Blessingway Book, Mother Rising
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The Blessingway Book You've Been Waiting For!

Blessingway ceremonies create a sacred and safe environment where a mother-to-be can explore the challenges and joys that lie before her as she approaches birthing and mothering. Surrounded by the most important women in her life, she gains a sense of power, confidence, and support that will help her rise to motherhood.

Birth is a key life passage for women. But modern culture has become preoccupied with the arrival of the baby-to-be and has lost touch with birth's profound impact on the expectant mother. While our most common birth preparations focus on getting women physically ready to give birth, the blessingway ceremony helps a woman to prepare mentally, emotionally, and spiritually for the work of birthing, and it opens her to her instinctive abilities, which will guide her as she steps into the role of mother.

A Blessingway for Every Woman

A blessingway can be held for any woman, whether she is a member of a specific religion, someone who follows her own spiritual path, or someone who claims no faith or spiritual practice at all. It is a ceremony that can be designed to provide a deeply meaningful and transformational experience for a mother-to-be while honoring her personal belief system.

There are many ways that women can connect to the work of a blessingway. Some will make this connection through their sense of self, some through their relationship with God or Spirit, and some through their friendships with other women.

The commonalities of the "spirit of life" far outweigh the differences. Many women will be able to find blessingway elements within this book that express their personal understanding of the world we live in, and as a result, be able to tailor this ceremony to reflect their own individual beliefs and practices.