Working with your spirits guides, wether you know them or not, does not have to be a cumbersome routine.
Once a bóveda is set up (refer to Spirits in the Material World), there are some elemental steps in keeping up the energies of that ritual space and strengthening your energetic connection to guardian spirits. It will take you a minimum of 5 minutes in the morning and another 5 minutes in the evening to do a simple blessing ritual and a closing of the day prayer. Why are these important? Do you like to be greeted by people in the morning? Do you like to have someone ask you how your day went at the end of the day? Spirits like communication and many of them observe sets of formulas where courtesy and traditions are well regarded. It is also a good way to break the ice and start developing a routine that is comfortable and second nature to a person hoping to develop as a medium.
Change the water in your main bowl; add a sprinkle of Florida water or perfume, whatever you have at hand. Light up a candle and start by cleansing yourself with the water in the bowl. You do this by dipping your fingers in the water and then placing your hands at both sides of your head, make circular motions counterclockwise and continue to lower your hands about your hands about your body until you reach your feet. Then tap 3 times on the water bowl to ground the energies. Your hands have acted as a spiritual duster. You can place a touch of Florida water at the nape of your neck if you wish, I find this helps me relax into my ritual. Here is my morning prayer:
“Guardian spirits, I come to share my morning with you. Before I go about to work and take my children to school I come to ask for your protection and blessing. Watch over my children, keep them from any negative influences and watch over my husband and other members of my family. Help me make this day a productive one at work by keeping my mental clarity and focus. Help me find ways to grow spiritually by placing before me opportunities to practice an act of charity, to share a word of hope with needy person and by helping me strengthen my faith in the power of the Great Spirit.”
I then offer the Lord’s Prayer and a Hail Mary. I find these prayers are great energy conductors, but you may select any other that resonates with you.
I do not recommend leaving a candle unattended, so snuff it if you must.
Find a time that is best suited for you. I do mind having loud noises and people buzzing about me if I am going to pray at the bóveda, so when my kids or husband get noisy I either invite them to join in, or lower the noise level in the room. They normally just join in. There is nothing better than having the family joining in for a quick cleansing before heading to bed.
In the evening I like to offer some incense and leave my candle on for the night. I start with the same cleansing described above and then proceed to share with my spirits a few words on how my day went. If I have a business issue to solve or a situation that is challenging I ask for communication through dreams and for ideas to manifest while I am sleeping, and of course for me to remember them. I have no set prayer for the closing of the day; I simply thank them for their protection and ask for them to watch over my family as they enter the dream world. However, I do like to offer a Lord’s Prayer and a Hail Mary to close my evening.
In keeping with this simple act of recognition to your spirits you will be developing a connection like you would to a family member or a friend who is sharing your daily routine. It will also allow you to slip in and out of ritual mind faster for longer sessions where divination and other workings may take place at the bóveda. Remember to keep the water glasses filled and clean at all times.
On the next post I will go deeper into other possible routines and usage of prayers.
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