I've said things like: help me create and just enjoy myself; help me create something that may bring joy to someone else; help me create just for fun without worrying if what I make will sell; help me be free and loose when I paint today...
I haven't been 100% consistent with remembering to light it or to set an intention and I plan to work on that especially after reading an article in the magazine Natural Health last night. It says that rituals work because "they move people into mental states of surrender, gratitude and asking for help." Rituals are seen as healing as well which I love the thought of that because of having lupus and feeling out of control with it sometimes. They are also powerful because they "rely heavily on establishing bonds" whether with a community or with a higher being someone may believe is out there helping them. The author says there are four things that help create these meaningful rituals:
- have a clear intention...maybe even a question you have
- actually state your intention out loud--literally giving your purpose a voice involves your whole self when said out loud
- make it tangible for example, lighting a candle, burning a piece of paper with something you want to let go of
- give thanks and surrender
I love this last one because it seems to make the ritual soothing and an attitude that things are out of my hands and what's best for me will happen. Also, I'm learning that surrender is much better than clenching and grabbing.
So I'm going to keep lighting my candle and have an honest intention and hopefully it will help me relax and surrender some of my worries to "someone" else.
Do you have any rituals that you practice regularly? I'd love to hear them or how they feel in your life.