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. Ibada Kamili is the core ritual of Kamili Yoga™, and 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.


Madhabahu

Consecrate the Altar

An assembly of sacred items in a dedicated space, an altar represents and focuses your connection to the Divine Source. For Ibada Kamili, anything can be an altar, be it a personal shrine, a single sacred item, or even your own body. Altar consecration 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. Conscious deep breathing is essential in Ibada Kamili. It relaxes the body, clears the mind, and calms the emotions, bringing you to a state of inner peace and keeping you in the present moment.


Nishati

Connect to Energy

When your mind has quieted down through deep breath work, you are better able to feel the divine life energy of your soul. At this stage in Ibada Kamili, you focus within to connect to your energy, to discern what you feel and where you feel it throughout the body, heart, mind, and spirit. Through cleansing breath and the power of visualization, you concentrate on raising your energy and channeling it throughout your entire being, expanding your power to every dimension of Self.


Mwendo

Flow through Motion

With your inner energy raised and expanded, you move into outer motion, which is done as a form of sacred expression honoring the union between individual Self and 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

Listen 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 reflect on the fullness of your practice, to contemplate what you have gained and/or released, and to listen for any guiding revelations you may receive within from the Divine. Meditative prayer is welcome in this space, as well as any concentration techniques that help bring clarity to your mind, such as chanting, candle gazing, or other breath techniques.


The ritual is formally closed with a prayer of gratitude to the Divine Source and another altar action. 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. A general writing prompt can be:

“What did I experience?
What did I learn?
And what can I apply to my everyday life?”


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


Eternal Spirit,
The Divine Ancestor of All
and Divine 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

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