Body-language and nonverbal communication

Prohibiting rituals reinforces struggle of survival












Prohibiting rituals reinforces struggle of survival

Rituals play a very important role in all cultures, in the development of children and in relationship. You cannot live without rituals. Rituals can derive from culture and society, they can also derive from the inner world of children and grown ups. They are part of communication and always embody some Kind of symbolic message.

They express and thus embody personal Needs in a certain way. It is a series of actions or type of behaviour regularly and invariably followed by someone It can be religious, social and/or personal. ( This reminds me of the discussion in China right now if Christian rituals referring to Xmas should be allowed or not).

On the one hand a ritual mirrors a certain state of communication in a culture or Society. On the other hand it mirrors ………….the very personal need of people for structure in daily life.

You will always find rituals in daily life. If you deny certain rituals or even prohibit you in most cases establish a new ritual. Therefore it is not the real and important question wether the one or other ritual is relevant or allowed or prohibited. Rituals are part of the essence of life.

Prohibiting rituals often produces a strong resistance towards the one who prohibits one`s own ritual, like for example the Christian rituals like Christmas. This resistance oft4en can be understood as part of the struggle of cultural survival. Often this struggle reinforces the ritual which is supposed to be prohibited.

Of course rituals are also necessary to handle (un-) conscious fear for whatever reason fear.  They give orientation, they help to survive and they help to handle fear.

So if a person or a society wants to reject or Change a ritual often this mirrors a deep unconscious fear by the ritual which is supposed to be changed. Changing a ritual and replacing one ritual by another just deepens the original fear. This is so because of the estblishing of the Illusion that the Situation would be or could be changed by rejecting the “old” ritual.

We have a saying in Germany that you in case of this would change Belzeboob to Devil. 🙂



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