For more than 10 years I've made the taking of tea an afternoon ritual for myself and
others.I loved creating that sacred space for people to just untangle their spirits and
deepen the connection to themselves and their loved ones. I loved it so much that I
started to create a business of bringing English style tea parties in people's homes
complete with the china, linens and little triangle cut sandwiches.
It was a lovely thing to make people feel as though they were guests in their own homes.
As I concluded my day with my clients conversation most often turned to something
they were facing in their lives with me offering comfort, encouragement and guidance.
Inevitably they would tell me how much my insight helped them. Somewhere in the
course of creating that business, my spiritual path lead me to becoming an ordained Priestess.
While ordination is one way to becoming a Tea Priestess, I don't believe mine is the only path.
Here are some practices you may want to use to enhance your own journey to becoming a Tea Priestess:
1. Make a daily ritual of taking tea.
We tend to reserve the word ritual for things done in religious services.
But by definition a ritual is "a ceremony consisting of a series of actions
performed according to a prescribed order."So wouldn't a making a cup of tea
be a ritual? Of course it would!
The main thing to remember is to intentionally look as this ceremony as if you
are a Priestess. For me a Priestess is a woman is engaging in the act of claim the
title of Priestess for herself by seeing every act within her life as sacred. With that
in mind your own tea ritual can be as simple or as elaborate as you'd like it to be.I
personally use both simple and elaborate tea rituals depending on what I feel I need
and how much time I have that day.
Simple tea ritual steps:
1. Take out your cup or mug
2. Choose your tea and as you open it, take a deep inhale of it's fragrance.
Thank it for being a part of your day.
3. Put your water on giving thanks for clean running water in your space.
Listen to it as it comes to temperature.
4. Pour the water over the tea honoring the act of infusion happening right before your eyes.
5. Close your eyes and take your first sip following it into your body.
6. Continue on with your day.
2. Engage in practices that deepen your own spiritual connection.
This has everything to do with regularly deepening your understanding of your
spiritual path (which may or may not be tied to a religion). In the context of tea,
use it to develop a relationship with and understanding of the elements and how
they work in your life. Spend your tea time reading, reflecting and journaling with
Goddess, God or other spirit beings you are interesting having a relationship with
Learn about a spiritual or religious path different from yours. Say mantras, affirmations
or spend a few minutes in complete silence as your tea brews.
3. Invite some one over and have a tea party
A Priestess acts in service to the Divine and to people. I have found the act
of serving tea to another person to be just as spiritually rewarding as taking tea
by one's self. Having a tea party allows you are actively engaged in infusing your
life and energy with whomever you are inviting to the party. Also there is something
magical that happens when you set the intention to have a tea party. There is a slowing
down of time. The atmosphere becomes completely relaxed and you can literally see the
tension melt away from the people you are serving. This is an excellent way to deepen a
one on one relationship or strengthen your circle's bond to each other.
Do you think there are other ways to become a Tea Priestess? What are some things I haven't suggested here that you think falls into the realm of being a Tea Priestess? I'd love to hear your feedback in the comments.
I'm Dionne, a Natural Rhythms Creation Coach and Elemental Forces of Creation Oracle Reader. I teach people how to tune into to the power of the elements and rhythms of nature to design a life they love