I have decided to go under and create Rituals and Ritual-like experiences, as a way to understand them. I used myself as a lab-rat for this process, allowing knowledge to come to me via first-hand encounters. An important condition in this process was to work with experiences that have no explicit religious context, in order to distain myself from falling into the perspectives outlined previously
Through this, I went from working with my own body through endurance sports and meditation practices, to designing games for others, and finally to facilitate social situations and encounters. Detailed reviews on this 20-month process can be found in the notes of this video, under the titles Review 1-3.
The process eventually resulted in the stripping down of Rituals from their socio-political and theatrical façade to reveal what’s underneath it.And what I found was this:
The Magic Circle, nothing else. A temporary suspension of the everyday.