~ Learning to Feel the Power Without ~
By using the power we have within, and combining that with a
catalyst such as words, sounds, or colors, we can being to get a feel for the subtle
divine energies of the universe around us. After all, these things contain
an energy and a "life", one that, as Pagans, we believe came from the deities.
What good, you might ask, is there in discovering
the power in objects outside yourself when your goal is presumably to fee deity
within? The Celts believed that there was tremendous power in the name of
a person or thing, that the vibration of something;s name not only connected you
with it, but also gave you a measure of power over it. There is a great similarity
in the works for soul, breath, and name in both the Irish and Welsh languages, showing
a decided link of these functions in the popular mind.
Being these meditative exercises by selecting an
inanimate object and holding it in your receptive hand (the one that you do not
write with, or your left if you are ambidextrous). First study it with your
eyes open. Turn it over and examine it. Say its name over and over (preferably
in multiplies of three) trying to feel the connection between the name of the object
and the energy you feel coming from it. Next do this with your eyes closed.
Practice this three times with each object until
you are familiar with the energies it emanates.
Nest you should practice this with colored objects.
These too emit a specific energy separate from whatever object they tint.
The names of colors also relate to the energy they emit. For example, think
of the work "blue." Let the sound roof off your tongue. You'll probably find
that it is lazy sounding word, slow, languid and not overly energetic. Pagan,
occult, and New Age people all associate blue with peace, tranquility, sleep and
Practice this through the entire color spectrum,
three times with each color, until you obtain a sense of the subtle energy f each.
You can test your progress by holding pieces of colored cloth sight unseen and seeing
if you can guess the color by the energy you sense.