Growing up in a strict Catholic home, everything about the way we connected with God was standardized and specific. Leaving meant I had to create new rituals.
After I left my religion of origin, I was convinced Christianity had the market share of how to pray, connect and create ritual. I felt awkward even saying the word “prayer” or “praying” after I left like the Pope might hear me say it and come with the Swiss Guard to arrest me.
The one thing I decided I would do, was to immerse myself in the study of other religions and philosophies for two reasons: I had lived a sheltered life in my Christian upbringing and had never explored anything outside of it and secondly I wanted to immerse myself in other religions and philosophies to understand how other people created rituals and prayers. I knew the rituals themselves had a long history passed down for thousands of years and were incepted by a singular being or body at some point in time.
What I discovered was beautiful threads of light that connected all these religions and their peoples to their deity(s) through rituals that were inspired and marked by celestial events, harvests, seasons, celebrations, miracles and mysticism. The lights of thread were also connecting core values and tenets found in each religion and philosophy. I was mesmerized with the knowledge so many different humans, over such a long expanse of time having been disconnected by travel (and of course there was no internet!) teaching and living into the same ideas, without cross pollination for thousands of years.
Golden Rule: Love thy neighbor as yourself (Christian saying)
Divine Oneness: Live in harmony, we are all connected (Native American saying)
Presence and Stillness: You have power over your mind, not outside events. (Marcus Aurelius)
Alchemy and Suffering: The wound is the place where the light enters you. (Rumi)
The Power of Words: Speak only endearing speech, speech that is welcomed. Speech, when it brings no evil to others, is a pleasant thing. (Buddha)
Honesty: A half truth is a whole lie. (Yiddish Proverb)
Altruism: Set thy heart upon thy work, but never on its reward. (Bhagavad Gita)
Shared ideas without the luxury of sharing them. What could this all mean?
I believed that it meant we are born divinely connected to our creators. That instilled within us is a deep wisdom of knowing and being which has been imprinted into our human DNA. That rituals are sprung forth from within us so that we can honor the unknown and the known. That our capacity for connection comes from our honest intention to give back to something greater than ourselves, and furthermore to share it with others. This gave me great confidence and courage to create my own daily rituals that would help me stay connected, grounded and in alignment with my souls need to be still, to heal, to love, to forgive, to grow and to change.
- Get out of bed on the right side to start my day off right.
- Gratitude: After my alarm goes off, I lay in bed listing off as many things I am grateful for.
- The Divine Light Invocation: A standing mediation created by Swami Sivananda Radha for living from a light centered space.
- The Prayer of Jabez (Reboot): A scripture from 1 Chronicles that I revised in modern spiritual words (see below)
- Loving Kindness Meditation: The benevolent Buddhism meditation to create good will for yourself and others.
- Ho’oponopono Ritual: Hawaiian Forgiveness Ritual, Prayer and Meditation
- Silent Meditation (5-10 minutes of quietude)
- Earthing: Walking meditation while barefoot connecting with mother Earth.
- Crystal Circle Meditation: Create a circle with your crystals and corresponding 7 chakras, lay inside the circle and meditate on the healing power of the crystals to transmute any negativity, trauma or harmful experiences of your day.
- Visualization and Manifestation: Visualize for 5-10 minutes your hearts desire. Feel it deep within your being and know that it is already done. If you can dream it, you can create it.
- Dream and Astral Travel Meditation: Call in my highest self to remember where I go as I sleep and to have the wisdom to decipher in my waking life the teachings of my dreams.
- Get into bed on the right side to sleep well.
These are my daily rituals that I’ve created for myself and it is not a comprehensive list, notably missing is service to others, care of animals, spending time in nature, swimming in the ocean, and other rituals that exist inside of my daily and monthly practices. However, this should give you a great idea of where to start. Sit down and write out what makes you feel the most peace and closest to divinity, then create rituals and practices that help amplify that connection.
Join us in the community garden to share what rituals you have created, we’d love to hear what you’ve come up with.