Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Daily Dedroidify: Middle Pillar Meditation

Daily Dedroidify: Middle Pillar Meditation

This 10 minute meditation is based on the Tree of Life Middle Pillar of Balance of the Kabbalah. It is an energizing meditation, kind of similar to the start of a reiki session (thus it can be useful to do before a reiki session or any healing work), it is felt quite vividly and powerfully and energizes one completely, after an initial opening of the energy centers, a cocoon is formed, whereafter one can focus on a sepiroth or chakra. I highly recommend it as it's guided and requires only a previous viewing to read the mantras so you can clearly use them when you do the meditation.

This video guided middle pillar meditation is seriously advised to be done only between banishing rituals to clear your head and space around you before & after the meditation. Like the known Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, (more information here). I will however post an easier banishing ritual from Phil Hine, after which you can start the video and do the guided meditation.

Phil Hine's Banishing Ritual:
1. Begin facing East (or choose the wall with a window) and stand, arms by your sides, head tilted slightly upwards, breathing slowly and regularly. Clear your mind of thoughts.
Reach upwards with your right hand breathing in, and bring it down the centreline of your body whilst breathing out, visualising a beam of white light passing down through your body, from above your head to below your feet.
Next, turn your head to the left and stretch out your left arm, then turn to your right and stretch your right arm out, forming a Tau Cross.
2. breathe in, hold, and breathe out, visualising a ray of white light running across your body, from left to right.
Then, whilst breathing in, bring your arms across your body and fold them across your chest. Breathe out, and visualise a cross of white light expanding outwards from your chest, along the two axes you have made. Feel yourself to be supercharged with energy, yet at the same time, calm and ready.
This completes the first stage of the Banishing, and is known in some magical systems as 'The Cross of Light'.

3. With your right hand, draw a Pentagram in the air before you. Begin at the apex (top) and draw down to the left-hand point, then across to the right, across to the left, down to the lower right, and back up to the apex.
Visualise the Pentagram glowing with energy.
Then point your right hand into its centre and slowly intone the letters I-A-O [I.A.O signify the 'magical' formula of growth (Isis), destruction (Apophis) and Rebirth (Osiris)] drawing out each letter and visualising the pentagram glowing brightly with more energy as you do so. Turn and repeat this for South, West, and North.

Then Facing East, raise your arms and say:
"About me flare five-pointed stars,
Above my head, the Infinite Stars
Within my breast there flames a Star
Every Man, and every woman is a Star
Behold, A Circle of Stars."

In this example, the first section of the Banishing focuses attention on your BodyMind, the second makes the space demarcation - marking out the four quarters, and the third is the 'union' with the infinite - 'as above, so below' if you will. After the third section, you are ready to begin your exercise, other ritual work, etc. If you were doing the Banishing as an exercise in itself, repeat the first section, and then after a pause - clap your hands together as a sign of ending the exercise. To close using this Banishing, do the rest of your work and then run through Sections 1 - 3 again.

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