I’ve told the story of how I broke my brain and then spent a year or so hiding in the basement. To say that I quit practicing magic altogether is an exaggeration, but these two meditations made up 90% of my practice at that time. It is to these meditations and that period of seclusion that I attribute my current sanity (such as it is … if that gives you any idea of how crazy I was before hand).
The first exercise, obviously, is rooted in the near-ubiquitous seven-chakra system I was originally trained in. It is not of my own design, but I can’t find my original source—perhaps it’s back with the library in Kansas City—or anything similar on the web. It should be easy to adapt to whatever shape you’ve worked your aura into. The second is of my own design. Suffice to say, I was once obsessed with energetic balance in the form of the Yin-Yang. Still, it was very useful.
Fountain of Light Chakra Meditation
Find somewhere quiet, preferably in front of your altar. Light incense, put on music—do whatever it is what you do. Sit comfortably with your back straight.
Reach down into the Earth, as far as you can. Open your Root chakra and let energy flow up into it. Feel it energize, swirling, building. The traditional color of the Root Chakra is red, and I found it helpful to concentrate on that color. Feel yourself grounded, steady, and rooted.
When you’re ready, let the energy flow up from your Root into your Sacral Center. Feel it energize, swirling, building, orange light. Feel yourself swell with vigor, love, and lust for life … and maybe outright lust.
The light and energy rises further, to the One Point at your solar plexus. Feel it energize, swirling, building, yellow light. Feel your body: feel its strength and precision, your capacity for movement.
The light rises further, to your Heart Center. Feel it energize, swirling, building, green light of primal life. Feel your heart and lungs, feel the blood and breath of life moving through your body.
The light rises further, to your Throat Chakra. Feel it energize, swirling, building, blue light. Feel your voice, your spiritual connection to the world around you.
The light continues to rise to your Third Eye. Feel it energize, swirling, building, violet light. Your Astral Sight grows sharper.
The light reaches your Crown. Feel it energize, swirling, building, and finally pouring out of you and back down into the earth in a fountain of brilliant white light. Your whole body buzzes with power. As the light flows out of your crown, you continue to draw it up from the earth, through each of your chakras, and out of your crown.
Allow the energy, the light, the power to continue cycling through you until you feel clear and bright.
Break the cycle at your Root, and allow the excess energy to drain off.
Yin-Yang Power Meditation
Sit somewhere comfortable where you are unlikely to be interrupted. Visualize yourself floating in a void.
In the void below you, visualize a large Yin-Yang disk floating perpendicular to the axis of your spine. Set it to rotating clockwise, and let its power rise up to fill you, then overflow upwards into infinity.
When you are ready, visualize another Yin-Yang disk floating above you, parallel to the first. Set it rotating counterclockwise and feel its power flowing into you, parallel to the stream from the first, and down into infinity.
Let the perfectly balanced energy fill you to the brim, as much as you can take. When you are ready, slow the rotation of both disks simultaneously, letting the energy flow taper off slowly until you are grounded and centered.