Create your own meditations

Apr 29th, 2018 | By | Category: Articles

By Nimue Brown

Visualisation and pathworking can bring deep spiritual insights and flex creative muscles. However, if you’re new to all of this is can be a bit intimidating. There are lots of audio meditations you can buy, but that might not work for you. Other people’s meditations can be full of ideas that don’t suit – being told to feel a certain way, or to do something you find uncomfortable does not make for a good experience.

Visualisations are easier because they aren’t narrative. You are just sitting in a meditative state, playing with an idea, an image or a feeling to see where that takes you and what you can learn from it. You can work with them purely with your imagination or you can start with prompts – an object, an oracle card, etc. Pick something you find affecting and are moved to work with – follow your heart. Make a plan for how you’re going to do this so that you won’t get lost or bored. See what happens! You might want to visualise a sacred place, an ancient site or a landscape you care about. You might want to visualise a symbol that you find powerful. You could visualise a plant moving through the wheel or the year, or a tree growing, or the flight of a bird. If you don’t really know how these things look, you can research first. If you try it and realise you don’t know enough, research a bit and try again. This can be a process, and no one is marking your efforts.

This kind of work need not be visual, either. You can work with sound, touch and taste as well, and it is good to work with as many senses as you can. Working with the memory of sun on skin, the feeling of being in water, or the idea of being a comet in space… there are no restrictions here.

A pathworking is more of a journey. It needs a beginning, middle and end, and if you’re doing it from your own recollections, not a recording and playing it back to guide you, it needs to be simple. The function of the beginning and end is to get you in and out. Make sure you know how you are going to leave! Don’t be too ambitious at the start. Begin with a way of entering the scene that you find easy and natural. Plan a simple scene for the middle – perhaps you go into a garden and gaze into a smooth pond. Perhaps you go down into a cave and meet something there. Often the best way to leave is to plan to retrace your steps.

Complex pathworkings can offer multiple events in a session, but that’s not always better. Sometimes the simple setup will open you to imagination and you’ll just go somewhere with it. Sometimes those experiences may feel like a crossing over into a spiritual realm where it’s not all stuff you’ve made up. Very simple pathworkings can lead to very rich and involved experiences.

Nimue Brown is the author of Druidry and Meditation, find out more about that here – http://www.moon-books.net/books/druidry-and-meditation 

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