Land, Sky, Sea: Elements from a Druid Perspective

In most things “Druid” there are multiple vantage points in which to look at any one thing; whereas the “Classical Elements”, such as Earth, Air, Fire, and Water can be used to describe either the physical characteristics, energies, or feel of an item, and Spirit or Aether to apply to the spiritual component. Land, Sea, and Sky incorporate the spiritual as well as physical components in a different manner. Lets say we were speaking of a stream; in “Classical Elements” we would say that this is definitely the Water element and that it also has an Aether energy as well. Land, Sea, and Sky works very much in the same manner; This same stream has a form or shape that is fluid and adheres to that of its container; this would be the Land portion of the ratio. This stream also has a movement, its current, its erosion of its container, the pull or rather push of gravitational forces; this would be the Sea portion. This stream amongst the other two, has an essence, a consciousness, and experience, or perspective of its own, this is its life force as well as its Sky portion of the ratio. With the Land, Sea, Sky scenario all things are made up of ratios of these three components, no matter how much or how little, they are ever present. My personal system uses both systems together to allow a more detailed vision of nature, with Land, Sea, Sky taking on the physical, emotional, and spiritual portions into consideration equally. It allows for the addition of motivators, natural action / behavior, flow / movement, solidity / form, conscious / natural order instead of just the physical characteristics. I wouldn’t call it sterile at all when taking the different aspects all into consideration as complete.

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I have a friend who follows a Druidic path in his spiritual journey.  He is often talking about the elements in terms of these three components: land, sky, and the sea. For me it seems to be missing an element, but I wanted to understand more from where he was coming from.  There are other cultures that include other elements into their belief system. Chinese perspective has additional elements like wood and metal, many pagans who subscribe to the pentacle as a symbol include spirit as the top element of the pentacle’s point.  What is so different on this Druidic path that incorporates the entirety of the elements in only three areas?  This I needed to look into further to truly understand.

The pagan world often refers to the three worlds of the Druid path as the Celtic elements, allowing for sky to be made up of fire and air…

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What Exactly is a Grounding Cord, and Why is it Such an Important Tool For Spiritual Practitioners?

What exactly is a grounding cord, and why is it such an important tool for spiritual practitioners?  A grounding cord is a beneficial tool because it allows us to; in a very basic way, let go of excess spiritual, emotional, mental, and energetic baggage. It is a mental construct; a basic visualization, that provides a pathway for these excesses to be sent deep into the core of the Earth and recycled.

In the modern world most of us realize the great power of electricity for powering our many wonders; as well, the power of unruly electrical fields and charges to destroy them. In our homes, we have lightning rods that run down into the ground to protect us from these unforeseen occurrences. In much the same way, grounding cords perform a similar function. By visualizing a grounding cord, we can use it to mentally focus away our excess baggage in an organized and thought directed manner.

For those of you that are unfamiliar with or out of practice with visualization; it is a simple process imagining a cord running from the root chakra (Base of the spine) down into the core of earth, and using it to transport your unwanted thoughts, emotions, energies… down deep within the Earth. Grounding cords can be as big or small as you need them to be, and can be attached to not only your root, but to any object or other person, animal, place that requires grounding. This simple process will be described in the following section:

Basic Grounding Cord Exercise:

  • Drink Water (Water is a vital part of our lives, and can be thought of as mental lubrication)
  • Imagine or picture a cord starting at the root chakra, on each exhale, feel it extending further and further into the Earth until the other end reaches the core.
  • On your continued exhales, mentally push the excesses down the cord until they are also down at the core.
  • Drink Water (Replenish the body)

Now that you have tried the process, you have most likely felt the benefits first hand. You feel somehow lighter, more free, and relaxed; grounded! There you go, easy as can be. This is one of the easiest ways to ground, is one of the most basic methods for spiritual cleansing, and a foundation of meditation. Thank you, and feel free to share your thoughts and results with us.

Copyright @2016 Jason Walton