I am about to leave for the US to do some teaching at Fellowships of the Spirit (FOTS), a Spiritualist Seminary, in Lily Dale, New York. As an ordained minister, I usually give a sermon for their Sunday evening service when I am there. When I called Rev. Elaine Thomas, the head of FOTS, to see if she had a theme she would like me to talk on, she suggested "Fear."
It's everywhere. And all the media are doing their best to get us to feel fear about religious fundamentalism, the economy, terrorism, war, the future, death ... the list goes on and on.
And the list of ways to deal with our fears also goes on and on. Carl Jung wrote of our shadow, that dark place in our unconscious where we stuff all those things we don't want to face. Byron Katie urges us (as Ram Dass said) to "Be Here Now." What you fear in the future arrives at the moment you see the period at the end of this sentence. And has that fear become manifest? Be Here Now! Chögyam Trungpa in his book, Smile at Fear – Awakening the True Heart of Bravery, (Shambhala: Boston & London), speaks about all of the various fears we have, and to become truly fearless, he suggests that we must stop running from our fear and begin to make friends with it. We must learn to smile at fear. (Sounds a lot like Jung's method of dealing with our shadow.)
But I would like to suggest a slightly different approach that employs some geomantic magic. Crossings of underground veins of primary water are very yin. I see them like a psychic vacuum cleaner that sucks energy into the Earth. It helps things to fall apart, to decompose. Yes, there are some beneficial things that can happen by spending time over places like this. For example, it's a great place to put your compost pile. But mostly, it is deleterious to human health. It shrinks your aura when you spend time over such places, and helps you get a number of different degenerative dis-eases - like cancer, arthritis, auto-immune diseases and difficulty in sleeping.
But in terms of fear, these yin centres are also great places to get rid of stuff that is no longer useful to you. I first learned this in the early eighties in Vermont when another geomancer moved in to my area and began writing me rather provocative unpleasant letters. One day, I had had enough, so I took his letter to a place on my lawn where there was a crossing of veins of primary water, and Mother Nature had made it clear by having a small circle of English Daisies. As I lit the letter, I asked Her to take this negativity and use it as compost for the new. I just didn't want this negative energy in my life any more. (He never worte again.)
Six months later, someone asked me about this guy and what had been irritating me, and I couldn't remember! I still can't (and have no desire to).
I suggest this technique to some of the people who come to me for Tarot readings when they need to get rid of old habits in order to make room for new, more positive ways of doing things in their lives. I give them a piece of cigarette rolling paper and ask them to write in as few words as possible (preferably only one), what they want to get rid of, and take that to Chalice Well. There, at the well head, they light a candle, and when they are ready, they light the paper, hold it over the well, and when it is really burning their fingers, to drop the ashes in the well. And "Mom" takes it and uses it as fertiliser for the new.
All I can say is that it works.
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p.s. Please remember that I will be teaching a weekend experiential workshop, on "Archaeoastronomy, Dowsing & Nature: Prehistoric & Contemporary Uses of Sacred Space" at The Rowe Conference Center in northwestern Massachusetts on the weekend of 19, 20 & 21 November. This will be your only chance to catch me in the USA this year. You can register online. This class is filling up fast, but there are still a few slots available.