In our Basic Grounding Exercise I said that it was a fundamental skill, and that it was a general practice of cleansing to remove excess thoughts, feelings, and energies. Our purpose today is to add a new layer, instead of just letting those loose ideas fall off, we are going to rinse it away. If you find a tough spot, feel free to scrub a little.
Start a threefold breath; 3 seconds each; inhale, hold, exhale
Visualize or Imagine a cord attached to the base of your spine for males, ovaries for females (Root Chakra) and connecting to the core of the earth
Visualize a white or golden rain falling over you like a waterfall or shower
When you inhale, feel energy coming in at both your feet from the earth (land), and the top of your head from the sun and/or wind (sky)
As you hold the breath, feel the two different currents merge in your center (sea)
When you exhale, feel the shower wash you off and drain through your grounding cord as you ground normally, releasing your excess thoughts, feelings, and energies
We have introduced a few new ideas today; layering (building similar intentions on top of each other), cleansing (cleaning away, on top of letting go of excess), merging of energies from the land and sky and allowing them to swirl together into a single current within your center as the sea.
@Copyright Jason J. Walton 2016
Any questions or feedback regarding this exercise are of course welcomed
This is an introduction to protection of personal and sacred spaces. This is another situation where many people in the community seem to overlook the advantages and seriousness of the topic. Your working space and area directly around you is an integral place to focus regular cleansing as well as putting up of wards to protect that space and in turn yourself from unwanted influences.
There are several ways for one to protect their space with plants; for instance, growing protective plants around the borders of areas and near windows and entryways to your home. In the recreational area in my backyard I grow things like sage, lavender, lemon balm, fleabane… Near windows it is common to grow plants with thorns like roses; and near doorways geraniums, mint, marigolds, and ivy.
A way to protect space with stone is to erect longer than wide stones buried one third in the earth and two thirds above ground in a circle. You can also add protective symbols to them if desired. Another way would be to place key protective stones around the area in pouches, some people setup elaborate grids in this manner. There are many protective stones / crystals to choose from including; black obsidian, quartz, emerald…
Also since I mentioned symbols; You can draw symbols with chalk or paint on rocks, gates, doorways, or even on the ground directly with a stick. Some common symbols used are the circle, cross, pentacle, triskellion…
Thanks for reading about Protection of Spaces, feel free to like or comment on your own experiences and to ask questions.
This is a Basic Grounding Exercise to get you started. Grounding is a Fundamental Skill for any practitioner. It is a general practice of Cleansing thats purpose is to rid oneself of excess thoughts, feelings, or energies.
Drink a glass of water
Start a threefold breath; 3 seconds each at inhale; hold, exhale
Visualize or Imagine a cord attached to the base of your spine (Root Chakra), and connecting to the core of the Earth.
On every exhale of your threefold breath picture your stray energy, thoughts and emotions traveling down your spine through this cord to the core of the Earth.
Any questions or feedback about your experiences with this exercise is welcome and valued.
Grounding is a very important fundamental skill for practitioners of any path. Building on my informational post titled Grounding I would like to share an Intermediate Exercise. This Exercise will include a simple form of discursive meditation. The idea behind this form of meditation is to chew up your thoughts; basically recognize and organize them for future contemplation. In my Grounding article I introduced the idea of using the senses to reinforce this connection to the firm foundation of earth and the other elements. In Grounding we commonly imagine or visualize a cord coming from the Root Chakra or base of the spine, associated with the Element of Earth and pushing our excess energies, thoughts, and emotions down via the cord deep into the core of the Earth itself. What I would like to add today is a way to process that information (energies, thoughts, emotions) into a useful tool for self reflection and organization.
Drink a simple glass of water to hydrate and reinforce the idea flowing.
Get comfortable with good posture allowing your spine to be straight.
Breathe; in a threefold manner; three seconds inhale, three hold, three exhale.
Continuing with the power of Breath; Slowly pay attention to your thoughts and feelings, focus on what you notice with your five physical senses.
Let stray thoughts and feelings flow down your spine, the cord, and deep into the core of the Earth.
Continue this process for as long as you can, stopping when you can hold the focus for around 15 minutes.
Please feel free to provide feedback on your experiences, and ask any questions that you may have.
I’d like to discuss a topic that seems to be overlooked in the community as a whole. One doesn’t go outside during the harshness of winter improperly dressed, so I think that this idea should be reflected in our Spiritual lives as well. Along with being well grounded, physical maintenance of the body through exercise, and good hygiene; both physical and spiritually, personal protection is the next single greatest skill to master. There are several ways in which people imbue their bodies with protection of the Self; from visiting sacred spaces and connecting to protective energies through contemplation, to wearing of sacred garb and symbols, and use of prayer and enchantment.
The first I would like to speak about is visiting sacred sites, spaces, or temples. Going to a sacred resource such as a great tree, a sacred well or river, a mound or stone circle; is a great way to connect to the natural environment and soak in protective energies. Meditating, contemplating, praying, and chanting are common ways to accomplish this connection.
Next I will speak of ceremonial pieces we may wear. In some practices people will cover themselves with special clothes, anoint will special oils and wear certain symbols that provide specific protections while they worship or perform specific rituals. Some examples would be; Ceremonial Robes, Holy Water (Water Blessed by a member of Clergy), and symbols such as the Circle, Cross, Pentacle…
I know this is only a touch on the subject for now, but I will be revisiting in future posts.
When I think of Air, several things come to mind. First I think of consciousness and knowledge; the consciousness of Self as well as the Collective Consciousness and the knowledge that both of them hold. Next I think of the resource of Air as Breath and how it drives the life force. Finally I think of the Powers of Speech, Story, and Song.
When it comes to consciousness and knowledge; I think of how inspiration and knowledge come like the warmth of the rising sun, in rays after the cool night. New information and perspectives allow us as sentient beings to relate and communicate with understanding and the ability to relate ideas. This communication participates not only in expanding our personal Self consciousness, but also perpetuates the growth of the Collective.
Breath itself is the single most important experience we share with every other living creature on the planet. Through this relationship we can recognize the life force both in the sharing of Air in breath and provides a natural path for inspiration to enter our bodies physically.
Breath also provides a medium and fuel for the stories we tell, the words we speak, and the songs we sing. When we participate in these activities we add a level of vibration or a pattern within Air itself that is imeadiately discerned by our ears as sound.
In closing I’d like to suggest contemplating the way these different aspects of Air cooperate as a whole; consciousness, breath, and the vibrations of sound. Perhaps make this a subject of a future meditation session.