The Greater Work Within Community
picture by Joseph Easterbrook
Foundations of Practice
These foundations will be the cornerstones of the work
you do each month. As with any endeavor discipline, structure and
practice will produce the greatest results. As the months progress,
other foundational practices may be added to these. As you progress
through the work, not only will you be able to be more inclusive in your
approach to the work, but what started as the foundations of growth will
evolve and change in accord with your newly developed skill set and
level of understanding. Whenever something new is added it will be noted
within the study for that month.
The initial foundational work includes:
move through this month’s lessons think about how you would like to
offer up some of your time towards a charity, volunteer service or
simply keeping the area around your home/apartment litter free. As you
finish each activity, record your feelings. Record who you may have met
that you would not have had you not moved outside of your immediate
exercises this month are those to make you more observant of
opportunities that present themselves daily to be of service. As you
take a walk, bring along a bag to pick trash as you go along the way.
If you are work, look for an opportunity for a random act of kindness.
Load the copy machine, even if you have not emptied it. Refill the water
bottle in the cooler or tidy up the lunchroom. Sometimes something as
simple as a smile for a stranger as you walk down a busy city street can
brighten someone's day and costs you nothing.
Ready yourself by
taking some restorative calming breaths and open to what is to be
received. As you sit quietly feel yourself surrounded by a brilliant
calming light. Allow your breath to establish a comfortable rhythm
and take in the peace of the space surrounding you. Sit in this
Light for several minutes.
Now imagine the white
Light turning to a beautiful shade of emerald green. This is the
color of the earth upon which we live. This is the color of the
heart chakra. The place of unconditional love and compassion. The
color of the plant life that offers oxygen. Feel it surrounding
every inch of you.
Feel the energy of
this green light filling you. You feel its warmth and your heart
chakra responds to the gentle embrace of like meeting like. You
imagine in your mind's eye the opening of your heart chakra like a
beautiful flower, ready to receive the outpour of loving energy and
As you sit in this
calm space of Love you see the faces of those who love you and those
whom you love. They are radiant and your heart felt love responds to
the flow from them. Sit in this space for some time.
When you have received
all that you need at this time, take a few deep breaths and
visualize breathing in this green energy that still surrounds you.
Imagine that as you exhale you are breathing our the return of
loving energy. Continue to see this imagery for several minutes.
interacting as you would on a daily basis; walking down a street, on
a bus, at work, with your loved ones. Imagine that any who are in
your immediate space will receive this heartfelt love and
compassion. That they in turn will breathe in this loving energy and
with each of their exhales, again those in their space will receive.
A chain of unconditional love and care created and sustained, shared
in perfect trust one to the other. Continue with this focus for
Take a deep breath and
gently open your eyes. Remain sitting quietly for a few additional
minutes and then move slowly back into the rest of your routine.
There is no need to release any of the meditative experience. You
want to allow the energy of the heat chakra to remain with you. It
will slowly disperse on its own.
The next time you are
in a setting of interaction call up the green energy and in the
physical world, breath out this loving energy as you did in your
vision state. After you have done this practice for some time, you
will need very little preparation to place your self in this place
of compassion. It will become your natural state of being.
Be sure to record your
experiences in your Book of Shadows.