has rituals. Some people may think of their rituals simply as habits,
but if you focus on the materials of your habits you will realize that the habits
The love for the materials, like the shoes, the context of the materials, or
the caring for the materials will show that there is a ritual in the habit.
matter what you do, whether you do it “right” or “wrong,” it
will be sufficient as long as you do it with consciousness and in
the best way that you know how, that is the natural of ritual.
— Robert A. Johnson
It is significant that the word rite comes from the same root as
art and order. Like all real art, like the movements of sacred dances, ritual
order, a pattern, a channel through which the energy of an event or a series
of events can flow in an evolutionary process toward a larger meaning, or a new
stage or level oflife. It offers us ways in which our transitions may be illuminated,
helped to move up to consciousness instead of falling into accident and chaos:
to make sense. —D. M.Dooling, The Spirit of Quest