Private Prayers/Public Rituals
A Singing Mask Ceremony
by Norman Lowrey
“All finite things reveal infinitude…” –Theodore Roethke
Every location, however small or seemingly insignificant, may be thought of as a holographic image containing the whole, a kind of portal into infinity. With this in mind, all present are invited to select a small territory anywhere within the gathering space, to listen intently, and to offer a prayer to/through this portal. This localized, particular place may be thought of as an altar. Feel free to temporarily rearrange anything in this space, to add your own objects, to contribute further to making the space sacred. Your prayer may be completely silent or vocalized in any way you wish. As you pray, Singing Masks will function as resonators, amplifying all prayers into DreamTime. A soundscape of Singing Mask private prayers together with dreambird and katydid sounds will accompany the public ritual. If you want, you may offer as many prayers, moving to different locations, as you wish.