What is Scrying?
Scrying is a practice to help us to gain insights and truths about ourselves and the world around us. The word “scrying” means to reveal or to perceive. When we are scrying, we are crossing over to another consciousness, a mystical realm, and leaving behind our conscious mind.
One formal definition of scrying is:
“Scrying is the art of gazing into a dark mirror, water or crystal, going beyond the physical eyes and letting the inner psychic eye open allowing us to receive visions and information.”
For this scrying example you will need a reflective object, such as a mirror or a crystal ball. Other methods, as suggested by the definition above, involve a clear bowl of water or natural pool. We can also use a bonfire or fireplace at home for scrying purposes.
Getting Your Session Organised
Before beginning your scrying session switch off your telephone and settle yourself in that special spot where you feel at ease.
Now, turn off the lights, draw the curtains or blinds if daytime, and get some of your favorite incense going. The only light that should be in the room is a dim light, such as candles. We need enough light to gently illumine our crystal or water. Cover the table you are going to use with a black cloth or piece of plain fabric to minimise distraction. Place the object you chose to use on the table.
Center yourself using whatever technique that you feel comfortable with, for instance seven or eight deep slow breaths, a meditative or mindfulness practice. It is important that your mind is as clear as possible from the clutter of daily life before you begin. Check out our extensive range of articles on mindfulness and meditation on this site.
Some of us who use scrying as a part of our practice will call in our Compassionate Helping Guides or Higher-Self to assist us access the clarity and wisdom to strengthen our reading. Developing a relationship with a Compassionate Helping Spirit who specialises in divination can strengthen our practice overtime.
Formulate the Question
Once you are feeling centered formulate the question that you are seeking insight for. It is worth spending a bit of time on this, the more specific we can be in forming our question the better. Avoid long questions and limit yourself to one question only as otherwise our super conscious and the universal pool of knowing will present a range of information that might confuse the issue.
A good question might begin with “what do I need to know about ……….. right now please?” This could be a specific situation, a relationship, the week ahead. Best to avoid “when” questions as the future is fickle.
Please please remember that we must have permission from another person if we are asking questions on their behalf. We have no right to pry into other peoples business or seek insights into their motives. Framing a question as “what do I need to know about my relationship with ………” or “what do I need to know about my upcoming meeting with …….” will serve us better.
We always need to bear in mind that we are working with that which is for the ‘highest good’, for ourselves and the wider community. If we can distance ourselves for a “me, me, me”, focus then it will prove beneficial. Using the mindfulness technique of being “an observer” is useful in this sense.
When fully formulated, write the question down on a piece of paper, better still in your dedicated scrying journal. Note the date, time, maybe how you are feeling.
Remember, any form of divination is indicative only reflecting the current range of possibilities or insights into a current situation.
Begin the Reading
When you are ready, open your eyes and look into the surface of your scrying instrument.
Repeat your question to be addressed three times.
Soften your gaze. Your focus should shift past the surface to a point somewhere approximately five or six inches beyond the surface. This may or may not work for you, but it is the best way to shift your focus for scrying. Have you ever looked at those pictures that are completely composed of colored dots or splotches and had to look past the surface to see the three-dimensional image in the picture? It is the same principle used here for scrying.
Try to keep your mind as clear as possible of all monkey mind distractions as you focus on scrying for an the answer to a the specific question posed.
If you are using a crystal ball then scan the ball until an image starts to form. For some using a mirror, or water, the image will often materialise in the middle initially then in different parts of the reading instrument.
Your eyes will want to blink. That is all right, let them blink and regain your shift in focus. When you are first beginning, try to keep your scrying time to no more than ten or twenty minutes. If you are not successful, put it away and try again another time.
Interpreting Images and Symbols Received
This is a huge topic in it’s own right and beyond the scope of this article to cover in depth. Suffice it to say that interpretation is a subjective exercise, the blessing being however that if we have approached the session with the highest intentions, the images presented will be tailored to our own ability to interpret them. Working closely with our guides and deep intuition the meaning in relation to the question posed will become apparent.
Images may come to you in any number of forms. Some may be full images, even moving pictures as though you are watching a movie. As a beginner you may only get a cloud or mist at first, preserver. This mist will eventually part to allow images to come through, or it may just move in one direction or another in answer to yes or no questions. If you do see images, they may be simple symbols left open for interpretation.
These symbols usually mean something to us, and are not necessarily the symbols you may find written in a book, rely on our intuition to give them meaning in relation to the question asked. One method is to look for between four and seven images. As each one materializes, jot down impressions received in your notebook.
Look at your notes and still in connection with your intuitive Being and guides deepen your perception of each and make additional notes.
Ending the Session
When it is time to end your session, take a few deep breaths and thank your guides or Higher Self. Ground yourself and blow out your candles and bring the blinds up. Make yourself a cup of herbal and reflect on the impressions received in relation to the question asked. Jot a down a brief summary.
Often we continue to receive insights upon our inner eye or through dreams in the days after. At some point however, it is useful to close the question off altogether as it can become confusing if information continues to pour in, particularly when we have moved on and are involved in other activities as we lose the context of the original moment.
This article first appeared on our sister site shamanicgarden.earth