Rituals work as a spiritual development tool because they combine a physical action of the body with purposeful, focused thoughts and directed desires. Rituals actively use the concept, “where the mind goes the energy follows”.
The images created in the mind, combined with the flow of spiritual energy, and the physical actions of your body, can, if you allow it, produce new spiritual energy forces within and around you.
The ritual process usually included a blessing or giving thanks to mother earth, the seasons, and/or the cycles in nature. The symbols used in a ritual are usually those things that could be representative of the blessing, or the appreciation. For example, in an Earth Ritual, you can use objects and tools which represent Mother Earth. You can use rocks, water, plants, foods, photos, and the like. Identify what objects speak to you as a representation of Mother Earth and the relationship you have with this energy force.
To have a successful ritual, you will need to prepare and plan the ritual. First, you identify the purpose of the ritual and what outcome you desire. The purpose and the desired outcome will help guide you in what tools, objects, symbols, thoughts, words, and actions to include in this spiritual activity. For example, if your goal is to strengthen your connection to the energy of the Earth, then create your ritual with that in mind.
Here is an example of an Earth energy ritual.
To develop a stronger connection with the energy of the earth so I may feel the differences in energy to help me locate an earth energy site.
- Obtain a square cloth to lay on the ground and serve as the ritual space. The square cloth will represents the 4 corners of the earth; North, South, East, West.
- Obtain 4 different objects which will represent earth, water, wind, sun. (For my ritual, I selected orange sandstone from Lake Powell to represent the earth, a sea shell to represent water, a feather to represent the air, and a candle to represent the sun).
- Identify 4 different gifts the earth provides with you to leave as an offering in the ritual (such as a potato - a vegetable that grows within the earth, an apple - a fruit that grows on a tree, a squash - a vegetable that grows on top of the ground, sea weed - a plant that grows in the water).
- Select a ritual location (for me, I have a found a private grove in the Redwoods. You may find your own private and off-the-beaten path space to serve as your sacred space or can create a space within your home).
- Lay the ritual cloth on the ground and place the object representing the earth & female/yin energy (the rock) on the north corner. On the south corner, place the object representing the sun (the candle), representing male & yang energy to balance out the female energy.
- On the west corner, place the object representing water (the sea shell). On the east corner, place the object representing the wind (the feather).
- Stand in the middle of the cloth, facing east, and do a standing meditation. When ready, give thanks, and a blessing to the earth.
- Offer the vegetable (potato) from within the earth to the earth as an offering.
- Now face the south and give thanks, and a blessing to the sun.
- Offer a vegetable to the sun (such as the squash).
- Face the west and give thanks, and a blessing to the water.
- Offer the plant that grows in the water (the seaweed).
- Face the east and give thanks, and a blessing to the air.
- Offer the plant to the air - the plant that grows high in the air (the apple).
- Reface the north, see and feel YOUR energy connect to and with the earth. When you feel a change in yourself, you can end the meditation and ritual by giving appreciation to the earth for sharing her energy with you.
The ritual is a means to connect with your spiritual self. It is a way of sharing and distributing energy, such as in a blessing. A ritual is way of having and feeling gratitude, which can help create spiritual energy.
You can choose to use rituals in your spiritual growth process. Ponder why you are doing the ritual and what outcome you desire to achieve, then create and build your ritual so the symbols, tools, and actions align with your desired outcome.