Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Meditation: The One Ring

Turn on some soft instrumental music. Sit or recline comfortably, and loosen any clothing that might be binding you. Take a deep breath and count three heartbeats, still your breath for three heartbeats, and exhale for three heartbeats. Do this several times to relax and center your awareness.

In your mind’s eye, imagine two trees in front of you. To your left is a tree the colour of silver, and to your right is a tree the colour of gold. Between the two trees, you see an unusual golden ring on the ground. You put the ring on the middle finger of your left hand, and a large chasm abruptly appears in the ground.

Climbing down into the chasm, you follow a long, steep, winding passageway. Moving to the end of the passageway, you enter a bright Otherworld, a faerieland of colour and light. There are rings of coloured flowers in this Otherworld. They are red, orange, gold, green, blue, purple, rose, silver, and white. As you gaze upon the flower rings, you ponder the many rings - the circle and cycles in your own life - for a minute of two.

At the center of this faerieland is a fountain that dispenses the waters of life. Water spills out of the Dragon’s Mouth of the fountain. You look upward to see a larger winged dragon flying toward the fountain. Its wings gleam in the strange light of this Otherworld, shining with the colours of the rainbow. The dragon glides down, sparkling all over, and settles upon the ground a short distance from the fountain. The dragon mindspeaks to you:

“Your mind has a will, just as your body has a will.
Your heart has a will. Your spirit has a will.
Each and every person has the power
To change the course of the future.”

The dragon flies away, softly and without a sound, and a delightful blue mist pours over the faerieland. The mist feels warm like a soft blue flame. Everything is covered in the mist, and you feel as though you are afloat in a vast blue ocean of faerie light. You feel the bright blue mist flowing over your skin, through you, and energizing your entire body, from the top of your head to the tips of your toes.

Now imagine gathering the blue mist into your hands and shaping it into a ball of blue light. Shape it into a bright blue staff of light that you hold between your hands. Allow the staff’s light to surround you completely, breathing it in and out. Continue doing this for a few minutes.

In your mind’s eye, move back over to the passageway by which you entered faerieland and slowly go up the winding path into the ordinary world. Imagine taking off the ring and placing it back between the gold and silver trees. It remains there for you whenever you wish to take it up again. Move your hands and feet, and slowly open your eyes.

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