In Search of Greatness: A Full Moon Ritual To Harness Your Impulses
When you grab that bottle of wine out of the fridge and pour yourself a glass — even though on the drive home from work you promised yourself to stay sober tonight — you are experiencing impulse as unchecked urge.
What about masturbating when you’re feeling horny instead of channeling that sexual energy into a romantic relationship? Or cheating on your partner or stalking your ex online?
Experienced in this way, impulse makes you its bitch.
But it is possible for you to relate differently to the energy of impulse. You can use it as impetus and motivation, rather than fall prey to its madness.
This full moon ritual is designed to help you make impulse your bitch.
Do it like Bruce Lee
You probably know where you need to make changes in your life. You’re probably even somewhat willing to make the change.
People do things they don’t really want to do, all the time. It’s because the impulse — which is really just energy — is perceived as an urge, a mindless desire. Our limbs and bodies then automatically start down that path they’ve gone a thousand times then it’s done.
Knowing is not enough, we must apply.
Willing is not enough, we must do.
— Bruce Lee
What two or three things do you really wish were different in your life? Things that you do impulsively. Almost like you’re on auto-pilot, responding with your most basic nature even though a bigger, higher evolved part of you doesn’t want to be doing it.
People do all kinds of things that bring them suffering…when all they are trying to do is find happiness. If you’re depressed and you drink because you’re depressed…making the depression worse.
The energy of impulse has the innate capacity to be more than urges and mindless compulsions. But it’s not going to happen unless you decide to take action.
Setting your intentions
The light of the full moon is considered to illuminate those things which obstruct our higher, true purpose and thus the realization of our full potential.
Craft a vision of yourself as you want to be: making different choices and getting different results. See yourself — in your mind’s eye — as something other than a mindless zombie, repeatedly doing the things that you really don’t want to be doing.
Decide to become the master of your urges and compulsions, to harness them and draw from them. Write your intentions down and meditate on them for a while, until you feel the weight of their truth.
Preparing your space
Ritual and ceremony are important because they frame moments in solemnity and reverence.
Personally, I go all out on setting up for a full moon ritual. Crystals, candles, incense are my thing. Yours may look totally different, and that’s cool.
If you secretly like to burn things, full moon rituals offer a solid excuse for mildly aberrant behavior. Burning things, getting naked outside, chanting, dancing in circles…it can be as mellow or dramatic as you want.
Gather stones and other natural objects or whatever you want to include (or burn) and incorporate them into your ritual. For this one, I’m using quartz, lapis lazuli, jasper, and ammonite fossil.
Releasing the old and welcoming the new
Beneath the full moon, reflect on how your life will be different when you are not controlled by sudden (and generally unreflective) desires to act.
Recognize that that impulses are just energy and you have the power to control how you relate to them.
Light a white candle and take out the intentions you wrote down. Read them aloud. Speak the words that you are the master of your urges and compulsions. Say out loud that you have the power to harness your impulses and draw from them and that you now choose to use that power.
Do or do not, there is no try — Yoda
Then, burn each piece of paper. In this way, you release your intentions into the fabric of the universe.
Is this full moon ritual going to magically transform you? No.
But the next time you want to grab that bottle of wine or think about Facebook-stalking your ex, remember that you have the power to make a different choice.
Your impulses are now your bitch.