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« Topic Start: December 29, 2009, 10:11:42 pm »

With all of the discussion on structured rituals and ceremonies, I was actually wondering how many here practice innate or instinctual rituals. Performing prayers, rituals, dances, etc. by whatever comes naturally, rather than following a prescribed or planned "script" as you will. I use rituals in a large part of my worship, but I often find the instinctual rituals to be more fulfilling, for some reason. What do you typically do when you perform one of these rituals? Why do you do these?
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« Reply #1: December 30, 2009, 02:12:11 am »

how many here practice innate or instinctual rituals.

I guess I use the term "ritual" pretty loosely.  I have my evening "devotional", which consists of lighting my oil lamp and saying a very brief prayer.  Sometimes, when I have some kind of special need or something, the prayer turns into a little chat.   Smiley  And I almost always say a quick prayer and do a little visualization meditation when I board an airplane. 

And I have a few specific things I do to celebrate Imbolc, which I suppose can be counted as rituals.

That's pretty much all I do that's actually planned.  Everything else is spontaneous.  When the urge hits, I'll make offerings, sometimes inside and sometimes outside, usually accompanied by a brief prayer of some sort.  The offerings vary a lot.  Often I use flame, lighting candles or more lamps.  Sometimes I use food or drink.  Sometimes money, which I "offer" by donating to a couple of specific charities.  When I feel the need, I pray -- or, rather, talk to Brighid and then "listen" for Her response.  Very occasionally, I'll use divination within a ritual context, but I haven't felt up to that lately.

So, yeah, not so structured.  That's the "feral" part of my path, I guess.   Wink
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« Reply #2: January 24, 2010, 08:33:58 pm »

I often find the instinctual rituals to be more fulfilling, for some reason.

I agree. I enjoy creating a spontaneous ritual in the forest when the moon is just right
Or a impromptu blessing before a long trip.
We enjoy a simple free form ritual or dance to enhance our spirituality

There's never a bad time to acknowledge the gods.
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« Reply #3: January 25, 2010, 01:23:14 am »

With all of the discussion on structured rituals and ceremonies, I was actually wondering how many here practice innate or instinctual rituals. Performing prayers, rituals, dances, etc. by whatever comes naturally, rather than following a prescribed or planned "script" as you will. I use rituals in a large part of my worship, but I often find the instinctual rituals to be more fulfilling, for some reason. What do you typically do when you perform one of these rituals? Why do you do these?

Instinctual rituals are pretty much par for the course with me. The only ritual that is ever planned ahead of time is at Samhain. Other than that they are spur of the moment. Because I am solitary, I don't need to plan anything out, I can just do what I feel is needed at the time. The Samhain ritual is only planned upto a point. The people, place and ritual tools that will be required are sorted well in advance as it is the only ritual I do with others. The ritual itself, the words, blessings, dedications etc is all done 'off the cuff'. It is a lot more meaningful for all concerned that way (or at least it is with the group I share this ritual with).
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« Reply #4: January 25, 2010, 07:02:02 am »

With all of the discussion on structured rituals and ceremonies, I was actually wondering how many here practice innate or instinctual rituals. Performing prayers, rituals, dances, etc. by whatever comes naturally, rather than following a prescribed or planned "script" as you will. I use rituals in a large part of my worship, but I often find the instinctual rituals to be more fulfilling, for some reason. What do you typically do when you perform one of these rituals? Why do you do these?

Spontaneous or instinctive ritual is one of the core practices of Dianic Paganism although the Tradition I follow tends to frame such within a more structured framework (daily, calandarized).

Kitchen Witchcraft is also often instinctive, using anything that comes to hand as tools and necessity as the reason.


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« Reply #5: January 25, 2010, 11:15:36 am »

With all of the discussion on structured rituals and ceremonies, I was actually wondering how many here practice innate or instinctual rituals. Performing prayers, rituals, dances, etc. by whatever comes naturally, rather than following a prescribed or planned "script" as you will. I use rituals in a large part of my worship, but I often find the instinctual rituals to be more fulfilling, for some reason. What do you typically do when you perform one of these rituals? Why do you do these?

I'm still relatively new to the whole thing (only a year now), but I've found that the innate rituals I do, combined with prayer and the occasional offering, work the best. I think these may work better for me than prescribed rituals because there's more honesty and devotion flowing through me when I'm partaking in my own rites. I've been trying to find structured rituals and ceremonies, mostly to increase my own knowledge with the community, and maybe learn some things for my own practices.
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« Reply #6: January 26, 2010, 02:04:53 pm »

With all of the discussion on structured rituals and ceremonies, I was actually wondering how many here practice innate or instinctual rituals.

I do different kinds of rituals. Sometimes I do ceremonial magic rituals, which are very structured. Sometimes I do NeoWiccan or Feri rituals with a basic structure, but some parts like Deity invocations and/or quarter calls improvised. I've done an entirely "scripted" NeoWiccan ritual before too. Sometimes I'll make up a new structure or just "bust out" with no structure at all. Sometimes I'll string together smaller rituals improvisationally.

I like improvisational ritual a lot. It can be harder with multiple people involved, but also really neat when it comes together.

I've been doing a lot of ecstatic dance lately, which is freeform, although generally to a playlist I pick out beforehand.
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« Reply #7: January 26, 2010, 05:36:22 pm »

Performing prayers, rituals, dances...What do you typically do when you perform one of these rituals? Why do you do these?

I often perform innate rituals, and I also like to work within the context of a loosely structured ritual. Generally this takes the form of wild, joyous dancing, singing, or musical flows, none of which are really planned. But I will frequently incorporate at least a few planned aspects like candles, stones, invocations and so forth.

Drumming is one of my favorite ways to do trance work which I consider to be an innate ritual. I also tend to take as many random moments I can whenever I'm outside somewhere breathtaking (which includes many places!) to commune and open myself to the natural channels.
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« Reply #8: January 30, 2010, 10:12:22 pm »

I was actually wondering how many here practice innate or instinctual rituals.

I sometimes perform loosely structured rituals during the full moons and a few of the sabats, especially Imbolc, but for the most part it's instinctual.  Every morning and evening, or whenever I get up and before I go to bed (I keep strange hours sometimes since my circadian rhythm is more in line with the moon than the sun, especially during the waxing moon), I light one or more candles on Brighid's shrine and use my prayer beads with my dedications and devotionals to her, usually followed by normal conversational prayer which usually isn't planned unless I need to discuss something with her.

I usually make offerings to Brighid, which usually is in the form of food to the animals outdoors, or I'll ask Brighid to bless cash that I give to charities, such as food banks and shelters.  Rarely, but sometimes, I get the overwhelming urge to give her something in a burnt offering.   Sometimes the offerings don't seem to make sense to me at first, but occasionally I have the overwhelming urge to give her something which seems very unusual to me.  I'll often look it up later, and lo and behold, there is often a short mention of the item(s) being associated to Brighid.  But for the most part, my rituals involve mostly dedications and prayer.  With every dedication, I feel more of Brighid's "energy" within me.  Even when I use divination or energy manipulation, it isn't usually structured.  I usually just ground and pray beforehand that Brighid will guide me and protect me.

 

 
   
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