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Power Object Ceremony

This article was written by Amber Wolfe on February 22, 2002
posted under Shamanism

Draw a circle clockwise (either real or imaginary). Step inside the circle.

Hold the power object, if you can, or place it inside the circle with you. If the object is a spirit guide or power animal spirit, hold it in your imagination, or bring something to represent it, such as a figurine.

Stand facing South.

South represents the attributes of faith, strength, and protection that your relationship with the power object can bring to you.

Imagine the energies of faith, strength, and protection flowing into the circle, into your power object, and into yourself.

Give thanks and honor to the energies of the South.

Next, turn to your right and face West.

West represents the attributes of inner vision, self-healing, and balance that your power object may help you develop.

Imagine yourself opening to the attributes of inner vision, self-healing, and balance.

Feel the energies of these attributes flow into the circle, into your power object, and into yourself.

Give thanks and honor the energies of the West.

Next, turn to your right and stand facing North.

North represents the attributes of wisdom, practicality, and patience.

Imagine yourself connecting to the attributes of wisdom, practicality, and patience. Feel the energies of these attributes flow into the circle, into your power object, and into yourself.

Give thanks and honor the energies of the North.

Next turn to your right and stand facing East.

East represents the attributes of creativity, illumination, and perception.

Imagine yourself receiving the attributes of creativity, illumination, and perception. Feel the energies of these attributes flow into the circle, into your power object, and into yourself.

Give thanks and honor the energies of the East.

Now turn right once again and stand facing South where you began.

You have completed a full circle of energies and attributes to use in your relationship with your power object and in your relationship with your Self.

Now look upward to symbolize the shamanic connection you are making with the upper world of spiritual, psychic vision.

Imagine a pathway between yourself and the energies of Spirit. Extend that pathway to connect with your power object. Feel the energies of Spirit flowing down into the circle, into your power object, and into your Self.

Give thanks and honor the energies of the Spirit.

Now look downward to symbolize the shamanic connection you are making with the lower world of Earth energies.

Imagine a rooted connection between yourself and the energies of Earth. Extend that rooted connection to include your power object. Feel the energies of Earth flowing upward into your circle, into your power object, and into yourself.

Still facing South where you began, hold your power object close to your heart, or imagine it within your heart.

Feel all of the energies and attributes of all the directions flow into your heart—through your power object.

From the South, feel faith, strength, and protection.

From the West, feel inner vision, self-healing, and balance.

From the North, feel wisdom, practicality, and patience.

From the East, feel creativity, illumination, and perception.

From above, feel the high energy of Spirit.

From below, feel the supportive energy of Earth.

From within yourself, feel a new connection to all the directions and worlds of Self, Nature, and Spirit.

Know that your power object has become a symbolic link between yourself and the positive energies surrounding you.

Give thanks and honor all of the energies that support and strengthen you on your shamanic path.

The ceremony is completed.

Step out of the circle. Walk in balance.

When you do a simple ceremony such as the one above, you are symbolizing yourself on the shamanic path. The circle represents yourself in the center of all the universe. By pulling in the energies of all the directions, as well as those of Spirit and Earth, you are balancing your personal power. A ceremony such as this may be adapted to use with or without a power object. It can be used to help you stay centered in personal power, connected to the energies of the universe around and within you.


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