Since the beginning, the elements of earth, water, fire, and air have been powerful forces that connect us to our planet, to our spirits, and to each other, offering guidance for our lives.
EARTH in her aspect as the Sacred Cave teaches us how to find safety, stillness, and security in a deeply internal place. Try this simple meditation:
Close your eyes, and imagine bringing your energy down from the place behind your eyes, down through your throat, down through your heart, down through your solar plexus, all the way down to your belly, the place of your “gut knowing.”
Imagine this belly place as a warm, dry cave that belongs to you and you alone. There is a small fire here to keep you warm and give you light. You have everything you need here: soft cushions to rest upon, food, drink. This is your Belly Cave. When you rest here, you are surrounded by the peaceful and all-embracing arms of Mother Earth. Here in your Belly Cave you are safe, secure, and deeply nourished. You can come here any time you need to rest or feel protected.
The Belly Cave is here for you any time. It is your place of quiet and peace. Now, knowing you can come back any time, bring your energy back up through your solar plexus, back up through your heart, back up through your throat until it is back behind your eyes. Take a deep breath and open your eyes.
By Cait Johnson, author of Earth, Water, Fire, and Air (SkyLight Paths, 2002).