(Note: This article is intended to be an addition to the Dedicant Path material. It explores the two powers meditation technique from a Norse perspective).
Hear the sounds of your breath as you run with the rhythm of the land, the pulse of the Tree.
Start by feeling you own body, and notice how your arms and hands feel, and your chest feels, your abdomen, pelvis, legs, and feet, then going up, your neck and head, and if your eyes are not closed by now - you can close them.
Realize how your breathing has changed since you started this, and that you are now in a light trance, ready to interact with the Otherworld - which is just on the other side of the now, and that you can start to feel the roughness - of bark on your back, and as you feel this and realize that your back is against the trunk of a tree - larger than you can imagine, the World Tree that connects everything.
Touch that bark with your hands and fingers, feel its texture, just let yourself feel its rough and smooth parts - as you keep your Otherworld eyes closed, and take a moment to feel gratitude - that this tree Yggdrasil - is the shaman's horse - that can carry you anywhere in the world, and has brought you here - to experience the two powers.
And having thus thanked the Tree, become aware of the sounds of the forest, the sounds of birds and cries of other animals - in this enchanted forest, and take a deep breath of the living glowing air of this Otherworld.
Listen. Breathe. Know that beside you runs the root of divinity, one of the three great roots of the Tree, and that the root goes into the forest before you all the way to the Well of Wyrd, where you wi11 soon meet the three goddesses of destiny, the old one that holds your past, the young one that holds your future, and the mature one that holds the ever - changing present.
So with your Otherworld eyes open now, look at the root beside you. Really look at it, and you will feel how it pulsates with power even as it feeds the Tree, and keeps it firmly rooted in divinity.
Follow its path into the forest with your gaze and notice how vibrant the colors are, how full of life, and start your way along the root, amid the sounds of the forest, feeling your feet on the ground, and notice how your breathing speeds up a little from the walking.
Look all around you on your path. Take your time. And when you finally see a clearing far ahead, you will notice something that looks somewhere between a pool and a low well, and as you get closer, you'll be able to see the waters shimmering near the top of it.
As your gaze is upon the waters, three women will approach the well, and they are called the Norns. Look at them, and ask to "taste the triple waters of Wyrd". See one of them fetching a ladle, and a cup. She approaches the well, and you might see her lips moving silently as she scoops up some water, and partially fills the cup.
She hands the cup and ladle to her sister, who also scoops up some water, and partially fills the cup. She then passes it to her third sister, along with the ladle, and she too scoops up water, and fills the cup.
Having done so, she raises the cup, looking to the sky, then turns to face you. She approaches and hands you the cup. Thank them. Drink it all, and you will feel her hand on yours as she retrieves the cup from you, just before the full effect of the liquid hits you as you close your Otherworld eyes.
Let the waters of destiny flood your body and your mind, restoring you to your true nature, your trueself and goals. Receive the visions...
When you feel ready, open your Otherworld eyes, and seek the path back to the Tree. Run along the root of divinity, filled with a sense of renewed purpose, as if you had finally awakened to yourself.
See the living colors along your trail, and hear the sounds of your breath as you run with the rhythm of the land, the pulse of the Tree. And soon, you reach the Tree, and it is immense. Go to it, admire it, and touch it.
Then turn around and scan the skies above the forest - for a rainbow that is not a rainbow, a bridge that is not a bridge, a passage to the realm of the Shining Ones.
When you find it, go to it. It is made of fire, in all the colors of the rainbow. Approach it. Nearer and nearer. Flaming bright. Until you stand a step away from it. And when you do, ask if you may "take three steps towards divinity". And really look at it.
Let it fascinate you. Raise your leg and take your first step onto it, and as you do you are surrounded "by rainbow fire, by an aura that reaches as far from your body as your fingertips can reach, and the same distance above your head, and the same distance below your feet, and all around you. Red flames. Orange flames. Yellow flames. Green flames. Blue flames. Indigo flames. Violet flames. Changing you. Making your being more like that of the gods, bringing you closer to their realm of existence, translating you into their dimension.
And when you are ready, take your second step, feeling the flames burst within you from your center, filling you, in every corner of your body, arms and hands, chest, abdomen, pelvis, legs and feet, neck and head, consuming you with divine fire and renewing you. Feel it completely.
And when you are ready, take your third step, and as the fire within joins with the fire around, look about you at the trees and see that they have this same rainbow fire about them. The divine is in them too. See the birds and other animals. They too have the rainbow radiance. Look at the rocks and the grass. Everything has this radiance, and it is enlaced with every other rainbow radiance, connecting them, uniting them, all divine, all different in their rainbow patterns, all the same in their source.
Take the time to absorb this, and when you are ready, reconnect with the radiance of your physical body. Feel the fire of those physical hands in your hands, the fire of your physical heart in your heart, of your head, of your genitals, of your feet. And all of it held together by the crystal pattern of the waters of destiny, giving you definite shape and separate existence.
Wiggle your physical toes. Wiggle your physical fingers. And when you are ready, keep your Otherworld eyes open, and slowly open your physical eyes, so that you may keep seeing the radiance in everything and everyone around you. By fire and water, you are made unique. And yet we are one.