Rituals run in our societies as deep as blood runs in our veins. Rituals can be defines as a religious or solemn ceremony consisting of a series of actions performed according to a prescribed order. Rituals are very personal expression of the human soul. The extension of ritual is spiritual meaning that through the unique expression of rituals we are able to connect to our inner self which helps us realize our self as well as understand the entire expanse of the cosmic force. Through ritualistic meditation Buddha could achieve self-realization and ultimately Nirvana.
Rituals are boundary less and do not follow any definite rule. Although a lot of helpful and inspiring information on various rituals and practices can be found in books or internet, I personally believe that the most powerful ritual is the one, you create yourself. In your own style, in your own words with your personal intentions.
Rituals do exist since humankind and they always have been a very important part in humans culture and society. They were created and shared to help man connect to his higher self, his soul and eventually to God. through rituals a possibility was created to connect to the world unseen to naked eyes…the spirit world. Ritual allow the human soul to connects, expresses and embody what is within, and offers it to the world.
The reason for a ritual
Rituals have always been used for various reasons like giving thanks, ask for healing, support or guidance, and also to fulfill our longing for insights and spiritual guidance. And also the desire of the human soul to make itself seen. Rituals are very powerful and helpful as they carry spiritual energies, which can have a huge bearing on our personal lives.
The most important tool to create a ritual is your own mind. Your intentions should always be good and also go along with your unique soul’s desire. There are some sayings about rituals and magic and I do agree that they are manifestations of the law of cause and effect. “Whatever you send out will come back to you!” „Respect the free will of other people!“ „Like attracts like!“ If you keep these in your mind while performing a ritual, then you can be rest assured that you are heading in the right and positive direction and that no harm can befall on your or others by your practice.
Probably the oldest and most profound is the ritual of “Thanks Giving” which our ancestors celebrated a lot specially during the harvest time in autumn. As food was not always available like today, therefore people were even more grateful if they had enough. I think that we could always give thanks as we do harvest everyday the fruits from yesterday.
The more we step into the power of gratitude, the more we attract exactly what we are so thankful for. This is not magic, more over the natural law of attraction. Raising our vibration by giving thanks and showing gratitude towards abundance, we will automatically attract even more of that. This can also be done by writing thoughts of thanks and saying words of thanks. But even more powerful is the creation of a ritual in which we embody our gratefulness into the material world. The more effort and desire we put into the ritual (that does not depend on the size of the ritual, but on the energy) the more it will create a change in our lives. Doing a ritual takes time but especially in our fast changing and busy lives this can be a real chance to take some time off. Focusing on your intentions, preparing for your ritual, doing the ritual and finally experiencing the energy shift is absolutely great. It also helps with your own well-being as you give your soul the time to connect with the source. I did say before that there are no rules how to do a ritual, it is totally up to you and your own spirit.
Over the years I have been a part of many ceremonies and rituals with people from different cultures, religions and spiritual convictions, and everyone had their own preference, routine, intentions, reasons and order. Some of them were really touching and others were more mechanical, that often depends on the vibe of the person who leads the ritual, but also on your personal attraction. You might feel drawn to Pagans or Buddhists rather than to South American Shamans.
It is totally up to you, don’t limit yourself by your personal cultural, spiritual or religious background. I experienced a real openness from every other culture and spiritual practitioners when I asked to take part in a ritual. As long as you come along with respect and an open mind you will attract the same in return. So why not go out and look for some inspiration in other cultures or spiritual belief systems? Your soul doesn’t have any rigid point of view about spirituality. Whatever feels right for you do that.
by: Julie Jurgan