Ever perform a ritual and then feel all jittery and shaky afterwards? Have you done a working, only to find yourself sitting up into the wee hours of the morning, with an oddly heightened sense of clarity and awareness? Sometimes, if we fail to center properlyprior to a ritual, we can end up a bit off-kilter. In other words, you’ve gone and amped up your energy level, it’s been increased by magical working, and now you’ve got to burn some of it away. This is when the practice of grounding comes in very handy. It’s basically a way of getting rid of some of that excess energy you’ve stored up. Once this is done, you’ll be able to regulate yourself and feel normal again.
Grounding is actually fairly easy. Remember how you manipulated energy when you learned to center? That’s what you’ll do to ground — only instead of drawing that energy inside you, you’ll push it out, into something else. Close your eyes and focus on your energy. Get it under control so that it’s manageable — and then, using your hands, push it into the ground, a bucket of water, a tree, or some other object that can absorb it. Some people prefer to fling their energy into the air, as a way of eliminating it, but this should be done with caution — if you’re around other magically inclined people, one of them may inadvertently absorb what you’re getting rid of, and then they’re in the same position you’ve just been in.
Another method is to push the excess energy down, through your legs and feet, and into the ground. Focus on your energy, and feel it draining away, as though someone had pulled a plug out of your feet. Some people find it helpful to bounce up and down a bit, to help shake out the last of the excess energy.
If you’re someone who needs to feel something a bit more tangible, try one of these ideas out:
- Carry a stone or crystal in your pocket. When you’re feeling over-energized, let the stone absorb your energy.
- Keep a pot of dirt outside your door. When you need to shed that excess energy, plunge your hands into the dirt and then feel the energy transfer into the soil.
- Create a catchphrase to trigger grounding — it can be something as simple as “Aaaaand it’s gone!” This phrase can be used as an energy release when you need it.
Now we have discussed Grounding, i would like to focus on the topic of Meditation, since it isn’t quite the same. Please also don’t confuse the meditation that is used for witchcraft with the ones used as regular meditation like Martial Arts does. Although, the focus comes from the same place, theres is yet a slim difference.
Meditation is one of the basic tenets of Wicca, in order to be effective in magickal work, you will need to learn to enter a state of deep relaxation, a place of calm and balance to align yourself with the natural forces around you. As you learn to still your mind and enter this state of relaxation, you are learning to focus your mind, becoming centred, balanced and calm, you are learning mental discipline. It is here in your inner self that you will meet your Spirit self and your guide through your journey.
To reach a truly meditative state requires a lot of practice, and it is important to be patient and take your time. By using a meditation device repeatedly, such as incense, candles, chanting or drumming, you can condition your mind to enter a meditative state.
How To Meditate
Meditation should be done on a daily basis. It does not have to take very long; five minutes can be enough. There are no hard and fast rules for the length of meditation, however it makes sense to ease into it gently. The same goes for where or how you choose to meditate. Some prefer natural places, lulled by birdsong or running water and the sounds of the forests. Others do it at home, your altar may be the ideal place to meditate, or on the train or bus going to or from work. (Please not while driving though; you need to be fully aware.) Some prefer to do it whilst walking the dog or a long solitary walk at sunset.
Whether you choose to sit cross-legged, in a chair, lying on your back with your knees bent or in the lotus position if you are skilled in yoga, is up to you and you should choose whichever is most comfortable. You may want to try a meditation pillow used by many Buddhists, if you are sitting cross-legged.
As with all meditation you should keep a notebook and pen handy to write down any ideas, thoughts, symbols or imagery.
There are two basic kinds of meditation, the first is active. This means that you take a symbol, picture or phrase and mull it over in your mind to the exclusion of all other thoughts. Look at its basic concept, how it is phrased, how many ways it can be interpreted, what it means to you in terms of mental images or abstract meaning. The aim is to extract everything you can from the subject and then to record the essence of your thoughts.
The second kind, is passive, here images and thoughts are allowed to rise in the mind as they will, formulating around a set mantra, symbol or idea.
Close your eyes and become aware of your breathing. It is not necessary to breath in or out more deeply than usual. Just become aware of the workings of your body — a gift from the Goddess. Move your awareness through each part of your body, beginning with your feet and working your way up to your head. If you feel any tension in a particular area, you can envision it melting away, or you can just accept that it is there.
Once you have checked in with each part of your body, return your awareness to your breathing. If any thoughts come into your head, let them come and go, like soap bubbles floating through the air. If you find yourself absorbed in a particular though, just release the thought, return your awareness to your breath, and rejoice in your return to the present moment.
Breathe deeply for several minutes. Relax. Forget. Visualise the tensions and worries of everyday life exiting your body with your breath. Relax. Open your consciousness; allow your conscious mind to be receptive and alert. Commune and talk with the deities. Toss around symbols in your 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. Light should be subdued, burn white or blue candles if you wish. Also incense.
These are a sample of the meditation subjects. You may wish to find your own. Try to use each one for two or three days each.
Magic is the Art of Causation.
Magic speaks to the subconscious mind of man through symbols and rituals.
Change is growth.
There is no part of me that is not of the Gods.
All things are possible to a trained mind
~ Professor Q. Woodsheart
Posted on Sunday, 31 March
Tagged as: witchcraft meditation grounding wicca pagan wiccan pagans potterhead potterheads magic magick quofalcon woodsheart
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