Well November is well and truly under way now, and this is a week for remembering all those who have fought in the global conflicts over the years. Back home in the UK we commemorate those who gave their lives on the Sunday closest to Armistice Day, which this year was Sunday 8th November. Remembrance Sunday is always a moving time, not least because my own husband has been on a front line for several of these over the past few years.
I was chatting with a fantastic lady who I recently had the joy of becoming friends with, and we were discussing Samhain and the ways we remember our ancestors and those who we have been close to who have passed over to the Summerlands, and I was reminded of a Samhain ritual I have done a few times. I wanted to share this visualisation with you all; I know Samhain has gone but this is a powerful journey and I think with it being the week of the Armistice many of us are thinking of those who have passed away.
This is a powerful guided meditation, and one that can be very emotional. Plan your ritual carefully beforehand. Read it through several times so you are totally familiar with the journey you are about to take, or consider recording it as an MP3 track if that suits your way of working more. Another alternative is to get someone to read it to you, but this takes a lot of skill so don't pick someone who is unfamiliar with guiding meditations.
As with any visualisation or pathworking, it is important to prepare fully before beginning to ensure you are both protected and grounded, and it is recommended rather than a simple cake and ale ritual at the end, eat something more substantial and make an effort to ground yourself in reality because you will be going deep into the Other Realms for this one. I will assume you are practiced at protecting and grounding yourself but if not, the book from which this visualisation comes, The Wicca Bible by Ann-Marie Gallagher, has some very good information. She also recommends having a familiar object close by that you can physically hold when you return from your inner journey to anchor you here.
One final word of warning. This journey involves communicating with those on the Isle of the Dead, but we must not visit this isle. While it won't kill you it can seriously mess with your psychic abilities and disturb your subconscious and dreams, particularly if you don't ground properly afterwards. DO NOT CROSS TO THE ISLE!
Don't be scared; let's begin.
Close your eyes and centre yourself. If any intrusive thoughts sneak in, just let them go. When you are ready, go into the space within yourself.
You become aware of the sound of breaking waves. Allow this sound to become louder as you draw nearer to its source. Open your inner senses - feel the drag of the breezes on your skin, the taste of salt, the sensation of dry sand under your feet. Open your inner vision to see that you are on a seashore. Take note of your surroundings. What colour is the sand, the sky? Walk to the water's edge until you find a craft. Step into the boat and notice its colour, its details. Is anybody else in the boat? Do they speak to you? What do you notice as the boat moves out to sea? What do you hear?
When the boat lands, notice the details of its mooring place. This is a small island, joined to a vaster shore by a bridge. What does the bridge look like; what and who is on the other shore? You may hear voices or sounds that are familiar and strange, see faces you know and faces of strangers. Those who wish to speak to you will approach the far end of the bridge. You may face them from your side of the bridge, but you may not cross. If anybody wishes to speak with you they will do so. You may speak with the dead; you are contacting that deep part of yourself that is their memory. When you have finished speaking, bid farewell and thank the guardian of the bridge for your time there. You may ask the guardian who they are and what their purpose is. Listen carefully to the answers; you may wish to remember and note them down on your return.
Rest on your island. Think about your own life. What is your earliest memory? What have you learned during your lifetime so far? Who taught you these lessons? Are they alive or have they passed to the Summerlands? What part of them remains with you? When ready, return to the boat and sail back to the shore from whence you came. How do you feel to leave that place? Is the journey back more difficult than the journey outwards? Who is with you on your journey?
As you disembark, thank whoever travels with you and concentrate on the feeling of firm ground beneath your feet. Physically pick up the object you have chosen as your "anchor" and slowly return to you surroundings. Make any notes you wish or, if you were working with others, compare notes, and close down as you normally would.
Blessed be )0(
Taken from "The Wicca Bible" by Ann-Marie Gallagher