TESTING THE WAND - Anecdotal Accounts
Joan and I brought it to the 1999 Labyrinth Society conference held in Denver in November. We put it out for people to experience and got some very positive responses. Here's one:
"I do Body Talk a new health enhancing system based on meridian therapy, applied kinesiology and hatha yoga. When I entered the room, my friend was laying on the floor on top of your purple meander wand. She reported feeling, 'pretty bad and drained'. I was feeling tired so I lay down on the rainbow colored meander wand with my head on the purple and my feet on the red. We both had our heads to the south and feet to the north. I planned to lie there for two minutes. I checked my watch after what seemed like 1 minute. Three had passed. I was surprised because my time sense is relatively accurate. I also noticed that I was feeling strong and rested.
During a typical treatment I am aware of the movement of energy between our physical systems and also sense movement of energy in the client's system. During this treatment my sense of the movements was heightened. Energy flow was amplified and at the same time smoothed or modulated in a very gentle way. Weird that such strong flow would be so gentle. I've experienced strong twitches in myself and the client in less energetic situations.
Hmm. It's as though there was an influence which was administrating the energy. I probably shouldn't have read any of your literature because I've allowed it to color the way I view the treatment. I begin to think that there was an Angel present. Any way...
The energy exchange between my system and hers during the treatment was enhanced and kept very coherent. Very nice treatment. I'll be in touch with her so I'll hear about any lasting effects she may experience. Thanks for the pattern by CH."
Testing the wand - AC's Personal Experience. I had not used the canvass wand much since Joan made it. One reason, I was attached to walking earthworks ouside. But after the favorable response at the conference I started thinking about it. I saw, also, that this was a real test for my dowsing. From all my studies, I found more indicator experiences when I had dowsed the most energy was present. However the new energy, power Yod, was a level higher than anything I had made before, hence I was curious what kind of experiences I might have. I realized, finally, that I was still leary of it from the experiences I had with the chalk maze. I was worried that the experiences might be very intense and draining, so I had shied away from it. The possibility occurred to me that I might have some profound experiences, which are relatively rare (3). I finally decided to give the canvass a test. In early 2,000, I lay on it 17 times during a period of 39 days, recording what happened each time. Here are my notes:
21 Jan 2000, late afternoon: I lay on it 30 minutes. I fell asleep, and left feeling very relaxed, no anxiety or agitation present. I felt that way for the rest of the evening.
Experiences from Others. Some people were sleeping on the wand all night, so I became very interested in their experiences. Would this be too long of an exposure to the energy for the user? I have done seven surveys on seven different designs, and recorded 829 comments from 274 people. Although most experiences were enjoyable, there were always some unpleasant experiences, most commonly manifesting as dizziness or a nauseous feeling. I have interpreted these reactions as an overexposure to the energy of the symbol, or an excessively rapid changes of one's energy fields in an attempt to resonate with the symbol's energy fields.
I stopped counting at eight the number of people who have slept on it all night. Everyone's experience has been pleasant so far. One lady felt cradled, another had vivid dreams, and all slept better. Something always happened but nothing profound, and significantly, there were no disagreeable experiences. Several people use the wand by sleeping on it, and every thing seems OK. I slept on it once all night. I felt tingling and other sensations in my body at first, but then fell asleep and woke feeling good but not spectacular. My impression the extra time on it was unnecessary, that I could have gotten the same benefit if I had lain on it for the usual 30 minutes to an hour that I do now.
Prayers. Joan and I say prayers over all the wands we make. One of the prayers is that may people who use it be gently healed according to their needs. The word, gently, was added recently to reduce the chance of an unpleasant experience. It seems to have had the desired effect.
A Possible Tool for Health Workers? Two health workers use the meander wand canvass in their practice, three or so times a week. One is a masseuse and the other is an "energy" worker. Both claim that it helps in their practice, by calming people down which allows for better movement of energy through the body, and both have a better perception of subtle energy. The masseuse also says that it is easier for her to intuit where to work next.
What is the Average Experience? My main focus in using the wand is to attune my energy fields to enhance my spiritual growth. The most common experience with this intent has been to feel balanced. When I am tired and low in energy, I leave the wand feeling refreshed and invigorated. When I am anxious from a stressful situation, I leave feeling calm. I may also release while on the canvass or afterwards, sometime many hours later. I may also have some vivid dreams that night. The average effect for exposure to Yod energy is to feel calm, while power spot energy invigorates, so the feeling of the wand bringing one into balance is seen through the complementary actions of two complementary energies. A visual image of the balancing and centering came to me. A person is holding up two arms several feet apart at chest height, with the palms facing each other. The action of the wand is mirrored as the hands are brought together bringing back to the center any stray energy.
Discussion. The evidence I now have suggests that the meander wand allows the "labyrinth experience" to happen at a higher frequency. Thus, the wand continues the labyrinth effect that I saw in the results for the double spiral and 3-ring Cretan studies, where the chances for an indicator experience were twice as high during the creation of an earthwork as compared to normal everyday activity. The average of three studies reported above showed that while making an earthwork, one has a 74% chance of having an indicator experience. With the meander wand the chances are near 100%. I note that the 74% rate was obtained with a passive use, while the near 100% rate was obtained with both passive and active use.
To more accurately compare any design to the meander wand, one should use both many times for similar periods with similar intents. It may be some time before I do that for I am using almost exclusively the meander wand canvass for my personal energy work, and I have five labyrinths/symbols (a RH Cretan, the double spiral, the flower wand and a small Yod zone as earthworks, and a LH Cretan as a rock/earthwork hybrid) outside in my rather large front yard. It is a matter of convenience, and of belief from experience and dowsing that the wand is better.
I have been using the wand on a regular basis for about six months, at least every other day for 30 minutes to an hour or more. I plan to continue to use it indefinitely. As I have already stated something happens every time. The question is how long will this continue and what will be the end result? In general, I now see the meander wand as a tool for energy attunement and/or spiritual communion. What does this mean in practical terms? Since 1987 when I started this work, I am healthier, happier and more at peace than before.
1. Champion, A. B. Essays on Labyrinths and other geometric symbols. Earth Mazes Publishing, Philo, CA. 2001. Essay 5: Dowsing studies during the construction of earthworks.
I have continued to record people's experiences, anecdotal accounts of people's experiences on the meander wand. I have recorded the testimonials, based on the date I received them. Click on the word Appendix.
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