Ritual to Invoke Compassion

I do not ordinarily see the role of MOTO as providing rituals or techniques. And there are God’s plenty of them out there already 🙂 But I came across this one yesterday when cleaning some old ritual accouterments (there were God’s plenty of them too) and remembered it fondly. We used it practice it at least once a month. It is well pass the traditional seven years since the Order that used this ritual has been closed, so why not? It was a bit of a group creation or rather I had to accommodate several points of view. This however, is the strength of lodge work. If it was up to me alone, I would change it to only pray to Christ. Anyway, if it is used or adapted or inspires but one person or group to go to likewise, it has served its purpose being here. If you have questions, please ask.  For ease of use you may want to download a PDF version here. Thanks. 🙂

“The authentic test of ours and others’ and our society’s claims to spirituality is creative compassion. By compassion I do not mean the sentimentalized and privatized feeling our aggressive culture defines as compassion. I have in mind the root sense of that word: to suffer with, to stand by, to support, to share solidarity with, to live on the margin with…that our fellow human beings are truly brothers and sisters with whom it is better always to make love-justice than war; and that gentleness lasts longer and touches more deeply than other kinds of power.”
~ Fr. Matthew Fox.

compassionIntroduction

The aim of this ritual is to bring assistance to those in need through invoking and mediating specific spiritual blessings at a particular level of consciousness. Qabalistically this consciousness and these blessings relate to the Sephira of Chesed. Similar blessings can be contacted through working with Christ, Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara), Kwan-Yin and other Beings of Compassion, collectively called ‘The Lords of Compassion’ by Theosophy. Specifically the ritual aims (1) to expand the capacity and inclination towards compassion of the participants and the group mind of Perth; and (2) to bring aid to those in need.

Temple Set-up and Props

  • Four quarter altars representing the four termini of the broader Perth Metropolitan Area, at the East, North, West and South. A single candle upon each altar. These may be in the elemental colours but there is no requirement as this is not an elementally based ritual.
  • Central double cubical altar with blue altar cloth, broadly representing (1) the centre of the Group Mind of Perth, (2) the material Universe overlayed by the blue of Chesed.
  • Upon the altar; consecrated symbols of Chesed, images of the Beings of Compassion (all participants are invited to bring an image to be placed on the altar).

Roles: Central Officer; Four Quarter Officers; participants to perform banishings as requested.

Ritual Outline

  • Banishing and Opening to cleanse and prepare the temple and consciousness of participants.
  • Identifying the Lodge with Perth so that the magic we perform affects all within Perth not just ourselves.
  • Aspiration and Invocation to the Highest conception of divinity we know, so that the entire ritual is guided by the higher divine principles.
  • Creating the Portal to the Realm of Unlimited Compassion so we may invoke and invite compassionate blessings into the temple and into Perth.
  • Invocation to the Beings of Compassion to send their blessings through the portal we have just created.
  • Creation of a personal matrix between each person and everyone they know, through which the blessings of compassion will be shared and directed.
  • Direction and channelling of the blessings of compassion to all within Perth.
  • Meditation on how each of us can act more compassionately in our lives.
  • Closing the Portal to the Realm of Unlimited Compassion.
  • Thanks to the Divine Beings.
  • De-Identifying the Lodge with Perth.
  • Closing and Banishings.

Banishings and Opening

Anyone who has an image to place upon the altar does so before the LBRP.

Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram (If the temple is opened in the Neophyte Grade, then the LBRP is not required).

Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Hexagram.

All come to stand around the central altar.

Order and Temple specific Invocations if any.

Central Officer leads prayers:

We acknowledge and honour the spirits of this living land, this land that sustains and supports us today and throughout our lives, and invite them into our temple and our beings.

Spirits and Beings of the North, the East, the West and South, spirits of the still centre, the heights above and depths below; spirits of Air, Fire, Water and Earth; all beings in all the worlds; hear us now.

We are (name of Order and Temple) and with the divine aid, it is our intention today to:

Create a sphere of compassion and love by which we will mediate the blessings, the aid and the consciousness of the great Beings of Compassion to all within Perth, and from there, spreading out to all sentient beings in all the Universe. And to this end we ask for the aid and assistance of: the One; Lord Jesus Christ (YHShVh YHVShH); Chenrezig, Kwan-Zaeon Bohdsti, Ast-Ma, [here the central officer includes the names of all Beings whose images have been placed on the altar]…, the Inner Plane masters and Teachers of our Order and traditions, and the Higher and Divine Genii of all present. Amen.

Central Officer asks ALL to repeat: “May all the powers, energies and consciousness we obtain through this ritual and these practices be shared with all Beings, in all the worlds and may all come to find eternal peace and happiness.  May there be peace, and peace and peace profound.  Amen.’

All: Amen.

Central Officer performs the Qabalistic Cross and leads prayer:

One, unknowable and unnameable, help us today to identify our sacred lodge with the land and people of Perth. Give us the higher strength and inner motivation to be of service to all beings, both within Perth and throughout the Universe.

All: Amen

Identifying the Lodge with Perth

Depending on the number of available officers, this procedure may be modified.

ldignity_devotion_compassion_1_1146048562All move to the East of the lodge facing East.

Central Officer lights the candle and stands ready to knock.

Central Officer or other officer leads Lodge in expansion of consciousness to the Eastern suburbs of Perth and into the group mind of Perth.

Once accomplished, the central officer asks Eastern officer to “hold the vision at the East”. Eastern officer then knocks, and turns inward to face the central altar.

All but the Eastern officer now move to the South of the Lodge facing South. Southern officer standing directly in front of Southern altar. S/he lights the candle and stands ready to knock.

Central Officer or other officer leads Lodge in expansion of consciousness to the Southern suburbs of Perth and into the group mind of Perth.

Once accomplished, the central officer asks Southern officer to “hold the vision at the South”. Southern officer then knocks, and turns inward to face the central altar.

All but the Eastern officer now move to the West of the Lodge facing West. Western officer standing directly in front of Western altar. S/he lights the candle and stands ready to knock.

Central Officer or other officer leads Lodge in expansion of consciousness to the Western suburbs of Perth and into the group mind of Perth.

Once accomplished, the central officer asks Western officer to “hold the vision at the South”. Southern officer then knocks, and turns inward to face the central altar.

All but the Eastern officer now move to the North of the Lodge facing North. Northern officer standing directly in front of Northern altar. S/he lights the candle and stands ready to knock.

Central Officer or other officer leads Lodge in expansion of consciousness to the Northern suburbs of Perth and into the group mind of Perth.

Once accomplished, the central officer asks Northern officer to “hold the vision at the South”. Northern officer then knocks, and turns inward to face the central altar.

All but the Northern officer now move to the East of the Lodge, completing the circle and then move to the central altar facing East.

Central Officer briefly leads reinforcement of the vision, and then says: “Let us open our Lodge.”

Eastern officer: (knocks), “The Lodge is open in the East”

Southern officer: (knocks), “The Lodge is open in the South”

Western officer: (knocks), “The Lodge is open in the West”

Northern officer: (knocks), “The Lodge is open in the North”

Central officer: (knocks), “The Lodge is open throughout.”

Aspiration and Invocation to the Highest.

All come to the central altar.

Central Officer leads all in visualisation of the extension of consciousness akin to expansion in the Qabalistic Cross, asking all to aspire towards their highest conception of divinity. S/he then invokes:

Toward the One, the Perfection of Love, Harmony, and Beauty, the Only Being, united with all the Illuminated Souls, who form the Embodiment of the Master, the Spirit of Guidance.

Central Officer asks all to intone the divine name IAO three times, seeking to connect with the Highest divinity.

All: IAO

All are seated but Central Officer.

Creating the Portal to the Realm of Unlimited Compassion

Central Officer performs Lesser Invoking Ritual of the Hexagram of Jupiter around the temple.

Central Officer goes to perimeter of circle where Jupiter is currently located in the Sidereal Zodiac. S/he performs a Supreme Invoking Ritual of the Hexagram of Jupiter to create a portal to the realm of Chesed.

Central Officer returns to central altar, and asks all to join her/him.

Central Officer invites the Beings of Compassion to be present.

Invocation to the Beings of Compassion

The One! – you who are both the unknowable source of all things,

and the intimate communion within,

open to us, we ask, the realm of ChSD – Mercy and Magnificence.

And through the power and beauty of your name AL, Unity

– by the Grace of the Righteous Archangel TzDQIAL,

– the ministration of they Holy Angels, the Brilliant ChShMLIM

allow us to be thy agent of compassion in this world.

AL, AL, AL, AL – in the Unity of Compassion and through

the willingness of our open and ready hearts,

we do invite and invoke you, all Beings of Compassion to come and touch us now.

Gods and Goddesses of the open and active heart we call you.

(Names all Beings whose images are on the altar) we call you.

And we call upon those who have gone before – the Just Men Made Perfect, the Holy Ones, the Saints and the Masters, the Inner Adepti, who forever guide us into that state of acceptable sacrifice, which is love expressed towards God, humanity and the whole Universe.

All Beings of Compassion, send forth your love and your aid, we ask you now.  Amen.

Creating the Matrix Whereby the Blessings of Compassion May Flow

Central Officer leads visualisation (summary given here): “imagining self seeing all people you know and have a connection with. See your connection to them as a band of light from your heart to theirs. From them see a band of light going to all the people they know. See this connection go from person to person until everyone in the world is included. Now open yourself to the pain and suffering of everyone, feel and experience it from all people and open your heart to it. Feel your innate and human desire and wish to help them, to alleviate the suffering, open your heart to the spirit of compassion and the Beings of Compassion…

Bringing the Blessings of Compassion to Perth

Central Officer asks all to join her/him on edge of circle, facing sunwise near the Hexagram portal of Chesed. S/he asks all to focus inwardly and leads all in extension of consciousness, seeing themselves as mighty figures who will walk the round of Perth, mediating the blessings of Compassion to all within Perth. Seeing also the blessings of Compassion above them as infinite blue light.

Central Officer leads three circumambulations of the Lodge room. Upon completing three circles all sit.

Central Officer directs all to be open to communication or inner knowledge of how they can be of practical and earthly assistance in providing compassion within Perth and their material lives.

Central Officer asks all to come to the central altar.

Central Officer leads de-extension of consciousness back to normal size and being.

Central Officer leads all to withdraw their channelling and de-visualise the web of connection. S/he then asks all to re-affirm being grounded.

All are seated.

Closing  the Portal to the Realm of Unlimited Compassion

Central Officer performs Supreme Banishing Ritual of the Hexagram of Jupiter to close portal.

Central Officer performs Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Hexagram of Jupiter around the Lodge.

Central Officer asks all to come to the central altar.

Central Officer leads prayer in thanks to the One Being, YHShVH and the Beings of Compassion.

De-Identifying the Lodge with Perth

Depending on the number of available officers, this procedure may be modified.

All move to the East of the lodge facing East. Eastern officer standing directly in front of Eastern altar. Central officer or other officer leads Lodge in contraction of consciousness from the Eastern suburbs of Perth and the group mind of Perth to the Lodge and lodge room.

Once accomplished, the central officer asks Eastern officer to “ground the Lodge at the East”. Eastern officer then knocks, remains at East, facing towards central altar.

Rest of Lodge move counter-clockwise to North and face North. Northern officer standing directly in front of Northern altar. Central officer or other officer leads Lodge in contraction of consciousness from the Northern suburbs of Perth and the group mind of Perth to the Lodge and lodge room.

Once accomplished, the central officer asks Northern officer to “ground the Lodge at the North”. Northern officer then knocks, remains at North, facing towards central altar.

Rest of Lodge move counter-clockwise to West and face West. Western officer standing directly in front of Western altar. Central officer or other officer leads Lodge in contraction of consciousness from the Western suburbs of Perth and the group mind of Perth to the Lodge and lodge room.

Once accomplished, the central officer asks Western officer to “ground the Lodge at the West”. Western officer then knocks, remains at West, facing towards central altar.

Rest of Lodge move counter-clockwise to South and face South. Southern officer standing directly in front of Southern altar. Central officer or other officer leads Lodge in contraction of consciousness from the Southern suburbs of Perth and the group mind of Perth to the Lodge and lodge room.

Once accomplished, the central officer asks Southern officer to “ground the Lodge at the South”. Southern officer then knocks, remains at South, facing towards central altar.

Rest of Lodge move counter-clockwise to East to complete the circle and then move to around the central altar.

Central Officer says: “Let us close our Lodge.”

Eastern Officer: (knocks), “The Lodge is closed in the East”

Northern Officer: (knocks), “The Lodge is closed in the North”

Western Officer: (knocks), “The Lodge is closed in the West”

Southern Officer: (knocks), “The Lodge is closed in the South”

Central Officer: (knocks), “In the name of the One manifesting in body and flesh…

All intone: YHShVH YHVShH

Central Officer:…I declare this lodge closed throughout.

All: Amen.

Banishings

Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Hexagram

Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram

5 comments

  1. incompleteinfinity · April 8, 2009

    I really really really really like that ritual Peregrin! I like the focused ‘visualisations’ toward Humanity! Towards real people… towards people of our own community and that it would unfold towards the rest of Humanity! This kind of thought is powerful….. there are so many out there trying to sell us on the thought of creating our own wealth etc….. and what it essentially does is ENCLOSE US INTO OURSELVES!!!

    I was in a Yahoo chat room recently and someone calling himself Imran…. (whatever) appeared. I briefly joked with him and said I really admired the REAL Imran (of Pakistani cricket fame of years gone by) but I didn’t love him….. But a friend in the room (out of the room) assured me that it was the REAL Imran. He had been in Oz promoting (and raising money for) the hospital I am about to speak of!

    Anyhoo! The room was a catholic room… I sort of frequent it as have met some nice people but the usual judgemental types exist here condemming those of the Islamic Faith (which Imran is of …). There are 2 people in this room I could cut into shreds with words because of their narrow minded religiousity but what would it achieve!!!!! They would thank God for the persecution and then proceed to kneel down and self flaggulate themselves! I don’t know if I spelt that correctly… I mean… they’ve happily whip themselves to shreds with a whip (I recommend a cat-o-nine-tails… and please…. don’t tell your friends… they’ll find you a few days later).

    Imran’s mother died of cancer…. and with all the family’s money…. nothing could be done!

    Imran set up a hospital so that those that needed treatment could get it whatever their economic status! He is also speaking out against political corruption in Pakistan. THIS is an example of compassion I admire and see worthy of following!

    Someone said something in this ‘catholic’ room about money…. can’t remember exactly…. I said if I had a lot of money I’d build toilets in Mumbai (in India)as the poor there have one toilet to 800 hundred people… whilst those with money eat the equivalent to the average persons weekly (maybe it was monthly) wage in one night in an expensive restuarant. Imagine the kids born into a shit life like that and the resignation of the parents that THIS IS WHAT LIFE WILL BE LIKE FOR THEIR CHILDREN!!!!! What must their mindset be like? What a perfect breeding ground for future men that could be easily

    Obviously the first question asked is…. “Why doesn’t their government do something about it?” WHO GIVES A SHIT!!! THEY ARE NOT DOING ANYTHING ABOUT IT….THERE IS NO ECONOMIC GAIN FOR THEM TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!! Meanwhile kids are growing up in a filthy squalor… And we are being sold that we can be rich and powerful, wealthy…. yadda yadda yah!!!!

    Um! I guess that’s a bit more than a ‘comment’ but heck….

    Oh! And I’ll give $AU50 to your leukimia shave thing Peregrin… but mate… ya gotta be SHAVED! None of this number 1 bull! Shave means shave! I was so disappointed last year with a woman at work who got ‘shaved’.

    Are you up for it Peregrin?

  2. Peregrin · April 8, 2009

    Hi there 🙂

    thanks for this comment and these stories. They are inspiring themselves. I do think the essence of the western traditions is the kind of compassion in action you speak off. St Gregory of Nyssa viewed angels as producing actions of unselfish good.

    Shave: you drive a hard bargain, but i do know what you mean about the number ones (or even number fours!). I think they are sending someone to our work to do this. I will not have any number one attachment on the clipper. I think this then leaves a very slight fuzz. If they come with a razor and soap, then I’ll get them to do that 🙂

    OK?

    Thanks for the generosity 🙂

  3. incompleteinfinity · April 9, 2009

    No comb will suffice! it’s a deal…. 😉

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