“Send healing, please!”

That phrase. It calls out to me whenever I see it. “Help me”, it says.

With the advent of social media, especially Facebook, allowing us to reach out and connect with more people, that phrase becomes even more of a beacon.

“If you could send healing energy…”

“Could you pray for so and so…”

These requests always make my heart burst. This seems such an easy task…. but how? Is there a proper way to do this? Energy, prayer,spells? These are all very intangible things. After all, in many cases I haven’t met the person, or their family. Often I don’t even truly understand what the illness or situation is and this brings me to the question of this article…

What can I actually do?

Here are some things I’ve been trying. Since I am not a very formal ritual person, I have a lot of ‘conversations’ when I do things.

1. I get a request over facebook, email or other social media that someone is sick or in for tests or simply having a terrible day. If I know the person, I close my eyes and picture them. I remember them looking great and laughing. I then talk to them. “I am sending you energy for health, patience to help you through this painful time….etc” I try to call out as much information as I can to target my thoughts towards that. I figure the more I can focus my thoughts maybe the more of my energy is received by the person.

2. If I don’t know the person: I will close my eyes and think of my children. I picture them playing and happy and joyful. This creates in me an overwhelming feeling of love and peace it helps me to center and connect to what I want to send. I then repeat the name of the person who needs help and I picture creating a column of energy and joy and connecting that column to their name, perhaps visualizing creating their name out of that energy. I also try to include their family in the healing energy by sending out some extra thoughts to them too.

3. Many folks will set out a small altar with something to represent each element (small bowl of water, rock for earth, incense for air and for fire, a candle. When doing a healing ritual, it is believed that burning a red or yellow candle and concentrating on the flame will help you to send healing energy to those who need it. Though a white candle will work too as it represents the whole person. Truthfully, I use whatever candle I have available. Because let’s face it, if this is an impromptu request, I am likely to forget or not get around to it if I can’t do it with what I have available.

4. We perform the “Ribbon Ritual”  It is the most fun and joyous as well as being closer to a traditional ritual for me. I’ve included the ritual below, so you can give it a try with your family.

What is your favorite way to send energy and healing to someone?

How do you explain to your children what you are doing? Are they involved and helping you?


Ribbon Ritual

This ritual is one of my favorites for:

• healing requests

• cleansing my home

• embracing a stressful time of life

• even good as an any day thankful ritual

Supplies:

A representation of each element (I use these, but pick whatever means something to you or better yet, let your children choose, they are wonderfully intuitive creatures and may connect to something you never thought of).

– Representation of Fire: candle or dragon figure or if inside we light our fireplace*

-Representation of Water: bowl of water or small watering can

-Representation of Earth: rock

-Representation of Air: feather or flying dinosaur figure

*Note: please remember that if using flames in this ritual make sure they are safely to the side and out of the ribbons way as there will be lots of swirling and twirling and it will defeat the healing purpose if there is a fire.

-Long length of ribbon, or scarves or cloth for each participant.

-Table for everything to be placed on.

-If the ritual is for healing of someone and you can have a photo or something that helps you think of them, that is a great thing to put on your altar. Alternatively, write their name on a piece of paper

Instructions:

Begin by calling the elements and creating the circle, or however suits your tradition. This is our wording, feel free to create your own depending on your needs and feel free to change the element/directional representations as best fits your beliefs or intuition:

We sit in a circle (very duck duck goose like)

(pick up the rock walk around the circle behind everyone).

Individual: Welcome North, our foundation, please give us solid footing to dance upon today.

All: Welcome North

(pick up the feather or dinosaur and walk around the circle behind everyone ).

 

Individual: Welcome East, our breath, please bring playfulness to help us create.

All:Welcome East

(pick up the dragon figure and walk around the circle behind everyone – If using a candle or fireplace, have the person walk and wave their fingers like a candle flame).

Individual: Welcome South, our energy, please give us lots of energy that our dance may go longer.

All: Welcome South

(pick up the small water bowl and walk around the circle behind everyone – (If a child they can make wave motions with their hands instead of carrying the water bowl).

Individual: Welcome West, our movement, please let us move with our thoughts and embrace change.

All: Welcome West

Have person in charge of ribbons now hand out a ribbon to each participant, talk about what your are hoping to do:

Today we are using these ribbons to dance.

As we dance we are raising energy for the health and healing of “name”.

Unfurl the ribbon and dance to your hearts content, think of joy and health (note: as this ritual centers around the people don’t worry about staying within your circle confines).

Dance until you fall over are out of breath or the giggling gets out of control.

Return to your circle (pile the ribbons in the center) and release the elements.

(pick up the small water bowl and walk around the circle behind everyone – If a child they can make wave motions with their hands instead of carrying the water bowl).

Individual: Thank you West, our movement now done, go with our blessing and our thanks.

All: Thank you West

(pick up the dragon figure and walk around the circle behind everyone ). (If using a candle or fireplace, have the person walk and wave their fingers like a candle flame)

Individual: Thank you South, our energy now spent, go with our blessing and our thanks

All: Thank you South

(pick up the feather or dinosaur and walk around the circle behind everyone ).

Individual: Thank you East, our breath now ragged, go with our blessing and our thanks

All: Thank you East

(pick up the rock walk around the circle behind everyone).

Individual: Thank you North, our foundation now silent, go with our blessing and our thanks

All: Thank you North

Go and enjoy,

T.S.