For the Ninja, the Earth—chi—represents the most basic need of all warriors for a strong core around which the drifting confusions of life can spin but never penetrate their balance or awareness of a deeper connection to the world.
The Earth is the Ninja’s first and most passionate love. It is what sustains him and gives him nourishment. Learn the Ninja Earth Reconnection meditation, here:
Reconnecting With The Earth
Take off your shoes, go outside, and connect with the Earth through your feet. Closing your eyes and breathing into your belly, imagine roots growing from your feet and fingers, pushing down into the Earth through all the strata of history—the grass, the soil, the ages of humankind, the old bones of ancestors, the deep mysteries of a planet that has lived for millennia and hosted wonders.
Allow these roots to continue growing, and visualize them as they burrow down through years and miles of rock until they reach the molten heart of the Earth’s core.
We humans have two suns—one above us in the sky and one at the center of our world. This Earth that we consider “mother” could not exist without the power of “father sun” its heart. In fact, the Earth is not “feminine” as we conceive it, but a place of balance where male and female energies meet. It is not just our mother, but our father too. Feel the warmth and power of this second sun, and the heat in your body as you draw its energy up through your roots.
Adapted from The Spiritual Practices of the Ninja, by Ross Heaven (Conari Press, 2006). Copyright (c) 2006 by Ross Heaven. Reprinted by permission of Conari Press.
Adapted from The Spiritual Practices of the Ninja, by Ross Heaven (Conari Press, 2006).