Sunday, August 1, 2010
Going Down the Rabbit Hole: “In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the world she was to get out again.”
Credit for the above image goes to Pablo Amaringo, great visionary of the world beyond.
Wow, that quote up there means so much more to me now than ever before.
My initiation into the Mayan shamanic path has, indeed, been a leap down the rabbit hole, and I am finding that there is, actually, no way out again. Despite its overwhelming waves, I'm not sure I'd take my exit even if it did exist, though I do have moments of wanting to return to that safe place of ignorance.
My eyes, ears, whiskers, heart, and mind have all been opened to a new way of seeing the world, and there is no turning back. Some who have done this work have attempted forgetfulness as a tactic for coming back out, but I think that is just a thin facade. I am choosing to continue to ride the waves and figure out how to walk this dimension as a master while I am awakened to the Spirit realms. It is scary and beautiful, and has no return ticket.
I knew things would be different and transformative, but I had no idea HOW different. I still am not sure as the ride continues, and the unfolding is just beginning.
So, here is the oracle I wrote for this oracle.
Well, this is where the journey begins, isn’t it? Alice, without really thinking, follows the White Rabbit down the rabbit hole and finds herself falling for a very long time: “Down, down, down. Would the fall never come to an end?” But of course we know she does eventually make it, astonishingly in one piece and not much worse for wear at that.
This is the beginning of Alice’s adventures in the nonsensical land of Wonder, and the Rabbit Hole serves as her magical portal into this mysterious world.
You, too, are about to face a rite of passage, your very own rabbit hole, so to speak. It may be spoken of as a Shamanic Journey, a Journey into the Underworld, the Hero’s Journey, an Initiation, or simply meeting up with the subconscious mind.
No matter what level or form you come to it, you will be jumping down a Rabbit Hole of one sort or another. You can either do it as Alice does, full speed ahead without fear, checking the shelves for orange marmalade as you go, or clawing and kicking all the way down. The former seems to be a much more pleasant option.
You are facing a major shift in your consciousness that will very likely lead to a transformation of life and mind-altering proportions. So grab your satchel, some tea cakes and sandwiches, and let the journey begin. No need to go looking for it; you are already on a path that will inevitably lead you into a whole new world, or maybe even another dimension.
As I said before, it may be as fundamental as meeting up with your subconscious mind, but that is no small task, and the consequences could shake the whiskers right off the White Rabbit. So hold on tight and breathe deeply. You are in for the adventure of a lifetime.
Meditation: Relax as best you can, getting comfortable and gently closing your eyes. Breathe deeply. Don’t force it, but allow the breath to deepen and slow down. The breath is one thing you can’t live without, and when we are present with it, it offers deep healing and wisdom. So take some time just to breathe. When the breath feels naturally deep and slow, just check in with your feet. Feel how they connect with the earth. As you breathe, imagine roots coming out of the bottoms of your feet and growing and digging into the earth, spreading out and branching into all sorts of directions leading downward. As the roots grow and go deeper, you can feel a sense of strength and grounding. Like a well-rooted tree, strong winds can’t topple you. Now, breathe into the space between your eyes, where the pineal gland is (also referred to as the third eye). Imagine the color of the midnight sky and then breathe into the top of the head, thinking of the color violet. When you exhale, imagine letting go of any blocks (mental, physical, emotional or energetic) that may be a burden on your transformational journey (even if you don’t know what they are). Just feel the sense of relief and lightness as you exhale and let go of these blocks. Continue to breathe into the third eye and the crown of the head, visualizing the colors indigo and violet. If you find yourself being shaken by your transformational journey, just sitting and breathing, giving all of your awareness to your breath can get you through. A very wise shaman I know has just one piece of advice for when the journey is difficult: “Respira” Breathe. Just breathe.