I've just watched the royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton, now Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. To me, in her dress, Kate looked very beautiful, traditional and princess-like, which seemed to suit her personality.
I believe marriage is a celebration of the essence and substance of all creation that is love. I also believe marriage is an opportunity for people joined in love to commit to nurturing and cherishing love, whether the couple choose to have kids or not.
While I do believe in marriage, I don't believe in the religious rituals and dogmas about marriage. In fact, as I was watching the church ceremony, I was struck by how mediator-centric all religious ceremonies are. By this I mean, consciously or subconsciously, the prayers and rituals are designed to distract people from the fact that they have access to God directly. It's all about going through the "Son" or getting the priest to pray on your behalf. When you know you have direct access to Source, when you know that it is your nature to be blessed, what use is there for a priest, religious leader or messiah? That's why religious ceremonies and rituals mean nothing to me.
Another thing I appreciated about William and Kate's wedding was how it brought people of different races and creeds to work together for the common good, which is a demonstration of Unity Consciousness. People have been hosting community street parties to celebrate the wedding.
All in all, it was a happy day with lovely weather too, which made a change from all the "doom and gloom" news that's usually in the popular media.
I have no doubt that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are blessed and will enjoy a happy marriage.
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