It goes without saying really, that Bjork is one of the most important artists of the 21st Century and is fully attuned to the possibilities of healing through voice, sound and music. Her otherworldly qualities often suggest that she is a creature somewhere between human, superhuman and extra terrestrial; yet her constant humility and contradictory mix of fragility and strength are beyond endearing. She is a true living icon and a talent like no other.
We love this behind the scenes video on the making of her album Black Lake.
She is always full of surprises with every new album she offers and with a plethora of talented collaborators in her creative embrace. Her look and sound are always on the cutting edge of style and innovation and her new album Utopia is nothing less than mind-blowingly impressive both sonically and visually.
Check out the latest music video for “Blissing me out” and then go and have some fun browsing around her website BJORK HOMEPAGE and listen to/buy the new album BJORK UTOPIA and you will likely find yourself being transported into multiple other dimensions at the same time.
Directed by Tim Walker & Emma Dalzell Creative Direction by Björk Director of Photography – James Henry Lighting Director – Paul Burns Producer – Jeff Delich Stylist – Edda Guðmundsdóttir Dress – Pam Hogg Shoes by Gucci Braid ornaments – James Merry Makeup Artist – Hungry Steady Cam Operator – Tommi Marshall 1st Assistant Camera – Þór Elías 2nd Assistant Camera – Daníel Gylfason Gaffer – Finni Sænski DIT – Benedikt Vilborgar Og Jóhannesson Local Production – Oli Páll Torfason & Daddi Bjarna Post Production – Coffee & TV
Blissing Me Lyrics:
All of my mouth was kissing him now into the air i am missing him is this excess texting a blessing or just two music nerds obsessing he reminds me of the love in me i’m celebrating on a vibrancy sending each other mp3s falling in love to a song this handsommest of wickermen he asked if i could wait for him now how many lightyears this interim while falling in love with his songs his hands are good in protecting me touching and caressing me but would it be trespassing wanting him to be blissing me robbing him of his youth cliffhanger like suspension my longing has formed its own skeleton bridging the gap between singletons sending each other these songs the interior of these melodies is perhaps where we are meant to be our physical union a fantasy i just fell in love with so i reserve my intimacies i bundle them up in packages my rawward longing far too visceral did i just fall in love with love?
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This is why I teach yoga and meditation.
I know that these teachings have given me tools to step out of my personal addictions, and help me to make better decisions daily. And with my own healing, I can offer more support and love to those around me. I can live a life of service and have the most positive impact in the world.
Most importantly, I know that these practices bring people together in community and that ideas become more powerful when shared…
This shift in consciousness is the rise of the Divine Feminine. The energy of the female is potent — She gifts us the qualities of creativity, intuition, protection, holistic thought, collaboration, empathy and unconditional love…all of which have been ignored and abused within our society for far too long.
While men have an equally important role to play, it is women’s time to gather in sisterhood to encourage mass collaboration and love as the qualities our society will recognise and hold sacred moving forwards.
This is why I share the practices of yoga and mindfulness through retreat immersions around the world. I want EVERY human to first treat themselves with the love and respect they deserve through heathy lifestyle habits: high vibe nourishment through diet, sleep patterns, physical movement and time for reflection and relaxation to bring awareness to the parts of us we need to nourish (or begin to nourish) daily. I want women to learn to accept themselves exactly as they are, to see themselves as a beautiful and unique Goddess and live with more sweetness. Most important, I want everyone to experience the gift of sacred community: what it feels like to be seen, heard and felt from a place of neutrality. When we feel nourished from within and supported from those around us, we naturally rise into our highest selfs.
This is the power of Divine Sisterhood. Our sisters provide the platform for loving-kindness and a safe haven of support. Our sisters help shape-shift us into better partners, mothers and daughters. They remind us of our power and responsibilities as women of the world. They hold us accountable without shame or blame. They honour our uniqueness and help us integrate with tenderness. The power of sisterhood is fierce, creative, loving and a change-maker…and this energy resides within each one of us.
As we are all a direct mirror reflection of one another, it is imperative we take initiative and become mentors for the world. Women must celebrate and collaborate with one another in order to encourage those around us to follow suit.
And when enough of us support one another to take action, the system will naturally adapt to support us. There is a ripple effect which will spread far and wide.
But it begins on an individual level…
It is our birth right to step into our highest selves — to be happy, healthy and give back to the entire eco-system that is our global family. This is a call to action to create more Divine Sisterhood in our lives. Together, women can change the world. I feel it. I believe it with every single cell in my being. Things are just getting good and I am so honoured to be here, right now, alongside you.
The Divine Goddess within me, recognises the Divine Goddess within each and every one of you.
Let’s THRIVE in 2017!
LAUREN LEE is passionate about holistic health, exploring the world and empowering others to live vibrant and happy lives. Founder of Raise Your Beat, dedicated yogini and sun seeker, she lives for creating connection and enjoying simple pleasures.
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What about the opposite experience- have you ever walked into a room and felt a sweep of fear or contraction in your gut?
Is it possible to affect a room or space, so that anyone entering into it may instantly feel at ease? The simple answer to these questions is yes.
Upon entering a room, consciously set an intention to clear all negative energies within, towards and around the space; then sit still in meditation and breathe with this wish until there is a feeling of ease and a sense that all negative energies have been cleared.
You could consider to remove your shoes and leave them at the door. Anyone who practises yoga frequently gets into the habit of doing this at almost any doorway, sacred or not. It is said that shoes represent the ego, which is why it is an act of reverence to remove them before entering a space. It can also be helpful to cover the head with a shawl or a hat as a connection to spirit and a veil of protection representing humility.
Another beautiful ritual to enhance good energy, is to create an altar of meaningful objects, talismans, crystals, candles and fresh flowers. Anyone entering this room can contribute to decorating this altar, ideally with a personal object that they cherish and wish to have charged for the duration of their time in the space, with all the positive energy that will be flowing through. A way to welcome people towards an altar would be to invite the setting of intentions internally or out loud for whatever is to take place in the room or simply for whatever wish or prayer that a person may want to call into their lives or their futures. One by one, as people place their objects on the altar to both contribute and receive a sense of sacred space is created by all who enter it.
Smudging or the burning of sacred herbs such as sage, palo santo or incense is a sensual way of releasing negative ions into the air and creating an instantly uplifted mood. This ritual is practised in many cultures, religions and sacred spaces worldwide.
Holding space is not just about creating the right atmosphere, bubble or den of love, trust and safety- although that is definitely a powerful and effective intention.
There is a psychological aspect to this concept too. Coaches, counsellors, healers and teachers are all space holders first and foremost before offering their knowledge, expertise and gifts as lightworkers, caretakers or empowerment catalysts.
Learning to park the ego to one side is an integral first step in being able to allow the necessary space to be filled by the students, the clients, those who come to learn or who seek help and are in need.
The Karpman Drama triangle is an insightful diagram explaining what conflict can arise internally and externally if a person takes on a “Rescuer” “Let me help you because you are weak” role, a “Persecutor” “All knowing. I am right and you are wrong” role or a “Victim” “Help me because I cannot help myself” role .
Holding space is not about rescuing or playing out any of these roles, it is about standing in the eye of the tornado as an observer of thoughts words and emotions and all that is energetically swirling around us. It is about being fully present and heart centred in authenticity with transparent intentions and very clear boundaries. It is about seeing things as they really are, whatever may arise, whatever may be said or done. It is a path the demands a strong sense of discernment, of knowing when to speak up and when to hold back, when to smile and when to just simply nod your head, when to give advice and when to ask powerful questions. It is also about developing a sixth sense slowly over time for understanding the unspoken and the subtle. Some people are born with high levels of intuition and others develop it through the school of hard knocks aka “the wounded healers”. Our pain can be our greatest strength and from there we can learn how to best be of service to others.
Holding space can be a catalyst for deep healing and powerful transformations and the most beautiful thing about it, is that we all have the power within us to develop the skills and hold space for each other.
This article by Giada D. was first published in KULA Magazine.
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There have been multiple studies on the link between the mind and the body and how a calm and healthy mind boosts one’s immunity and helps the body recover faster from illness and injury.
People who are recovering from an accident, injury or operation have to go through a testing time. Simple tasks which were easy to do earlier can take up a lot of effort and also require assistance. Beyond the physical difficulties, most people also face a host of mental challenges. Sadness, anger and anxietyabout their present condition can change their outlook to life as well as affect their behaviour.
Therefore it becomes very important to supplement their physical therapy with a more holistic approach to their problems. Something that can help them find answers to unsolved questions in their mind. And forests serve as friends to give comfort and hold space for connecting with something deeper so that the process of healing can begin.
Richard Mitchell, an epidemiologist at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, did a large study that found less disease in people who lived near parks or other green spaces. Compared with people who have lousy window views, those who can see trees and grass have been shown to recover faster in hospitals, perform better in school, and even display less violent behaviour. *Source
TIP: So if you know someone recovering from an accident, injury or surgery ask them to spend a little time in nature. It will help them find the connection that triggers faster healing and reduces the recovery time.
“The Queen of The Canopy”. World renowned biologist Nalini Nadkarni pioneered the use of mountain climbing equipment to assist her climbs of Costa Rican rain forest canopies in the early 1980’s. Years of research, countless ascends (on four different continents) came to an abrupt halt during a normal afternoon 50 feet above ground in the Olympic National Park, Washington (America). Nalini eloquently describes her near death fall and offers some insight into a life altering, meaningful disturbance.
Directed by: Skylar Nielsen | Interview: Doug Fabrizio
Dr. Nalini is an exceptional scientist whose work has challenged our perspective on trees and prisons. Nalini Nadkarni explores the rich, vital world found in the tops of trees. She communicates what she finds to non-scientists — with the help of poets, preachers and prisoners.
This article was originally published by HEALING FOREST
Healing Forest is a project to help people reconnect with nature and build a community of friends who have a deep connection with forests. Our aim is simple. Helping people heal. Helping forests heal.]]>
What type of healing do you do?
Sound Medicine which is the highest form of Sound Healing or Frequency Healing.
What is Sound though? Sound is a wave from the ocean of silence. Born from silence and returning to it’s source. Sound is a bridge to source within. From that source all is born and to that source all returns. All life force and healing comes from there.
In the heart of every atom pulsates vibrating energy translated into frequency and transforming itself into sound. Our physical ears can hear only a very limited sound spectrum. We would be overwhelmed If we could hear all sounds of the universe with its galaxies, solar systems and planets. Even if we could hear only the collective sound emanations from our Mother earth with all her life forms in the mineral and plant kingdom alone – we would hear infinite layers of sounds constantly.
Simplistically, we can say that all of creation is energy on different levels of vibration. What differs a stone from a plant and an animal from a human is the different frequency keys, pulses and combinations of frequency defining the specific form and its function. Our body is a symphony of sound with each organ emanating in its unique frequency. If this frequency is distorted, the organ and its function is compromised. Disease like cancer has its own unique frequency spectrum. By identifying, tuning into and changing the frequency; the cell membranes of the cancer cell for example start to disintegrate and break similarily to a mirror or glass shattering from the pitch of a high voice which comes into resonance with it.
Amongst a great variety of instruments including the power of voice, my main sound healing tool is the Didgeridoo. The ancient mother of all flutes or father of all trumpets covers a great range of frequency through the harmonic scale along with a deep vibration of the fundamental tone, loosening up crystallisations in the physical as well as subtle bodies and energy centers; stimulating the flow of vital force and initiating self-healing processes. Before going a little deeper into the vast field of Sound Medicine though, I wish to point out that I don’t do healing.
Healing is done through me when I am in alignment with source.
All manifestations and powers come from source. Healing powers come from source. There is no one who can “do“ healing. Healing happens by grace under the right circumstances.
The art of healing is to step aside and align to the highest, through the power of prayer, meditation and pure intention.
Be like a hollow bamboo – straight, firm and strong through flexibility yet empty. If we are too full with ourselves we stand in the way of grace. Humbling ourselves to rise on the wings of devotion and raising the vibration will bring us in resonance with the field of pure consciousness or source energy. When we are plugged into this field we can channel the energy from there to activate the self-healing powers within those who seek healing.
Mana or merit accumulated and charging our energy field through ceremony and pilgrimage to sacred places as well as being in contact with masters and benevolent beings of course will help to channel and transmit healing processes faster and more effectively.
Daily practice of a high vibrational life style through yoga, meditation, chi movements, cultivation of sexual energy, superfoods and organic vegetarian-ideally raw- vegan diet is the foundation for a healer to become a true instrument of healing.
Trust and faith of the receiver into the healing channel is also important to allow and activate self-healing powers. Doctors have no effective influence if the patient is not receptive and willing to get well and make dedicated steps and changes for healing and better health to happen.
Some people are addicted to sickness and self-destructive tendencies.
Sound offers a tool though which a person can identify and unlock such patterns, through its gentle penetration and soothing vibration.
Inner silence is essential to hear the song of the heart which is our compass for guidance as a healer and adviser. Silence is from where all sound is born and to where all sound returns. Sound therefore is a powerful bridge to source as mentioned above.
Since 1990 I have been a pioneer in the field of sound healing, exploring sound medicine through a great variety of instruments from all around the world. Specifically, sacred instruments of the indigenous traditions like the didgeridoo of the Australian Aborigines and the Native American prayer flute as well as ceremonial medicine drums and rattles to accompany spirit chanting. Uncountable seekers have been touched by the healing sound vibration in individual and group sound medicine treatments. The soundscapes woven with tibetan- and crystal-singing-bowls, gongs, monochord, shrooti box along with the harmonics of the didgeridoo and overtone chanting function as a carpet of sound to journey through different layers of physical, emotional, mental and astral bodies to source within where all healing, rejuvenation and new strength can be found.
Remember: Self-healing processes are initiated from a place of deep silence to which healing sound can guide us. Melting into the presence of being allows the turbulence and the motion of emotion and mind activity to come to a place of inner peace and deep rest.
Contractions and crystallisations in the subtle bodies and energy centers known as chakras can dissolve and loosen up to allow vital force to harmonise, cure and energise the body, mind, spirit organism.
These crystallisations usually have been caused by traumatic experiences in the past and can find different individual expressions to be released.
Some release may happen through physical sensations of shaking, cramping and eruption of pain-points which then can be dissolved through deep breathing into these sensations. Other release & healing may happen on an emotional or mental level through key images emerging from childhood, womb or earlier life time memories.
Within almost 3 decades of facilitating sound healing concerts and sound medicine treatments I was allowed to witness uncountable miracle healing phenomena taking place. From instantaneous physical healing to retrieval of fragmented soul parts as well as reactivation of dormant skills, cellular and past-life memories.
I am infinitely grateful that I developed the skill and was given the gift to transmit healing power through sound and be of service for wellbeing, good health and healing individually and globally.
As one of the first European Sound Healers and Didgeridoo players I introduced the Mother of all flutes to Germany back in 1989.
This experience fulfilled prophecy and initiated the path of Sound Medicine for me and many others to follow.
When did you discover an interest in healing?
In my childhood I spent a lot of time alone in the forest playing my Prayer-flute to the Great Spirit. In response, the breath of spirit would come on wings of wind whenever I sent my prayers that way. The wind told me about major global changes which were to come and rock our world.
I knew I had to listen deeper to the heartbeat of sacred mother earth and learn to commune and communicate with her through the mineral, plant and animal kingdom. I studied the healing power of medicinal plants from when I was 10 years old and learned to hear the song of stone through which I could read the energy of crystals and other (semi) precious stones.
Maybe this gift was transmitted through an old woman I would meet sometimes in the streets of my home town. Whenever she saw me she would come and stroke over my head. She had silver hair and her name was Mrs Ambrosia. Her touch stayed with me all my life. Later I learned that she lived alone in the forest and had mystic powers as well as knowledge of medicinal plants. My interest in healing started with hearing the song of the plants and studying their medicinal properties.
When I was 13 years old a psychic friend prophecised that one day I would do healing work with my flute. Nearly 8 years later, I discovered the mother of all flutes at the river Ganges in Varanasi – one of the oldest cities in India where music has been studied since ancient times. When I felt the sound vibration of the didgeridoo played to the pink river dolphins in the Ganges I knew this was the flute my psychic friend had seen. My energy bodies and chakras were stimulated, cleansed and expanded through the sound vibration emanating from the didgeridoo played by an Australian master called Cy Rung. I knew then that my greatest calling in this life was to explore the power of sound medicine and put my life into service of healing through sound.
How did you develop your abilities and methods as a healer?
We all carry the gift of healing. Our love is healing. Good thoughts are healing. Kindness, compassion and loving words are healing.
A knife can be used to kill or cut the bread and feed the hungry. Our thoughts can destroy or construct. It is by the choices we make and where we put our focus that we can develop our healing qualities. Yet the gift of healing is often connected to our ancestry and bloodline as well as our individual soul journey. In my lineage there have been artists, priests and healers before me and surely they have passed their healing powers through my bloodline.
I also remember past lives where I have been an apprentice to medicine people, alchemists and healers and in time became knowledgeable and experienced enough to transmit and initiate healing. In other words I brought the gift of healing with me along with the ability to communicate with the plant kingdom and the elements. At age 17 I became apprentice to my first Medicine teacher Sun Bear who initiated me through Vision Quests, Sweatlodge Ceremonies, Medicine Wheel teachings and Earth-awareness. In my early 20s I met a psychic healer and clairvoyant who I would be working with for 7 years. He saw how the rhythm, movement, frequency and healing intention with which the sound was charged cleansed and influenced the auric field and body-mind of a client in a profound way. From this insight we developed a special system and method to treat a person with sound medicine specifically and effectively.
Why specifically do you do this work?
If one is given a gift it is a nobel duty to share this gift. To help one another in our healing and awakening process is part of a global awakening and healing of humanity. I was told once by my teacher Sun Bear that hell is the place where we sit around a big pot of food with long spoons attached to our arms and we try to feed ourselves but can not reach our mouth and starve in agony. Heaven is the place where we sit around a big pot of food and feed one another. The greatest challenge and the greatest gift is to be a healer and dedicate our life towards the healing of our fellow brothers and sisters as well as all of our relations on the planet. By healing others we can heal ourselves and by healing ourselves we can heal others and also this sacred earth.
How do you prepare for your sessions?
As mentioned before, cultivation of energy and mind-body-spirit mastery through daily prayer, introspection, meditation, self-inquiry, physical exercise and organic raw vegan / vegetarian diet are the basis for the path of a true medicine person and healer. How can we have the clarity and purity to transmit pure healing power and unconditional love if our mind and body is contaminated with toxic self-centered negative thoughts and feelings, abusive sexual desire and greed? Pure intention and service to others is essential. By feeding others with kindness and care – we care for the greater good of all and the source of all itself.
The day of individual or group sound healing sessions I choose to eat very light or fast completely. Minimum 3 days before major healing works I choose to refrain from sexual activity or practice tao yoga to cultivate my energy for healing. The most important element for me is the power of prayer, through which I can lift myself to the highest and from where I receive strength and guidance to facilitate and transmit the healing power through sound.
Do you do ceremonies when the moon is full?
With the waxing of the moon leading up to full moon all waters and energy rises.
The day before the official full moon is from my experience the best time to facilitate all night sound healing ceremonies, meditations and prayer works. Full moon meditations are happening globally at sacred sites in temples, ashrams and private homes.
Even though I have met people who appear to have a negative association with Grandmother Moon, I recognise her as an emanation of the great Mother reflecting the golden light of father sun – the heart of our solar system to illuminate our night and allow the sweet and salty waters of life to rise and circulate. The Moon is offering a time of ovulation and purification to the womb of woman through her Moon-time – the promise and preparation to receive new life. Some flowers blossom only when the moon is full but all plants reach for the light to transform the rays of the sun, the moon and the stars into medicines and nurturing energy we call food for body, mind and spirit.
Why is the full moon an important time for healing?
Since the beginning of womankind & mankind the moon has influenced and inspired our dreams, sacred cycles and rhythms not just of the oceans and sweet waters but also of our blood and emotions. Water carries information and so is our blood. Water is our life blood. The light of the moon is moving our waters and our emotions and therefore our thoughts and mind. Our mind can become more receptive for the waves of energy carrying information from the celestial bodies during full moon. The light of the moon opens our receptivity and our psychic, magic mind. Our intuition and psychic sensitivity is essential to tune into the energy bodies of those who seek healing in order to „see“ the root of a disease or sickness – may it be physically, emotionally or mentally. The celestial forces and healing powers are increasing with the rising waters guided by the moon. Therefore the full moon is a brilliant time for divination, meditation, deep inner journey work and self-reflection as well as tuning into the conscious and subconscious collective field also known as the Akashic records and source energy.
Since the dawning of humankind important initiations, sacred ceremonies and healing rituals have been practiced under the full moon or solstices and equinoxes of the sun.
What transformations have you experienced through doing this work?
The transformational process on the path of a sound medicine (wo)man or sound healer is continuous. Study of the great mystery and source of healing powers from where all healing arts develop must never stop. The fine-tuning and purification of perception and development of ones intuition, psychic abilities and healing skills are crucial.
I have gone through excruciating pain and learned to heal myself from life threatening sickness as an initiation to help heal others and develop compassion for others pain and sickness. I had to make sacrifices of comfort zones to maintain a life style which would allow me to actually effectively help people over the last several decades of my life.
By cleansing the field of a patient, a healer often takes on sickness of others and then needs to have the fire and skill to burn up and transform this sickness. Eating sickness and offering it back to source can be challenging since at times particles can get stuck and reminiscence can accumulate or linger. The healer therefore needs dedicated focus to continuously and passionately raise his vibration to such an extend that in his field alone ideally disease can not get attached but is burning up instantaneously.
The healer must have practices to gather inner strength and strengthen his inner fire. Cultivation of sexual energy is an essential part of keeping the fire pure and strong. Yogic life style and clean diet, conduct and the development of compassion as well as a sharp sword of the mind to cut through illusion, masks, veils and negative attachments is an important part of a healers journey.
Thus it is an ongoing process to fine tune, develop psychic abilities, psychological understanding and expand awareness into the subtle realities and dimensions of being.
A healer must be healthy to effectively heal and initiate self-healing processes yet without experiencing sickness and pain themself, a healer cannot really heal others nor develop true compassion and understanding of a disease.
The wounded healer is the one who is offering his life to heal others and through that heal himself. His wound also allows him to understand the wound of others and offer a healing balm through compassion and kindness in the form of his different healing arts.
What transformations have you witnessed in others?
I have been blessed to witness Sound Medicine initiating profound self-healing processes in individual treatments as well as group sound healing concerts over the last 3 decades.
We had a young Estonian woman with 5 cm tumorous cysts in her ovaries who got cured completely through one night of sound medicine application. The following day she went for a scan and the doctors could not find the cyst anymore. It was gone completely and never returned. There are many similar reports of miracle cures, healing and purification of the physical, emotional, mental and also from attachments and imbalances in the astral bodies. Several cases of patients who suffered from Tinnitus found instant release from the ringing sounds in the ears and could relax the central nervous system through the power of intentional sound.
Here is a list of QUOTES reporting the transforming experiences many international clients have received through the healing sound.
What is your favourite music to listen to?
My favourite music is crossing genre and embracing all that is beautiful to my ears and heart. In general, I enjoy sacred world music and festive sacred classical music such as George Friderich Handel. I love tibetan, celtic and african music specially HABIB KOITE, ROKIA TRAORE. Most Realworld Productions of PETER GABRIEL though I never got deep into Genesis. Every artist has unique individual jewels and raw or polished diamonds within their recording and performance career. Seldom there is a full album with every song being a score. I am an admirer of the poetic mastery of LEONARD COHEN. “If it be thy will“ is my favourite of his jewels. Peter Gabriel’s “Dont give up“ is a masterpiece specially with KATE BUSH who is a high priestess and magic witch of pop meeting world music. Her album “Hounds of Love“ is my favuorite of her music. GEORGE HARRISON and JOHN LENNON since I was a great fan collecting all albums of the BEATLES from age 10. Invaluable original Vinyls which my father sold for nothing on a flee market without consent when I left home 3 years later. George Harrisons album “All things must pass“ and John Lennon’s “Imagine“ have been important influences both for my spiritual and musical journey in Life. TONY SCOTT “Music for Zen Meditation“ has been with me since my youth as well as KEITH JARRETT “Köln Concert“. JAN GARBAREK has resonated with me since the 80s and opened a sense of melancholic longing in World Music. Also Norwegian World-jazz pianist OYSTEIN SEVÅG who mixed & mastered my song “WALKING TREE“ and Saami MARI BOINE have inspired and touched me in Life concerts and recordings. I listened to MILES DAVIS “Bitches Brew“ when I was 12 years old and John Coltrane’s wife ALICE COLTRANE and her devotional hymns called “Turiya Sings“. I was a fan of the cult band MAGMA who sang in their own (Star-)language archaic Carl Orff-like ritualistic choir when I was that age too. I met the band leader CHRISTIAN VANDER with his Stella in an epic concert back in the early 80s.
My first rockband I saw live was The WHO at age 11. I was lucky to see the legendary BOB MARLEY at a Festival at the river Rhine back then too. As a fan of DONOVAN the first song on my guitar was his interpretation of a jewish traditional called “Donna Donna” and of course BOB DYLAN’s “Blowin’ in the Wind”. THE ANIMALS “House of the Rising Sun” and ERIC BURDON & WAR inspired me with “Tobacco Road”. JIM MORRISON and his mystic presence opened THE DOORS for me with “Light my Fire”. I never was a great fan of the Stones or Elvis but appreciated some of their songs. I learned to appreciate STING in his later years releasing amazing productions like “Desert Rose” just like PAUL SIMON’s “Rhythm of the Saints”. I also listened to Eric Clapton’s early CREAM and crazy stuff like CAPTAIN BEEFHEART and his magic Band – specially later works after his Frank Zappa collaborations. The celtic/Irish Band CLANNAD came to my Hometown and mesmerised me with traditional Irish Folk Music along with Celtic Harpist ALAN STIVELL at a Festival in France.
At 13, I left school and home to travel by myself to Ireland. I saw CHUCK BERRY and other legends there on a festival but the Hare Krishna community at that Festival near Northern Ireland taught me mala japa and my chanting of the Divine Names along with George Harrisons “My sweet Lord”. I studied transcendental Meditation and the Vedas inspired by my meeting with these Monks and my love for the Beatles.
The World of Osho opened up in the early 90’s and for me through the Music of my friend MITEN, the partner of Deva Premal.
In the commercial pop music genre I like KATIE MELUA who surprises with interpreting deep lyrics. Intricate poetry is also written and performed exquisitely by TINA MALIA and my friend MURRAY KYLE with his amazing album “Mountain Song“. I have been chanting devotional songs with him since the 90’s in Tasmania at a Rainbow Gathering. CAMPINO from the German Punk Band “Die Toten Hosen“ came to one of my sound healing journeys facilitated in a star photographers studio in Hamburg. He invited me to play on one of their tracks called “Alles ist Eins” which I covered on my German Beat Poetry album “DER WEISSE WOLF”. I have been working with one of the members of Iconic German Band KRAFTWERK in his Studio for years.
I had the honour to collaborate with “Sweet Charles“ – Keyboarder and Bandleader of JAMES BROWN on the track “Phoenix Rising” of my album under the same name where I also collaborated with one of my favourite flute and saxophone players PRAFUL.
I am also a fan of good Cello so I was lucky to record HANS CHRISTIAN – producer of the devotional world Music project RASA who I met in Mexico performing with my friends MIRABAI CEIBA who I also love and admire, along with my legendary friend and amazing musician FANTUZZI as well as JAH LEVI and SHIMSHAI.
I am currently working with an outstanding Tabla Player from St. Petersburg called JAGANNATH (Denis Kucherov) www.jaggai.com, Irish/South African artist RONAN SKILLEN.com as well as astounding Siberian multi-instrumentalist www.nadishsna.com.
Occasionally weaving sacred world music with enchanting storyline of singer CarrieTree.co.uk and Kora player of the Senegalese Cissokho family – all masters of the african Harp which I love so much.
On my latest album “Golden Dragonrider”, I was lucky to be able to invite and collaborate with many great artists I admire including Carrie Tree and Nadishana as well as Praful and Darpan from Australia beside Sufi singers from South Africa and Brazilian master Kalimba player CHANDRA LACOMBE.
My favorite music is the sacred world music and sound alchemy I craft with love and dedication and artists I admire. There is too much more fantastic music I love and got inspired by to be listed here – so thats it for now.
What has your greatest realisation or learning been on your journey as a healer?
My greatest realisation came through a Satori experience in South Africa where I realised beyond the minds’ comprehension and intellectual philosophical ideas that ALL IS GOD.
In this state of expanded awareness into the field of pure consciousness through a deep self-inquiry process, I laughed like a hundred and eight Dalai Lamas. I experienced for a blissful eternal moment total freedom in the realisation that ALL IS GOD.
The sense of separation and the illusion of an individual persona disconnected from the whole dissolved into complete Oneness. There was nothing to gain and nothing to loose because “I” was inseparable from the divine presence which resided within, above, below and all around everything and everyone. There was no private ownership and nothing to fight for or do. Only true being.
“I” had everything because “I” was everything.
There was not even “I” only the whole interwoven divine consciousness as the absolute reality. “I“ was THAT and THAT was “I”.
Somehow one slips back into the incarnated soul in body yet never can completely buy back into identification once this nectar of freedom has been tasted. From that illuminated dimension countless blessing flows through sound and silence into this world.
I have learned that the journey of a healer is an ever unfolding journey embracing all aspects of life. It is not a glorious path but a humbling journey where one has to stay alert and present all the time.
Purification and cleansing rituals are an important practice not just around treatments but on a regular basis.
Every healer will be tested and challenged at times.
Sometimes a healer must be a psychologist, a magician and an alchemist.
The path of the healer is not the path of a warrior even though sometimes a healer will have to transform and ward off not just sickness and entities but attacks of shamans and black magic with the sword of unpolarised light awareness. This battle can not be a battle of hate, anger, fear or aggression but rather a dance of transformation through forgiveness and understanding. A true healer is walking the path of the heart and is constantly expanding and aligning his awareness to the Great Spirit’s field of pure consciousness and source energy from where he or she must be guided.
What is the most powerful type of healing you have personally experienced?
Love is the most powerful type of healing. Forgiveness, compassion and kindness.
All other forms of healing are just different outlets and instruments of these essential human qualities.
I have also experienced miracle healing through the power of prayer.
When we come together in ceremony to pray for those in need, a field of many blessings and healing is woven through the unified power of intention. I also experienced Huichol Healers from Mexico and psychic surgeons from Brazil and the Philippines pulling out of the body materialisations of a disease in the form of a little stone, bone or bloody tissue.
Actually the most powerful healing I experienced was when I was offering a sound medicine treatment to a cancer patient who had been given up by Doctors of western medicine. I scanned her with the sound vibration of the didgeridoo and I located the cancer in her stomach. In this moment, I realised that it was an entity – a living organism who was feeding off the host – my client. I started a subtraction process and it was so powerful that the lights went on and off in the treatment room until the fuses blew completely. It was like an exorcism. The entity was holding on and my client was contracting until I could circle in the cancer and pull it out energetically. The cancer spirit was looking immediately for a new host – in this case it was me. I had to be very clear, firm and focused to direct the spirit of the disease straight into the light where it dissolved.
Do you have one tip to share for happiness and wellbeing in everyday life?
There is a saying that “There is no path to Happiness. Happiness is the path.”
Walking in balance and beauty is the path. Wellbeing… well, dear being…
Eat cacao. Lots of it. Raw organic. Its food of the Gods and food for your soul and heart.
The food we eat is psychoactive. If you feel sluggish and depressed do not eat sluggish food lacking life energy. Only the best purest organic living food, if not vegan raw at least vegetarian with some superfoods will make you feel good and energised.
Give your body temple the best offerings only – in this life you only have this one body. Take care of it. Stop polluting it.
FLY – First Love Yourself.
Exercise. Get your body moving – if not practicing daily KACHIMO Kailash Chi Movements or Yoga, at least walk. Walking is medicine.
Walk mindfully. Walking meditation or running – either way get your circulation happening.
Meditate. Tune in to come in tune with your true essence of being. Let your breath calm your mind and quieten your waves of emotional turbulences. Become the observer beyond identification with the conditioned persona ruled by desires, thoughts, fears, feelings, belongings and sex. Happiness is a choice. A state of being – free from conditions which would influence our happiness. True happiness is not influenced by material accumulations, properties and relationships. Not even physical conditions.
Happiness is a level of awareness available right now in this given moment. You have the choice!
Listen deeply to the song of your heart as the compass for guidance. All information of who you are in essence and what your true purpose is as well as all vital force and healing powers come from source within. Tap into that inner source through prayer, meditation, sound healing journeys, chant mantras, practice the yoga of song: sing, dance and be still. Let all actions lead to deep being. Know and awaken your true self. Infinite power is sleeping there. Remember who you are.
Stay humble. A true master always remains a true student in the light of the great mystery ever unfolding. Don’t be too sure about anything. Stay alert.
Be aware. Be patient yet alert – stay awake to catch and surf the waves of synchronicity.
One moment of unawareness and we can loose everything. If we are aware we can enter through countless portals of infinite possibilities at any given moment. There are miracles around every corner.
Trust. Trust in the divine intelligence but do not forget to use your own intelligence – divine intelligence can work through your intelligence when purifying the mind with good thoughts, prayers and mantras. Trust in the God(dess) but tie your camels. Have faith. Be a light for yourself even if you seem to tap in darkness. Pay it forward – be a light for others.
Give what you want to receive! Give unconditionally without the expectation of return, then your life will be a magnet for receiving manifold from sources known and unknown. Be the answer to your own prayers.
Become a living prayer.
Counting blessings over the abundance given simply by being alive with every breath and heart beat, develop a sense of gratitude. Gratitude is the key to abundance beyond monetary values.
Gratitude is a step towards happiness.
Free yourself – travel lightly. Let go of too much attachment.
Remember the Ancestors who walked the earth before us. It is a good reminder that soon we will be ancestors to our children and future generations. Lighting a candle to those who have passed and offering food, water and wings of prayer on which the souls can journey home to source is a small but meaningful gesture.
Taking a moment to stop and remember our beloved ones who have left their earthly bodies invokes a sense of gratitude for all that our ancestors have left for us. Not just the streets we walk on and many houses we live in but the technology, machinery, instruments and tools making our lives easier in so many ways. Knowledge of healing arts, medicines, songs, dances, music, food for body mind and spirit and all what enriches our lives down to the weaving of fabric have been passed on through generations.
The main teaching of the ancestors though is that we are just guests here for a limited time and that we must use our time consciously and hopefully will be able to remember and fulfill our purpose of being. What we have is only lend to us and will return to the earth with our body. We can not take anything but our experience with us when we leave this world behind for our journey through the spirit world. Ideally we will carry good memories and leave in peace so we can travel light.
May we use our time wisely – we do not know how much time is given to us. Hopefully within this given time of our life in this body we will make a contribution to the greater good of all.
If we can not offer our life in service hopefully we try to at least avoid causing suffering and pain to others so we are not bound by negative Karma which draws us back into the wheel of reincarnation in order to harvest the fruits of our actions – positive and negative.
My prayer for all of us is that we may awaken as brothers and sisters of one human earth family, recognising that we are all related with one another and all living beings. That we remember our precious blue pearl – sacred mother earth not just as our home planet but also an extension of our own body. May we take better care of this body – because what we do to this earth we do to ourselves and the future generations.
We have a responsibility to our ancestors from which we have inherited this earth and to the children of our children we must preserve the living waters and all sacred elements of life on and beyond this planet.
May we learn to take better care of one-another and share what is lent to us in abundance, balance and beauty.
What are your plans for the future, evolution of what you do?
My plan for the future is to learn from the past to be aware and present here and now.
I wish to decipher and serve the divine plan of global awakening and healing.
My aim is to create education & research centers for Sound Medicine, Organic Seed Preservation and Holistic Healing Arts.
We do not have to be seers or prophets to understand that we are in times of global major changes on the planet and moving very fast to an unavoidable cataclysmic situation where the survival of the human species and all our relations in the different kingdoms is threatened. We are a beautiful but dangerous and endangered species. We are at the verge of destroying ourselves and life on this planet.
I have had visions from early childhood of a total collapse of our manmade world and all we built. I studied medicinal and edible plants from age 10 in order to be of help for others to survive in times of crisis. Throughout my life I have been shown visions of a burnt earth and fire falling from the sky. Apparently this links with the Hopi prophecy that this time, the earth will be purified through fire. If it is a spiritual fire of global awakening or destruction is decided by our choices.
When I was 15 years old I hitch-hiked into the Italian mountains of Tuscany not far from Assisi.
An old Italian man was pouring red wine over my bare feet when I entered the mountain tavern to ask for directions to where I was staying that night. It was a blessing. That night I had a dream I will never forget. It was more of a vision filled with a light which would guide me through the rest of my life.
In my dream, I saw a luminous green meadow on which all the animals of the world stood in total stillness. Behind the animals was a huge ARK reminding me of Noah’s Ark or how it is imagined. To my left side stood a luminous woman with golden hair and water Lilly blue eyes who was in service of what was about to happen. I was in awe of the magnitude and beauty I witnessed. In the moment, I thought myself to be only a witness though something came running zigzag through the grazing animals towards me and when it was running around me in circles I saw that it was a coyote with the message that I was indeed an important part calling me to step into my place!
I understood that my purpose was to help preserve the different species to survive through a time of big transformation and chaos. I knew I had to go into the world to find allies to help with the transition shift and exodus. I knew I had to find my tribe and the land to build and prepare a metaphorical Ark, a Sanctuary.
I found the land for my philanthropic humanitarian project in the South of Sweden where I have been the Director of an organic retreat centre and healing Sanctuary in a nature reserve with pure spring waters and golden silence on ancient ceremonial ground.
For 10 years I have facilitated ceremonies, initiations and festivals around the mystery school of “Dragonriders” and hosted hundreds of volunteers, work exchange travellers and international students at “Dragonland” http://dragoyogard.wix.com/dragoyogard
I lost the Ark that I had crafted over a decade, along with the Sound Medicine Research Centre and organic seed preservation project linked due to lack of funding. It still is and always will be my predominant aim to establish and preserve sustainable Sanctuaries for the future generations, holistic healing and education centers and Temples of refuge worldwide as stepping stones through times of global changes.
Currently, I am working on a plan to gather financial resources to preserve and build this and many other Sanctuaries around the globe for the children of our children. I am welcoming support in all possible forms may it be in the form of donations of land or resources, manpower or financial donations.
Since my archetype and lineage is from the clan of the Kokopelli – the bard like flute-playing seed carriers, story-tellers and messengers between the tribes, my soul’s calling and aim is to build organic seed vaults globally additionally to supporting education and research centres for sound medicine.
Anything else you would like to mention or share ?
I am currently traveling with international students and offering teachings in practise and eduction around: Sound Medicine, Kachimo Kailash Chi Movements, Ceremony, Prayer works and Medicine Walks.
Anyone who has the higher calling to study with me on my mobile mystery school between November 2016-July 2017 is welcome to make contact.
November-December 2016: Guatemala, Lake Atitlan,
January-February 2017: Cape Town, South Africa,
February 2017: Namibia
March 2017 Bali
Equinox: New Zealand
April 2017 China
May 2017 The Netherlands
June 2017 Finland and Italy
July 2017 Hungary
I am offering individual and group sound medicine treatments worldwide as well as sound healing concerts, ceremonies, pilgrimages and a sacred Safari from Jan 28th to Feb 12th in Namibia. https://www.facebook.com/events/1460121884005196/
You can book & host Kailash Kojopelli for individual treatments or group healing sessions, for private or public Sound Healing concerts.
The sound healing or sound medicine concert offers a sacred key to journey to source within where all healing powers can be found. A yoga of song and silence. An inner journey on soundscapes of the Medicine Drum, Spirit Chants, Native American Flute, Crystal Singing Bowls, Didgeridoo and devotional heart songs around the Worldstick – a magical string instrument crafted in golden means. Not just Chakras and Auric field are purified but 72.000 Energy channels aka Nadis are cleansed for the prana life force to flow, strengthening health and vitality. Clarity of body mind and spirit arrive through the power of mantra meditation and sound medicine.
Welcome to the nectar pool of the heart flower blossoming – remember who you are.
About Kailash Kokopelli:
Like the mythological Kokopelli – the flute playing seed carrier and messenger between the tribes, Kailash Kokopelli is planting inspirational healing seeds through his flute song, devotional heart-songs & spirit chants into the heart and minds of those around him. He is also working with sustainable projects and organic seed saving.
Kokopelli is internationally recognised as a cross-cultural bridge-maker, a medicine man and humanitarian artist working with indigenous people around the planet.
As a world music producer, multi-instrumentalist and expert in Sound Medicine he offers his instruments as prayer tools and keys to initiate self-healing processes. Doors of expanded perception are being unlocked through his mystic songs and medicine chants to commune with Source. The sound of his unique string instrument known as Tritar or Worldstick carries his Heartsongs, healing mantras and sung prayers into the world as an invitation to practice the Yoga of Song and sing along to co-create a unified energy field of grace where miracles can take place.
Inspired by his uncountable ceremonies and studies with Indigenous Medicine People since age 17, Kailash facilitates prayer works and masters the Native American Prayer Flute as well as the mother of all flutes as one of the first european Didgeridoo players who has been working with the healing effect of sound since 1989. Besides his spirit chants and overtone invocations accompanied by his medicine drum and Indian Shrooti Box, he teaches Sacred Songdances for Peace and Healing Chi Movements known as KACHIMO or DragoYoga at the Mobile Mystery School all around the globe. www.kailash-kokopelli.com
SOUTH AFRICA TV INTERVIEW: http://youtu.be/4kih6McsN1Y
Ancestor Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfBTNRYufgI
Healing Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gbLN4PO_FY
Starseed Blues https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lb7W4lEoKnE
Walking Tree Songdance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbcIg0saLmM
Prayer Flute: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UshvqxJWHkY
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Beyond the beautiful and beneficial shapes we can create with our physical body in asana, and the various nourishing breathing techniques of pranayama, lies one of the most simple and for many, the most challenging practices of all: Mindfulness.
Mindfulness is derived from Buddhist tradition, yet beautifully integrated and aligned with the philosophy and aims of yoga. Mindfulness is a gentle effort to be continuously aware.
It is a conscious direction of your awareness. It is an emotionally non-reactive state, one that witnesses emotions/sensations and actively chooses to allow them to pass through and cease to exist. This frees us from our thoughts, emotions and experiences (whether they are pleasurable or difficult) and transcends any limiting beliefs of judgmental states to heighten our moment to moment focus.
It is the art of attention; the fullness of living in the present moment and the sweetness of living in those moments with ease and gratitude.
Mindfulness is free and available to all those who commit to the practice. Most importantly, mindfulness is not only for the elite or for when you are on your yoga mat.
As many of you reading this already know, the true reflection of our yoga practice is demonstrated off the mat — in the moments far from the comfort of our yoga teachers and studio community. Our true character shines through during the moments when we are asked to ignite our inner strength (similarly as we do when we go upside down) or find guidance through calm rhythmic breathing (similar to the flow we cultivate during dynamic sun salutations).
These experiences are when we get to bear the fruits of our labor from our consistent practice of asana, pranayama and meditation to elevate our lives every single second, of every single day.
Here are 5 simple ways to practice mindfulness and enhance everyday through subtle, non-judgmental and open-hearted living.
Use the senses as an anchor:
The senses are the windows to the world; we experience life through the senses, and each sense has it’s own unique and rich sensation.
Use the senses as a way to ground yourself back to the present reality by making a mental list of how you are feeling each sense. For example:
Feel the rays of the sunshine or a cool breeze.
Hear the sounds of people and activity around you.
See the simplicity, beauty and perfection within nature.
Smell the coffee you are about to consume.
Taste and enjoy each of the different foods you consume.
Touch a loved one with intention as if it were the last time you would see them.
Experience the 5 senses as if it were the first time you have every lived — with a new perspective, one that is so enthusiastic to be alive in human form to live on this beautiful Earth!
Do this as often as you can. When in conversation or when quiet. See how smooth and even you can make your breathing. Ideally, aim for a steady inhale count to 3 with a slight pause, and an exhale count to 3 with a slight pause. Shorten or lengthen your rhythmic count depending on your lung capacity and current state of your nervous system. When you feel like you need to ‘reset’ take 3 cleansing breaths — in through the nose and out through the mouth with a sigh-like sound. Then work to build your even and full breathing so it is sustainable.
Find a tall posture.
Notice how this will encourage you to breathe more deeply as the spine lengthens and there more space is automatically created within the chest and lungs. You may also find you feel more confident, strong, awake and open.
Take breaks and walk in nature. Visualize your toes as they touch the ground and take time to enjoy the fresh air and change of environment without an agenda or any distractions.
Take a moment of gratitude before meals.
Pause for a deep breath before you begin and cultivate gratitude for the nourishing food in front of you. Eat your food slowly so you can savor each bite. Notice each food you eat through the textures, temperature and flavours.
Smile. Notice how this simple act shifts your perspective and the situation at hand to automatically feel more positive, lighthearted and pleasurable. Smiling is proven to lower the heart rate as it relaxes muscles and relieves tension in the body, and boost endorphins, the feel good chemicals that lower stress levels and encourage higher levels of happiness. Smile as often as you can and at as many people as you can…it is a contagious act of kindness that can only be received with mindfulness: a non-judging state of freedom and sweetness.
LAUREN LEE is passionate about holistic health, exploring the world and empowering others to live vibrant and happy lives. Founder of Raise Your Beat, dedicated yogini and sun seeker, she lives for creating connection and enjoying simple pleasures. Read more about her HERE
This article was originally published on Raise Your Beat]]>
The human body is a latticework of energies, vibrating at different frequencies, encompassing the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects. It has been perfectly created to function optimally, providing we observe the laws of nature.
When we divert from these laws, through breathing polluted air, eating food far from its natural state, drinking chemical laden water, ingesting toxic medication, smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, using inorganic body and household products, being exposed to electromagnetic pollution and even thinking negative thoughts, energy imbalances result within our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual body, creating dis-ease.
The symptoms of our dis-ease are merely the body’s innate method of correcting the imbalances within, to allow us to return to our natural state of wholeness.
When we attempt to treat our dis-ease through the administration of medication, we are merely temporarily suppressing the symptoms. We are not addressing the root cause of our dis-ease, i.e. the energy imbalance. The medication causes further imbalances, disrupting the body’s natural immune system, which is rarely given the opportunity to fulfil its role.
Over a period of time, our initial dis-ease re-appears with more serious symptoms. Our body, once again is attempting to correct the imbalances within, to restore the healthy flow of energies. Our new symptoms are diagnosed as a new dis-ease, stronger medication is administered and the viscous cycle continues.
The traditional energy healers of India had a wealth of knowledge on how to diagnose, treat, and cure dis-ease by natural methods, and through the generations, a great deal of this ancient wisdom has been kept alive, some of which is described below.
The purpose of applying traditional Indian holistic therapies is to empower our body’s innate ability to self-heal.
The holistic practice of diagnosing and treating the root cause of dis-ease, thereby curing dis-ease by applying intermittent pressure on specific areas of the hands and feet, that correspond to specific organs, glands, nerves, bones, tissues and so forth. This regulates the vital energy within the body part, empowering it to function optimally. Traditional Indian medicine widely recognises that the physical root cause of all dis-ease lies within our endocrine and exocrine glands. These glands have a profound effect on our entire being as they regulate the functions of our systems and organs by secreting the numerous vital hormones essential for our well-being. It is only through the application of acupressure, that our endocrine and exocrine glands can be re-balanced and re-empowered.
The holistic practice of balancing the vital energy throughout the body by joining different combinations of the fingers and thumbs. It is believed that the human structure is a miniature form of the universe, composed of the five elements; earth, water, fire, air and space, each of which corresponds to a specific finger or thumb. Holding specific fingers and thumbs together for a short period of time allow the elements to regain equilibrium which creates a positive effect throughout the entire being, to encourage our body’s natural healing response. Traditionally, mudras were practiced in conjunction with pranayama (yogic breathing exercises) to attain a higher state of consciousness or to channel the vital flow of energy to an area of the body that required healing.
The holistic practice of controlling the breath by a number of different techniques to increase the vital energy within the body. Our breath is the life force that flows through each and every cell within our body, and by expanding our life force we can harmonize with the life force of the universe, to receive cosmic healing energy. Our thoughts and emotions can have a detrimental effect on our breathing patterns, affecting all the bodily systems. However, with the regular practice of pranayama we can influence our physical, mental and emotional states in the most positive of ways, to initiate the body’s natural capacity to self-heal. Traditionally, pranayama was practiced to release negative emotions, re-balance the body’s energies and prepare the mind for meditation.
The holistic practice of quietening the body and mind through awareness to enter a state of deep tranquillity whilst being fully alert. Meditation has been practiced in India for centuries to promote good health at a spiritual, mental, emotional and physical level. It allows us to re-connect with our true selves to experience inner peace and contentment, which we can draw upon in times of external stress and chaos, to remain calm, centred and in control. Meditation is immensely therapeutic and with regular practice it enables our entire being to rest, recharge and recuperate to release negative thought processes, deep rooted emotional trauma and pain. Traditionally, meditation was practiced to discipline the mind to attain spiritual purification or enlightenment.
The holistic practice of repeating a mantra, for a short period of time, to detach from the external world, bring our awareness to the present moment and return to the essence of our being. A mantra is a rhythmic speaking or singing of a word or sound. It is believed to calm the restless mind and rid it of negative thought processes to create tranquillity and mental purity. Chanting starts loudly, gradually becoming quieter and ends almost silently. This resonates with the energies of the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of our body, to restore inner peace and awaken our latent healing energies. Traditionally, chanting was practiced with great devotion to reconnect with the divine light and love within us to experience the unity of life.
The holistic practice of balancing the energy throughout the bodily systems by applying gentle pressure to specific points on the face that correspond to the body’s organs and glands. It is believed that our face reflects our inner physical, mental and emotional health and the upper, middle and lower areas of our face are associated with the upper, middle and lower parts of our torso. Indian energy healers study the face as a means of diagnosing health imbalances. Self- facial acupressure is effective for restoring our skin’s youthfulness and assisting our natural capacity to heal, as it re-activates the vital energy flowing through our bodily systems. Traditionally facial acupressure was applied during an Ayurvedic head massage to calm the mind, body and spirit.
The holistic practice of applying specific colours to parts of the body, by various methods to heal energy imbalances. The sun is comprised of seven colours, each of which possesses its own unique energy vibration and carries its own healing property. Each of the seven colours is associated with our seven main energy centres known as the chakras. Colour can be absorbed by our body through our chakras by sunlight, artificial light, the earth’s natural stones, water or visualization to restore harmony by correcting physical, mental and emotional energy imbalances. Traditionally the sun was worshipped for its ability to provide the necessary healing energy required by the body, to treat and prevent dis-ease, due to its abundant and unlimited source of solar energy.
The holistic practice of placing the earth’s natural stones within the body’s magnetic field to restore the flow of healthy positive energy within and around the body by removing the toxic negative energy. The earth is crystalline, as it is composed of minerals, and our bodies are crystalline in essence; therefore our energies resonate harmoniously with the vibration of crystals. Each crystal possesses a unique chemical make-up which determines its healing property and appearance. Placing a crystal in our energy field or on a chakra allows our body to raise its vibration to that of the crystal. Traditionally, the earth’s natural stones were well known for their capacity to encourage self-healing and were widely used treat the organs and systems of the body, mind and spirit.
The holistic practice of physical postures known as asanas, each of which has specific physical, mental, emotional and spiritual benefits to unite the body, mind and soul. Yoga alleviates numerous health conditions through restoring the healthy flow of our energies. The breathing carried out during the practice improves our cell oxygenation and increases our lung capacity which is beneficial to every bodily system. Regular practice of the asanas instils a calming and balancing effect on our endocrine and nervous system to relieve stress and anxiety. It is believed that as our physical body becomes more relaxed, flexible and open, this promotes a similar effect on our mental and emotional body. Traditionally, yoga asanas were practiced to purify the body and quieten the mind in preparation for meditation.
The holistic practice of walking on the natural earth, barefoot to draw upon the powerful and unique energy source that lies within the earth. The earth is composed of minerals and the human body is mineral in essence, therefore our body’s energies resonate perfectly with the earth’s energies. It is believed that through the practice of barefoot walking, our body absorbs the antioxidants it requires to counteract harmful free radicals. Sleeping outdoors during the summer, on a natural fibre placed directly on the bare earth is immensely therapeutic and described as charging the entire being with the vital healing force of the universe. Traditionally, humans were aware of the benefits of connecting their body with the earth’s surface; sleeping and sitting on natural animal skins and walking barefoot.
The holistic practice of creating positive images of healing within the mental body, which allows the emotional body to respond by becoming receptive to the healing, which subsequently initiates the healing process in the physical body. Our body and mind are intricately connected and our thoughts have a direct influence on our physical health. By using the power of our mind, to envision our healing in process, we are disciplining our nervous system to react in a positive way, resulting in the desired outcome. The regular practice of healing visualizations, allows us to detach from our past limited beliefs to release our fears, bring our awareness to the present moment to enable us to create a healthy future. Traditionally, there was an innate awareness of the mind, body, soul connection and healing visualizations were practiced through daily prayer.
Raw Food Diet
The holistic practice of eating food in its whole, un-refined and un-cooked form that is positively and negatively balanced, supplying the body with a plentiful supply of solar energy and active enzymes. Food eaten in its raw, natural state has a detoxifying, calming and balancing effect on the energies of our body, which instils a similar effect on the energies of our mind and emotions. All of the nutrients required by the body are available in plant based food, in a form that is easily assimilated. Traditionally, fasting was recommended during illness to allow the body’s energy reserves to be directed towards self-healing, however adopting a raw food diet for a short period of time can have similar health benefits.
In today’s fast-paced world, as we strive to create balance in our bodies, tranquillity in our minds and harmony in our lives, to experience inner peace and contentment, we can benefit enormously from the ancient Indian wisdom of self-healing practices to cleanse, calm and empower our energies, ensuring they flow smoothly and synchronically, instilling physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.
About the Author
Vera Kaur is from Sikh Indian origin and currently lives in the Forest of Dean, England. Indian holistic healthcare was part of her upbringing and in her twenties she visited and lived in ashrams in India, where she observed the remarkable results of the self-healing practices used by the traditional energy healers.
Vera would like us all to be empowered with this ancient Indian wisdom, to take responsibility for our own health and well-being.
Through her dreams and meditations she was guided to write her book,
“Diagnose, Treat, and Cure All Dis-ease with Traditional Indian Holistic Therapies”.
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Much of what appears to you to be personal tragedy upon your plane of earth is, in reality, nothing more than an unwillingness on the part of the personality to listen to the wishes of the deep self. In this way, does it set up the drama for movement.
The ego shall have a view of the purpose of life that is forever in direct conflict with that of the soul’s. The ego’s major wish is for the safe, the known, and the secure.
The soul, in its absolute knowingness of its indestructibility, wishes only for growth, expansion, and new challenges so it may express its unlimitedness. The soul sees change as the path to the wholeness it seeks to rejoin. To the soul, change represents the most direct route to expand beyond the limits presented by a fearful personality.
The ego was given the function of keeping self safe until the age of reason. It is at that point that you are aware of clear, inner messages and you have the ability to interpret these messages and ultimately choose your actions accordingly. Many of you, however, have reached well beyond the age of reason and still you allow yourselves to be dictated to by the parental ego, seeing yourselves as powerless children.
It is always your choice. The path without change, the limited way of the ego, will give your body the message that life is not unlimited and that it is dangerous to live fully.
However, if you begin to listen to the soul – speaking to you through the sounds of intuition and the insights of imagination – your life will be extraordinary. You will begin to reflect the view of yourself as dynamic, creative, ongoing movement and energy. The ultimate message to the body then will be that life is good and meant to be experienced fully and that the body should choose more and more of life.
Do you want to know how to make your life less traumatic and more understandable? Listen, simply listen to those inner stirrings and promptings your ego would have you disregard. In this way will you begin to make the choices that will end your need to create catastrophe in your life so that you will be physically forced to listen.
You, more than any other creatures we have known, have devised the most creative and ingenious ways of effecting growth without appearing to have done so. You will go to any length so that you might take no responsibility or control for the situation that forces you to move and grow – from accidents involving physical injuries, to being fired from jobs that are no longer appropriate, to being robbed of possessions that are in truth burdens, to being abandoned by friends so that you might make space for new ones.
All of this drama, simply to appease an ego so afraid of initiating movement on its own that it would prefer to deal with trauma rather than experience the unknown.
Change, the most fearful of words to the ego, is what all things upon the earth plane do. Change is a constant, a given. The process of change is your closest connection to the creative unlimited energy of the Divine.
Your concept of God is quite strange. You believe God to be perfect, but if something is perfect it is finished, the standard is set, it is complete, absolute, and limited. Is that concept not also the one you have of death? The energy we know as God is ongoing, totally alive, ever-moving, expanding, and growing. It is dynamic and creative and, beloved, changing constantly.
The more your life reflects those God-like qualities, the more you move within the Divine’s conscious stream of light and power. Bless those situations that impose the greatest difficulty. You have caused them so you might no longer experience a drain on your life force.
You have caused it all. You have used your power to remove people from your life, to create “accidents” that “just happen.” Robberies are not random chance, illnesses are not punishments from a God who does not love you. You create it all.
None of this need occur in your life if you listen and act from an open heart that expresses the desires of the deep self. Listen, trust, act in accordance with what you feel inside – even if other does not understand your way.
Excerpt from “Unbound : the Cycle of Ascendancy” by Dorien Israel
In 1984, at the age of 37, I was in a serious car accident that resulted in a near-death experience. It presented me with the gift of being able to channel direct guidance. Over the years, this information has become the basis of three books: Unbound, Tao Passages, and The Way to the One I AM.
I began to live what was channeled and found it to be profoundly authentic and practical. Growing naturally out of readers’ responses, transformational workshops and individual sessions began to develop.
In 1987, I moved to Asia and for the next five years, I continued to lead workshops, as well as deepen my own ongoing spiritual practices of yoga, qi gong, and meditation. When I returned to America in 1993, I felt alienated from a Western culture consumed by its own excesses and, in response, suffered a clinical depression, which began what I call my “Prozac days.” Out of this suffering emerged an irrepressible longing to know Truth.
In 1997, after a lifetime of material success and spiritual searching, I moved to Koh Samui in Thailand to align my inner vision and values with my outer way of life. I left a 32-year marriage and the material trappings that accompany the life of a diplomat’s wife, and rented a primitive bungalow on the beach. For the next four years, I journeyed inward, remaining in relative stillness, silence, and solitude to see if God truly existed.
Without the distractions of the outer world, the conditioned “me” began to slowly settle, like silt in a pond, revealing naturally Who I Truly Am. This effortless shift in consciousness is available to anyone who is willing to simply stop the search. This total transformation is now what I most enjoy sharing through my Unbound sessions.
At 65 years old, I am happy to report we truly can transform our lives, enjoy our bodies, and be wholly who we are.
It’s time to awaken to what is already alive within you.
When did you discover an interest in healing?
Since a young age, I had a passion for the body’s anatomy and it’s movements . From the age of 14 I was teaching sport disciplines in the local gym and from this, my interest in posture and wellness grew. Shitzu was my next interest followed by my degree in physiotherapy to complete my journey with a six year course to specialise in Osteopathy , it was a natural progression.
I believe osteopathy came to me, I didn’t look for it.
What type of healing do you do?
I know various ways to achieve overall physical wellness, however after many different studies, osteopathy is what gave me the best results and satisfaction. I wouldn’t define it only as a healing therapy, everything is based on the deep knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the human body but also from your perception and feeling in tune with your patient.
What is your brief description of Osteopathy?
It’s a type of alternative medicine that heals the partial or total loss of muscle tissue and bones, cranial and visceral. It gives back movement, the cells are improved, the body achieves total harmony.
Osteopathy helps the three body’s components : self-healing auto-regulation and homeostasis
What do you want people to know about Osteopathy?
Very often, the general public confuse osteopathy with chiropractic referring to the thrust adjustments, however osteopathy is divided into three branches.
Structural osteopathy, describes the diagnosis and treatment of dysfunctions in the musculoskeletal system.
Visceral osteopathy relates to the visceral system, mobility and the ligaments.
Cranio sacral, a palpation of the cranium can be used to detect rhythmic movement of the cranial bones and selective pressures may be used to manipulate the cranial bones to achieve a therapeutic result. A good osteopath uses all three disciplines, choosing different techniques based on his perceptions.
Why do you do this particular sort of healing work?
I have chosen Osteopathy, because I help people to get better with my treatments, real treatments of anatomical basis. Also a good sense of perception is needed to get in tune with the patient to understand what the patient needs. This is a gift I have received , I am not sure who from and why , I only know that I get in tune with the body and my patients can perceive this energy and it’s effects.
Years of medical studies, physiotherapy, elastic therapy and anatomy, everything supported from a great passion and curiosity of human wellbeing. I think I have an innate gift in perceiving where the problem is and how to heal it, a mix of these factors has led to what I do today.
How did you develop your abilities and methods?
After years of medical, physiotherapist healing and anatomy studies. Also with a passion and curiosity of how the human being can achieve a state of wellness . I believe I have the gift of perception in finding where the problem is and how to solve it . A combination of those factors made me what I am today.
How do you prepare for your sessions?
Three words describe my session: Attention (meaning total concentration), Presence (I’m fully here mentally and physically) and Intention (I transfer with my energy information to the patient who receives it).
What does a visit to/working with an Osteopath healer involve?
An osteopath session involves meeting the patient first to discuss any physical problems, this is also a good opportunity to get to know the patient to help me to get in tune with him/her. Second step consists of palpating the patient ‘s body to diagnose any evident disease. The next step is the real treatment and manipulation to solve the cause of the physical disorder.
What transformations have you experienced through your Osteo journey?
What I have obtained through my journey after many years, is an extreme understanding of people, a perception of their traumas both physical and psychological, this helps me to obtain better results. Without those understandings, the manipulations would be only mechanical.
What transformations have you witnessed in people you have worked with?
Firstly the reduction and/or the elimination of pain, which is the main reason patients come to see me. After treatments, I also see a psychological improvement of general wellness in the patient; especially the reduction of stress levels.
One client always came with a skeleton diagram to demonstrate the pain she was experiencing still one year after being in a road traffic accident. After four treatments she improved dramatically and after a few more treatments she said that “everything finally felt back in the right place”.
What has your greatest realisation or learning been?
The greatest realisation has been that I am able to help people and make them feel better. What I have learned in time is the importance of being in tune with and feel the energy of my patients.
What is the most powerful type of healing you have experienced?
I could tell many anecdotes, but one sticks in my mind.
I remember a 92 years old lady who was living in Rome and from 2 years she was unable to walk. After many check ups and doctors consultations no one would take the responsibility to treat her because of her age. I don’t believe age is important and the lady had such a powerful energy that when I treated her, after 5 manipulations she started walking again like she was 60 years old not in her 90’s. To make this lady happy and independent when everyone else felt that she was too old to be treated was one of the greatest satisfactions I have experienced.
Do you have one tip to share for happiness and wellbeing in everyday life?
Life is motion from microscopic to macroscopic.
The Earth travels around the sun as the electrons travel around the nucleus of the cell, therefore all is movement.
I advise people to move as much as possible with their body and mind.
What is your favorite music/artists to listen to?
I love songs that talk about life diversity and different moods especially John Lennon and Elton John.
What are your plans for the future, evolution of what you do?
My goal for the future is to have three different offices in three different places in the world. Rome, London and one on a remote island .
This year I hope to expand by opening a second office in London.
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