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With the new year I began a few new projects for Lifencompass, the Journey. Is started a fan page on Facebook. I crafted a new path on my magickal journey, beginning the Living Temple of Witchcraft Series, starting with Volume One: Decent of the Goddess, Christopher Penczak. I also penned a few drafts for some art/craft projects. 🙂

In this posting I wanted to talk about the breath and breathing, through the vein of a few meditations in the Temple of Witchcraft series. This month I have set up a Root Chakra Temple, and started with the Muladhara in my meditations and journey work.

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The past three days I’ve woken and done breath work, breathing through my senses.

Opening The Senses

Exercise 3, Living Temple of Witchcraft, Christopher Penczak.

As part of the mysteries of the body, we explore the senses, the root, and the body. I love these exercises, they’ve had a very practical and positive impact on my life, down to my daily routine.

In this meditation we use breath to first draw in healing energy (Life Force Energy, Prana) through each of our senses, and then explore that sense. Meditating on what we perceive. We end by breathing and out through our entire being. If you would like Christopher’s meditation and tutorial, I suggest picking up his Temple of Witchcraft series. Life changing.

After entering a meditative state we breath through our eyes, then ears, nose, skin, and mouth. In each moment we are exploring the power of that breath of energy and opening our senses to the body and the world around us. Sounds pretty simple but you would be surprised at how you have dimmed some of your senses.

I use various methods of moving energy but on the second day of using this technique my mind wandered off the prescribed path and began to piece together other exercises to increase the depth of the experience.

First I recalled that Brandon’s Grand Mother wakes in the morning and does her form of Yoga. Breathing in through her nose, and out through her mouth while stretching and extending her body. Good stuff. At 78 she has done more than most Grand Mothers, including Tae Bo! And she still goes to the gym and looks fabulous!

So as I breathed in and out through my senses I recalled that the breath is healing, enlivening, vital.

I followed through the senses listening and feeling, and then completed the prescribed course at which point my mind jumped off again and I found a few other helpful pathways of breathing.

I recalled a dream from a few  nights ago in which I met a Peruvian medicine person (not sure if that is the proper title of the masculine feminine use of the word). She was breathing in energy of the world and sending it back into the world. It was a startling dream because she was glowing brighter with each breath, powerful with each exhale. She used a few examples, including a friend to demonstrate the power of her breathing technique. During the exercise today she appeared re-illustrating the breathing in and out of Life Force Energy, into the sky, the earth, the body, and the environment. Into each thought that came to my mind.

Then as I was breathing into the earth and sky I began to direct the energy to come through the lungs of the three worlds. Upper, middle, and lower. Each being, one being, myself, breathing in and out the sacred energy of life and breath and returning light and energy to the world. This brought me to the essential self, the awakening of the consciousness of the master within (Awaken Your Light Body, Formless Self, etc) and a new breathing that was an amalgamation of my senses, and levels of awareness.

Breath, is a powerful thing.

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Muladhara chakra is shown as having four petal...

Muladhara: Image via Wikipedia

You may ask, how are these things beneficial or even practical, as I mentioned before?

Well, I’m finding that a lot of the work done at the Muladhara has brought clarity to financial issues, helped me to organize my house, kept me stable and grounded. This is magick on it’s most practical level. Loving the body and life. Expanding the senses. Becoming aware of our surroundings and making use of the vital energies.

Although I have long worked with my own energetic system the result of re-addressing them from a new perspective has refreshed my outlook, inviting changes and broadening my understanding of myself and my connection to all things.

I’m also reminded of two other points. One, I know that as we shift our awareness we shift awareness around us. Now I do see how that shift could be up or down, meaning positive or negative and how that change can effect those that we surround ourself with. But if you follow me here, and I believe you are, then as I breath I exhale into the world my intention for healing. As I expand my senses to include a deeper awareness of the world around me and my interactive place within it, am I not contributing to some 100th healer phenomena? What was the Peruvian Medicine Person (in my dream) meaning when she instructed to breath that energy back into the world? I have my answer. What would be yours?

The second point that comes to mind is that the practice of meditation, breath work, and of bringing in these subtler energies of healing and light into my life, that they have really changed the vibe around me. I see it in how I interact with those closest to me and how I move through the world. It adds to a fuel of energy within, a little storehouse. It’s very helpful, enough that I would like to share. So here would be my instructions for the breath work. My tweaks to the process.

Breathing Prana, or Life Force Energy

  1. Get into a meditative state. State your intentions.
  2. Start with the Opening the Sense exercise listed in The LToW, Vl. One or another similar breathing exercise to expand your awareness.
  3. Breath in the energy through your five senses. Take note of any feelings, thoughts, sensations, and record them later.
  4. Now that this level of awareness is established, we’re going to go wider. Deeper.
  5. Breath in the Life Force Energy and out into the crown, the heart, and the root. Bring the awareness of your intake and exhale at these points as simultaneous inward and then outward streams of energy. Feel the multi-layered awareness. I imagine my upper, lower, and middle world selves as a linked, unified being. It is sometimes necessary to explore each of them individually to know them. Like understand the had to the arm, the arm to the torso, etc, but for the purposes of this exercise we should be at the stage of having established these points of awareness. If it is uncomfortable, stop, practice something different and come back to it when you feel ready.
  6. Now focus your awareness on the entire being. Breathing in and out into three worlds, through the five senses, the crown, the root, the heart. This is the greater being. Breath in. Breath out. This is who you are in a broader sense, a magickal mapping of mutli-dimensionality.
  7. The power of this being is you. Notice that as you breath in and out into your environment, that the energy is passing through a center in your body. It is moving through a vortex, that is both taking in and sending out the energy. Find that place, should be around the area of your naval. Breath in and out. Breath in the light and exhale the light. See it the vortex of energy glowing with this energy. Not too much, not too little, just the right amount. Send any excess into the world as light. This is healing energy. Life force. It infuses you, your self, your energy centers, breath and body.
  8. Stay in this place of breath, being, and energy until you are ready to return.
  9. Come back to your normal state of consciousness in your preferred way. This plane. This moment. This time. Stretch and move your body comfortably. Bring your breathing back to what feels like your everyday breath. Wiggle your fingers and toes.
  10. Christopher Penczak says, and I recommend, to “Take both hands and raise them up over your head, palms facing your crown. Slowly bring them down  over your forehead, face, throat, chest, abdomen, and then groin, and “push out” with your palms facing away from you. This gives you clearance and balance, releasing any harmful or unwanted energies you might pick up during your magickal experience. Tell yourself:

I give myself clearance and balance. I am in balance with myself. I am in balance with the universe. I release all that does not serve my well being.” (pg 47, LToW, Vol. 1, excerpt Exercise 1).

Now ground yourself as needed.

I’m getting into the habit of this mediation daily, in the morning when I first wake. You can find the time that works best for you. You don’t have to go as deep every time you do the breathing exercise, simply staying with the senses or moving directly to the whole-being as you feel called. I’ve got a pretty good understanding of my whole system so I can start by breathing into my senses and move rather purposefully into the more advanced and deeper work. Go with what feels comfortable, right.

I’m sure you’ll see and feel a difference. Daily meditation, bringing in light work, adding breathing, these things have helped me to clean up parts of my life where I felt a bit disorganized and to follow my calling at the same time.

That’s practical magick.

See you next time.

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Be well,

Scott K Smith
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Well, hello again from the other side of 2011. I’ve been sick for about two weeks and having finally gotten the rest needed to be well I’ve got a skip in my step and a twinkle in my eye. Beware the twinkle. *giggle*

Whether it is the rest and recovery or the pervasive sense of newness and optimism that I have about entering a new year and a new decade, I feel good things, they are a coming.

Updates

These things come of changes and not all changes are sunshine and lollipops. I made some significant changes while in my down time. Cocooned I thought a few things, which I will mention here because you probably wont see them in my blog any more.

First I love food and I like to write about it but I’m moving that over to stay at Twitter and Facebook. Tho I can’t say I wont ever post anything on food, I don’t plan on adding recipe’s to the posts on health and well-being on Friday’s any longer. Those types of posts don’t seem to jive with my new vibe. That said I’m also bowing out of the news at Lifencompass. Again, I will relegate that to the facebook and / or twitter, or personal account pages. For me, I don’t see the benefit of the Spirit of Lifencompass.

I do have some lovely new, warm, glowing things coming like limited edition zines (they’re not what you would expect), and a healing circle late this month for friends and students that will open up to the public for those that are interested in healing topics. Expect a post about the healing circle later in the month, I’m planning for the end of January.

Any-who, those are my updates, let’s dig into the weekly. 🙂

Tarot Weekly

Tarot Weekly Jan 03-09-11

Re-address your ideas, plans, and progress from new eyes. Put yourself in the place of beginnings, new energy, direction, projects, year, and new decade. Alternatives are being presented to you, facets of the “truth” that can be seen from different angles. It’s important to recognize that our view is limited. It’s clichĂ©, maybe, but true. When we are open to different takes on what we believe we could walk away with a grander design.

Four of wands (R) cautions us about a limited vision, the narrow focus but also says (spiritually) that there is still movement or transition occurring. This could justify tunnel vision as we focus on each step, “processing,” or detailing our progress in change. That is OK. The footnote is that we don’t want our head bent to far forward into the minutia that we miss the opportunity of other voices that have the potential to be exponentially beneficial to our projects.

Note: Mercury Retrograde is over folks. There was a high level of creative input during this phase of Mercury (R) and it’s time to put it out there, or at least put it into motion. But these are sketches, drafts, you  might seek your editor, critique, or other constructive voices to find how you can take what you have to a whole new level.

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Folding back in on yourself (ahem… note to self here) can be counter-productive to any new goals you may have.

So, in short.

  • Keep a high note with new ideas.
  • Open yourself up to alternatives to the path or process.
  • Seek potential partners or new perspectives on any resolutions.
  • Watch the “go solo” push. Although you could probably succeed at what you are aiming for, you would also probably benefit most from collaborators. Check it out before you try to go it alone. You may find insights, help, new creative spins that will rocket your plans into new stratosphere’s.

My new ideas are flashy. Personally what I would like to accomplish reminds me of the peacock, and that is why the feathers appear in the Tarot Weekly. I do however feel a similarity or cross-over with the Phoenix… Is that a Phoecock (Phoenix Peacock?). LOL. Anyway. It’s important to me to mention because the vision of the fiery feathered bird appeared in my minds eye at the start when I called in the Guides, Gods and the Hidden Company to be present and deliver the reading.

A Phoenix is reborn from the ashes. An idea is brought back to life, flaming, bright, and with all the (natural) pageantry of the peacock.

Something to think on. Gather this all, roll it around in your meditation, and the answer will come to you.

Promise.

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Be well,

Scott K Smith
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Well here we are at the end of twenty ten.

We’re not just rolling into a New Year, but a New Decade. We’ve spend the day cleaning house, organizing, setting tone and sense so that tomorrow when we rise, there is a newness to things. I even made a special batch of house spritz consisting of a few blends of essential oils: Abundance, Acceptance, Believe, and Theives.

Smells yum.

I hope your year was as colorful as mine and that you have a safe, super awesome New Year Celebration, whatever you are doing. One little thing I like to watch for is the first words spoken in a new year. I think that’s why we say “Happy New Year!” What will your first words be? What will your attitude be? What are you planning on doing tonight? Set the tone for the new year today, make it as close to what you would like to see made manifest in your life as possible. 🙂

I’ll see you next year.

Bright blessings.

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Scott K Smith
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