First I'd like to say sorry for my prolonged absence.  I had a flare up of sciatica and that left me unable to sit at the computer for more than a few minutes at a time, so in the interests of my own sanity, I haven't done a blog for a little over a week.  Sorry if you've missed it, but we have to take care of ourselves first if we're to offer anything of real value to others.

Now on with the topic of the day.  Rituals.  I've had this topic rattling around in my head for a couple of weeks now.  We've all got them, though here in the "enlightened" west, we tend to label anyone with pronounced ritualization as being OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) to one degree or another.  Also, here in the "enlightened" west, we're mostly in two minds about them.

For a long time, I subscribed to a similar view to Dr Eric Pearl, of The Reconnection fame.  Dr Pearl isn't a fan of rituals.  I thought that was kind of odd when I first read the book, but after reading his reason for it, I was an almost instant convert.

His reasoning was that when you have a ritual, it tells you that you're not enough on your own.  Basically, ritualizing something was more about creating guilt and inadequacy than it was about making you feel the way you should feel.  I think you understand what I mean.  You've got to fling so many virgins into the volcano in order to appease the volcano god.  But how do you know how many virgins is the right number to toss in?  What's the best prescribed virgin tossing practise?  Do we have to have the same number of virgins again this time next year?  Will we need more or less?  Does it really, really matter if they're all virgins?

Once you start getting into that type of thinking, rituals become very messy in the way they make you feel about yourself and your connection with the Universe and yourself.  And make no mistake.  That is what rituals are about.

The thing is, rituals don't have to be about guilt at all.  They can be about celebration.  Achieve a goal, have a glass of wine, that sort of thing.  Or they can be about creating balance in your life.  I set aside 30 - 60 minutes in the middle of the day to meditate or do self-hypnosis.

And, ever since I became an NLP practitioner, I've learned the real creative power of rituals.  Most NLP techniques are actually a type of ritual where we unlock a person's personal power.  We can almost literally aid someone in transforming their life to an example of pure personal power, almost like a superhero.  We can even use it to get someone to dissolve into a fit of giggles (that one's hilarious).

You could even say that TFT is a type of ritual.  You could accurately describe each algorithm, or tapping recipe, as a ritual to deal with a specific set of emotions.

So rituals don't have to be about anything negative.  They can be positive, and they can be fun.  And they can help you to balance your life in order to become a better manifestor.



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    G'day everyone.  I'm an Aussie Life Coach, Clinical Hypnotist (www.americanallianceofhypnotists.org)  and author with a passion for making every relationship in our lives the best it can be.   I work at local, state, national and international levels.  I am also a Callahan Techniques Thought Field Therapy practitioner trained by Eugene Piccinotti TFT - dx, and I studied Neuro Linguistic Programming Master Practitioner Level (MNLP) under Steve G Jones at the American University of Neuro-Linguistic Programming
    (http://www.aunlp.org).  In other words, as a coach, I'll use whatever I have to use to help you to make the changes you want to make.