Day 206: Elementals, King Ghob

Necksa’s mediation initially flustered me with the Disney association.  Let’s see what Ghob’s meditation evokes.

What You’ll Need:

  • Earth incense
  • Earth oil

It is best to try this practice in the location near your home where the gnomes reside. Light the earth incense and allow it to waft over your body. Dab some of the earth 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 Ghob’s name, one syllable at a time for each exhaled breath:

Inhale slowly. Exhale, intoning the sound: Ghob.

Repeat this intonation 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 near the freshly ploughed field. This is the spot where you first met the gnomes. Hold your spirit hands up so that they face toward the north, and again draw up the energies of this place and cast them in a circle of brilliant green light that surrounds you.

You are now completely surrounded by this field of energy. Raise your hands to the north and mentally summon forth King Ghob. Soon a bejeweled gnome emerges from the earth outside of your magic circle. Immediately ask Ghob 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 vanish back into his hole in the earth. When he has gone, it is time to close the circle you created. Hold your hands up again to the west 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 Ghob and write down what powers he offers and diminishes in your life.

This picture of Zach Galifinakis is VERY close to what my Ghob looked like. A husky early middle-aged guy with a full beard and an amazing laugh.

Well, first thing’s first.  My Ghob looks remarkably like a smaller, bearded John Goodman.  Or Zach Galifianakis.  He was a guy with whom you could see yourself kicking back and sharing a joke.  And he was capable.  You could see yourself brewing beer or building a chicken coop with the guy.  He was solid.  He had your back.  He was a great mixture of bro and reasonable.  He was a partner.  I wanted to have his babies.

Yup.  That’s earth.

Good ol’ Ghob did happen to mention that he brings me the gift of my strength.  I’m the person that holds it together when my family and friends have problems.  I’m the support.  And I’m largely self-supporting.  But, as he also pointed out…I’m too self-supporting.  He made a very good point about how I reacted to him as a ‘partner’.  He doesn’t take over, he just provides a little brace and boost until a sapling can stand on its own roots.  I have made so much of my identity that of ‘strength’, that I don’t really let go.  I’m not a smotherer, but there is always a part of me that doubts if the person I’m supporting can ever stand on his or her own…so I do make myself a ready fall back.  I’m always waiting for their collapse.  And that’s being a doormat, not a partner.


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