Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Meditation



Mala Beads
Lately, meditation has become an integral part of my life.  It keeps me calm, reduces my stress and helps with my tarot card readings.  Only recently have I rediscovered the benefits of this wonderful discipline.  When I say discipline I do mean it in the most sincere use of the word.  Upon coming back into my practice and making it a part of my daily ritual (just like my morning coffee and mid-morning yoga), I have discovered new and amazing talents within myself. 
One of the abilities or enhancements that I’ve noticed is my level of patience has greatly increased.  I’ve never really been a short tempered person, but I have noticed that as I’ve aged, my tolerance or patience with others has begun to wane.  After a steady period of morning and evening meditations I have noticed that my patience has returned to me.  There has also been a marked change in my health in general.  Since taking this practice back up again I have noticed that I have more energy, more restful sleep, lucid dreaming, increased stamina, lower blood pressure and a lower resting heart rate just to name a few.  All of that is just the physical side of my improvements.  On the mental and spiritual side of things I have noticed that it is much easier now for me to get in contact with my spirit guides as well as a great improvement in my precognition.   
Along that same line is my newly increased ability to better see auras.  Ever since I was a child I have been able to see auras around people.  This came so naturally to me as a youth that I would call people by the colors I saw around them instead of the names I knew them by.  As time went by I stopped seeing these colors so vividly and eventually as I approached adulthood, I completely lost the ability to see the auras constantly.  As an adult I was only able to see the auras of others if I concentrated and tried hard to see them.  Only then could I see the faint base color that was closest to the body of the person I was viewing.  This has all changed now.  After picking up meditation again I am once more able to see the auras around people the way I did as a child.  I am also able to see this aura energy around objects as well, especially buildings.
There have been many more benefits coming from my practice and I’m sure many more I’ve yet to discover.
So let me give you an example of how I meditate.  Upon rising in the morning which is around 6:00 am.  This time fluctuates depending on the time of year because I wake up when the sun rises. After waking I drink a full glass of water and go outside to sungaze for about 5 minutes.  I will write an article on my sungazing practice at a later time.  After the sungazing I go into my office/ schoolroom / altar room and do my morning meditation. 
Now, I don’t go by anyone’s particular method but my own.  This is what works and feels comfortable to me. Once in the room I sit in the lotus position on the floor in front of my altar (sometimes I just lay flat on the floor), light a candle, burn some incense and invoke the elements.  After finding a comfortable position I then do yogic fire breaths for I guess about 15 minutes.  I do this type of breathing while concentrating on the space between my brows until I see a violet colored flame or light. This light lets me know I am ready to go to the next part of my ritual.  I don’t time any of this so I’m not really sure how long this part of it takes.   It is also a part of my daily practice to do positive affirmations throughout the day.  In the morning however when I am doing my meditation I use my mala or prayer beads to do these affirmations.  After going around the complete circle of beads 9 times while doing one affirmation per bead I then chant or drum for about another 15 minutes.  Next I do more controlled breathing to a 10-7-10 count which is inhale to a count of 10, hold for a count of 7 and exhale to a count of 10 and repeat.  This I do for about 10 minutes.  During all of this there will be random thoughts that will come to mind.  I simply acknowledge the thought and gently dismiss it.  This takes some practice so I don’t mean to make that part sound easy. Lastly, I close to the Shushmana mantra which is about another 10 minutes.  There is not particular mudra I do here.  I just do whatever feels right for me at the time.  Finally, I sit in quiet contemplation for the remainder of the time, thank and dismiss the elements, and drink another full glass of water.
So that is my morning routine.  I do an abbreviated version of this at night as I sit in my bath tub right before bed.  This has been my daily ritual for about two years now.  Like I said this may not be the correct way, but this is my way and it has worked wonders for me so I thought I’d share.
As with any information take from this what is usual to you and kindly disregard the rest.  If you have any questions please feel free to drop me an email or comment.  Namaste.  

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Happy Lughnasadh!

Here's wishing everyone a Happy Lughnasadh  or Lammas to everyone out there.  This day is in celebrating the first of the three harvest days and in honor of the god Lugh.  Lugh is an old man at this time and has just started to lose some of his strength as the sun now rises farther in the South each day. As a consequence the night grow longer and longer. This is the turning toward Autumn.  The church calls this day Lammas which means "loaf mass".  Bread and grain figures deeply into this part of the celebration.  The tradition my family and I carry on is the baking of a "loaf man" to have with our celebratory dinner in honor of the god Lugh and a corn dolly in honor of the maiden.  This dolly is often stuffed with petition papers and prayers of thanksgiving.  After our dinner we ritually burn her as an offering and send our prayers out into the ether.
So whatever your tradition have a Blessed Lughnasadh!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Marie Laveau

This past weekend I was able to visit the great city of New Orleans.  While there I paid my respect to the great   Voodoo Priestess Marie Laveau.  It was an amazing experience to visit her grave and to see all of the people coming and going from her crypt showing their respect, asking for favors and leaving offerings.




Monday, April 23, 2012

Happy Earth Day

Just came back from vacation so I'm a little late, but Happy Earth Day!!




Monday, February 13, 2012

Almost Springtime!


As we approach the midpoint of February there is a little bit of Spring anticipation in the air.  With the first of the Spring Sabbats having already passed (and do I hope everyone had a blessed Imbolc/Candlemas), you can definitely feel the gentle stirrings of Mother Nature as she begins to wake.  This year so far in the South as well as in other parts of the US we have had a very mild winter.  The Temperatures here in Tennessee stayed in the high 50’s to low 60’s for about 3 weeks which was awesome.  Unfortunately there has also been the blooming of many early spring bulbs including Daffodils.  With that being said we are facing a cold front that will be moving in this week.  Hopefully this cold front doesn’t destroy all of the pretty flowers that are springing up.  But with all of the beautiful weather for the past few weeks I am in full on Springtime mode.   And what do I like to do best in the Spring?  Gardening!  Yes.  Realizing it is too early to start my garden or even my seedlings at this point, I have decided that now is the perfect time to plan the layout of my garden as well as check up on my seed stores.  This year I plan on making my garden bigger.  In addition to the usual single garden row along my fence line, I want to make a second row of raised beds in front of that one with walking space between the two of course.  So, planning that out will be my first task.  I will be taking before and after pictures to post up on here as well as a video.  Look for that in the next couple of months.