Advanced Protection Exercise

I want to step this exercise up a bit, by tying a few things together, and introducing a few new ideas in this exercise to give a larger picture, emphasize the ways that several approaches and practices can augment and cooperate to strengthen each other. I will start with a grounding exercise that develops into cleansing of the self. Then cleansing the space, and moving forward into the protection of space as well as self. There will be use of visualization, by adding some simple body gestures as fortifying symbols, and representing the solar, (sun-sky realm), telluric (earth-land realm,) and lunar (moon-sea realm) currents. These will be put together in a way that shows how different ideas, practices, and skills can be layered.

Setting:

This can be done in a room, in a forest clearing, in a circle of stones; either way declare a mental set of boundaries for your work, this will be your space. The grounding will be a basic visualization, incorporating; by way of body gesture symbolism, putting yourself in the perspective of a pine tree and representing earth. In the cleansing portion we will transform into an oak reaching for the sky, taking in the warmth of the sun , and being cleansed by the wind, it is a variation of a Qi Gong practice called “shaking the tree.” For the space cleansing we will be drinking water as we visualize a cool rain washing the entire space. Finally, for the protection we will be doing the sphere of protection by starting with the elemental cross and incorporating three spheres of protective energy from the realms of Land, Sky, and Sea.

Grounding:

  • Drink a simple glass of water to hydrate and reinforce the idea flowing.
  • Visualize or Imagine a cord attached to the base of your spine (Root Chakra), and connecting to the core of the Earth.
  • 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, until you can hold the focus continuously.

Cleansing (Shaking the Tree):

  • Continue with a threefold breath and the release of stray thoughts
  • Picture yourself as a pine tree
  • Place your feet shoulder length apart with your arms out to the sides, your body should be in the shape of a triangle.
  • Begin shaking from the bottom of your feet in an up and down motion
  • Picture a gentle breeze blowing your branches, freeing the excess energy that has not gone down your grounding cord.
  • Continue to shake for 2 minutes or more as you picture the wind picking up in speed, slowly lifting your arms until you are reaching for the sky.
  • As you raise your arms, picture yourself transforming into a great oak and slow your shaking until you feel still.
  • Feel the flow of blood increase as your body opens up and notice the vibration of your chi (energy) throughout your body, your arms your body should now be still and your arms upward.
  • Picture that clouds have moved in above you and it begins to rain, rinsing away the remnants of loose energy of of both you and your space and washing it all away.

Protection (The Elemental Cross and Sphere of Protection):

Normally the Elemental Cross, which is basically the same as the Qabalistic Cross and institutes a connection to deity; however, I will simply note where the Deity vibrations would go and add some background information in case you would like to add this later.

Elemental Cross:

  • Starting with your hands at your sides and continuing your threefold breath.
  • Raise your right hand as far above the center of your head as you comfortably can.
  • Keep your wrist straight, fold your pinky and ring finger into your palm, while keeping your index, middle and thumb together and extended.
  • Draw a line of white energy straight down into your head or crown Chakra
  • Visualize this line of energy extending from the center of your head up into infinity.
  • Let your fingers rest momentarily on the top of your head. This is where one would vibrate the name of the Creator Deity, or the Spirits of Above.
  • Continue drawing your white line of energy throughs the center of your body down between your navel and your your reproductive organs or the root chakra.
  • Let your fingers rest momentarily at your root chakra. This is where one would vibrate the name of the Deity of the Earth, or the Spirits of Below.
  • Visualize your white line of energy extending from your root chakra, down infinitely through the core of the earth.
  • Momentarily rest your fingers on your right shoulder and visualize a white line of energy extending from your heart chakra to infinity on your right. This is where you would vibrate the Masculine Deity.
  • Momentarily rest your fingers on your left shoulder and visualize a white line of energy extending from your heart chakra to infinity on your left. This is where you would vibrate the Feminine Deity.
  • Extend your arms out to your sides so that your body is in the shape of a cross.
  • Visualize a white line of energy passing through your heart chakra (center of chest) infinitely forward and infinitely back. This is where one would vibrate the tone of your magical name.
  • Lower your hands to your sides to complete the Elemental Cross.

Here is where a banishing and invoking of the classical elements would normally occur. If you have a method for this procedure go ahead and add it in, if not don’t worry we will cover this in another lesson, but it is currently outside the scope of this lesson.

The Sphere of Protection:

In this version of the Sphere we will be pulling in the energies of the Three Dragons or Land, Sky, and Sea to produce three spheres of spinning energy as a protective barrier.

  • Visualize a current of energy coming from the Sky down through your crown chakra into the center of your spine and swirling in your solar-plexus.
  • Direct this energy to the up/down white line, and cause the top of the line to rotate forward while the bottom of the line rotates backward. you will do this in alignment with your threefold breath, it will take three times to get the sphere spinning really good.
  • Visualize a current of energy coming from the Land up through your root chakra and swirling with the Sky energy in your solar-plexus.
  • Direct this energy to the left/right white line, and cause the right of the line to rotate forward while the left of the line rotates backward. you will do this in alignment with your threefold breath, it will take three times to get the sphere spinning really good.
  • Visualize a current of energy coming from the Sea in through your sacral chakra (where your reproductive organs are) and flowing into your solar-plexus to swirl with the others.
  • Direct this energy to the front/back white line, and cause the front of the line to rotate upward while the back of the line rotates downward. you will do this in alignment with your threefold breath, it will take three times to get the sphere spinning really good.

I know this can seem like a daunting task when looking at it for the first time, but with perseverance and practice this whole procedure can be done in a considerably small amount of time.

Copyright 2016 Jason J. Walton

Elemental Cross and Sphere of Protection are adaptations of the ones from the A.O.D.A. website as written by John Gilbert and John Michael Greer

http://aoda.org/Articles/The_Sphere_of_Protection.html

Any questions or comments, I would love to hear them.

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Advanced Cleansing Exercise

In our advanced grounding exercise we covered breathing in air and using it to reinforce the idea of drawing in energy through visualization, as well as connecting a grounding cord to the center of the earth and using it to drain off excess or unwanted energies and thoughts. We also discussed the threefold breathing method of inhale three seconds, hold three seconds, release three seconds.

In cleansing we talked about using different elemental energies and methods. We also covered the aspects of things, self, and space in relation to land, sea, and sky.

For the advanced exercise in cleansing there are few different concepts I would like to introduce.

  1. When drawing from the ground through the cord, you are connecting with the element of Earth. At the same time, inhale, you are connecting with the energy of the Air element.  Allow those energies to swirl together in the solar-plexus, the area just above belly, when you hold the breath. Draw the energies from both of these elements at the same time, being mindful of the elemental aspects of this blend, earth and air. When you exhale; push that swirling energy out from your center so that the swirling ball continues to grow, containing all the negativity as you continue to push with your solar-plexus, expelling your full breath.  Continue to do this, each time expanding the size of your energy ball until it not only is larger than your body, but also fills the room.
  2. Now try it again, but this time add the element of Fire by envisioning the energy and heat of the sunlight coming down and into your crown, or the top of your head. At the same time, pull in the element of Water by visualizing the emotional connection of your environment, a flood of emotion, if you will,  around you through  your heart.  Like before, allow these energies to swirl together in the solar-plexus, while being mindful of the elemental aspects of the blend of fire and water.  Again, push this swirling energy out from your center until it carries the negativity out past your body and expands to the edges of your space.
  3. Now let’s put steps one and two together, using all four elements simultaneously to wash all negativity away from both body and your surrounding environment and fill the space with pure, cleansed elemental energy.
  4. Now that yourself and area have been sufficiently cleansed of negative influences, free the energy of your control and let it disperse naturally and proceed to ground.

By using these advanced techniques of cleansing, incorporating the elements, you are able to build upon a foundation of cleansing procedures that will enable you to handle any situation you may encounter. Maintaining adequate energetic hygiene, will allow your magical workings, as well as your general well being to operate at their most optimum levels.

@copyright Jason J. Walton

Advanced Grounding Exercise

This is an exercise I have worked out to “Ground”. It can be done at any time of the day and modified to work with virtually any physical activity or even without it. I incorporated the activity in this way to mentally link the physical world to the mental process in a practical way.

It is important to drink water at the beginning to help with the rejuvenation of the body and mind. As the human body is 65% water on average; in the brain, heart and lungs this is considerably higher. It is very important to stay hydrated, especially when doing any physical activity.

Breathing is also very important, as it is a very physical reminder of energy flow and of course an essential way that we replenish oxygen in our bodies. Controlled breathing also helps us to set the pace and be mindful of our surroundings.

Many have put to use visualization techniques of creating an energy ball and worked with energy at different levels, but more at a later time. Picture energy as the path of your thoughts and senses like an electric fire.

In preparation all you will need is access to water for both before and after, as well as a place to walk around, preferably outdoors.

  1. Drink your glass of water.
  2. Adjust your breathing so that you are inhaling for roughly three seconds, holding for three, and exhaling for three.
  3. Picture an empty ball of energy in front of you like the energy is flowing from your hands, merely to hold the shape in your mind.
  4. Your walk should be planned to take no more than 15 minutes.
  5. It is time to begin your walk or other activity, continue to breath and hold the shape of the ball.
  6. What I want you to pay attention to is everything that you can observe with your five physical senses.
    • The sights
    • The smells
    • The tastes in your mouth
    • The sounds you hear
    • The temperature and sensations you feel
  7. When you notice these things occurring let them float in your mind and then let them drift out of focus.
  8. When you notice other thoughts, let them move down to your hands and into the ball, letting it get heavier and more dense as you walk.
  9. When you return from your walk, get your other glass of water.
  10. As you drink your water; picture it washing the ball clean again and all those thoughts drifting in the current down your earthing cord and into the earth until the energy ball is completely gone. Feel the weight lifted off of you as this happens.

 

Special thanks to Errin for helping me work out the visualization.

@copyright Jason J. Walton