Sanctuary Meditation

This is good meditation to start off with as it helps you create a special place in your mind, your sanctuary, a place where you feel safe and can go when you need to relax and escape your everyday life, nothing bad can touch you here, it is a place just for you.

First you need to learn to relax (this is harder than it sounds, as life always seem to creep in, noises from other family members are noises outside).

You will need to have a routine. You should aim to devote at least ten minutes a day to meditation (not one hour a week as it is very hard to meditate for a prolonged amount of time, especially when you are a beginner) and to learning the art of relaxation. Choose a time when you are least likely to be disturbed and lay on your bed (your subconscious mind should associate this with relaxing, but be wary of falling asleep, if you are one of these lucky people who seem to fall asleep the moment your head hits the pillow, sitting in a chair may work better for you). Some people find the ‘tense and relax’ method works well for them, this involves tensing then relaxing each muscle in turn, starting at your toes and moving up your body to the top of your head. The ‘warm wax’ is another good method, imagine that you are a candle and the top of your head is the wick, a gentle flame is burning there. All the soft, warm wax is running down over your body, and it is taking away all your tension with it. Alternatively you can imagine that all your muscles are powered by little men (or women) moving them up and down, in and out of time with your body. Tell them to down tools and imagine them all walking down through your body and out of your toes, leaving you completely relaxed.

It does not matter which method you choose just remember to take it slowly, giving yourself plenty of time to unwind, rechecking every so often to make sure no tension has crept make in. You will need to keep practicing until you are reasonably sure that you are free of tension.

When you are completely relaxed you can begin to visualize your ‘sanctuary’ or ‘happy place’ in your mind — a special place where you can go when you need to ‘recharge’ or need to feel more in touch with yourself, alternatively when you just need to relax and unwind.

Spend as much time as you need to create this sanctuary, until it is a reality to you (it truly is a reality on the astral plane, you just don’t need to pay rent), make sure it is a place of safety and beauty where you can feel at home. It could be a building, a woodland grotto or something that resembles a place in the material world that you love.

It is best to invoke the Guardian Spirits of the Elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water at the four compass points as you would in a magick circle and affirm that they are present, guarding your sanctuary. You may like to add personal items to help you feel at home, maybe a favorite armchair or your altar, and maybe adding your personal representation items for the Quarters and the God and Goddess.

It is good practice entering your sanctuary for a while to meditate before doing any form of guided visualization/meditation or before embarking on any magickal work (spells or rituals). Practice entering your sanctuary and try to empty your mind completely (but don’t worry if you can’t quite manage this).

You have now achieved the ability to control your body and to banish unwanted tension from it. Also you will have practiced the art of visualization and will have built some place very special to you on the astral plane. This will add to your inner confidence and personal power.

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