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Raunacht #3: Being Receptive


Now that we have learned to embrace silence & stillness without fear, we are prepared for the next step: to open up & be receptive.

As I have mentioned before, this is a very special time: an in-between time, a highly spiritual time. And spirituality is first and foremost something experiential.

The quieting of the mind & the nerves combined with open mind & senses is the foundation for experiencing something beyond the mundane. But what will you be actually experiencing? For those who are new to spiritual practices of any kind and/or shamanism, I’d say that the least intimidating experience you might be interested in having is probably seeing something familiar in unfamiliar terrain.

Life is cyclical and as we progress through it we lose the ones we love. We mourn them, we remember them, we celebrate their memory, and we often worry & hope that they are OK on the other side, that they are resting in peace.

This simple little ritual (nothing scary here, just be open & remain calm) will enable you to make contact with those who have crossed over:

In a quiet place, light a candle. If you have some pictures of your loved ones, have them on display. I recommend burning some protective incense or herbs such as a little bit of sage, rosemary, juniper or frankincense. If you intend to contact somebody in particular, you could try singing or whistling their favorite song. Now close your eyes & relax. Ask for a sign of their presence, a sign that they are OK. Be open with all your senses: you might get an image in your mind’s eye, a passing smell, a sound or a whisper, a cool breeze or even the sensation of being touched. You might even find out afterward that something in the house has been moved (I always enjoy those little signs). Remain in this relaxed state for as long as you feel comfortable. When you are done, open your eyes, write down your experience (it’s not a necessity but I highly recommend it) and thank the spirit(s) for stopping by.


Inspired by ‘Das Wunder der Raunächte” by Valentin Kirschgruber




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