Episode 59 – Pathworking to Meet the Dark God
â€¢ Pathworking to meet the Dark God in the Underworld
â€¢ Stang, skull and/or black candle recommended for tools
â€¢ Wear black clothing
â€¢ Music for the pathworking by David Hykes
Episode 20 – Energy Healing
â€¢ The healing system of the Unnamed Path is fueled by Universal Life Force, channeled through our unique capacity to love and directed by the Ancestors of Men-who-love-men
â€¢ The recipient’s body knows how to use the energy to reestablish balance and harmony on physical, spiritual, mental and emotional levels
â€¢ The healing energy is channeled through the practitioner, not from the practitioner, and requires an open heart in order to flow
â€¢ Learn a few basic techniques for tuning into someone before beginning a session, as well as working in groups of three
â€¢ Learn some of the history of how this technique was revealed
As discussed in Episode 18, there are a few preparatory steps you sould take before ever working magic to accomplish a goal. Here they are explained in a basic checklist for you to use:
Step 1 â€“ Write down a magical goal as if you already have it. What do you intend to have as the final outcome?
Step 2 â€“ What is your feeling about the situation. Why do you want this magical goal? What is the desire thatâ€™s fueling this goal?
Step 3 â€“ Evaluate whether this desire is rooted in a relaxed feeling (love) or a tense feeling (fear)
Step 4 â€“ Ethical check: â€œIs this in alignment with your true nature?â€
Step 5 â€“ What concrete images will you visualize as your final goal?
Step 6 â€“ Do the magic
Episode 16 – Sacred Space / The Great Crossroads
â€¢ Creating sacred space acknowledges the sanctity of the area within which you will be doing magical work
â€¢ Sacred space is created by raising “The Great Crossroads” – a magical practice that calls forth our understanding of the spirit world into the physical world
â€¢ The Great Crossroads is a three-dimensional diagram that explains the relationships of the elements (fire, water, air and earth) to one another, to the gods, and ourselves
â€¢ Raising the Great Crossroads prior to shamanic journeys, magical workings, spirit contact circles and energy healing is a great way to call up the energetic relationships you have to assist you in your work
â€¢ A step-by-step account of how to Raise the Great Crossroads is discussed, and also captured on the website
Meditation is one of the best spiritual skills you can learn in life. Not only will it assist you in building relationships with spirits, guides and the divine, it will also contribute to greater health within your body, mind and soul. As promised in Podcast 15 – Building Magical Relationships, here is a step-by-step breakdown of how to meditate.
1) Either lay down on a comfortable surface or sit in a high-backed chair with arms that will fully support you as you completely relax.
2) Start by relaxing the body from your feet all the way to your head. Make sure to focus on tensing the muscles as much as you can, then releasing them and letting them flop down under their own gravity. This will assist your body in fully feeling the difference between tension and relaxation.
3)Â Now that the body is fully relaxed, start relaxing the mind using deep breaths. Take anywhere from 5-10 deep breaths. Make sure you’re breathing diaphramatically (feel your belly rise and fall with each breath.) With each inhale, relax, and with each exhale release the tensions and troubles of the day. Exhale them out like blowing out the smoke of negativity.
4) Remain in mental quietude thoroughout the exercise. If you start to experience “mental chatter” like stray concerns or worries, simply acknowledge them and tell yourself “now is not the time, I’ll deal with that later.” Focus on the heaviness and relaxation in your entire body. If you ever start to tense up again, just focus on deep breathing and regaining that deep heaviness in your body.
5) If you choose to “pray” or communicate with a specific deity or entity, you can do so by picturing what you would like to discuss with them in your mind. Couple your mind pictures with the motivation and intent to communicate with that deity and the desire to know the answers to your questions. Then return to your meditative mental quietude and become receptive to any answers or inspirations.
6) Answers and inspirations will come either in the form of ideas in your mind, pictures in your mind, or feelings in your body like a warm fuzzy feeling (for a positive answer) or an empty nothingness (for a negative answer).Â Continue this back and forth dialogue as long as you feel in necessary.
7) When you are done with your meditation, express some gratitude to the spirit or guide you were communicating with and then start the process of “coming out” of the meditation. Take ten deep breaths, and with each breath feel your awareness returning to the physical room around you. Become aware of your body, wiggle your toes and fingers, stretch and when you are ready open your eyes.
This weekend I facilitated a shamanic journey for some friends. While they all made themselves comfortable on the ground, I lit my sage wand until I had sufficient wafts of its cleansing smoke coming off of the end. I stood in the center of our space and connected myself to the Underworld, pulling the dark shimmering energy up into my body. I reached out for the Upperworld and pulled the brilliant white energy down into my crown and into my body, mingling the two energies of the faces of the God. I called to the spirits of the land, asking for their assistance and their support to our process, and finally I called in the spirit guides, ancestors and teachers to be present for this journey.
I faced north, and drew the symbol I was given for earth with the smoking sage wand. I pushed the wand through the symbol offering smoke to the spirits of the land in the north. I turned to the right and drew the symbol for fire and offered smoke to those spirits. I then turned to the right and drew the symbol for air and repeated the same process with water for the west. I honored the Light God above, the Dark God below and the Dark Mother that is at the center of all things. With the space properly cleansed and prepared, I sat on a cushion with my drum in my lap and began to lead the travelers on their journey.
With a very slow steady rhythm I guided them through a relaxation, counting from 13 down to 1 – each number getting them into a deeper state of relaxation. When they reached 1, I had them visualize the World Tree before them. They took a moment to feel, experience and make a relationship with the World Tree, then when they were ready – they sought out a hole near the base of the tree. The rhythm picked up to a fast dronal pace, and they entered the hole and began their journey.
Travelling on the beat of the drum, they journeyed the landscape of the spiritual world, meeting guides, ancestors, having spiritual truths explained to them in visual language, metaphor and surreal experiences. As they journeyed, I stayed present in the physical world, but my consciousness had also shifted into the shamanic state. While I wasn’t travelling I was watching over their bodies, drumming and monitoring the energy. A veil of mist formed over their faces letting me know that they were deep in the midst of their journeys. My hand ached from the continued drumming, but I let the discomfort take me deeper into my own shamanic consciousness. I struggled to stay in the present as my spirit wanted to fly on the rhythm. After about twenty minutes of drumming, I began the call-back rhythm: one loud strike with several quick lighter strikes, repeated over and over again, letting the travelers know that their journey was coming to its end. They found their ways back to their bodies, and at the last strike of the call-back rhythm, I began to speak again.
“Return, return… find your way back to your body by the same route you left it. Step out of the hole at the base of the World Tree and give your thanks to the Tree. Touch its bark, feel the texture, smell the aroma, and know that you can return to this place any time you’d like.” I then began a very slow steady rhythm like the one I originally began with and guided the travelers through a count up (1 to 13) in order to bring them out of their trance and into a normal waking consciousness. “Thirteen, you are fully awake and present in the physical world. When you are ready, open your eyes.” The travelers stretched their legs, tightened their fists, wiggled their toes and opened their eyes, returning to the physical world.
“How did it go?” I asked. One by one they each told their stories of their experiences. Some saw more than others, some had a harder time getting into the trance than others, but each received and experienced exactly what they needed to in their own visual language. The pervading message between all three journeys was that we had our own power to create our own experience and that we needed to put it to use. I was honored to facilitate the journey and be able to help my MWLM brothers travel the spirit world.