In my spiritual teaching I talk a lot about ceremony and ritual. But what is that? And how can you use it in your daily life?
What is Ritual?
Ritual is transformative. At the root of it, ritual is a symbolic action that sends ripples of energy into the world. No matter how simple, a ceremony is a holy act. Ritual makes your prayers tangible. It gives form to your desires and intentions. Ritual focuses your intentions and calls on the Spirit World, Ancestors, Spirit Helpers and Guides to support and assist you.
It opens the door to the Divine.
In traveling all over the world, I’ve noticed how every single culture has its own unique ritual ways of honoring, healing, blessing and celebrating events. The practice of ritual is ancient, yet it still serves us in this modern life.
How can I create my own rituals?
Of course, there are rituals with a particular form and sets of rules. But I tend to craft my own and draw on my intuition. You can do the same. You can create a ritual for: Healing. Manifesting. Honoring. Blessing. Celebrating. Releasing sadness or grief. Soothing stress or anxiety. Feeling connected to the Earth and the seasonal cycles.
The most important thing you need in order to craft your own personal ritual is a clear intention or prayer. What are you trying to accomplish? Once you know that, think about how you can represent that desire and give it wings. What actions, colors, symbols, tools or prayers can help make that real?
Sometimes this is a morning ritual: A simple altar cloth, a crystal and a candle. A quiet moment of reflection or prayer. A thank you. Now, feeling balanced and centered I can go about my day.
Other times it is more elaborate. For example on the Summer Solstice I love to do a manifesting and gratitude ritual. On beautiful handmade paper, I draw or write my intentions and desires. I focus specifically on what I am creating and what I want to bring into my life. I may write thank you’s for all the spiritual support I’ve been given for particular projects that have come to fruition. Then I place those papers in my cauldron or my Blessing Hearth and burn them.
Fire activates and honors. It releases and transforms and energizes.
When can you use a ritual?
I find it useful to create a ritual when: You feel a need for extra protection or support. You want to purify and cleanse yourself, an object or a space. You want to give thanks and offer gratitude. You have a healing request. When you want to release emotion, pain or trauma. Manifesting something wonderful. Planting or harvest. Celebrating an important threshold or life event such as a new home, job change, graduation, menopause, deaths and births. Blessing something like a river, a piece of land or a home. Celebrating a specific birthday. Marking the ending or beginning of a relationship.
I especially love doing a ritual with the lunar cycle or as the seasons change – Full Moon, Spring Equinox or Winter Solstice celebrations for example.
Some rituals are personal and solo. Some include other people, families or even whole communities.
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