Excessive rituals and doctrine are a sure sign that an organized religion is dying. They are beautiful and even alluring and we may be tempted to believe that they will make deep changes in us. But we are of the natural world and this kind of transformation brought about by exterior influences is completely unnatural. Some practitioners convince themselves that they are changed beyond their control. But the reality is that only we can make changes in our view because the world does not exist if we do not view it. Real change must come from inside and radiate outwards into the physical, material, visual world.
Nothing happens in the outside world, the world beyond our skin as we perceive it, without some inner root cause or change. Consequences. Shadows. Effects. All of these are the result of a stimulus in the unique consciousness of an individual.
We each have our unique ancient religion: that of the individual.