During the summer of 1979 I moved with my daughter, Laurie to New Market, Virginia to join the efforts of The Fellowship of the Inner Light in building a community called Carmel in the Valley. During that summer there were many exciting and interesting activities, Saturday night banquets and parties, wonderful music, foreign visitors and lecturers. Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, Buckminster Fuller, Elisabeth Kubler Ross, Alan Chadwick and others came to visit and lecture that summer. I was either directing the Synthesis Program, a thirty day retreat or serving as one of the senior teachers in that program.
One of the meditation activities Paul Solomon suggested to the members of the community was: walk and bless the land of the community. The instructions were simple:
Walk the land slowly, breathe deeply and with each step you take bless the earth.
A simple mantra to use when doing this activity is simplified from several Native American traditions:
“May I walk in beauty.
May I walk in peace.”
And I add: May I bless the earth.
Meditative walking increases the “chi” or “force” we receive from the earth and the more empowered we are with the “force” the stronger/healthier we become. The Google definition of “Force”: The Force is a metaphysical and ubiquitous power in the Star Wars fictional universe. The Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together.
In the early 80’s I was teaching The Synthesis program in The Blue Mountains of Australia. From 11 am-12:00 noon the participants were slowly walking and quietly blessing the earth and reciting mantra in the style of Arica training. The goal was to breathe in rhythm with their steps and to keep a rhythm at 60 beats a minute or slower. They walked in the long and wide carpark/driveway and on a secluded street.
The first day two young boys from the neighborhood stopped on their bikes at the retreat’s driveway to watch this strange spectacle of people floating by them in what could seem like a trance. I observed that they spent more time watching the males many of whom were tall 30 year olds. The boys didn’t seem to be interested in the shorter older women participants.
The second day I approached the boys and said, “The way they are walking looks weird doesn’t it?” They agreed. Then I asked if they had seen Star Wars. They had. I assured them that these slow walkers were in Jedi Training. I explained that walking in this manner increased the power or force in the body and the mind. Looking at me with skepticism they smiled and watched a couple more minutes. They returned each day the remainder of the week smiling while watching Jedis in training. And I bet they tried the walk in their own driveways.
I hope you do this walk to aid your Super-Aging. The slower you walk the better. This walking meditation is for balance and control of the mind and body. “May the force be with you!”
I’m convinced that Native American traditions have used trance walking for blessing the earth and for increasing an individual’s power for thousands of years. This Navajo tradition is supportive of this ritual: