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« Topic Start: April 20, 2008, 09:55:44 am »

Many people have told me that after ritual you should feel energized and refreshed.  However, after ritual I always feel exhausted!  Is there a way you are "supposed" to feel after ritual?  How is it for you? 
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« Reply #1: April 20, 2008, 10:54:42 am »

Many people have told me that after ritual you should feel energized and refreshed.  However, after ritual I always feel exhausted!  Is there a way you are "supposed" to feel after ritual?  How is it for you? 

After what kind of ritual?
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« Reply #2: April 20, 2008, 10:56:52 am »

Many people have told me that after ritual you should feel energized and refreshed.  However, after ritual I always feel exhausted!  Is there a way you are "supposed" to feel after ritual?  How is it for you? 

I usually feel buzzed. If I do it at night, it can take quite a while to get to sleep afterwards. It depends on the nature of the ritual, of course, but for the most part I feel really good aterwards. If you are feeling exhuasted I wonder if you are grounding properly before and after. You might want to read the having trouble grounding thread, there are a lot of good suggestions there.
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« Reply #3: April 20, 2008, 10:58:21 am »

Many people have told me that after ritual you should feel energized and refreshed.  However, after ritual I always feel exhausted!  Is there a way you are "supposed" to feel after ritual?  How is it for you? 

There is no one way to feel. If you've put a lot of effort into your ritual, I would say that exhaustion is normal. If you've had a lot of energy buzzing around you during ritual, it would make sense that you felt drained of it afterwards.
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« Reply #4: April 20, 2008, 11:20:18 am »

After what kind of ritual?

I've noticed that it doesn't really matter what type of ritual.  I'm just usually tired after rituals in general.


If you are feeling exhuasted I wonder if you are grounding properly before and after. You might want to read the having trouble grounding thread, there are a lot of good suggestions there.

That's the thread that actually prompted me to post this.  I know how to ground and when, have been doing it for a while.  But I was just curious if there were others who still feel tired afterwards regardless of grounding. 
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« Reply #5: April 20, 2008, 01:03:34 pm »

But I was just curious if there were others who still feel tired afterwards regardless of grounding.

For me it depends on the purpose of the ritual.  If it is celebratory and I am taking energy into myself then I don't wind up tired.  I try not to wind up too buzzed, but that's what I use grounding the excess for.

If it is a spell or a purposed ritual, then yes I am sometimes exhausted.  After all, there is only so much energy I can hold by myself, and if I am sending it out as a spell then I want to send as much as possible, simply for the sake of the spell working.  I try not to send the 'base' amount I carry around with me all the time, but it is not always easy to recognize that cut-off point.

Spells and purposed rituals are often concluded by me taking a 24-hour nap.  It's just the nature of the beast.

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« Reply #6: April 20, 2008, 01:08:27 pm »

For me it depends on the purpose of the ritual.  If it is celebratory and I am taking energy into myself then I don't wind up tired.  I try not to wind up too buzzed, but that's what I use grounding the excess for.

That was the reason I asked the OP what kind of ritual.
I mean if I'm doing something, that is intended to power me up and after that I end up even more tired - that would be a problem. But if I'm doing a spell or send energy off to heal or something like this, I usually feel afterwards like after a work out in the gym. Tired but good.
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« Reply #7: April 20, 2008, 01:17:42 pm »

Many people have told me that after ritual you should feel energized and refreshed.  However, after ritual I always feel exhausted!  Is there a way you are "supposed" to feel after ritual?  How is it for you? 

Depends. Sometimes I feel absolutely exhausted, sometimes I am walking on air, sometimes it's a mix between the the two. It almost always feels good, though. Smiley

For example I just spent the entire morning doing a house cleaning, starting with physical (scrubbing floors, etc) and ending with smudging, chanting and some energy work. I'm very 'in tune' now and as something feels 'off' I fix it.

I'm exhausted, really. But it's like ahhhh...it's done, I feel good, the whole place feels good. It's lovely. Feels like a good day to play couch-potato. Wink
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« Reply #8: April 20, 2008, 03:24:04 pm »

Many people have told me that after ritual you should feel energized and refreshed.  However, after ritual I always feel exhausted!  Is there a way you are "supposed" to feel after ritual?  How is it for you? 

Like other people said, it depends on the ritual.  Sometimes I feel "shiny" and energized, sometimes I feel calm, and sometimes I feel tired in a good way, like I did a good day's work.
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« Reply #9: April 20, 2008, 04:50:23 pm »

I've noticed that it doesn't really matter what type of ritual.  I'm just usually tired after rituals in general.


That's the thread that actually prompted me to post this.  I know how to ground and when, have been doing it for a while.  But I was just curious if there were others who still feel tired afterwards regardless of grounding. 

are you feeling tired out in a good, hard work that is now done kind of way? Or are you channeling or drawing down a lot? If you are doing a lot of that kind of work, you could really wear yourself out.
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« Reply #10: April 20, 2008, 05:03:21 pm »

I know how to ground and when, have been doing it for a while.  But I was just curious if there were others who still feel tired afterwards regardless of grounding. 

Is it possible that you're grounding too much energy? Personally, I rarely ground (though I also don't do spellwork or anything similar) and it doesn't give me trouble.

Usually after a ritual I feel centered and alert, but very calm. If I don't, it's sometimes a sign that I wasn't mentally "in" the ritual; I've had this happen when I was worrying about the outcome of the ritual rather than the ritual itself.
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« Reply #11: April 20, 2008, 05:56:58 pm »

Many people have told me that after ritual you should feel energized and refreshed.  However, after ritual I always feel exhausted!  Is there a way you are "supposed" to feel after ritual?  How is it for you? 

It depends a lot on the ritual (and on how familiar I am with the techniques being used, or my role in the ritual.)

I find working with people I don't know very well particularly tiring.
Also rituals where there's a lot of very detail focused work - keeping close track of cues, other people's actions or comfort, etc. This makes sense: it takes a lot of personal energy to follow that kind of thing, and it's not easily recharged by group energy work. 

New techniques (and *especially* new ritual roles, like priestessing for a group for the first time) have tended to be both harder to ground from later (i.e. there is excess energy involved) but also far more tiring, once the grounding work is done. Ditto for what I call 'high expectation' rituals - in my path, that includes Samhain, initiations, etc. where there's a lot of expectations and hopes riding on things going smoothly.

The ones that tend to be highest energy for me involve group energy work (not just my own), and rituals where everything is going very smoothly and together

In my personal work, I tend to find meditation work and divination, and other self-focused work to be very relaxing. But I think it's important to differentiate between relaxing and tiring. Sometimes I've been running around so much in other ways that I get a chance to relax, and suddenly am tired. I don't do a lot of really extensive power-raising in my personal work, so I'm less inclined to get the energy high through that.
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« Reply #12: April 21, 2008, 10:06:51 am »

Many people have told me that after ritual you should feel energized and refreshed.  However, after ritual I always feel exhausted!  Is there a way you are "supposed" to feel after ritual?  How is it for you? 
Normally I feel very good. I may feel a little tired if the rite has run long and it was with a group of people. solitary rites usually don't have that effect on me because I'm not having to barricade against others emotions. keeping personal shields strong in group situations sometimes takes a little more energy, and when that happens I end up re-grounding and centering and reinforcing my shields again, which I do before rites start and after they end because sometimes I run up against people who are unconscious psi-vamps in a group situation who have an awfully strong energy pull. if your are not grounded, centered and shielded going into a rite, solitary or group you can wind up with a huge energy drain.
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« Reply #13: April 21, 2008, 11:48:14 am »

Many people have told me that after ritual you should feel energized and refreshed.  However, after ritual I always feel exhausted!  Is there a way you are "supposed" to feel after ritual?  How is it for you? 
I sometimes feel a little tired and sometimes I feel completely energized depending on the ritual and how much work was actually done if any. One thing I am after every circle no matter what is Hungry. It's like having the munchies or something... you can always find me after a good circle I'll be by the fridge.
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« Reply #14: April 21, 2008, 12:02:46 pm »

if your are not grounded, centered and shielded going into a rite, solitary or group you can wind up with a huge energy drain.

Is the group work with people you know well, or open public rituals?

I certainly do some shielding when I'm in open public ritual, or at times when there are a lot of guests somewhere. But I'd frankly consider it an insult to my covenmates to deliberately shield in a small coven setting. (Where we're supposed to be on close terms, comfortable with each other, and familiar with how the other people work.) How can we do intimate magical work if we're consciously trying to keep each other out?

Also, when I'm working directly with specific deities, shielding seems rather rude (and if I'm doing aspecting/Drawing Down work, can seriously interfere with that experience going as smoothly and easily as possible.)

My personal shields are layered: the innermost layer before I let the whole thing down is explicitly designed for public ritual and other Pagan community settings where I want to be open, but also want a layer of protection (and really solidly defined boundaries) in case someone else gets grabby with my energy. It's a very passive layer, only triggered if someone starts directly interfering with me, but otherwise leaves me more open and able to sense the group energy, assist with keeping it moving, and be energetically open to the work we're doing together.

(I normally have a much stronger 'filter' layer up, as well, which helps me deal with working with many energetic and emotionally bouncy teenagers, but I don't like having that up in public ritual settings, as it affects my ability to help support the ritual in the most efficient/effective way.)

A lot of my shielding works on sound - the outer layer is sort of like white noise, filtering out distractions (but also, of necessity, filtering out some lower-volume details that might otherwise be useful), while the inner layer has a very clear sense of self, but is also structured in a way that other people can connect to and harmonise with it (sort of like a simple single instrument melody: there's lots of ways the harmony, other instrumentation can go.)

In small group/coven work, the shields come all the way down during the circle scribe (or immediately afterwards, if I'm the one scribing, which I'm usually not.) They go back up just before we open the circle again. I do this often enough that it doesn't take very long (maybe a long breath or two.)
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