Materials: Holy water, fragrant flowers, strawberries or another natural and delicious bite.
This ritual can be lead by someone who speaks these directions to a group or it can work with a single ritualist doing the ritual on their own for themselves.
“Close your eyes and allow all the sounds of the environment to come into your awareness, especially the words of this ritual. The sense of sound allows the world to speak to us. Caress your ears with some of the holy water and allow gratitude for this most intimate sense to flood your mind and heart. Give thanks for those tiny little parts of your hearing mechanism that bring birdsong, music, whispers, and the sound of spring breezes into your experience. Imagine that there is a very small vacuum cleaner that can get in all the places in your ears to clean out all the static and discouraging voices that are lying around. As the vacuum cleaner eliminates all the debris that muffles your perfect hearing, imagine that it also can vacuum all the harsh words that you have heard and the frightening news of the world, leaving only harmony. Remember now your favorite sounds…the bark or meow of a beloved pet, the sound of a loved one’s voice, your favorite piece of music. Hold your hands over your ears and repeat:
I bless my ears. I open my awareness to hear the beauty of my world
and the clear message of each person I meet. I am aware of the
sounds of beauty and love from every person, animal, plant, and
weather system. All the sounds of life are beautiful and clear to me.
“Bless your eyes with some of the holy water and reflect on your most precious sights. You might take some time to share with others, if there are others performing this ritual, the most beautiful sights of your entire life. As you speak or remember these visions, give thanks for your sight. Imagine that there are spiritual windshield wipers that move back and forth over your eyes, cleansing your vision. They enable you to see love and beauty everywhere, as well as those situations that seem less than perfect, which you can make better with your own positive effort and love. Make a vow to yourself that with your cleaned sight, you will take time to appreciate all the beauty that there is to love in the world…and another vow that you will strive to heal anything you see that is painful in the future, remembering that love is the universal healer. Repeat:
I bless my eyes and their clear seeing. I see love and divinity
everywhere and share my seeing with others. I see worthiness,
equality, connection, peace, and positive potential in all situations.
I see the beauty of nature and all people. I appreciate the miracle of
color and texture. Beauty and clarity surround me and I am so
“How wonderful it is to taste the flavors of spring…the green taste of fresh asparagus, the red taste of a strawberry, the purple taste of a grape. Take a strawberry now and eat it slowly, savoring the sweetness and the tartness of this gift. Remember the most delicious flavors you have ever tasted and ponder the analogy of ‘tasting life to its fullest.’ Share precious food memories in your group or remember them in full detail for yourself. Imagine that there are little scrubbers in your strawberry that cleanse every part of your sense of taste so that flavors are brighter and more wonderful. Repeat:
I bless my sense of taste and appreciate the complexity and variety of
all that I savor. I release any negative memories about eating and
enjoying food. I vow to appreciate this lovely, earthy sense to the fullest from this moment forward, and treasure each morsel that I put in my mouth. My body is sustained by food and blessed by flavor.
“Take a deep breath through your nose and let the smells of this place stimulate all the little olfactory parts of your nose and sinuses. Bless your nose and face with holy water and remember the most beautiful smells of your life in their fullness. Share these memories in your group. Scientists tell us that the sense of smell can stimulate the oldest memories of our life, long before the acquisition of language. Imagine that little sensory scrubber gently cleaning in all the crevices of your facial airways and brightening the connection of nose to brain so that all smells are distinct. Take a long whiff of the fragrant flowers from the altar and give thanks. Repeat:
I bless my sense of smell and I also bless all the smells of the world.
I appreciate the multitude and complexity of smells. At my choosing, I lift all cultural judgment of smells and simply appreciate the incredible variety of smells of human bodies, animals, cooking, gardening, industry, and that which we call fragrance. I am so grateful to be able to take every smell in and experience them all fully.
“Take some holy water and bless your skin, the largest organ of your body. As your hands run over your arms, face, and other parts of your skin, feel the pleasure of the hand and feel the pleasure of the skin that the hand is touching. Recall the complexity of the sense of touch, which includes the receptors for pleasure, pain, pressure, temperature, and tickles. Let your own gentle touch of your skin heal any sensory memory of pain inflicted by yourself, another, or through the adventures of life. That memory lifts and is gone, leaving a sensory willingness to experience pleasure through every square inch of your skin. Along with this realization is a new promise to only give pleasure through your touch, to yourself and to others – two leggeds, four leggeds, and the entire natural world. Repeat:
I bless my sense of touch and my gift of touching`. This sacred sense, which so clearly exemplifies the principal of reciprocal action, is holy in its giving and receiving. I lean into the physical and spiritual gift of pleasure and vow that my touch is always for love. May all beings be touched with love,
through hands, hearts, words, and intentions. May physical closeness bring emotional and spiritual closeness so that all are blessed in this physical life on earth. So be it now and always. Blessed be.