From daily grooming routines, traditional religious ceremonies, marriages, to elaborate magical activities designed to change the direction in which energy flows and achieve spectacular results, rituals accompany us even if we don’t realize it.
Technically speaking, rituals are sequences of repetitive actions performed according to rules strictly defined for the occasion. They vary greatly depending on the cultures, social groups, and historical groups involved. In fact, history shows that ritual does not come from a period where the development of spirituality and esotericism gained momentum – rituals were among the first elements regulating human relationships, as well as human relations with the environment and all phenomena occurring in the Universe from the very beginning of humanity.
Usually, if an activity, whether undertaken consciously or less, makes us feel good about ourselves, and the Wheel of Life goes on as we expect, we simply consider it a good fortune and do not notice that it may be the result of our own daily but important actions. This happens somewhat naturally, because man is a being whose mind is constructed in layers.
At the very top – the information most readily available to us that we accept fully is consciousness. We use it most often when making decisions. Underneath, a little deeper – a very important element of our personality slumbers in secret. It is the subconscious. This is all the encoded, like a cipher built from an indescribable number of schemes and patterns, information that affects what we do, but we do not register it in an obvious way.
This is easy to notice, for example, when driving a car. A skilled driver no longer thinks about the fact that he or she is putting on the turn signal or changing gears. It happens on its own because it is closely related to certain actions we perform after we get behind the wheel. Seatbelt, key, ignition, mirrors, gears. The exact same pattern every time. Some drivers even have their own specific sequence of movements, including improving the seat belt on the collarbone.
The ritual is like a program
The same can happen in any area of life. From the very mundane ones, like the issue of keeping the house in order, to the high vibrational realms where the battle for our energy security and spiritual harmony takes place. The basis here is the understanding that ritual is an entry into a pattern – on the physical, spiritual and emotional levels. A ritual is nothing more than the introduction of a specific code into our life management system – this code we can call a program. Some install themselves right away, others need to be revised, updated, and sometimes uninstalled and programmed anew – on a completely different basis.
If we have the knowledge to perform rituals, we can do it ourselves. At the level of simple activities that have ritual significance on a daily basis, we can manage just fine. However, if the matter concerns deep layers of the subconscious or areas in other dimensions of reality we usually need the help of an experienced specialist in this matter. While a relationship can be concluded on the basis of a contract between two people, weddings are usually performed by officials or priests.
Who should perform the ritual depends primarily on our conscious knowledge, skills and on what level it should work. What concerns ourselves in the area of ordinary activities is our personal business. However, if the result of the ritual is to work not only on us personally, but also on other people or forces that are at work in the world it will be necessary to ask for help from a person who knows how to influence them.
This, ritual is nothing more than a conscious influence on the subconscious both within the individual and the entire Universe.
The bad fame of rituals
There is no division of rituals into good and bad. Just as energies are neither good nor bad, people neither pretty nor ugly. They are simply differentiated and affect beings in ways that result from some interference. The negative view of ritualism stems from the fact that while for one person the actions in question will produce the effect desired by him, for another the effects may be lamentable. The power of ritual is extremely strong and increases the deeper into the layers of the subconscious one encodes specific values and qualities.
Ancient cultures engaged in ritual murder and sacrifice of humans and animals – this was incredibly common in Norse culture, or among the South American Mayans. These acts caused the image of tragic events to appear in our heads today on the word ritual – this is the effect of a kind of mega projection and the result of centuries of actions against this background. Like any taboo dating back a few or several centuries ago, this type of practice at this point is neither a necessary nor an acceptable part of our culture – hence there is no need to invoke and use it. Over the centuries we have learned that sacrifice does not have to be physical, and in fact it is much more effective to work on a spiritual level.
The case is different with curses or maledictions, which are erroneously considered ritualistic – but these are typically negative actions, intended to lead to destruction, destruction and disaster. They are never justified, and those committing them must realize that any amount of energy devoted to destruction results in a multiple of it that can come back to them at any time.
Modern daily rituals
As our society develops, it is becoming increasingly conscious of rituals. This can be seen, among other things, in the cultural interest in mindfulness. Mindfulness, yoga or meditation – they are already a permanent part of our everyday life. Thanks to them, we get more from life, in fact, we notice that we have more – we begin to deepen our awareness, while at the same time drawing on what is deeper.
If we form a habit, such as brewing coffee in the morning, feeding our pets, taking regular care of our bodies we establish certain paths that lead us to achieve certain results. A sudden lack of action in a certain area can result in disorganization and, for example, a less than successful day. For example, a bicyclist who forgets to turn on his lights will probably get hurt, either from a police fine or simply not being seen on the road and getting into an accident.