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Mystic Mystery Tour

Avebury
Avebury stone circle

Just got back from our first ‘Viaje Mistico’ Mystic Mystery Tour to the south of England where we did earth energy healing work on stonehenge, Avebury and a load of important stone circles and earth monuments in Cornwall.

A truly magical experience for all. .. Will be doing it again next year.

Boscawen-un
Boscawen-un Stone Circle

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New Album | Reiki Music For Meditation

At last the new album is available for download. Check out some samples here
If you’ve been keeping up you’ll know its music from the 30 day stress control course but without the guided meditation.
You can use this album for Reiki sessions, yoga or any activity that requires a calm atmosphere or simply to listen to and chill out.

There has been a certain amount of pioneering on my part with this album as I actually initiated the music in Reiki. The idea is that when the music is played it exudes the healing universal energy that is Reiki, Take a listen to the samples, (or better still get the whole alum) and let me know if you feel it.

Download here or order the physical CD here

The state of meditation – Techniques to get there

Towards-Spiritual-Meditation

I’ve been busy this week creating a series of guided meditations and as a part of the project I have prepared some introductory videos on meditation.

One of the important topics in the videos is the fact that a lot of people find meditation difficult. In fact, probably due to trying advanced meditations or meditations that were not suited to them, most people find it either boring or hard.
The main problem I hear is, “I can’t seem to clear my mind”
or
“How can I think about nothing?”
Well, what I say in my new videos is that strict meditation techniques may not be suited to all beginners and you should be open to explore the diverse selection of meditation techniques that are available.
Sitting cross-legged chanting om and clearing your mind of all thoughts is the traditional picture of meditation but this and similar techniques are in fact…  simply techniques.
Techniques to help you get to the state of meditation.
The techniques are not the meditation, the techniques simply lead you towards a place where you can enter into the state of meditation.
Different techniques are suitable for some people more than others.  It is a very personal thing… you really need to explore the thousands of different techniques that are out there to find which ones you are most attracted to.
In the end, the state of meditation is the same whether you are sitting in the lotus position under a tree or if you are jumping up and down in one of Osho’s dynamic meditations.
The end result is the same…
The techniques are many, but there is only one state of meditation.
Here is an article by the people at psychic universe which offers 5 simple alternatives to traditional meditation.
5 Meditations for People Who Don’t Like to Meditate
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Pain Relief Through Meditation

Meditation Can Be More Effective Than Morphine

lotus yoga sunriseAn article was published this week in the British newspaper the telegraph stating that the result of a recent study shows that meditation can be used effectively for pain management. The test was in fact not medically valid as the subject group consisted of only 15 people. The Study was undertaken by the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina. They measured brain activity in the subjects whilst they had heat devices on their legs causing pain.

The test was performed on people who had never done any meditation before and proved that it was in fact effective in reducing and in some cases eliminating the pain.

Each of the test subjects attended 4 short 20 minute training sessions in a meditation technique known as ‘Focused Attention’. This is not unlike Buddhist meditation and involves a mindful focus on the breath whilst letting go of thoughts and distracting emotions.

The results of the study were published in the April edition of the Journal of Neuroscience.

This is a very positive step and another nudge forward in the integration and acceptance of holistic and alternative techniques such as meditation and Reiki into what is broadly known as ‘Western medicine’.

Pop Star Miley Cyrus Promotes Meditation

Miley Cyrus MeditationIn a recent interview the internationally famous pop star Miley Cyrus was quoted as saying that young girls should be spending more time meditating instead of worrying about what other people think about them.

This is a great sentiment but I’m not sure what sort of meditation she is promoting nor if she is giving any instructions or guidance to her young fans. 

I believe that what she is trying to say is that young people, especially young girls should be ‘keeping it real’ and not get sucked into certain social circles based on peer pressure and that they should be thinking for themselves and getting to know themselves as individuals outside their peer groups. Great sentiment and good advice… even better if the fans actually begin to meditate but as most people who have tried meditating will know, this doesn’t come easy at the beginning, especially to younger people who have very active brains. 

Check out the easy 10 minute Centering Meditation 

There are of course many different types of meditation… some are well suited to active minds and others not so much. I hope that Ms Cyrus keeps on with the good advice and starts to give some direction to these people. Maybe some of Osho’s more dynamic meditations would be good for her fans.

 


Miley Cyrus urges young girls to meditate to get real-life answers | Daily Dish | an SFGate.com blog

Miley Cyrus is encouraging young girls to meditate more and take time to discover what they really want out of life.

An Introduction To The Chakras

The chakras are energy points in our subtle bodies that are like portals for vital universal energy. The energy flows in and out of us in rotating patterns from set points in the body. There are seven major points and several other minor points known as chakras. The energy must be allowed to flow easily in and out of these chakra points or else the body will start to function incorrectly and manifest dis-ease and illness.

Ancient healing traditions and texts of many cultures and religions talk of a universal energy which is present in all of us. This energy is referred to as ‘Chi’ in the Chinese tradition, ‘Ki’ by the Japanese or ‘Prahna’ by the Hindus in India. In modern times the energy is still referred to but under names like bio energy, life force, primal energy and many many more. This is a very subtle energy that cannot really be measured effectively yet but can be perceived. Manipulation of this energy as it flows into the human body is a key to energy healing to which the body responds well.

The word chakra is of sanskrit origin and can be loosely translated as meaning, wheel, rotating or spinning. The seven main chakras are at fixed points in the body and they need to be activated and open in order for us to function properly. If one of the chakras is blocked, i.e. rotating at a slower speed than it should be, then this can manifest as physical and/or emotional problems.

Each chakra resonates and responds to a different vibration which can be stimulated by its associated color, musical note, crystal or gemstone. It can be quite easy for a trained therapist or healer to balance the chakras and you can even balance your own chakras through various meditation techniques.

In future articles I will be expanding on each of the chakras and their properties but for now here is a brief overview of each chakra and its associated color and energy.

Root Chakra – Red – Associated with primal energy and survival issues.
Sacral Chakra – Orange – Associated with the joy of living
Solar Plexus Chakra – Yellow – Related to Personal Power
Heart Chakra – Green or Pink – All to do with Love
Throat Chakra – Turquoise / Blue – Related to communication and self expression
Third Eye Chakra – Indigo – Insight, foresight, clairvoyance and Self realization within the cosmic order.
Crown Chakra – violet / white / golden – This is a purely spiritual connection

In future articles I will be writing in much more detail about each chakra and including the associated properties, gemstones, colors musical tones and much more.

The Chakras – The Root Chakra

1 – The Root Chakra

The root chakra, Muladhara by its Sanskrit name is located at the base of the spinal column. at the area of the perineum between the anus and the genitals.

Root Chakra MandalaThis is one of the most important chakras as it is the one that gives us stability. It is also the chakra that most people tend to have out of balance with the rest.

The root chakra represents the roots of your power, of your survival and of your swell being. It generates desire for survival, well being and comfort, economic well being and a relationship with the earth.

Activation of this chakra can help with matters of prosperity and abundance, with economic stability and with a comfortable life in general.

When the chakra is blocked it can hinder in all of the aspects mentioned so far. It can also promote certain bodily symptoms… specifically, hemorrhoids, back problems (especially the lower back), sciatica, constipation, circulatory problems, knee problems, bad circulation in the legs, problems with obesity.

The associated color for the root chakra is red, its element is earth, the metal associated is iron and its gem stones are red jasper, ruby, and hematite. Use of the stones, especially the red jasper help us to develop a healthy aggressiveness towards healing our own lives. They can help to awaken dormant energy and help us to connect more with the earth. When used in meditation they can help to activate and cleanse all of the lower chakras. They can help you to become more grounded and are ideal for the more timid person and for those who have a lot of fear as they can help to give you strength and courage.

The psychological aspects of the root chakra when it is in balance are self assurance and control of your creative will. The psychological aspects of the chakra when it is out of balance however are selfishness, depression, instability, shyness, incapacity to save money and a tendency towards distraction.

To balance the chakra you can use meditation music in the key of C and imagine a ball of red light centered on the area of the chakra. Imagine a 4 petalled lotus flower slowly opening and rotating over the chakra. The 4 petalled red lotus flower is represented in the Sanskrit Mandala for the chakra.

The Chakras – The Sacral Chakra

2 – The Sacral Chakra

The second chakra, the sacral chakra or Swadisthana in Sanskrit is located some three inches (8 centimeters) below the navel around the area of the pubic bone. The energy from this chakra comes out in the form of a vortex from both the front of the body as described but also from behind in the small of the back.

This chakra is the one that give us the joy of life, the joy of being.

The sacral chakra represents physical pleasure in general and an opening and conquest of sexual energy. It generates desire for unity of opposites and also for sexual unity.

Activation of this chakra can help with matters of trust, patience, wisdom and desire.

When the chakra is blocked it can cause anxiety, fear, frigidity, impotence, general instability and a bottling up of the emotions. It can even cause one to talk too incessantly. The bodily symptoms a blocked sacral chakra can manifest can be kidney problems, bladder and prostate problems and also problems with the sexual organs.

The associated color for the sacral chakra is orange, its element is water, the associated metal is copper and its principal gem stone is Carnelian. Use of this stone helps to counteract depression and exhaustion as the its major properties are to stimulate activity.  Contact with this stone give one a feeling of self security and confidence, peace and balance. it can be used to help with treatments of diabetes, the liver, arthritis and all sorts of nervous complaints. It serves us best as a way of distancing any external negative vibrations that might be affecting us. This stone can help us to become more balanced and to give us serenity. It can also help to attract peace.

The psychological aspects of the sacral chakra when it is in balance are patience, confidence and resistance to external influences. It is also directly associated with the function of sexuality and the sexual organs. The psychological aspects of the sacral chakra when it is out of balance are anxiety, fear, too much talking as a mechanism for not accepting ones situation, sexual disfunction and inability to feel emotions or feeling overly emotional.

To balance the chakra you can use meditation music in the key of D and imagine a ball of orange light centered around the area of the chakra. Imagine a 6 petalled orange lotus flower slowly opening and rotating over the chakra. The 6 petalled orange lotus flower is represented in the Sanskrit Mandala for the chakra.

The Chakras – The Solar Plexus Chakra

3 – The Solar Plexus Chakra

The third chakra, the solar plexus chakra, Manipura in Sanskrit is positioned just above the navel. As with the all but the root and the crown, the energy flows out from this chakra in the form of a vortex from both the front and the back of the body. In this case from the naval and the point directly behind it on the back. The energy flowing out from the front of the body however is always more than that which flows out of the back.

This chakra is the one that give us our life force. Here the sun is represented with all its warmth and life giving properties.

The solar plexus chakra represents vitality, unwavering self control and true inner power. It can motivate us to act upon that inner strength that we have inside us.

Activation of this chakra can help with dietary matters and general healthy balancing of our bodies.

When the chakra is blocked it can cause stomach ulcers, bloated stomachs and even hepatitis,

The associated color for the solar plexus chakra is yellow, yellow of the sun. Its element is of course fire and its associated metal is bronze. Its gem stones are  citrine and tiger’s eye. Use of these stones, especially the tiger’s eye can help us to take a look inside ourselves. It helps us to understand and admit to our mistakes. It also helps to develop a connection between our personal power, the subconscious and the will.  Tiger’s eye can stimulate the digestive system and the colon. Principally however it vibrates and reacts to the solar plexus itself.

The psychological aspects of the solar plexus chakra when it is in balance are a great personal power, determination and the ability to make fair decisions. The psychological aspects of the solar plexus chakra when it is out of balance are shyness, doubt, low energy or even exhaustion and digestive problems.

To balance the chakra you can use meditation music in the key of F and imagine a ball of bright yellow light centered around the area of the chakra. Imagine a 10 petalled yellow lotus flower slowly opening and rotating over the chakra. The 10 petalled yellow lotus flower is represented in the Sanskrit Mandala for the chakra.