Daily Rituals as a Doorway to the HigherWritten by Stephanie Yeh
Description: Article from Esoteric School of Shamanism and Magic on using daily ritual to connect with a higher self or higher power.
Key Words: daily ritual, spiritual ritual, spiritual doorway, higher power, walking ritual, Stephanie Yeh
DAILY Rituals as a Doorway to Higher ================================================== If you have a longing to connect with something higher, whether it be your higher self or higher powers and beings, one of simplest ways to connect is by creating a daily ritual for yourself. Whether you meditate, do yoga, read inspirational books, or just take a walk, doing a daily ritual creates a doorway through which higher can enter your life.
Most of us are so busy during day that we have a hard time hearing that quiet, dry voice of higher guidance. Whether we know it or not, our guides, totems, angels, and higher selves are speaking to us all time-most of time we just can't hear them over all noise of cell phones, radio, teleconferences, and gossip. So, we need to set aside some sacred time to connect, and daily rituals are perfect for that.
If you've already got a daily ritual that you use, you're one step ahead. Just make sure and do that ritual with as much consistency as possible. In spiritual circles, people have discovered that consistency of doing a ritual at same time every time increases level and quality of connection with higher. If you don't already have a ritual, you can try meditation (see Resources section for more details), or you can try this simple walking ritual:
ShamanismWritten by Jeremiah P. Huck
Shamanism Update of an article I published many times. March 20, 2004
Shamanism is an ancient form of mysticism. Although there are many localized variations, basic tenet is that all things are sacred and alive. Shamans are experts in this perspective and act as priests, holy persons, guides, researchers, explorers or professionals. Most have ability to enter trance or altered states to access information related to their work.
The shaman acts as a bridge. While in contact with life in other dimensions of universe, they also use what is available in local environment as an aid in returning a person, place or situation back into balance.
The historical paths to becomming a shaman are many and varied. Before we had instant mass communication, and global travel, a would be shaman lived in a small village like all our ancestors. These small tribal settings were located in different ecosystems, some tropical, some cold, mountainous, valley, desert, forest, etc. Each place had it's own unique energy, with different plants and animals. You won't find a whale in desert, so each potential shaman had very different life experiences and local resources to work with. Also, mythological systems vary a great deal.
Individuals were called to become shamans for varied reasons. Some were simply born sensitive. Some individuals had a near-death experience, mental break, disease or accident which caused them to search for a method for their personal recovery. Through trial and error they found a mineral, plant, location, ceremony or something to help cure them. Apon their recovery, them became shamans specialized to that problem. People came to them for their secret knowledge when in a similiar situation. Thus, a new shaman was born into community.