As much as I have become acclimated to ritual, being a cradle Catholic myself, I am curious if there is a less procedural and meticulous way by which to have recourse to supernatural power. Being an orthodox Catholic is not exactly conducive to delving into what it would marginalize as “occult practices,” such as shamanism, energy medicine, reiki, and voodoo. This restriction of curiosity notwithstanding, I have invested great time and interest in just such material, and I couldn’t help but notice that all of it is replete with ritual, procedure, strict scrupulous attention to ingredient, and nearly “scientific method” in its expectation of a predetermined result. As romanticizing as this ritual is for some, I can’t help but be a little overwhelmed by the nuance from one culture to another, so here’s the real question: what unifying reality are all these discrepant rituals trying to invoke, and how can we simply dispense with the blood sacrifice, talisman-donnings, ornate vestments, and endless mantras to cut to the heart of the matter? Perhaps I am searching for a “purified” approach, one not shackled to any particular agenda. I condone ritual only insofar as it focuses the mind and inspires the heart, but beyond that, it seems to be laced with outdated, mythologized ravings that it attempts to solidify into doctrinal truth, oppressively enforced. In other words, ritual taken too far can become dangerous. I believe that it ultimately comes down to semantics, but I want to know that convergence where beliefs get it right. The closest article of belief I have encountered regarding a universally applicable paradigm of reality is the Universal Energy Field, of which visible matter is composed in crystallized form. Some adepts like shamans have purportedly learned to manipulate this energy field to effect change in this world, at both an energetic and manifest level. But I am wondering if any have unlocked this power by NOT subscribing to one particular doctrinal religion or strict procedure requiring ingredients and potions. So, I ask, is there indeed a legitimacy behind the belief that perhaps we should scrap the overzealous adherence to prescribed ritual so that we can become truly empowered humans and not pocketed groups of codependent, fear-based brutes? Anyone know or heard of any truth behind the claims of shamanic or voodoo power, or any other non-mainstream systems on the periphery of our warring, domineering religions? Thank you!
How can we circumvent Ritual?