Being able to meditate is a valuable skill, especially in today’s hectic world. Drawn from ancient disciplines, it is still totally right for our times. Most, if not all religions encourage some form of contemplation, but the techniques of meditation as they are taught today are often drawn from Buddhism. The ultimate goal of meditation is a union with the Divine, but for the great majority of us that idea seems too distant.
An experience of tranquillity, a pleasant detachment, a sense of there being ‘something greater’ is what we seek, and what can be found in meditation, along with a host of health benefits that come with reduced stress. These include lowered blood-pressure, a better immune system, less frequency of life-threatening diseases and a general sense of wellbeing. Meditating involves shifting your state of mind, moving into another level of awareness. This isn’t difficult, but requires practice. Check out the other articles on the website (see above) for hints and tips to go about this. Then you’ll be ready to start the Imbolc Meditation.
Imbolc is an ancient Celtic festival of cleansing and creativity. You can now see that the nights are drawing out and there is a distant, but definite feeling that Spring will eventually arrive. Snowdrops and crocuses are blooming, and you may now feel inspired to go forwards and look at your life from a fresh angle. This meditation is designed to attune you to the coming light and to experience a connection with people around you. The meditation is a good one to do in a group, if you wish. You can record the instructions if you like, or memorise them – whatever works best for you. Relax and begin…
‘It is dark. You know you are in a large valley, enclosed by a ring of mountains. You are barely able to see their outline against the sky, which is only slightly paler. Blackness seems to stretch for miles, and yet you seem to touch the edges of it. Attune now to the wintering Earth, the retreat of all life below the hard ground, the Dreamtime of the dark of the year. Notice how it feels to lie fallow, inactive, waiting…
‘Now, in your midnight valley, you become aware that you aren’t alone. You hear the shifting and breathing of other people – many, many thousands of fellow humans, all in the darkness too. Some are lost, some may be forlorn and confused.
‘You realise that you are holding a candle in your hand. As you look down at it in the gloom, the wick lights up all by itself. All around you there is a faint sigh of hope and recognition from all the other people in the darkness. The person next to you also has a candle and she lights hers from yours – and then the person next to her lights his from hers, and so on. See the fragile light spread, slowly but surely. The light flickers and glows, grows and becomes more and more glorious. Soon the valley beams out the joy of thousands upon thousands of bright, shining, beautiful candles. Say to yourself “Let there be light” three times. Let these words resonate deep within you.
‘Linger with this visualisation for as long as you wish. You may find that interesting ideas, new perspectives come into your mind. See how your visualisation develops. What happens now within the lit up valley? Does anyone say or do anything? Do you say or do anything? Let the images unfold. Come back to everyday awareness when you are ready.’
As always, ground yourself by taking a few sips of water. Write down what you’ve experienced, especially any bright ideas that came to you. Hopefully you can develop these as the Spring comes closer.
Of course there are times when you need some knowledge and positive input that you can’t get through meditating. You may also want someone wise to talk to about your experiences when you meditate. Don’t worry – at The Circle we have all that you could wish for in psychic readings and clairvoyant readings. Why not call us today, to be connected to a medium, or psychic and to feel supported and guided.
PUBLISHED: 19 February 2015