Stone & Bone (Part 9) – Ancestral Healing

Ancestral Healing Protocol

A basic exercise for ancestral healing follows. It begins by connecting to the bones of the Earth. Feel this deeply and completely, holding a Stone in your hand. Then connect to your own bones. Feel them within you, alive and bright. Treat your family as if they were distant ancestors and treat yourself as if she were a distant ancestor. It is important you let yourself feel removed from those who are too close. You may feel deeply and profoundly wish to make changes within your family but this is hard when emotions are too close. We must learn to sift between our own voices and the ancestral voices within. So we must connect to our true ancestors and disconnect from them at the same time.

  1. Connect to the bones of the Earth by feeling the Stone.
  2. Connect to your own bones to feel the resonance.
  3. Introduce yourself to your ancestors. Remember as you learn to hear the voices of your ancestors, you also learn your own voice. This is most important.
  4. Allow the ancestors the chance to speak through journaling an “imagined” conversation, divination such as tarot or runes, or simple impressions.
  5. Make an altar to your ancestors. Put what you feel appropriate on the altar and epoch your history. Photos of yourself and your family, especially with anyone with whom you need to feel healing, should be used. Include slips of papers, notes, and honest offerings.
  6. Call on your ancestors to help heal your family line. Tell them you will make yourself an object of healing (and as such, a healer) as an offering. Being such a vessel is powerful and sometimes intense. It implies deep acceptance of role as healer and healed. Remember the only healing is self-healing so we cannot be responsible for the healing of anyone else, even family. Make this offering, burn a light blue candle as a dedication, and lift the veil between your ancient ones and present self.
  7. Begin a forgiveness of self exercise. Many times a day say: “I forgive myself and my ancestors for all things done and undone.” This is something small but very powerful. It is important you imprint this on your very Soul. If you make this about your ancestors in the distant past who are now your allies, you will inevitably assist the healing of closer family (parents and siblings) as well. You will heal from both ends of the lineage.
  8. Choose a stone with the desire to do ancestral healing. This stone becomes ally and partner. Keep the stone on the altar when not communing with it directly. Sleep with it when you can. Hold it close and know you are loved.

© 2013 Heather D. Eggleston

Stone & Bone (part 2) – The Nature of Stone

The deepest of the seven elements is Stone. It is the skeleton of Earth Herself and, like our bones, offers a foundation on which we develop and grow. We connect to the language of Stone through our rooting pulse, the root chakra, at the base of our spine.

Breathe deep into your abdomen and turn your focus downward into the base of your spine. This is your Rooting Heart, the part of you synchronized to the language of the people of Stone. Keep your attention focused there and really feel. Everything slows down. Your breathing slows, your attention deepens, and your focus become still and heavy. Simply slow. Deep. Feel. Then allow the depth to infuse your entire body with the stillness and peace of the deep places. The places of Stone. Experience.

Stone is the most solid of the seven elements and, in the quirky way of quantum reality, the fastest moving. Stone moves so quickly as to seem absolutely slow, still, and inert. And yet that is terribly inaccurate. Stone just holds its secrets close and the human seeker must slow her breath and hold the stone close to understand the deep language of emotional memory and resonance.

Stone is extremely ancient. Although it goes through its own cycles of time with its own states of matter (solid, liquid, and gas) it takes much longer than the other elements to transform and so naturally adopts the role of memory-keeper for our Mother’s children. Locked within the structure of each individual stone is a connection to all the cycles of human (and otherwise) time. Our past is locked in their fossil record.  

© 2013 Heather D. Eggleston

Liquid Light Meditation

Liquid Light Meditation

Feel your breath moving in and out of your body. Feel the earth beneath you. Feel the sky above you. Feel the movement of your energy dancing in and around you, keeping time with your breath. Now with each inhalation ask for Divine blessing and favor. Ask for guidance and purification. Ask for protection and clarity. Ask for courage to see that which is even as it dreams itself around that which is not. And with each exhalation offer your blessings to all the Mother’s children. Now use your left hand to gently touch each chakra point. Move your left hand to your root and breathe in gently. Move to your sacral and breathe out gently. Then move your left hand to your solar plexus and breathe in again. Now move your hand to your heart and exhale. Then to your throat and inhale. Now to your third eye and exhale. Now place your left hand on your crown and inhale a great breath. Now touch your navel and rotate counterclockwise for seven turns, asking your body to be solid and strong as you travel.

Now feel yourself as Light, each part of you become more and more liquid. Feel your edges soften as if freed from the strictures of a solid shape. Feel your Light as it moves in and out of form with the rhythm of music. Feel yourself as liquid Light that shifts and plays with the substance of Creation. Dance in this a moment. Feel your liquid body. Your fingers are drops of Light. Your eyes are pools of Light. Feel the fluidity of your insides as they shape themselves into realms of imagining. Now fully feel this state of liquid being. Touch your left thumb to the middle finger of your left hand. Anchor this state of being now. Hold it now. When you release this position you will fall back into solid form. Practice opening and closing this state. Practice shifting from liquid to solid and back again by closing and opening your fingertips. You will carry this state with you for practice later.      

A Myth

Humanity was created from the tears of our Mother wrapped in the clay of Her body. She poured out Love, laughter, sorrow, joy, anger, bliss, and every other emotion ever imagined as she cried tears of rainbow Light into vessels shaped of earthy clay, filling the solidity of form with her powerful emotions. As She molded them from Her tears and flesh Her mate and twin, our Father, blew warm breath into their mouths to heat their inner suns and fill their cold little bodies with life. The parents then called their First Born to sing themselves into their younger siblings. And so these children, humans born from clay and tears, sunlight and breath, and filled with the song of angels became the repositories of emotional possibilities encased in solid Light. Made of Love they were given the opportunity to experience every kind of thing they would collectively dream for themselves. And for eons they existed within the warm space of their heart within the Oneness of their Parents arms and in celebration with their siblings: the stones and plants and elves and stars and all those who live within the All.

Because humans were given the gift of Dreaming, which is the gift of creating worlds drawn from their emotional landscape, at some point they learned how to dream lies. These were lies of separation, pridefulness, shame, scarcity, insecurity, rejection, abandonment. When they learned this skill they also learned hiding to stay “safe” from the lies they told themselves and each other. And so they seemed to fall away from their shared Heart to slip out of the All. As they fell away from the bliss of their Parents arms their lives were shorter and more filled with anxiety and turbulence. They no longer loved their siblings, the animals, but feared their sharp teeth. The wilds of the deep woods became terrible and frightening places. The Starry Ones, their one time older siblings and teachers, seemed to morph into frightening aliens and demons of dark intent. And some emotions of humanity itself: anger, ferocity, wildness, desire, became shadows of their original glory, pushed aside and relegated to the dark. These disregarded emotions took form as demons. Demons dreamed from the rejection of their human parents, abandoned children left to drift foraging on their own, nursing from the lost, broken, and fear-ridden among them. And so humanity dreamed fearsome things, fragmented itself into good and evil. Projected its shadow into the Other to protect themselves from the truth that they themselves are the dreamers of an artificial construct of separation, fear, scarcity, loss, and shame built on top of the Truth of the All, which has been here all along. It is when humanity remembers to embody humility within the great cyclic arms of our Parents that they heal and step into a very different dream: the dream that returns them to the Golden age.

A Meditation & Release

We bring ourselves to stillness with the beating of our hearts and the counting of breath.

Breathe in through your nose and out through your heart. Pay attention to the rhythm of your breath and where it falls into your body and where it may rise in your sensations. As you breathe feel the movement of Life circulate through you and follow with your attention each pathway and bending of your breath. When you notice pain or discomfort in your body then follow the pain from one point to the next. If you feel a pain in your throat then follow it to where it leads, like a pathway. And as you follow that pathway breathe Love into the pain and feel it release. Do not pressure the release. Just allow it and move on. Do not over-think this but allow it and move on. Release and move on. Release and move on. Release and move on…

Be Still

With each pain you feel there is an associated fear. It is not important you know what the fear is or what it is not. If it gives you a name, then good, but if it does not still release and move on. Release and move on. This is grace. Sit in Grace.

Be Still

Now allow yourself to follow your pain and fears through your body while releasing and moving. And as you release feel yourself getting lighter. You are making room for more Light. You are creating space for more Light and service making your reality bigger. So feel yourself moving and expanding as you grow Lighter and Lighter.

Be Still

 

Now listen to your heartbeat. Now listen to the heartbeat of the Mother. Now allow those heartbeats to combine. If you listen closely you may feel a third heartbeat from above. This is the heartbeat of the Father. Allow the three to combine into one. This is You.

Be Still

This is where we sit. This is the axis mundi. This is our branch of the world tree on which we perch. Peace, be at peace.

A Meditation on group-Heart and wisdom from the people of the Green (by Heather Eggleston)

Listen. This is your space to hear and feel. Know this. Settle in to your skin. Feel the edges of your form. Then feel the edges of your aura. Now pull your attention inward. And feel your center. It does not matter where the center of you is. For some the center may be the little toe on the right foot. For some it is in the heart or closer to the throat or in the gut or in the left shoulder. It is the center of you. Feel the center of you. If the center of you will move itself then let it move itself. let it flow and watch its movement without worries or without judging or thinking it. Just let it move and feel its movement and feel the patterns that follow in its moving. The center of things is never one place only. The center of things is never one heart only. It is all places and hearts. It is the waves of everything. The center of things is the place where the World Tree roots itself into the beginnings, ends, and betweens of all times. The axis mundi. The center of the Worlds. Feel this in you.

(Be Still)

Yes, as your attention settles into a space it may move. Laugh with this. Do not be frustrated or fearful as your center of motion shifts. Be everything at once.

(Be Still)

Now feel the center of things expand. Feel the single shifting point grow in detail and expand like a little pinprint growing larger. This center expands out like a big ball that holds you in the middle of it, bouncing with each thought, with each breath. Moving you with it, up and down, and up and down. Isn’t this fun? You are a great bouncing ball! Watch the world outside you as you bounce throughout time and throughout space. Dip your toes in the swirls of water of the Oceans as you bounce off the waves. Hear the Stars sing to you as you bounce through the heavens. Feel the warmth of the Sun as you bounce off its rays, allowing your own inner Star to flare in recognition and gratitude. A great cosmic bouncing ball.

(Be Still)

Now listen. Below you there is a beating. A drumming. A steady pulsing of slow, deep, drums. You feel this pulse outside you and suddenly, instantaneously, you feel it inside you as well. Steady, slow, pulsing. It vibrates in you like nothing you’d imagined. Your bouncing slows and the sphere around is drawn down, deep. Down where the beating becomes louder, echoing in your ears, pulling you into the body of Earth herself. Under Earth, in the crystalline structure below, you pulse, feeling yourself growing older, deeper, ancient. You begin to know the things of Stone. You feel the ages and cycles of Earths passed and yet to come in your bones as your bones slowly, so slowly remember they are Stone with the wisdom of all Creation in their structure. You are the skeleton of the Earth and the structure upon which all else is built. You are crystal, rock, sediment, and caves. You are the mountains that touch the sky. You carry the wisdom of ages in your bones. You are living, dynamic, pulsing. You are beating. You are drumming. You are Stone.

(Be Still)

Now feel the drum-beat in your heart. At first it may feel like an echo as the vibration carries itself through you. Allow your heartbeat and the pulsing of the Stone to wrap around each other until they become one rhythm.

(Be Still)

Now a wind moves over you and the slightest breath is whispered into your head. This breath, this blessing, touches your heart and as it does you are washed in the most verdant green you have ever imagined. Brighter than emeralds and deeper than forest canopies. As this green washes your heart it beats with greater life. Greater vitality. It beats with a solidity and purpose. And with each and every beat your heart expands, growing larger and larger. With each beat living, breathing vines grow in every direction. These tendrils grow out, reaching towards the world. They root in, reaching into Mystery. The grow in and out, up and down, reaching all directions at once, connecting the inner spaces to the outer spaces.

(Be Still)

As these vines grow, like tributaries from a central spring, they entwine their green fingers around the fingers of those closest to them, reaching for each other. Connecting heart to heart. Green to Green. As these beautiful connections are made feel the original breath of wind in your hair pass through each vein of Green from one tendril to the next as we pass the blessing to each other, letting it grow, knowing we are intimately connected. Feel nourishment pass through these external roots, feeding the deepest connections within. Feel empathy for all Creation in the beating of Our heart. Be there now.