Meditation and Visualization

Meditation is important in ritual work. Listen when a spell calls for any sort of meditation. It is used to calm the body, cleanse the soul and remove any unwanted energies from the body before ritual is performed. It can cleanse the mind. Try different meditation positions. Many people can meditate while sitting, but I have trouble and must lie down on my back. Others cannot lie down at all to meditate. Try meditation to different types of music or to cassettes of nature sounds. You can incorporate chanting and drumming into your meditations as well as they produce a mind-numbing effect.

A Meditation

I have read many books and articles on different types of meditations and I have found one meditation in particular very useful. Begin by lying or sitting in a comfortable position. You may wish to play some type of soothing music or nature sounds such as ocean waves, water running or a rainstorm. Once you are comfortable, close your eyes. Let your entire body relax beginning with your toes. Feel your toes slack. Let it move up your legs. Feel your legs relax, then your thighs, then your stomach. Let your arms relax, your neck and then your face and head. Slowly, you will find yourself surrounded by light. This light will spread until you seem to float in a void of white light. Reach out before you and grab some of the light. Tear it open and step through the hole. You find yourself in the middle of a wood. The white hole remains open behind you. You are standing on a little path. Look around you. Is it night? Day? Are there birds singing? Paying attention to detail during meditation will help you get better in your astral travel. Follow the path. After a while you will see an old moss-covered bridge. Step onto the bridge. A small burbling stream flows beneath it. As you look over into the stream, you will notice that your pockets feel weighted with stones. These stones are your worldly troubles, worries and problems. You cannot take them with you where you are going. Pull the stones from your pocket and drop them into the stream. Watch the water bubble over them. If you feel any more stones in your pocket, keep emptying it until it is empty. Continue across the bridge to the path on the other side. Soon, the wood will open up into a large clearing. There are mountains in the distance and before you is a small hill with a single tree. Grassy hills with wildflowers stretch off into the distance. This is the astral plane. Once you get proficient in visiting this area, you can go anywhere you wish. You might meet people here, or animals. Talk to them and listen to what they have to say. Get to know your surroundings. Explore a little but don't get lost. Confusion on the astral may cause you to leave part of yourself behind when you leave. After you have finished your business on the astral, be sure to leave the way you came. Go back across the bridge and enter back through the hole. Seal it up behind you. Let the light die around you and feel yourself return to your body. Open your eyes.

There are some troubles that you can run into on the astral. Remember that there are dangers there the same as anywhere else. If you meet a being that makes you feel in any way uncomfortable, just surround yourself in a bubble of light. They will soon leave.

Visualization

Visualization is very important in spell work. In order for your spells to work well, you must be able to conjure up images of people and objects in very great detail. This will help to make your magic stronger. There are a variety of techniques used to practice visualization. My favorite is the candle method.

Begin in a quiet, dark room. Light a candle and sit comfortably with the candle in front of you. Do not stare directly into the flame, but choose a place near the base of the flame that is not painful to look at. The blue area near the bottom is good for this. Stare at the frame and let the image imprint itself into your mind. When you feel that you have stared at the candle long enough, close your eyes and imagine the image of the candle burning there. See the flame flickering and note the color of the candle and the way the wax is dripping or how it melts into a clear liquid at the base of the wick. Envision the candle until you cannot envision it anymore and do it a second time. Do this as many times as you like (at least twice) for one week.

After the first week, try and envision the candle without it in front of you. You can do this in meditation or any time that you have free time in a quiet place. Once you can envision the candle, try envisioning other objects. Try, for example, an apple. Without having one in front of you, imagine an apple in your mind. Hold the apple in your hand. feel the weight of it and smell it. What kind of apple is it? What color is it? What does it feel like? Once you get the hang of fruit, try the same with people. You may want to begin with a photograph. Then work with people you see around you. If you are sitting on the bus, look at someone across from you. Close your eyes and see how long you can envision them before you loose the image. Try becoming different things. Try envisioning being an animal, say a bird. Feel yourself flying and landing. Try being a fish and swimming or a horse and running. Try being an ant. What does the world look like from where you are? After a short time, you will get quite proficient at this.

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