"Positive Living with Your Inner Shaman" - September 2009

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In this month's E-zine...

* The Mystical Sound "Om" - Now in Image Form!
* Holistic Living - UK Courses
* Sound Healing - Ancient & Modern Technologies
* The Celtic Medicine Wheel
* Healing & Spiritual Growth via Mandalas & Mantras

 

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The Mystical Sound "Om" - Now in Image Form!
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Check out this incredibly beautiful, amazing image of the sound "Om":
www.soundtravels.co.uk/om-aintiramcymaglyph-a-46.html
which has been generated by the technological wizardry of "Cymatics" - the science of making sound visible, see www.cymascope.com/cyma_research/index.html
Cymatics produces startlingly beautiful images and poses new questions about the nature of sound and its role in the universe. The creator of this image, John Stuart Reid is an English acoustics engineer who has studied Cymatics since 1999. He used Cymatics to reveal the resonances within the Great Pyramid's sarcophagus in Egypt and is the author of "Egyptian Sonics - Ancient Egyptians Developed a Sonic Science": He is co-inventor of the CymaScope, the world's first commercial instrument that can make sound visible, and is currently working with an international team of scientists to help decipher dolphin language by creating a lexicon of picture words.
Aum (commonly written as "Om") is a mystical or sacred syllable in a range of religions, including Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism, Buddhism and Bön (Tibetan Shamanism).
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aum]
The syllable Aum is first described as all-encompassing mystical entity in the Upanishads. As creation began, the divine, all-encompassing consciousness took the form of the first and original vibration manifesting as sound "OM".
Before creation began it was "Shunyakasha", the emptiness or the void. Shunyakasha is more than nothingness, because everything existed in a latent state of potentiality. The vibration of "OM" symbolizes the manifestation of God in form. "OM" is the reflection of the absolute reality, it is said to be "Adi Anadi", without beginning or the end and embracing all that exists. When taken letter by letter, A-U-M represents the divine energy (Shakti) united in its three elementary aspects: Brahma Shakti (creation), Vishnu Shakti (preservation) and Shiva (liberation) Shakti.
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Holistic Living - UK Courses - Autumn 2009
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* Shamanic Journeying Course for Beginners
* Drumming, Journeying & Movement Medicine
Details: www.sunflower-health.com/shamanicworkshops.htm
* "Surfing Stress & Weaving Well-being"
* "Anger Management & Release"
Details: www.sunflower-health.com/workshops.htm
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Sound Healing - Ancient & Modern Technologies
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[Read full article here: www.cymascope.com/cyma_research/soundhealing.html]
The Aboriginal people of Australia are the first known culture to heal with sound. The didgeridoo has been used as a healing tool for at least 40,000 years, enabling them to heal broken bones, muscle damage and illnesses of every kind Egyptian and Babylonian cultures used drums and rattles - low frequency sounds from drums and the ultra sound created by rattles are both now known to accelerate healing. A Greek traveler, Demetrius, circa 200 B.C., wrote that the Egyptians used vowel sounds in their rituals:
‘In Egypt, when priests sing hymns to the Gods they sing the seven vowels in due succession and the sound has such euphony that men listen to it instead of the flute and the lyre.’
Pythagoras (circa 500 BC) is credited as being the first person to use ‘music as medicine’ utilising flute and lyre.
In the Greco-Roman period healing temples were used for ‘incubation,’ a process in which patients underwent ‘dream sleep’ - reverberant stone-walled spaces of temples and sanatoria enhanced the efficiency of acoustic instruments.
For the latest scientific analysis of sound healing, check out this article:
www.cymascope.com/pdf/Caduceus%20article-1.pdf
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The Celtic Medicine Wheel
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Medicine Wheels are ancient spiritual symbols for the totality of life's journey, from birth to death. The provide an holistic map for balancing [usually] four parts of our lives: body, mind, heart and spirit, linking these to the compass points and the seasons of the year. The Native American Medicine Wheel is especially well known, but there is also a Celtic Medicine Wheel: see www.sacredhome.co.uk/wheel.html for details.
At the Society for Shamanic Practitioners annual conference, earlier this month, Tom Cowan led a session on the use of the Celtic Medicine Wheel [Irish Spirit Wheel] for "ancestral healing" - honouring our personal ancestors [family or non-family teachers and mentors of all kinds] who exhibited the spirit powers and virtues of the Wheel's directions. In this healing dance we asked them to accompany us in our present lives to renew and strengthen those qualities and powers for us, with an additional intent forgiving and healing those ancestors who were not able to embody the powers and virtues of the four directions. For information about this year's and next year's conferences, go to:
www.shamanconference.co.uk - be sure to book early for next year, because the conference is always oversubscribed!
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Healing & Spiritual Growth via Mandalas & Mantras
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Magical Healing Mantra & Mandala: Om Mani Padme Hum
www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDUdT5z_CBU
"Mandala" is Sanskrit for "having essence" or "completion" [Wikipedia]. In various spiritual traditions, mandalas are used to focus attention, as a spiritual teaching tool, for establishing sacred space and as an aid to meditation and trance induction, assisting access to deeper levels of the unconscious and ultimately assisting the meditator to experience a mystical sense of oneness with the ultimate unity from which the cosmos in all its manifold forms arises. The psychoanalyst, Carl Jung, saw the mandala as a representation of "the unconscious self" and believed his paintings of mandalas enabled him to identify emotional disorders and work towards wholeness in personality.
Magical Healing Mantra: Aum Shree Ram
www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ibA4ysp2jM
The Sacred Art of Singing:
www.aplacecalledananda.org/david/1069/the-sacred-art-of-singing/
THE POWER OF CHANTING: Paramhansa Yogananda thought so highly of chanting that he said it was "half the battle" on the spiritual path. Yogananda introduced a new kind of chanting in the West that is based on the repetition of meaningful phrases. A streaming video, The Art of Chanting by Swami Kriyananda, is from his Video Course in Meditation. You can access this and other podcasts on chanting here:
http://2001.ananda.org/meditation/support/newsletters/november2002.html
If you live near Cambridge and would like to try some sacred songs and chants, mixed with some simple symbolic circle dance steps, join us at our next monthly "Dances of Universal Peace" session:
www.lovehealth.org/dances/index.htm
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