"Truth is my light..."
The first degree called the Viatori, is composed if thirteen grades. Each with their own lesson, their own knowledge and their own truth.
The lessons are taught through symbolism, the knowledge is applied through catechism, and truth lights the way through the darkness of ignorance, and the Wayfarer travels ever onward on the path.
But before we set one loose to navigate their way through the grades, degrees and higher mysteries found in the land of Veritas, we first inculcate perhaps the simplest of truths. It is the path that imparts all which is sought at the destination, it is the journey that is joyful, not the end. You cannot achieve happiness, but you can happily achieve. Or as Connie so wisely puts it, it's all about the process, not the product. I like that, thanks Sis.
There have been a few inquires about the Lustravi after my last post, so I though I would take the opportunity for a shameless plug of my book, which is almost done. I only have a few more chapters left but just haven't been able to get to it with all the seminary homework and the few extra irons I now have in the fire, which have become an understandable priority. Trust me you'll understand when it's time to brand those cows.
So here is a small piece on the Lustravi from my book...
The lessons of the wayfarer are applied in a simple daily exercise called Lustravi (Luh-STRAW-vee) which is used to prepare ourselves for what author Dan Millman calls “the arena of daily life.” Before we can begin to find our way we must first to admit we are lost, and prepare ourselves to for the next part of the journey.
One of the features of our western culture is our linear sense of consciousness: We conceive of our lives as following a straight line, and we assume that everything has a beginning and an end. Many indigenous cultures, however, conceive of their world in terms of circles or cycles, like the seasons. We often place an emphasis on the beginning and end of a ritual or ceremony rather than thinking of them as parts of a greater whole.
On our never-ending journey through life, we occasionally stop along the way to rest. We may look back at where we came from and scan the distant horizon in anticipation of what is to come, before we pick ourselves up and soldier on. This is the lustravi, a series of stops along the path to catch our breath, gather our thoughts, appreciate the moment and continue. Lustravi is a Latin word with several meanings, all of which we use in the teachings of the exercise.
1. To Purify: The exercise starts with the purification of your consciousness. To begin, you assume either a kneeling or standing position and take a long, slow, deep, cleansing breath; at the end of your exhale, clap your hands together, moving into the classic prayer position. This is to purify the mind of distractions and bring the consciousness into the present moment.
2. To Circle or Encircle: Now breathe in a second long, slow, cleansing breath, opening your hands shoulder-width apart as you do. As you exhale this second breath, bring your hands out and around in front of you to form a hoop with your arms and slowly bring it in close to your navel, allowing the tips of your fingers to meet near your belly button. We create this circle to contain our consciousness, keeping our thoughts in the present moment.
3. The View, review or examine: Take in a third deep breathe slowly while you consider your current state of mind, your mood and your feelings. Now just surrender, accept them and let them go, then push them all out with a slow but complete exhale.
4. To Illuminate, or to make bright: Then close your eyes and look inside, there is a faint inner light deep within you. As you slowly take in your fourth slow, deep breath, allow it to grow brighter and fill your lungs. When you finally begin to exhale this breath, generate a low, deep hum and extend to throughout your exhale. Return your hands to the prayer position and as you inhale, slowly open your hands while envisioning a divine light emanating from within them, and then bring them forward to touch your face in a gesture of baptism, bringing this light into your consciousness.
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The lustravi has neither a beginning or nor an end - it is perpetual and infinite. It has no limits, and you can perform the lustravi as long and as often as you like. It has no restrictions or conditions so you can practice the lustravi whenever you feel the need or desire. However, it comes with a strong recommendation of four times a day. Starting when you wake in the morning, once around mid-day, again at sunset and then again in the evening, usually just before bed. These four times are significant to the teachings of the wayfarer and are signified by his lodestone...