“Rituals are like electrically powered transmitters sending stimulating sparks of electric current or inspirational feelings that connect us to our inner being or soul.”
~ Wes Adamson
Who doesn’t want to embrace their inner mystic? We want to be able to listen to our intuition, and to call on energies that help us find the right path, make better choices and summon forth clarity and direction.
We want to be in that place of flow.
But flow takes work, right?
So we make all kinds of rules and commitments. I will journal thirty minutes every day. I will meditate every Sunday for two hours, and each morning after my sun salutes. I will raw food, stand-on-my-head, honour the four directions, utter the magical affirmations, work on my yoga, do my deep breathing, consult my oracle, practice gratitude, heal all my everythings, fix myself for ten focused minutes, love myself unconditionally – even on bad hair days or after overt calorie consumption, and green juice twice daily. All while doing all the other everythings I need to get done each day.
No wonder we get overwhelmed, off track and downright resentful of this thing that could be a source of comfort, support and, dare I say it, pleasure in our lives.
Too often we complicate things.
Especially when it comes to spiritual and self-development.
So today I have a suggestion that comes from long experience. My own. And that of my students and clients who now also practice this simple technique.
Put your spiritual toolkit together. Put your cards and runes, your crystals and essential oils, your journal and smudge sticks or incense or whatever else you use in a place where you will see and use them.
If you travel, create a little grab-bag of stuff to take with you when you’re mobile.
When you make these things central in your life you will be more inclined to use them as a natural part of your day, rather than some kind of imposed ritual intended to make you more spiritual or intuitive.
Go to your tools when you feel drawn to them. Play with them. Hang out with them. Practice using them. Do things that help you to feel more in flow, by being in flow rather than forcing it.
Some simple ideas to add to your everyday mystic practice:
- Take a moment and just breathe. BE in awareness as you draw air into and then out of your lungs. It only takes a minute to bring you back into your body and being in the moment.
- Light a stick of incense. Let it be a sacred act to purify and bless your surroundings and you.
- Pause in front of your sacred space and offer up a prayer, or draw some positive energy into your body.
- Choose a favourite crystal and hold it for a moment or pop it in your pocket.
- Make a cuppa and write in your journal for five minutes.
- Go sit in the sun with your journal and read through it for five minutes, reflecting on what you’ve written.
- Play with your singing bowl, singing bell, magical flute or other funky sound-inspired wonder.
- Gaze on a positive affirmation or saying and really think on it for a minute.
- Draw a card for the day and spend a minute to think about what that card means for you.
- Select an essential oil and apply or diffuse it.
- Read a section from an inspiring book.
- Stand with your bare feet on the ground and just BE with the earth for a moment or two.
This way these simple rituals will become a natural part of your daily life, and create pathways that lead us deeper into ourselves and our true nature, as well as pathways that connect us to our guides, angels and the Divine.