“The Complete Ritual”
Rituals are a part of African spiritual traditions around the world, and are used to manifest desired realities, show honor and gratitude, commune with the Divine Source, and more. The sacred mindfulness practice of Kamili Yoga is Ibada Kamili, which is KiSwahili for “the complete ritual.” This ritual is a structured meditative practice that brings you into deeper connection with Spirit, ancestors, and your own inner divinity. Another translation for Ibada Kamili is “perfect worship,” which speaks to the essence of the practice.
The Five Components of Ibada Kamili
Honor the Sacred
The ritual begins by inviting in Spirit and connecting to the Divine Source through an altar. For Ibada Kamili, anything can be an altar: a personal shrine, a single sacred item, or even our own body. Consecration of the ritual is marked by blessing the space with a prayerful affirmation, along with an action such as lighting a candle, ringing a bell, burning herbs or incense, etc. It is here that we also set our inner intention and make a soulful offering to Spirit.
Center the Breath
To heighten connection to Spirit, ancestors, and our own sacred being, we deepen our breath and slow our inhales and exhales. Conscious deep breathing relaxes our body, calms our emotions, clears our mind, and opens our spirit. This brings us to a state of inner peace and keeps us in the present with Spirit. Centering the breath is essential in Ibada Kamili, as the breath guides the flow of both inner energy and outer motion.
Channel Divine Energy
At this stage in Ibada Kamili, we focus on increasing our awareness of divine energy to feel the infinite life force that permeates all of existence. We concentrate on channeling our own sacred power throughout every dimension of our Soul Self: physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, and universal. Through techniques of visualization and sensation, we open and allow ourselves to become absorbed in experiencing the omnipresent energy of Spirit.
Freedom of Motion
With our energy awareness amplified, we expand the ritual into physical motion. Our motion is a free-form bodily expression of union with the sacred and a celebration of our divinity. Movement is connected to conscious deep breathing and the flow of transcendent energy, and is a space of personal freedom. While yogic poses are a commonly chosen form of motion in Ibada Kamili, other forms of Africentric movement such as dancing and drumming are welcome.
Rest in Reflection
Once we feel our time for motion has come to an end, Ibada Kamili concludes with quiet contemplation. We use this time to reflect upon the experience of the ritual. We observe how we feel on all dimension, and we meditate on any guidance we may have received from Spirit and ancestors. It is an important time of stillness and rest, which allows the fullness of the healing and enlightenment effects of the ritual to take root within us.
Upon completion, we close the ritual with a prayer of gratitude to Spirit. Handwritten or video journaling your practice is highly recommended to help keep a record of the benefits gained and to remember our ritual experiences and revelations.
The Eternal Ancestor of All
and Life Source Within All,
I give gratitude for the gift that is
my sacred soul, my complete being.
Please continue to grant me
the discernment and wisdom
to grow healthy connections in union
with Self, with others, and with Spirit
as I am guided on this journey of life
to become all I am meant to be.
Written by Eternity Philops. Copyright © 2020