Well I certainly believe it played a helping hand! Below is an excerpt from my book 'Lessons from Leela', a book I wouldn't have ever started writing if it wasn't for the extraordinary things that happened after doing this ritual. At the time, my partner and I had been trying for a baby for five years, I was approaching 44 and getting twitchy to say the least!
Following this ritual, our landlord at the time found out we had bought a dog and asked us to leave. Although we had considered moving a few times over the ten years we had been there, we had found it too hard to leave our beloved flat. So, it was a bit of a shock to be given our notice out of the blue. Having no idea where to go, we moved into a van and took to the road. Three weeks later we fell pregnant and the rest, as they say, is history.
Today as I was planning the Spring Equinox for our membership platform I am feeling acutely aware of the power ritual has to enrich and even change the course of our lives. I don't know for sure what brought our longed for dream into reality but I do believe life is magical and it has many a mystical way of weaving its spells.
And the ritual went like this...
Taken from the book Lessons from Leela a memoir by Lianne Campbell.
I saw Sara for reflexology mid-January 2008 and she asked me if I would be interested in doing a ritual to help me conceive. I agreed to give it a try and she responded by giving me a photocopy from a page of a book and some instructions. I was to copy a letter out in an ancient language. The letter was to the angel St Germaine, asking for any remaining obstruction that may be preventing me from conceiving to be removed. I was to do it on a Saturday using a white pen on black paper and then bury it in a public place. In for a penny, in for a pound, I thought and tucked it into my bag. Sara gave me her wide and always ready smile. “I’ve had incredible results using this. You’re ready for it now,” she said, with a twinkle in her eye. I read the photocopy when I got home, which explained that this was an old ritual and had to be respected. Anyone participating in this ritual should be prepared to have their life turned upside down if necessary, in order for their wish to be fulfilled. Mmmm...
I paused a moment at that one, but then, after a short while, decided that I actually wanted my life turned upside down. I was ready for a shake-up and it felt exciting to tempt fate. So, on the Saturday morning, I got up and carefully copied out the beautiful signs and 14 shapes that made up my letter to St Germaine.
Josh stood silently by and watched over my shoulder. He trusted Sarah as much as I did and, although this felt bonkers, we were both willing to push aside any cynicism and give it a try. After I had finished, we folded it carefully and walked in silence to St Anne’s Wells Gardens, one of our favourite parks in Hove. Needless to say, there was also a hint of expectation that some reality TV host was about to appear and shame us on national TV for being so gullible.
Once in the park, we chose a pretty corner in the nature reserve section and ceremoniously buried our letter, hearts filled with hope that this was the final frontier. I stared at the ground, wondering how on earth this would make a difference to our lives and also enjoying the surge of confidence that swept through me, assuring me that it would. This was raw magic in the making. Our culture is now pretty much devoid of meaningful ritual, and magic has become a fluffy word to be scorned or, at most, feared. Before the rise of power over people and profit above all, before God became a separate entity that was to be feared, pleased and obeyed, ritual and magic were commonplace and a natural way to connect with the earth and acknowledge that we are powerful co-creators of life and the help of a loving intelligence far greater than us was available to anyone who chose to commune.
“Fancy a fry-up?” Josh said, bringing me fully back to earth.
“Thought you’d never ask.” We linked arms and walked out of the park gates. It would be a good year before we would remember this ritual and talk about it again.
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