ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Preparing For Ritual

Updated on July 5, 2013

Ritual can mean a great many things to many people. To some it can mean a general routine, such as getting out of bed, brushing teeth and having coffee. To others it can mean something religious and spiritual. For some, it is the motions one might go through before meditation.

I would like to outline a way of calming and centering the self for a concentrated task. It is to help clear the mind, body and spirit of any distractions, negativity, or general noise.

An example of a simple alter representing the four elements, the duel personalities, as well as a tool for cleansing the air of unwanted energies
An example of a simple alter representing the four elements, the duel personalities, as well as a tool for cleansing the air of unwanted energies | Source

Relax during the bathing process. Inhale confidence, setting your mind to a positive state of success. There is no failure, only lack of energy. Exhale worries and negativity. Inhale mental clarity – it might be a good idea to burn mint, eucalyptus or tea tree oil in an oil burner during this time, or place drops of said oils in the bath for aromatherapeutic effect. When you are ready to leave the bath, feel your worries and lingering thoughts go into the bath water, and as you pull the plug and it begins to drain, so do your concerns.

Step One


The bathing process has two functions:

  1. Relax
  2. Cleanse

Often we carry too much weight within us, on our shoulders. Bathing, whether it be sitting in a tub, wandering into the lake, or standing under a shower, can help the muscles and body to relax. So often we have our own morning rituals which includes taking a shower before the day begins. Without realizing it, this is not just physically cleaning, but it is an attempt to wash away the previous day, to wash away the night, the sleep, and refresh the self for the day to come.

Showering for the day is different when bathing for a purpose. The bathing process before a ritual has two functions:

  1. Relax
  2. Cleanse

Yet see how a morning habit and bathing for ritual can have the same purposes which hold completely different meanings.

Your Robe

Acquiring a robe is not terribly difficult. There are a couple options:

  • Make it
  • Purchase

Here are some useful links to help you with either of these tasks. I do recommend making your robe though, as it will hold more significance with you.

Step Two

Air-dry if you can. This means, if your environment does not prove too much discomfort, allow yourself to dry without a towel, without cloth, or anything but the atmosphere of your environment.

Dress yourself in your special robe or gown – white if possible – that you only wear for this purpose. This puts your mind set in a magical place, alerting your subconscious that you are about to make use of the pineal gland. If you do not have a robe, that is fine. Going Sky Clad, or in the nude is just as effective.


A Note About Your Ritual Space

If you are gearing up to practice a spiritual ritual or meditation, you want to make sure the mood is set, so to speak.

Your ritual space should be dark, and private. I have heard of some having to make do with the bathroom for their privacy. Some people have the luxury of a bedroom, but it is just too small to have any of the extras. That is not a problem. Where the will is determined, the ability to make-shift will be present.

If you are in a standard room, the curtains should be drawn and if possible, doors closed. Your space should allow you minimal disturbance - none if at all possible. If doing spiritual practices, it is important to remember that you are doing this for your own personal growth and inspiration, and not as tricks for other people.

Once again, mood-setting is of importance. While I mentioned before to have your space be dark, you still want to be able to see. Candles make an excellent mood lighter, and provide energy as well. Mimic-candles are good as well, though you may not draw the same inspiration from them. The presence of the tiny flames allow for the subtle energies to change slightly.

If you have an alter, or any tools to use, they should be in the middle of the room, facing to the east. When the time comes you will sit behind your alter, also facing the east. A chair is preferable, though not necessary, to be behind your alter or in the center of your sacred space.

If a concern is unwanted energies crouching in corners or hidden spots, you may go to each of these nooks and clap your hands three times or ring a bell three times. Should you ring the bell, please know that this bell should only be used for this purpose and part of your alter.

You are now prepared for Ritual.

Step Three

Take a moment to become aware of your breath, and breathe.

The simple act of breathing as been more beneficial than many anti anxiety medications. Breath is part of life, is a necessity of life. It is an involuntary act which we take for granted. Through each breath, our bodies take in oxygen which is deposited into our blood to carry out to different organs, including the brain.

With everything you do, you should be conscious of your breath. This will allow you to remain calmer, clearer in thinking, and in tune with your body.

Did this help you center yourself for your ritual?

See results
Meditation | Source


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • ThompsonPen profile imageAUTHOR

      Nicola Thompson 

      7 years ago from Bellingham, WA

      Greetings! Thank you for the beautiful description! I think that a mass preparation for ritual might actually engulf the world in a warm snuggly relaxation! I've been told of accounts of Monks meditating en mass in DC, during which time the crime rate dropped significantly. I have heard tell of people focusing on a representation of the world, and giving reiki to it, thus giving it to the world.

      I have always said that by taking care of the self and focusing on a healthier, more natural life style, we help the world. By focusing on our own energy on a spiritual level or etheric level, we increase our vibrations, which effect those around us. Perhaps it will create a chain.

      Thanks for stopping by, friend!

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      Hi WonderfulPen,

      I am sold, warm bath, a new or familiar clover and a comfortable space all your own

      and then just breath in and out sweeping off all bewilderment!

      I do it all the time and call in self hypnosis!

      But now you’ve got my mind racing in all the wrong directions as I

      think about relaxing the globe, our earth our sole supporter.

      Taking it and giving it a bath, leaving it with a soft warm feeling and then

      wrapping it in a light pure air, offering it a warm glow of the sun bright light

      and giving it’s own true position in space, and all of us breathing ever so deeply.

      Yes lost in the mind of evolution and at peace with our neighbours.

      And then I remember, damn brain…”Collapse by Jarred Diamond” and

      suddenly I am anxious and need to some relaxation. Great mood setting and a soft place you create…and then this silly chap comes along and dreams of the global relaxation!! Love the warm moment and it melted my willpower to be sensible!! Thanks for a great hub!!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)