Group Healing Ritual

An Example – A group healing-light ritual

Article Explaining the ingredients of a Ritual

An Extract From A Soon to be Released Ebook “Circle of Power”

  1. Setting the Space

    Stage one: individual – setting your internal space, your body. Doing this exercise together as a group will connect you together to hekp build focus for the ritual
    You pause for a moment to feel my hands and feet and the position of spine, your whole body. You breathe and feel the sensations intensifying, becoming aware of the internal space of my body/mind, the space you occupy. You relax by unlocking my knees (if standing) and feeling a little stretching up though my spine, up to my head so that you feel taller, comfortable and powerful. You imagine and feel that as you breathe you’re taking in the spirit, visualizing it as a fluorescent rainbow with the colours settling in the places in my body that most need balancing, healing. It feels like you can feel my body is being energized, more intensely alive, more sensual.
    Stage two: setting your space, your environment
    This ritual is a healing ritual that can be conducted anywhere. In this case focus on your surroundings taking note of the colours, sounds and smells around you. If there is anything, particularly like sounds or smells, that you feel will distract you, interfere with your experience of the ritual. Focus on it. Take in its details, be curious about it, let it be something you embrace as an object to enhance your ritual. Then set it aside and focus on your feelings of the energy in your hands and feet as you breathe.
    If you are not doing the work in a public place like you are at home in your lounge room. Take your time so as to maintain this intense awareness of your body as you move around the room cleaning, organising everything so that it feels like you are energising the room with the same feelings as developed with your body. In fact the movements you are doing and the sense of energizing the room should intensify your sensual experience of it – by concentrating on what you are looking at the colours will become clearer, if you move as if you are your aura is like water around you and you are radiating light you will feel your movements have power. Pay attention to the colours and smells, the textures of everything you touch, the sounds outside and inside the room of my movements and breathing as you work. You are taking ownership of the room.
    For other rituals like an invocation you might cover the floor with a sheet you have drawn a circle on and symbols from a recipe provided by your tradition of choice, then follow the lines in pure salt either as power or dissolved in pure water or consecrated water from a sacred place, but this is for another day.

  2. Motivation, Goal, Desire

    We usually have a variety of reasons for the things we do. Some we are centrally aware of, others we have a background awareness of and others we overlook, we don’t notice at all. How motivation works for you is unique to you. As so many say all power and wisdom starts with self-knowledge. For a ritual to work it’s not enough to only have a goal, your motivation has a big influence on the outcome. Your intentions, emotions and imagination have a profound influence on your power, on how it is expressed through your ritual and other actions.

    The most obvious reason for wanting to heal is to be of service or to fix something that’s a really problem to you. These are the desires you are centrally aware of. But there are other emotions, desires and motivations that will influence the effectiveness of the ritual which you may not be centrally aware of. You may feel powerless and helping others may help you feel empowered, it may also help you avoid your own problems. You may feel depressed or undervalued, so it could help you feel valued and special. You maybe avoiding those feelings with positive thinking and other self-management habits that blind you to some of the ways you are blocking your powers. These secondary motivations may not affect your ability to heal, in fact they may help you do good work but they may open you to side effects like feeling drained, or attacked by the weakness in others you are seeking to heal.

    For the ritual to work not only do your aims need to be clear but your reasons for choosing this path need to be clear. Being clear about the reasons you want to do the ritual means you are aware of them and have addressed them in a way that means you aren’t being sabotaged by them. This is why we call it the path of “wisdom and power”, both are necessary. There are internal rituals you can use that help in working with the various ways we sabotage ourselves. During the process of setting the space and thinking about the ritual in the lead up to conducting it, you should focus on the strongest feelings you are motivated by. If it is desperation then so be it. The ritual will be more powerful if you are honest and really connect with the feelings you have rather than try to force yourself to be positive overriding your real feelings. The ritual will change your feelings. It’s part of the point.

  3. Resources, form, structure, plan

    For a healing light ritual all you need is yourself with good intention, though some people may want to use some tools for protection. Candles can be perfumed, an incense or oils that are particularly rich and strongly symbolic. Sandalwood is very protective. Wearing a medallion that has symbols on it for healing goddesses, gods and/or shamanic animals or trees are powerful protectors, healers or guides can be very useful. You might choose some tarot cards as a way helping explore the reasons for ill-health and the path to be free of it. You might go to Eastern Emporium, or a Tibetan op-shop, or Buddhist or other esoteric or New Age bookshop where you can get various pieces of jewellery with power symbols inscribed on them or in the shape of them. You soak them in saltwater and meditate on them, visualising the full colour three dimensional version of them. You can go to sleep with the symbol so you can clear them on the astral. Channelling light into them and from them can also be useful.
    Structure/Plan For Our Healing Circle
    We’ll sit in a circle. We will go through the process of setting the space mentioned above. We will then do some energy/aura sensitising exercises individually, in couples and as a group. Then anyone who feels they could use a healing will get to be at the centre of the circle. Next we will do some absent healing for people we are connected to who are not physically present. Finally we’ll send our energy for the harmony and balance of the whole of the universe. After this we will talk about the theory, practice and structure of what we have done. And answer questions.

  4. Action, doing it, passion, expression, doing it

    We will carry out the plan in the form mentioned above. For it to work, to be as powerful as possible we want to feel it, give it the kind of focus that intense passion calls us to – curiosity, love, fear, hate even anger can give us the alignment of our circles of power or light (Chakras in India or Sephiroth in the Kabbalah) to bring the force of magic(k) to you actions an goals. When you practice promise-keeping (to yourself and others) them your word develops the power of ritual action. Different people feel different ways about what makes to actions of ritual powerful. Some think spontaneous action based on the feelings you are creating. Others feel that actions precisely rehearsed will allow you to focus your energy to express your power fully. Both of these are valid. It depends on what works for you which you choose.

  5. Receptiveness, listening, responsiveness in the moment

    You don’t always feel the power working but you do have to be aware of its effects. The point of a ritual is to bring about change. For that change, happening moment to moment, to be most effective we need to be aware of it and ready to respond because it may not go quite as expected, it may go better.

  6. Meanings, Broader effects, consequences to your story of yourself and your context/culture, myth

    The deepest most powerful changes change our view of ourselves, the stories we have for our past and our future these also influence the symbols we use in the rituals. These symbols come from the myths we feel are most powerfully, we are most excited by. If a healing ritual works in a deep and significant way it will empower us to change our myth of ourselves changing the way we experience the world. It will change our psychology and physiology. This can be small incremental changes or a profound turn, a quantum leap to a new way of being in the world.

  7. Unexpected, limitations, humility, spirit

    Most people seek healing when they are confronted by their limitations. We are most confronted by our limitations when something unexpected or unpredictable happens. This humility causes us to look beyond the ordinary options to more mysterious solutions and this is where the spirit comes in its own. Rituals for healing will be participated in by people who are aware of the limitations of mainstream medical approaches. Mainstream medicine still use symbols from magic like the crossed “R” at pharmacies that represents Jupiter. Though there are laws of spirit, as mentioned above they can be influenced by many things that we are not always aware of, so the results an and often are unpredictable and unexpected. Ritual can however be mundane. You can use the principles here and in the accompanying article for analysing a visit to a mainstream doctor. They accidentally do invocations of spirit because of the habits they develop out of their traditions going back to medieval times and before when healing ritual was mainstream medicine. It is a thread of Western science and medicine has been to limit the unpredictability in our experience of life and the universe.

Article Explaining the ingredients of a Ritual

how to create a ritual

Circle of Power

This is an extract from the introduction to a soon to be released Ebook

How to do Rituals for Daily Life and Special Moments

Every tradition has its own images, Goddesses, Gods, spirits and cosmology for its practices. Ritual is both an internal and external practice. It is a way of structured actions to bring mind, emotions, body and spirit together with other dimensions of being in order to achieve something for yourself, your loved ones and to affect your world. Ritual is neither good nor evil but can be used for both. It seems to be a natural part of human communication and organisation, whether you are talking to other humans or the spirit world. It can be unpredictable because the universe has a sense humour (some say), but mostly it’s because of collisions between our conscious, unconscious and subconscious and limits on our knowledge and perceptions leading to impulses and thoughts that derail our ritual.

Ritual has many purposes ranging from the very ordinary to the profound. Celebrating birthdays, naming ceremonies, weddings, initiations and empowerments are profound life changing moments. Whilst your routine to prepare yourself for your day, brushing teeth, cleansing, dressing and entering your workplace or home building using a key or security pass are ordinary things that we do in habitual ways that have the effect of ritual and could benefit from the conscious awareness and empowerment that ritual brings to them.

This article presents one version of the essential ingredients of ritual with an application of them. It seeks to analyse what is taught in various traditions so you can apply them to any tradition and help understand why ritual can be a powerful part of your approach to life. These ingredients are very practical you could write a business plan using them, or plan a holiday or any event, because as the old magical saying goes “as above, so below” meaning that which applies to the highest most powerful knowledge should work in the simplest most ordinary situations.
These ingredients divide the indivisible. Ingredient five’ doing it’ includes the whole process from start to finish. Ingredient two the goal you want to achieve and the feelings that are motivating you need also to be kept in mind throughout. Ingredient six is the product of the whole process but is also centrally influential on the shape of your ritual as your plan it. This is also true of ingredients seven and one. Even though this mix up is true the order here is a logical procedure to follow.

The seven principles of ritual:

  1. Background, space, history, boundaries
  2. Desire, goal, motivation
  3. Resources, form, structure, plan
  4. Action, doing it, passion, expression, doing it
  5. Receptiveness, listening, responsiveness in the moment
  6. Meanings, Broader effects, consequences to your story of yourself and your context/culture, myth
  7. Unexpected, limitations, humility, spirit
  1. Background, space, history, boundaries. In the immediate physical level this refers to the room, the space or the temple you are going to conduct your ritual in. “Setting the Space” is to make the place sacred by arranging it to suit the ritual. Setting the space is also the internal process of getting your body/mind into the right state so as to set the physical place into a place of power. It is concentrating the spirit in that place. You also draw a boundary around it to make it special. You even conduct a ritual to enter it when it is being used for ritual. This sets your inner space, state of mind for the work you are about to do. It becomes a place of power so that even before you have done anything your psychic and group resources are all focussed and ready for the work you are about to do. In NLP they would say you are anchoring your emotions and energy so that you will immediately be “in state” or in a power state when you enter the space with the ritual of entry. The space should bring all your senses into play – colours (vision), objects for texture (touch) and symbolism (emotionally powerful for you), music or sounds (hearing), smells, the feel and shape of the space (proprioception) and of course food for taste. It is also the personal background you bring to the work, your emotional and cultural history, which will define your interests, roles, and the traditions you will use/participate with for the ritual.
  2. Desire, goal, motivation. Why are you doing the ritual? What are your motivations? What do want from it, your goals? Some of these are obvious up in front of your consciousness, like money, love, rain, celebration, worship, contacting the other side, invocation or evocation. You could just want to consolidate a group for a non-esoteric purpose, like doing a fitness work out together or a work meeting to improve performance or make a plan to make something happen. But the more important motivations (especially when doing esoteric or magick rituals) are those hidden from you, subconscious desires, attitudes which drive the surface ones. For example, why would you want to use magick ritual to do something that you can do in more practical ways? For example – Why do you want to use a short cut to manifesting wealth using esoteric ritual rather getting money by participating in value-exchange relationships like working and saving or going into business after doing business courses? You could use these principles of ritual for non-magical goals as a ground for communication and doing business, designing a dance party or birthday gathering all worthy goals. This doesn’t mean you can’t use magic(k) ritual for all kinds of practical goals (like money) it’s just that you need to be clear about your motivations and get your conscious and subconscious desires and motivations aligned so all your power is behind them. It’s also important to realise that if something is a goal then to your unconscious being it is not here and now. It is over there away from you and out of your reach. This needs to be addressed in the construction and actions, the mental disciplines of your ritual. You’ve got to experience your goal in all your senses as if it has already been achieved. One of the powerful forms of ritual is to use it to overcome any feeling or realities that might block you from achieving your goals. So those blockages are made conscious. One such form is the ritual journey based on the hero of a myth.
  3. Resources, form, structure, plan. What will be the structure of your ritual? What will you use as tools, instruments, weapons for it? Who will participate? What actions, symbols, thought-forms will be involved? There are material representations of the symbols and there are the astral or spiritual or magical meanings of them. On a material level you’ll need to buy candles and special paper if they are what you are going to use. You may need a partner if it is going to be a sex magick ritual (though that’s not necessary). Will you be sky-clad (naked)? Will you evoke the spirits you are going to invoke by using costumes? Will you need to make them, better than buying them? Buying anything you are going to use in ritual CAN (meaning they don’t have to) be a problem. This is where the Astral/Spiritual/Magical meaning and existence of the symbols you are using comes in.

    A “thought-form” is an Astral or spiritual existence (depending on who you listen to). It is a thought that is given form and life through action, emotion (trust/faith/belief but others as well) collective imagination, energy and attachment. Thought-forms are affected by the emotions and thoughts of those participating in them. It is the reason some traditions use secrecy so they can control the quality of the energy, emotions, spirit input to their thought-forms. Thought-forms can become attached to objects which are used as symbols. An everyday example of a thought-form is a corporation. The symbols and name of the corporation and the group of people they represent are given a life of their own beyond any individual or that group. In the ritual system that is the law of the land the symbols are given person-hood with many of the same rights as we have as embodied people. Most people in the west, in fact around world, treat these symbols and names as if they are real entities. They pay our wages and take responsibility for our lives. They move mountains if they mining companies and build bridges if they are engineering companies, though they only exist as symbols in the collectives minds of our society. When you buy symbols for ritual you won’t know who has touched them and what they were feeling and what energy they put into it with their emotions and how these will affect your ritual. There are a few ways of deal with the unpredictability of other people touching, thinking about, feeling attached to the objects and thought-forms you are going to use in your rituals. You can use a ritual of cleansing to make bought costumes and objects useable. You can accept energy is energy and it’s all good and helpful because their involvement makes the thought-form all the more real. It depends on your cosmology as to what works for you.

  4. Action, doing it, passion, power/love expressed. Carrying out the ritual, the working, whatever form it takes with all the intense focussed passion you can pull from you or push you to. It is said that intensity of experience comes when there are high stakes, when your life and love are on the line. Ritual is most powerful and effective if this is the case. It can mean that your body is at stake because you are in real danger as in many tribal initiations. Alternatively, it can mean that your identity is at stake like doing something that redefines how you will experience yourself. You can symbolically act out an intense situation where through the suspension-of-disbelief (which is where movies get their power) you can feel the danger as an emotional rather than as a physical reality. Having your identity endangered on the other hand can come from all sorts of more gentle situations like changing habits, like falling in love and having to rethink reorganise your life around a new person, like changing your job or changing spiritual traditions. Ritual can be used to transmute these situations by empowering you to feel choice and some sort of control of the change process.
  5. Receptiveness, listening, responsiveness in the moment. As you do anything you need to have focussed awareness in the moment of the sensual and emotions experiences you are having. In ritual this is heightened and intensified. For example, during the process of a simple ritual with a limited time frame and clearly prescribed set of actions and goals, your awareness is for the emotional and physical effects and the aftermath/consequence of the ritual in the moments you are doing it. In the case of a longer term working of ritual where you may need to adjust and adapt the ritual as you go to respond to the changing circumstances created by it then sensual in-the-moment mindfulness will be important to the achievement of your goals. Some rituals, such as invocations and channelling, are communication processes that need to be flexible and responsive to the events of the ritual. Focussed awareness is extremely important in order to succeed.
  6. Meanings, Broader effects. Consequences to your story of yourself and your context/culture, Myth. Meaning comes from the larger context and consequences of the ritual, of any activity and thought, feeling. On one level this is the mythic archetypes that evoke and invoke power for you as the symbols that will empower you. On another level it is the meaning in your life and culture of the ritual. How will it change your life, your sense of yourself, your relationships – personal, political and professional? How will it affect your environment – psychic, material, intimate, cultural?
  7. Unexpected, limitations, humility, Spirit. You always have to allow for the unexpected, the improbable, worst case and best case as opposed to the wished for and/or most likely scenarios. You need to allow for your limitations which are where the unpredictable and unexpected come from: limitations in knowledge, limitations in talent, limitations in strength, just the simple fact that you are in a skin means you have limitations on your point of view. Most call on spirit and other higher powers when they are faced with these limitations, when they feel overwhelmed, when faced with death and loss (even small losses like the car keys). This involves keeping a reserve of energy, of resources, being balanced and moderate in your approach to things. This is where the cycle of life comes in because when you are faced with these aspects of your life and ritual it usual inspires further ritual and so you go back to the beginning.

An Example – A group healing-light ritual