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What Is Ritual?

“…A ritual is a ceremony in which we call in Spirit to be the driving force, the overseer of our activities.  It is a way for us to find our way to wholeness, peace, self-acceptance, and acceptance of others.  Ritual allows us to connect with the self, the community, and the natural forces around us.  Ritual helps us to remove blocks between us and our true spirit.”

“The purpose of ritual is to take us to a place of self discovery and mastery.  In this sense, ritual is to the soul what food is to the physical body.”

“Rituals are participatory activities that involve the whole being: body, spirit, mind and soul.”

–Sobonfu Some
Welcoming Spirit Home: Ancient African Teachings
To Celebrate Children and Community

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This definition and explanation of ritual by Sobonfu Some, whose work is informed by her experiences of growing up in the ritual, rich culture of the Dagara Tribe of Burkino Faso, West African helps me give voice to my own experience of the deeply meaningful and transformative power of ritual.

  • I have designed rituals to:
  • Welcome new babies into the world
  • Cope with grief and loss
  • Celebrate children and elders
  • Acknowledge thresholds and transitions
  • Remember the ancestors
  • Vision the future
  • Source new life stories
  • Build community

Every ritual is different.  Effective ritual is dynamic, engaging and unpredictable.  The outcome is dependent upon the intent established and the combined energies of the participants.

I would love to hear about your experiences with rituals that provide nourishment for your soul.  To share your experiences please contact me.