This is a do-it-yourself, at-home ritual that is simple, and easy to follow. It is recommended to have head phones in, or to use a good speaker system. It is best to turn off your phone or put it on airplane mode once you download these recordings.
Grief is one of those emotions that when stuck in the body, creates a lot of stagnancy. This can manifest in many way physically, including joint pain, stiffness, muscle aches and a general feeling of malaise.
When we love something, our heart expands. Many people have felt this heart stretch, and at times it can be uncomfortable or painful. Most of the time it feels good if it’s one of those gratitude inducing moments, our heart expands in a joyful way that brings a smile to our face and lightness to our step. When the heart expansion is so large, our heart breaks because it isn’t able to hold the amount of love necessary in order for your heart to show how much you cared for that particular event/person/being. Heartbreak is a common thing that happens to humans, and is a necessary part of our personal development, otherwise how will our heart grow? Most people do not focus on the expansion, but instead focus on the pain and the love that was lost when experiencing heart break.
Many indigenous cultures all over the world used to embrace grieving rituals because they knew how important it was to release the energy of grief. There are many modern cultures today that still practice them. It is important to move grief because once we move it, we can really begin to explore the landscape of our heart instead of focusing on how broken it feels.
The wolves themselves stepped up to offer a grieving ritual to help humans process grief. I was driving in my car, and I could tell something was bothering me. I couldn’t get it out, and it felt like I wanted to cry – but it was stuck! Memories came to the surface and I had made some connections to things, and then I felt the loss. It hit me right in the chest and I felt such a blockage that my shoulders automatically slumped. It manifested as a lump in my throat and tears stung my eyes but didn’t fall down.
This was when I felt a gentle push from a spiritual muzzle behind my elbow. When I looked with my felt sense, I was able to feel and hear a wolf howling next to me. Without thinking about it (because it just felt right), I began howling and the tears gently started rolling down my face. The hot tears felt good against my cheeks, and but the feeling of stuckness in my throat got a little more intense. So again, I howled and let more tears fall.
This happened repeatedly until I was able to cry and howl for a good 5 or 10 minutes. I howled until my tears ran dry and my throat felt clear. I was back to my normal sitting position and able to start driving again.
When I sat in meditation with the wolves, the wolves shared how their hollow cries are so mournful, they carry the energy of grief up into the sky. By the time it makes it to the Sky People, the grief forms clouds and collect together as rain water. When enough grief has been collected and transformed, it rains down as nourishment for the rest of creation. The major message from the wolves, was about how we are not alone. When we cry, we can connect to others that are also crying. Grief is shared because it’s a shared experience that all humans and animals on earth have the capacity for feeling. When something has been lost, there is a reverence and a respect for it. Grieving is how we let go and allow what has been lost to rest, allowing ourselves to bring in the energy of forgiveness. Once we let go, we are fully able to embrace the emptiness within ourselves so we can learn to love again with a bigger heart.
If you are new to Ceremony or Ritual, it is important to create the space. Call in the directions and ask for support from your Spirit Guides and Nature Allies. If you don’t know how to do that, you can follow this suggested protocol that we use for shamanic journeying (just replace the journeying with Ceremony instead). It is important to both start the process in a good way, and end it in a good way.
Once you are in sacred space, set your intention to focus on what you would like to grieve. The recording can be listened to repeatedly, and as many times as needed. There are two audio files. Both are located on Google Drive, and there is the option to download them or add them to your own Google Drive. When you hover over the audio file with your mouse, there’s an option to “pop out”. When you click there, it opens up the audio in a second page, and there is where you will see the download option.
- One is the full recorded Ceremony (not including call in and call out) with prompts and time for meditation/movement.
- The second is for if you have more to grieve after you listen to the full recording, or for follow up grieving.
Full Wolf Grieving Ritual
Grieving song, no prompts
There is an option to download and listen to your song whenever you feel like you need to cry. Howling like a wolf at any of those tense moments is definitely a release and you don’t need sacred space – but I would highly recommend starting off your relationship with Wolf and using the grieving with howling as a tool by listening to the full recording first. Once you have felt the Spirit of Wolf howling with you, then you can feel free to download and listen to just the song whenever you need it.
These rituals are offerings and a gift from my Spirit to the Great Web of Life. I encourage you to share, and the best thing you can do is to really allow this ritual to help you move the grief so you can fully embrace being your medicine in the world. Seriously. We need you and your medicine.
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