The Complete Ritual

IBADA KAMILI

“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 practice of five components that channel your inward intention and energy through outward actions and movement. It is called “the complete ritual” because every dimension of your complete being—physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, and universal—is honored and addressed.


The Five Components of Ibada Kamili


Takatifu

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, be it a personal shrine, a single sacred item, or even your own body. Consecration of the ritual is marked by blessing the space with a spoken affirmation, prayerful invocation, and inner intention, along with an action such as lighting a candle, ringing a bell, burning herbs or incense, etc.


Pumzi

Center the Breath

After your altar space is prepared, the next step is to come to stillness and concentrate on your breath, which embodies your vital life force. Conscious deep breathing relaxes the body, calms the emotions, clears the mind, and opens the spirit. This brings you to a state of inner peace and keeps you in the present moment. Centering the breath is essential in Ibada Kamili, as the breath guides the flow of both inner energy and outer motion.


Nguvu

Focus on Energy

When you have entered a state of peace through deep breath work, you are better able to feel the power of your soul Self. At this stage in Ibada Kamili, you focus within to discern what and where throughout the body, heart, mind, and spirit, and connect to your divinity. Through the power of visualization, you concentrate on expanding your energy, combining it with your intention, and channeling it throughout your entire being to expand your power to every dimension of Self.


Mwendo

Freedom of Motion

With your inner energy raised and expanded, you move into outer motion. This intentional movement expresses celebration of life and honors the sacred union of individual Self with universal Spirit. Your motion is freely guided by the vital forces of conscious breath and intentional energy. Free flow yoga poses are a commonly chosen form of motion in Ibada Kamili. However, almost any free flow body movement can be done—such as dancing and drumming—as long as it serves the ritual.


Kutafakari

Reflect in Meditation

Once you have completed your motion, Ibada Kamili concludes with stillness meditation, either in silence or with sound. This is the time to contemplate the fullness of your practice and to listen for any guiding revelations you may receive within from the Divine. Journaling your practice is highly recommended to help you keep a record of the holistic healing benefits you gain and to remember your ritual experiences and epiphanies.



Ibada Kamili should be practiced daily, but there is no time restriction or requirement. Your individual practice could be 20 minutes or two hours; it simply depends on how long you are led. What is most important is that you spend quality time on each component, and neither hurry the experience nor rush off as soon as your practice is over. A hasty practice is an empty practice.

Ibada Kamili
Closing Prayer


Divine Spirit,
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
.

Asante, Asé.


Written by Eternity Philops. Copyright © 2020