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Two powers: On grounding and centring

I'm working on this one! - Noira

[T]he idea, the point, of doing the Two Powers can be many. Some see it as a grounding and centering. Some see it as an act of unity [since] the folk [of the grove] see their roots and branches growing together, and some see it as an empowering, a filling of ourselves with the powers of the Cosmos, as I do. If done well, it can also be all three of these happening simultaneously.

- Rev. Kirk Thomas


During my Dedicant year I found out, to my pleasure, that the type of meditation we call Two Powers is widely spread in various Neopagan traditions and communities. The reason for this popularity, I think, is theological. What I do when I perform the Two Powers exercise is I attune myself to the cosmos, the spiritual structure that lies behind the visible world.

The microcosm relates to the macrocosm, thus gaining more stability (grounding). The worshipper becomes an embodiment of the greater model, becomes its center (centering).

The actual scripts an imagery vary from path to path, depending on how the cosmology is perceived, but the basic pattern stays the same. It occurs to me that cosmology behind this exercise is what makes it so varied and powerful. For example, I have been to a Dianic circle where, to my surprise, both powers (the heavenly one and the underworld one) were considered of female nature. It was somewhat unusual for me, after indulging in the correspondence lists written by other Dedicants, but it made sense – and it was a completely different feeling when we were reaching out to the silvery moon and the dark waters of life. 

One problem I have found is that since this meditation is so common, one has already become accustomed to a certain way of doing it before joining ADF.  For example, I did learn to ground from my base chakra, growing a root from there when I learnt Crowley Thoth Tarot many years ago. I have a different body-image, so I am somewhat unable to grow roots from my legs. Actually, it feels wrong. 

On a practical note I have found out that, being a very rational, civilization bound person, I always feel a greater need to dip into the primeval chthonic forces. I feel more at ease doing this type of meditation outdoors, facing a tree, than indoors. One interesting point is that perhaps this typy of spiritual practice works better for me when dne in a group setting. When performing ADF ritual alone at my hallows, I omit this step and do a sort of cosmological attunement when I reach the point of recreating the cosmos.

Comments

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palaika
Dec. 17th, 2008 08:23 am (UTC)
Two Powers
Your Two Powers essay look good. Then again, I'm a fellow DP person. I've already observed the 8 High Days and have written essays about them. I've done the 5-month mental discipline. I've read the 3 books. Yes, the Dedicant Program is a lot of work, but I prefer it to historical revisions.
alvita_felis
Dec. 17th, 2008 11:48 am (UTC)
Re: Two Powers
I think the current version is very good...
verginiamus
Dec. 17th, 2008 02:53 pm (UTC)
I always had problems with the Two Powers. But you seem to have natural affinity for them. The essay reflects this. Have you tried any of the ADF Two Power meditations? They may be looking for how you do it in ADF as well.
alvita_felis
Dec. 17th, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
I was lucky to attend rituals where there was a good guided Two Powers meditation, it may be just that...

ADF? Yes, I did... but in my personal ritual I don´t use it, I work in Hellenic context and there are no ADF rituals nearby, I´ve only been to like one or two given by an acquaintance.
alvita_felis
Dec. 17th, 2008 03:23 pm (UTC)
But i mightmention an ADF experience with thiis meditation. That´s a good idea. Gonna check what the guidelines require...
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alvita_felis
Dec. 17th, 2008 05:55 pm (UTC)
I remember you lead us in the meditation in spring. That was remarkable.

I have experienced it as a unity exercise this fall with Isaac and Phaedra. Actually they made a liturgical mistake and let us be a grove up till the next day when we grounded. Man, that was an experiment, being connected to all those Pagan clergy people who attended the Germany workshop. It made me feel so "high"!

I gotta think about this essay some more. There´s so much to say and to speculate about...
chronarchy
Dec. 18th, 2008 12:14 pm (UTC)
I like this. Nothing grammatical stood out, either.
romandruid
Dec. 22nd, 2008 07:13 pm (UTC)
Yep, nothing stands out grammatically for me, either. You might want to add a sentence or two explaining your understanding of the Two Powers -- as if you were explaining it to someone who had no idea what you were talking about -- just to demonstrate you know what you're talking about, although it's evident from your other comments. (Some reviewers can be a bit pedantic sometimes.)

I'm just getting a chance to review some of your essays today; I'll be backtracking a bit. :)
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