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March 1st, 2011

Demons, Outdwellers, and Negative Emotions @ 01:27 pm

ns_kumiho:

How do you deal with possible averse influences in ritual whether from spirits or thoughts/emotions that may distract you?

 
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From:kalynn_osburn
Date:March 1st, 2011 11:38 pm (UTC)
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Well most people make a circle for themselves to protect against outside influences during a ritual. I have heard people simply call the elements, others use salt or sage to cleanse and purify a space. I prefer to use a bell to ward off negative emotions and energy. To me the bell signify the beginning of the rituals. The sweet, pure chime sends a signal out to the welcoming spirits to join me and to annoy and drive away forbidding spirits who might interfere.

In my personal life it's a great deal more difficult. I feel a lot of stress, negative emotions, anger, jealousy and such every day. I try to remind myself to act better even if I can't stop the thoughts. I believe in acting honorably and doing your best to act with pride and joy. Not always possible but part of the trial is the striving and working towards a goal.
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From:sarenth
Date:March 2nd, 2011 06:51 pm (UTC)
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If I am doing ritual alone, I will shut the door, kick the lights down or off, and after doing a ritual shower or bath, I will dress in ritual gear. Depending on the work I am doing it could be clean clothes, a set of red scrubs my Ancestors like me to wear for working with Them, or ritual robes.

After that I will usually ask for Thor's Hammer to protect the space, I may asperge the room with a mixture of water and herbs, or sprinkle herbs around the space for protection and cleansing, and I may take incense around the room in prayer or for cleansing. After that, depending on what I am doing, I may drum, sing, or play a song on my iPod or computer if it is nearby. These things may sound complex or time-consuming, but after doing it for so long it doesn't take that much time, and it really helps me get into the headspace for ritual.