The roasting Cinnabar meditation
Relax and divorce yourself from the strivings and concerns of ego.
Examine the hard red mass of reactionary judgments and buried assumptions
that motivate ego behavior, then let them go. Mantra chanting is
an effective way to bore the ego into submission. Rhythmic breathing
(pranayama) is also effective. Relax completely, count backwards
from 10, taking deeper breaths with each count, relax from toes
to scalp. At 1, begin visualizing bright red cinnabar roasting over
a blazing fire and think back over your life to your angriest, most
hurtful and most embarrassing moments. You are getting close if
you feel uncomfortable, angry or upset all over again. See each
event as a drop of mercury that sizzles down into the fire, where
you catch it in a class bottle. This is purified energy, freed from
negative experience and ego. You can use this mercury by refashioning
it into the light of living imagination.
Repeat the First meditation to burn up habits, phobias, neuroses,
complexes – anything that blocks the flow of psychic energy
that can be used to fuel our spiritual transformation.
Jung recommended focusing on archetypal images in this phase -
skulls, funeral pyres, crucifixion (executions), the Phoenix rising
from the flames. Visualize confrontations with raven and dragons.
Dream scenarios that involve wasting away with fever, being lost
in a desert, eaten alive by a parent or animal (Grey wolf, base
instincts; Red Lion – unredeemed personality)
Meditate on the Tarot Card number 0 in the Greater Arcana “The
Fool.” Use the BOTA or Rider Waite deck, the others are useless
for alchemy or Kaballah because they have eliminated the symbolism
that is so important at understanding the layers and facets of meaning
embodied in each card.
Sit cross-legged on the floor. Breathe from the navel rapidly
and evenly in and out. Feel warmth rise from the stomach and accumulate
in the head. Perform this for at least 5 minutes daily, and set
the warmth spread throughout your entire body. Write down any visions,
sensations and realizations when you are finished.
Dance of Sulfur
Perform any aerobic exercise that increases the heart rate for at
least 20 minutes per day. Jog in place, jump rope, dance fast, march
in place, whatever. When the ego has been knocked aside by physical
exertion, visualize fiery energy rising up in waves from the feet
to the head. Imagine running over hot coals or running/dancing fast
enough to fly. Direct the heat energy to tense or problem areas
in the body, visualize the blockages melting away.