Encyclopedia of Divination – Stephen Karcher
Opening the Heart Space
Here is a meditation exercise to
open this space. You can use it before any divinatory procedure.
Sit relaxed and straight, feet on
the floor, and close your eyes. Breathe deeply and naturally, take the stream of
the in-flowing breath all the way down into the bowl of your pelvis and release
it gently. Let yourself relax. Let thoughts, worries, and tensions slide away.
Let the breath open a place inside you, on the level of your heart, where you
and feel and see what is usually hidden. Keep breathing, easily and deeply,
letting energy flow into this place. Sense the connection between this place in
yourself and everything around you. This is your circle. You can call on
anything that appears here to help you.
Now imagine there is an open door
in front of you, and old stone door marked with cryptic signs. As you cross the
threshold you find yourself on a stairway leading down, into a shadow world that
has, in many ways, been taboo in the West since late antiquity. Here we find
symbols, floating and changing, mysterious images like those in dreams that
speak to us by calling up nets of associations, memories and feelings. We catch
glimpses of strange masked faces, at once timeless and threateningly intimate.
We see the glimmer of phosphorescent lights and feel sudden dim illuminations.
Underneath and around us we sense the great flow of the stream of life as it
mysteriously nourishes and gives meaning to all things.
Here in this space imagine you
see a vessel, lying on its side, unused. Take the vessel, stand it upright in
the center of the space. Feel it expand to include the entire space. It marks
off a sacred space where you can interact with the symbols.
Whatever is of concern to you,
the knots and difficulties of your life, whatever you want to “see into” can
be put into the vessel to be “cooked”. The watching eyes of the spirits
appear at the edge of our awareness, standing all around us. By putting
something into the Bessel, valuing it as a symbol, you empower the imagination.
It is this creative attention, acting out, playing with, imitating the symbols
– turning and rolling them in your heart – that lets the spirits play a
constructive part in your life.
Now return again. Say farewell to
the circle of spirits. They will be here whenever you want to return. Go back
through the door onto the stairs. Though the door closes behind you, it will
open again whenever you approach it. Climb the stairs and return to the place
where you are sitting. See and greet the things around you.