A personal ritual is a ritual designed by the user itself, where their innate creativity and sincerity is expressed through ways unique to them. Part one discussed what a personal ritual entails and what factors are commonly used in ritual practice. It also explained the linguistic and visual aids that can be used in designing a personal ritual. In part two the value of physical objects, movement, energy manipulation and correct states of mind was discussed. This article will focus on physical objects in particular. These objects, unlike those discussed in part two, do not alter the user’s state of mind but instead carries within them innate energies and psychological reinforcement for the user. These objects come in great variety and can be found in all shapes and sizes. Many of the objects can be seen in conventional religion, occult, esoteric and pagan ritualism.
As was stated in the previous articles, it is not only the intrinsic energetic properties of items used in a ritual that carries value. The psychological state, belief, intent and attributes of the user is also very important. Without the appropriate psychological condition of the user, the other factors of the ritual will simply fade. The power of the human mind as a cog work in the cosmos is key to altering reality. Without the knowledge of its power and relationship to ‘The All,’ the subtle energies will not be transferred and transmuted. A symbiosis is created between the mind and the other features of a personal ritual. The linguistic, artistic and physical properties of a personal ritual only serve to reinforce the power of the ritual by providing subtle energetic values to it. Without sincere intent, belief and understanding emanating from the user themselves, the subtle energies of outside factors will not be directed properly and the ritual will have little effect. Even no effect if the user has no sincerity or belief in the power of a ritual.
In conventional religion and many esoteric groups, the use of statues, effigies and idols are commonplace. These depict various gods, saints, spirits, spiritual concepts and energies. Incorporating an item that depicts such a powerful force is a valuable addition to any ritual since the idols have an intrinsic value to the collective consciousness of humanity. Whether one believes that these entities and energies are real or merely symbolic, the fact remains that they have been imbued with the subtle energies of humanity’s continual use and worship of them. This provides a subtle energetic addition to the ritual. If one is familiar with or honours any deity, spirit or concept that the item represents, then a psychological reinforcement is provided to the user beyond the intrinsic energetic effect that the idol provides itself. This greatly improves the effect of the ritual. In pantheistic religions, many different deities and idols are worshipped and have been since antiquity.
Each deity contains different attributes and is responsible for different forces, cycles, and events on earth and in the lives of humans. This is also true in terms of saints, ascended masters and spirits. Choosing a deity, spirit or force applicable to the ritual is required. For example, certain deities such as Odin in Norse mythology and Ganesha in Hindu beliefs both represent wisdom. While, Freya in Norse myth and Parvati in Hindu myth represent fertility. Each deity represents a variety of forces which must also be taken into consideration. Choosing a deity according to their attributes is necessary to receive the subtle energetic blessing that the ritual is intended for. One must choose wisely and preferably those that one is familiar with. The use of certain deity figures is a sacred right and must be treated with respect. The deities as a symbol, true being or force has existed long before the user of the ritual was born and will remain long after their death. They are immortalised. Those that dedicate their lives to the deity must also be respected and their word heeded, for they do know best as to how to worship and pay tribute to the higher beings.
A physical addition to the ritual that most are familiar with is that of crystals. Each crystal, due to their unique type contains different energetic properties. This is also true for plants and their unique species. Crystals have been revered and used by man since early stages of shamanism. They are used for a variety of reasons, ranging from healing, protection, psychic awareness, energetic balancing, grounding, focus and much more. In the modern age, crystal healing is becoming ever more popular. From a scientific perspective, we are able to measure the electromagnetic radiation of crystals. Since the cells in the human body communicate by what is referred to as biophotons, humanity has been able to measure the effect of a crystal on biophoton activity. It has been concluded that crystals do in fact stimulate biophoton activity in the human body. Thus the healing effect of stones has been shown to work on the energetic level of the human body. As humans consist of a variety of bodies such as physical, etheric, mental, spirit and so on, each stone affects these bodies in different ways according to their intrinsic properties. This means that different stones will aid the user in different ways. For example, amethyst is used to advance psychic ability, while kyanite balances chakras and quartz is attributed to protection. Using appropriate crystals in a personal ritual will greatly aid in attracting and transmitting certain energies. Once again, research into the variety of effects of crystals is required in order to produce to applicable effects intended for the ritual.
Another form of using crystals include the obsidian mirror and crystal ball. These items have been used in esoteric schools for millennia. The obsidian mirror was popular in greek antiquity for the same reason as crystal balls, it was used for scrying. The obsidian mirror is widely used in occult and esoteric ritual practice for contacting other planes and entities. This is for the advanced practitioner, however, and is not recommended for those who are new to such practice. The obsidian mirror and crystal ball is a refined tool that advanced from practices such as water scrying. The reflective surface provides a hypnotic effect from where divination and scrying are possible, but only to those that have practised this form of divination for some time. Just as in a deep meditative state, images appear that the user is then able to decipher. These images are unclear and seem arbitrary at first, but with training, one becomes able to very effectively use it for scrying and divination purposes. The attempts made to contact other realities and beings are not for the faint of heart or fearful. This is for adepts and not for novices.
A very powerful tool used to receive and transmit subtle energies is through geometric shapes, such as a pyramid and other platonic solids. The platonic solids refer to three-dimensional shapes where every surface and angle of degrees are the same. There are five platonic solids ranging from four sides to twenty sides. Each platonic solid has an element attributed to them. For those familiar with dice used in tabletop games will identify them as the D4 (fire), D6 (earth), D8 (air), D12 (ether) and D20 (water). The intricate details of the platonic solids will not be discussed here. The typical pyramid as it is commonly known is half a D8. In the centre, a third of the way up to the tip of the pyramid is its geometric centre, where the most amount of energy is focused. The shape channels and transmits energy to a surprising extent. It has been shown even in mainstream academia that fruit in a pyramid takes much longer to rot, water energised by the shape increase plant growth and yield, flowers take much longer to wither, only to name a few effects. Meditation within such a pyramid greatly enhances the effectiveness of the meditation, allowing people to enter deeper states with ease. Many versions of a pyramid can be found as information is freely available, these range from copper frames to solid crystals. This can be a very powerful addition to any ritual as the effectiveness of channelling energy is greatly enhanced. There is a reason that pyramids are found in all parts of the world, ancient and modern.
A form of releasing energy out into the cosmos is through fire and smoke. The act of burning represents a transformation of energy from one state into another and when used in a ritual the users personal intent is imbued, empowered and released. Many religions use fire and smoke in one way or another as it represents purification and the light of ‘The All’. An additional effect is added by a flame or smoke by providing a harmonious hypnotic effect that alters the user’s state of mind. This focus is similarly achieved through a crystal ball, mirror and water gazing. The burning of certain plant materials such as specific wood, herbs and incense does release a specific effect attributed to it. For example, sage has been widely used for cleansing and healing, while tobacco is used to stimulate other plant growth and spiritual communication. Such as in the case of crystals each species is unique. A variety of effects can be achieved and released. In this case, energy is released, rather than attracted such as some crystals do. Again, the plants are living entities and must be respected for their aid. They have bodies invisible to average human senses and are conscious in their particular way, thus they are to be thanked and revered just as all living things must.
Water, on the other hand, is not simply used for gazing as mentioned above but is an attracting force. It embodies the principle of magnetism according to a variety of esoteric schools. Its opposite, fire, is an expanding or electrical force. Water has been shown in modern science to change its properties according to the vibrations that it is exposed to on a physical and mental level. When water is frozen after being exposed to harmonious music or thought, then the shape it takes is a harmonic tetrahedral shape like that of snowflakes. While water exposed to violent music and thought becomes disharmonious and does not take on any geometric shape when frozen. Incorporating water into a ritual can be done by ingesting or blessing it. One must either say, sing or think positive concepts directed at the water and it will attract those concepts. When ingested, the water is harmonious and provides harmony to the body. It can also be left alone and be used as a force of attracting the intended energies toward the ritual. Remember that humans and all life as it is commonly accepted is primarily constructed of water. Creating positive energy within and without oneself affects the water within one’s body and will allow the user to resonate at a higher frequency, thus attracting appropriate energies.
Personal adornments that the user can use come in just as large of a variety as other physical additions. Using staves, wands, robes, jewellery, and other features are effective in attracting and expelling certain energies of the user themselves, which can then be transferred into the ritual. These adornments act as symbols and as tools with their own unique subtle energies applicable to what they are or symbolise. For example, jewellery made of certain crystals, robes with specific symbols and wands of specific wood to name a few. It also mentally induces a state of mind within the user themselves by allowing the user become a shamanic or priestly version of themselves. By doing this the user knows their role in the ritual, essentially being tied to it. The ritual is then taken more seriously and sincerely. Much can be said about this role, style and tools, however, there is not enough space here to discuss it in detail. What was also not mentioned is the celestial clockwork of heavenly bodies and how the planets, moon and zodiac affect a ritual. There is a lot of information widely available on this subject and it is recommended to do personal research on this topic.
To conclude, the physical additions to a personal ritual can be very powerful and in most cases have to be treated with respect. The mental state, belief and intent of the user is of the utmost importance. If the user is not sincere in their intent, then the energies will not be channelled properly. The items, whether it be deity statues, crystals, plants or others have powerful energetic properties and must be treated as sacred. This is especially true with idols of deities, but also true with the consciousness of plants and crystals. It is the divine right of the user to use it as they please, however, one must understand that these energies are given to the user and not taken by them. It is a gift and will not be effective if not treated with sincere respect. With this third part concluded, one can have fun creating a personal ritual by adding the various factors that one wishes. The ritual can be very simple or very complex depending on preference and power that one wishes to instil in the ritual. This is only to be used for good, for if one does not it will backfire and cause more misery to oneself. This is law. A separate post will be provided concerning examples of personal rituals, however, there is ample amount of inspiration and examples available in the religious, occult, pagan and esoteric teachings of antiquity and modernity. Feel free to create a ritual of your own and enjoy it while doing so.
May you be blessed.