Rituals in psychotherapy
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Rituals in psychotherapy

Umberta Telfener. utelfener@gmail.com. www.systemics.eu. A common ritual: creating your safe place. Lets stand up, imagine the last time you felt very . very. well in situation in which you were alone. Where were .

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Rituals in psychotherapyUmberta Telfener

utelfener@gmail.com

www.systemics.eu

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A common ritual: creating your safe place

Lets stand up, imagine the last time you felt very

very

well in situation in which you were alone. Where were

you?

P

ut

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

We

will try and anchor it

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A way of finding connections

A ceremony with magical intent

A way to connect to the extra dimensional world, to a higher self

A shift

to the right brain hemisphere and to a higher attention (going in

ϐ

and

ϑ

state)

A basic

means to enter an inner world, where normal limitations of time and place don’t apply.

There are spontaneous and intentional rituals

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To follow a

ritual

means

to use certain gestures, sounds, words, prayers, visualizations…

Some i

ntentional and repetitive ‘moves

’ to work

on some theme/ problems alerting the extra dimensional

/

subconscious world

.

T

o

create a link, to bridge the boundaries

between many worlds

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The sacred journey of rituals

The spiritual/magical dimensionInsights, connections,Psychic domain: The world of inner world others: social outer world of relationships

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The aim is to center oneself and to reach a unitary state, a connection

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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.

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Awareness

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

universal

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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

Change lexicon

Look for the relational configuration, identify the dance

Look for the local coherence

Trace resources

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..

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Look for an object that can represent your pain/problem or yourself

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A ritual doesn't offer a structured goal/concept/ chore but acts as a mirror that reflects the awareness level of the

subject.

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

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Rituals allow

for

new narratives to emerge: from the

people involved,,

from the therapeutic encounter, from the encounter in the here and now. Allow to speculate the future,

to

connect the past with the

present.

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

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Make a protective object for yourself

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Embodiment

Physical actions, steps, postures, dances, help to ‘anchor’ resolutions and belief

system’s

changes (embodied cognition). Repeating gestures helps to connect body and

mind

Rituals can also be seen as a support to structure the chaos around, to deal with

disorder

(order from noise, from disorder)

Especially if repeated often, they provide a structure and thus

safety

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Repetition and rhythm

With the repetition of certain

mudras

(gestures), visualization, special breathing, auto-suggestion, mantras (specific words that have a deeper significance), symbols,

patterns

,

in a ritual we develop

a whole repertoire of tools for what we

can call

“the communication with the self”.

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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

nchoring

experiences and insights and bringing them back to reminiscence in an automatic mode

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T

here

are many ways to perform a

ritual:

some

are

very specific to a special culture, others are more universal.

There is no all-in-one

layout.

All ritual formats are intended as

solemn

ways to come into contact with the

hidden,

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?

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Many rituals contain the same elements.

These are:

purification,

transformation, healing

, the creation of a structure and

a connection,

making a

link …

It is important to separate from

daily

reality (habits), to create

a division between

daily

routine and the place of the ritual, by

actively organizing

it, but also by some extra

relax,

fasting or by seeking out a quiet place in nature, in company of a few significant others or on

one’s

own.

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Phases

Dedication

, making clear for what reason and purpose the ritual is and who is addressed to

Preparation

,

creating the sacred

space

Purification

- physical and psychological cleansing, asking for mercy and forgiveness

Celebration

, what

are the

modalities we have

decided for

honoring and performing

Devotion

,

making

oneself small,

letting go of the

ego

Petition

, making an offering, a proposition and maybe ‘a deal’ (asking for Grace / Healing / Blessing)

Transformation

: the liminality phase that seeds within

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Thank you for your attention!!!

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