The last couple weeks (since I last updated on my work through basic trance exercises and techniques) have felt like a backwards slide. You see, I went back to work after a long vacation. In many ways, this was a good thing, especially because it thrust me back into my ten-month routine of waking up with the sun, doing a devotional first thing in the morning, and then going to bed at a decent time. Unfortunately, getting back into that schedule, on top of all the mental, physical, and, yes, spiritual demands of work – in addition to taking care of my family – has been exhausting. Trance has been difficult to achieve, let alone attempt.
That isn’t to say I haven’t tried. I continue to breathe, ground, and shield via visualizations each morning. When I have been stressed, I’ve closed my eyes to visualize all the irritations floating away or burning up in the candle fire… I engage in the Two Powers often, especially when I do my weekly ADF-style ritual. Last week I journeyed to my inner grove just to be. I only moved through my Three Realms yoga practice once since I last wrote about it, which bums me out.
As I move forward and readjust to the usual schedule, I am striving to continue my studies. I am reading when I can, and I intend to work on some new exercises. I know that periods of stagnation are normal, but I can’t let it come to that when I’m actively working on my Initiate Path.
Onward, my friends! Onward and upward!