What is the difference between the tourist and the pilgrim? The former sees, the latter connects. Here are insights on how visits to centres of energy can be made truly enriching
Heal the EarthMartin Gray, anthropologist, photographer, explorer and author of Places of Peace and Power, who has visited over 600 sites in more than 40 countries, has evolved his own technique to connect with the spirit of the earth and direct healing energy back into the planet. Gray says that he received the vision of a simple meditation and breathing technique on top of Mount Hesperus in Colorado, USA. This technique involves three in-and-out breaths:
• As you inhale, visualize taking in the celestial energy—the spirit of heaven—through the crown chakra on top of the head to the heart chakra. As you exhale, visualize having obtained the energy from your own heart and then send it down through your root chakra (at the base of the spine) down to the earth.
• Next, visualize taking in terrestrial energies—the spirit of the earth—from your root chakra into your heart. As you exhale, visualize that you have added energy from your heart and are sending the energies through the crown chakra into heaven.
• With the third breath, visualize taking in both the terrestrial and celestial energy into your heart. As you exhale, visualize sending all your energies—celestial, terrestrial, and your own, out in all directions, encompassing everything that surrounds you.
Gray recommends using this three-breath technique at least ten times and assures that ‘‘the more you practice, the greater the connection you experience with the living earth’’.
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