The intention for this ritual is not to get rid of fear, but to release its power over you, to neutralise and harmonise your relationship with it.
As always use stones or little objects to represent. Set up a circle of your ancestors, calling in wise, loving, compassionate ancestors who are able and willing to support you as you work with your fear. Really take your time to do this, connecting with every stone, with every ancestor.
This is a very important step in this ritual, as you are creating a safe holding space that will support you as you step into fear place. At any point in the ritual if it gets too much you are welcome to stand with your ancestors, holding their hands, looking into their eyes, feeling them holding you.
In the middle of the circle of your ancestors, set up a representative for yourself and for the fear. Be specific about what fear your are representing. Stand first in your own place, tuning into your body sensations as you become aware of ancestral circle and the representative of fear in front of you.
See what feelings show up. Use simple sentences to acknowledge what is. Then stand in the place of fear, being very clear to represent it. As representative of the fear look at your own representative. What do you feel? Look at the ancestors around you. Maybe there will be a sensation of recognising one of them. Notice if there is any movement coming, and follow it. Use simple sentences to acknowledge what is: 'I see you', 'I give you place', 'Thank you'.
Step out, and add a representative for the root of the fear, where it really belongs. It could be an event, a person, or a part of you, like your inner child. Notice what changes when this representative is added. Stand in to represent it. Notice what comes up. Use sentences and movement.
Still representing that root of fear, step to join the circle of ancestors. Stand among them, imagining their embrace, their wisdom and insights. Leave the representative there and come back to stand as yourself.
See what changes for you when you look at the fear now. Again use sentences and movement if you are drawn to. Step in and out of the circle of ancestors.
When you feel it is enough, close the ritual, thanking ancestors and yourself for doing the work. Rest.
If you have any questions please let me know and if you'd like to share your insights from this ritual I'd be happy to hear them.
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