Attuning with the Divine

CernunnosNo matter which religion you observe or practice, the main goal is to attune yourself with the divine and see them in all of creation. This can be done many ways, but one of the most effective ways is to incorporate a daily practice of honoring and feeling divinity around you. This can be accomplished by sitting in meditation, being in nature, sitting quietly in prayer, or even participating in song and dance.

The ways to attune yourself are endless and choosing one that works depends on you, the divinity, and your relationship together. One ritual I have found very effective when working with a new deity, or even getting to know an old one better is very simple, but very effective.

Begin by arranging your altar. An altar can be anything from a log or stone in the forest to a kitchen counter in your home. It needn’t be fancy, but it must be decorated in such a way that a bond is formed between you and the divine. Personal touches, and design are an important part of your altar, and lets the divinity know that you wish to welcome them into your life.

God and Goddess of NatureWhen symbols of the divine are placed upon the altar this allows them to be at home when they are working with you. These vary from deity to deity and research should be used to determine what is appropriate. Some examples are a cross and doves for Jesus, pieces of horns and oak branches for Cernunnos, moonstones and white flowers for Diana, and stones and herbs for Gaia. The possibilities are endless.

Another good idea to help the divine feel at home is through the use of statues. There are many, many statues out there which depict hundreds of Gods and Goddesses; and most are very reasonably priced.

PanWhen the altar is to your liking, and contains symbols of the divinity or divinities in question, light some incense which is pleasing to you or has a connection with the divine. Allow the incense to burn for a short time then light a candle for each divinity you wish to welcome. These can be tapers, jar candles, even tea lights; and even better if they are colored in a hue associated with the divine in question.

Sit before your altar, breathe deeply, and clear your mind. Allow yourself to relax into a state of calmness and serenity. When you are thoroughly relaxed begin to focus on the deity or deities you wish to contact. See them inside your mind and contemplate their many aspects. Once you have a clear image speak a simple invocation of your own design to welcome them to you.

New Moon GoddessAt this time ask for them to form a connection with you, and to let you see them in your daily life. Meditate for some time on this and be open to divine contact. When you feel compelled to end the ritual thank the deity or deities and know that they are with you. Open your eyes, snuff out the candle and let the incense burn out. You may leave and offering if you so wish, and once again do some research to see what was traditionally offered to your deity.

You are then free to go on about your daily life, but be aware of signs from the divine, and welcome them to you.

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