Seat yourself on a chair or on the floor.

If you sit on a chair make sure your feet are flat on the floor. If you are sitting on the floor make sure you have your feet arranged so that they are not crossed at the ankles as this inhibits energy flow. Visualized your spine as an antenna. The top is at the crown chakra, the bottom is at the base chakra. Straighten your posture and shift your body until you find your alignment with the earth. It may take only moments or you may have to work with it as you learn to attune yourself with Mother Earth. Take your time. When you are ready to proceed with the meditation take two or three deep, cleansing breaths. With each breath out, release any pent up tension or anxiety in your body. Imagine yourself confined within an acorn. Buried beneath the surface of mother earth, you can feel the top of the seed covering pressing against the top of your head. Your knees are against your chest, your arms around your knees. Your base chakra is pressed against the bottom of the acorn. You feel the warmth of the sun on the moist, warm earth above you. It is calling you to join in the dance of spring. Your base chakra puts out a small feeder root that descends from the bottom tip of the acorn. It wends its way between grains of rich, warm, damp earth, stopping every now and then to sample a delicious bit of pure, clean water. Soon the root comes upon an underground stream of remarkable purity and sweetness. As it sucks it up you feel the coldness of the water. It invigorates you and your fill the acorn to bursting. Father Sun is beckoning you to join him. The top of the acorn bursts as a shoot emerges from your crown chakra. It pushes its way up through the earth, emerging into the warm sunlight. The gentle breezes brush the little tree, encouraging its tiny leaves to unfurl. Deep in the earth, the root divides growing in all directions, providing a secure base for the young tree. Each time nourishment is sucked into the tree the sapling grows larger. Now the sun is warming the little tree. Its leaves fairly glow as sunlight is absorbed and turned into energy. The tops of the leaves are warm, almost hot, as the fire of the distant sun rains down. Branches form, leaves erupt from new buds. The little tree grows higher. Its roots branch out further. And with each breath you take, the tree grows larger. The gentle wind ruffles the leaves. The sun beams down. The water beneath the tree provides cool nourishment and the earth provides stability and minerals needed for growth. The tree continues to grow until an inner boundary is reached. Perhaps the tree is a large sapling. Perhaps it is a giant oak. Or a world tree. At some point this tree has reached its ultimate. The water continues to pour into the tree from the large root system.

Now there is more nourishment than the tree needs. The crown chakra opens and a fine blue mist rises from the top of the tree. Water rains to the ground around the tree, soaking back into the earth, returning to the land from which it came. Beneath you, solid and protective, Mother Earth provides the base upon which your tree exists. Feel the way your roots have sunk deep into her body. Taste the elements that rise to nourish your body. Experience the feeling of being filled with energy. All your needs are met and there is energy left to spare. That which is not needed pours from your crown chakra. From this you can fashion all things magickal. The trees leaves quiver as the wind trembles through them and the water is lightly buffeted by an addition of air. You can combine air and water, creating a bubbly fountain. The sun heats the top of the bubbly fountain and a steaming cloud rises into the sky. Water, air, and fire have met and combined. Continue to cycle energy through your tree body. Feel the effects of earth, water, air and fire. Then, when you are ready to return, begin to withdraw your roots. First a few, then more. You find the energy that shot high into the sky from your crown chakra soon is just that which you need. As the energy continues to diminish, you begin to shrink. Your branches pull back until your arms appear. Your roots contract until your feet stand upon the ground. You stand alone upon the field where once a mighty oak stood. But you have changed. You are no longer the tiny acorn. You have experienced the power of earth, water, air, and fire. At any time you wish you can return to this place. You can reach deep into the earth for nourishment, take long drinks of pure water, feel the touch of the breeze and feel the strength of the sun. And from each you can weave a creative power. Plan on spending 20 - 30 minutes the first time you do this meditation. The more often you do it, the faster it goes. My hp / s had me commit to doing this once a day for a week. The following week I did it twice a day. The third week I did it three times a day. I was not spending more than a few minutes at a time on it by then. My next assignment was to do it as often as I could remember to do it, shortening the time to a breath. The goal is to learn to be grounded and centered at all times. If you work at this you can eventually achieve a state where you will no longer notice that you are grounded and centered. You will, instead, only notice when you are not grounded and centered.

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