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June 1st, 2019

Our Physical and Subtle Anatomy: Part Three

Excerpted
from Part One…

… ”The important consideration is that each system is dependent on the other either directly or through the bridge of another in producing the necessary life force to keep us alive. When we consider the complexity and precision of this life force and its active components that keep us functioning it truly is a profound and deeply humbling analysis. These same structures apply to every living thing in their own way of specificity and in larger scope to the entire universe. It is for this reason that our first point of connection to that which is part of, yet independent of ourselves is through the knowledge of our own smaller universe that is our physical being. Once we begin that exploration we see the broader picture of our connectivity to all manner of life and how work on the self, produces far-reaching effects beyond that self.”…

In
the last postings we discussed the mechanics and physiology of our
physical form. Now we will consider the components of our energetic
and subtle anatomy that surround, interpenetrate, inform and enliven
that physiology.

Our
Subtle or Energetic Anatomy is composed of three major divisions:

The
Subtle Bodies (Bodies)- Expand and hold energy
The Chakras
(Vortices)- Filter, receive and disburse energy
The Meridians
and Nadis (Channels)- Control and direct the flow of energy

Each
of these components works in connection with the other and all are
important dynamics that insure the health and well-being of our
physiological state. In fact, the state of dis-ease usually begins
within the subtle bodies and eventually works it way out and into our
physical level becoming manifest as a disease process. This is the
underlying principle of the mind being able to heal or produce the
state of health we choose as our focus. The mental working in tandem
with the emotional is potent in its ability to manifest, both
positive and negative energies within our physical body and each
impact and interact with our subtle energy.

Another
component of our energetic physiology is that of the impact these
subtle energies have on the physiologic Endocrine system. The seven
glands, often referred to as the Seven Stars or the Seven Gates play
a major role in spiritual development in accord with our ability to
stimulate and engage them at a spiritual and energetic level.
Notably, in the spiritual practices of Tibetan Buddhism and Egyptian
High Alchemy, specific exercises and/or sound are used to stimulate
these centers: the gonads, the liver and spleen, the adrenals, the
thymus, pituitary and pineal glands. We’ll take a look at these in
future postings.

The
Subtle Bodies
 are
sheaths of energy that surround us. Depending on the system you
adhere to there are seven to twelve subtle bodies, each forming a
layer of energy that is composed of the densest to the most refined
of energies as the layer extend out and beyond the form and shape of
our physical body. The seven layers are thought to be a reflection of
the universe and represent the overlay of our energy as part of that
of the Universal whole. See the picture below:

The
Chakras
 are
the conduits through which universal energy flows in and through us.
They are represented as wheels or vortices that are positioned along
the etheric central column pathway that parallels our physical spinal
column. These gateways contract and expand opening and closing like
the petals of a flower. They are often compared to the Lotus, each
having a specific number of petals in accord with the vibratory rate
they emit and respond to and in accord with the level of refinement.

There
are seven major chakras that are the usual staple of reading and
energetic practice, however, there are hundreds of minor chakras.
Each chakra has a specific color, elemental and function associated
with its energy. See the charts and figure below for the basic
information relating to the seven major and Transpersonal chakras:

Additionally,
each of the seven chakras have a specific tonal quality. The chart
below lists the Hermetic tone and the Eastern Bija mantras that are
associated with each chakra.

References:

Emmet B. Keefe, Introduction to Know Your Body: The Atlas of Anatomy (Berkley, CA;Ulysses Press, 1999)
Cyndi Dale, The Subtle Body:An Encyclopedia of Your Energetic Anatomy (Boulder, CO:Sounds True Inc., 2009)

***

About
the Author:

Robin
Fennelly is a Wiccan High Priestess, teacher, poet and author.

She
is the author of (click on book titles for more information):

The
Inner Chamber Volume One on Amazon

It’s
Written in the Stars

Astrology

The
Inner Chamber, Vol. Two

poetry
of the Spheres (Volume 2) on Amazon

Qabalah

The
Inner Chamber, Vol. Three

Awakening
the Paths on Amazon

Qabalah

A
Year With Gaia on Amazon

The
Eternal Cord

Temple
of the Sun and Moon on Amazon

Luminous
Devotions

The
Magickal Pen Volume One (Volume 1) on Amazon

A
Collection of Esoteric Writings

The
Elemental Year on Amazon

Aligning
the Parts of SELF

The
Enchanted Gate on Amazon

Musings
on the Magick of the Natural World

Sleeping
with the Goddess on Amazon

Nights
of Devotion

A
Weekly Reflection on Amazon

Musings
for the Year

Her
books are available on Amazon
 or
on this website
 and
her Blogs
 can
be found at
Robin
Fennelly
 

Follow
Robin
 on
Instagram & Facebook.

Our
Physical and Subtle Anatomy: Part Two

Excerpted
from Part One…

…”Our
physical bodies are a wonderful and grand vessel of complex and
varied capabilities. Most of the functions that sustain our life are
transparent in their process and automatic in their function. We
breathe, our heart beats; we move in coordinated and purposeful
mechanics, we feel, we think, we react. All of these physiological
components are used as vehicles of anchoring in the refinement of our
spiritual and subtle nature. We are humans in corporeal state and as
such our level of response to spiritual and energetic action is
through the vehicle of physical being. Even those experiences that we
cannot articulate or are unaware of their potency and impact move
through the state of our physical being and often become the eventual
place of manifestation.”…

FIRE-
WATER – EARTH

Reproductive System

Held within the polarity of the reproductive organs is the mystery of creation. The womb of the female becoming the place of quickening for the life that will, if viable reach full term and be replicated as human and physical being. It is this combination of earthly form serving as vessel and the seminal fluids of the male quickening the ovum of potential that the fires of creative out pour are produced. It is the movement and flowing of these waters held in the birth canal that offer up the fires of contraction and expansion to release this new life into being. At a purely physiological state, it is the healthy functioning of the reproductive system that ensures the continuation of humanity. These urges to create further provide ground for interpersonal connection engaging mind and heart in the selection of the fittest and physiological response in the secretion of hormones that will attract.

FIRE

Digestive System


Our
digestive system is the furnace that acts to assimilate and
effectively distribute what we take into our bodies as nourishment
that becomes the fuel to keep us running. It is through this system
that the foods we take into our physical structure are broken down
into more digestible particles; nutrients and what will enliven are
extruded and the transformed products are then eliminated before
stagnancy can set in. Our digestive system is also largely
responsible for the immunologic responses of our bodies.

This
information
 is brief in
its content as each of these systems is vastly complex and can be
further categorized in sub-systems. The important consideration is
that each system is dependent on the other either directly or through
the bridge of another in producing the necessary life force to keep
us alive. When we consider the complexity and precision of this life
force and its active components that keep us functioning it truly is
a profound and deeply humbling analysis. These same structures apply
to every living thing in their own way of specificity and in larger
scope to the entire universe.

It
is for this reason that our first point of connection to that which
is part of, yet independent of ourselves is through the knowledge of
our own smaller universe that is our physical being. Once we begin
that exploration we see the broader picture of our connectivity to
all manner of life and how work on the self, produces far-reaching
effects beyond that self.

The
exercises below are suggested to make you more aware of the pulsation
and vibrancy of your body. Most often we do not really feel the
movement of the blood and beating o our hearts unless we are engaging
in a physical activity beyond what our normal resting state would be.

Physical
Exercises:

1. Engage
in a moderate from of physical activity for at least 5 minutes.
Enough to raise your heart rate. This should be in accord with your
state of overall physical condition and what limitations you may or
may not have. This activity could be climbing a flight of stairs,
dancing, marching in place, etc…Standing or sitting, turn your
awareness to the pace of your heart rate, and the feelings of blood
moving through your body in response to the exerted effort. Try to
completely engage with this sensation and make note of the fiery
nature and pulsation of heart beat. Stay in this state of awareness
for as long as you are able. As your pulse returns to its normal
rhythm, remain conscious of this shifting and “cooling down”
period. When you have returned to your normal state of activity, make
note of how this differs from what you just experienced. Make note of
how much more alive you feel as the release of the endorphins lifts
your perspective. This similar type of feeling can be noted in the
raising of personal energy as byproduct of an energetic protocol or
practice.

2. Sit
in a quiet space where you will not be disturbed. Take a few very
deep breaths of inhalation and audibly sigh into the exhalation of
each. Do this for several breaths, each time listening more deeply
and opening to the physical feelings produced in the expansion and
contraction of your chest and lungs. Continue breathing in a relaxed
way with no emphasis on inhale or exhale (no sound). Listen more
deeply and make note of the sound (inner) of the air passing into
your lungs. Really try to hear the gentle whoosh in and the long
extended soft sound of exhale. Send your complete focus to the sounds
you are hearing for several breaths.

Now,
shift your awareness to the physical, rather than audible sensations
as you breathe. Make note of how your skin stretches softly in
expansion on inhale and the gentle and elastic pulling in on the
contraction of exhale. Try to consciously expand your skin just
slightly further and contract more fully in for a few breaths. Send
your complete focus to this action of physical sensation for several
breaths.

Return
your awareness to simply breathing, giving no more attention to the
audible or the physical sensation. You should be feeling very relaxed
and more expansive as you complete this exercise. We forget to
breathe deeply and with intention because of the fast paced nature of
our days. Taking time to acknowledge and consciously breathe opens
your clarity of focus and anchoring to your physical state.

References:

Emmet B. Keefe, Introduction to Know Your Body: The Atlas of Anatomy (Berkley, CA;Ulysses Press, 1999)
Cyndi Dale, The Subtle Body:An Encyclopedia of Your Energetic Anatomy (Boulder, CO:Sounds True Inc., 2009)

***

About
the Author:

Robin
Fennelly is a Wiccan High Priestess, teacher, poet and author.

She
is the author of (click on book titles for more information):

The
Inner Chamber Volume One on Amazon

It’s
Written in the Stars

Astrology

The
Inner Chamber, Vol. Two

poetry
of the Spheres (Volume 2) on Amazon

Qabalah

The
Inner Chamber, Vol. Three

Awakening
the Paths on Amazon

Qabalah

A
Year With Gaia on Amazon

The
Eternal Cord

Temple
of the Sun and Moon on Amazon

Luminous
Devotions

The
Magickal Pen Volume One (Volume 1) on Amazon

A
Collection of Esoteric Writings

The
Elemental Year on Amazon

Aligning
the Parts of SELF

The
Enchanted Gate on Amazon

Musings
on the Magick of the Natural World

Sleeping
with the Goddess on Amazon

Nights
of Devotion

A
Weekly Reflection on Amazon

Musings
for the Year

Her
books are available on Amazon
 or
on this website
 and
her Blogs
 can
be found at
Robin
Fennelly
 

Follow
Robin
 on
Instagram & Facebook.

Our Sacred Vessel

We often hear the adage that “we are Spiritual Beings having a Physical experience”. Spiritual, implying non-corporeal and rarified energy and physical being that state of manifest densest layer of existence.

The mysteries of the Sacred Vessel are those things crafted and etched in the time of our own making. The intricate weaving and painting that defines this vessel as our own; unique and rare in all of its states of being. This vessel has moved through time and seen the rise and fall of our basest and highest nature. It has changed its alchemical form and weathered the extremes of expansion and contraction, remaining pliable and resilient at its core throughout. And so like the archeologist, with a steady hand to extrude the artifact, a gentle sweeping away of what has covered and preserved and the final revealing of delicate shape and form the mysteries are brought to light.

We speak of the Great Work, and it is my belief that a foundational component of that work is to excavate and find that form of ourselves that is the vehicle and container for Spirit as it descends into matter. The Great Work of a lifetime involves looking closely at what impact we have on ourselves, others and the world in which we live. Each layer we reveal and each mystery we integrate and use as our own brings us closer to that state of being that is filled with Deity, Spirit and the limitless. The Mystery is held within the fibers of our being and coming to a state of awareness of the multilayered tapestry that comprises all of our lifetimes of yearning for oneness and return to our true Divine nature is the first weaving of the many panels that form its mantle.

The Sacred Vessel includes many aspects of our being. It is the physical container that holds our physiological components. It is the spiritual vessel that is comprised of subtle bodies, consciousness, meridians, chakras and all things that relate to our Spiritual nature. It is the Temple that we offer up devotion from and receive the blessings and downpour of the Divine into.

I spent over half of my life as a dancer; either in preparation for a career or dancing professionally. The lessons and discipline learned from those experiences have proven invaluable in my spiritual workings. The ability to be acutely and consciously aware of your physical state as it moves through space and in response to the energetic vibration caused by music are skills worth developing. You do not have to train professionally to be a dancer. We are all dancers in our own way. Even those who would consider themselves clumsy and unable to move in a rhythmic fashion, have a rhythm of their own and are still moving and pushing through and around space and energetic webbing in their own style. The key point here is “awareness” not the actual picture that is being created as we move:

Awareness of ourselves in physical and energetic space.?Awareness of the impact we make on that space.?Awareness of how to shift, expand and contract within that space.?Awareness and acknowledgment through our actions that we are the Sacred Vessel that holds life, inspiration, the ability to manifest and create and the inherent power of Will that is our birthright.

Our Physical and Subtle Anatomy: Part One

Our
physical bodies are a wonderful and grand vessel of complex and
varied capabilities. Most of the functions that sustain our life are
transparent in their process and automatic in their function. We
breathe, our heart beats, we move in coordinated and purposeful
mechanics, we feel, we think, we react. All of these physiological
components are used as vehicles of anchoring in the refinement of our
spiritual and subtle nature. We are humans in corporeal state and as
such our level of response to spiritual and energetic action is
through the vehicle of physical being. Even those experiences that we
cannot articulate or are unaware of their potency and impact move
through the state of our physical being and often become the eventual
place of manifestation.

This
posting will focus on the physical anatomy and in its briefest form
will offer some basic information to get us started. I am using the
elements as some additional correspondence to the form of energies I
associate with these physiological systems. There are many overlays
that can be used and some may find other attributes more relevant in
description or assignment. Formulate your own opinions and see the
analogies in whatever way you resonate most soundly with. As you work
with and through these systems over time, everything you thought you
knew about their function will change in perception and new
perspectives about how they work in collaboration with a strong
personal practice, magickal working and spiritual growth will evolve.

A
Disclaimer:
I am neither a healthcare professional nor a
professional scientist. The information I have pulled together is the
result of my personal experiences as both a professional dancer and
practitioner of Eastern and Western Hermetic protocols. I have read
and filled in what was needed of the basics of physiological anatomy
to gain a deeper understanding of how to make better use of the
energetic protocols and results and strongly encourage those who wish
to become more effective in their workings to do some research and
formulate their own foundation of understanding about the inner
workings of the greatest tool we have in our own spiritual
development- our physical state of being!

EARTH
Flesh and Bones

Our skin, the largest organ in our body, acts as the interface between what surrounds us and how we respond at a tactile level to those surroundings. The sense of touch evokes emotional and mental reaction and the sensitivity of our skin to multiple layers of stimuli is often one of the first points of engagement we have with our world.

Our
bones form the structure that holds in place and protects the bodies
we inhabit as corporeal and physical beings. Our bones connect us the
most deeply to the earth and the mineral life that is composite in
the formation of the planet itself. Our bones serve as the upholders
of our physical action and are the scaffolding of what is our outer
appearance and make-up.

The
Muscular system

The
muscles are responsible for movement of the bones and work in
conjunction with the brain, nerves and sensory systems. There are
three types of muscle:

The
Skeletal Muscles-
sheath the bones connected via tendons and are
responsible for reflex actions and giving shape and form to the
skeleton.

Smooth
Muscles- these are found in the organs and work automatically to
ensure the continued function of their specific organ. These are
controlled by the autonomic nervous system and regulate such things
as digestion, elimination and breathing.

Cardiac
Muscle-
constantly works pumping the blood in and out of the
heart and is stimulated by the electrical impulse generated within
our body. This muscle is directly responsible for the function of the
circulatory system.

FIRE/AIR

The
Neurological System

The nervous system is the master communicator, receiving and distributing the information received throughout our bodies and is the most complex of the physiological systems. The Central Nervous System includes the Brain and spinal cord and the Peripheral Nervous System acts to initiate changes inside and outside of the body. This information gathered is sent to the CNS and reacted upon.

It
is through the nerve endings in the skin that the sensorial feed-back
is transmitted to the brain. These neural networks of fibers are
often interconnected to tissue and blood vessels. Additionally, it is
through this system of communication that the development of
language, motor and thinking processes is set into motion.

WATER

The
Endocrine System

The endocrine system is similar to the nervous system in that it relays information and acts as a signal system. The nervous system uses blood as the conductor of the electrical impulses and the endocrine systems uses the blood vessels as the channels of transport.

The endocrine glands release specific hormones that regulate the body’s growth, metabolism, development and more. These secretions are released directly into the bloodstream, carried by the blood vessels and act upon the specific organs and their functions. These hormones are vital for the body to function optimally and grow in a productive healthy way. In spiritual practice the endocrine system is one that can be attuned to enlivening and reforming the physical body’s responses. The seven master glands act one upon the other stimulating and opening the subtle spiritual centers.

FIRE/WATER

The
Circulatory System

Our circulatory system uses the electrical current of fire and the flow of water to maintain our life’s spark. The pumping of blood through our bodies and its transformation within the chambers of the heart and then ultimate release back into circulation throughout our bodies is a statement of efficiency in use and flow. The heart is the central core responsible for multiple functions and the related by products that keep us healthy and alive. Mind and heart have long been the components of spiritual growth and deeper understanding. The scientific parameters of the heart have shown that the heart ‘s electromagnetic field is 60 times greater than that of the brain and that it is capable of performing some brain-like functions because of the continual energetic flow between heart and brain in an exchange of cellular information.

The
spiritual term “Intelligence of the Heart” takes on new meaning
when we have this scientific knowledge and provokes a new way of
thinking about how our emotional and mental interactions may better
serve one another.

AIR

The
Respiratory System

The intake of breath is the sustainer of life. The air that moves in and through us serves to oxygenate and maintain the life force that runs as current throughout our physical form. The lungs become the great bellows expanding and contraction; response and reaction to the flow of air that is taken in and then released.

The next post will continue to move through the systems and take a look at the correlates of function of our energetic anatomy.

References:

Emmet B. Keefe, Introduction to Know Your Body: The Atlas of Anatomy (Berkley, CA;Ulysses Press, 1999)
Cyndi Dale, The Subtle Body:An Encyclopedia of Your Energetic Anatomy (Boulder, CO:Sounds True Inc., 2009)

***

About
the Author:

Robin
Fennelly is a Wiccan High Priestess, teacher, poet and author.

She
is the author of (click on book titles for more information):

The
Inner Chamber Volume One on Amazon

It’s
Written in the Stars

Astrology

The
Inner Chamber, Vol. Two

poetry
of the Spheres (Volume 2) on Amazon

Qabalah

The
Inner Chamber, Vol. Three

Awakening
the Paths on Amazon

Qabalah

A
Year With Gaia on Amazon

The
Eternal Cord

Temple
of the Sun and Moon on Amazon

Luminous
Devotions

The
Magickal Pen Volume One (Volume 1) on Amazon

A
Collection of Esoteric Writings

The
Elemental Year on Amazon

Aligning
the Parts of SELF

The
Enchanted Gate on Amazon

Musings
on the Magick of the Natural World

Sleeping
with the Goddess on Amazon

Nights
of Devotion

A
Weekly Reflection on Amazon

Musings
for the Year

Her
books are available on Amazon
 or
on this website
 and
her Blogs
 can
be found at
Robin
Fennelly
 

Follow
Robin
 on
Instagram & Facebook.

The Book of Creative Mind

This pathworking was written as the conclusion to a workshop I taught entitled “Crafting Effective Pathworkings”. The intent was to offer sample of the various components that may be used in a pathworking and to plant the seeds of creative idea for the participant’s own use in writing.

 

Begin by taking in the scents and sounds of this room and this space. Now gently close your eyes and turn your focus and attention to your breath. Allow your consciousness to move with the rise and fall of your chest and the filling and release of your lungs. Continue in this manner for several breaths; allowing each to become softer, smoother and slower. With each breath your physical body appears to lighten and your center of consciousness floats upwards towards the inner eye. You see on your inner screen a small point of bluish purple light and with each breath this point begins to expand. As it continues to expand you feel yourself enveloped by this mist of transition between the Physical and the Astral realms. These tiny particles of vibrant energy swirl around you, enveloping you now in what has become a swirling of intermingled indigo and violet veiling that almost ribbon like in its form. You stand in this outpour and allow its energy to vitalize and renew you. You feel safe and eager to begin your journey.

As this veil begins to thin you see that just before you is an ornately carved wooden door. The wood smells of earth and tree and vine. There are markings on the door and symbols whose meanings you are unsure of, but you make mental note of their beauty and intricacy and visually store them away to be researched at another time. You reach out and push against the door, the feel of the wood rough against your fingertips and find that it opens with little effort.

The door opens widely and you are looking into a softly lit room that is colored in earth tones and hues of greens, dusky oranges, amber yellows and coffee colored browns. As you cross the threshold of the doorway, the scent of sandalwood wafts through the air and brings to mind images of far away and exotic places. The floor beneath you is made of a richly stained wood and seems to give ever so slightly as you step forward. There is no hesitation or concern in the seeming flexibility of the floor beneath; simply surprise that you could feel so supported yet buoyant at the same time. It brings to mind images of gently being carried and supported by water. The sound of the door softly closing behind you seems to issue welcome at your entering this space and you feel a sense of familiarity with its energy.

Your eyes scan the square enclosure of this small and comfortable space and you see that there are not many furnishings beyond the necessity of a place to sit and a desk upon which to write. Your gaze comes to rest on a corner of the room that seems to glow a bit more brightly than the rest and you see now that there is a fire burning in a stone fireplace. The opening of the fireplace is oddly shaped and almost resembles a triangle in how it peaks at the uppermost center point. The flames rise and peak and then withdraw teasingly between log and stick. They seem to beckon you to step forward for a closer look. As you move closer, the smell of the sandalwood now mingles with that of the burning wood. It is a rich and heady scent and you feel a wave of anticipation pass over you. You feel the heat of the flame and are warmed to your very core.

In rhythm with the movement of the flames, all your senses come to a place of alertness and awareness. Each becoming heightened and then returning to normal state once again. You remember this same feeling as that which you experienced as a child; eager and excited about the promise of a grand adventure or trip to your favorite place. You turn your focus from the fire, and from this place of view standing beside the fireplace you see that the room has taken on a soft orange tint that seems to enhance the earth tones you originally noted. This warm glow merges and blends with the greens and yellows of the walls and curtains and all comes together harmoniously. The addition of this change in light draws your attention to the wall directly opposite you, and you take note of a beautiful wooden desk and simple wooden chair that are placed against its edges.

The top of the desk is lit by a single white candle, whose light is so brilliant and luminescent that light seems to spill like flowing silvery liquid over the surface. You can see the silhouette and shape of something on top of the desk, and curious as to what this object might be you walk over for a closer look. Placed centrally on the desk top is a crimson covered book. Its texture is smooth and silky giving it a glowing radiance. Looking down you see that your name is beautifully written on the cover in gold ink. You are surprised and pleased by this. It is as though someone lovingly left this gift for you and had anticipated your arrival in this space. You look out at the room and now see that there are many items in this room that are in accord with your likes and sense of style. You had not noticed any of this before and decide that the brilliance of the light has given a new level of clarity to what lays before and around you. This space is clearly meant for you and this thought brings anticipation of returning regularly.

Excited by this prospect you turn your attention once again to your book. It is thick and large, more like a scrapbook than journal. You easily pick it up and turn it over in your hands to look at it from all sides. Gold edging shimmers out between silky red cover and you are curious as to what may be inside. Replacing it on the desk you reach out to open it and see a pen resting near its edge. The pen is blue, the color of a robin’s egg and is feather light in your hand as you pick it up to take a closer look. You feel a surge of creative energy pour through you and ideas for what you would like to write or draw within this book move as a slideshow on your inner screen. You have never felt so empowered and eager to create; to produce and to give life to what you are envisioning.

You sit down in the chair and again the experience of being suspended gently and securely held as if in water, floods your senses. As this thought quickly fades the parade of images that have been moving through your mind pauses on one singular picture. As you turn your awareness to this picture, for a moment the image you had just so clearly seen fades and you are disappointed, thinking that you will have to create it again. Just as quickly as the image had faded in clarity you realize that this seeming loss was simply a transformation of the image into a holographic picture. It is now 3 dimensional and you can easily see each of its sides simultaneously.

Intrigued by this, you allow the image to continue to build in its form and clarity. Not wanting to miss any of the detail, you pick up the pen, prepared to draw and record what you are seeing. The pen barely touches the surface of the page before the entirety of the image, its use, function and specifications appear on the page as though willed into creation. For a moment you are startled by this development, but then realize that this is the true process of manifestation in this realm. That Mind and Will combined with intuitive desire can give life to what they wish to create. The pen is simply an extension of your energy and desire and is serving as conduit and form-giver for the outpour of creative effort.

You turn to the next blank page to test this process out, selecting another image from what now appears to be a vast storehouse of accumulated image and idea contained within your consciousness. You make mental note that again, this newly selected image seems to pass through a moment of uncertainty and darkness before its energy is clearly seen, used, and released onto the page. Feeling energized and primed you continue this exercise of calling forth several more images and have soon filled several pages of your book. You decide that for now, this book will serve as keeper and record of these images and can be used to sort and filter those which need more work, those which are non-productive and those which may be ready to be brought forward into manifest reality.

Beginning to tire from this excitement and creative outpour, you stand and pick up the journal to find a more suitable and safe place of keeping. You are unprepared for the density of its weight and can barely lift it from its surface. You recall how easily you picked it up earlier, and realize the lesson of this experience. With creation there is great responsibility. At times, this responsibility may be weightier than you can bear; but that is the way of all things of worth and value. There is much that wishes to be created and some is viable and other is that which would fill time and space with unusable matter. Balance must be striven for and in this balance there will be much useless weight that is accumulated. The task and the charge of manifestation is not driven by the will of man and his desire to create just for the power contained within the act, but by the larger will of the Divine Human working as co-creator with Divinity.

In future, you will be more mindful and selective in nurturing what you wish to create. Your book will stay on the surface of the desk awaiting your return and as you add to its pages, you will also become more adept at refining its contents. And, in time you will learn to balance the weight of what is received and what is given in your interactions with the creative mind.

You look around at the room and see that once again it has taken on new clarity. The fire is burning brightly, vibrant in its orange and golden yellow glow. The browns and greens are vibrant and rich in their depth of color. There is great strength in this place and much to learn. This is your space of creative outpour and you, this room and the book are now part of this process. But, for now, it is time to return to your daily activities and creative efforts. Take a moment to give thanks to this space and all that was given and received.

You walk to the door, take one last look around and gently push the door open. You turn as it closes and see that some of the markings and symbols on the door have changed. This also is part of the process of creating something. Some essence of what the original was will always be carried through as it serves as the foundation upon which new growth may occur. As the last of these thoughts pass through your mind, you find yourself once again enveloped in swirling of the indigo and violet veil of energy. The sensation is one of calm and you feel renewed and refreshed, no longer tired from your exertion of creative effort. Your focus shifts to the rhythm of your breath and with each exhale the density of the blue veil thins and contracts once again to a tiny blue pearl of light. With each continued breath, you feel the density of your physical body move to the center of your awareness. Awareness of the sounds of this room; the physicality of your body in these seats and the sound of my voice.

And, when you are ready, gently open your eyes and return to this space, this time and be fully present.

Excerpted from: The Magickal Pen-Volume One

Available at: www.robinfennelly.com

The art of Seeding

Magick moves strongly through the month of February as Brighid weaves her magick of healing, creativity and preparation for the new life of Spring in just a few more weeks. Each year at this time, I spend some time thinking about what I wish to plant as the seeds of new beginnings and endeavors in the coming year that will become my beautiful garden of creative effort. And, so towards those ends I offer a 2-part magickal pathworking to stimulate the senses and flow of crafting a sanctuary and growing place for your intention. Enjoy…

The Secret Garden

Part One

This meditation can be used to plant the seeds that will bring abundance into your life, whether it is health, financial or personal growth. Form your intent and then enter your Secret Garden.

Part One would be aligned to use at the New Moon and Part Two would be empowered at the Full Moon. You may hold this cycle in place for as long as you need to draw to you what you wish.

Sit in a comfortable position with a white candle lit in front of you a few feet away. As you stare at the flame of the candle allow your gaze to soften and the rhythm of your breath to become slowed and easy of pace. As you continue to gaze at the candle flame allow your eyes to gently close and retain the image of the flame within the center of your higher consciousness. As the flame expands and becomes brighter and luminescent of white light see your physical image standing directly in front of this veil of white light. Give as much detail, shape and form to that image as you can. And when you feel ready step through this white flame of purification.

As you emerge through it’s dense veil, you find yourself standing at the outer gate of what appears to be a garden. The wrought iron of the gate is slightly rusted with weathering and is embraced on either side by a brick wall that seems to extend infinitely on either side. As you look upwards the tops of scantily budded branches reach upwards towards a clear blue sky and the promise of lush greenery is just a few months away. It is Spring and time to prepare the ground for new planting and growth in the months ahead. You move towards the Gate and barely reach forward with your hand as the Gate gently swings open, allowing you entrance. This Gate has no need for lock or key for you are the only one who has the powerful energy to open its gate. Your thought, your intent and your will are gatekeeper, gardener and master designer of all that is contained within this sacred space. As you move forward, the Gate closes gently behind you and the warm Spring air embraces you. Each footfall provides the crackle underfoot of stone and dirt and you take a moment to look around and drink in the sights and smells of this place bursting with new life.

As you continue along the Path you can feel the energy of new growth underfoot and surrounding you but that is not your focus this time and your eyes come to rest on a dark patch of earth a few feet ahead of you. This ground will need tilling and clearing so that it may be a place of nurturing for what will be planted soon. You kneel in the center of this ground covered with dried and dead weed, root and thorn that are no longer of use or conducive to new planting. As you sit centrally, take a moment to ground, center and focus your will and intent on clearing and purifying this space.

Now you are ready to begin and as you reach out to pull out the first patch of weed and overgrowth, feel the release of this action. Sense the sigh of the earth as you continue in this manner to un-tether and uncoil dead root. Move around the circle of this space and remove and untangle all unnecessary growth; carefully and completely removing all of it.

When you have removed the last bit of overgrowth take a moment to look around and acknowledge the strength and transformative power of the task you have just finished. You can feel the gratitude of the earth below and the un-constricted flow of the fertile energy of this space. The piles of weed and tangled root you pulled from the ground encircle the space and as you have expected, slowly they begin to be drawn down into the surrounding earth; consumed and absorbed by the Great Mother to be transformed and renewed within her womb. These are no longer of concern or care to you and the plans you have for new growth in this place.

It is now time to complete the last stage of this process of clearing away and preparing. As you rise to a standing position you hear the gentle sounds of the music of the winds playing through the branches of the trees. The music is sweet and gentle and you begin to move rhythmically around the newly cleared earth. Your feet are moving lightly here and there as you move the soil around; aerating, mixing and blending all of its parts. Continue dancing, feeling the soft, pliable earth below as you blend energy and breath. Your heart is light and the feeling of freedom moves throughout your being. You will know when the ground is just right and the foundation lain. And when this moment arrives you slow your movement, catch your breath and close your eyes with arms outstretched at your sides offering thanks for the energy provided and foundation laid.

Your work is done for now and it is time to leave this place. The earth will settle into just the right form and space and the energy of new growth will continue to build as the sun provides nourishment and strength. And, the moon, offers the opportunity for rest and renewal. As you move out of the space you have prepared and step once again onto the path you are filled with joy and anticipation of what potential and opportunity awaits you on your next visit. You continue along the stone path and see the Gate just ahead. Turn and take one last look at your surroundings. You will return to this space again and as the seasons change so will the colors, smells and sights that surround you.

As you approach the Gate it gently swings open and you step through. The soft clanging of metal closing echoing in your ear as it shuts. You turn again to face the front of the Gate and wall and take a moment to give thanks for this space and what is contained within. You turn away feeling the presence of the white veil and its energy and density beckon you. Step through and emerge once again as observer. Allow your focus to move gently from this center of consciousness and return to your physical being, the rhythm of your breath, the rise and fall of your chest and the physicality of yourself sitting comfortably in your room.

Part Two will post next month…..

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