your eyes and visualize a brilliant white light over your head.
As you inhale deeply, feel this light coursing through your
body, from your head down to your toes. Feel your muscles relaxing,
beginning with your feet. The deep sense of peacefulness moves
up through your legs, into your body and arms. You feel the
tenseness flow out of the muscles in your shoulders, neck and
head. You are completely relaxed.
you now is a well. Take all the problems in your life and throw
them into the deep darkness of the well. The problems are quickly
carried far way from you. Leave them there, turn and walk away.
You will be constantly protected during this meditation. Absolutely
nothing can harm you.
are standing on the pebble-strew shores of a wide lake with
beautiful mountains around you. Thick stands of trees cover
the slopes, their boughs and leaves rustling in a small breeze.
You hear the songs of the birds as they flit from tree to tree.
The sun is sinking behind the distant mountains and casting
a brilliant red and gold glow across the waters of the lake.
As the last rays of the sun leave the lake, the birds of the
forest around you fall silent. You watch a white stag and doe
come down to the lake to drink. A night chorus of frogs calls
to each other from the reeds along the bank, while overhead
the moon begins to rise in the sky...
the deer leave, you walk to where they drank and watch as the
moonlight lays down a silvery path across the lake. As the light
touches your feet, the waters of the lay gently pull back, opening
a path from shore to the center of the lakebed. At the end of
this patch you see the bright, fire lit opening of a cave mouth.
Strange, enthralling music drifts to you from the cave, and
you feel compelled to see what lies within this hidden place.
quickly follow the path until you stand at the entrance to the
underwater cave. As you peer within, you see a huge cauldron
hung over a blazing fire in the center of the smooth cave floor.
Sitting in a chair behind the cauldron is a figure shrouded
in a dark cloak, the hood pulled low over the face, concealing
the facial features. By the chair, sits a beautiful fairy woman
playing a harp. The fairy beckons you to enter.
you pass the cauldron to sit beside the fairy, you notice the
dark liquid roiling within the great cast-iron vessel and catch
a glimpse of strange pictures as they quickly come and go from
sight. When you reach the fairy, the dark, silent figure in
the cloak moves, thrusting back the hood with one wrinkled hand.
A strong, aged woman stares at you intently. Her dark eyes are
like mirrors, reflecting the firelight.
the old woman says. "Why do you come to the cave of Ceridwen?
Do you seek initiation and inspiration?"
you answered "no", the woman will not speak to you
again, although you may converse with the fairy woman.
you answered "yes", the old woman takes up a cup and
dips a little of the cauldron water into it.
this and prepare for initiation," she says. " I am
Ceridwen, the great initiator, the opener of the way, the guardian
of the door to the past."
swallow the liquid and immediately feel different. Your sight
is clearer, and you can see the energy running through the rocks
of the cave walls. You feel the harp music against your skin
and taste it on your tongue. You hear the sounds of colors around
you, and smell scents drifting from the Otherworld. You explore
these new dimensions of your senses for a time.
last, Ceridwen takes your hand and leads you to stand beside
the cauldron. She suddenly plunges your hand into the dark liquid.
To your surprise, it is cool to the touch, even though it bubbles
and boils over the fire.
is the gate to the past," Ceridwen says. "The past
history of this world. The past lives and history of yourself.
Do you wish to see who you where before and what lessons you
have carried with you into this life to learn?"
you answer "no", you will leave the cave and return
to the lakeshore.
you answer "yes", Ceridwen suddenly plunges you into
the dark cauldron. You sink deep into the cauldron but are not
afraid. You see brilliant colored pictures floating around you.
To see more of a past life, you focus on a picture and find
yourself in that time and place, observing all that takes place.
You may explore several past lives before you once more find
yourself standing beside Ceridwen.
search for the truth as it is," she admonishes you. "Not
as you wish the truth to be. Truth is the key to the great spiritual
mysteries. Without seeking and recognizing truth, you cannot
progress and learn."
spend a few more minutes talking with Ceridwen and the fairy
harper. When you are ready to leave, you look out the mouth
of the cave to see the strange path of moonlight illuminating
the waters of the lake. The waters open, leaving a clear path
out of the underwater cave. You follow the moonlit path until
you once again reach the lakeshore. You think of your physical
body and find yourself within it.
The meditation is ended.