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Begin seated comfortably, somewhere quiet where you won’t be disturbed. Give yourself plenty of time to complete this meditation. Sit with your breath for a while, relax your body and find a place of calm. If you find that simply focusing on your is breath challenging try a counted breath. Breathe in deeply to a count of 4, hold your breath for a count of 4 (try not to strain, remain relaxed), and breathe out for a count of 4. If this feels too long or too short, feel free to adjust the count but be sure that each stage of the breath is done for the same count.

When you feel you’ve reached a state of stillness set the intention that you’d like to meet your familiar. Once you’ve stated your intention (either aloud or silently), begin to visualize yourself in nature. Try to let this image of nature come to you naturally, if you find yourself on a beach, be on a beach. If you find yourself in a forest, be in a forest. Try not to judge the environment that comes to you, trust that you will end up where you need to be. Once you’re firmly rooted in this environment, feel free to explore. Your familiar may present itself quickly or it may not. Keep in mind that familiars come in all shapes and sizes, they may be an animal, a person, a plant, or something else entirely. Keep an open mind and don’t discount something that jumps out at you just because it doesn’t match your idea of what a familiar “should” look like.

When you find your familiar (or what you think might be your familiar), introduce yourself. Be polite and ask if it is indeed your familiar. Watch your reaction to this beings response. Does it feel true? If it does not feel true is this feeling a gut reaction or is it rooted in preconceived notions about what your familiar will be like? Remember, not everyone has majestic familiars like lions, wolves, and eagles. Your familiar may be a vulture, or a wasp, or a hippo. Whatever your familiar comes to you as, it is using this form for a reason. Try to remove such expectations from your deliberation process and do not reject your familiar on the grounds that it isn’t your preferred animal.

After meeting your familiar, it may have things to tell or show you. If it does, follow. This will likely be a defining introduction to the lessons that your familiar will bring to you. If it does not, bid it farewell, thank it for appearing and bring your focus back to your body.

Take a moment to focus again on your breath, feel your body moving with each inhale and exhale. Feel your body pressing into the floor beneath you. When you feel sufficiently grounded, open your eyes, stretch and come back to full consciousness gently.

After completing your meditation you will want to write down what you experienced. It’s easy to forget these things and writing it down preserves the experience so that you can come back to think about it deeply after time has elapsed.