Wednesday's are becoming a favorite day for me as I'm working from home and able to handle most requests from the desk, often with Trixie at my side. After morning meditation today, and the drawing of the daily I had a notion, you know the one, that sudden insight that colors everything inside you. Funny, because the card I pulled for the day was The Star. Yesterday another book review arrived. I am more than happy to read and / or listen to good material and this one is. I received another book from Sandra Ingerman, entitled Awakening to the Spirit World, the book comes with a CD inside the back cover. The publisher also generously sent me the Shamanic Meditations CD companion as well. *Grin*
Now I have to say that I've been reading and doing a lot of this type of craft for most of my life starting around 13 with a friend, a magickal tranny aunt who pointed the way, and a book shoppe owner who made the mystical world available to us. That little Occult shoppe was called Mystic Gems. In 23 years of meditation, reading, exploring, mystical experiences, laughs and some duds, I've changed a lot. It is through true works of word and art that this type of growth occurs. I mean to say there is a plethora of material out there that is "burn this incense, use this candle, say these words", or "listen to this drum. Dance like so. Honor the tree" is an understatement. These are also accompanied by a meditation exercise and a standardized A-B-C method that can be used like a fill in the blank and have a vision type of stuff that really doesn't do anything for you unless you have established some roots in the how of having a mystical experience.
I'm not knocking the basics, the A-B-C's, trust me, they are invaluable... when they are explained, known, practiced, and they become ingrained in our magickal psyche as methods to unlock deeper experiences.
What I did when I was 20 is not the same as I do now, at 36. There has been change in my perception of myself and the world, and in turn the material that I find in books, music, art, nature and the world. It's different because I am different, and I am different because I made the commitment to myself to know myself and how I operate, and through that doorway how I interact with the world on a metaphysical level.
Anyway, I think I'm rambling here but going back to this morning. I do have a purpose other than my long boring history for writing this entry today at the Journey.
Over the last week, as I've reset and de-stressed from the office situation, there has been this niggling feeling of "setting things right". I called it the stand, it's the previous post. It's more than that for me, in the sense that once I start moving forward from that place of poise within myself, I find that I'd like to change a few things. Starting with how I present the insights I receive. Why I want to share them. What inspired me and how I think that they should have practical application.
You're so excited to be learning with me. :) LOL
Anyway, um, I opened the envelope this morning and drew out Awakening to the Spirit World, Sandra Ingerman, with CD. I set it to the side of my creative space / altar and did my daily. That involves contemplation of the four directions to center myself, a brief meditation on my personal divinities, and a moment of gratitude while I ask for the daily message. As I said, I pulled the star, that was the start of my post.
The book sort of jumped out at me. Magnetic. Technicolor. Vibrating. Call it what you will, I flipped open to random page to get a taste of what I was about to read. You know I really didn't even know that there was a "Society for Shamanic Practitioners"? I'm investigating that a bit later. What I pulled out was directly related to what I was seeking to apply, practice, or "walk". It was in a word mentioned round the similarities in to the Bull of India and the Buffalo that Black Elk spoke of. The term was "primordial spirituality".
Juicy word right? Makes me smell the loam of the earth, fern, redwood, mist. I feel like runes will fall out of my hands and land, jangling with bones, bits of feather, shells, other totemic items into a pattern of meaning. That my dreams will be filled with Raven, Wolf, Fox, and Snake as ancestors speak in spell and circle while I take my underworld journey.
I was thinking practical right? Well yes. I am. These nature spirits and earthy items are poetic of my own earthy journey, what I imagine that brings me closest to the earth, it's spirit, my spirit, and the Great Spirit of life. The furrowing of hair when we touch, the smell of sweat as we dance, the air of incense wafting in smoke. The pounding of heart, blood, passion. The call of birds, the light of stars, the sun, moon, and elements. Practically they open the natural intelligence for me, my "intuition" but they also directly relate me to the embodied experience and why we "burn this incense, use this candle, say these words". The why that is important once we are in the mystical space.
Anyway I am sure that this post is loads of fun for you. Know that I'm heading back to the drawing board on a few projects, crafts and items for the "craft" area currently under construction and I plan, with whole heart, to dig deep into this new book Awakening to the Spirit World. I'll set a date if you want to pick up a copy and read along with me.
The official book announcement is posted, as received is on the Journey, I wanted to add a bit to it so I wrote this, second entry.
- A More Mystical Advent (scfhomilies.wordpress.com)
- Meditating On the Heart Chakra (healing.answers.com)
- Friend Review: Todd Atwood - Akashic Journey Meditation (thesacredother.com)