A Thought On The Beach

Ritual is a way to make the unconscious conscious.  Not because that is in and of itself a good, but because it opens the possibility that one might free himself of stale qi-- of ghosts, of inadvertent conditioning (gender/movement/fantasy), of conflicting emotions, or of lingering unresolved commitments.  To the extent that this ritual awareness of stale qi remains in a conscious -body bound- form, we can say a given ritual is a failure.

When we revel in simple rituals we are embracing the notion that all great achievements are built on a long chain of failures.