About Diana & Alan
“Worship was always my favorite part of ministry,” Rev. Hunter, a former United Methodist Minister states, “It was what I missed the most when I left the church.” Diana Hunter, who moved on from her job with the protestant church in 1987 to pursue a full-time career in the healing arts, continues, “When I learned of the Native American and Goddess spiritual traditions who create sacred space...altars, sacred circles, and the like...outdoors or in their homes, I thought, 'I want to do this!' I cleaned off a book shelf in the den, put out a piece of colored cloth, some crystals, and a candle - and voilà - an altar and sacred site in my home! I've had one ever since.”
When Alan and Diana got together, he, too, learned how to integrate sacred ceremonies into his everyday life. He learned from Diana and from his own cultural heritage. Alan said, “We went to Japan to visit my relatives. Everyone had a little family shrine in their house to honor their ancestors. The family members would burn incense and leave tea and crackers.”
Alan continues, “A few years later, Diana and I decided to be married. We had one wedding ceremony in the middle of September with one close friend and a minister who was also a Native American shaman. We had another ceremony in the woods in a park, just the two of us, in the beginning of October. It was a chance for us to strengthen our commitment to each other. We shared and celebrated our being together at a party with our friends (another ceremony) at the end of October. It was special because we created all three ceremonies ourselves.”
Diana describes creating ceremonies for her clients, ”After I opened my own healing practice in 1990, clients would come to me for spiritual healing after suffering some painful change in life...breaking up with a partner, losing an unborn child, or looking for a new job, and need some sort of formal recognition, some kind of extra support, to help process and integrate these experiences. Creating sacred ceremonies had become an integral part of Alan's and my lives. We knew how much strength and support and power these at-home prayer circles brought to us, so I thought 'I could offer these to my clients as well.'”
Since then, for the past 20 years in her profession as a holistic healer, Diana has created and designed informal sacred healing ceremonies and passed them along to her clients. Many of the rituals listed here are the results of these creations. In addition, Diana and Alan together have designed numerous celebratory group sacred ceremonies that they offered for their friends.
“We would get together a group of friends and put together a party. Usually we'd have an ice breaker game, food, and then a sacred circle. We'd tell folks in advance the theme of the party and sacred circle and give them homework to prepare, so they could fully participate in the ritual. One time we celebrated the changing of the seasons of the Earth, a summer solstice ritual where we honored not only the changing of the seasons, but also the cyclical changes that we as humans go through. We had a give-away. Everyone brought something they no longer needed. Everyone left with a new item--one of the cast-offs that someone else had brought. All these outward symbols to represent the inward changes we, as humans, experience in life.”
“Our friends were from a variety of religious traditions (or from no religious tradition). We strove to make the events comfortable and meaningful for everyone. It seemed to work. People would be so appreciative and tell us how meaningful and how special these ceremonies were for them.”
“Just this summer, we ran into an old friend we hadn't seen in 7 years. She clearly remembered the sacred circles we held at our house and talked about them, then apologized for not remembering our names.”
“This and other similar positive feedback spurred us on to continue to create and share our meaningful ceremonies. We decided it was time to make them available to more people via the Internet. Hence the birth of the web site with download-able, affordable, do-it-yourself sacred ceremonies. We hope you find them meaningful as well.”
Mr. Alan Cyr works as a software test engineer, for a U. S. based international technology company. Earlier in his career, he worked as an electronics technician and still knows how to handle a soldering iron and a tweaker. In his spare time he enjoys playing music, health and fitness, and keeping up with the local baseball team. Go Nats!
Rev. Diana Golden Hunter, M. Div., B.A., L.Ac., Dipl. Ac., holds graduate degrees in theology and oriental medicine, and an undergraduate degree in psychology. She works as a healer, guiding people through their soul level transformations and offering acupuncture and animal communication. (www.yourhealingjourney.com) In her spare time, she enjoys plein air acrylic painting and playing guitar and ukulele.