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10 November 2012 @ 10:10 pm
YaaD Work: Class 2: Ground, Center, Shield  
This is not a reflection paper; there weren't any written assignments for this class, just lots and lots and LOTS of chat archives.

The Greenhaven Tradition YaaD course is not published on the Greenhaven Tradition website, but is made available on a person-to-person basis. Material that is not so closely held is available at http://greenhaventradition.weebly.com/

Briefly, though, I got grounding pretty quickly, got centering with some difficulty, and really struggled with shielding. It took me weeks to figure out how to shield in such a way that the shield was stable and attached to me, rather than to the spot I was sitting in when I built it. I spent a lot of time saying things like, "Look, I really suck at this, I'm clearly never going to get it right, if I can't even do this I'm never going to get through the rest of the material, and you should just fail me out of the class now."
Maggie: pagansillymagpie on November 14th, 2012 01:46 am (UTC)
Out of curiosity, the Greenhaven Tradition says it is headquartered in central Illinois. How did you become affiliated with them? They seem distant.

All I can say is that it's a far cry from the days when an astrologer my mom knew was run out of his town for being a "witch." He might even have been in Effingham. Hurray for progress.

Do you find that being able to ground and center helps your emotional state?
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on November 14th, 2012 01:57 am (UTC)
The internet. Shortly after I started working at UT, someone showed up on Usenet in alt.callahans. I sent him a welcoming email, and we exchanged several more emails, and discovered we had a fair amount in common.

Later that year he and his partner and Dale and I met up at DragonCon.

The next year, they invited me to their housewarming and Samhain celebration, and I've been in circle with them every year since. We've exchanged multiple megabytes of email, we chat online several evenings a week, and I go visit at least once and sometimes twice a year. Occasionally they get down here.

When I was ready to make a firm commitment to a Pagan path, it seemed to me to make more sense to commit to a tradition I already knew than to look for something new.
Maggiesillymagpie on November 14th, 2012 02:04 am (UTC)
I just wondered because of the distance. Do you have local people you can attend rituals with?
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on November 14th, 2012 11:49 am (UTC)
Sort of? I've connected with the local Pagan community through Meetup.com, but mostly so far I'm just going to the monthly social meetup.

On the other hand, most of the meetups have an educational component, and I did go to Pagan Pride Day and participate in the ritual for blessing the food. And some of the groups do have open circles; they just haven't been at times I've been able to make it.
Johnjohnpalmer on November 14th, 2012 03:24 am (UTC)
Somehow, this sounds like you - that upon finding out how to build a shield, your first concern would be building a good shield, rather than protecting yourself.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on November 14th, 2012 11:51 am (UTC)
I'm not sure I follow this; it seems to me that if the shield isn't stable or doesn't come with me when I move, it's not protecting me either. Could you elaborate?
Johnjohnpalmer on November 15th, 2012 12:34 am (UTC)
Well... okay, it's weird.

Hm. Like, if you told someone you were cold and a bit queasy and they told you to make some ginger herbal tea, and you brought them a cup of tea, when they meant for you to drink it. A lot of people would instantly think "Oh, yeah, cold, queasy, some ginger tea might help"; I could see you thinking "Okay, this person wants some ginger tea and for whatever reason wants me to make it for them. I can do that."

It's not a bad thing - just that I believe you sometimes think of others, or the task, first, and might think of yourself second.

(As a side note: for shamanic work I do things *very* differently, and would have no idea how to shield for energy work. I've read descriptions, and maybe I've done it - but I have no idea how anyone would judge that I've done it right. I reckon I would have a difficult time doing this myself, because I don't have the same connection to energy work as I do to spirit work. This is a very long-winded way of saying "don't feel bad that it was hard - I'd probably find it so hard that I'm kind of glad that I do more shamanic work, so I never had to learn that.")