Encountering the Divine Ritual

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Wow, we had such a powerful and holy conversation at The Welcoming Circle last night. Here is the closing ritual we did which includes the meditation exercise on Spiritual journaling.

ENCOUNTERING THE DIVINE RITUAL

ANOINTING WITH PROTECTION OIL—David Taliesin

May you be protected on our journey tonight
as we seek to connect more deeply with the Divine Presence.

CALLING THE QUARTERS—David Taliesin

Guardians of the East, we ask for your presence
In our circle tonight.
Sophia, Lady Wisdom, open our minds to new revelations
And new directions.
Mercury, protector of the road, guide our journey
And keep us safe.
All Divine forms associated with Air,
Athena and Hermes. Hail and welcome!

Guardians of the South,
We ask for your presence in our circle tonight.
Brigid, goddess of the forge and poetry, purify our thoughts
And tickle our imagination.
Horus, protective sky god, watch over us
And shield us from any power who seeks to do us harm.
All Divine forms associated with Fire,
Freya and Thor. Hail and welcome!

Guardians of the West,
We ask for your presence tonight.
Aphrodite, goddess of love and emotion, surround us
With your peaceful and nurturing presence.
Poseidon, god of sea and rivers, wash away stagnant emotions
And quench our thirst for knowledge.
All Divine forms associated with Water,
Cailleach and Neptune. Hail and welcome!

Guardians of the North,
We ask for your presence in our circle tonight.
Gaia, goddess of earth, fill us with your vibrant energy
And strengthen our bodies.
Cernunnos, lord of the beasts, keep our hearts light,
Joyful and inquisitive tonight.
All Divine forms associated with Earth,
Demeter and Jesus of Nazareth. Hail and welcome!

The circle is cast. We are in a well protected and sacred space.
Let us open our hearts, minds and spirits
So we may connect with what the Divine Presence
Desires to give to us.

SPIRITUAL JOURNALING/INNER WISDOM DIALOGUE—David Taliesin

Instruction: Make sure everyone has a pen and paper. Give them the guidelines for spiritual journaling:

This is a difficult exercise for some people. For others it is life changing.

1. Begin by closing your eyes and focusing on your breath. Try to rid the body of any tension you may be feeling and attempt to clear your mind.

2. When you are ready, open your eyes, grab a pencil and start writing. The easiest way to start is with a question you are struggling with at this point in your life. Write down the answers you receive and continue the conversation.

3. When doing this exercise, the key to success is you cannot stop writing and you cannot pause to think. You should let the conversation flow without censoring any of it.

4. Some people ask me if this exercise is only talking to yourself. My experience with this discipline is that is the wisdom gained from this kind of meditation comes from a deep wisdom source that is part us and part spirit. Some people gain incredible insights from this discipline that surprise and astonish them.

DISMISSING THE CIRCLE—David Taliesin

Guardians of the North,
All Divine forms associated with Earth,
Gaia and Cernunnos, Demeter and Jesus,
Thank you for your presence in our circle tonight.
We ask you to keep us grounded in the coming week.
Stay if you will, go if you must. We bid you farewell!

Guardians of the West,
All Divine forms associated with Water,
Aphrodite and Poseidon, Cailleach and Neptune,
Thank you for your presence in our circle tonight.
We ask you to keep us centered in the coming week.
Stay if you will, go if you must. We bid you farewell!

Guardians of the South,
All Divine forms associated with Fire,
Brigid and Horus, Freya and Thor,
Thank you for your presence in our circle tonight.
We ask you to keep us passionate in the coming week.
Stay if you will, go if you must. We bid you farewell!

Guardians of the East,
All Divine forms associated with Air,
Sophia and Mercury, Athena and Hermes,
Thank you for your presence in our circle tonight.
We ask you to keep us inspired in the coming week.
Stay if you will, go if you must. We bid you farewell!

The circle is open but never unbroken
Because it is a circle woven in love.
Whatever energy is left in this space
We return to the earth with a spirit of gratitude.
Merry meet and merry part, and merry meet again.

Copyright ©2018 David Taliesin, http://www.sabbatsandsabbaths.com

About David Taliesin

My name is David Taliesin. I'm an writer, teacher and retreat leader who explores the connections between Christian and Pagan Spirituality. E-mail me with any personal comments you'd like to share and I will do my best to answer them. You can also contact me through my Facebook page www.facebook.com/davidtaliesinauthor
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