Spiritual awakening is a goal that everyone seems to be looking for. Ever since the prehistoric period, people seem to be in the quest for a divine union and enlightenment. There are different ancient rituals performed by different groups of people worldwide. Indigenous cultures that are still existing until now, show us a glimpse of how ancient people quest on having a deeper understanding of the earth and the spirits.
Unfortunately, rituals are considered to be of the old-world and not accepted in our current times. It is brushed off as an irrational, superstitious, and primitive act. The Church has totally rejected these rituals, quoting them as pagan acts and condemned by the Church. Through these rituals, people get to understand and journey towards spiritual awakening.
In ancient times there were mystery schools dedicated to discovering and exploring the mysteries of life and therefore touching some aspects of spirituality. These schools flourished in Egypt, Tibet, and Persia.
Ancient Egyptians have toning of special chants and sounds that took place during midnight in different locations like the sacred man-made lake and the secret chamber below the Great Sphinx. This chanting and sounds stimulate a part of the head that can open up the brain to universal energy and electrical stimulation. This could unleash or release your psychic gifts and abilities. Once it has been opened, more psychic and spiritual gifts will be experienced by the person. Gifts would include intuition, creativity, clairvoyant abilities, and emphatic abilities.
Aside from that Ancient Egypt recognizes the end of the year as the time of reckoning, reflection, and engendering towards spiritual enlightenment. Ushet Rekhat or Mother Worship starts with a meditation ritual which strengthen the understanding and devotion of the follower. Meditation would also draw wisdom and health to those who share the ritual.
Homa is an Indian ancient fire ritual that is done with the intention of helping you have good relationships, find a partner, have children, and even remove bad karma or negative aspects in a horoscope.
In Buddhist and Hindu traditions, tantra is used to express and advance spirituality. Tantra is not really a tradition but are rituals that maintain a spiritual core. Tantra, the word itself, means web and enlightenment. This has been used in ancient India to attain spiritual enlightenment and advancement. Today, Tantra has evolved into a sexual/spiritual phenomenon. Unfortunately, the ritual which is used to be a path to awakening is now used for sexual perversion and scattered among pornography and prostitution.
Ancient Iran also has a unique way of looking at spiritual awakening and enlightenment. To achieve awakening, it is important to attain spiritual perfection, and later on immortality of the soul. Spiritual strength is also important in realizing God.
In Tibet, interestingly the making of the thangkas paintings is supposed to lead to developing attitudes like peacefulness, patience, perseverance, concentration, self-development, and spiritual enlightenment. Thangkas paintings are similar to the art of pata chitra, which is very much known in India as early as 1st century. The ancient practices are still being used until today.
Whether these rituals are credible and applicable until now, most of the indigenous tribes who have started these rituals are still practicing and believing them until now. Spiritual awakening is not only achievable by undergoing different rituals among different regions, this inner and self-communication should start from the person looking for spiritual awakening.