A ritual to bring into consciousness that which is unconscious.
I am finding these days that the less sophisticated a ritual is, the more effective it seems to be for me. I am just bowled over by the power that a simple candle burning ritual can contain.
Here is a very basic and effective ritual for bringing into consciousness that which is unconscious. This can work whether or not you have a specific issue to work on or a specific question in mind.
You will need:
• A candle in your favourite colour.
• Your favourite incense or oil to burn.
• To wear something you feel totally at ease in.
• To be in your favourite comfy-safe place. This can be anywhere, indoors or out.
• Art materials. This can be anything. You might feel that you’re going to be a pencil and paper type of person for the purposes of this ritual, or it might be paints or modelling materials. You might feel like using fabrics or wool. You might feel like ‘taking away’ rather than ‘adding to’ and so you might want to use scissors, knives or a spade. You could use food or cosmetics, fire or soil or rocks if you’re out and surrounded by rocks. The rubbish in the bin. Your camera. Your video camera. I stress, anything goes. You will have what you need.
The point of everything in the above list is to be supportive of yourself and the leap into the unconscious that you are about to make. Be mindful in your preparations and follow your intuition.
Once your preparations are made and you are ready to begin, take a moment to gather your thoughts in and affirm your intention to allow the free expression of your unconscious.
Light your candle and incense with welcome to the spirits of love and protection that are with you and make yourself comfortable.
Now is the time to bring your light-body practice into play. For the purposes of this ritual it would be great if you could start from your feet and work up feeling the increase in energy that occurs as you bring your attention to each subsequent area of your body.
As you reach your root chakra and then each successive chakra, visualise a light going on in there; a candle, a light-bulb, a football-stadium floodlight, it’s up to you. In fact, if you let the form of illumination come to you in the moment it may even tell you something about yourself, or even about your relationship to each of your chakras right now.
When you reach a radiant state and you feel ready, make art. This could take time for you or it might be the work of a minute, but whatever you create (destroy) needs to be given the utmost respect by you.
One vital component of this process is to continue to work with the image that you have produced, so if you are out in nature and you can’t carry your work back with you, you might want to take a camera and photograph what you have made.
Display the image to yourself for as long as it is working. Put it in a place of prominence – your wall, your desktop, put it on your mobile phone. In this way, even if you are not consciously working with the image, you will be unconsciously working with it. If you want to keep it a secret then keep it in your purse or taped behind a cupboard door.
I feel the need to illustrate this ritual a little with reference to my own experience because I road tested the ritual before I brought it to you.
I find that making art in sacred space, and most importantly for me with full acknowledgement of spirit, gives a very different quality to the work than if I were to make art without the ritual surrounding and holding my efforts.
As I worked with the light-body, my chakras were illuminated by insects, glow worms and fire-flies. They magically evoked a certain awareness of place, and I drew a barn. I quite naturally drew it with my non-dominant hand.
The fascinating thing to me is that in displaying this image over the next couple of days, I suddenly realised that the ‘barn door/path leading from the barn’ suddenly looked to me just like a stomach. [I don’t want to post a picture of one here because they’re not so lovely to look at, but you go to google images and enter stomach and you’ll see what I mean.] What is even more fascinating to me is the fact that if you had asked me to draw you a stomach before I did this ritual, I wouldn't have been able to, well not from memory anyway.
Not only did I draw one, but I recognised it for what it was.
Sure enough, when I went on Wednesday for a chakra healing, it was my solar plexus that gave up the goods that I needed to move on into my future, and I still have a physical pain in my stomach now.
The probelm buried in my unconscious gave me clues to its discovery when I made it concrete through art making in ritual space.
[I can't tell you about this in any more detail because it is personal and you wouldn't want to know. I know who the little person in my stomach is and have a good idea about the barn, but I am still working with the Rosy Cross.]
But I'm jumping ahead. Sorry. After you have finished the art making process put out the candle, and then eat. The image you made will give you much over the next few days or weeks. Treat it like the sacred object that it is.
Never forget to thank your allies, guides, spirits, the Gods.
The effects of the ritual will continue through your interaction with the image you made.