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Finding Your Own Way

February, 2019

Chapter 9

Candle Meditation

Candle meditation and candle
‘magic’ have a wide application in modern paganism.

There are many variations on
this method. One can use different colour candles to focus on
different aspects of our life and our intention. There are many
‘tables of correspondences’ which link various coloured candles to
different intentions. The most effective colour correspondences are
to be found in any book on colour psychology.

For example, focusing on the
colour red will raise our blood pressure, and perhaps, help to build
our determination for a particular task.

Red
is the colour of action and passion. Try wearing red if you feel a
little fatigued or in need of a boost of energy. It works!

Again, we are building rapport
with our subconscious minds through the effect of symbols.

White is the
colour of purity, meditating on a white candles helps us to gain
clarity, and to focus on higher ideals. Mix it with red and you get
pink.

Pink
is considered by many to be the colour of love. For those who wish to
practise candle ‘magic’, I would simply say that I have never known a
love spell that worked unless the person intended already had fond
feelings, – except perhaps to focus the feelings and confidence of
the person meditating on the candle!

Dark
Blue
is the colour of peace and calm, of night and rest. It is soothing to
the mind and brings restfulness and sleep.

Yellowis the colour of the intellect, of enquiry and
expansiveness. The researcher and the explorer are very much under
the influence of vibrational yellow.

Violet
is considered the colour of the spiritual minded the imaginative and
the ethereal.

Turquoise
(blue-green)
is the colour of healing, acquisition and
maintaining personal boundaries.

Magic is happening all the
time. It is the flow of energy between our total selves and the
universe.

Colour is the simplest way to
effect beneficial changes by manipulating our moods and desires.

Meditating on the various
colours has a marked effect on our moods. Surrounding ourselves with
bright vibrant colours helps us become more cheerful and energetic.
Cool, soft colours, such as blues and green help us become calmer.
Many hospitals have changed their décor based on the discoveries of
colour psychology. I believe that the tables of correspondences are
most likely based on an intuitive understanding of these principles.
As we tune into our own inner worlds, – this wisdom and knowledge
become available to us in dreams, visions and sudden inspirations.

In the Kabbala, the candle is
a symbol of the four worlds,- Aziluth (fire), Beriah (air), Yesirah
(liquid, water), and Assiyah (the physical, the earth) The wick is
considered to be the fifth element, Ether,- or the path that links
all the worlds from the base of Assiyah to the crown of Aziluth.

For this exercise, use a white
candle in a secure candle holder.

Sit at a comfortable distance
from the candle.

As you begin the breathing
exercise, take time to think about the candle as a gateway to the
higher worlds.

Think about the wax, melting
into a liquid and flowing up the wick.

The fire which melts the
candle turns the liquid into a gas and ignites it, creating more
flame.

Like the cycle of spiritual
energy which flows into the matrix of the universe and flows back
upwards to its source.

See the candle as a point of
focus for divine energy.

See the energy flowing out and
creating a circle of light which expands to surround you.

Allow your eyes to close and
visualise your self-being drawn to travel through the flame back to
its divine source.

Allow them to open slowly and
focus on the candle again.

See the light open into a
protective sphere all around you.

As they grow tired, allow your
eyes to close, and repeat the exercise.

Imagine yourself drawn through
the flame into the higher worlds.

Take note of any feelings,
sensations, memories, images and write them down later.

When you are ready, return
through the flame and open your eyes.

Thank any helpers or guides
that you may have and absorb the circle, creating a fine mesh of
golden light around you.

After practising the
meditations for a while, you will begin to have full, detailed
journeys.

Always remember that you can
open your eyes at any time if they are making you uncomfortable.

Try to always have a drink and
a small snack after journeying.

Candle Magic – Colour Magic

I have avoided the rather
thorny subject of magic up to now, – mainly because there has been
more waffle and downright lies written about it, than about almost
any other subject.

Do I believe in magic? A
better question would be, “Do I even know what it is?”

After 45 years of study, I do
have some theories. However, this book is too short to cover more
than a few basic questions. One neither needs to believe nor
disbelieve, in the existence of other worlds for the exercises in
this book to work well for them.

Let us start with my favourite
quotation from Aleister Crowley, “Magick is the ability to make
changes, in conformity with will”.

I would say that Magic is the
ability to make to make changes in consciousness at will.”

How we see the world around us
has a huge control over our feelings, actions, and inevitably, our
future and our happiness.

We hallucinate all the time.
We imagine attitudes and feelings in others that are in fact
projections from our own unconscious self-images. Because we are
unaware of the true source of our feelings, we live our lives in a
random unbalanced way.

Sigmund Freud believed that
the subconscious mind was a garbage bin for all the things we cannot
face in our lives, and he was partially right.

Carl Jung opened up the
possibility that beyond the personal images contained in the
unconscious mind, there is a vast fund of helpful imagery to be
discovered, which will help us make more sense of our lives and
feelings. Our ancestors intuitively tapped into this reservoir and
used it to help make useful decisions and live in a balanced
harmonious way. Many believe that this gave them a deeper connection
with nature and helped in finding food and timing planting and
harvesting, but that is for the reader to decide for themselves.

I believe that by gaining
rapport with our unconscious minds we can free ourselves from many
unexamined beliefs that hold us back from happiness and success.

In a nutshell, meditation
gives us a way to reach beyond our habitual way of thinking. We
discover symbols during meditation which help us, on reflection, to
gain rapport with our own inner worlds.

By reflecting on these
symbols, we can begin to slowly unravel the threads of our
unconscious impulses and beliefs. These beliefs have remained
unexamined because of the non-literate form in which they exist. Our
most important and far-reaching opinions about the world around us
were formed before we had developed language. This mirrors our
development as a species and gives us a link to our distant ancestors
who lived in natural harmony with the world around them.

Language brought many
advantages for our ancestors, – as it does for the individual. But it
comes with the cost of division and disassociation. As we developed
language, we learned to assign new meaning to the world around us,
while, at the same time, our culture imposed its own particular set
of standards upon us.

Magic and ritual attempt to communicate with this non-verbal part of consciousness and to understand the meaning of the communications which we receive in dreams visions and intuition. Music and art attempt to express the contents of these inspirations, as do dance, poetry and mime.

Magic offers us symbols to
spur our unconscious minds to cooperate in our efforts to succeed in
life. Unfortunately, with magic, we are usually asked to adopt
someone else’s symbols and try to force them upon ourselves in a one
size fits all approach. I would recommend that anyone who wishes to
make immediate positive changes in their lives to use colour
meditation/magic as a starting point. Refer to the basic colour
associations above to begin. Wear the colours in your clothing, – or
decorate a room in the colours that apply to the change you wish to
obtain. Coloured cloths are an easy way to begin.

The effects are pretty much
immediately evident. They will help to build confidence in the work
that you are doing.

In my own Celtic culture,
magic and mysticism were considered to be very much the province of
the bard.

In the magical revival of the late 1800’s, it was again the poets and the artists who were the chief motivating forces. In the pages that follow, Bill and I will offer the reader a selection of emotive and mystical art and poetry based on various themes. We have found that the chosen works resonated with many people and helped them to get in touch with their own inner worlds and symbols. As blocked and hidden energies are released, you may well experience tears or laughter. This is nothing to worry about as it merely shows that your meditation has been effective.

Barefoot
Angel

You
are my light in this dark time,

My
one true friend,

My hope of better things to come.

Your
laughter is the sparkling bell,

That
lifts my failing spirits with its chime,

Making heaven where there once was hell.

You
are the sun that makes my shadow tall,

the
rock on which I stand

without you, there is no one at all.

You
are my life, my day, my night,

each
hour, each minute aches for you,

You are the star that makes my evening bright.

You
are the shining jewel in the flower.

the
full bright moon that lights my darkest hour,

My
Princess in her shining tower.

I
never thought that I’d know joy again,

until
I saw the love in your blue eyes,

and found myself reborn.

***

About
the Author:

Patrick
W Kavanagh,
Featuring the inspirational art of Bill Oliver

Writer,
poet, Patrick W Kavanagh
was born in Dublin and now lives and works in Lincolnshire in a small
rural town. Patrick became fascinated by the strange abilities of the
human mind from watching his mother give psychic readings using
tea-leaves and playing cards. With a lifelong interest in metaphysics
and parapsychology, he has given tarot and spirit readings for over
40 years. He travels to many events with his wife Tina, exploring the
power of shamanic drumming to heal, and induce therapeutic trance
states. They also hold a regular drumming circle in the picturesque
Lincolnshire Wolds.

By Patrick W Kavanagh available at most retailers:

Finding Your Own Way: Personal Meditations for Mastery and Self-knowledge on Amazon

A Moment for Meditation

October, 2015

The 4th Chakra

As I mentioned in the previous columns, when doing any chakra work, it is imperative to keep yourself grounded. While you can use any grounding exercise that you prefer, I have always used this one in my chakra classes:

**Stand up, grip toes to the ground, long deep breathing, visualize your roots going deep into Mother Earth, keeping you grounded and centered. Inhale and bring the earth energy up to the base of your spine; exhale and let the energy return to the Earth. With each inhale, receive healing energy from the Earth; with each exhale, release all negativity. This will not hurt Mother Earth, as long as it is done for healing and revitalization. Activate your feelings of consciousness and open yourself up to the limitless possibilities surrounding you.** *From my 7-Week Chakra Course*

chakra1(photo credit: yogaandlove.com)

The Fourth Chakra is also called the Heart Chakra. It’s name in Sanskrit is Anahata, which means *unhurt or unstuck(. It is located right at your heart. This chakra helps you to tune into your own rhythm. It merges and balances your mind, body and spirit and helps to open your consciousness.

The color of this chakra is green; it’s element is Air and it is considered a “feminine” chakra.

The Fourth Chakra aids in your ability to act with compassion, devotion and love. The love you give and receive will be unconditional. You will act with acceptance and understanding. You will find a balance within yourself.

When this chakra is balanced and functioning properly, you will feel a sense of compassion for others. You will be caring, accepting and calm. Your inner balance and serenity will be obvious to those around you. You will adopt an “attitude of gratitude” and be able to move in harmony and unity with those around you, who may comment that you have a glow about you.

Conversely, if this chakra is unbalanced, you will be unable to form attachments and will have difficulty in all relationships. You may feel sad, lonely and resentful; you may feel alienated from those around you. You will have no belief in love and will find it hard to receive love, as you are unable to give it freely.

One of the first and easiest things you can do to open the Heart chakra, is to straighten your posture and get those shoulders back. We spend so much time hunched over our screens with our heads forward, shoulders slumped and our chest collapsed. Bring that head up, straighten your spine and gently move your chest forward and open that heart center – take several deep breaths. Try to do this a few times a day and notice the change!

chakra2

A wonderful exercise to open the heart chakra is to sit comfortably, cross-legged on the floor or in a straight chair, with a straight spine. Stretch your arms out in front of you with your palms together.

(photo credit: theyogalunchbox.co.nz)

chakra3

As you inhale, stretch those arms open to your sides, parallel to the floor. Feel the stretch, expanding your lungs with the breath, opening up the heart center.

(photo credit: awaken.com)

As you exhale, bring your arms back to the front, bringing the palms back together. Do this for at least three minutes.

You can also do the following “Gratitude Breath Exercise”:

Inhale through the nose

Exhale completely through the mouth

Inhale deeply and smoothly through the mouth

Exhale completely through the nose.

(You can use the mantra “Sat Nam”, mentally vibrating “Sat” on the

inhale and “Nam” on the exhale. Sat Nam = Truth is My Identity

(The above heart chakra exercise and gratitude breath exercise from 3HO/Kundalini Yoga)

Additonally, for this chakra, you can do the following breath visualization meditation:

**Sit in easy pose (or comfortably in a straight chair, feet on floor). Close your eyes. With long deep breathing, bring calm to your heart center. Do this for several minutes. Visualize the verdant green of Spring, when everything is healthy, new and reborn. Let this green radiance enter through your heart center. Feel yourself being reborn and full of vibrant energy. Breathe all of this into your heart center, letting it nourish and cleanse you. Release any emotional pain as you let yourself feel as new and clean as the earth after a spring rain. (*From my 7-Week Chakra Course*)

After the meditation, lie down on the floor and relax for at least five minutes or alternately, sit quietly with a relaxed breath. Stretch your arms up toward to ceiling several times before moving.

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at [email protected]

Until next month, when we continue with the Fifth Chakra, I wish you peace, joy and happiness.