In Opening to Channel, a popular 1990s book by Sonaya Roman and Duane Packer, Oren and DaBen, the spirit guides dictating the text, made this very enthusiastic claim, "We rejoice when you make contact." This is a pretty powerful statement that signals something we don't often consider: the contact is not so much about us as it is about the guides themselves. Early on the quest to strengthen our intuitive abitilities, we attend classes, participate in guided meditations, and douse ourselves with light hoping to be the one to receive messages and retrieve information because we want desperately to be psychic. Then, when we have our first accurate distance viewing or message gathering experience, we rejoice because we have "done it." But truly it is not about us as individuals. It is about etheric partnership.
Many "activate your psychic center" classes are conducted in a circle, the most obvious metaphor for eternity. The circle also encloses the space and seals the energy within it, creating a community. In the visualizations that occur there, we create a sacred community, vibrationally heightened. In its center sits "the great mystery" to which all participants are present. It is there where we make contact with our guides, who may greet us as wafting colors, sparks of light, or actual images in the way we can best identify and accept them.
Sometimes when we achieve this conscious connection, we feel compelled to ask for things: healing for ourselves or others, guidance on a particular issue. Let's be honest; most of us take the ride to spirit on the trauma train....life's difficulties take us to the saturation point, compelling us to seek support on higher planes. Beginning psychic development classes are often populated by people, usually women, who, desperate for love and change in their lives, come to Spirit as both a last and lasting resort. I've been there, done that, still do that....and it's been over 26 years since I boarded.
This is what the voice of Spirit wants us to know:
You do not make this journey alone. There is a cadre of spirits waiting for you. When you begin the walk out of this life, everything behind you fades and only light awaits you. At the end there is a large round table where the spirits sit and greet you. One chair is empty; this chair is for you. We have been waiting for you. Welcome. Sit.
This is a joyful reunion.
The concept of table fellowship remains a strong and living symbol of inclusion and welcome in Christianity, and in Judaism, it continues to be the center of the home on Shabbat: of dialogue, of service, of kinship. But the tables I see in my meditations with Spirit are never the rectangular banquet tables reproduced in religious paintings; they are instead round tables that create an energetic enclosure. Beyond the continuity message of the circle, I want to share its greater implications:
* when we enter an already existing circle, there is no
visible break indicating order, rank, or position
* when we take our place in the circle, we become equal; no
one is at a greater or lesser distance from the center
* when we form a circle we create the energetic hub and become,
collectively, a physical container for Light
* when we create circles we replicate the Divine design of the
Universe (God, the Great Spirit, the All) right down to the
Lisa Shaw is a Reiki master, animal communicator, and spritiual teacher. She has been an English professor for over 30 years and has a degree in pastoral minisry as well. Her web site is www.reikidogs.com