As skeptical as I am about assigning these names and personalities to the Guardians, I decided I was willing to perform this exercise much as Roderick suggests.
What You’ll Need:
- Air incense
- Air oil
It is best to try this practice in the location near your home where the sylphs reside. Light the air incense and allow it to waft over your body. Dab some of the air oil on all seven body-energy centers: base of the spine, pubic region, solar plexus, heart, throat, center of the brow, and crown of the head.
Find a comfortable sitting position and close your eyes. Take several deep breaths and allow your body to become relaxed. With your eyes still closed, begin to intone King Paralda’s name, one syllable at a time for each exhaled breath:
Inhale slowly. Exhale, intoning the sound: Pa.
Inhale slowly. Exhale, intoning the sound: Ral.
Inhale slowly. Exhale, intoning the sound: Da.
Repeat these intonations twice more and then practice the following guided imagery. You can read it and memorize the energy sequence now, have a friend read it to you with your eyes close, or tape record it for later playback.
Imagine that you stand once again on the cliff overlooking the vast grassy plain that you visited before when you first met the sylphs.
Hold your spirit hands up and flex the palms of your hands so that they face outward toward the grassy plain, and again draw up the energies of this place and cast them in a circle of light that surrounds you.
You are now completely surrounded by this field of energy. Raise your hands to the sky and mentally summon forth King Paralda. Soon the wind begins to blow and he arrives, standing just outside of your magic circle. Do not waste Paralda’s time–get right to the point and ask him what powers he offers to your life and what powers he diminishes in your life.
Reader: pause for a moment.
When you have heard his answer, bid him farewell and watch him fly away. When he has vanished, it is time to banish the circle you created. Hold your hands up again to the east and begin to turn your spirit-body in a clockwise direction. This time as you turn, imagine that you draw the energies of the circle back into your body. Allow the energy to return to the earth below your feet, grounding it completely.
Once you have finished, it is time to open your eyes. Get down on your hands and knees and place your forehead to the floor, grounding and solidifying all of the energy you raised.
Take time to journal about your experiences, to draw a picture of Paralda and write down what powers he offers and diminishes in your life.
It took me a minute to actually be able to see ‘Paralda’ materialize before my circle. In fact, I was pretty sure he wasn’t going to show–and why would he, given my skepticism? However, I tried a sort of visualization Y. taught us once when we were going over calling the quarters. He said that when someone went around the circle to proclaim the “Ekos”, he pictured knocking at a great door–the portal to the element. The guardian would open the door, and Y. would visualize this. Later when we called the quarters, the guardians would step through the door.
I knocked, and a young, slender, blonde, and vaguely sullen young man opened the eastern door…which royally shocked me since the “Gwydion” I see answering in Hartwood’s calls is much older, bearded, and stronger. A greying, blond warrior with a humorous twinkle in his eye. Paralda was decidedly more ‘twink’ than Gwydion’s ‘crazy uncle.’
At any rate, this teenager eventually told me that the gifts he brings me relate to my creativity and my ability to draw connections between things–to see the influences missed by others. I use this so much in my work, and it really is what makes criticism fun. Of course, the flip side is that he diminishes my staying power. Prone to distraction by new ideas, I inevitably struggle with procrastination.