Daily Angel Oracle Card: Ascended Master Lao Tzu and Zincite, from the Crystal Mandala Oracle Card deck, by Alana Fairchild, Artwork by Jane Marin
Ascended Master Lao Tzu and Zincite: “Descending Power”
“We bring you the blessing of descending power. This is the powerful downward current of energy that allows for manifestation, for strengthening of the spiritual connection to the body, and of bringing your light to the Earth. In the spiritual tradition, there is much emphasis on energy rising; yet without the balance of descending power, you will feel lost in your mind, scattered in your thinking and frustrated in your efforts to see the inspired ideas you receive translated into completed tasks in the physical world. The uprising power helps you shift frequencies and access inspiration, whilst the descending power helps you ground to create. There is a time and a place for both the rising and the descending currents of diving energy. You are guided to attend at this time to the descending power to make best progress on your life journey.”
“There are entire modalities in the spiritual path dedicated to the raising of the vital energies from the lower to the upper chakras. For those that are anchored in the material world, cannot connect with genuine inner feeling of the heart, lack sensitivity to subtle energies, and perhaps have closed off their minds to worlds of spirit beyond what they can perceive through their five senses, then this is useful indeed. Raising energy will help dislodge fearful attachment to the Earth plane, and allow the presence of spirit to become more real, whilst new ideas and inspirations can impress themselves upon the mind.
However, what about those already upwardly mobile, spiritually speaking? Such people already have open and stimulated higher chakras. This tends to mean having an open mind, and often some kind of belief in spirit or a philosophy of some sort that works for them, that helps them feel they have some sort of purpose or valuable contribution to make to the world (even if they are still working out the details of what that contribution or purpose may be). They often have more ideas than they know what to do with. They perceive a lot and are often sensitive to energy, including the thoughts and feelings of other people, animals, and even the Earth herself. Yet there can be great frustration in translating those extraordinary perceptions into material reality in the form of projects, tasks and a clear sense of purpose made practical. These people will already feel moved by their hearts and have words of wisdom to express. What they need is to be drawn down into the world to be able to find a form through which they can share their spiritual treasures, not pushed upwards for more when what already exists has not been put to full use.
This is the gift of the descending power. It is the reorientation for the more spiritually inclined (and those that need more physical energy after an illness, long emotional struggle or other challenge) so that vitality can be generated. It brings clarity and refreshment to the mind and allows for the body to feel really alive, joyful and in sensual appreciation for manifest creation – the air on the skin, the scent of flowers, the beautiful sound of birds calling, or the sight of a powerful tree. To be able to take in sensory healing from the physical world requires the downward current. There must be descending power for you to feel grounded, to be able to act in constructive and practical ways to support your inspired ideas, and to fall in love with life, not just in the fantasy of what could be. Descending power gives you energy and peace, happiness, and a sense of connection and presence in the world.
The descending power begins with intention. Any kind of grounding is an act of will, especially for those that find it easier to fly free and soar amongst the stars, the world of ideas or the realms of subtle energies. The best way to access the gift of descending power is to put your mind in your lower body. For some this will feel nearly impossible at first, but it will become easy with practice. Do not become dissuaded if you find this is the case for you. You have accomplished awareness in the upper chakras – something that is truly magnificent and many others are just beginning to work on! Well done! Now you get to bring the joy of spirit down into your body and your world. This is a beautiful journey, from the head to the heart to the hips. It helps you feel like your spirit and your soul, and your body, are all working together in harmony. This creates energy and power for your path. So put your mind, your attention, your awareness in your hips, your belly, your legs and your feet. Get to know those parts of your body. Talk to them. Tell them you love them. Touch them. Make friends with your lower body. The magnetism of the descending power will then be activated more fully and all the benefit of this comes to you.”*
~ By Alana Fairchild
One of my favourite ways to ground is to get out into the forest and quite literally hug a nice big beautiful tree! Although even just putting your hands on the tree really helps, esp if you are in a public park or for whatever reason are uncomfortable wrapping yourself around one! However, if this does not dissuade you, then I say go for it and put your whole body into it; aligning your chakras from third eye to sacral against the trunk of the tree.
First, find “your” tree and take some time to connect. Take a few deep breaths. Feel the presence of the Spirit of the tree, and ask it if it would like to connect with you. If you feel this is the right tree, go ahead and embrace it. Close your eyes and feel the bark on the palms of your hands as you align yourself with the trunk. How does it feel against your heart chakra? Focus on your feet and imaging roots growing out from the soles of each foot and penetrating down into the Earth, spiraling down together with the roots of the tree. What do you see with your third eye chakra when you place it on the tree, closing your eyes and opening your mind? Are there any images, symbols or messages coming through? Spend a few minutes “listening” with all of your senses, grounding, breathing, realigning and assimilating these energies. Trees are powerful healers.
When you are done, bless the tree and offer a gift; something natural like a rock or crystal, a drop of essential oil, or a flower. Send thanks for the healing that you have received. Go back to the tree when you can to reconnect, ground, heal and expand your awareness. This is a great tool for children too, especially ones who have trouble focusing, are considered to have attention deficit problems, or are in need of reconnecting to the natural world after too much screen time.