Kids like Gods, magic (thank you Harry Potter), aliens and dinosaurs. Here's a great way to get them to have their own rituals - starting with creating their own God.
Getting a room all to yourself is a luxury. Those who can't have that can opt for a sacred little altar all their own. Ideally, this would be a classroom exercise so that kids would get a chance to do it, take pictures, document the process and speak about it with their friends.
Here's what the kids can do:
- Choose a spot in the house where they can set up an altar. A window sill, a cupboard, a desk or a room corner are all fine.
- Next, they get to collect the demi Gods - every single thing that they love - unicorn figurines, aliens, dinosaurs, pictures or figurines of real Gods(though this is not necessary), robots, comic strip Heroes, dolls, totem animals etc. They also have to define the powers of each God.
- Next they get to create their very own Creativity God and name Him or Her. They have to define the CG's powers as well.
- Finally, they have to create an invocation ritual with offerings. They can invite their friends and bring the CG to class on Deity Day.
All the processes can be documented. Once the altar is ready, they can get into the practice of reading, painting, sculpting or writing in front of the altar. The things created at the altar can be shown to friends.
This process is to get them to connect with the happy, playful creative power in all of us. This can also be a place of healing. Children can explain their fears and hurts to the CG, as well as draw or make their more darker creations. Bring it out, face it and let it go.