Rituals 2016-2021

We would like to offer you these three sample Prayers for World Healing rituals for you to try them with your group. You are welcome to use them as a starting point and adapt them in any way you see fit. For instance, one could adapt them to create a Christian or a Buddhist ritual.

If there is anything you wish to ask, please send an email to Steve at grumbla342@gmail.com or to our Office info@ihuk.org.

In designing these Rituals, we have drawn inspiration from several spiritual traditions including the universal Sufism of Hazrat Inayat Khan who taught the unity of all peoples and religions. These are some quotes of the teachings of Inayat Khan:


“The Sufi's God is the only Being that exists. His teacher is the spirit of inner guidance; his holy book is the manuscript of nature, his community is the whole of humanity. His religion is love. There is no god of any people who is not his God, no spiritual teacher of any creed who is not his teacher. There is no sacred scripture that he does not accept, since he is the worshipper of light and the follower of love, and yet he is free from all the world's distinctions and differences.”

Volume V - Spiritual Liberty

 

“If only we would recognize the inner voice, we would see that the different scriptures all contain words spoken by one and the same voice. Some hear the voice, others only hear the words, just as in nature some see only the branches and others the roots of the tree; but all these different scriptures and ways of worship and of contemplating God are given for one purpose: the realization of unity. In unity resides the happiness and illumination of man, and his guidance in life.

True life cannot be ours until unity is achieved. It is the work of religion to promote the spirit of unity, in the knowledge and love of God to whom all devotion belongs. Man often seeks for psychic, occult, and magnetic powers. This is not the purpose of religion; these developments come of themselves. Where there is life and love, there is magnetism; love itself is the healing power and the remedy for all pain. All occult powers belong to the divine life, but man should live a natural life and realize the nature of God. The only studies which are worth accomplishing are those which lead to the realization of God, and of unity first with God and then with the self, and so with all. It is not necessary for us to be told that we have progressed; we ourselves will know when our hearts go forward; and by loving, forgiving, and serving, our whole life becomes one single vision of the sublime beauty of God.”

Volume IX - The Unity of Religious Ideals

 

“What is the message of Sufism? Sufism is the message of digging out that water-like life which has been buried by the impressions of this material life. God is to be found in the heart of man, which is his shrine. That living thing in the heart is love. It may come forth as kindness, as friendship, as sympathy, as tolerance, as forgiveness, but in whatever form this living water rises from the heart, it proves the heart to be a divine spring. And when once this spring is open and is rising, then everything that a man does in action, in word, or in feeling is all religion; that man becomes truly religious. If there is any new religion to come, it will be this religion, the religion of the heart.”

Volume IX - The Unity of Religious Ideals


Ritual: March 2021 


1. Welcome to Prayer for the World Healing

Invocation

Towards the One
The Perfection of Love, Harmony and Beauty
The Only Being
United with All the Illuminated Souls
Who Form the Embodiment of the Messenger
The Spirit of Guidance

 

2. Introduction to the theme of Enslavement/Transatlantic Slave Trade and Covid


3. Setting sacred space and calling the Elements from a Dagara Tradition (West Africa) Teachings of Sobonfu Some: 

Fire
Water   
Earth
Mineral
Nature                  


4. Song calling upon the Ancestors

Calling Female Ancestors
Puor-ah Maan mine
Puor-ah Maan mine
Puor-ah Maan mine
Puor-ah Maan mine ooooh aaaah

Calling Male Ancestors
Puor-ah Saan mine
Puor-ah Saan mine
Puor-ah Saan mine ooooh
Puor-ah Saan mine ooooh  aaaah


5. Preparing to become a channel for healing

Let us silently breathe in and out to the words of Hazrat Inayat Khan –

Inhale              My body, heart and soul
Exhale             radiate the healing spirit of God/Goddess  

“HIK V of II 44”


6. The FACILITATOR (F) offers the focuses for healing

After each focus is named, ALL repeat silently Shafee on the inhalation Kafee on the exhalation x5 (the divine source of healing/the all-sufficient power of healing).


7.  Theme: Enslavement/Transatlantic Slave Trade/Covid  

Focuses – part 1

a) All who lost their lives while being abducted        

b) All who perished on board the slave ships        

c) All the enslaved people who suffered through cruelty and disease in the camps and plantations

d) All the enslaved people and their descendants who have been stripped of their culture, religion, identity and dignity

e) All the indigenous people who lost their lives, land and culture through Western colonisation.                             


8. Desmond Tutu wrote:                                      

‘Forgiving and being reconciled to our enemies or our loved ones are not about pretending that things are other than they are. It is not about patting one another on the back and turning a blind eye to the wrong. True reconciliation exposes the awfulness, the abuse, the hurt, the truth. It could even sometimes make things worse. It is a risky undertaking but in the end it is worthwhile, because in the end only an honest confrontation with reality can bring real healing. Superficial reconciliation can bring only superficial healing.’


9. Inhale: My body, heart and soul

Exhale: radiate the healing spirit of God


10. Focuses – part 2

f) All who are suffering from Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome 

g) All who are suffering from present-day enslavement           

h) For all our children and the future generations to be safe and live in harmony with each other.                                                  

i)Those in white community who are trying to find their way through their ancestor’s involvement in the slave trade

j) For the human beings who every day at the moment, cross the Mediterranean Sea & various others borders escaping conflict, poverty & environmental changes created by our choices of government & lifestyle.

k) All Black and Asian people who are suffering from the Covid pandemic                                                                                                                                      


11. Wangari Maathai: (First African woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize ‘for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace’)

‘When we plant trees, we plant the seeds of peace and     hope. We also secure the future for our children.’

“We are call to heal the Earth to heal her wounds and in    the process to heal our own.”   Wangari Maathai


12.  Lets take a breath and pray for the healing of our beautiful planet which continually sustains all peoples and all species without exception                       


13. Tribute song to Wangari – Polly Bolton

Sow the seed, it will be,
One more tree,
To grace the Earth.
Wangari, Wangari,
One seed, one tree, one woman unbound


14.  Inhale:   My body, heart and soul
Exhale:  Radiate the healing spirit of God


15.    For those focuses in the world un-named and in need of prayers

ALL repeat silently
Shafee  5x         
Kafee  x 5     
Invoking divine Sanctuary for the World                                                                      

Aman 33 x

From the Prayer Khatum     

Raise us above the distinctions and
differences which divide us;  
send us the Peace of Thy Divine Spirit,
And unite us all in Thy Perfect Being.  Amen 

Closing of the Elements                      


Ritual: 20 January 2021

1. The FACILITATOR (Steve) leads everyone in an attunement to peace.

Let us silently breathe in and out to these words of Thich Nhat Hanh, taken from his book ‘Being Peace’, which I will say three times:
Breathing in, I calm my body.
Breathing out, I smile.
Dwelling in the present moment
I know this is the only moment.


2. Let us say together an adapted version of the Druid Call for Peace:

Deep within the still centre of our being
May we find peace.
Silently within the quiet of the Grove
May we share peace.
Gently within the greater circle of humankind
May we radiate peace.


3. Led by the FACILITATOR (Steve), ALL repeat this Invocation:

Towards the One
The Perfection of Love, Harmony and Beauty
The Spirit of Peace and Healing,
United with All.


4. Let us say the following words from the Jewish Kabbalistic tradition:

Let us gather together, draw together.
Let us form a Vessel, to catch the dew of Heaven.
Let us rise, and go to that Holy place of Meeting and gather there,
with the Companions of the Light.
Let the Veil of Heaven be drawn back …


5. Led by the FACILITATOR (Steve), ALL repeat

Ya Jami Ya Salaam x11
(the divine Gatherer; the divine Source of Peace)
[Steve says: NJ will now share the focuses for healing.]


6. The FACILITATOR (NJ) offers the focuses for peace and healing, already submitted.

After each focus is named, ALL repeat silently Shafee on the inhalation Kafee on the exhalation x5 (the divine source of healing/the all-sufficient power of healing).

Led by the FACILTATOR (NJ), ALL repeat out loud

Ya Rahman Ya Rahim x3 (divine compassion/divine mercy)
a) All people who are suffering with Covid 19
b) All who are caring for people with Covid 19
c) All who are feeling lonely and isolated during lockdown
d) All who are suffering from domestic violence, now exacerbated by lockdown
e) The people of the USA
f) The Christians of northern Nigeria
g) All who are suffering from Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome
h) All who are helping to create and maintain racial equality
i) The planet’s atmosphere and waters
j) All species facing extinction
k) We pray for the healing of our beautiful planet which continually sustains all peoples and all species without exception
After all focuses are offered, ALL repeat “6.” for those focuses in the world un-named and in need of prayers


7. Led by the FACILITATOR (NJ), ALL repeat Aman x33: invoking divine Sanctuary for the world

8. Led by the FACILITATOR (Steve), ALL say the following adapted Hindu prayer:

O God, lead us from the unreal to the Real.
O God, lead us from darkness to light.
O God, lead us from death to immortality.
Shanti, Shanti, Shanti unto all.

 

9. Led by the FACILITATOR (Steve), we ALL close with the

Gaelic Blessing:
Deep peace of the running wave to you
Deep peace of the flowing air to you
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you
Deep peace of the shining stars to you
Deep peace of the Spirit of Peace to you


 

Ritual: 19 November 2020:

The FACILITATOR leads everyone in an attunement to peace.

 

Let us say together an adapted version of the Druid Call for Peace:

Deep within the still centre of our being
May we find peace.
Silently within the quiet of the Grove
May we share peace.
Gently within the greater circle of humankind
May we radiate peace.

 

Led by the FACILITATOR, ALL repeat this Invocation:

Towards the One
The Perfection of Love, Harmony and Beauty
The Spirit of Peace and Healing,
United with All.

 

Let us say the following words from the Jewish Kabbalistic tradition:

Let us gather together, draw together.
Let us form a Vessel, to catch the dew of Heaven.
Let us rise and go to that Holy place of Meeting and gather there, with the Companions of the Light.
Let the Veil of Heaven be drawn back …

 

Led by the FACILITATOR, ALL repeat

Ya Jami Ya Salaam x11: the divine Gatherer; the divine Source of Peace

 

The FACILITATOR offers the focuses for peace and healing, already submitted.

 

After each focus is named, ALL repeat silently

Shafee on the inhalation Kafee on the exhalation x5:
the divine source of healing/the all-sufficient power of healing.

 

Led by the FACILTATOR, ALL repeat out loud

Ya Rachman Ya Rahim x3: divine compassion/divine mercy

All who suffer from racial discrimination
All the ancestors of Black, Asian and ethnically diverse people who suffered from enslavement, brutality and torture
All who are suffering from the effects of slavery
All who are working towards truth and
reconciliation in the field of racism
All Black, Asian and ethnically diverse people who are disproportionately affected by Covid 19
All people who are suffering with Covid 19
All who are caring for people with Covid 19
All who have lost loved ones in the pandemic
All who are anxious or depressed during lockdown
All who are separated from their loved ones due to the pandemic
We pray for the healing of our beautiful planet which continually sustains all peoples and all species without exception.

 

After all focuses are offered, ALL repeat Shafee Kafee for those focuses in the world un-named and in need of prayers.

 

Led by the FACILITATOR,ALL repeat

Aman x33: invoking divine Sanctuary for the world

 

Led by the FACILITATOR, ALL say the following adapted Tibetan Buddhist prayer:

May we be at peace,
May our hearts remain open.
May we awaken to the light
of our own true nature.
May we be healed, and
May we be a source of healing
for all beings.

 

Led by the FACILITATOR, we ALL close with the Gaelic Blessing:

Deep peace of the running wave to you
Deep peace of the flowing air to you
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you
Deep peace of the shining stars to you
Deep peace of the Spirit of Peace to you

 

Ritual: 15 September 2020

The FACILITATOR leads everyone in an attunement to peace.

Let us begin by watching the breath, allowing it to follow its natural rhythm, flowing in through our nostrils, and flowing out. In and out, in and out.

Let us imagine we are each a stringed instrument, such as a guitar or a cello, and that for the music played upon us to sound sweet, we need to be properly tuned.

Can we imagine that the entire world is being tuned, like ourselves, to the vibrations of Love, Peace and Healing, and that these vibrations form a cloak of white or golden light, enfolding the planet.

Let us say together the Peace Mantra. As we say the words, let us imagine that the Spirit of Peace is already flooding into our Hearts, and radiating outwards filling our Community, Land, and the entire World:

 

Peace in my Heart
Peace in this Place
Peace in our Land
And Throughout the World Peace.

 

Led by the FACILITATOR, ALL repeat this Invocation:

Towards the One
The perfection of Love, Harmony and Beauty
The Spirit of Peace and Healing,
United with All.

 

Here are some words from the Jewish Kabbalistic tradition:

Let us gather together, draw together. 
Let us form a Vessel, to catch the dew of Heaven. 
Let us rise and go to that Holy place of Meeting and gather there, with the Companions of the Light. 
Let the Veil of Heaven be drawn back …

 

Led by the FACILITATOR, ALL repeat

Ya Jami Ya Salaam x11: the divine Gatherer; the divine Source of Peace

 

The FACILITATOR offers the focuses for peace and healing, already submitted:

All BADGERS that are being persecuted
All
ANIMALS which are treated cruelly
All who are
CARING for sick or injured ANIMALS
All the people of BELARUS
All who are suffering from the CIVIL WAR IN SYRIA
All the Syrian people who have become DISPLACED
All who are providing HUMANITARIAN AID in Syria
All who are helping to REBUILD the country
All creatures who are being affected by
DEFORESTATION
All creatures who are being affected by FOREST FIRES
All those who are REPLANTING AND CARING for Trees

 

After each focus is named, ALL repeat silently Shafee on the inhalation Kafee on the exhalation x5:

the divine source of healing/the all-sufficient power of healing.

 

Led by the FACILTATOR, ALL repeat out loud Ya Rachman Ya Rahim x3:

divine compassion/divine mercy

 

After all focuses are offered, ALL repeat Shafee Kafee for those focuses in the world un-named and in need of prayers.

 

Led by the FACILITATOR, ALL repeat Aman x33: invoking divine Sanctuary for the world

 

Led by the FACILITATOR, ALL say the Baha’i Prayer for Peace, below:

Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity.
Be fair in thy judgement and guarded in thy speech.
Be a lamp unto those who walk in darkness, and a home to the stranger.
Be eyes to the blind, and a guiding light unto the feet of the erring.
Be a breath of life to the body of humankind, a dew to the soil of the human heart,
and a fruit upon the tree of humility.

 

Led by the FACILITATOR, we ALL close with the Buddhist Prayer:

May all beings be well,
may all beings be happy. 
Peace, peace, peace

 

 

Ritual: 2017:

The FACILITATOR leads everyone in an attunement to peace, salaam, shalom, om shanti (“peace” in other languages may be added); possibly as a chant. ALL repeat The Peace Mantra:

Peace in my Heart,
Peace in this Place,
Peace in our Land
and throughout the World,
Peace

 

Led by the FACILITATOR, ALL repeat this Invocation:

Towards the One
The perfection of love, harmony and beauty
The spirit of peace and healing,
United with all.

 

Led by the FACILITATOR, ALL repeat Ya Jami Ya Salaam x11:

the divine Gatherer; the divine Source of Peace

 

The FACILITATOR offers focuses in the world for peace and healing, already submitted.

 

After each focus is given, ALL repeat silently

Shafee on the inhalation Kafee on the exhalation x5:

the divine source of healing/the all-sufficient power of healing

 

Led by the FACILTATOR, ALL repeat out loud

Ya Rachman Ya Rahim x3: divine compassion/divine mercy

 

After all focuses are offered, ALL repeat Shafee Kafee for those focuses in the world un-named and in need of prayers

 

Led by the FACILITATOR, ALL repeat Aman x33:

invoking divine Sanctuary for the world

 

Led by the FACILITATOR, ALL say Pope Francis’ prayer, below:

A prayer for our earth
All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth,
so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts
of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united
with every creature
as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle
for justice, love and peace.

 

Led by the FACILITATOR, we ALL close with “May all beings be well, may all beings be happy.  Peace, peace, peace” possibly chanted. 

© Inayatiyya Healing Order (UK) 2020