'I love you' 'I am sorry' 'please forgive me' 'thank you'
These four exclamations are the basis of Ho'oponopono, an ancient Polynesian Kahuna method of healing. The belief that mistakes, errors, stress, anger, guilt, resentment, grief break the Kapu spiritual laws and create ill health is the basis of this practice. The answer is to be open about our faults, seek forgiveness and forgive others. Defining the transgression, prayer and restitution forbwrongdoing is the answer. Parents who are unhappy can make their children unwell, can cause social disorder and other difficulties. Ho'oponopono is a mental cleansing, providing restitution; the words mean correct, good, upright, oral, just, virtuous, fair, restoration, righteous, amend, release, rectify, adjust, tidy up, make orderly, ought, should, must. If you like this topic, you can find an interesting website on this link: https://www.inthedesertchildrensproject.org/
What is Bioenergetics? Bioenergetics is the study and practice of using energy within the body in better ways. It is based upon the controversial work of Wilheim Reich and was created by two of Reich's students, principally Alexander Lowen, who included some of the theories of Reich's tutor, Sigmund Freud. It focuses on releasing unconscious blocks within the body that cause headaches, backache, etc., through physical exercises so that the person becomes more physically and psychologically free. For more information, visit: http://michaelmaley.com/Somatic_Psychotherapy_files/BIOENERGETIC%20FUNDAMENTALS%20.pdf
Defined by mathmatician, Norbert Werner as a 'method of controlling a system by inserting into it the results of past performance', Biofeedback has been popular for decades. It is a process for mecahnically monitoring bodily functins in order to gain control over them. The process requires a period of training but the results are remarkable and are of vital importance to health. It might sound like magic, but the mind is capable of extraordinary feats. Think for a moment of the Tibetans who, on the coldest of days, could increase their body heat to significant levels. Heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, relaxation, brain rhythms, are just for starters. I have heard of excellent results for excema, migraine, gastritis and other very common ailments. Some useful pages here for those who want to learn more: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/book/10.1002/9781118485309
The Baha'i religion was founded by Mizra Hasayn Ali in Iran and this faith has now spread across the world. It is both peace-loving and humanitarian and it praises equality and kindness. There are no clergy, rites or sacraments and there is an emphasis on caring for all species, and for the planet, hence vegetarianism. If you are fascinated to learn more, please visit the archives here on this link: http://free-ebooks.bahaibookstore.com/
Please dont drive or operate machinery while listening to this guided meditation video. Allow 30 minutes to fully relax without interruption. The text is by Wendy Stokes from her book The Lightworkers Circle Guide.
Make yourself comfortable, lie down, take a couple of deep breaths, close your eyes and enjoy the experience.
This video will relieve stress and aid wellbeing and health.
From 2,500 years ago, there is an ancient story od a young man who was the son of a chieftan. The chieftan's wife had a dream of an elephant when she was pregnant and they suspected this would be a powerful child. The young man's name was Siddartha Gautama of Nepal and he was spoilt and protected. Whilst out one day, he saw a beggar by the side of the road and he realised that he knew nothing of the world and its harsh realities. He left home and travelled widely, asking questions and seeking truth, often starving himself in renunciation, without achieving anything. Eventually, he stopped his travels and seeking and sat under a tree, relaxed and meditated. In this way, he became 'enlightened' and free from the trappings of this world, in acceptance and contentment, and in finding a middle way between asceticicism and hedonism. He also created 8 challenges, called the Noble Eightfold Path, of Right Views, Intent, Speech, Action, Livelihood, Effort , Mindfulness and Concentration. Four Truths accompany these laws: that life involves suffering; that suffering is caused by our desires; that ending our desires will end suffering and the way to end desire is to practice the 8 challenges.In addition, there are 3 trainings of concentration, morality and wisdom. The philosophy spread across South East Asia and now to the world. It offers a viable alternative to the many problems that beset human life, relationships and the problems that beset our planet which other religions ignore, much to the peril of those who will inherit a world of gross pollution and illhealth. For more information on Buddhism, visit: http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/buddha-teachingsurw6.pdf
Mandalas are very ancient meditative designs and are international in their distribution. Their design is often circular, ornate and flowing within, to the centre and then to the outside of the boundary. Labyrinths are similar designs. The object is for meditation and to create harmony and balance within the mind. Anyone can produce their own mandalas and colour them as desired. They are especially good for children and for recuperation from mental and physical illness. If you would like to download some designs to print out, there are a variety online free of charge, such as these: https://printmandala.com/ and http://mandala-4free.de/en/index.htm
NLP was developed in the early 1970s by John Grinder, a linguistics expert at the University of California, and Richard Bandler, a Gestalt therapist and computer programmer. Together they made a study of three leading therapeutic practitioners, Fritz Perls, Virginia Satir and Milton Erickson. They discovered that patterns could assist learning and development and that these could be applied to psychology in the areas of education, business and counselling. For more information, follow this link: http://www.nlpinfocentre.com/free_nlp_ebooks.htm
Artists Against Fracking has
been launched by Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon as a new coalition of artists,
musicians, filmmakers and public figures opposed to hydraulic fracking. The
growing coalition now includes more than 180 members, including Lady Gaga, Paul
McCartney, Ringo Starr, Anne Hathaway, Alec Baldwin, Marina Abramovic, Gwyneth
Paltrow, Cindy Sherman, MGMT, Wilco, Bonnie Raitt, Liv Tyler, Mario Batali,
Roberta Flack, Robert De Niro, Mark Ruffalo, Uma Thurman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
and many others.
This is a form of ancient graceful exercise, yoga and it is also a martial art which is performed as a strengthening for the bodyand meditation for the mind. It also helps deportment and eases joints and strengthens muscles. Slow, purposeful moves increase energy, chi, and is popular throughout the world, especially in China where it is used as a communiy exercise, often performed in public. To assist wellbeing, reduce stress and provide grace and poise! For more information, visit: http://isainfante.org/Downloads/SimplifiedTaiChiChuan.pdf and here: http://www.taowoods.org/texts/tai_chi_1.pdf
Jacob L Moreno (1889-1974) created this technique for gaining insight into relationships that are buried in the unconscious. A New York psychiatrist, social scientist and polymath, his very early interest in theatre in Vienna led to psychodrama as a form of therapy around 1910 and it became very popular in the 1960s and 70s amongst the personal growth movement. Moreno was a pioneer and early psychotherapist. His work is profoundly interesting and reveals many aspects of the way we relate to others, especially family members. His writing is of great interest to those who follow his innovative understanding of interpersonal relationships and is well worth further study. Psychodrama is used is psychotherapy, in theatre training groups, if you are interested in psychodrama for use in court rooms by lawyers, take a look at the information on this link: http://asgpp.org/pdf/Cole_Psychodrama_Pt%201&2.pdf
Myalgic Encephalomylitis is abbreviated to ME and has all the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome. Tiredness, muscle aches, brain fog, depression, are part of a syndrome that has baffled doctors. It has now been accepted by the medical world as being a genuine illness and not one that has been imagined by the patient. Many treatments are available, from diet, sleep treatment, physical therapies, etc. It is best to avoid medications if they can be avoided. For more information: https://www.cdc.gov/cfs/pdf/cfs-toolkit.pdf
Meditation is proven to be one of the simplest and most effective ways to handle stress, and it's easy enough that anyone can do it and begin enjoying the benefits immediately. In fact, most people find that regular meditation helps them prevent stress from building up in the first place. If you have ever wanted to start a meditation practice but kept putting it off because you didn't know how to get started, you'll be pleased to know that it's probably easier than you think.
This video meditation created by Jo Barnard with text by Wendy Stokes is taken from meditations in The Lightworkers Circle Guide - A Workbook for Spiritual Groups. The meditation might cause a light trance, so do not drive a vehicle. Allow 30 minutes to fully relax without interruption. Make yourself comfortable, take a couple of deep breaths, close your eyes and exnjoy the experience. www.wendystokes.co.uk
Anyone who wants to know the human psyche will learn next to
from experimental psychology. He would be better advised
exact science, put away his scholar's gown, bid farewell to his
and wander with human heart throught the world. There in
of prisons, lunatic asylums and hospitals, in drab suburban
and gambling-hells, in the salons of the elegant, the Stock
socialist meetings, churches, revivalist gatherings and ecstatic
through love and hate, through the experience of passion in
in his own body, he would reap richer stores of knowledge than
a foot thick could give him, and he will know how to doctor the
a real knowledge of the human soul. -- Carl Jung (from "New
Paths in Psychology", in Collected Papers on Analytic
Psychology, London, 1916). Carl Jung lived from 1875 to 1961. He was born in Switzerland and his father was a pastor and his grandfather was a Rosicrucian freethinker who, some thought, was an illigitimate son of Goethe. He took a medical doctorate before specialising in psychology and 'the art of living' which involved reconciling the polarities of character and there by bringing about the goal of therapy, 'individuation'. He had many paranormal experiences, such as telepathy, precognition, psychokinesis and was interested in symbolism and metaphors as a way of understanding the mind, coining the words 'collective unconscious' to describe the inner workings of the mind of humanity.
Taoism was founded by a Chinese sage who worked it is believed as a librarian, and whose name was Lao Tsu. He lived 2600 years ago in ancient China, at a similar time to when Confucius lived. The teaching of Taoism is received through a book titled the 'Tao Te Ching', (reputedly) written by Lao Tzu who also wrote a large number of poems through which he imparted his teachings. There are many extraordinary myths about his life: that he was born fathered coupling between his mother a shooting star, and that he was born after an 82 year gestation with white hair and a long beard. The aim of the method is to achieve a high meditative and relaxed state, which provides inner harmony, poise and contentment. You might be interested in exploring more about this topic on this link: http://www.taowoods.org/texts/tai_chi_1.pdf
Meditation is quick and easy and can be conducted anywhere! There are amazing statistics for those who meditate regularly. It is promoted as a miracle pastime, and can improve health of the body, mind and emotions.
A mantra is a repetitive group of words, that becomes a prolonged chant. Sometimes spoken and sometimes sung. Sometimes the words have meaning - calling upon a deity for instance - and sometimes they are just a group of words to focus the mind on a topic, such as health or happiness. A well known chant is that of Tibetan Buddhism 'Aum Mani Padme Hum' or 'Om Namashi Vaya' a Hindu chant. The repetitive words of many Christian prayers are also a chant, focussing the mind on devotion and clearing the mind of other thoughts.
Depression is a lonely existance, because other people don't understand. It is a low energy illness, a feeling of meaninglessness, guilt, shame, worthlessness and hopelessness. It is not just a state of mind, but an illness, a disability and can sometimes lead to suicide in very serious cases. Advice does not usually work, even when meant well because the person is often totally unable to take it. There is much the person can do to help themselves, but they need to feel well enough to find them for themselves.
Learn more, and conquer this affliction without drugs... For more information: http://www.comh.ca/publications/resources/asw/SCDPAntidepressantSkills.pdf and: http://www.sign.ac.uk/pdf/sign114.pdf
Jonathon Porritt reflects on sustainability. Governments are failing to meet their responsibilities on climate change and population explosions, climate change and vital loss of trees. In the USA, it is often city mayors who are making the running, sometimes with the active support of state governors. It was Mayor Bloomberg of New York who succeeded in forcing climate change into last year’s presidential election, endorsing Barack Obama in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. In China, there’s an extremely active network of eco cities, enthusiastically competing amongst themselves for government support and new industry investments.
In France, they have a tradition of making time live, to create a setting of pleasure and relaxation. Fabrice Midal's book 'C'est La Vie' describes 'how to' and praises this as an art form from France. It describes how you can find your inner joy, of being in the moment, of finding comfort and beauty and a little romance. For more information, visit the website (in French of course but with a translation available): https://www.fabricemidal.com/
It's easy to separate animals from their natural habitats when you've only seen them in zoos. Not to say that you should go seek dangerous animals in the wild, of course, but it can be a thrill to see even the smallest and tamest exotic animals in their native homes. If you're on vacation in Mexico, keep an eye out for these birds.
Your brain will work tirelessly to achieve
the statements you give your subconscious mind. And when those statements are
the affirmations and images of your goals, you are destined to achieve
them! Creating a vision board is probably one of the most valuable visualization tools available
to you. This powerful tool serves as your image of the future - a tangible
representation of where you are going. It represents your dreams, your goals,
and your ideal life. Because your mind responds strongly to
visual stimulation-by representing your goals with pictures and images-you will
actually strengthen and stimulate your emotions... and your emotions are the
vibrational energy that activates the Law of Attraction. The saying “A picture
is worth a thousand words,” certainly holds true here. If you have already defined your dreams,
it’s time to illustrate them visually.
What is Lagom from Sweden? The Swedish have a concept which involves 'just the right amount' neither too little or too much, too light or too heavy, too soft or too hard, too high or two low! It means 'enough, sufficient, in moderation' and it involves simplicity and suitability. It is the Swedish art of living a balanced and healthy life. Read more here: https://jsperf.com/download-ebook-linnea-dunne-lagom-pdf-mobi-epub
Loneliness: In Harm’s Way* From symposium talk at Brunel University, London on 30th October 2015: In what follows, I wish to show four things: (a) that all human
beings are innately, i.e. universally, necessarily, a priori lonely; (b) why
this is so; (c) the consequences of loneliness; and (d) what can be done about
it, its remedies.
The twin principles I propose to defend are that all
we feel, think, say, and do occurs between two emotional and cognitive poles in
human consciousness, between the solipsistic insularity of loneliness and the
intentional desire to transcend it by attaining intimate attachments. The two
terminals of consciousness constitute the dynamics of repulsion and attraction,
which continually guide us through our passions, thoughts, and actions. After
the biological drives for air, water, nourishment, sleep—and before sex---are
met, the most insistent psychological need and motivational drive in human
beings is to secure an intimate relation to other self-conscious creatures,
whether animal, human, or divine. In effect, I wish to replace Freud’s principle
of libidinal energy with the anxiety of isolation.
Why do singing lessons need to discuss the way to breathe properly? Isn't breathing just part of being alive and something that we do all the time without even thinking about it. While we certainly all breathe, not everyone breathes properly, and one of the secrets to singing success is being able to breathe properly. Proper breathing is one of the key aspects to learning to sing. Breathing correctly affects the quality of your voice tone and also helps you sing long notes when you need to. One of the most common mistakes made by people when they first sign up for singing lessons is that they think that breathing for singing is the same as breathing for, say, aerobics or regular activity.
An excerpt from the book 'Conscious
Evolution' by Barbara Marx Hubbard:
world is ready for the advent of a new stage of human consciousness and action.
It is time for a “planetary birth experience,” a collective awakening, an
experience of shared empathy, love, and creativity. Just as we once evolved
from Neanderthal to Homo
sapiens through a mysterious set of
circumstances, not fully understood, so now we are emerging as Homouniversalis,
a species capable of conscious evolution on Earth and beyond.
What are signs of the
emergence of a new era of evolution? Ken Carey wrote in The Third Millennium:
Instead of being 'The Best IN the World', we need to be thinking of being 'The Best FOR the World!' Richard Barratt was a Civil Engineer for 20 years and then became involved in Eastern Philosophy, the work of Abraham Maslow and the importance of personal and societal transformation. To transform ourself - and our world - our soul needs to be activated. Our conditioning creates discontent, but by working on ourself, we become contented. He suggests there are 7 levels of consciousness which lead to a new paradign for leadership.
Derek Thorne lives in the Somerset area and runs a yoga school. From an early age, he sought the meaning of life in addition to living in the world as a practical and capable person. Eastern religions captivated him and yoga offered a way to explore his questioning about life and provided a personal intimacy with the self, the 'I' within. It also provides a good model for the modern age, to avoid and relieve many ills of our stressed and dysfunctional society. Yoga brings people into relationship for the divine and provides a spiritual resolution to many of life's greatest questions and concerns. For more information, visit: http://www.yogaliving.co.uk/
It contains 4 separate parts: ah-oh-mmm and silence. Sit comfortably with your back straight. Inhale. On the exhalation begin chanting 'om' . Pause, inhale and exhale and chant again in a regular rhythm and without strain.