Life is the ritual. Unknown
Since prehistoric times, ritual has been the most important human activity. There has existed an ancient and continuing tradition of action performed with the aim of improving not only our condition in the universe, but the condition of the universe itself.
Yet ritual has been rejected by the modern mind as irrational, superstitious, or primitive. Today’s view –a materialistic, not spiritual, view–has stripped our lives of ritual. The very idea that our actions affect the mental or spiritual realm, or could be linked with cosmic powers like the stars and planets, appears contrary to the mechanistic scientific view that all things are matter, and that what is not evident through the senses must not exist.
Ritual is not illogical or unscientific. Twentieth century science has revealed that the universe consists of interrelated energy fields and transcends ordinary time/space limitations. This revelation deepens the sensory ideas of physical reality by including the ritualistic view of a universe as an organic intelligence and allowing that human beings play an integral part and purpose to it’s existence.
Ritual is perhaps the ultimate science of action. It has logic, structure, and order and is often a detailed and precise activity. Even minor deviations can distort the outcome – sometimes to a negative.
There is also philosophy behind the science of ritual. Ritual teaches us that what we do on a personal or microcosmic level corresponds to what occurs on a universal or microcosmic level. It shows the way to achieve harmony in life by connecting our personal actions with their cosmic equivalents. Ritual unites the human and the cosmic awareness.
Until we rediscover this inner truth of ritual, our lives are likely to remain confused and superficial.