2 Beautiful Rituals to Make Life Magical

In our urban, doing focused, technology surrounded life style, I find more and more that rituals and micro acts of daily ceremony are my soul food that give me vitality, energy and creativity.

‘Rituals remind us of our own sacredness, our desire to connect with our core, and our relationship with our higher power.’ (Debra Smouse)

Ritual 1: Flower/Forest Mandalas 

When you next go for a walk find a spot and gather items from nature. Identify any intent you might have (e.g. to release stress, to gain focus, to connect to nature spirit and many more!) and then allow your hands and body to play make the Mandala.  When it’s finished take a moment to acknowledge that it’s complete – both the Mandala and your intent. Leave it in nature to be returned to the earth.

Reclaiming your Beautiful Rituals

As the amazing activist Starhawk has upheld for many years, we are going through a process of ‘Reclaiming’. Reclaiming is the choice to say; I am choosing to own, use, love and celebrate my sacred power. I am choosing to discover how I want to create on this earth and to live that, thereby also encouraging others to cherish their sacred power too.

In my experience Ritual is a powerful and beautiful part of that process. Because ritual invites your whole self to create, you weave your spell of creation not only through your own beliefs, emotions and body but also in the unseen realm of subconscious, collective consciousness and with the very matter of the universe.

Perhaps on purpose through regular practice, or by ‘accident’, you have tasted this space of ritual? This space of extraordinary, gorgeous aliveness that is both a profound art and sanctuary for the soul.

These moments can happen so simply in your day. For example yesterday I was moved by the beauty of a flowering magnolia tree, so I stopped appreciated its beauty and offered a blessing for its year to come.

Or ritual can be a more planned and structured event, such as honoring new life or the act of marriage. Attending a good friends wedding last week, it was such a joy to support them in creating their day full of the symbolism and meaning they had consciously chosen.

Ritual 2: Anointing with Love

Beautiful Ritual

This is me anointing a tree when out walking with friends on ‘singing for the trees’ day (photo credit David Johnson, Bards of Avalon). Anointing with water, sacred oils, even milk are ancient rituals of blessing and empowerment. I often carry a bottle of Aurora Alchemy’s Goddess oils wherever I go just for that purpose. Trees are amazing beings, the bridge between heaven and earth, they help us root our projects in the world and reach for the heavens. Anointing for me is an expression of my affection and love for nature and recognition of the circle of life.

Ritual is Intimate and Inclusive

If you look up the dictionary definition of ritual, you can feel the dryness and arid authority of the terms chosen. For example, ‘an established or prescribed procedure for a religious or other rite’ or ‘any customary observance of practice’.

Reclaiming, in our terms, is saying let’s start again and ask, what is ritual for us? What does it mean in our bodies, in our soul life? How can our rituals be an opening to the vitality and life force within us, our communities and our planet?

We are choosing to end the disempowered ‘parent/child’ relationship of prescribed ritual and move into the empowered space of how can I create authentic relevant rituals for me? Still asking what can I learn from others but more than that, what inspires me? What is the purpose and potential of my rituals?

For example, I had an experience last year where I was invited to speak at a private retreat of 50 or more Liberal Catholics on ‘Authentic ceremony’. I was their only speaker and, as someone who had never been brought up in the catholic tradition, I was slightly unnerved to discover that one third of the audience were priests, deacons, or vicars. How would they receive my message of relevant, authentic ceremony?

To my absolute delight, as we settled in circle in the centre of their chapel (moving chairs out of their standard rows), the magic began.

I offered a simple ritual of welcoming your full self into the space through meditation with key energy centres. This was followed by a ritual to connect to and build our collective energy through sharing your name and 1 word to describe how you were feeling . As we each spoke in turn we held the hand of the person next us, gradually creating our connected circle around a lit, white candle of St Brighid that I had brought from one of Ireland’s sacred sites for them.

The magic was the authentic, empowered space we entered into, where individuals felt shifts, releases and insights through exploring their direct relationship to the sacred through ritual. It was spontaneous and simple, a conversation that weaved healing with celebration and laughter with tears. In the ritual of a connected circle, of a lit candle, of hands held, wordlessly all of our life experience was honored and recognised.

You see, for us ritual is intimate and personal, yet it is also about relationship, inclusion and connection. Rituals are our opportunity to make our days more beautiful, to look beneath the surface of life’s doing and slip into the magic of being connected to ourselves and all life.

Those that have been following our 7 Sacred Days program have shared how the seasons are now more ‘theirs’, that the passage of time is now filled with more meaning. Also more synchronicity and flow enters in. For example, one participant found that during completing a new moon, online ritual with the goddess of Abundance Lakshmi, a job offer had arrived into their inbox!

So perhaps through the 2 rituals described above, or your own creations, today, Believe in the Magic of YOU, explore beautiful rituals that you love and celebrate the sacred power that you hold.

In our urban, doing focused, technology surrounded life style, I find more and more that rituals and micro acts of daily ceremony are my soul food that give me vitality, energy and creativity.

‘Rituals remind us of our own sacredness, our desire to connect with our core, and our relationship with our higher power.’ (Debra Smouse)

Ritual 1: Flower/Forest Mandalas 

When you next go for a walk find a spot and gather items from nature. Identify any intent you might have (e.g. to release stress, to gain focus, to connect to nature spirit and many more!) and then allow your hands and body to play make the Mandala.  When it’s finished take a moment to acknowledge that it’s complete – both the Mandala and your intent. Leave it in nature to be returned to the earth.

Reclaiming your Beautiful Rituals

As the amazing activist Starhawk has upheld for many years, we are going through a process of ‘Reclaiming’. Reclaiming is the choice to say; I am choosing to own, use, love and celebrate my sacred power. I am choosing to discover how I want to create on this earth and to live that, thereby also encouraging others to cherish their sacred power too.

In my experience Ritual is a powerful and beautiful part of that process. Because ritual invites your whole self to create, you weave your spell of creation not only through your own beliefs, emotions and body but also in the unseen realm of subconscious, collective consciousness and with the very matter of the universe.

Perhaps on purpose through regular practice, or by ‘accident’, you have tasted this space of ritual? This space of extraordinary, gorgeous aliveness that is both a profound art and sanctuary for the soul.

These moments can happen so simply in your day. For example yesterday I was moved by the beauty of a flowering magnolia tree, so I stopped appreciated its beauty and offered a blessing for its year to come.

Or ritual can be a more planned and structured event, such as honoring new life or the act of marriage. Attending a good friends wedding last week, it was such a joy to support them in creating their day full of the symbolism and meaning they had consciously chosen.

Ritual 2: Anointing with Love

Beautiful Ritual

This is me anointing a tree when out walking with friends on ‘singing for the trees’ day (photo credit David Johnson, Bards of Avalon). Anointing with water, sacred oils, even milk are ancient rituals of blessing and empowerment. I often carry a bottle of Aurora Alchemy’s Goddess oils wherever I go just for that purpose. Trees are amazing beings, the bridge between heaven and earth, they help us root our projects in the world and reach for the heavens. Anointing for me is an expression of my affection and love for nature and recognition of the circle of life.

Ritual is Intimate and Inclusive

If you look up the dictionary definition of ritual, you can feel the dryness and arid authority of the terms chosen. For example, ‘an established or prescribed procedure for a religious or other rite’ or ‘any customary observance of practice’.

Reclaiming, in our terms, is saying let’s start again and ask, what is ritual for us? What does it mean in our bodies, in our soul life? How can our rituals be an opening to the vitality and life force within us, our communities and our planet?

We are choosing to end the disempowered ‘parent/child’ relationship of prescribed ritual and move into the empowered space of how can I create authentic relevant rituals for me? Still asking what can I learn from others but more than that, what inspires me? What is the purpose and potential of my rituals?

For example, I had an experience last year where I was invited to speak at a private retreat of 50 or more Liberal Catholics on ‘Authentic ceremony’. I was their only speaker and, as someone who had never been brought up in the catholic tradition, I was slightly unnerved to discover that one third of the audience were priests, deacons, or vicars. How would they receive my message of relevant, authentic ceremony?

To my absolute delight, as we settled in circle in the centre of their chapel (moving chairs out of their standard rows), the magic began.

I offered a simple ritual of welcoming your full self into the space through meditation with key energy centres. This was followed by a ritual to connect to and build our collective energy through sharing your name and 1 word to describe how you were feeling . As we each spoke in turn we held the hand of the person next us, gradually creating our connected circle around a lit, white candle of St Brighid that I had brought from one of Ireland’s sacred sites for them.

The magic was the authentic, empowered space we entered into, where individuals felt shifts, releases and insights through exploring their direct relationship to the sacred through ritual. It was spontaneous and simple, a conversation that weaved healing with celebration and laughter with tears. In the ritual of a connected circle, of a lit candle, of hands held, wordlessly all of our life experience was honored and recognised.

You see, for us ritual is intimate and personal, yet it is also about relationship, inclusion and connection. Rituals are our opportunity to make our days more beautiful, to look beneath the surface of life’s doing and slip into the magic of being connected to ourselves and all life.

Those that have been following our 7 Sacred Days program have shared how the seasons are now more ‘theirs’, that the passage of time is now filled with more meaning. Also more synchronicity and flow enters in. For example, one participant found that during completing a new moon, online ritual with the goddess of Abundance Lakshmi, a job offer had arrived into their inbox!

So perhaps through the 2 rituals described above, or your own creations, today, Believe in the Magic of YOU, explore beautiful rituals that you love and celebrate the sacred power that you hold.



Inspire your Spirit and Reclaim Wonder in everyday life

Let wonder be your guide and watch the transformation it creates – your Inner Shaman is waiting for you to answer the call, follow the drum rhythm of your heart and set them free to dream Big and Beautifully in your life!

Inspire your Spirit and Reclaim Wonder in everyday life

Let wonder be your guide and watch the transformation it creates – your Inner Shaman is waiting for you to answer the call, follow the drum rhythm of your heart and set them free to dream Big and Beautifully in your life!