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Spiritual Preparations

Tonight I will be Journeying for a friend. It's been a while since I Journeyed, and even longer since I did so for someone else. Last time, it was difficult for me to “get into” it. I've been trying to get in the proper headspace all day.

I cleaned up my house a little today, made sure to vacuum. It's cold outside, so I'll have to do it inside and I lay on the floor. I always wait until everyone else is asleep and the house is quiet.

Since it's so late, I've had a bit of coffee to help keep me awake and alert enough for it. I tend to relax all too easily into etheric space, and I don't want to fall asleep. I'll eat a little bit beforehand too, but not so much as to ground me unnecessarily.

I let the Reiki flow throughout the day, and I'll do a self-healing ahead of time to relax and get ready. I'll probably smudge, either with Sage or Sweetgrass as Spirit moves me. I invite all of our totems and guides to participate. Once I feel centered in sacred space, I'll start the cd and begin. I like to Journey to Sandra Ingerman's drumming cd, and I usually do two tracks.

What do you do to prepare for your spiritual rituals?

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dodging_fate
Jan. 19th, 2009 06:40 am (UTC)
to prepare for ritual...
I usually shower or bath with salts. And I chant/sing/speak in whatever tongue and cadence and tune comes to me. Then there is usually incense or sage and 1 - 4 white candles.

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And my rituals are still developing, it's rare I do one twice just the same way... but that, to me, is how it should be :)

Thank you for sharing this... I'd like to hear more about Journeying and what's involved, the purpose, etc!
ahavah
Jan. 19th, 2009 06:42 am (UTC)
Re: to prepare for ritual...
It is shamanic journeying, which is basically going to another realm to seek advice or insight. There are three different realms, the Underworld, the Middleworld, and the Upperworld. I really suggest Sandra Ingerman's Shamanic Journeying: A beginner's guide. It's a book/cd that gives a really great, simple overview.

I'll make sure you're on my shamanic journeying filter. I usually share all my Journeys here on LJ, but since this is for someone else, I'll have to make sure he doesn't mind. I have past Journeys under my "shamanism" tag though.

Edit: You weren't on that filter, but I've added you!

Edited at 2009-01-19 06:43 am (UTC)
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franciscan
Jan. 19th, 2009 06:22 pm (UTC)
Re: to prepare for ritual...
I am teaching a teleconference class in journeying. It is listed on my website here:
http://spiritdrum.org/Pages/Events/programs/TC.html

Sandy's book is excellent!!

Regarding posting journeys: When you journey on behalf of another, it should really be kept between you and the one for whom you are journeying, even if that person says it's ok. Just a little "practitioner etiquette...:)

Blessings

Edited at 2009-01-19 06:24 pm (UTC)
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tattoosfade
Jan. 19th, 2009 09:50 am (UTC)
1. please put me under our journeys filter if you havent already!
2. my yoga instructor said she offers a combination reiki/shamen cleansing healing. Do you know what this may entail? She said she used the shamen aspect to help identify habits and patterns that are no longer affective and blocking the receiver in their current area of life. I'm sooo interested but at $50 for an hour, just can't do it right now.
tattoosfade
Jan. 19th, 2009 09:56 am (UTC)
I just ordered the book recommended above! very excited. thanks!
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shrike_15
Jan. 19th, 2009 10:53 am (UTC)
I'm not from the shamanic but from a more hermetic tradition. So I can draw patterns/symbols/images as a focus or doorway to walk through. Planning and drawing these images is half the preparation. Of cause I sometimes use tarot cards for this. And on some occasions I just step out into the sphere/realm I need or want to go. That might be in the direction of shamanism and is never the same in procedure a second time (sofar).

Depending on how I feel I personally need not much preparation but prefer to wear clean clothes, maybe take a shower, light candle, incense and do some grounding/centering/pranayama. But honestly: this is not the real work, it's just to get into the mood. If I'm already "there", I don't need it.

And, oh, I don't believe in the post-Golden Dawninan obsession with circle casting. =) Scrying has not been associated with it for centuries before. I don't want to evoke demons. ,->
ahavah
Jan. 19th, 2009 07:01 pm (UTC)
I'm very much the same way. I 'go with the spirit' and don't always do ceremonies and rituals the same way. But I've found I have a good system that helps me get into Sacred Space. As long as I can get into that Space, I can be totally ready for spiritual work. There are things I know work well for me, and I'll use those if I've been having a hard time getting into the spiritual realm. Since I hadn't Journeyed in a long time, I wanted to set-up with those things I knew tend to help me.

I don't really know about Hermetic traditions. I'll have to look that up. When I Journey or do guided meditations, I always use the doorways technique to get to where I need to go. I've just never done that ahead of time. It sounds kind of like mandala work. I may have to play with that a bit. How do you incorporate tarot cards? My deck has been missing for years, but I've been thinking about buying another.

I don't care for circle casting either, myself. That's a very pagan thing, I think, and to me it solidifies an underlining paradigm that one must be "protected" to do spiritual work. The meta-message in that is that we are weak and susceptible to evil or something. I have done protections around myself or my home if I actually feel some sort of danger or discomfort, but I don't use it as part of my ceremony work. Now, when I'm doing a Medicine Reiki ritual (or when spirit moves me), I do sometimes begin by greeting and inviting the directions, but to me that invokes a much different purpose than casting a protective circle. I did study Wicca for a while and I don't begrudge anyone who finds it personally helpful, I just feel it's a tool I don't particularly need, but I think that's because I conjure Sacred Space in a different way.
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peaceofpie
Jan. 19th, 2009 11:17 am (UTC)
I use different techniques for different needs. Often when I'm doing ritual alone, I'll start with a cleansing shower and rubbing sea salt all over my body, and/or doing some chanting to release internal blocks. I worked through Francesca deGrandis's Be a Goddess! about a year ago (gosh, was it really that long ago? I think I actually finished that up right around the same time as I started doing Reiki!) which gave me some really useful purification rituals. Another technique I've used is to actually take a notebook and pen into the bath with me, write down everything that might be blocking me or that I might need to cleanse out of my system, and then crumple up the piece of paper, drop it in the tub until it's mush, then drain the water out of the tub and flush the paper down the toilet. The toilet is AMAZINGLY useful for ritual, by the way -- I have another really good one I do where I write a list of things I'm grateful for on one side of an index card, and a list of things I want to manifest on the other side, then light the index card on fire and drop it into the toilet just before the flames get too hot for me to hold the card in my hand, and flush it to release it. It REALLY helps me to literally FLUSH energy like that out, because for me one of the most crucial steps in any ritual is really not what I do to prepare for it, but what I do to RELEASE it. I know I have to release any ritual I do, and doing it very dramatically helps a lot, because if I don't, I will THINK about it too much and block it right up from working by worrying about it. So the more I can do to say "Hey, I already did this, I can let it go now"...the more effective I am.
peaceofpie
Jan. 19th, 2009 11:23 am (UTC)
I'm also in the habit of using Reiki symbols for everything now, so I'll often start a ritual with Cho Ku Rei.

This is making me think, though, that maybe it will help me to do ritual more if I put more attention into what I do to prepare for ritual. I can very easily answer the question "what do you do AFTER a ritual?" because I have a lot of definite techniques that I use to come back OUT of ritual space, but often it's hard for me to be intentional about STARTING a ritual. I often just kinda find myself doing one, and I'll go "oh look, I'm doing a ritual now! Sweet!" but not really planning it very well. Which is a great skill to have! But I could certainly stand to work on doing it the other way. :)
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merenda
Jan. 19th, 2009 12:50 pm (UTC)
Please add me to your shamanic journeying filter if you don't mind. I would love to read and learn more about your travels. :)

I use Sage to smudge when I need a powerful cleansing of an area, and use candles to mark my sacred space. Usually I'll use incense instead of Sage smudge, I tend to only smudge when I *really* need to clean an area out, like our whole house, or when something really bad is happening. I always use candles if I'm at home, or if I'm traveling and have access to any.

I'm Wiccan, so I have my own "cast the circle" ritual I go through. I've just started down this path recently, and I'm still working on getting my personal ritual to a point where I'm really proficient at it. I need the ritual beforehand to clear my head out and get myself in touch with my subconscious. One day I'll be able to get there a little faster, but right now shutting out the noise is still a huge challenge for me...

How long is Sandra Ingerman's drumming cd? Do you happen to have any other suggestions? I'm looking for a good drumming cd(s) to use for my rituals and meditation, but I don't have any right now. If you can suggest any (or if Sandra Ingerman's is a good one to use for things like this) I'd appreciate any advice a ton. :)
ahavah
Jan. 19th, 2009 07:39 pm (UTC)
I've added you to my filter! I'm really glad to see several people want to be added. I don't usually get a lot of feedback on my Journeys.

I also use Sage as a healing smudge, but I've only recently been able to do this. Josh really hates the smell of Sage, but he only recently gave me a white sage smudge stick and his blessing. ;) I was in the habit for years of using Sweetgrass. Sweetgrass, to the Cree, is the Spirit of Kindness and my Reiki Master walks the Sweetgrass Path. I really enjoy the smell of it as well as the energy. I'd like to try Cedar, but I haven't found any locally.

I studied Wicca for a while, but it just didn't resonate with me. I know I picked up a lot that I use in my own rituals, though. I discussed casting the circle in a comment to shrike_15 up there, but I personally am not a big fan. I understand why folks like using one, though.

I actually am not sure how long Ingerman's cd is. I gave my copy to a friend, and though I ripped it first, for some reason it would only rip the first two tracks. I need to get it again, because it was my favorite book. Her site says it's 60 minutes. I can tell you that the first track is 12:07 and starts with rattles and whistles before getting into the drumming. The second track is 19:32 and is a longer drumming cd without the rattles. I believe the third track was the longest and was a double-drumming track.

So far, this is the only cd I use for shamanic journeying. I enjoy doing the first two tracks together. The first track is awfully short for me, but I find the rattling helps me settle more easily into the Journey. Sometimes when I do both tracks together, my Journey will end on its own before reaching the end of track 2.

I have some energy work music that a friend recently sent me, but I have to redownload them into my new computer. I'm going to experiment with those a bit, but I think it will be more for Reiki work than Journeying.
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franciscan
Jan. 19th, 2009 06:28 pm (UTC)
I typically use sage before hand. I also prepare for the journey by removing all distractions, and turning the phones off...

Merenda, Sandy's CD is about 10 minutes, ample time for a journey. When she drums, she is also focusing so that the journey is a good and beneficial one. Her CD is shamanic in that regard. It is also one of the best out there. Her drum is very empowered, and it comes through in the CD.

Blessings
ahavah
Jan. 19th, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
Does she have more than one CD? The one I have is much longer than 10 minutes.
miintikwa
Jan. 19th, 2009 10:22 pm (UTC)
I *love* sweetgrass.

I usually smudge, get my sacred stones, and set the mood by lighting candles. I put the stones around in the proper order (which will depend on what type of ritual I'm doing), and then set the intention by writing a short rite in haiku.

I tuck the haiku where ever is appropriate and then things are ready. I don't usually use music as I find it distracting.
ahavah
Jan. 20th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
I love the idea of using haiku in your rituals! I may have to try that.

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