Rituals for Writing and Life

Appeal to the Great Spirit
Appeal to the Great Spirit (Photo credit: jcbwalsh)

Long ago, a dear friend of mine gave me a book called Wrestling with Your Angels by Janet O. Hagberg.  I’m not sure if this book ever was a best-seller when it was published back in 1995, but I liked it.

I might not have looked at this book today, if I wasn’t packing it now for the move to our new house.  So, that’s one of the benefits of moving things around a bit.

Today, I opened this book to a bookmarked page about using rituals to start our writing.  Often, I have found that rituals strengthen my writing, whether personal or business.

This Native American prayer is featured in that book,  is one of my favorite prayers that still inspires me after so many years:

O Great Spirit

whose voice I hear in the wind,

and whose breath gives life to all the earth

hear me.

Open me to your will, your grace and your gifts,

Lead me to the peace of your spirit and

the strength of your soul.

I now allow all that is mine by divine right

to be released into the world.

This also happens to be the perfect prayer of gratitude for today’s events.  After many months of waiting, we finally closed on our new house today.  It’s such a happy day for us!

This prayer reminds me to dedicate our house to something greater than shelter, and to use our hand-made smudge sticks to bless the rooms tomorrow.

Daily Contemplation:

Do you have any rituals that lead you to peace and strength with your writing and/or life?

Blessing Spaces with Intention

A few months ago, I decided that I would gather some herbs from our existing house to use as a ritual for our new home.

My intention is to create smudging sticks to clear the space of our new home and bring in energies of our current home. I collected sage for wisdom, lavender for purity and peace, and thyme for the freedom and time to enjoy our new home.

I planted these herbs several years ago, and have watched them come back season after season.  They are like old friends to me.

These were all picked when they were blossoming in the spring and early summer.

Here are three smudging sticks for our home blessing to come. They don’t look like much yet, but it’s the intention that counts.

Now, I am searching for a good blessing to use in this process.

John O’Donohue wrote a wonderful book of blessings called To Bless the Space Between Us which has many wonderful blessings.

I love what John O’Donohue had to say about home:

Home is where the heart is.  It stands for the sure center where individual life is shaped and from where it journeys forthWhat it ultimately intends is that each of its individuals would develop the capacity to be at home in themselves. This is something that is usually overlooked, but it is a vital requirement in the creativity and integrity of individual personality. It has to do with the essence of a person, their sense of their own inner ground.  When a person is at home in his life, he always has a clear instinct about the shape of outer situations; even in the midst of confusion he can discern the traces of a path forward.  When one is at home in oneself, one is integrated and enjoys a sense of balance and poise.  In a sense that is exactly what spirituality is: the art of homecoming.