The Root of Ritual.

The word ‘ritual’ comes from the Sanskrit word: rtu, literally meaning menstrual blood.

The ancients have been using our womb blood for thousands of years to hold sacred rituals and ceremonies. In many indigenous cultures around the world, a woman’s moon time was very powerful and known to have great psychic abilities, some even strong enough to heal the sick.

Visions, in which we might interpret as ‘dreams,’ or a woman’s strong intuition during menstruation are all manifestations of our divine feminine spirit and wisdom from Pachamama.

Creating the space for rituals helps us harness our divine power, and reconnect with the part of us that lives in the shadows, so that we may find love and courage to illuminate the path within to wholeness. My rituals are not only a practice of honoring my ancestors; it is also a form of self-care that I tend to deeply.

If women are spiritual vessels that carry seeds to give birth AND destroy life, do not doubt for a second that we wouldn’t have the power to manifest all of our intentions, as well as the courage to let go of anything that no longer serves us. I hope that we can all find a ritual for this practice of tuning into our inner landscape and leaning into the wisdom within. This sanctuary belongs to all of us; we only need to make space for it.

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They also offer gratitude journals, aromatherapy eye pillows, smudging bowls and ceramic incense holders, helping you to create beautiful, self-care rituals. The Selenite Aromatherapy Roller is blended with premium essential oils like helichryum (latin for immortal,) tea tree, lavender and chamomile. It’s my favorite and I’m soooo in love, I feel myself melting away into pure tranquility.

prompt: finding your “root” of ritual

What does the word ‘ritual’ mean to you? What does your self-care ritual look like?

love, emyli.