Rituals have been manifold through human history, being it done in temples, in houses, short or long ones, it is something we find again and again in every society that exists or ever existed. Rituals have been performed to ask for certain intentions, like healing of someone who is sick, to obtain something, to express our gratitude, to offer to the gods, to celebrate, to achieve a higher level, etc., etc. ,etc….
To see, what ritual can mean for each of us, let us first look, at what wikipedia describes as being it:
A ritual "is a sequence of activities involving gestures, words, and objects, performed in a sequestered place, and performed according to set sequence." There are hardly any limits to the kind of actions that may be incorporated into a ritual. The rites of past and present societies have typically involved special gestures and words, recitation of fixed texts, performance of special music, songs or dances, processions, manipulation of certain objects, use of special dresses, consumption of special food, drink, or drugs, and much more.
This is already enough to baffle most of us, but let’s put it into an easier context. Ritual is every act, that connects us with a higher being or energy, in what ever way and for what ever goal we perform it.
If we aren’t used to work with any type of rituals, it’s best to keep it simple. Let us not forget, that lighting a candle is also a ritual, and one of the most basic. For example, we can light a candle, for someone who is sick, while we do it, we aim our thoughts to the person, and send out energy of healing, or prayer/ energy to which being/ god we are connected with.
It’s not the candle that will perform anything, it are we, doing the simple, but effective ritual. We aim our thoughts to a certain goal, we send out energy, and as action equals reaction, a response will follow. Sometimes it is difficult to obtain what we desire, as simple things are achieved easily, more complicated matters take more time.
It’s important, that you believe, that what you are doing will cause a difference, however this may manifest itself in the end. Without a deep belief in what you do, each ritual or manipulation is useless.
We can perform elaborate rituals, with expensive incenses, candles, wines, clothes, sword, etc. Which can all help to aim your thoughts to the goal which you want to achieve, but which can be done in a very easy way also. The power of ritual lays not in using expensive items, but in the belief that it will work. Building up the power of accepting and believing that you, through your will can achieve things around you in the material world, takes time, but through exercise you can achieve much. Here the sky isn’t the limit, your mind is.
What ever you desire or want to achieve, basically nothing is impossible, only we can hinder ourselves to reach our set goal. If you use rituals, in what ever form, keep them simple, in your own language, or a language you do comprehend. The more you can follow, what and why you do it, the more you are connected with the working and the stronger the energy is, you can put into it. As to the duration of a ritual, it’s best not to prolong it to much, as it’s difficult to remain focused for a long time, but of course that differentiate for each of us. Once you are more advanced, you can use a more elaborate working, if you so desire. But always remember, it’s not that which holds the power, that force lays inside of you.
What ever way you choose, may it be successful and a wondrous path of discovery.