Ritual in 7 Easy Steps
to Make 2015 Your Best Year Yet
Bray Attwood and Chris Attwood
(Excerpted from Your Hidden Riches:
the Power of Ritual to Create a Life of Meaning)
Do you know that there is a
unique design to your life? There is. Your mission in this lifetime is to
discover that design and get aligned with it.
When you do, life becomes fun, things flow easily, the inevitable
challenges of life are only temporary setbacks, and you feel that your life has
Hidden Riches are what
surfaces when your rituals help you discover and stay aligned with your life’s
unique design. Rituals can help you manage
your time, your energy and your thinking. Only 25% of life can be experienced
with the senses. Rituals allow you to connect with and tap into the power of
the other 75%.
Many people think that
rituals are religious practices or superstitions.
Yet rituals are the “secret weapons” of the world’s most accomplished people — from sports
stars to corporate executives to world-class performers. What most people have missed is that rituals are essential tools in today’s
world to improve performance, to stay calm in stressful situations, and to
maintain balance in an over-busy life.
But what is the difference between a habit and a ritual? We all have good habits and bad habits. In contrast, rituals are
conscious, intentional acts we choose to make habitual. Rituals focus attention
in a very practical way, and can be tailored
to the major needs we all share:
Attracting your ideal partner and forming a loving bond between you.
Diet and Beauty: Bringing your body into harmony at every level so that it becomes
your strongest ally in reaching a state of optimal well-being.
• Money & Wealth:
Matching your inner riches with external abundance.
Rituals: Creating a sacred space and entering it for
healing and renewal.
Family: Bringing parents and children into a closer circle of security, understanding, and
There are 7 aspects to
creating your own ritual — rituals that create a special feeling and experience
when they are performed:
1) Intention — Read out loud
the intention you are setting.
and Purification — Create a special spot where you keep the
elements for your ritual. Also, take a few moments before you start each time
to clean up and wipe off your ritual space.
3) Use of
Symbols — Place symbols
in your ritual space that are meaningful to you and will inspire you.
These could include photos of your family,
special mentors or teachers you value, mementos, and anything else that
will give personal meaning to your ritual.
the Senses — By incorporating fruit, flowers, scented oils or candles, your ritual will have a deeper
and more profound effect.
Performance — Create a specific
order to what you will do during your ritual. An example would be:
Prepare the space: take a moment to clean the area, light some incense, arrange
your fresh flowers, fruit or healthy snack, and put your scarf or cloth on.
quietly in silence for 30 seconds.
your eyes and read your intention out loud.
you’re beginning your day write out 3 things you’d like to accomplish today; If you’re ending, list 3 things you accomplished.
5. Read a quote or passage from
a book that is inspiring to you
and reminds you why you are focusing on this ritual.
Quietly speak out one thing you are grateful for — find something you have not
expressed on previous days.
out one thing you appreciate about yourself — again find something that you
haven’t expressed before.
out incense and begin working on your project.
6) Repetition — Repeating your
ritual over and over will help ground your intention and create
new neural pathways so your day will always be connected to the intention you
7) Invoking the Unseen — This can be as simple as acknowledging that you need help to achieve the goals you have
set for yourself and you are willing to accept that help from wherever it may
Using these 7 aspects of ritual
as a guide (no need to follow a particular order) you will create specialness
in your day and in your life. You will find you are
more focused when you are working, and you don’t obsess over your
work when you are not.
is a design to your life. You were born with it. Uncovering
your unique role and purpose in the world lies in
covering that Life Design through ritual. Our world is at a turning point. It needs you
doing what you came here to do. When you
achieve that, you will be living your ideal
life, reaping the inner riches that are your birthright.
Janet Bray Attwood
and Chris Attwood are the co-authors of Your Hidden Riches: Unleashing the Power of Ritual to Create
a Life of Meaning and Purpose (Harmony Books). They are known globally for their New York Times bestseller The Passion Test,
the #1 tool used worldwide to help people discover their passions and connect
with meaning. For more information, visit: www.thehiddenriches.com/