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Last Sunday, our friend shared the link to a song that is said to relieve stress. And listening to it in the morning set the tone for one of the most relaxing days we’ve had in awhile.
The song is called “Weightless,” by Marconi Union. Scientists tested this song by playing it for 40 women in an experiment. They not only found the song to be more relaxing than Enya or Motzart, but also more relaxing than a massage, walk or tea.
After completing a stressful task, the women in the study experienced a 65% reduction in overall anxiety from listening to the music, and a level 35% lower than their resting rates.
More Tips for Reducing Stress
We wrote an article previously, sharing our favorite tried and true stress reducing remedies. 10 tips for reducing stress
Herbs and Vitamins…
Here are some of our favorite things to take for reducing stress:
Magnesium (or mixed with chamomile to create what Dana Claudat calls “natural ambien” ), chamomile tea, lavender (tea, essential oil, etc), Bach’s Rescue Remedy. We even give Rescue Remedy to our cats. Angel perks up when she see’s the bottle.
Pets and Plants
Something you probably know, but its good to see the evidence. Both having pets and having plants in your home, can be greatly stress relieving. Studies have found that pets can reduce stress hormones, risk of cardiovascular disease, and help with many other health and social benefits.
In fact, pets can even help you achieve your goals, just thinking about them.
Having plants in the room can reduce stress and increase productivity. Plants purify the air and increase the amount of oxygen in the room. Here are 10 common plants that are great for the home. Dr Bill Wolverton suggests about 2 plants per 100 square feet in the rooms you spend the most time.
I hope you have a stress free day. Remember to give the Weightless song a try, and maybe even add it to your bookmark to start each day with it for awhile.
The elements make up everything on the planet, including us. Our emotions and state of being are also of an element.
Shamanically speaking, all illness, discomfort, pain and suffering comes from an imbalance in the four elements.
Therefore, every single problem there is can be addressed if you understand the energetic nature, or element of the problem. And similarly, any state you wish to experience can be enhanced with an element.
Here is a simple list of the elements and how they can enhance your emotions.
Bring in fire for more joy, spontaneity, inspiration, and passion
To get fire:
Symptom of too much fire energy: anxiety
If you have too much fire, counter it with water.
Bring in air for more creativity, visualization, greater depth of understanding and knowledge
To get air:
Symptoms of too much air: confusion, spaciness
If you have too much air, counter it with earth.
Bring in more water for emotional stability, greater flow, order and structure to your life. And to feel nurtured, accepted and worthy
To get water:
Symptoms of excessive water: emotional sensitivity, depression
If you have too much water, counter it with fire.
Bring in earth for appropriate action, inner peace and contentment, confidence, feeling grounded
To get earth:
Symptoms of too much earth: stagnation
If you have too much earth, counter it with air.
For all, avoid alcohol and drugs. Try to eat healthy meals and get sleep. Take care of yourself.
To help balance your environment, you can also use these energy cleansing techniques.
Have you ever tried any of these techniques? Share with us in the comments below how it went. Which ones do you think you will try?
We are aware of the mind-body connection, the idea that the thoughts of the mind influence the body and that the actions of the body influence the mind. This manifests itself in the mental alertness we feel after a great workout, or the calm wakefulness we may experience during and after meditation.
I came to martial arts seeking the adrenaline high and physical conditioning that comes from hard physical effort. As a teenager, it was a fantastic way to release pent-up energy and stay in shape. I loved it and would walk away from a session full of enthusiasm and excitement. As the years of training passed, the physical workouts began to fill me with a feeling of calm power; there was the same physical intensity, but there was an additional dimension I became aware of that really began to shift the way I experienced and perceived martial arts and the manner in which it affected me.
I believe that martial arts offer a unique combination of mind/body training that seeks to bring these two elements into balance. Once this equilibrium is achieved, tranquillity begins to emerge that allows us to become aware of a connection to Self, a spiritual quality that is beyond the mental and the physical. It manifests itself in calmness and power, in directness, agility and stillness, that is both physical and mental at the same time. A connection to Self emerges that brings us into connection to all things.
True Purpose of Martial Arts
The Masters of Japan, India and China spoke about this dimension of martial arts at length as if it is the true purpose of the training. They believed that the body housed the spiritual energy of the person and that the body had to be in good condition to be able to allow that energy the freedom it required to express and manifest itself in the world.
Martial arts do not simply excite the body and the mind. They also stimulate the spiritual energy of the person. As a student’s technical ability increases, his body follows the natural energy lines that promote greater relaxation, power and accuracy. Projection of spiritual energy begins to become greater and more focussed as his awareness becomes more honed. He becomes more connected to the environment and people around him and his health benefits not just from physical excerption but also from the healthy flow of energy.
Martial arts can simply be a vehicle for greater spiritual connection (by which I mean to feel and understand the energy that flows within and around us all and connects us to everyone and everything). Martial arts are unique because of the training format and the surface level benefits such as physical fitness, ability to defend oneself and others, and the resultant confidence that comes from that. Hidden behind that veil lies the true power of the life arts of a warrior.
Power to Harness Spiritual Energy
Please do not be put off by this image as life is full of joy and hardship. Only through this spiritual connection can we hope to remain centered and whole. Martial arts teach us that we have the power to harness spiritual energy and direct it to do good in the world. It also teaches us how to protect ourselves and others and to be able to live lives of peace and compassion. Connection comes through awareness of the energy that links us to all, which means we have the strength to walk through life with peaceful steps. Compassion has many faces: to be tough when we need to or to be soft when required, but always with a sense of compassion and love.
Our actions emerge from spiritual energy that we hone and cultivate from the minute we begin our martial arts training. Whether we realize it or not, we are, after all is said and done, spiritual beings.
Guest Authors David Brown and Lynette Avis
David Brown and Lynette Avis are coauthors of the internationally acclaimed “Nourish the Flame Within,” a guide to connecting to the human soul for Reiki, Martial Arts and Life. David is a life coach, working with energy to nurture his clients’ mental, physical and spiritual potential. Lynette is an artist, Reiki Master, and medium.
When you hear the word esoteric, you may think it sounds like weird stuff you can’t comprehend. And a powerful cure for insomnia. However, the true nature of esoteric teachings, is that when you are ready for the information, it inspires you with a greater depth of understanding, that you can readily use to change your perspective of life. It will essentially provide you with an epiphany every time you read it. If you are ready for it. This is not a challenge to speed read through the books, because then you won’t get the transformation.
Esoteric reading is not just brain food, but also soul food.
In this vast sea of information, by so many authors, its hard to determine which books can give you the most useful information to maximize the use of your time. I have found in my thirty plus years of study, that there are a group of authors that tend to be more effective in conveying, not only knowledge, but light as well. In their ability to convey both knowledge and light in their writing, they provide a service that truly stands out in supporting your personal transformation.
I’m speaking of initiates, whether it is an initiate of the Golden Dawn tradition, Shamanic tradition, Toltec, Buddhist, etc. there are too many initiatory paths to mention. Most initiatory traditions have been around for centuries and involve some of the greatest secrets of spiritual training. These lineages have the ability to convey power and authority for the purpose of your transformation. This is why their writing is so effective.
In writing, they provide esoteric teachings as part of their service to light.
Here is a short list of esoteric books, broken down into general levels of complexity. The purpose of all esoteric writing is to help you understand your own true nature, and to help you overcome your attachments and misconceptions about yourself, to understand a more universal perspective.
1. Think and Grow Rich
by Napolean Hill
This timeless classic is read by businessmen throughout the world, because they understand that it is by their very thoughts that they create the kind of life they want to live.
2. Autobiography of a Yogi
by Paramahansa Yogananda
This is probably one of the more advanced introductory books. For most people, it is just the life of Yogananda, but what he teaches in this book explains how to Master the 7 key areas of life.
3. The Alchemist
by Paulo Coelho
Helps you tap into your core abilities to do the miraculous. It introduces the concept of the philosopher’s stone.
4. The Four Agreements
by Don Miguel Ruiz
Toltec wisdom. Perhaps the most simplified way to live a good life. If we honor the four agreements, we honor all things.
5. Simplified Qabala Magic*
by Ted Andrews
An introduction to one of the most complex, foundational spiritual systems for transformation, Qabalah. This book is to Qabalah, as addition and subtraction are to mathematics.
Jonathan Livingston Seagull
by Richard Bach
This story helps us rise up above our believed limitations and go beyond the expectations of those around us. To soar and become as great as we desire to be.
1. The Book of Five Rings
by Miyamoto Musashi
This book explains the basic nature of the five elements of creation. The five elements are in all things, including all human behavior. This is known as the Japanese businessmen’s bible.
The Art of War: Sun Tzu
by Sun Tzu
Arguably the greatest general to ever live, Sun Tzu; this book is about how to overcome challenging obstacles, take responsibility, and think outside the box.
2. The Training and Work of an Initiate
by Dion Fortune
An essential book for initiates, regardless of what path they pursue.
3. The Power of Myth
by Joseph Campbell
This book explains the nature of archetypes, which are fundamental in all higher Shamanic and Celestial work.
4. The Complete Guide to the Kabblah*
by Will Parfett
This is perhaps the most advanced of the intermediate books, as Will Parfett is excellent at explaining the nature of Kabbalah, but does it in a way that is easier to understand. This is the trigonometry of Kabbalah.
5. The Essential Golden Dawn: An Introduction to High Magic
by Chic Cicero
An excellent guide for the Western Esoteric tradition. It continues the work of Israel Regardie (founder of Sedona, Arizona and wrote the Complete Golden Dawn).
edited by Brian Copenhaver
Easily my favorite book! Brian Copenhaver does an excellent job in compiling the Corpus Hermeticus in such a way that it follows one book/letter to the next, making it easier to understand the teachings of Hermes Trismegustus. The Corpus Hermeticus (body of work of Hermes), is some of the oldest teachings available and is the foundation of all spiritual traditions.
2. The Key of the Mysteries
by Eliphas Levi
This French Qabalist, Rabi from the 19th century, compiled some of the deepest esoteric writing available. Without the keys, his writings are difficult to decipher.
3. Initiation Human and Solar
by Alice Bailey
Alice Bailey’s work with Dewal Cole helps us in the West to understand the nature of Eastern esoteric tradition.
4. Mystical Qabalah*
by Dion Fortune
Dion Fortune’s gift of understanding Qabalah is indeed profound, and she shares some of the most abstract teachings of Qabalah in this book. Compares to the intro to quantum physics of Qabalah.
5.Kabbalah: An Introduction and Illumination for the World Todayby Charles Ponce
This is also a very deep understanding of Qabalah. It is a more linear (rather than abstract) approach to Qabalah. This is one of my favorite books on the subject of Qabalah.
*Qabalah refers to the universal, mystical Qabalah. Considered to be the highest level of Qabalah training. Not referring to Jewish or Christian Kabbalah, but refers to a universal system.Read More
This is a short clip from our meditation group, during the Spirit Guide Meditation Series.
A little more about Spirit Guides.
Who Are Spirit Guides
Spirit Guides are spiritual beings whose main job is to guide you in your life toward progress. They communicate through feelings, words, images, or your ability to “just know” something. Their primary function is to share their personal strengths and skills with you, so that you can more easily navigate the difficulties of the world. They help you with life lessons and to continue to expand your self.
Your personal spirit guides will not be a Master of Light or Archangel. Those beings serve the entire planet. Though, they may certainly work with you in your life, your primary spirit guides are different. Your guide may even have a simple name, like Sarah or Juan. But they are very wise spiritual beings, with insight into your issues or needs. They help you stay on track to fulfill your life purpose.
How Do I Work with Them
To develop your relationship, begin by paying closer attention. Pay attention to the sensations in your body or feelings you get about a situation or relationship. When you have a “bad feeling” about a particular action, take note. Maybe even ask why it is a bad idea and wait to see if you get any more feelings or images.
The more you pay attention to the feelings or visuals you receive, the stronger and clearer they become. This takes time to develop, so stay patient.
Meditation is also crucial. It helps you to still your mind and develop a deeper connection with your guides. Create a regular meditation practice, and find a teacher to help you improve your practice more quickly.
Begin talking to your guides regularly. Ask them questions; ask them what you need to learn next, and ask them for advice. They will always respond, and as you become more practiced, understanding them becomes easier.
Why Work with Your Guides
Working with your spirit guides helps you to develop your psychic ability and gifts. The constant support and guidance makes you feel as though you are never alone and always have a friend. Your decisions become more precise and your life flows more easily, because you have people looking out for you. You have more answers to your questions. It is a blessed life.
For more help working with your spirit guides, sign up for our five part guided meditation series. This process helps you to meet and learn more about your individual guides, and to develop a close personal relationship.
Do you have any personal stories about spirit guides? A time when they told you something would happen just before it did, or an experience where they helped you? Tell us about it in the comments below.Read More
Are auras for real? A lot of people don’t think so. Many don’t understand how it could be possible.
Before I go into this subject, I want to talk a little about my history.
My background is in the engineering field. Besides a background in electrical systems, I was also a nuclear test engineer. All this means, is that I have a little background in understanding electrical science.
Why is this important? Because electrical sciences explain electrical fields, which is how electricity is produced. Rather than get heavily into boring stuff, I’ll suffice to say, that anything that has an electrical current running through it produces a field around it. These are called EMFs, electromagnetic fields.
Electromagnet fields are subtle energy that radiates out in a spherical direction from its source. Meaning all electronics put out electric fields, your computer, tv, even your cell phone.
So what does this have to do with you and auras?
Your body generates electricity. An electrical current runs through your body in your nervous system. All of this combined creates an electrical field which flows in a spherical direction outward from your body. This is what the Indian mystics called an aura. Certain nerve centers and organs in your body are referred to as chakras.
This was before modern science existed, which means they were picking up on subtle fields before the technology to measure it existed.
This is a weak magnetic energy, but it is enough that it can actually be measured. In fact in the nuclear field, we know that sleeping next to someone damages the body with radiation to the degree of 5 mrem (millirem). It takes about a thousand rem to kill you, so sleeping near someone is an insignificant dose (you get about 50 mrem from an x ray).
Why do we care about this?
Since the aura radiates outward, the energy you put into your aura is extremely important. And since everyone’s aura radiates in every direction, when you are in a crowd, you tend to pick up on other people’s energy as well.
So aura maintenance is more important than most people realize.
Here are some things to consider, when you are sick or depressed, you tend to pull the energy of your aura inwards. Which is why you want to be alone. Because on a subconscious level, you don’t want to pick up anything negative from anybody else while you regenerate.
While you are around other people, its easy for your aura to pick up on other people’s thoughts and emotions. Have you ever had that feeling that someone was starting at your from behind, and they were? You felt it in your aura. This his how a crowd feeds on itself.
In a group of people that is very depressed, its easy to get sad, and in a group with happy people, it is easy to be happy. The strongest pool of energy, tends to pull you into that vibration. That said, you always have the ability to consciously hold onto your vibration and maintain your own center. This is why we tend to surround ourselves with like minded people. Its our comfort zone.
Here is the cool thing. How you are feeling and thinking is carried out into your aura. And other people subconsciously engage you based on what they are picking up on in your aura. Which is why a bad morning can lead to a bad day, and having a great morning often leads to a great day. Because energy tends to attract similar energy. So, maintaining a healthy aura can create space for having a great day!
Tips for Aura Maintenance
If you have had a bad experience, an easy way to clean off your aura is with sage, holy water spray, incense or even a shower. To increase the influence of your aura and to attract more positive people and opportunities to you, increase the amount of electricity flowing through your nervous system on a subtle level. This will produce greater light in your aura. Because electricity produces light.
This is done by increasing your overall health, and increasing your sense of joy and passion for whatever you are engaging in. Be passionate about your work, your recreation, your family, your life.
Repairing Your Aura
Things that damage your aura, include anything that throws your nervous system out of balance. An example of this, I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but its alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, and yes, even caffeine. Everything in moderation. But these substances in particular tend to blow a little hole in your aura, which makes it more difficult for you to attract what you want, and to feel good. Habitual use of these things tends to expand the size of the hole and weaken your energy, lending to addiction. Its imperative, if you are trying to kick substance abuse, to get your aura and chakras cleaned out, so you will have greater strength in overcoming addiction.
Other things that can damage the aura include anything that causes an extreme reaction. For example, a major argument, prolonged negative emotion, like depression, even getting overly excited or scared, or a traumatic experience. If you feel weak, low energy, easily agitated, or a little out of control, those are some good signs you need to repair your aura.
Self repair is done, first by cleansing it, as described above. Then by taking time to regenerate and recover from the experiences. That is a reason vacations are beneficial. If you quit taking a substance, the aura will tend to repair itself, though it can take even a few years depending on the size of the damage. An experienced healing practitioner can repair your aura, leaving you feeling whole, happier and more energetic. This procedure is so simple, it is often coupled with another healing modality to enhance the benefits.
It is recommended to have your aura repaired after any traumatic experience, or just once every six months to simply maintain good energetic health.
One More Tip
Here is something you can do to help restore. Take a spa day, to help relieve stress. And have a good play day. You can do this same thing at home as well. Marcy’s favorite method is a salt water bath. Salt water baths will cleanse the aura, and special salts and some essential oils can help repair it as well.
Remember to take some time and care for your aura. It is a greater friend to you than you know. It directly impacts all things that are drawn to you. So, if you want to change your life, or expand it, having a healthy aura can give you the edge you need for a quick, positive boost.
Its that time of year again. Summer is here, its a time for family, picnics, outings, vacations, and summer fun.
In all of this activity, you often spend time with the people that you admire the most. Bonds are strengthened, as you embrace good times with great people.
One of the best examples of a person I admire, that I remember as a kid, was a friend of my father’s. I called him Mr. Lewis. He was a kind and caring gentleman, who always seemed to pay attention to the most important things I had to say, even as I was a 10 year old kid. Even though I had interrupted many conversations with him and my father, he always took the time to smile, acknowledge and encourage me in whatever adventure I was on. It helped me to realize I had value.
And while I appreciated it at the time, it was years later before I began to do that for myself and others. And the seeds that Mr. Lewis had planted really began to take hold. The true importance of this came to me as I began to cultivate stronger friendships, and began teaching on a larger scale.
I began to appreciate more the gifts of each person. Every person has something to offer, something of great value, something that adds to the light. And when you nurture that light within them, you nurture their very soul (and your soul as well). Enhancing their soul’s ability to connect to their Higher Self, simply by acknowledging their worth and value.
I know we have very busy lives, and it is easy to forget how important it is to acknowledge the value and worth of other people, but I believe that every time you do this, you help the world move one step closer to the Light.
So, I would like to acknowledge you. For I believe you, who reads this, are ever seeking to improve your own nature, to overcome your shadows and to really embrace the nature of your Higher Self. Because of this, I firmly believe that you are a light unto your community and to the world. And we can never have too much light.
July is the month of Cancer, the sign of the nurturing and caring person, which inspire us to be nurturing. Here is an exercise I have done for myself, to help me nurture my soul, and feel better about life.
Get a notebook. Take time and review some of your positive life experiences. In that review, think of a time when you helped another person or did something kind for yourself. Or a time when you exhibited a quality that you admire in others. Write about this time, and record what great skill or virtue you gained or exhibited in that experience. And appreciate yourself. Write at least three experiences; seven is even better.
-The virtue you exhibited
Just as you might share your appreciation for someone else publicly, share your self appreciation with us. Tell us of one of your positive experiences in the comments below right now.