Hello Honorable Shamans and Fellow Pagans. Here is the Earthways Shamanic Path Stepping Stone #1, “Stand Your Ground.”
One of the main points of The Earthways Shamanic Path, is to identify where you live — where you find your self on this Great Big Mother Earth. From there, you will identify your Seasons, then you will develop celebrations and rituals to mark those seasons.
To help you along with that, in this Stepping Stone Activity, you’re going to go out your front door where you live, and find the closest patch of Earth that you can stand on. This will be a spot you will visit in other upcoming Stepping Stones. You’ll want a big enough patch that you can hold your arms out to your sides, and above you, and not get hit on the head by tree branches. It is ok if you have to go a ways from your front door, to get to a suitable spot of ground. When I do this, I have to walk out a little concrete path to my driveway, then cross the driveway to the front yard. If you live in an apartment or a condo, and don’t have any ground out your front door, make your way downstairs, to a place where you can stand.
You may want to bring a little notebook and a pen/pencil with you, when you go out to Stand Your Ground.
The intent of this Stepping Stone, is for you to stand on the ground, closest to where you live in your bare feet. If it is cold or snowy where you live, please protect your feet while you do this exercise, or wait until it is a nice day out. This is not a task of endurance or discomfort.
It is ok to bring a yard chair, if you need to sit in order to carry out this activity. However, in this Stepping Stone, do not sit on the ground, just make the connection between your feet, and the ground. Stand there for 5 minutes, with your arms to your sides. Do not speak to anyone, and do not do anything other than stand in this spot, with your feet connected to the Earth for 5 minutes.
While you are standing there, we want you to notice how it feels, to have your feet on the Mother Earth. Record your experience in your notebook. If you want to take a picture of your feet touching the Ground, and post to the Group, that would be fine! Here is the link to the Earthways Shamanic Path Facebook Group