The other common thread seems to be that there are usually 'elders', 'spiritual directors', counsellors or group therapy facilitators who function to guide and guard, even from a distance, in case the whole process becomes too difficult. It is not an easy journey. This goes some way towards answering one of the questions I have previously asked.
It is not the actions themselves, but the honouring of these actions, that moves these habits into the realm of ritual; similar to saying a blessing over, or grace before, a meal. In Alpha and Omega Harrison writes, ‘if we are to keep our hold on religion, theology must go’. For her, religion is the realm of the emotions and action, whereas theology is the realm of theory and the gods. I tend to agree with her and, like her, I suspect ‘I was always a ritualist at heart’. 
Nature just is. The animals just act...and enjoy the sun, or water, or not. We humans have made it so complicated and probably expect too much. I suspect it is really easy. We have developed brains able to think deeply and to create and solve the most complex problems. The downside is we can overthink and dwell too long. I have had said to me, 'don't think, just do'. My take is, 'don't overthink or dwell...get moving'.
For Lao-Tzu in the 12th century it was, the world is ruled by letting things take their course. I prefer to engage more directly with the world I was born into and my myths and rituals need to allow for this while conflating my idealized dreams with the lived reality. Perhaps the answer is somewhere between separating totally from the world, and getting lost in the fight for ideals.
At this moment...living my life is calling and I just need to do it.