This is an excerpt from "Searching for the Meaning of Life in the City of Angels" by Woodenturtle, from Kindle, or as an e-book from the Store at www.SchoolofSelf-Reliance.com
LET ME CAST A HEALING BALM
Interacting with the moon’s energy during an eclipse
In the mid-1980s, Shining Bear told us that there would be a full eclipse of the moon one night. It was in the newspapers, of course, but none of us had read it or taken any special notice of it.
We were talking with him around 2 p.m., when he explained that there is way to utilize the special lunar energy during this unique eclipse time.
"This is not a way to get something, or to feel good," said Shining Bear. "Rather, this is a way that you can choose to channel that very refined lunar light – the healing power of the light of the moon – to the benefit of your fellows on this prison planet." "Prison planet" was how he typically referred to Earth.
He instructed us to find a place where we can sit cross-legged comfortably, and face the moon directly. It would be around 8:30 in the evening.
"This is best done with pure silver, since silver transmits the lunar energy best. I don’t know what the effect would be if you used sterling silver, but ideally use three pure rounds of silver." A "round" is simply the coin-dealers term for a round piece of silver that is not a government coin. They are made by private mints so that someone could buy pure silver with no numismatic consideration. And there are also pure silver coins issued by governments. Either way, it needed to be pure silver, 99.9%. He spent perhaps an hour telling us how to interact with the special lunar light.
I knew I had some silver coins at home, and some at my parents house. But my living conditions were somewhat hectic, and I had some things in storage, and wasn’t precisely sure where everything was located. I found some sterling silver coins – which were 90% silver. I quickly drove up to my parents house, and searched around for some coins I had stored there in the basement. Finally, after having to endure the suspicions of my father, Dancing Moon and I were seated in the upper terrace of the Island with the silver that I had managed to locate.
We set down a blanket on the dirt, and then sat cross-legged. We positioned ourselves so we could face the full moon as it went into eclipse. Shining Bear had indicated that we were to create a triangle with three pieces of silver and our body. This meant that silver should be in each hand, and another piece of silver held in the thyroid area. Holding the silver in the hands was easy – each palm was simply held upwards and resting on the knees. Holding the silver next to the thyroid was challenging. We found that we could wrap a silver coin in a cotton kerchief, and then tie it behind the neck so that the silver was secured and stayed close to the neck. That was sufficient, since we wouldn’t be moving around, and we’d only be there for 20 minutes or
We sat there on the blanket, getting things arranged.
“Look,” I said after a while. The shadow of the earth was starting to cover an edge of the moon. There was a feeling of mystery in the air, an electrical excitement, a buzz. Even the wild animals sensed it.
It was a bright full moon night and everything was visible. There were no clouds. In a few minutes, the night would darken and many more stars would be visible.
It was a little chilly so it took a bit of maneuvering to hold the silver in each hand, keep one next to the neck, and to sit with a light blanket over our shoulders.
Dancing Moon was in position, and was quiet. She seemed deep in thought as she watched the moon, and appeared relaxed.
We didn’t say much. I sensed that my runaround to find the silver was viewed with disdain by Dancing Moon, another sign of my being unorganized, chaotic, confused. But there was nothing that I could say or do – at least not now. Now was the time to go into the moment.
So we sat, focused on the theme of healing that Shining Bear told us about. Nothing for ourselves, but for the earth, for all earth’s inhabitants. Of course, there is always an enlightened self-interest in such things – we would benefit personally in some way if the spiritual and mental health, and the level of harmony, was collectively raised.
The moon was nearly in full eclipse now.
“Let me cast a healing balm,” began Dancing Moon, slowly, thoughtfully, methodically. At first I tried to say it along with her, but our timing was off so I just continued on my own, focusing on the moon, canting in my own timing. I mentally worked to feel the lines of energy to the three pieces of silver on my body, and the triangle of light between the three pieces of silver, from hand to hand, and from each hand to the throat. I visualized the triangle of light and the silver lines extending outward to the moon.
I continued my canting, focusing on sending a healing balm over the earth. My eyes closed gently, and I could “almost” see the lines of light extending to the moon. I could feel a hush fall over the land, a calm that was both physical and psychic. The landscape had become eerily darker, and the animal sounds were different.
Ten minutes, 15 minutes, 20 minutes elapsed. I continued to cant and realized my voice was now in sync with Dancing Moon. We continued our slow methodical canting, looking at the moon, watching the shadow move across the surface.
The moon was nearly full again when we stopped and put away our silver, and packed our things.
It was been an exhausting evening. We had no tangible way of knowing if this had any positive benefit or not. There seemed to be “something” detectable that was calmer, more relaxed, peaceful. Everything was the same, but somehow we had interacted with a force of nature, and somehow, in some not fully tangible way, the world was now different.
We were tired but very relaxed and the edginess and irritation from earlier was now gone. I went home and slept soundly.
We didn’t speak of it until the following Sunday when everyone shared their experiences at the regular Sunday gathering.