This is a great ritual to enjoy during a full moon or when the moon is in Scorpio. Better yet, try it when both are happening and the full moon is in Scorpio. When the moon is in Scorpio, you can feel more easily triggered by situations or relationships. Instead of reacting in an unhelpful manner, use it as an opportunity to dig deeper and find out if there are buried issues or memories causing the pain or discomfort.
Emotional triggers aren’t fun. Everything could be going just fine when all of a sudden something happens or something someone says or does knocks you sideways. Your heart races, your muscles tense and you either want to rage, hide or freeze as a whole wave of uncomfortable emotions rise within you. The reason you are feeling triggered isn’t always logical. Sometimes you know you shouldn’t be reacting the way you are but you can’t help it. It can feel so powerless and unpredictable.
Emotional triggers often have a memory or a collection of memories attached to them. These memories are sometimes so old and/or are rooted in times when you weren’t old enough to respond in a way that makes sense to your adult mind. The memories were stored in your subconscious mind and whatever happened in your present day life woke up the memory and the same thoughts and feelings you carried way back then surface. Your body responds just like you did all those years ago and if it was an especially triggering event, the emotions that come flooding in can overwhelm the nervous system and cause you to react in fear or anger instead of respond in a way that is more helpful or makes sense to you.
In this spiritual art ritual, you are invited to think about a person or situation tat provokes an intense emotional reaction that you don’t enjoy. How do you feel when that person acts that way or you find yourself in that situation? What do you want to feel instead?
After you have created sacred space, cleared the energy and invited Spirit to join you for your art ritual, take a rock and on the side of the rock you like least, describe with words or pictures, how you feel when you are in the middle of an intense emotional trigger.
On the other side of the rock, describe with words or pictures how you would prefer to feel. When you are done, place the rock outside in the dirt with the good feelings side face up. As the side with your difficult feelings touches the dirt, imagine Mother Earth holding you and comforting you in the middle of an emotional trigger. Then look at the side facing up and contemplate the way you prefer to feel. Imagine the light of the full moon shining on your rock and growing the good feelings in your heart.
In the video below, I worked through an emotional trigger I have that is rooted in childhood trauma. I imagined my memories pouring into the earth where they were cared for and returned to me as the more helpful emotions I want to feel instead.
If you end up completing this spiritual art ritual, I’d love to see what you created. You can even post the finished piece on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #danasartrituals or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and share with me how it went for you.