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The Power of Ritual

The above image is a painting that I created a year ago of The Moon Goddess or Selene.

I have been doing my New and Full Moon ritual’s on my YouTube channel for several months now. I was inspired to do so by going to a few New Moon Ceremonies in my local community that I found to be very unorganized and lacking in depth or meaning by the lack of organization. Ritual’s are very organized by the use of symbols, music and words.. etc, to create intention. Without intention a ritual or ceremony is meaningless and washed out.

Looking at ritual through the lens of psychology .. a ritual is like an affirmation. When we give ourselves repeated affirmations it’s like self hypnosis. Hypnotherapy helps towards wiring the brain down new pathways that lead us towards better or worse behaviors. Many athletes use rituals or patterns of behavior to help them concentrate their energy on achieving the intended goal. A ritual pattern like using a lucky piece of equipment, lacing their shoes a specific way and saying a mantra before competing help’s athletes and all of us to focus internally towards what we wish to accomplish. To give weight to the power of ritual is to see it through common sense not just a spiritual practice. Ritual’s actually calm and comfort the psyche ” soul, mind or spirit” That is why so many recovering addicts turn to religion or spirituality to help them to over come their addiction.. so looking at it factually it isn’t actually God or the gods that they believe in that helps them beat the addiction..but rather it is the ritual in religion or spirituality that helps them to stay calm, centered and focused on the outcome of health and inner peace.

In this post I am teaching you how to create your own ritual’s so that you can set intentions to help you manifest your desires or goals..and so that you can hone in on what it is you need to release or let go of that is holding you back from your goal or optimal health. The Serenity Prayer is a prime example of this wisdom.

” God grant me serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.”

Traditionally the New Moon is used to plant seeds of intention so we can manifest or harvest those intentions by the Full Moon..and the Full Moon is about letting go of what no longer serves your greatest good. The moon is a symbol of femininity, the mother and nurturing as well as the mysteries. The word menstruation comes from the Greek word Mene meaning Moon, the Moon represents ancient wisdom, it is associated with the owl,, the bird of wisdom and silver the color that represents the Goddess and so that is why we have many Goddess Circles that create rituals around the moon; as the cycles of the moon represent death and rebirth ..and the mysteries that wait for us upon the death of the flesh. Looking at this through a spiritual lens, rituals are more powerful when they are performed with the cycles of the moon. Using the astrology of were the planets and stars are placed at the time of the full moon further concentrates the intentions, manifestations and what needs to be released by designing a ritual around the energy of the solar system with the cycles of the moon. Thanks to the internet you can go and research the astrology yourself to design your own ritual.

1. A ritual should start by knowing your intentions, what you wish to manifest or what you wish to release.

2. You can start your ritual with a mantra or pray to open up your psyche ” Psyche was a Goddess by the way.” or subconscious towards making yourself susceptible towards suggestion.

3. You must have symbols of meaning like wine, flowers, crystals or candles and have them arranged in way that is meaningful to you. You can use ancient symbols like tarot cards or ordinary household items that are dear to you. You can use these items to concentrate your intentions .. or towards releasing. Like writing down what you wish to release then ritualistically burning it as a symbol of release.

4. A closing mantra or prayer to close the subconsciousness towards further suggestions towards self hypnosis. To return mind, body and soul to it’s normal state.

 

There are many things that you can use in rituals .. like food, music, essential oils or even Tantric Sex. There are many cultures that use sex or sex magic in rituals.

Here are some examples of what you may wish to manifest { Love, health, money, justice, equality, victory, marriage, children, fame.. etc..}

When I underwent hypnotherapy I was told by my therapist ” You will go inside of yourself and ask your higher self or “Genie” to help guide you towards your greatest wishes and desires.”

Looking at manifesting through a practical lens.. we must not only wish but we must act or take actions towards our goals to achieve them..but setting our intentions and releasing what is holding us back from success is a start towards building a foundation of success and towards staying on the path of success. Because every athlete has had to train many long hours towards winning an Olympic Gold.

A good omen

I was running Knox Mt, Kelowna BC Canada.. when I saw a bald eagle sitting regal at the top of a tall pine.. He was level with me as the tree he was roosted on was growing down the mountain side that I ran the trail above.. I stopped to jog in one place to get a good look at him.. the morning sun gleaning in his beaming yellow eyes.. we were up close and personal.. he was huge! Just then a group of women came walking up the trail..as I jogged still in one spot ..to keep up my heart rate; they stopped to see what I was looking at.. they awed ..and we talked about what he was thinking about.. I said for the eagle ” I am hot because I am an eagle and your not cause I am the eagle ” we had a little chuckle.. because seriously this guys body language was pure pride.. and so I continued on to run hard down the rest of the trail.. out running the guy in the water..in the canoe that was trying to out run me.. I won.. just as prideful as the eagle I guess..cause not only did I beat him to the beach but I ran past the beach..to the top of the Mountain..then back down the trail to the beach to have my swim..on my return I was the only one at the beach.. I stripped down to my jog bra.. I was already wearing short marathon shorts..that was my swim suit.. country girl fashion all the way.. no make up.. and red faced I ran into the water..and dove in head first.. as I was face up doing the back stroke I saw the eagle flying over me.. something was in it’s talons .. it seemed to spiral as it fell right onto my belly.. I thought it was just a stick.. as I continued to splash about I felt something wrap around my arm.. I thought I was being a paranoid silly girl.. so I just kept moving until I felt it let go..whatever it was..but after my 20 min swim.. I saw the dead snake in the water.. the eagle had given me a gift.. I am sure he didn’t mean to .. I am sure he meant to keep the snake for himself..but the poor snake gave it a good fight.. I fished her out of the water with a long stick.. poor snake had drown.. poor thing..

I did think of it as an omen at the time but I hadn’t really taken the time to analyse the significance until today.. I talked to some women at my gym that were visiting tourists .. they were doing a intense strength and conditioning workout.. much like the workouts or training sessions that I do.. many similar moves.. and the two chicken leg male bodybuilders that make fun of my moves were mimicking them as well.. I went over and apologized for their immature and insecure behavior.. then they said to me.. ” If only those guys knew we are both apart of the Canadian Olympic Team” They then introduced themselves.. and one said ” My friend here won a gold medal in cross country skiing” we shook hands and they asked my name.. I then told them to go to Knox Mt for a hike..to see the beauty of the Okanagan Valley..then I told them about the snake and eagle.. they said ” That is a good omen for you Gracie.. you have great energy Gracie..we really like your moves ” They were from Alberta…. but ya I thought ” If Olympiads..and or gold metal winners are saying it’s a good omen..well then hell yes it is! ”  ;)   they are another good omen LOL

But just last night my daughter had a very vivid dream that I was going to meet someone that was my direct opposite..someone with worldly authority..someone not like me at all.. in her dream he was my boyfriend..and he didn’t look anything like me..but he was really nice..and liked her.. ( I am tying this together with the symbolism of the eagle and the snake.. just bare with me here )

This is what I learned from this source https://misfitsandheroes.wordpress.com/tag/eagle-and-serpent/ 

“”The Eagle and the Serpent as One Entity

Pliny the Elder (c.100 AD), in his work Natural History, refers to a certain large serpent that fights with eagles.  It tries to steal the eagle’s eggs.  In the struggle, the snake wraps itself around the eagle so tightly that the two look like one animal with two heads.  This is a very early reference to the eagle and snake involved in a match of equal, opposite powers.  It’s also a reference to what seems to be the combined animal – the winged serpent.

At this point, when the eagle and serpent are perfectly paired opposites, they represent not victory or defeat but dynamic cosmic completion, the union of spirit and matter, as shown in the Japanese emblem (illustration).

This is the same combination as the American Indian winged rattlesnakes, the Mesoamerican feathered serpent, the Egyptian winged snake goddess Wadjet, and the paired winged, serpent-tailed creator beings in Chinese myth.  This is the force that drives the universe as the celestial bird and the serpent wheel forever, in perfect balance of opposite energies, around the portal of heaven.

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It is such an interesting and very ancient symbol.. like yin yang..or the masculine and the feminine.. it shows to powerful people combining forces to create something very dynamic or shape shifting..being able to shape a new reality..

I really hope it comes true!

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