Spiritual Rituals
Anoka-Ramsey College
PPT #3
©Valerie Lis 2012
SPIRITUAL RITUALS
• This chapter discusses spiritual rituals which may be used to
support the healing process.
Here are a ...
Ritual is a way we perform ceremony.
In Holy Communion, the wine and the bread and the
passing of them is the ritual. The ...
RITUAL: THE FOUNDATION FOR TRANSPERSONAL
MEDICINE
©Valerie Lis 2012
4
• Modern health care is by no means devoid of ritual...
RITUAL: A PHYSICIAN’S PERSPECTIVE
Modern medicine is in danger of losing a powerful, old-fashioned
tool: human touch. Phys...
A HEALING RITUAL
• This
originated
from Sogyal
Rinpoche’s
The Tibetan
Book of
Living and
Dying
• It can be
easily
adapted,...
PRAYER
©Valerie Lis 2012 7
Why is it when we talk to God we are said to
be praying and when God talks to us we’re
said to ...
DISCUSSION BOARD
• For this week’s Discussion Board, you will
evaluate your own personal rituals.
• First, you will discus...
WIKI ACTIVITY
©Valerie Lis 2012
9
• Your WIKI Activity for Module 3 is to
CREATE A PERSONAL RITUAL TO
REDUCE STRESS
• You ...
REMINDERS. . .
• Be sure to complete the Quiz, the Discussion
Board, and the Group WIKI activity this week.
• The due date...
There was this case in the hospital's Intensive Care ward
where patients always died in the same bed, on Sunday
morning at...
©Valerie Lis 2012 12
The Prayer Said before Finals
Now I Lay Me
Down to Study,
I Pray the Lord I
Won't Go Nutty.
If I Shou...
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Module 3- Spiritual Rituals

  1. 1. Spiritual Rituals Anoka-Ramsey College PPT #3 ©Valerie Lis 2012
  2. 2. SPIRITUAL RITUALS • This chapter discusses spiritual rituals which may be used to support the healing process. Here are a few concepts from the chapter: • Rituals help people connect with their inner core, other people, nature, and everything in the world and help them to remember, honor, and change. • Examples include prayer, meditation, Guided Imagery, gratitude, spending time in nature, art, dance, and storytelling. • Rituals can involve actions, symbols, and ceremonies. • Prayer is the most common form of spiritual ritual. ©Valerie Lis 2012 2
  3. 3. Ritual is a way we perform ceremony. In Holy Communion, the wine and the bread and the passing of them is the ritual. The ceremony is the emotional vessel that holds all the ritual. Smoking the pipe is a ritual. The prayers that we send in the pipe create the ceremony. Rituals allow us the means to come into the mystery realms of being. When ritual is done well, with great care, it becomes ceremony. Ritual performed with careless hands and a distracted heart is just a bunch of “stuff.” ©Valerie Lis 2012 3~Susan Chernak McElroy RITUAL Prayer Sewing Meditation Designing Guided Imagery Chanting Reading Swimming Gratitude Time in Nature Art Drumming Gardening Singing Dance Sailing Drama Walking Storytelling
  4. 4. RITUAL: THE FOUNDATION FOR TRANSPERSONAL MEDICINE ©Valerie Lis 2012 4 • Modern health care is by no means devoid of ritual. Physicians, badly miscast in the shaman’s role, are the ritual makers for most of life’s major passages- birth, death, pregnancy, menopause, puberty, and old age. • A stay in the hospital or a visit to a clinic is heavily steeped in ritual with prescribed behaviors, dress, and demeanor, and prominently displayed symbols of healing (diplomas, the caduceus). • These rites and symbols have great power- a nod of the head or a word can be either life giving or the kiss of death. • The missing element, therefore, is not ritual per se but an awareness of participation of its transpersonal functions. WHY RITUALS HEAL 1. Rituals reduce the sense of alienation 2. Rituals encourage hope, reduce depression & anxiety 3. Ritual helps recover the soul 4. Ritual engages the power of consensus Achterberg, J. (1992). Ritual: The foundation for transpersonal medicine. Revision, 14(3), 158-165.
  5. 5. RITUAL: A PHYSICIAN’S PERSPECTIVE Modern medicine is in danger of losing a powerful, old-fashioned tool: human touch. Physician & writer Abraham Verghese describes our strange new world where patients are merely data points, & calls for a return to the traditional one-on-one physical exam. ©Valerie Lis 2012 5 http://www.ted.com/talks/abraham_verghese_a_doctor_s_touch.html
  6. 6. A HEALING RITUAL • This originated from Sogyal Rinpoche’s The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying • It can be easily adapted, however, to align with any religious or spiritual belief ©Valerie Lis 2012 6 1. Sit quietly, close your eyes, and take a few slow, deep breaths, relaxing a little with each exhalation. 2. Imagine in front of you and above your head an enlightened being or saint for which you feel particular love or reverence ̶̶ perhaps Jesus, Buddha, Moses, or Mother Teresa. 3. Intensify the experience by deepening your feelings of inspiration and devotion. 4. Relax your body, feel the presence of this being in your heart, and call on it to help you realize your own essential nature. 5. Allow your mind and heart to merge with the mind and heart of this enlightened being as you ask to be filled with clarity and compassion. 6. Continue to merge your mind and heart with those of the enlightened being as you recite a devotional mantra, if you have one. 7. Gradually feel your mind and heart becoming one with the guru’s ̶̶ that is, vast, clear, and luminous like the sky. 8. Imagine that thousands of rays of pure-white light stream from the guru and penetrate every cell of your body, healing, purifying, and empowering you completely with the skylike mind of enlightenment. 9. Allow the guru to dissolve into light and become one with you so that you and the guru are inseparable. 10. Rest for several minutes in the vast, luminous, skylike nature of mind. Bodian, S. (2006). Meditation for Dummies. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
  7. 7. PRAYER ©Valerie Lis 2012 7 Why is it when we talk to God we are said to be praying and when God talks to us we’re said to be schizophrenic? ~ Lily Tomlin Prayer is not just a matter of asking God for favors. It is our way to channel divine power and blessing into ourselves, our lives and the whole world. Through prayer the soul rises to God and is healed, and in turn sends healing power into the body. ~ Avraham Greenbaum God answers sharp and sudden on some prayers. And thrusts the thing we have prayed for in our face. A gauntlet with a gift in it. ~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  8. 8. DISCUSSION BOARD • For this week’s Discussion Board, you will evaluate your own personal rituals. • First, you will discuss the rituals and practices you use in your life and how they help you connect with your spirituality or support your spiritual health. • Then, you will discuss your gifts, talents, or abilities that can be utilized to help your clients with their spiritual practices or healing rituals. • After answering these questions, remember to place two more comments in response to other students’ posts. ©Valerie Lis 2012 8
  9. 9. WIKI ACTIVITY ©Valerie Lis 2012 9 • Your WIKI Activity for Module 3 is to CREATE A PERSONAL RITUAL TO REDUCE STRESS • You may include prayer, meditation, breathing, sound, Guided Imagery, visualization, nature, art, dance, or storytelling. • You may add stones, candles, photographs, or other honored possessions. • Submit a photograph (minimum 200 words) describing your ritual to the Group WIKI. • Be sure to post three thoughtful comments to your classmates’ submissions.
  10. 10. REMINDERS. . . • Be sure to complete the Quiz, the Discussion Board, and the Group WIKI activity this week. • The due date for all assignments from the second module is January 29. • The due date for all assignments from the third module is February 5. • If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know. Thanks! Valerie ©Valerie Lis 2012 10
  11. 11. There was this case in the hospital's Intensive Care ward where patients always died in the same bed, on Sunday morning at 11 a.m., regardless of their medical condition. This puzzled the doctors and some even thought that it had something to do with the supernatural. Why the death? The doctors decide to go down to the ward to investigate the cause of the incidents. So on the next Sunday morning, a few minutes before 11 a.m., all doctors and nurses nervously waited outside the ward to see for themselves what the terrible phenomenon was all about. Some were holding wooden crosses, prayer books and other holy objects to ward off the evil........ Just when the clock struck 11.... Santa Singh, the part-time Sunday sweeper, entered the ward and unplugged the life support system so that he could use the vacuum cleaner. ©Valerie Lis 2012 11 http://www.jokes.com/funny/whatever/mysterious-death MYSTERIOUS DEATH
  12. 12. ©Valerie Lis 2012 12 The Prayer Said before Finals Now I Lay Me Down to Study, I Pray the Lord I Won't Go Nutty. If I Should Fail to Learn this Junk, I Pray the Lord I Will Not Flunk. But If I Do, Don't Pity Me at All, Just Lay My Bones In the Study Hall. Tell My Prof I Did My Best, Then Pile My Books upon My Chest. Now I Lay Me Down to Rest, And Pray I'll Pass Tomorrow's Test. If I Should Die Before I Wake, That's One less Test I'll Have to Take.

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