The Witches Cradle

Depriving the physical senses by external means is in no way a new idea. For centuries the Arabian Dervishes have dangled from a rope around the wrist; Hindus have sat for days, weeks or even months, in a Lotus position, and members of the Craft have used a device known as the "Witches' Cradle", to separate the consciousness from the physical.

There are several variations of the Witches' Cradle. Two are illustrated. All perform the same basic function of isolating the person from her/his physical environment and make physical movement all but impossible. Under these conditions, the consciousness is loosed from physical bondage and becomes free to roam beyond the physical horizon.

As illustrated (Figure 8.2) in the first cradle the person is wrapped in a mummy-like shroud of leather or cloth. The arms are fastened down in straight-jacket fashion. Leather straps hold the body in the iron frame while a leather hood shuts out sight and sound. The head is held in place by a leather strap or iron band, as shown. The cradle is suspended by a single rope so that it can swing and rotate freely to give complete dis-orientation with the ground.

The second variation (Figure 8.3) is suspended by the leather sleeves. The leather sheath was cushioned with fur (modern versions use foam rubber) for comfort. The crossbar is suspended by a yoke to a single rope, again to provide ground disorientation. Notice that in both cases the spine is kept straight. Not only did the Cradle produce sensory isolation, which aided freeing of the consciousness, it also aided the projection of the consciousness beyond the physical body... astral projection.

It is not necessary, nor recommended, that the individual use the Cradle, under normal circumstances. Such a device should only be used under the close supervision of someone who is completely knowledgeable in its use. The essence of its benefits can and should be used, however. A procedure to induce the proper conditions for freeing the consciousness is outlined in the method of meditation given in Lesson Seven. These meditation procedures, if properly and consistently used, can also provide deprivation of the senses, comfort of the body and elimination of the senses which will free the consciousness.

Witches Cradle
Figure 8.2
Witches Cradle

Figure 8.3

Based on those in Minnesota Minutescope

Figure 8.3

Based on those in Minnesota Minutescope

NOW ANSWER THE EXAMINATION QUESTIONS FOR THIS LESSON IN APPENDIX B

1. Write your own Handfasting Ceremony.

2. Keep a log of Birth Rites (Wiccaning) and Crossing the Bridge Rites below.

3. List the methods you have used to clear your intuitive channel. What were your personal impediments (blocks) for channeling? Keep track of channeled information below.

4. List some of the means by which you have developed your psychic abilities. What have been the results of these techniques used?

Astral Projection The Naked Truth

Astral Projection The Naked Truth

You are lying in your bed, eyes shut, completely relaxed and totally awake. After a few minutes you feel your body becoming heavy and numb. The next moment you experience a floating sensation and then you start rising up. floating a few feet above your bed. Learn more within this guide by downloading it today.

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