I always find it amazing how the Divine delivers to me just what I need, when I need it…
See, over the last few months I've been feeling a nudge to connect with the more ancient, tribal, Earthly-Spiritual aspects of our world. Most likely in the form of a vision quest.
That nudge was probably inspired by the firewalk retreat I attended last year. It was an experience where every day was filled with ritual after ritual, from firewalking, glasswalking, arrow breaking, sweat lodges, and bending steel rebar with our throats…
To silent meals, meditation, body cleansing, hottubbing under the stars, honoring the beauty within others and ourselves, and other simple expressions of ritual.
The thing is, I hadn't thought of those things as "rituals." I gave them the label "peak experiences." And it wasn't until connecting with Chris and Janet Attwood's ritual work that I have started to wake up to just how powerful those experiences of mine were — because they weren't just peak experiences or cool things.
They were meaningful.
And this is where the power of ritual really makes a difference. It can take something as simple as meditation, making a smoothie every morning, or celebrating a birthday and elevate it from "another experience" into a personally meaningful opportunity for transformation.
It's probably an understatement that I have much to learn in this area.
On that note, I just finished watching a new video (**email NOT required**) from Chris & Janet Attwood on the power of ritual. Their descriptions, examples, and explanation of ritual are what have hielped me open my eyes to consciously understand what's been driving me to inquire further into this aspect of our reality.
And in it, Janet opens the door to really trying to answer the question:
Do we want to live our lives as a train wreck…
Or from a place of peace, joy, and contentment?
Watch "The Hidden Riches" Video #3
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I know that sounds a bit extreme when I put it like that, but the middle-ground is where most of us life our lives. We have more frustration and drama than we'd like, and not as many of those truly "savory" moments we want, love, and ultimately deserve.
In other words, we're trying to deal with all the "mini train wrecks" in hopes of avoiding any major crashes. The thing is, it doesn't have to be that way.
If you've recently though to yourself "I need _______"
(it really doesn't matter how you fill in that blank)
…Then what Janet says will probably connect with you. I really liked this quote from her video:
"Rituals can turn habits into constant sources of inspiration."
When I reflect on other "big" ritual experiences in my life — things like the firewalk retreat, my black belt tests, spiritual workshops, and more — one memory with Nick Vujicic comes to mind.
See, I hadn't realized that when I saw Nick Vujic speak live in Portland, that he was guiding people through a physical healing ritual. He called everybody to the front who wanted to be healed from a physical ailment.
At first I sat. Then reluctantly, I stood up. I don't know why, but I felt compelled to move to the front of the room. I didn't even know what I wanted to heal until I was standing among a few hundred people all praying to God.
I wanted heal… no… "I need __to heal my back pain__."
This was years ago and I had a back ache that I felt was "almost healed" but kept coming back a little bit. I adjusted my lifestyle and ergonomics which made a big difference, yet the last few aches still persisted.
We spoke some words aloud as a group, we prayed asking God to relieve us of our pain. After this healing ritual we did as a group, my back pain went away immediately.
I kept waiting for it to come back. Days, weeks, months passed. Now a few years later I have never felt that same back pain again… even once.
Can my mind grasp the experience?
Can my mind grasp the arrow breaking, walking on hot coals, bending steel rebar with my throat?
I have some theories. But those are just to make my mind feel better about not knowing.
Was it mind over matter? Spiritual healing? God answering my prayer? Telekinesis? Collective unconscious?
None of that matters. The explanation is irrelevant.
What matters is that I have personally experienced something, through the power of ritual, that I can't explain…
But that is real, True, and affected my life in a tangible and personal way.
So it's no mystery I'll be going deeper into ritual with Chris, Janet, and whomever else the Divine sends my way. Take a few minutes to watch this newest video from them.
It's well worth watching, and near the end of it they'll also introduce you to their new program "Hidden Riches In Ritual" that is NOT available anywhere else, except through me. You can also read about the different aspects of the program as well as the special limited bonuses (one of which is limited to the next 500 people who join the program)