Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Ho'oponopono

'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/

Bioenergetics

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

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Biofeedback

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

Monday, January 29, 2018

Akasha - In The Cosmic Flow

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Baha'i

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/

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Progressive Relaxation video

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.  

Friday, January 26, 2018

The Mandala

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

Neuro Linguistic Programming

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

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Chronic Pain

How to deal with constant pain and discomfort - Chronic pain can be very disabling and can cause sleeplessness, anxiety and depression. Even mild pain, when it is constant, can be very debilitating, and can affect relationships, because often those who have never experienced pain, do not understand. Taking medication from your doctor can cause addiction problems, as many pain killers lose their strength to bring relief over time. However, there is much that a person can do to improve their own health and wellbeing. For more information, visit: http://www.uwhealth.org/healthfacts/pain/5298.pdf
and:  http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/nursing/Research/INQRI_Grant/Long-Term%20Non-Surgery%20Pain%20Management%20Strategies%20Booklet%20WebFINAL082311.pdf

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Tai Chi Ch'uan

This is a form of ancient graceful exercise, yoga and it is also a martial art which is performed as a strengthening for the body and 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

Psychodrama

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


Chronic Fatigue

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

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

One of many guides to Meditation

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.

Monday, January 22, 2018

A Healing Meditation

 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

Carl Jung - spirituality



Anyone who wants to know the human psyche will learn next to nothing from experimental psychology.  He would be better advised to abandon exact science, put away his scholar's gown, bid farewell to his study, and wander with human heart throught the world.  There in the horrors of prisons, lunatic asylums and hospitals, in drab suburban pubs, in brothels and gambling-hells, in the salons of the elegant, the Stock Exchanges, socialist meetings, churches, revivalist gatherings and ecstatic sects, through love and hate, through the experience of passion in every form in his own body, he would reap richer stores of knowledge than text-books a foot thick could give him, and he will know how to doctor the sick with 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. 

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Taoism

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


Get into Alpha!

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.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

What is a Mantra?

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. 

Dealing with Depression



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

Friday, January 19, 2018

Sustainability - cities leading the way!

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.


Letting Go - French style!

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/

Weight Loss Hypnosis

 
This is a weight-loss hypnosis video created by Zoe Featherstone with text by Wendy Stokes for salt, sugar and fat reduction. 
Please prepare for relaxation and don't drive or operate machinery. Make yourself comfortable, do not be interrupted, relax! 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Mexican Birds

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.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Sweden - Lagom


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

Link to free homoepathy articles

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Loneliness: Ben Lazare Mijuskovic

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.


How To Breathe Like A Professional Singer!

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.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Self Actualisation by Barbara Marx Hubbard



                                                                                                                                                                                   An excerpt from the book 'Conscious Evolution' by Barbara Marx Hubbard:
 
The 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 Homo universalis, 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:

Richard Barratt - The Importance of Communal Values


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. 
For more information, visit: https://www.valuescentre.com/

Friday, January 12, 2018

Yoga Living Founder - Derek Thorne

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/

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Are you Clairvoyant, Clairaudient or Clairsentient?


 
                                                  

Friday, January 5, 2018

The chant of 'OM'


The word 'om' has several meanings:
  • The Sound of All Sounds
  • The Sound of the Universe
  • The Sound of Creation
  • The Beginning of Life
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.


Thursday, January 4, 2018

Saving Planet Earth

Most people feel powerless to do anything to save our planet from global warming, pollution and over population by humans, that decreases all other species, sometimes to the point of extinction.
However, even the smallest change, when a nation gets involved, can make a huge change. 

These are the major daily household pollutants: convenience plastic and polystyrene packaging; synthetic clothing with nylon, polyester, acrylic, etc.; plastic microbeads in toothpaste and cosmetics; wet wipes and nappies. Add to this cell phones, palm oil, air travel, nuclear disasters and accidental oil spills, deforestation, and you can understand how our unique and finite planet struggles to maintain its wellbeing, the wellbeing that we are all dependent upon, approaching 7 billion now and many more billions in the future whose health will definitely be affected. 

We can live simply, leaving a light footprint on our world. We do not need to see our worth in terms of the accumulation of material objects. We can see ourselves in terms of our worth to other people in great need across the world, and to other species that are dependent on our understanding. We can be the person we are born to be without material possessions and see others not in terms of their material wealth but judge them by other more mature criteria. Our life can be about who we are as an individual in our own right, our personality and character, and understand others likewise. For more information: Visit
https://www.elsevier.com/journals/journal-for-nature-conservation/1617-1381?generatepdf=true
and https://thebreakthrough.org/blog/Planetary%20Boundaries%20web.pdf