"Ritual is like taking a small cloth to wipe off some dust from the table while the entire house is as dirty as possible. It's doing stuff without looking at the results (anymore) "
"Elders say that ritual is like an arrow shot at something. When the intended target is not there, the arrow invents one "
"A ritual is like slipping into a cashmere sweater on a cold day – it holds and warms you."
"A powerful ritual is like a three-act play. The first act creates sacred space-in Reclaiming we do this by grounding, creating a circle, invoking the elements and the sacred. The second act is the heart of the ritual-the actions embodying the intention, with an arc of rising energy that builds to a climax of dancing, chanting, and toning. The third act is the cool down period, when we ground the power and give thanks to all that we've called in. We may share food and drink, or speak from the heart on some subject, or sing, or sit together in silence. "
"A ritual is like learning how to swim. Try to remember all those rules. When you get thrown in in the deep end for the first time they may or may not help you. You may be able to "train your body" but it is the 'click", the auto-jump where you "suddenly learn" or 'shift gestalts" that makes you "swim". The ritual is the map - not the territory - remember that!"
"Spiritual resonance is like the guitar of the soul reacting to the notes in the spiritual atmosphere. It can be a problem we have to deal with."
"Talking about spiritual activity to a secular audience is like doing card tricks on the radio," Karr says. And it wasn't easy for the author herself to buy into religion.
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