words and art by w a l t e r w s m i t h

Impressions in Barbados 03 / Ceremony

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Impressionism is a theory or style
of painting, literature or music which aims to reflect subjective impressions
rather than objective reality.

Ceremony is defined as a formal
act or set of acts as prescribed by ritual, custom or etiquette. [sacredness or
religious rite]

There is something beautiful and magical about a ceremony. It brings people together.
During our trip to Barbados, our group participated in a very moving one. It was
an ash to sea ceremony. We found the location on the island which was noted as
being nearest to Africa. It was there that the twelve of us performed what I
will always remember as a beautiful and deep expression of love and
remembrance. Some of us said a few words in observance of the passing, and others expressed
compassion and recited poetry. And in the end there were flowers, sand, and
surf coming together to set adrift the physical presence of a loved one.

What ceremonies remain in your heart? Do you believe that ceremonies are still
important in this day and age? Tell me about a ceremony or ritual that you participated
in that changed your life, and if so why.

9 responses

  1. Ceremonies are very powerful and I grew up around so many of them that I do enjoy them every much; they are cleansing and healing… 🙂
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    June 17, 2011 at 8:25 am

    • Thanks Elizabeth
      It is so true that a ceremony can guide our Spirit with love, bring people together and teach us about our humanity.

      June 19, 2011 at 5:35 am

  2. I have not had the pleasure of attending very many ceremonies….I mean, I am a bunny and bunnies don’t get invited nor are they expected to attend to such things. However, I do like to hear stories about how people were moved during ceremonious occasions.

    June 18, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    • 🙂 And you are my favorite Bunny ! ….. I think sometihing is missing when Bunnies aren’t invited to ceremonies 🙂

      June 19, 2011 at 5:33 am

  3. Sorayah (Yamyah)

    beautiful and moving, my friend. The compassion and Love that was shared in the ceremony is that of a healing nature towards the world…Compassion is the most precious gift that the gifted could ever ask for 🙂
    Also, my heart is torn in between impressionism and expressionism (including german expressionism cinema).


    January 1, 2012 at 2:39 am

    • Hi Sorayah. Happy New Year! It is going to a be a year of both expressionism and impressionism. I just looked up the definitions of these two words to reaffirm my knowledge of these movements. One symbolic the other reflective respectively. I love to convey both in my art, and see them reflect in the work of others. I am especially drawn to these art forms in post-modern dance. Check out my favorite German choreographer Pina Bausch, who died 2 years ago. In the past, I’ve seen several of her works at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Fesitval in NYC. I cannot say enough about her. Go to Youtube for the visuals of her genius. Also you can hit my “Art Exhibition” tag and check out my series on artistic influences, where I feature a lot dance, art and theater.
      I am glad you like my Impressions in Barbados. It was an emotional moment i.e. the ceremony. And the love and compassion of that moment was what I was trying to achieve in the work.
      Peace, Love and Light

      January 1, 2012 at 7:42 am

  4. Sorayah (Yamyah)

    hello Walter,
    i will be checking Pina Bausch within the next few days as you suggested. Happy new year to you, my friend, Blessings, joy and Love ~

    January 20, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    • Hi Sorayah, I stopped by your blog and began reading your latest post. I have not completed reading it yet, but am looking forward to it. Your depth of expression requires my undivided attention.

      Peace, and love

      January 20, 2012 at 8:42 pm

  5. Sorayah (Yamyah)

    Glad you liked it Walter! i struggle with writing in english though ahaha love and blessings, my friend

    January 21, 2012 at 2:14 pm

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