Me before the Ghost Flower Ritual.
Me after completing the Ghost Flower Ritual.
Prior to the ritual I hadn't written or published a poem since 2008. Since completing the ritual, I've published over a dozen poems in journals like California Quarterly, The Cape Rock, The Santa Clara Review, Plainsongs, and The MacGuffin, and I've written over 250 yet-to-be -published poems.
I've also launched a YouTube music channel with original music, finished (and posted) a number of essays on philosophy, perceptual psychology, and poetry.
I have two, possibly three, books scheduled to be published this year in 2022. All that while still carrying on a full-time freelance writing career and keeping about a dozen crazy hobbies afloat.
Of course, dramatic results take time. In my case, years, and they're still unfolding.
But even if all you do is experience the ritual itself, I believe you'll experience a sense of exaltation and peace that's all too rare in our world these days. And if you choose to follow the spirits and angels you meet along the way further, there's literally no limit on what you can experience and achieve.
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Daniel E. Blackston
My experiences with William Butler Yeats's Ghost Flower ritual.