Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Meditation on the Microcosm and the Macrocosm

It is important to present what I, specifically, do to enact these principles of werewolfism that I am describing. To that end, I am going to present a visualization exercise that will help in developing an understanding of how the cosmos is structured, in an esoteric sense, as I understand it. The subconscious insights from this will help in understanding my method of approaching lycanthropy. I will continue to present exercises and discussions that will help other people approach spirituality in a similar manner to that which I use, or at least to gain some understanding of my approach. Some of these exercises, in fact, should be valuable to people who are not intending to attain a werewolf practice of spirituality, as they are drawn from a wider set of European, Celtic, or precisely Gaelic ideas.
An interesting aspect of this particular visualization exercise is that it isn't all that there is in my own practice of it. Some portions I have deliberately cut and only tell people in an oral fashion. This is in part because I want there to be some mystery left in the whole visualization, but also because I want you to study the sources (about which I'll be talking next week) and find aspects that speak to you to add to it. I want this to start from a basic outline and grow in different ways in different places.
Begin by sitting comfortably, preferably facing to the East. Close your eyes and relax. Time your breathing so that you inhale slowly for a three-count, hold for a three-count, exhale for a three-count, and hold for a one-count. This is called the “ breath of fire”. As you become more experienced with this meditation, you can switch to the “breath of introspection”, which is to inhale slowly for a three-count, hold for a three-count, exhale for a three-count, and hold for a five-count. These patterns of breathing are probably best treated as recommendations, and natural breathing is also useful.
When you are breathing rhythmically and automatically, begin by placing yourself in the universe. Envision yourself at the center of the world. Around you spreads the Central province, the worldly embodiment of Sovereignty, the goddess of the land in which you find yourself. Ahead of you lies the Eastern province, the worldly embodiment of Prosperity, the god with the overflowing cornucopia, the ever-full cauldron . To your left lies the Northern province, the worldly embodiment of Battle, the god of boundaries and protection. To your right lies the Southern province, the worldly embodiment of Music and all the arts, the goddess of the poets. At your back lies the Western province, the worldly embodiment of Wisdom, the goddess of inspiration. All five provinces together make up the Talamh Céadfach, the Land that can be perceived. The land extends around you in increasing circles, from the hearth fire of where you are specifically, to the place where you are immediately (your home), to the areas which support your daily existence and extended existence (the “fields” and “pastures” of your life), out to the wilderness, and finally to the surrounding sea out to the ninth wave. Above the land is the Neamh nGlas, the Blue-Gray Sky, the Celestial world. This is the ancestral home of the gods, before they sailed in their sky-ships to the world we know. Around the land, past the ninth wave, and beneath it lies the Muir Maisiúil, the Beautiful Sea. This is the unformed realm of the otherworld, where the waves are the horses of Manannán and the cattle of Tethra.
Envision and feel liquid fire welling up from the ground beneath you and flowing into a cauldron within your body, located around your liver and navel area. This is the Coire Gortha “ Cauldron (or Whirlpool) of Warming”, corresponding to the Galenic “ Natural Spirit”. It is the receptacle of health, heat, and life in your body. Feel and envision the liquid fire circulating and boiling in this cauldron within your body for nine cycles of breathing.
After nine breathing cycles, envision and feel the liquid fire flowing up into a cauldron within your body located around the area of your heart. This is the Coire Éirime “Cauldron (or Whirlpool) of Motion”, corresponding to the Galenic “Vital Spirit”. It distributes life through your body, and is the receptacle of your passions and emotions. Feel and envision the liquid fire circulating and boiling in this cauldron within your body for nine cycles of breathing.
After nine breathing cycles, envision and feel the liquid fire flowing up into a cauldron within your body located in your head, containing your brain. This is the Coire Sofheasa “ Cauldron (or Whirlpool) of Wisdom”. It corresponds to the Galenic “ Animal Spirit”, and is the receptacle of your thoughts, memories, and poetry. Feel and envision the liquid fire circulating and boiling in this cauldron within your body for nine cycles of breathing.
After nine breathing cycles, envision and feel the liquid fire erupting from your forehead, as it were a fountain, for nine cycles of breathing.
After nine breathing cycles, envision and feel the fiery water flowing through the sky in a torrential river of fiery, watery, cloud-like substance for nine cycles of breathing.
After nine breathing cycles, envision the clouds precipitating the fiery liquid as rain falling back into the sea. Envision this storm of fiery liquid over the sea, past the ninth wave, for nine cycles of breathing.
After nine breathing cycles, envision the fiery liquid flowing back toward the center of the sea, to the Well at the bottom of the Sea, for nine cycles of breathing.
After nine breathing cycles, envision the fiery liquid flowing up to well out of the ground beneath you, for nine cycles of breath.

Now, remember where you are, with the Land, the Talamh Céadfach, spreading around you in four directions surrounding the center, from the ninth wave in to your own hearth, the Sea, the Muir Maisiúl, surrounding and cradling it, the Sky, the Neamh nGlas, spreading above you, and you, here and now, breathing.



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