Have you ever heard of the white stone ceremony?
Unless you’re familiar with Unity Church, probably not, because the white stone ceremony is something that is generally practiced at only Unity churches.
My husband and I have taken part in this ceremony at several Unity churches we’ve attended over the years.
Here’s how it works.
Before church service on the first Sunday in January, each person is presented with a white tile upon entering the church and a pencil or pen.
During the service, the meditation (which is part of each Sunday’s service) is guided to help each person connect with his divine essence, Higher Self, Divine Mind – whatever he calls God.
Then we are all invited to ask for guidance on what our word or words will be for the year that will represent our highest intention – or it may be a name that we hear for this new spiritual identity.
That name is then written upon the white tile.
We keep the white tile as a reminder of our intention.
The idea of the White Stone ceremony comes from Revelation 2:17: “Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches. To everyone who conquers (who overcomes) I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give a white stone, and on the white stone is written a new name that no one knows except the one who receives it.”
After just a few moments of silent meditation during the ceremony of the white stone a few Sundays ago, I knew what my word would be for this year.
But I waited until I got home to write the word on the stone.
I used a green marker and then decorated the stone with some colorful hearts.
I wanted the stone itself to reflect the word I wrote on it.
My white stone sits on my desk, where I can see each day as I work.
It reminds me that my intention this year is to find joy in everything.
That isn’t difficult since I find great joy living and writing by the sea.
Do you have a word that defines your intention for 2017?
If not, meditate for a few moments and see if something comes to mind.
You can find a smooth stone from your garden – or purchase a nice stone from a hobby store – and write your word on it.
Even decorate it, as I did, if you like.
Let your stone guide you each day as you write.
Happy New Year!