Creative Ritual & Spiritual Protection for Sensitive Souls
We all pick up on the emotional vibrations of just about everything around us, much like a sponge soaking up water. This can be extremely draining emotionally and physically, especially if you are more sensitive than most.
Here, you will to protect yourself spiritually from being robbed of energy by teaching you how to use herbs, oils, stones, colors, fragrances, salts, incense, flowers and plants in prayer to ward off negativity and overwhelm.
You’ll learn to set up a personal alter for ritual, if you like, and how to put your prayers into physical practice through ritual using these items.
What is Creative Ritual?
The first thing you may think of when you hear the word 'ritual' is of horror movies where someone, or something, is sacrificed for the greater good of all, whether for good or evil. This is not what is being referring to here, at all. There are many types of rituals.
A wedding ceremony is a ritual. Blowing out birthday candles on a cake is a ritual. Baptism is a ritual. If you give it some thought, you can come up many everyday rituals. Even brushing your teeth and combing your hair in the morning, after getting out of bed, is a form of ritual.
One of the most popular rituals you can perform is the ritual of exercise. Most do not think of exercise as a ritual but it is, and a very powerful one, in that it heals your body, mind and soul all at the same time.
Think of ritual as a physical form of thought, or prayer. It is something that you can do in the physical and material world that parallels, and symbolizes your intentions. Your thoughts are bits of energy that go out as intentions into the universe. Everything you think, say and do affects yourself and others positively or negatively. Rituals are powerful in their own 'rite' because of the intentions (energies) that fuel them.
Imagine a coffee table with beautiful river rocks, a copper bell from India, scented candles and incense in a lovely container. Add some fresh flowers and chakra music to the environment and who would ever guess that a half hour ago you were deep in personal ritual, tapping on your drum, placing sea salt in the corners of your home to reduce negative energies.
You don't have to change your spiritual viewpoint in order to enjoy and find value in rituals.
And, there is only one rule. Whenever you involve yourself in creative ritual prayer do so with an attitude of hope, love and gratefulness.
What Can Creative Ritual Be Used For?
Communing with God.
Refreshing a dwelling, or hotel room.
Symbolizing an ending or a new beginning.
Harmonizing and boosting the energy in your home.
Releasing your home from energies of illness or death.
Attracting more positive energy into your life.
Clearing out the energies of a negative guest.
When Should You Practice Creative Ritual?
You can practice creative ritual prayer whenever you like. However, it’s not just the daily heart-to-heart talks you have with God that are implied here. It is more than that. The words we speak in prayer are formed with letters. In creative ritual, your prayers become active, rather than just spoken, when you use materials, such as flowers, candles, incense, and stones to for specific purposes, or intentions.
Certain philosophical groups are more than willing to give you their interpretation of what elements correspond to what directions. However, none of these groups seem to agree with each other. Try using your own geographical location as the basis for direction when it comes to placing objects on an alter. For example, if you live in the north side of your city or town, you should be able to figure what direction south is, then east and west. Or, if your loved one is in the east, you may wish to place an object of love, or a picture of the both of you, in the eastern corner of your alter.
Since we all have come from spirit into the world, you could use an all together different rendition by arranging your alter contents in the shape of a tree, The Tree of Life. The philosophy of Tree of Life comes from the teachings of the Jewish Quabala (or Kabbalah). Place your objects in the following order.
At the top of the tree (the Northern section of your tray or alter) would be Fire symbols, with Air below Fire, followed by Water, and with Earth following Water. This represents the Four Worlds, beginning with Spirit and ending in Physicality. It is our job in this lifetime to find our way back up through the Four Worlds and back to Spirit. The following tools can be used to represent the four worlds.
Fire/Spirit (Our Spirit): All blades forged in fire, red or orange stones or candles, wands from trees, gold, matches, brooms, torches, ashes and the Tarot Suit of Wands.
Air/Thought (Our Breath): A sword or spear, arrows, slings, fans, incense, a book and pen (symbolizes written thought), letter opener, feather, wind instruments and the Tarot Suit of Swords.
Water/Emotions (Our Blood): Hollow horns, rings, tea and kettle, chalice, sup, bowl, wine, Holy Water, juice, Silver, sea shells, seaweed, stones with holes in their centers and the Tarot Suit of Cups.
Earth/Physicality (Our Body): Animal pelts, dirt, carved bits of wood, clay, drums, roots, wheels, pentacles, crystals, stones, grain, fruit and the Tarot Suit of Coins.
Stones for the Chakras in Creative Ritual
Gemstones may be added to your rituals. Their presence can help to heal the chakras and to create a better flow of energy and balance to the chakras themselves. For complete aura protection, wear an Apache Tear Obsidian.
Root Chakra - Red/Black - Garnet, Red Jasper, Red Coral, Ruby.
Sacral Chakra - Orange - Yellow Jasper, Carnelian, Moonstone, Sunstone, Yellow Fluorite and Citrine.
Solar Plexus Chakra - Yellow - Tiger’s eye, Topaz, Citrine, Rhodonite, Apache Gold and Yellow Jasper.
Heart Chakra - Rose/Green - Adventurine, Chrysopras, Ruby, Moss Agate, Olivine, Pink Rhodonite, Emerald, Rose quartz, Green/pink Tourmaline, Pink Coral, and Rhodochrosite.
Throat Chakra - Blue - Aquamarine, Chalcedony, Celestite, Blue Tourmaline, Turquoise, Nephrite and Blue Topaz.
Forehead or Third Eye Chakra - Indigo - Sodalite, Sapphire, Lapis lazuli, Diamonds, Jet, Jade, Falcon’s Eye and Rainbow Fluorite
Crown Chakra - Violet - Amethyst, Rock Crystal, Onyx and Opal.
For information on gemstones according to your zodiac sign and for healing particular ailments, see Stones & Crystals.
Fire burns away impurities, while smoke carries those impurities and bad spirits away from us.
When smudging, light the incense, herbs or smudge stick (usually sage). It is often safer to light the herb on fire in a shell or fireproof dish, rather than to hold it.
Use a feather, or just your hand, to gently wave the smoke from the dish so that it is pushed into the air about the room as you walk through the house in a space clearing ritual.
Cup the smoke and waft it over your face like you would water, keeping your eyes closed if you are sensitive to smoke. Smudge over your eyes to see the truth, your ears to hear the truth, your throat to speak the truth, and your heart so that it is opened.
Space Clearing Ritual
Before You Begin the Ritual
When cleaning your home or environment spiritually, it helps to make sure that all the material clutter is cleared away and the garbage is taken out first. It may be wise to include house cleaning as a precursor to your ritual, especially when performing a space clearing ritual, say the day before.
You may also want to bathe in order to wash away any negative vibes. Some choose to do this afterwards rather than before, or both. Afterwards, put on some comfortable, relaxed fitting clothes.
Put out a 'Do Not Disturb' sign and don’t answer the door. Turn off all radios, televisions, washers, dryers, telephones and anything else that makes noise.
Put the family pet outside or in a separate room.
This may sound a little weird, but your home has its own energy and that energy responds to everything you do. Make a little announcement of your intentions. If you intend to bring more love into your home, tell your home this is what the intention of your creative ritual prayer is. Your home will work with you in achieving your desired results. And, yes, you can just mumble something out loud and your home will understand you.
Put on some soft, lyric free, background music (or not), and you are almost ready.
Blessing the Ritual
This is very personal. There is no way anyone can presume to tell you what to ask for and how to ask for a blessing from your God. This is between you and God.
You will want to be in a state of love and grace during your ritual. Therefore, a moment of spoken prayer, whether silently or verbally spoken, is necessary for peace of mind and for focusing on one's intentions. It is also a good way to signify your ritual's beginning. Remember, creative ritual is a prayer in action.
The Creative Ritual Prayer for Space Clearing
As stated before, if you prefer not to use tools, or don’t have anything on hand, you may perform a ritual without ever making a sound and without using anything other you’re your own presence, internal voice, and thoughts.
You can use your hands to perceive negative energy. How? Rub your hands together until you feel them warming up. Then, cup your hands as though you were holding an invisible ball. Your fingers should be about an inch away from each other at the tips. When you pull your hands apart you'll feel less energy between them. When you close them over the 'ball' you will feel more energy. The feeling is subtle, but it is there.
Your hands can work the same way to feel the energies in your home by reaching high and low as you flow through your rooms, sort of like a barometer. Many times, what your hands don't tell you, your spirit will. Something just doesn't feel right.
When you run across an area in your home that feels heavy, or negative, during a space clearing, you can clap your hands to break up the congestion, rather than use a drum or bell, and then sooth that area with your hands just the same way you would pet a cat, with soothing downward waves of your hands.
When using tools, choose your tools based on your intention, or ritual purpose, and the kind of 'vibe' you wish to create. For example, if you want to create an atmosphere of love and invite more tenderness into your home, you might wish to use different shades of pink in your alter cloth, candles or flowers. You might choose Rose Flower Essence in Lunar (Moon) water, a feather for Air, a chalice for Water, a Rose Quartz Crystal for Earth, a piece of gold jewelry or Ylang Ylang incense for Fire. You might even choose to perform your ritual on a particular day.
After Your Ritual
As ritual is a prayer in action, you'll want to, at least, say your amens. Give a prayer of thanks to God. Remember, a happy heart is an open one and gratefulness is a cure for many ailments. Again, whatever you say in your closing is very personal.
It is time to go wash your hands, up to your elbows, shake them dry and breathe happily. What you are doing is getting grounded again after your spiritual experience. It is now that some choose to bathe.
Holy water (that you created) can be left in glass containers around the house, but don't ever let the water stagnate.
Never leave candles unattended. You can let them burn all the way down, and you should, but make sure you are in attendance. I use votive candles because they burn down in a reasonable length of time, come in many colors and fragrances.
Make sure the salts that were used during the ritual are thrown out within 24 hours. Flowers can be left out as a symbol of beauty for as long as they are fresh.
The purpose for using items in ritual, at any time, is only to reinforce your intentions by plucking an object from the material world that corresponds with the intention of your prayer. Your faith in God is the real cure.
Plants & Grains for Creative Ritual
Apple: Health and Vitality
Black Tea: Strengthening
Corn: Harvest, Abundance, Fertility and Blessing
Daffodil: Childlike joy and Laughter
Daisy: Innocence and Happiness
Grains: Prosperity and Renewal
Green Tea: Health and Energy
Iris: Delicate Sensuality
Lily: Purity and Perfection
Lily of the Valley: Springtime and New Life
Marigold: Joy and Longevity
Peach: Immortality, Marriage and Emotional Tenderness
Pomegranate: Fertility and Unity of Diversity
Rice: Good Fortune
Seaweed: Employment Opportunity
Sunflower: Optimism and Joy
Tulip: Vitality and Sensual Love
Violet: Trust and Tenderness
Wheat: Abundance and Harvest Intuition
Essential Oils & Incense for Creative Ritual
Bergamot: Calmly Uplifts
Cedar Wood: Relaxes, Draws Good Things
Eucalyptus: Tonifies, heals, cleanses, protects, energizes
Fennel: Warming, Positive Success
Frankincense: Spiritual Clarity and Will Power
Honeysuckle: Encourages Eloquence
Lemon: Alertness, Alertness, Purification
Lemon grass: Cleanses
Neroli: Reduces Stress
Passion Flower (herb or tea): Overcomes Negative Feelings
Patchouli: Sensuous, Grounding, Stabilizing, Wards off Negativity
Rose: Increases Loving Energy
Sage: Purifies, Drives Out Evil
Sandalwood: Releases Fear
Vanilla: Sensuality and Happiness
Ylang Ylang: Comforts
Kitchen Items for Creative Ritual
Apple (Green): Prosperity
Apple (Red): Love and Fame
Avocado: Calm and Beauty
Basil & Bay: Protection
Cilantro: Awareness, Creativity
Cinnamon: Prosperity, Luck and Favor
Clove: Stopping Slander
Dill: Spices up Sex Life, Money
Fennel: Success in Many Things
Garlic: Protection. Drives Away Evil
Honey: Luck and Fortune
Lemon: Love, Beauty, Purification
Lemon Drops: For Wooing
Marjoram: Lifts Depression
Milk: Job Success
Mustard: Good memory
Nutmeg: Increases Chances of Winning and Good Luck
Nuts: Playful Communication
Onion: Dispelling Anger
Paprika: Healing and Loyalty
Parsley: Purification and Other-Worldly Communications (toned down ghostly activity)
Pepper: Raising Energy
Salt: Using salt to ward off evil may seem superstitious, but no more so than using cinnamon for prosperity. Salt is known to absorb negative energies when placed in the four corners of your home, or the corners of the room you are clearing. Salt is to be left in place for 24 hours and then removed. Discard ritual salts down the sink or toilet. Never keep the salt, or reuse it. And, whatever you do, don't eat it!
Vanilla: Beauty and Love
Wheat Flour: Financial Security
Witch Hazel: Focus
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