For this week’s practice, I’m reaching back into my beginning days with OBOD; I’ve been practicing this for a good 13 to 15 years now. Wow! Time flies! The exercise is referred to as ‘The Light-Body’, and is part of Bardic Grade training.

It is essentially a seated meditation that first focuses on breathing to relax the body and focus the mind. After a few minutes of this, attending to your breathing until you are relaxed and calm, awareness is moved to the soles of the feet. Starting here, visualise white light radiating from them as you feel the vibrant tingling of the life-force. From the feet, this awareness is moved up the ankles, the legs, throughout the body, all the way, eventually, to the crown of the head. Eventually, your whole body is filled with light, radiance, vitality and strength. To complete the meditation, give thanks, and gradually become aware of the physical self grounded in the here and now.

The Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids. “The Light-Body.” The Journey of the Initiate Bardic Grade III (2001): 59-60. Print.