17 February 2022
Reward Through Ritual
Harmony reflects a state of peace and tranquillity – it represents the fluidity of life, into the experience of wholeness.
There are many powerful rewards that come through the process of performing a ritual. Ritual and ceremony are deliberate, symbolic, physical acts. When rituals have intention, they hold great personal meaning. The purpose is to create a connection between the conscious mind and the unconscious. It is important to establish a state of calm and peacefulness when entering into a ritual. Mind, body, and spirit must be at ease.
For these reasons, ceremonies are undertaken with careful preparation of oneself, one’s personal space, and the physical environment. They often include the use of various tools and metaphysical aids. Unfortunately, for most, modern living has cut-off our connection with ritual, and along with it a relationship with our inner self, as they are seldom practised. But, this need not be the case.
Incorporating the smallest, simplest acts into daily life can have far reaching benefits. In fact, the most powerful rituals are often the subtle, unassuming ones. These tend to hold the greatest personal significance. Why? Because the most important aspect of ritual is to establish a connection. That is, a line of communication between the conscious mind and the unconscious. Thus, ritual provides a means for the principles of the unconscious to become conscious. In other words, it allows the unconscious to make formidable impressions upon the conscious mind, so that they can take form in our outer reality.
A conscious ritual has the power to transform us, and it does so, by creating new thought forms. These originate in the unconscious where they are then transferred back to the conscious mind. The significance is that this has the ability to change the very structure of our beliefs. That is, our ideas, attitudes, and values. These are all examples of conditioned thought forms. Thus, when new insights arise from the unconscious, transformation follows. We are able to integrate them into our conscious awareness. By integrating these into daily habits, our circumstances begin to change; they begin to reflect our new state of consciousness. One that reflects our essential nature. The reward of which is greater fulfilment and alignment with purpose.
To experience beauty is to fulfil our purpose. This is so, because beauty’s essential nature is harmony, and our purpose is to attain harmony through balance. All life experience is a balance of opposites, and harmony is the mid-point. It is the state of equilibrium. Therefore, harmony reflects a state of peace and tranquillity – it represents the fluidity of life into the experience of wholeness. Moreover, the soul seeks the refinement inherent within beauty. This is because it reflects an underlying structure of cohesiveness. In other words, we strive for balance, and we aspire to reach a state of wholeness.
One way to connect with beauty is through the style of form. That is, to focus our awareness on cultivating beauty in our surroundings, through physical objects. Not only does this activate our awareness, it provides us with grace and serenity, reflecting our state of consciousness back to us. This is invaluable for our spiritual, psychological, and physical wellbeing.
Thus, the greatest reward ritual offers us is the ability to access the unconscious, so that we can unleash our true nature, and experience wholeness. The unconscious is the creative well of all potential. It is here, where a plethora of gold awaits our discovery. But these discoveries need integration into consciousness. Their realisation requires our conscious awareness in order for them to be manifested into the world of form, where their beauty is actualised and experienced.
The Art Of Ritual
Intention | Approaching the Heart – Set the intention to connect with your genuine, authentic, decisive, and resolute self.
At this stage, it’s nice to set the tone by preparing the scene. Create an atmosphere that’s conducive to relaxation and receptivity. I prefer to be in darkness, beginning the process of initiation by lighting a candle.
The Scented Candle: Edition 03 – Incense – is so enticing…“A scent of spirit-clearing smoke, mystical resins, forbidden spices, and holy woods, this candle is deceptively simple. Based on a small collection of gorgeous materials—a rare green frankincense from Oman is the glimmering, woody-airy star, prized for its deeply spiritual aspects and combination of depth and clarity—the magic of the scent unfolds in the balance between the individual notes, from juniper and black pepper to cardamom and cedar. The push and pull of the elements amplify one another, and smolder into a scent that’s ever-unfolding, twisting and turning like a trail of smoke from an ancient encampment along the Silk Road.” Goop Beauty
Inquiry | Setting the Stage – In list form, take note of anything and everything that’s occupying your thoughts at this very moment. Keep writing until the moment you feel you are beginning to search for things to write. Be natural. You may have a little on your mind, or a lot. Quantity is not important. Quality always is. Try not to censor anything. Whatever is at the forefront of your conscious mind is the point of inquiry where you should begin.
Action | Establishing a Connection – In your journal, and I recommend writing in a personal journal that appeals to your aesthetic sensibilities, which you keep private, and hold sacred. On a fresh page, begin to write in free-from whatever comes to mind. Again, approach this with a sense of effortlessness. Do not censor your thoughts. And don’t bother worrying about correct spelling or grammar, just write. If you get stuck, that’s fine, continue with the next available thought. This is not an IQ test. Proceed with confidence.
Ritual | Creating a Ritual – Without analysing, reread what you wrote in the previous step. Is there anything attractive, unusual, or curious in what you wrote? What word, or phrase stands out to you the most? Choose one word that you feel drawn to the most.
On a fresh page, write this word in the centre. Anywhere on the page, in free-form style, write everything you associate with this word. These can be single words or short phrases. For example, if the word is Ocean. You may write: Cleansing, mysterious, deep, colourful, or The Little Mermaid. After you feel you’ve had enough, stop.
What is one physical act that you can do to honour what you have discovered today? Do what you feel is appropriate. Don’t force this step. Let something arise in its own time. It may take a minute, an hour, a day, or a week. It’s helpful to let go of everything and give your mind a break. Do something physical, like walking or swimming.
If you feel you haven’t had a breakthrough, take heart. Your greatest insights will come from taking the journey itself. As your state of consciousness changes, your perception will heighten. You will begin to perceive messages and opportunities.
I encourage you to continue this whole process as often as necessary. Often, the mind is so conditioned that it takes persistence and patience to get to a state of receptivity. In time, the conscious mind will become more receptive to the unconscious, and original material will surface. Clues will begin to arise when you least expect it. When they do, acknowledge them by returning to your journal and repeating the steps above.