Meditation Visualisation Grounding And Centering
Seat yourself on a chair or on the floor. If you sit on a chair make sure your feet are flat on the floor. If you are sitting on the floor make sure you have your feet arranged so that they are not crossed at the ankles as this inhibits energy flow.
Visualized your spine as an antenna. The top is at the crown chakra, the bottom is at the base chakra. Straighten your posture and shift your body until you find your alignment with the earth. It may take only moments or you may have to work with it as you learn to attune yourself with Mother Earth. Take your time.
When you are ready to proceed with the meditation take two or three deep, cleansing breaths. With each breath out, release any pent up tension or anxiety in your body.
Imagine yourself confined within an acorn. Buried beneath the surface of mother earth, you can feel the top of the seed covering pressing against the top of your head. Your knees are against your chest, your arms around your knees. Your base chakra is pressed against the bottom of the acorn.
You feel the warmth of the sun on the moist, warm earth above you. It is calling you to join in the dance of spring.
Your base chakra puts out a small feeder root that descends from the bottom tip of the acorn. It wends its way between grains of rich, warm, damp earth, stopping every now and then to sample a delicious bit of pure, clean water. Soon the root comes upon an underground stream of remarkable purity and sweetness. As it sucks it up you feel the coldness of the water. It invigorates you and your fill the acorn to bursting.
Father Sun is beckoning you to join him. The top of the acorn bursts as a shoot emerges from your crown chakra. It pushes its way up through the earth, emerging into the warm sunlight.
The gentle breezes brush the little tree, encouraging its tiny leaves to unfurl.
Deep in the earth, the root divides growing in all directions, providing a secure base for the young tree. Each time nourishment is sucked into the tree the sapling grows larger.
Now the sun is warming the little tree. Its leaves fairly glow as sunlight is absorbed and turned into energy. The tops of the leaves are warm, almost hot, as the fire of the distant sun rains down.
Branches form, leaves erupt from new buds. The little tree grows higher. Its roots branch out further. And with each breath you take, the tree grows larger.
The gentle wind ruffles the leaves. The sun beams down. The water beneath the tree provides cool nourishment and the earth provides stability and minerals needed for growth.
The tree continues to grow until an inner boundary is reached. Perhaps the tree is a large sapling. Perhaps it is a giant oak. Or a world tree. At some point this tree has reached its ultimate. The water continues to pour into the tree from the large root system.
Now there is more nourishment than the tree needs. The crown chakra opens and a fine blue mist rises from the top of the tree. Water rains to the ground around the tree, soaking back into the earth, returning to the land from which it came.
Beneath you, solid and protective, Mother Earth provides the base upon which your tree exists. Feel the way your roots have sunk deep into her body. Taste the elements that rise to nourish your body.
Experience the feeling of being filled with energy. All your needs are met and there is energy left to spare. That which is not needed pours from your crown chakra. From this you can fashion all things magickal.
The trees leaves quiver as the wind trembles through them and the water is lightly buffeted by an addition of air. You can combine air and water, creating a bubbly fountain.
The sun heats the top of the bubbly fountain and a steaming cloud rises into the sky. Water, air, and fire have met and combined.
Continue to cycle energy through your tree body. Feel the effects of earth, water, air and fire.
Then, when you are ready to return, begin to withdraw your roots. First a few, then more. You find the energy that shot high into the sky from your crown chakra soon is just that which you need. As the energy continues to diminish, you begin to shrink.
Your branches pull back until your arms appear. Your roots contract until your feet stand upon the ground.
You stand alone upon the field where once a mighty oak stood. But you have changed. You are no longer the tiny acorn. You have experienced the power of earth, water, air, and fire.
At any time you wish you can return to this place. You can reach deep into the earth for nourishment, take long drinks of pure water, feel the touch of the breeze and feel the strength of the sun. And from each you can weave a creative power.
Plan on spending 20 - 30 minutes the first time you do this meditation. The more often you do it, the faster it goes.
My hp / s had me commit to doing this once a day for a week. The following week I did it twice a day. The third week I did it three times a day. I was not spending more than a few minutes at a time on it by then. My next assignment was to do it as often as I could remember to do it, shortening the time to a breath.
The goal is to learn to be grounded and centered at all times. If you work at this you can eventually achieve a state where you will no longer notice that you are grounded and centered. You will, instead, only notice when you are not grounded and centered.
When you visualise something, you use your five senses in your mind. If you want someone to call you, sit down and relax. Breathe and then visualise on the phone ringing (sound) and see (sight) yourself going to the phone and picking it up. Feel (Touch) the coolness of the telephone. Smell (Smell) the pot of flowers near the telephone. That is basically visualisation.
To meditate, sit or lie in one place with no (as little as possible) disturbances. Breathe. Breathe in 1-2-3-4-5 Hold 1-2-3 Breathe Out 1-2-3-4-5 Hold 1-2-3 and repeat. When you breathing rate has lowered and you are in alpha state you are meditating. This is a time when you can do spells in your mind and send out energy for luck and health etc. You can also Astral Project (See Astral Projection). You can also heal yourself.
CONE OF POWER
Energy in a spell or ritual is what brings your will. It is energy and effor behind the outcome which achieves this. Through visualisation, focus, energy-raising, chanting (and so on) you are able to build enough energy to affect the physical world. If you can astral project you will know this energy. This energy is what makes this occur. However, in a spell/ritual one must focus their energy to achieve the desired affect. This can be done by this methods.
The cone of power is a cone of energy which is raised within a circle by witches. Physical movement such as dancing will achieve this. Tradition dictates that one should dance deosil for spells of increase or attraction, and widdershins for dcreasing or banishing spells. Start steadily and gradually increase until you feel the energy building up. Then, while concentrating on the goal, release the energy to where it is needed.
Other methods of raising power in this manner include drumming, chanting, visualising and so on.
1. Sit in a straight-backed chair, supporting your lower back with a pillow if necessary. Your chin should be level with the floor, eyes closed, back straight, hands resting on your knees, palms up and fingers relaxed. In this position you should be comfortable and relaxed, the spine straight and the torso erect.
2. Breathe deeply for several minutes. Relax. Forget. Visualize the multitude of tensions and worries of your everyday life exiting your body with you breath. Relax into the chair.
3. Now open your consciousness. Allow your conscious mind to be receptive and alert. Commune and talk with the deities. Toss around symbols in you head. If you wish, chant one of the names of the Goddess or God, or a group of them. This is an excellent tool for slipping into the twilight world.
Select your time and place for meditation with care. Light should be subdued; candlelight is xcellent. Burn white or blue candles if you wish. A bit of incense is fine too, but too much smoke can (obviously) cause problems during deep breathing. Immediately after each meditation session, record all images, thoughts and sensations in your Book of Shadows.
Sit or lie comfortably with your eyes shut. Relax you body. Breathe deeply and still your mind. Pictures will continue to pop into your head. Choose one of these and stick with it. Let no images intrude other than the one you've chosen. Keep all thoughts revolving around the image. Retain this picture for as long as you can, then let it go and end the exercise. When you can retain one picture for more than a few minutes, move onto the next step.
Decide upon an image to hold and retain it within your mind. You might wish to have it physically present and study it first, memorizing each detail-the way shadows play on it, its textures, colors, perhaps even a scent. You might choose a small three-dimensional shape, such as a pyramid, or something more complex such as an image of Aphrodite rising from the sea or a ripe apple. After studying it thoroughly, close your eyes and see the object before them-just as if your eyes were open. Don't look at the object again with your physical eyes but with your magical imagination-with your powers of visualization. When you can hold this image perfectly for five minutes, move on.
This is more difficult, and is truly magical in nature. Visualize something, anything, but preferably something you've never seen before. For instance, let's use a vegetable from Jupiter. It's purple, square, a foot across, covered with quarter-inch green hairs and half-inch yellow dots.v This is just an example. Of course. Now close your eyes and see--really see this vegetable in your mind. It's never existed. You're creating it with your visualization, your magical imagination. Make the vegetable real. Turn it over in your mind so that you can see it from all angles. Then let it vanish. When you can hold any such self-created image for about five minutes or so, continue on to the next exercise.
This is the most difficult. Hold a self-created image (such as the Jupiterian vegetable) in your mind with your eyes open. Work at keeping it visible, real, a palpable thing. Stare at a wall, look at the sky, or gaze at a busy street, but see the vegetable there. Make it so real you can touch it. Try having it rest on a table or sitting on the grass beneath a tree.
If we're to use visualization to create changes in this world, not in the shadowy realm that exists behind our eyelids, we must practice such techniques with our eyes open. The true test of visualization lies in our ability to make the visualized object (or structure) real and a part of our world. When you've perfected this exercise, you're well on your way!
Energy Play Exercises
The energy and magical powers at work in Wicca are real. They aren't of some astral plane. They're within the Earth and ourselves. They maintain life. We daily deplete our store of energy and replenish it through the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the powers that stream down from the Sun and Moon. Know that this power is physical. Yes, it's mysterious, but only because so few investigate it in magical ways. Calm yourself. Breathe deeply. Rub your palms together for 20 seconds. Start slowly and rub faster and faster. Feel your muscles tense. Feel your palms grow warm. Then suddenly, stop and hold your palms about 2 inches from each other. Feel them tingling.......? That's a manifestation of power! By rubbing your palms together and using the muscles in your arms and shoulders you're raising energy--magical power. It's flowing from your palms as you hold them apart. Remember, don't force yourself to feel the power. Trying harder won't accomplish anything. Relax and allow yourself to feel what's been there all the time. After you've actually senesced this energy, begin to fashion it into shapes. Using your visualization to do this. Directly after rubbing your hands, while they're still tingling, visualize jolts of energy--perhaps electric blue or purple--passing from your right (projective) palm to your left (receptive) palm. (If you are lefty, reverse the directions) Now envision this energy slowly swirling in a clockwise direction between your palms. Form it into a ball of glowing, pulsating magical energy. See its dimensions, its colors. Feel its force and heat in your palms. There's nothing supernatural about it. Cup your hands around the ball. Make it grow or decrease in size through your visualization. Finally push it into your stomach and absorb it back into your system. Yes, you've done this with you mind, but also with power. Energy is real, and your ability to manipulate energy determines the effectiveness of your circles and rituals. Work with feeling and directing the power daily. Make this a sort of magical play until you reach the point you won't have to stop and think, "Can I do it? Can I raise the power?"
You'll know you can!!
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