What is the difference between a house and a home?
To me a home is a place where I can find sanctuary and rest, where I can be myself, where I store my precious things, and it's also a place where memories are made. When all of these things are happening in my home, it begins to feel like a sacred place to be, especially when I have truly inhabited all the corners, nooks and crannies of it and when I don't allow clutter to gather ( for too long!!)
What is a house blessing?
A house blessing is a ceremony to create a new/renewed connection to a living space. It can contain prayers, readings, blessings and little rituals which are included to give emphasis to the qualities that you may wish to become part of your home. There may be guests or it may be for a small group only, depending on what experience you wish to create.
The ceremony is a co-creation, something that is made specifically for your home.
For A New Home, by John O’Donohue
May this house shelter your life.
When you come home here,
May all the weight of the world
Fall from your shoulders.
May your heart be tranquil here,
Blessed by peace the world cannot give.
May this home be a lucky place,
Where the graces your life desires
Always find the pathway to your door.
May nothing destructive
Ever cross your threshold.
May this be a safe place
Full of understanding and acceptance,
Where you can be as you are,
Without the need of any mask
Of pretense or image.
May this home be a place of discovery,
Where the possibilities that sleep
In the clay of your soul can emerge
To deepen and refine your vision
For all that is yet to come to birth.
May it be a house of courage,
Where healing and growth are loved,
Where dignity and forgiveness prevail;
A home where patience of spirit is prized,
And the sight of the destination is never lost
Though the journey be difficult and slow.
May there be great delight around this hearth.
May it be a house of welcome
For the broken and diminished.
May you have the eyes to see
That no visitor arrives without a gift
And no guest leaves without a blessing.