An interview with Catherine Avizinis
Med: Meditation How: What form of meditation do you find most effective?
Catherine: The type of Meditation that I use and teach is Magickal Meditation. Magick is the Art and Science of Wisdom. The word "Magick" is the Old English spelling of the modern word "magic". It is used by many in the Pagan, Wiccan, and Earth-Magick Traditions to show the difference between what they do and the slight-of-hand stage tricks performed for entertainment. It comes from the word Mage and Magi, meaning wise and learned; one who is in tune with the workings of the Universe. In many cultures a Mage is called a Shaman.
The Magickal Meditations use the energies of the natural universe to connect to the super-natural realms for a specific purpose. That is a very important distinction, purpose. This may be a release of stress or deep centering, but usually it is to make inner changes that will affect the outer life and most importantly to discern. Divination, connecting to the collective consciousness or the divine energies, gives us a better understanding of what we are choosing and why and then what consequences may occur.
This is called discerning and it helps us to progress with honor on our Journey-Path. Magickal Meditations use codes. Colors, numbers, and archetypal imagery that resonate across world cultures; the hero quest, the locked portal, the key; are integrated into the visualization to help obtain information. The deeper the meditation is the more honest the connection to the unconscious mind, the spirit.
Med: Magick Meditation. Excellent. You mention the word purpose as being important. Do you go into this Magick Meditation with a purpose or are you meditating to discover the purpose?
Catherine: There is a purpose to go. It could be relaxation, to release some of the days stress and find a calm place of regeneration or it could be to find the answer to a question or the next best step in a decision. The purpose could be simple or intricate but the visualizations using the codes are what is key. The archetypes used in the codes illicit a physiological response to a mental stimulus.
We can make actual changes to our body chemistry which in turn give rise to behavioral changes and the way we feel and react and progress on our Journey. One of the first meditations I teach, that I use as an example of this, is what I call "The Lemon Trick". Picture for a moment in your mind’s eye a very dark space. Suddenly a bright spotlight flashes on to show a small table with a bright white table cloth a short distance ahead of you. On that table is a clear crystal bowl of lemons.
You can see their shape, their dark yellow color.... Picture yourself walking up to the table... pick up one of the lemons... feel it's texture... it's waxy skin... smell it... Next to the crystal bowl is a knife. Pick up the knife and cut the lemon in half. See all the little spurts of juice squirt out... feel them on your hands... smell the wonderful scent of lemon. Now... bring one of the halves to your mouth and take a big bite into it... What happens in reality... your mouth waters– physiological response to a mental stimulus.
Med: This is fascinating. While I was reading your response my mouth watered. You speak of archetypes and codes. Can these be anything, and are you selective of these archetypes and codes based on your purpose? Also, what if your approach is more diagnostic (i.e. you don't really know what you are after, but you know there is something needed)?
Catherine: As far as the archetypes are concerned, they are by the very name broad, universal symbols that are found in most cultures and therefore most minds and imaginations. For instance in the Tarot– the King, the thief, the warrior, the seeker are all images that are familiar to most cultures. They carry a certain set of usual qualities and then, of course, they can be made personal to each person. We are all the same yet unique!
A Journey Guide can sort out the signs and images to help understand the message. My system works with colors. It appears that the Universe has created with color and light. These colors are the energy of a specific issue, keying into a specific body area and therefore specific function within our soul and spirit. These, too, appear to be universal in affect.
Think of some of the color phrases in use in our culture: True Blue, In the Pink, See Red, Purple Passions, and Green with envy. These all have roots in their metaphysical function. We find the needed color by using a guided meditation or a pendulum. The inner self always knows which color we need to balance and will gladly tell us the message. Using this information for diagnostic purposes is important.
It can be used to help alleviate blocks and discomforts in the physical, mental, emotional and ethereal Aura. Very often we just don't know where to start to unravel a problem. With my Calya Journey-Wise System we find our Journey Path, a secret color coded map. We should only focus on revealing and releasing one color at a time, as we do we unravel the issues, we progress. We walk toward balance and awakening.
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