This is from the book Embers / One Ojibway’s Meditations by Richard Wagamese:

RW: What is the purpose of ceremony?  (me; can also mean ritual, observance, service)

Old Woman: To lead you to yourself

RW: How?

Old Woman:  By giving you an idea of who you want to be and then allowing you to create the experience of being that way.

RW: Which ceremony is the best, then?

Old Woman:  Life. Choose what leads you to the highest vision you can have of yourself, and then choose what allows you to express that. When you express, you experience. What you experience, you are.

RW: How do I prepare?

Old Woman: Breathe…………


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