Category: meditation

Bring #Presence Into Whatever You Do 💜 #eckh…

Bring #Presence Into Whatever You Do 💜

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Heron

The heron is, in many ways, the embodiment of the Tao. It moves slowly and with its own rhythm, never once breaking its stride for any of life’s challenges. However, when it’s time to strike, the heron does so with a movement that is as fast and as precise as a bolt of lightning, and in a way that is so decisive that the battle for survival between it and its prey is often over in a single blow.

At home in three elements (Water, Air, and Earth), the heron is a champion of living in balance. Often found standing with one foot on the bank of a body of water and the other foot submerged, the heron is able to reside in multiple worlds at once without issue. Beyond coming with a rich diversity of aspects due to its presence in such a wide array of elements, the heron is also tied to liminal spaces and transitionary states.

I’ve recently found myself drawn to the heron, seeing it in dreams and being drawn to involving it in my creative process as well as my meditations. I identify with the heron a lot because I tend to live my life at my own pace, and that pace can seem very odd and painfully slow to others. However, when I do take action, I see to it that it’s purposeful and decisive. I also find myself able to balance a wide array of interests, ideals, and relationships in my own way.

If you’re undergoing a slow and awkward transition, or just need to find balance in your life, try meditating on the heron a bit. Draw it, write about it, study it, try to get to know it better and allow it to guide you. No one else but you can set the tempo for your life, and however fast or slow you go, it’s important that you balance all the things that are important to you.

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“Lost Memories” by Kevin Roodhorst

The world around the Buddha is sunken in cold darkness, far from the light. However, coral – life itself – clusters around the Buddha, and in the Buddha there is the radiance and hope of the surface. All one has to do is seek it out. The Buddha is never coming and never going, always there, waiting for those of us who seek to understand and give our love to a world which is sometimes inexplicable and frightening, but never without the hope for new possibilities.

Got a new singing bowl, since my other one dis…

Got a new singing bowl, since my other one disappeared and it’s so different. It looks different, the sound is different, the vibration is different, even the way I feel is different. Both give me a since of peace, but I have a hard time chanting with this one…this one makes me come up with a my own chants from my heart.

Today, I decided to meditate for lunch and went to the park. I sat in the grass and began using my singing bowl, without any expectations or preconcieved plans. As I sat there, the wind began to pick up and I was filled with amazing peace. Then words started forming in my head…

I have been blessed
I will be blessed
I am blessed

It repeated in my head over and over. Eventually I started eating it out loud and the wind picked up again. When I was done, I could hear the buzz of nature. A low mum of life from the plants around me. Not like a bee buzz, but like an almost unheard, but also felt buzz. So this is today’s mantra 🙂

goodvibesgallery:“Flow Like Water” —  Look at …

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“Flow Like Water” — 
Look
at the stream. There are rocks in its way. Does it slam into them out
of frustration? No, it simply flows over and around them and moves
on. Be like the water and you will know what harmony is.

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The Reiki in this photo is to assist you with …

The Reiki in this photo is to assist you with meditation.
In fact, you can meditate, just by opening the photo,
by breathing in for 4 counts, holding for 4 counts and breathing
out for 4 counts. Do this for 3 minutes to start and then slowly
start adding more time. Of course, you can do this
for any of my videos as well. Here is a link to the
corresponding video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jdh2wbwc9og&t=339s
Blessings, Lourdes

Some Self-Analysis

I recently realized that i have, without realizing it at first, kind of been undergoing the process of Nigredo! That is to say, the alchemical, self-transforming process of identifying and understanding one’s own flaws. I’ve been trying to draw my negative emotions to the surface to come to terms with them, and look at what I can let go of and what I can refine.

A couple of things I’ve found out recently have helped with that! I’ve found that my elemental affinity seems to be Water, which has helped me put a lot of things in perspective. I’ve been trying to not only embrace my primary attribute more by using water in my spells (like submerging my sigils in water to activate them), but also to find how to balance Water with the other elements that my life seems to lack, like Fire.

To keep with the Water element, I’ve also been researching some water elemental animal spirits I can channel to help me with my magic! The otter was the first one I looked at, but I’ve found myself identifying most strongly with the octopus. The octopus is an immensely complex spirit representing attributes as diverse as will, reason, focus, strategy, mystery, illusion, defense, and magic. The octopus also comes with general water attributes like psyche, emotions, and I believe also healing!

In addition, the octopus — with its ability to detach limbs to distract predators — represents something like the discernment of what to let go and what to keep, which I think will be very helpful for undergoing Nigredo. I’m going to analyze what of myself needs to stay and what needs to go, and try to cope with it by remembering that the octopus regrows the limbs it detaches: things that I let go of are still a part of me, and can be re-integrated later.

So I’m planning to channel the octopus while I’m meditating, spellcasting, and things like that, as well as embracing my Water element more while pursuing balance with the other elements in my life. I’m going to start making crystal elixirs to drink, as well as possibly making infusions. Sorry to randomly make a post talking about myself, I’m just kind of excited!

Alchemy

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Hello witchy friends! 🌙

I’ve been looking a lot into alchemy lately. I have always been interested in it but I’ve never actually studied it until recently, and I’ve found a lot of interesting ideas.
First of all – what is alchemy? There are many definitions of it. Superficially, alchemy is said to be the art of transmuting less valuable metals into gold. But after looking a bit deeper, we find that alchemy is much more than that. The alchemist’s work, referred to as the opus, is to find what is called the “philosopher’s stone”, a substance which allows the alchemist to transmute any kind of matter at their own will. At this point we see how alchemy is closer to modern magick than it is to a rudimentary form of chemistry: it is the idea that consciousness (or, for the ancient alchemists, soul) is capable of influencing the material world.
Alchemy is not just about working in a laboratory and observing chemical reactions; the ancient alchemists themselves have made it very clear in many of their manuscripts that the greatest and most important part of the alchemical opus is to transmute oneself, and be reborn. 

“The soul, however, has absolute and independent power to do other things than those the body can grasp. But, when it so desires, it has the greatest power over the body, for otherwise our philosophy would be in vain. Thou canst conceive the greater, for we have opened the gates unto thee.”

Excerpt From: Jung, C. G., Hull, R. F.C., Adler, Gerhard. “Collected Works of C.G. Jung, Volume 12: Psychology and Alchemy.” 

What the alchemists were seeking was not a mere material object or substance. The ultime goal of alchemy is the deification of oneself. 

The alchemical transmutation goes through four stages. 

  • Nigredo: the most chaotic and primordial state of matter. To obtain this, the alchemist must go through a process of decomposition and putrefaction, facing the darkest aspects of themselves.
  • Albedo: light emerges from the darkness. This stage is strongly associated with the moon and it’s a phase of purification and enlightenment.
  • Citrinitas: the light becomes strong and powerful. This stage is connected with the energy of the sun. In this moment, the alchemist understands their own godlike power.
  • Rubedo: the ultimate goal of the opus. This stage represents the coagulation of consciousness and matter: the alchemist is able to apply their power and transform reality to their own will.

These four stages and their meaning will probably appear mysterious and unclear to most people. My suggestion to anyone who wants to look deeper into these concepts is to do their own research and to spend some time meditating on them. I think that when it comes to magick, especially alchemy, it’s crucial to find our own personal meaning to the things we study.

This is a very complex subject and to those who are interested I also recommend reading C. J. Jung’s Psychology and Alchemy. It contains a very in-depth analysis of these concepts, presented from a psychoanalytic point of view. 

So here’s some practical suggestions if you’re interested in practicing alchemy:

  • Practice meditation and visualisation. This is so important for any kind of magick! Learning to control your own thoughts and imagination is crucial for the alchemical work.
  • Think about the four stages of alchemical transmutation and what they mean to you personally. Alchemy is a process of personal growth.
  • Love and cherish who you are. Alchemy is not about the worship of any God, it’s about awakening the God within yourself. 
  • Be curious and aware of the many different forms of matter in the world. Study the physical, chemical and spiritual qualities of stones, crystals, metals, plants and animals.
  • Think of the universe as a cyclical, never-ending process. Be aware that your perception of time is relative and not absolute. 
  • Experiment and have fun! Don’t be discouraged by how difficult and mysterious alchemy appears to be. Alchemists spent most of their lives in their laboratories because alchemy is not just philosophy, it is a practical knowledge.  

This post has helped me immensely!

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