“A ritual is the enactment of a myth. And, by participating in the ritual, you are participating in the myth. And since myth is a projection of the depth wisdom of the psyche, by participating in a ritual, participating in the myth, you are being, as it were, put in accord with that wisdom, which is the wisdom that is inherent within you anyhow. Your consciousness is being re-minded of the wisdom of your own life. I think ritual is terribly important.”
Rituals allow us to slow down as we prepare for and do each component of the ritual in a particular order.
Rituals that are repeated allow us to mark the passing of time and in this way we can compare where we are now to where we were before and reflect on the process of our spiritual unfolding.
Rituals offer the gift of deeper connection, either with oneself or with others who share in this sacred sacrament.
Rituals can be a great way to end something and starting something new and it can be as simple as ending the day or starting a new day or week or project or as complex as ending a relationship or starting a new one.
We have many rituals already built-in to our lives (think of the holidays) but nothing stops us from creating our own rituals that have meaning for us.
What are the components of a ritual?
1. A deeper meaning
2. A specific time
3. A specific place
4. Specific objects
5. A specific sequence of actions that each hold meaning.
We encourage you to think of starting a ritual for yourself and seeing what magic flows from it. At Tea Is The Way, we always incorporate tea into our rituals because the making and drinking of tea already carries so many of the aspects of a good ritual.