Let us prepare ourselves for meditation
As we begin to prepare for our meditation be sure you are in a place where you will not be disturbed. Sitting comfortably with your spine relatively erect, start to focus on your breathing. Noticing that with every in breath your body becomes more and more relaxed and as you exhale you release any tension still residing in your body.
Do this for the next few minutes, just gently inhaling and exhaling, relaxing and releasing. Now with more focused attention send the breath into your emotional body, feeling your emotions become still and calm, like a lake with no ripples. Finally, send the breath to the busy mind and ask that the mind become quiet and receptive as we proceed with our meditation.
Now I’d like you to imagine a radiant ball of light sitting right above your head. This is the light of your Soul. Imagine now that the crown chakra opens and allows that light to travel down through each chakra into the center of the earth. Feel your energy become solid and grounded as it connects to the Mother.
Next, I’d like you to imagine the light of the Soul above your head traveling upward to the realms. Allow the breath to move from the point between your eyebrows, into the center of your head and then upward to the Soul and beyond. See yourself now, in your mind’s eye aligned and connected to heaven and earth. Know that you now have direct access to your higher wisdom, but also that you are fully tethered to the earth.
Now let us send our invocative appeal upward to the Spiritual realms. We ask to be filled with the fiery, initiating energy of Aries that we might be willing to let it burn away any obstacles to our journey. We asked to be filled with the energy of resurrection and renewal. May it be an uplifting force in our lives. Being filled with these potent energies and deeply connected to our Source of Wisdom we ask for clarity as we bring forth our questions for contemplation. Please feel free to pause the recording after each question if you wish to give yourselves more time to receive any impressions that may come forth.
- Where in my life to I feel stuck, rigid, or blocked?
- Am I willing to use the lightning bolt of Aries energy to break up my worn-out ideas, emotions, or structures? Can I imagine that happening right now?
- If I imagine that space now freed up, what is the new thing that can be given life and resurrected within you?
Let us give thanks now for any clarity that you received and for this special moment of cleansing and renewal. Let us bless whatever is wanting to come forth within us this next month. Let us bless our courage to bring it forth, our daring. Let us renew our minds, that they may be more perfect vessels for the Soul’s illumination. Let everything within us be resurrected, be made new that we might be of greater service.
Poem for Aries
Begin again to the summoning birds
to the sight of light at the window,
begin to the roar of morning traffic
all along Pembroke Road.
Every beginning is a promise
born in light and dying in dark
determination and exaltation of springtime
flowering the way to work.
Begin to the pageant of queuing girls
the arrogant loneliness of swans in the canal
bridges linking the past and future
old friends passing through with us still.
Begin to the loneliness that cannot end
since it perhaps is what makes us begin,
begin to wonder at unknown faces
at crying birds in the sudden rain
at branches stark in the willing sunlight
at seagulls foraging for bread
at couples sharing a sunny secret
alone together while making good.
Though we live in a world that dreams of ending
that always seems about to give in
something that will not acknowledge conclusion
insists that we forever begin.
~ Brendan Kennelly ~