I recently offered to create a 40-Day Ritual that many of us might do together beginning on November 15 in preparation for the Birth at Christmas. I received an enthusiastic response. There is certainly a field of power and energy built when many people join together in like intention. I will describe here the why and the what of the ritual for any who might be interested so that you can decide if you would like to participate.
It is said that the date for commemorating of birth of Jesus was chosen to be December 25th as this had long been celebrated as a sacred season for calling Light into the Darkness of matter and of unknowing. We might also say that this season is a time for continuing the project of Divine Incarnation – inviting increasing qualities of Soul to descend from the realm of Consciousness into matter, the Earth, our bodies. The story of Jesus sets an example for us. Of his miracles he said, “He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do.” I believe Jesus was referring to our responsibility to continuously develop capability for bringing the energy of Light into matter. Carl Gustav Jung shared this thought in his autobiography: “As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being. ” (MDR p. 326)
With these thoughts in mind, I am going to suggest simple, very doable practices that we might carry out together. I will outline some ideas, and encourage you to make this your own, create what suits your temperament.
Preparing for the 40 Days
Make an altar, a simple place where you can set a candle and any objects from nature or things that carry special significance for you. On this altar place a little jar or lovely container into which you will place prayers you write down all during the 40 days. Any time a prayer for a person or particular intention comes to mind, write it and place it in this receptacle. Often throughout the days I put food offerings on the altar, or the first sips of coffee or wine, sharing these with the spirits who work with our prayers as a thank you and a way to be in relationship. (Clear the food sometime later and put it into the Earth.)
Make an intention for daily practices. Be as specific as possible. Choose a quality in yourself you would like to consciously encourage each day (patience, confidence, or discipline for example) and think of how you plan to do that. Pick a habit you would like to create or shift by simple, reasonable gestures. Sometimes I have fasted from a certain thing for these 40 days, and sometimes have added a simple something I commit to do each day, but nothing so ambitious or bold that I can’t stay with it. Consistency during the 40 days is key. Set yourself up to succeed.
Beginning on November 15th
At some time during each day, light the candle on your altar and sit for as little or as long a time as you feel. Hold space for Light and inspiration to come in, open your heart as a manger in which Love can be born. Be still.
Each night before you go to sleep, sit for just a few moments on the side of your bed, think on your intentions, the prayers on your altar and on all of our altars. Then dedicate your self to work in the dreamtime. Listen to your dreams, (and I always suggest that they be written down in a dream journal). Every morning soon after awakening step outside and call your spirit home from the dreaming world. Feel it returning and entering ever more fully into your body, ground your spirit in your body.
Every gesture, consistently offered, resets your psyche like the slight tilt of a sail toward your destination. This doesn’t have to be hard.
Have simple faith in the efficacy of your practice. Do not doubt or second guess. Just know. Trust yourself, and trust Spirit.
If you have not done so already, please send me a reply if you’d like to join in this ritual. I will make a list. November 15 is a Sunday. Each Sunday during these days I will send out some thoughts and an update. If you want to send me stories, thoughts, struggles, breakthroughs or inspirations from your experience, I can share those with the others if given your permission – either anonymously or with your name, as you wish.
I look forward to hearing from you.
With a heart full of love,