On Centering, Ground, Cleansing, Shielding and Warding from Nettle
I’m using Coyvere a lot for this post. < Coyvere “I don’t feel used. I should be more damp” > This is really in some ways his area of expertise.
So what is centering, grounding, cleansing, shielding and warding, more importantly why should they be part of your daily practice. Really, they should be part of your daily practice.
Centering: this is when you gather your thoughts and focus your intention, which can be for meditation, prayer, ritual or just starting your day. An example would be practicing some breath works – closing your eyes focusing on the inhale the exhale lengthening the breath until even and smooth. What you are working for is what is sometimes called one pointed focus. You have slowed all the other thoughts in your brain until you can get to the point of being able to focus fully on the task at hand. <Coyvere: Centering is being able to focus on what you WANT to focus on and not random thoughts or environmental distractions.>
Grounding: when you have too much (or surprisingly or too little energy), it happens sometimes after a ritual or when working with energy your body feels jittery like you’ve had too much caffeine. What you are doing is giving your extra energy to Mother Earth. It is getting your head out of the clouds and focused on the mundane mortal things of life. I always do ritual barefoot for this reason, my feet in contact with the earth or representation of the earth. <Coyvere: You are not designed to be a battery. Carrying too much energy is sometimes harmful. Use it then lose it.>
Cleansing: everything always needs to be cleaned – yourself, your tools, your home, your pets, your yard, your vehicles – seriously everything. Cleansing can be as mundane as washing something or more magically inclined of cleaning things with moon light, sun light, salt, Essential oils whatever you have on hand. I’m always leaving my crystals or tarot cards to hang out in the full moon as well as before each use breathing into to clean them of any past use. <Coyvere: In the same way, you can look at basic house wards as walls that keep the dirt out.>
Shielding: is a personal bubble of energy or ward around you. This is that classic white light in a bubble around your personal space or your aura field. As an introvert I’m always going out shields up. <Coyvere: Really you are just pushing energy out of your body into your aura as a buffer. That’s why introverts get exhausted in crowds – pushing shields.>
Wards: permanent protection around your home or vehicles that just keep bad shit out. Coyvere is the wards expert. I do my own but nothing like his. His wards are complicated and what friends have called Fort Knox wards. Mostly my two bit into the wards around the house are some EO’s (essential oils) l like – peppermint, cedar and clove that I spray around windows, doors and behind the toilets and under the sinks. These EO’s work well to keep spiders, ants and other insects out of the house. Even better it smells nice.
Coyvere on Wards: Wards at their most basic are the walls of your home. You build your wards like walls to keep out the bad weather and prevent strangers from wandering into your home. Unless you live in a field, you should have a good idea on how this works 🙂 Some people think that wards are unnecessary because they want the energies of the world to flow freely through them. They should live in fields. For the rest of us, a calm shelter in a time of storms is quite the thing. If you function as a guardian in your community, you might also want to design your walls to be a little thicker and to be opaque. There are so many wards… Incidentally, Nettle is better at wards than she lets on. Her plant oils draw on essences to power spells taught to her by… teachers… and they do… stuff.