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Meditate a Moment
Inner Vision

Featuring: Tira Brandon-Evans

Before you begin the exercises you must first consider one essential aspect of your mind, your imagination. Until we tell a child otherwise they do not question the world of their imagination nor do they question whether or not the people they encounter in their 'imaginary' worlds are 'real'. A little girl may be just as happy attending a tea party with her invisible friends as she might be playing with visible friends. A young boy can be just as contented to engage in an active role playing adventure with non-material buddies as he is to rough-house with his friends in this world. For some reason this behaviour makes many adults uncomfortable. These are the grown-ups who are quick to point out to children, both their own and those of others, that this sort of play is 'only' imagination. They rush to correct the imaginative child and in some cases will even punish a child who continues to relate to invisible friends or tell stories of their Otherworld adventures.

A part of this is a desire on the part of a parent or well-meaning adult to prevent the child in question from developing 'mental illness'. How absurd. Children know quite well that their invisible friends do not live in this world. Most children when questioned in a gentle way, without being patronised, will maintain that their invisible friends are real. But when the point is pushed a bit further will also freely admit that 'Rosie', 'Daisy', or the 'Little Mermaid' are not real in the same sense that their dog Spot is real. They understand that their Otherworld friends are not material beings. Such children will, if given half an opportunity, carefully explain all of this to anyone who expresses an interest. Enjoying the company of invisible friends is not the same thing as being delusional. But what if we fail to correct such children when they are young? Won't they eventually grow up to be schizophrenic? A small percentage may but if so it will not be because they spent time with faery friends. Schizophrenia is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain and has nothing to do with a childhood belief in faerys. If one is to correlate the one with the other one may as well point out that many schizophrenics went to Church as children and try to equate their Christian beliefs with their illness.

Exercise 1 - Counted Breath (10-15 minutes)

Exercise 2 - Inner Vision (10-15 minutes)

While you are doing the various parts of Exercise 2 you must relax. Feelings of anxiety, of whether or not you are able to visualise, will not help you to develop the ability. Visualisation is a skill like any other and, with practice, it can be learned. If you apply yourself you will be very pleasantly surprised at what you can do. Be sure to record all of your experiences in your journal. One day you will be glad that you did. Try to do both the Counted Breath and Inner Vision exercises at least once a day for the first month. Later on, when you begin to travel in the Shining Country, you will only be working every other day or every second day. But these two exercises are your foundation. Like any foundation it should be as solid as possible.

(Excerpted from The Green and Burning Tree: A Faery Shamans Handbook
Copyright (c) 2001 by Tira Brandon-Evans. All rights reserved. Used with permission in writing from Tira Brandon-Evans and Elder Grove Press.)

Tira Brandon-Evans is the Founder and Moderator of the Society of Celtic Shamans, an editor of Earthsongs: Journal of the Society of Celtic Shamans, and is, herself, a Faery Shaman. Her books, The Green and Burning Tree: A Faery Shaman's Handbook, Portals of the Seasons: A Celtic Wheel of the Year, The Labyrinthine Way: Walking Ancient Paths in a Modern World, and Healing Waters, are all published by Elder Grove Press. She is presently writing a book about the Ogham. You may contact Tira by email.

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