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This past week while volunteering at Deepak Chopra’s Seduction of Spirit conference in La Costa, I had a variety of duties, such as assisting with registration, guiding people to events, and manning the doors of the ballroom space. It was incredible to be among more than 400 people who were seeking a greater connection to the Divine, through Deepak’s programs and teachings.

One of the days, while manning my post at the door, I got into a conversation with an attendee.

She asked, “Do you work at the Chopra center?” I told her I was simply volunteering during the week for the conference.

SHE: “So, what is your job? Did you have to take a whole week off from your job to do this?”

ME: “I have my own business, so I gave myself the week off.”

SHE: “What do you do?”

ME: “I am a nondenominational minister – I perform weddings, baby blessings, memorials, home clearings.”

SHE: “But what is your church? Do you give services?”

ME: “I don’t have a flock, nor do I give sermons.” I shared with her that I officiate and facilitate ceremonies and blessings for sacred moments. And I don’t follow a particular religion. Instead I read books and learn tools and attend programs that will help me connect with God/the Divine. To bring that same energy to every service I officiate or perform. Whatever it takes, my end goal is to experience my own direct connection with God.

I have had this conversation often, in many variations and with all different kinds of people, and I so appreciate the questions. I think a lot of people feel confusion about spirituality and religion and how it fits into our lives.

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When I tell people I perform baby blessings, often a smile appears, followed by slight confusion around the eyes.

My sister asked, “Like in the Lion King?”
Well, definitely with the enthusiasm and sense of community, but without quite so much drama, and there is no dangling of babiesThe-Lion-King-the-lion-king-13191392-800-600 over a cliff.

So, I continue describing, “it’s taking a moment to honor this new little life in your life. To focus on your intentions for parenting this child, the promises and commitments you are making to your little one. Even asking for support from your friends and family.”

But beyond promises, intentions, and support of community, it’s a moment to invite the Divine into your baby’s life and purpose while they play on Earth, whatever that means to you.

You can make the Baby Blessing ceremony a big occasion and invite all of your extended family, friends, and people in your community.

Or it can be an intimate ceremony, just the two of you and your child.

Whatever you create, it’s a time to focus on honoring the Sacred Experience of bringing this child into the world and promising to do your best to help the child be their best.

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Yesterday I performed a baby blessing for little 4-month-old Brady.

We held the blessing in the very same location where I officiated his parents’ wedding ceremony two years , on the little beach in front of Candelas Coronado.

Baby blessing on the beach at Candelas Coronado

Baby blessing on the beach at Candelas Coronado

It was a spectacular sunny San Diego afternoon, and Brady was a gurgling bundle of joy.

These moments of celebration put everything in perspective — daily frustrations, concerns, worries — they float away for awhile, as we remember how great it is to be on this planet right now.

 

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