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Rituals in psychotherapyUmberta Telfener
A common ritual: creating your safe place
Lets stand up, imagine the last time you felt very
well in situation in which you were alone. Where were
words to how you felt.
Go back to the situation, what did you see, hear and feel. Which was your posture, try and replicate it.
Connect a symbol to this feeling of wellness
will try and anchor it
A way of finding connections
A ceremony with magical intent
A way to connect to the extra dimensional world, to a higher self
to the right brain hemisphere and to a higher attention (going in
means to enter an inner world, where normal limitations of time and place don’t apply.
There are spontaneous and intentional rituals
To follow a
to use certain gestures, sounds, words, prayers, visualizations…
ntentional and repetitive ‘moves
’ to work
on some theme/ problems alerting the extra dimensional
create a link, to bridge the boundaries
between many worlds
The sacred journey of rituals
The spiritual/magical dimensionInsights, connections,Psychic domain: The world of inner world others: social outer world of relationships
The aim is to center oneself and to reach a unitary state, a connection
Rites of passage
Are culturally shared steps through a door to a higher level of consciousness . A ‘trip’ as an appropriate way to enter `hidden’ knowledge, to share the `knowing’ and to be part of the group that `knows’.
It is important to experience something out of the ordinary, that impresses the initiate and makes him/her aware that it has reached a `higher’ level.
Awareness is the means not the purpose
Becoming aware is not only a psychic event but allows the individual to inscribe into the universal. Allows the integration of the universal order, the contract between singular and
Rituals allow to:
Create a cybernetic brain: many hearts and minds together
Access to emotions through doing
Introduce oneself as a participant observer
Reflect of implicit premises
Make distinctions and give words to instinctive actions
Accept/touch with hand complexity
Enhance/learn a double positioning: be within and outside
Transform structure in a process and make possible new narratives emerge
Look for the relational configuration, identify the dance
Look for the local coherence
Look for an object that can represent your pain/problem or yourself
A ritual doesn't offer a structured goal/concept/ chore but acts as a mirror that reflects the awareness level of the
Utilizing active practices allows to make every happening a shared experience and to create new order/disorder/interaction/organization
It offers an opportunity to improvise
new narratives to emerge: from the
from the therapeutic encounter, from the encounter in the here and now. Allow to speculate the future,
connect the past with the
Meanings emerge from the coordination of the coordination of actions and meanings since every understanding process has a constructive and social nature
We need to act reflexively
Make a protective object for yourself
Physical actions, steps, postures, dances, help to ‘anchor’ resolutions and belief
changes (embodied cognition). Repeating gestures helps to connect body and
Rituals can also be seen as a support to structure the chaos around, to deal with
(order from noise, from disorder)
Especially if repeated often, they provide a structure and thus
Repetition and rhythm
With the repetition of certain
(gestures), visualization, special breathing, auto-suggestion, mantras (specific words that have a deeper significance), symbols,
in a ritual we develop
a whole repertoire of tools for what we
“the communication with the self”.
Affirming and anchoring
Rituals are not rational but
help making connections.
They function as communal memory, containing culture and cosmology. They were the vault, the carrier of shared memories, probably long before there was symbolic language.
They help a
experiences and insights and bringing them back to reminiscence in an automatic mode
are many ways to perform a
very specific to a special culture, others are more universal.
There is no all-in-one
All ritual formats are intended as
ways to come into contact with the
inside and outside
yourself. A ritual allows to perform repetition, to enter an altered state of mind and to center oneself as
a support for
one’s own intuitive and sacred mind.
How do you choose which ritual to perform?
Many rituals contain the same elements.
, the creation of a structure and
It is important to separate from
reality (habits), to create
a division between
routine and the place of the ritual, by
it, but also by some extra
fasting or by seeking out a quiet place in nature, in company of a few significant others or on
, making clear for what reason and purpose the ritual is and who is addressed to
creating the sacred
- physical and psychological cleansing, asking for mercy and forgiveness
modalities we have
honoring and performing
letting go of the
, making an offering, a proposition and maybe ‘a deal’ (asking for Grace / Healing / Blessing)