Moon Power: Cultivating Lunar Energy

Ex luna scientia: knowledge comes from the moon,” claimed the ancient Romans. As our planet’s closest companion and the brightest light in the night sky, the moon has always played an important role in human imagination and the quest for deeper truths. In cultures around the world, this celestial body is associated with a variety of deities—some of them are female, like the Greek Selene or the Etruscan Artume; others, instead, are male, like the Hindu god Chandra or Alignak of the Inuit. Aside from its indisputable mystique, the moon has measurable effects on our planet; such is for example its impact on oceans and their tides. Yet its influence on human experience may go well beyond that.

In Old World cultures where agrarian traditions have a long and uninterrupted history, the moon’s influence on natural events is readily accepted. For example, many European obstetricians swear by the full moon’s power to expedite births. Mediterranean wine makers avoid bottling during a new moon: wines decanted during this time often end up foaming uncontrollably. Many traditions also blame lunar cycles for emotional excesses: not only are lovers enthralled by the night sky, but the full moon seems to exercise a mysterious power on the mind; after all, even the word “lunacy” stems from the Latin “luna,” moon.

The abundance of folklore surrounding our planet’s satellite may hint to its energetic potential. If practitioners of paganism, witchcraft and Wicca synchronize their rituals with lunar phases, meditators and energy workers, too, may find that connecting to this celestial body expands their consciousness in unexpected ways.

Women practitioners of Nei Gong, the Daoist art of energy cultivation, for example, harness lunar energy by gazing at the moon every night. As the practice deepens, their sensory perceptions start shifting: eventually, the moon locks them in a blissful two-way energetic flow that envelopes their senses and quiets their minds.

Nei Gong’s lunar contemplation practice requires daily outdoor sessions. If you are unable or unwilling to leave your home at 11pm but are still curious about lunar energies, you can try my version of this technique:

Sit in your usual meditation spot and take a few deep breaths to release your tensions.

Once you are relaxed, visualize a root that, emerging from your sacrum, plunges deep into the center of the earth.

Next, imagine a beam of light that connects your fontanel to the moon. Let it engage all of your senses: see it; feel it; experience its vibration.

Lunar energy will start flowing down into you like a chute of liquid silver. Stay open to the experience: feel this energy’s own liveliness, its joy, its teachings. It may bring about a range of sensations or even bliss you out; however, make sure you retain your focus on the silver connection between your fontanel and the moon.

Once you are done, interrupt the flow; release the excess energy through your root; express your gratitude and take a few deliberate steps around the room to ground yourself.

Unlike the Nei Gong technique, this lunar contemplation is not gender-specific. You can use it during the full moon, paying close attention to how it modulates and expands your consciousness.

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