Meditation for the Season of Lammas

I know this is a bit early, but my next offering will come just after Lammas, so I wanted to offer this meditation now. This is a meditation on work to bring balance to the world – what is ready to come to harvest, and what remains to do. I wrote it for use in a group ritual, but it could be adapted for many other purposes. Please feel free to adapt it and use it!

Get into a comfortable position and relax your body. Follow the sound of my voice as I count down from 13. There is no need to visualize numbers this time.

13. 12. 11. 10. 9. 8. 7. 6. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1.

On the screen of your mind, picture a giant tree, larger than any tree you have ever seen. This is the World Tree. Its branches reach up to the heavens, and its roots dig deep into the earth. Imagine that the screen of your mind is a portal, like a doorway or window, something you can easily pass through. Pass through the screen of your mind and stand before the great tree. Hear the wind in its branches. Smell the earth where the roots dig in. Feel the texture of the bark. Know the World Tree.

Place your hands on the bark and hold the intention of visiting the god of the harvest. Search in the roots of the tree for a tunnel. When you find the tunnel, follow it. It meanders without rising or falling very much. You see a golden light at the end of the tunnel. Walk toward the golden light. Come out into the open sky and the sunshine.

wheat-8244_640Before you lies a field of grain. It might be wheat, barley, corn, oats, or any other grain. What kind of grain appears to you? The grain in the field is ripe, ready to be harvested. Walk into the field. Walk between the rows of grain. Reach out your hands and touch the grains, ready for the harvest. Reach out and pick the grain from one stalk. One stalk of wheat, one ear of corn, one head of grain. Hold it in your hands.

In your work to help heal the earth and restore balance, what have you accomplished? What is ready for you to offer to the world? What is coming to harvest for you?

Now, prepare to eat some of the grain. Notice that to do this, you have to do some work. You have to peel back the husks of the corn, or roll the grain of wheat in your hand. You have to separate the grain from its shell, from its stock. The grain must be separated from the chaff.

What do you still need to release in order to bring your gifts to harvest? What do you need to let go in order to offer healing and nourishment to the earth? As you separate the grain in your hands from the other parts of the plant that surround it, commit to letting go of the things that no longer serve you in your quest to be a steward of balance.

When the grain is free of all else, eat it slowly and reverently. Offer thanks to the God of the harvest.

Walk back through the field the way you came until you find the tunnel again. Follow the tunnel. Follow the tunnel as it meanders, back, back the way you came. Follow the tunnel back and back until you are once again standing before the World Tree.

Thank the World Tree for this journey.

Come back through the portal in the screen of your mind. Come back to this circle. Come back, come back, come back.

When you are ready, open your eyes and rise in body or spirit.

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About Erica Baron

Rev. Erica Baron was raised as a Unitarian Universalist and was ordained to the Unitarian Universalist ministry in 2008 after receiving a Master of Divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School. She dabbled in Pagan spirituality from high school through graduate school, but got serious about pursuing a Pagan path after her ordination. She has received training from and is an active member of the Temple of Witchcraft. She currently serves as the minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills in Kingston, NY.