By Elaine Voci, PhD Certified Life-cycle Celebrant®.
There will never be another you. The world has never seen anyone quite like you before, nor will it ever find another just like you again. You are one of a kind and you have something to contribute to this life that the world needs from you. In fact, my definition of a calling is the intersection where your unique passion meets a deep hunger in the world. If you are feeling drawn to studying the art of ceremony and you are thinking about entering Celebrant school, this is a perfect time to interview yourself with a few key questions:
- What kind of people do you enjoy being around?
- What are the values, goals, and purposes that are important to you?
- In what kind of working conditions do you do your best work?
- What values do you want your life to serve while you are here on earth?
All of these questions are important but that last one – answering how you want your life values to serve the world – is the most important. After all, your life is your creation, a work of art that you will leave behind as your legacy when your journey here on earth is done.
The next step is understanding that being a Celebrant does not require an extensive list of qualities or specific life experiences; interview 3 celebrants and you will find 3 different personalities and three different life paths that led them to their chosen career. But being a Celebrant does require that you possess these defining interests/aptitudes:
- A fascination with stories. Celebrants are storytellers; they live and breathe listening to, asking about, talking about and sharing stories. When they meet new people, they often find themselves soon asking ‘Tell me how you got started in this career’ or ‘How did you two meet?’ and ‘Who influenced you the most when you were growing up?’ Celebrants love stories, and they love telling them to others, at the slightest provocation!!
- A deep appreciation for ritual and ceremony, for rites of passage and for acknowledging the ongoing transitions of life. From the time they are young, celebrants seem to gravitate toward ceremony and rituals of all kinds; they might have played “school” and pretended to be the teacher on opening day, or they might have organized after school parties when they were teens, and played the hostess; or they may have regularly volunteered to be on the Prom Committee, or the New Student Orientation Committee, always eager to participate in life’s passages in one form or another.
- A genuine love of serving people, helping them recognize their significant life journeys, talking to them and listening to them about what they need emotionally and spiritually, attending to their needs, celebrating success and joyful events, while also being supportive during difficult transitions. The goal of their service is not to become wealthy, but to earn a decent living while deeply serving something greater than themselves through work that makes them feel blessed to do it. For no matter how much money we make, subjectively we’ll be “rich” when we are true to our vocation and “poor” when we betray it, or ignore it.
So, are you ready to enroll in classes and start moving toward your future vocation? You can contact the Celebrant Foundation & Institute at www.celebrantinstitute.org/