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Omega: The Power of Ritual (Omega Institute Mind, Body, Spirit) [Paperback]

Rachel Pollack


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1 Jan 2001 Omega Institute Mind, Body, Spirit
Simple ways to bring ritual and meaning into your life
How to create sacred spaces in your own home
Step-by-step guidance on creating rituals for births, rites of passage, weddings, and other celebrations--both religious and secular


The Omega Institute, the nation's largest holistic education and retreat center, has helped tens of thousands of people in their search for well-being, personal growth, and spiritual development through its world-renowned workshops and retreats. Now the experts at the Omega Institute share their wisdom with you in a unique series of books that provide the guidance, the inspiration, and the skills you need to bring increased meaning and vitality into your life. . . .

We all seek spiritual wholeness, a sense of belonging, of individual identity as well as connection to something greater than ourselves. In this remarkable book, one of the Omega Institute's foremost experts explores the power of ritual to transform our lives, offering simple, creative ways to strengthen family, friendship, community--as well as sense of self.  Here is inspiring evidence of the role of ritual in secular as well as religious life, and easy, do-it-yourself techniques to help you find inner peace, meaning, and well-being. Whether you find inspiration in religious tradition or wish to create meaningful new rituals of your own, you'll learn:

How to explore the sacred through ritual
How to tap into new sources of healing and energy
Ancient rituals celebrating the seasons, the senses, time and space
How to use ritual to strengthen marriage and family bonds

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A common purpose unites each and every ritual, explains author Rachel Pollack, who offers this primer on creating meaningful rituals. At its core, a ritual helps us acknowledge the important moments in our life, whether it is a marriage to a beloved or the welcoming of spring equinox. A ritual "connects us to each other, to nature, to the cycles and rhythms of life", she explains. "It opens our heart to love and to intense emotion--sadness and longing as well as joy. And it opens a space for what we call the sacred or spirituality to enter our lives".

Chapter by chapter, Pollack offers do-it-yourself suggestions for creating grand and small rituals, such as the exchanging of love vows, conceiving a baby, or the saying of a daily blessing. She also explores the many tools for ritual, including sound (humming, turning a rainstick), sight (rock art, working with colour), and "Smell and Taste" (preparing food, sipping wine, introducing essential oils). Other rituals include walking labyrinths, making a pilgrimage, celebrating menopause and burying a placenta. --Gail Hudson


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5.0 out of 5 stars Ritual 13 Mar 2012
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One of the kind. It is a great recource for any spiritual mind. It is a keeper !! Great variety on all subjects.
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