols of Crone and Hunter reigning together, what have you mastered or would like to master? 

5. Use this time to physically and spiritually clean your home and possessions. Declutter, smudge, chant, and anoint. Physical manifesting is optimized when thoughtful actions are consistently taken and physical space welcomes it. 

6. Honour your holy of holies - your gloriously beautiful body - your personal, sacred temple. Eat and drink gently, bathe in salts and herbs, apply healing facial and body oils, and speak tenderly to yourself no matter what, cast spells, and embark on shamanic journeys (or seek a shamanic practitioner who can do so for you). Start and end the pagan new year with the commitment of self-compassion. Let your highest vibration attract both the purest of deaths and most divine of rebirths.

So mote it be. 

Mimi xo
Founder

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GIVING BACK

Mimi Young

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Just over a short 2 weeks ago, we announced our ritual-based beauty and aura care brand rename from Trimaran Botanicals to CEREMONIE. The response from our tribe was overwhelming and beyond my wildest dreams - this family of inspiring, light-filled and consciousness-expanding lovers, healers, dreamers, dancers, singers, writers, warriors, teachers, and friends keeps growing, and my work is ever more purposeful, exciting, and fulfilling. I am humbled and SO, SO, SO appreciative for all the love, and naturally, I wish to facilitate the flow of abundance back into the Gaia and the Universe.

After searching and contemplating for a mission that aligns with our vision to vibrate with and revere the natural world that birthed us, I am honoured to announce that CEREMONIE, retroactive to July 23, 2016 (when we had officially renamed to CEREMONIE), has committed to donate 5% of gross retail sales and 2% of gross wholesale sales to The Nature Conservancy of Canada, a division of The Nature Conservancy, a non-profiting world leader in land and water conservation.

There are countless of deserving charities and non-profits that are protecting, creating, distributing, advocating, and educating many legitimate causes. Choosing The Nature Conservancy of Canada is our way of thinking global and acting local. In this world of duality, the reality of depletion, hunger, and suffering seems insurmountable. Ceremonie does not profess that its contribution will solve these issues. Even with much larger businesses, foundations, and indivuals that have tirelessly and generously shared their resources, we are still seeing the need for restoration, equality, and universal respect of flora, fauna, elements, humans, and the vastness that exists beyond our planet. However, working vibrationally with intention, observation, and the great, mysterious Spirit, I maintain the belief that there is no such thing as goodness too small. Small is mighty. It is this same belief that has led Ceremonie to make the deliberate decision to partner only with small, independent businesses in addition to cherishing the relationships we have with our growing tribe of beloved direct consumers.

Thank you for supporting handmade.
Thank you for supporting plant-based.
Thank you for supporting Canadian-made and North American suppliers.
Thank you for supporting Earth, Air, Fire, Water.
Thank you for supporting intuition, ritual, intention, healing, compassion, joy and light, which is what non-denominational, earth-based spiritual work and shamanism is all about.
Thank you for supporting a passion that has become a purpose.
Thank you for supporting a different approach to beauty and business.
Thank you for supporting small.

Love,
Mimi xo
Founder

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