Christmas is the most universally recognized holiday transcending language, culture and even religious beliefs. It is a time when people and communities come together in peace and with good will for one another. Christmas is also a time for inner transformation. A time to put some personal rituals into place to deeply connect you to the divine and the sacred during the 12 days of Christmas.
It is now time to light up and renew your Christmas spirit. Time to ensure your attitude (which comes from your thoughts) is healthy and that you feel a deep connection to the divine within and around you. Below is a great ritual idea to help you go deeper during the 12 days of Christmas. Rituals to help you over-flow with positive energy and joy at Christmas time and throughout the year. Rituals that can help to get to the core of your feelings, by acknowledging and addressing them. When you are feeling on top of the world everyone else around you will be too. You will leave the spirit of Christmas where ever you go!
Rituals have been an important practice throughout human history and the benefits are many. An altar in a private space in one’s home set up in a quiet, undisturbed place where you can concentrate your intentions and desires for higher growth and peace, tranquility and joy. It is also a place to reflect on thoughts of gratitude, forgiveness and love. Ultimately it is your sacred place to let go of troubles, give thanks and seek enlightenment or higher consciousness as you connect to the divine within to live and feel more deeply in everyday life.
Start the first day of the 12 days of Christmas by preparing a small altar in your bedroom or other quiet place in your home where you will not be disturbed.
No space? There is always a solution. You can use the ancient and very powerful tool of visualization. Sit in a chair, make yourself comfortable or lie down in your bed, close your eyes and see in your minds eye your special altar. See it in full details: the colors you love, materials, textures, smells, sounds your hear such as a bird in a tree or a waterfall soft in the background. Either physically or in your minds eye sit or kneel at your altar. Light a candle, burn some incense, place some flowers; set it up to make you feel good. Place items at this space that will symbolize to you a peaceful, safe and love filled space.
I would also recommend you add to your altar three beautiful long tall candles. One representing your physical world, one representing your inner world and for your spiritual world or world of higher consciousness. Spend time reflecting on these three areas of your life. For example each night of the 12 days of Christmas you could focus on different virtues such as starting with gratitude for all that you have in your physical world. You spend moments reflecting on the smallest to the largest things. For example, you could start with the light switch being grateful for the person who invented it, the person who made it and the person who installed it. Then you move to your inner world and give thanks for the beautiful mind you have, the intelligence, the positive thoughts that you have and the ability to find the gift in a challenge and then let it go. Next move to the your spiritual / higher power / higher consciousness and give thanks for the awesome power around you and deep within you such as the air you breathe, the sun that gives forth life and food. Give thanks for your connection to the greatness within you, that is within everyone, the greatness that connects us all as one. Give thanks for your intuition for this is also part of your higher consciousness and when you focus on it it will expand. Give thanks as you show acknowledgment. This is a powerful and transformational ritual.
Then for the following night focus on your intentions. Commit to bringing a positive intention to all you meet, to all that you do and to all that you give. Give with no expectation of anything in return. Give with an intention of unconditional love. The next night focus on your choices – the power of each choice you have in each moment. Acknowledge it and be aware of your power of choice and how it affects your life and those around you. Reflect on your choices made and if they support the best in you and others. Then continue the next nights reflecting on acknowledging the people that have passed and speaking with them at your alter about your life and your dreams, then reflect for the following nights on prosperity, love, then community service, family, peace, forgiveness, finding the gift in the challenges presented over the year and then letting them go and finish with prayers and blessings for yourself, those around you and the world as a whole.
Christmas is a great time to renew and connect deeply through reflective rituals. When we transform our inner world we magically transform our outer world! The greatest gift we can give to ourselves and the world is conscious transformation.
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