Foundations of Practice: Lesson Seven

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Breathing Into Grounding

Continue this exercise for throughout month. Next Month (Lesson Eight) we explore ways to expand on this technique and establish a regular set of exercises and meditations to keep you on track and engage you more fully in an established spiritual practice.

Take some time to either record or thoroughly review the steps outlined in the grounding meditation. You will be using this to practice  breath and sensing the energy that builds in and around you. This is a part of the process used as we discussed, when casting a circle.

* This grounding can be done at any time to bring you back to a place of balance and calm. Its nature is one of connecting you with the natural flow of positive, restorative energy.     A Simple Grounding Meditation

 

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Seeking and Empowering a Magickal Name

This time of contemplation may be used as a place of seeking a name or further exploring the deeper meaning of a name you may already have.

Select a space where you will not be disturbed and is quiet. Sit in a comfortable position and establish an easy rhythm of breath. Form the intent in your mind of:

Seeking a magickal name, or
Seeking deeper knowledge of the the name you currently have

Breathe fully into this intent and make statement that:
I am (mundane name) and I seek a name of power through which my magick may flow and will align with my work and magickal persona. I, (mundane name) call this name of power to be revealed!, or

I am (mundane name) also called (magickal name) within the magickal realms. I seek greater understanding of this magickal name and deeper clarity as to how I may use its power more fully. I, (magickal name), call this to be so!

Sit and be open and receptive to what information is presented. This may come in the form of images, sounds, smells or via any of the sensorial routes. There may be more than one energy that presents. Simply allow it to pass through and send the intention that one is most needed and relevant will remain in sight.

Note for this next step. If you are seeking a magickal name, it may not be gifted at first try. Do not be discouraged, for the first and truest of your magickal names is that which was given at birth. So, you may apply this empowerment to that name until another is presented. Also be mindful, that the act of setting this meditation of calling in motion will begin to generate the magnetism to draw a name to you. Be aware of images, places, or things that you see, hear or otherwise experience in the days following. If you persistently see a rose (on billboards, in advertisement, etc..) and the image keeps reappearing in unusual settings or without your seeking it; this could be the message that “Rose” is to be your name of power. Do the meditation again, this time with the intent of verifying that this is indeed a message of naming for you.

When you have received what you feel is needed at this time, make declaration of:
May this name of power be ignited by the flame of Divine Will.

May this name of power be a gate to the waters of Inner Knowing.

May this name of power be the foundation upon which I move as a Witch and the Weaver of True Magick.May this name of power be carried on the winds of calling and into the halls of the Great Ones, the Celestial Ones and those beings of the Greater Earth as sign and symbol of Higher Mind.

See this name written in blue flame on your inner screen and shining brightly as beacon of recognition on all of the planes. When all is complete, make final declaration to seal the working:

So Mote It Be!

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Journaling: Your Book of Shadows

In this lesson you have learned the use and purpose of establishing a Book of Shadows (BOS). As you begin to organize the sections and decide what you wish to include in your BOS; spend some time going through the journal you began at the start of these lessons. What material would be suitable to transfer into your BOS and as you review what you have written thus far, what could be added to these experiences, now that you are seeing them anew. From here forward you have the choice of either recording in your Book of Shadows or continuing the use of the magickal journal you have started. As you begin to make more entries, the appropriate place for their recording will flow easily.

About themagickalpen

Robin Fennelly is a Third Degree Initiate within The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Tradition and serves as High Priestess of Coven of the Mystic Path. She teaches and facilitates classes for the Pagan Experience Study Group that serves as foundation for membership within Coven of the Mystic Path. Her spiritual journey is strongly rooted in both Eastern philosophy and theWestern Magickal systems from which she has formed a core foundation that is diverse in knowledge and rich in spiritual practice. A life-long learner, her practice has evolved from the classical and philosophical teachings of books, practical experience and enrichment of this knowledge base by attending workshops of various spiritual traditions presented by master teachers. Robin formally came to the Wiccan path in 1994. Following practice as a solitary for 2 years, she dedicated to Oak and Willow Coven of The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Tradition in November of 1996. She received her 1st, 2nd and finally 3rd degrees within the Assembly Tradition. As a teacher of esoteric and magickal studies she has used Energetic Anatomy, Tarot, Astrology, Hermetic Qabala, Eastern Philosophy, and Numerology as the foundations of her diverse selection of workshops and writings for more than 25 years. Exploration of varied energetic protocol has been the focus of her work for some time now and the information gained through direct experience informs all of her magickal and spiritual work. Robin’s writings have been featured online, and in print Internationally. She has authored several books incorporating her unique style of writing making use of poetry, prose and pathworking to enhance the concepts presented. She has taught extensively throughout the Pagan community, including Sacred Space Conference, Spring Magick, Between the Worlds Interfaith Conference and Free Spirit Gathering Festival this Summer. Her most recent project is hosting an online blogging community entitled The Pagan Experience. Robin is the owner of Holistic Embrace providing services for mind, body and spirit such as Tarot readings, Astrology reports, Spiritual Guidance and other related offerings. She lives in Eastern Pennsylvania and her life is blessed by a 43-year marriage, five children and the opportunity to work in the field of public education. Robin's esoteric writings can be found on her blogs.
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