Welcome back to SunnyRoomStudio where we are immersed in questions of life purpose and life meaning per our 2015 journal, Exploring Meaning. My Studio Guest, Susun Cooper, shares what is making her life meaningful.
- ARTIST’S STATEMENT As early as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated with words and images. As soon as I learned to read I wanted a typewriter so I could make my own words. My first camera at ten, Girl Scout photography badge at eleven, as a teen hand coloring black and white photographs…looking back, I see expressions of creativity very early. The work I do now is an absorbing, intriguing, invigorating mix of these intense interests I’ve pursued all my life.
- Another vocational interest has been holistic health. I have provided complementary deep muscle therapy, Creative Healing and Reiki energy services to many clients. I have also taught Touch for Health and Reiki, and am a Reiki Master/teacher.
- Returning to the Sonoran Desert in 2013, I think back to the places I’ve lived since I left here over 40 years ago. In some ways coming back feels like coming home. Recently, I started a Life-Cycle Celebrancy® practice called Sunlight Ceremonies and Celebrations. I am hopeful my work as a Life-Cycle Celebrant® will bring a fuller sense of meaning to the clients who choose my services.
We need rituals at many times, whether for healing or transformation, celebration or mourning. To learn to create our own is to empower ourselves, and this can enrich our lives immeasurably. ~ Juliet Batten
- Ours is a relatively young and constantly-changing society. Although rich with diverse, cultural traditions, modern life moves at such rapid pace, we often fail to pause, fully observe and celebrate its special occasions. As a result, we risk losing the importance of family and community ties: ways to commemorate the memorable times of our lives, hold those special, tender moments close, and share them with others.
- Celebrants are ceremony specialists with a solid background in the history of ritual, elements of ceremony and cultural traditions. They listen carefully to the personal stories told by their clients, in turn enhancing the stories with relevant rituals and presenting rich and meaningful ceremonies to family and friends. They are skilled in the arts of lyrical writing and ceremonial public speaking. They also offer expertise in composing, managing and performance.
- My own life’s journey has brought me to this new career of Celebrancy. Raised in a very strict religious tradition, by very strict parents, as an adult I found I could no longer embrace my parents’ faith and practices as my own. Instead, however, I chose to express what I consider to be a more open, inclusive and respectful lifestyle. I am sensitive to all traditions, orientations, races and creeds, and believe each of us has the right to observe our celebrations in ways we cherish. I think equal rights for everyone diminishes no one.
- Recently I established Sunlight Ceremonies and Celebrations, in Phoenix, Arizona. I am anticipating opportunities to help connect people through affirming and enhancing rituals we design together. Ceremonies may include engagements, marriages, vow renewals, memorials, funerals and celebrations of life. Birthdays, anniversaries, a house warming or a baby welcoming are also possibilities, among many others. We are only limited by our imaginations! I am delighted with the loving and heart-warming responses to the ceremonies I have already prepared and delivered. I consider it my great honor to assist those eager to observe a lifetime of unique, love-filled, memorable moments. ♥
- To be able to hear people’s stories, and help them tell their stories in an authentic and heartfelt way is an honor. ~ Lisa Bloom
Journal Focus Question:
With personal growth, how has your life path evolved — have steps along
the way helped you to authentically express what has come to pass within you?
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