The Power of Ritual: How to Create Meaningful Practices for Daily Life
When I speak of ritual, it is not in the religious sense. To me, ritual is about making the moment count; it is about being present in the task you are doing.
In essence a ritual is about bringing sacredness into your life, and about honoring something greater than you and me. It is about honoring the Mystery, and the Bringer of Life in all things, from the flowers, to the trees, to the birds, the tiny caterpillar glistening on a fresh leaf, or the waking sun, and the moonlight. There is a Divine force that moves through all things, like a river, enlivening all of life. It is the same force that moves the plant to flower, the wolf to howl, or lights up a baby’s face. As we become more aware of this higher force moving in our lives and express our gratitude for it, it expands and colors daily life with a radiance and light that connects us to all living things.
Having rituals in your life will enhance your experience greatly. Sometimes the benefit, the richness of experience, will be felt on a subtle level but that does not mean it is not worthy. It is such a beautiful gift to have your friends and family witness the care you take with any ritual that you share with them. Children will see the tenderness with which you create and perform a ritual and they will grow up with the memory, and continue it when they move out.
Rituals are meant not only to celebrate significant moments, but to ease us through difficult times by preserving stability and to establish bonds that transcend time. Rituals performed with family and friends bring us closer to one another and keep us grounded, but all personal ritual, no matter how outwardly mundane, is meaningful.
I am offering you ideas that will help you enrich your life, and therefore select what appeals to you and leave the rest. What you will find, however, is that bringing ritual into your life is simple and easy and only takes a moment. Yes, there are bigger rituals that can take a lot of time, but the idea is to choose what appeals to you and fits with your lifestyle.
What exactly is a Sacred Ritual?
The elements of a Ritual
Why Rituals work
Smudging Four Directions
Things to avoid
Tips while performing the Ritual
When to smudge yourself
Make your own smudge sticks or wands
Himalayan salt crystals
Crystal Clearing Grid
Nature – fresh air and sunshine
Sound – bells, chimes and singing bowls
Why create a “space”?
Using your sacred space
Building up the energy
The Creation of your Altar
Steps to create Altar
Create an Altar for a particular purpose
Choose your Objects
Extra symbolic Altar items
Create a Sacred Box
Video: Creating an Altar
Light an Affirmation Candle
Light a Prayer Candle
Light a Blessing Candle
Light an Inner Reflection Candle
The Ritual of Journaling
Why is Journaling so healing?
How to Journal
What should you Journal about?
Full Moon Journaling Ritual
How to create your morning Ritual
Chakra balancing Bath Ritual
A Spiritual Bath for positive energy
What does a Spiritual Bath Involve?
Uplifting and Invigorating Bath
Calming and Relaxing Bath
Focus and Intent Bath
Shamanic Fire Ceremony
Sacred Fire Ceremony
Video: Full Moon Fire Ceremony
Full Moon Letting Go Ritual
Full Moon calendar 2018
New Moon calendar 2018
Full Moon Rituals
Full Moon Ritual for Finding your Heart’s Desire
Full Moon Ritual for Abundance
Full Moon Ritual for Letting Go
New Moon Rituals
New Moon Wishes Ritual
New Moon Gathering
Steep your Soul with a Daily Tea Ritual
Create your own Tea Ritual
How you will benefit from a Tea Ritual
The Japanese Tea Ceremony
Making a Talking Stick
Some suggestions to create everyday Rituals to bring the Family closer
Cord Cutting Ritual
Video: Full Moon Cord Cutting Ritual
A Ritual to Discover your Life’s Purpose
Clutter Clearing Rituals
Steps to Cleansing the Energy in your Home
Sacred Womb Ritual
Inner Guidance Ritual
Becoming an Elder Ritual
Unlocking Blocks Ritual
Rituals for Coping with Stress
Moving through Depression Ritual
Blessingway (Mother Blessing) Ritual
What happens at a Mother Blessing?
How to Plan a Mother Blessing
Goddess Brigit’s Ritual – Make a Decision
Freyja’s Ritual – Stand out and Shine
Lakshmi Goddess of Abundance & Wisdom
Kuan Yin’s Great Compassion
Harnessing the Power of Vedic Rituals
Releasing Old Relationships Ritual
Menopause – Honoring the Power of Change
Ritual to Honor your Departed Loved Ones