Magickal Alignment: The Parts of self/SELF

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There are many ways to cultivate a practice of magickal alignment and balance. Some focus on breathing protocol; physical practice; contemplation and meditative techniques; magickal workings; psycho-spiritual analysis and more. One of the key components that will access a deeper level of understanding and therefore deeper experience of these is the work of coming to know the parts of self. This work is invaluable at both the spiritual and personal levels because it is the basic work of learning more about how you respond and react and where those points of origin emanate from.

I have taught many classes about this topic and the thing that I appreciate the most is that the core concepts remain the same but the personal truths that are revealed with each deeper look at these aspects become richer in meaning and lead to yet another phase of exploratory growth.

As we become aware of the trifold nature of our being, we realize that these aspects are present and have their own particular work of processing in everything we undertake. We become more mindful of our actions as we strive to be informed by the Higher Self for the highest good and best outcome. We learn to use the primal instinct and desires of the Lower self to answer the call to justice and advocacy. And, we learn to glean as above, so below to bring to a state of harmony and synthesis our presence in the physical world.

As an introduction to these concepts…

Please read: Truth or Dare: Testing the Triple Soul

The next posts will look at each of these as singular dynamics and their practical application.

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The Lower Self
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Magickal Alignment – An Overview of the Series

holy_union_by_ap0str03Welcome to the new series on Sacred Vessel entitled…. Magickal Alignment.  In the coming weeks we will be exploring our energetic and subtle bodies, parts of SELF and the varied protocol that is used to awaken, enliven and inform these.

The goal is one of balance and greater dialogue between all parts of SELF and thus continuous dialogue with what we consider as the Divine. We live in an extraordinarily dynamic time where we can access the scientific research as it interfaces with spiritual and evolutionary practices. And, for those who consciously enter into agreement with working with these new found treasures, the potential is great for fully being present as a Divine being living a manifest existence.

With this approach in mind, these are some of the upcoming topics:

  • The Parts of self/SELF
  • Using The Cosmic & Scientific Principles of Energy to affect Personal Alchemy and Transformation
  • The Energetic Anatomy
  • Developing a (W)Holistic Approach to Energy Work
  • Creating a personal astral Temple of Renewal
  • The Healing Modalities

And more…

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The Path

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This lengthy poem was inspired after last weekend’s Climbing the Tree ritual. The Climbing the Tree weekend is hosted by the Tradition to which I belong, The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel. This is a large event requiring much planning, so it is only held every several years (the last being in 2009) and provides the experience of walking the lightning flash of the Qabalisic Tree of Life as an experiential grouping of 10 mini-rituals.

The Tree is laid out on the grounds of Seelie Court and participants move through the Tree, walking the paths and having a ritual experience in each of the spheres in accord with that sphere’s energy. I have had the honor of taking on the role of as one of the spheres for the past 3 runs, but never had the opportunity to actually walk the Tree in its entirety as a participant. This year, I had the good fortune to be able to experience the full Tree!

I wanted to share this writing as a source of inspiration for seeing the potential that is held in being a participant in your own spiritual journey. The lessons of the Qabalistic Tree are ones that are relatable to everyone’s mundane and spiritual experiences and the goal of study is one of self-knowledge and growth.

I invite you to walk with me on the Path of my experience of the Tree.  The beauty is that you do not have to know anything about Qabalah to appreciate what this writing has to relate. You have but to set your foot upon the Path and be open to where that path may lead…….

I step upon the Path
And Earth’s energy
Stands as fertile ground.

Water flows from
Deeply hidden wells
Fire streams from
Sun’s quickened light
Air breathes life into
Earth that rises and shifts
Urging me onward.

The tool of my re-making
In heart –body –mind
And will is found.

I move along the path
Into the night sky temple
Of the moon where star
And dreamscape weave
A tapestry that tells of
Cycles of knowing and
Illusion’s sacrificial release.

The path is lit from celestial sky
And all clears with each step
Forward into clarity of mind
That holds creation’s intent
Breathed into life from
Library’s inspired great halls.

I move now with mind
Seeking the victory of
Beauty’s face and come
To pause in awe of Mother
Nature’s surrounding gifts.

Their power and wild beauty
Held within my own physical
Form now awakened and verdant
Mantle claimed as Gaia’s own.

I walk with tears of gnosis
Streaming from gates long
Needing the power of heart’s
Release and step out into the
Vast potential of the unknown.

Into Sun’s great downpour
Harmonious center of
Golden strands that demand
The sacrifice of full light’s scrutiny.

I scream into a breath that offers
Up true release and heat rising
From within empowers my intent
As I leave this place of synthesis
Ablaze with strength newly found.

The sun sets behind me as
Sharpened knife and the
Sword of truth challenge
And give fearsome dare.

Tears now flow freely
Reflected in shimmering
Blade of light and what I
Knew of myself is surrendered
To the pointed test of true worth.

From these fires of tempering
Comes new form that will wield
Its measure of might as warrior
As Goddess and as guardian
Of the sacred Great Work of self.

Courage has been tested
And mercy now awaits
What has been purposefully
Broken down to be birthed anew.

I walk to a place of mercy
I stand crowned as King of
My worldly and spiritual domains
The choice of ruler-ship and weight of
Responsibility now mine to claim.

Like pieces on a chess board
Each move affects the next
Each calculation of mind
Brings reality of heart’s consequence.

There is no winning play as the
Board continually changes and
The pieces transmute as the
Players evolve and grow.

Flexibility and mastery over
What holds me in chains as servant
Rather than ruler over how I would
Construct and command my
Worldly and spiritual domains.

The final realization is one hidden
In plain sight and boldly echoes
The truth of free will’s choice to move
Confidently in changing course and
Not lose sight of drawing to me
What is held dear in those conquests.

I breath deeply taking in all that has
Been learned as the next challenge
Awaits and the choice now at hand
To cross the abyss deep and wide.

I step moving cautiously along a
Path whose end cannot be seen
So great the veiling of light and dark
Faith and a silent promise my only guides
As I stand precariously balanced mid-point
Shedding the last of my mortal identity.

Mother’s voice calls to me gently
Into arms of dark black sea softly
Reminding of all that has been given
And what more remains in hopes
And wishes and dreams.

Time holds no false enchantment
As lifetimes flow as one and every
Pearl of dark sea’s creation has
Potential to be the great manifest one.

Dip deep into the waters
Drink freely from their source
Take one dream as heart’s most cherished
And bring it through the womb of manifest birth.

I breathe into the vision of potential’s hope
The path now one of nebula and galaxy
Of cosmos and starry birth.

I move as witness to the birthing of the Universe
The light of my being scattered as seeds
Of star-filled light moving and flowing
The memory of this potent exchange
Holding the understanding of re-union
And dissolution of what is contained in
Body of light and flesh and bone.

From this eternal cycle of cosmos
An awakening of key held within
Human’s birthing light and deeper
Place of manifesting star’s gift of sight.

I breathe out the light of wisdom
And enter the brilliance of liminal space
That blinds me from the child of the
Limitless All that I am.

What lays hidden in my being
That cries out to be brought
Into the crown of immanence.

I stand in the silence
No words or thoughts
No emotions or action
Can articulate the gnosis
That fills by Spirit and Soul.

All and nothing awaits
The next step upon this
Never ending Path.

The journey begins anew
The possibilities change
And every step has been taken
In all of its many forms.

And as the return of worldly
Affairs and knowledge of my
Place within.

I remain steadfast in my devotion to the Great Work
As the Kingdom of my manifest being
Seeks the Foundation that has been created
By the Glory-filled Victory of my inner Beauty.

Beauty that has been forged by my will to action honed
By the courage of justifiable Might
And cooled in the expansive waters of Mercy.

I have seen the fear of my own reflection in the
Knowledge of all parts of myself claimed by the Great Abyss
And these fears have been soothed by the ebb and flow of
The Dark Mother’s Understanding and my Celestial Father’s
Cosmic Wisdom.

I have experienced this and more in my journey upon the Path
Where the Crown of my Divine Kingship shines in brilliance
For all to see.

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The Healing Temple

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We will begin the next series this week. To get you started, please enjoy my article and pathworking featured on WitchVox this week…

Healing is a topic that comes up frequently as request for magickal working. And, as magickal workers we employ a variety of techniques to answer this call to service and help. Sometimes, it is not quite as easy to rally for ourselves or to even recognize what type of healing we need. You see another in need and can extract the information needed to be of help and narrow down what sort of options, both magickal (and, at times medically) the individual may benefit from. When it comes to our own needs assessment, there is the tendency to under or over play the nature of the situation and if not fully engaged in intention that is clear and objective, we wonder why our best efforts fail to produce the results we are hoping for…..

Read the Complete article and pathworking on WitchVox:

Creating a Healing Temple

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Delays in Writing!

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Hi Everyone… Thank you for following my blog. As time will have it, back to college, new job interview and a move back home for one of our kids has soaked up all of my writing time these past few weeks.

I will be caught up with everything by mid-month, and back to posting regularly.

Good luck to everyone with back to school and end of summer duties!

Blessings… Robin

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Sensing the Subtleties in ALL of Their Expression

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The past five (5) weeks (10, if you incorporated the Magickally Human posts!) have taken us on a journey looking more closely at the interplay between our physical senses and their effects on our spiritual work. We engage and overlap the specific senses continually as we move through our daily routines, but more especially we call into presence all of our senses when we engage in ritual, meditation, prayer, healing, energetic practice and any other endeavor that has requirement of stimulating our subtle selves into a pattern of growth.

In repeating the passage that I used to open the last post of auditory sensation I am going to add a few other components to call your attention to:

…. You close your eyes, shutting out the distraction of outer visual stimuli and you breathe deeply feeling the sensation of air passing through nostril and into lungs as you are guided into the meditation of grounding; preparing and anchoring yourself in anticipation of entering sacred space.  Feeling centered and readied, you open your eyes now seeing with enhanced sight the space around you and move towards the entryway. Breathing deeply you draw the fragrance of pungent incense into your nostrils and a foreign taste moves subtly over your tongue, giving hint as to the richness of this scent. You dip your finger into a small bowl of salt water that has been charged for the purpose and intent of connecting you more deeply to the elements and internally note the coolness of the water and the feeling of gritty roughened salt as you anoint your third eye, lips and throat. You step forward and cross the threshold of ritual space and pass between two drums placed on either side of you echoing the rhythm of your heartbeat. The sound moves through the space of physical ear and awakens the paths of pranic circuit that lay within the subtle fields of your being. A rush of energy moves through you and you immediately feel the core of your center respond in resonance. Vibration of rhythm and tone courses through the neural channels and every cell is enlivened by the changes taking place in you as heartbeat picks up the pace in excited anticipation of what will transpire. The call has been sounded and with focus and intent you have answered what ear has captured. Boom-boom, boom-boom, boom-boom, boom-boom; each dual strike syncopating the placement of one foot in front of the other carrying you into the space of magick and arriving through the Gates of Sound, Sight, Smell, Touch and Taste.

As you step into what will become sacred space, you take in the sight of decorated altars and carefully selected and placed ritual tools. You move around a circle of space coming to rest where you will in the order of all ho are in attendance. You look around the circle at others who are eager for the magick to begin and feel the stirrings of energetic quickening from each as the atmosphere changes in quality and feel. All of your senses are heightened in this space of “betweeness” and each will support the other in crafting the memory of this celebration and the physical effects it stirred to be carried into your manifest daily world…..

The experience above is one that can be felt in group or solitary working. It is solely generated by our own sensorial responses and even if the physical stimuli are not present it is an easy enough task to conjure something similar that will give same response. This is the task of using the senses in spiritual matters. Memories are stored and connections established at the levels of our subtle bodies and subconscious mind and calling them to the foreground as needed to accomplish whatever the goal may be becomes another tool of our own making.

Moving through the senses as a whole I offer the reminder of what role each may play. The sense of Smell is vastly underused, yet one that is profound in providing the bridge for re-awakening past experience that may be used in the present time. A simple way to train this action is to use the same incense every time you sit in meditation. Do this for a period of a month. Then, burn the incense at another random time, say when you first arrive at home or if you want to really test this theory, when you are feeling most agitated. As soon as the aroma hits your nostrils, you will be transported back to the space in which you normally smell this scent. You will immediately recall the space of meditation, relaxation and contemplation and perhaps even the visual surroundings (if you use the same space regularly) will flash in your mind’s eye. You’ve just revived a memory and crafted a visual to go with it!

And, what about this visual? Sight makes an indelible imprint on our memory. Even the least practiced in visualization call describe in detail a singular experience that deeply influenced them. Unfortunately, there is no determiner as to whether it will be positive or negative in nature of the experience, but with practice, the details will become more vibrant and the memories more palpable in evoking emotion. Visualization is the first step towards manifestation. The great inventors saw in their mindscape what could be and eventually that image became the stuff of concrete reality and something you could physically touch (in some way).

Getting physical in regards to spiritual work is what fuels the desire towards continuation. The physical action of chanting, drumming, sitting in meditating, laying on of healing hands, preparing a ritual space, purifying, wielding magickal tools, etc.. is our preliminary contact with what is untouchable (note I did not say unrecognizable). Holding the hilt of our athame as we cast a circle, gives the correct tactile stimulation to trigger the response of directing energy through its blade.  Sitting as we prepare to meditate signals to our physical body that action will now be internalized and awakens the consciousness to limited distraction of unnecessary movement. Using hands to lovingly prepare a meal or food to used in ritual activates the palate in anticipation of what may be tasted.

If it tastes good eat it! The sharing of cakes and ale as a tool for grounding and return to the sensation of the earthy realm primes the memory of community and what called that community into gathering. The tastes that sit at the back of the throat as the endocrine system stimulates the subtle senses (often metallic in taste) signal a breakthrough in spiritual practice.

And, what we hear by way of vibration through word, breath, sound and more becomes the whispers of guidance and echoes of all the layers and levels of experiences that evoked that guidance that we fervently seek in the silence of spiritual practice. When we are consciously engaging all of our senses we are committing to being fully present and intent-filled in our spiritual work.

I gave this example in the companion Magickally Human post and it is worth repeating here…

…Living fully present means engaging all of the senses in all of your endeavors; even if this is not a pleasant process. Changing a baby’s diaper is not always a pleasant olfactory (smell) experience, but the love and tender care you are offering overrides this. The other consideration is that when you are familiar with the normal smell associated with this task, anything out of the ordinary can give you a heads up on an upcoming illness and the need to seek medical attention

The Sensation of Ritual

In concluding this series, I finish with the visionary experience that is the completion of the ritual engagement of our senses at the start of this post. Fill in the blanks yourself and as you read through it, open yourself to experiencing the words, not only through sight, but imagine all of your senses fully engaged.

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We cross the threshold of Sacred Space as we chant calling forth the energy of what will be the magick of our working. Deep bellows of sound echo reverberating against wall or tree and we are now bathed in the quality of its vibration and the potency of its rhythm.
The words of the invocation spill out from throat and heart, Will infusing them with the command to be present and to aid the celebration. Each syllable produces its own state of resonance and each word holds mystery of a numeric calling that awakens all who attend to its transformative energies. Quarter energies flow through container of power and Deity leaves its imprint on all that it touches.

Drums beat out syncopated rhythm, rattles provoke and stimulate energetic pattern into acquiescence. Bodies move and respond in due course and streams of light and energy coil like serpents through and around the space of magick weaving their tapestry that will become the mantle of our making.

Sound rises from throat and body taps out the path that flows cyclic in nature of release and return. All is primed and readied for release of desire as Will forms it composition crafted by mind, heart and will. Energy peaks and thought is carried on winds of change breathed out from enlivened sound in anticipation of drawing what is desired in magnetic attraction.

All that is heard is the profound silence of sound that is breath, heart beat and gentle sway of foot on floor or ground. The sound arises majestic as thoughtform takes shape and creative act of manifestation waits for final calling. What is birthed in the energetic stamp of the silence is the sound of universal and cosmic response. We breathe into its essence drawing into lung and physical body the enlivened matter that will feed and sustain subtle shape and form.

Voice of thanks and bidding Hail and Farewell breaks the mystical silence and once again the space of sacred intent is restored to mundane structure as we process out leaving trail of sound and vibration, a chant of completion joyously released to enliven all who step into its magick.

Blessed Be!

Companion Post:
Magickally Human
Engaging ALL of the Senses- By Design

End Note About This Series:

I hope you have enjoyed this exploration of the Senses and have gained some deeper insight on how to enhance and actively use them. Be sure to take a look at the collaborative posts in The Magickally Human Blog. As always, I welcome comments and suggestions about how I could have made this series more information.

Join me in Late-August for a new series:

Magickal Alignment

holy_union_by_ap0str03An exploration of energy and the practices that support and enliven our spiritual/magickal work

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Sensing the Subtleties: Part Five

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Hearing (Auditory)

You breathe deeply into the meditation of grounding; preparing and anchoring yourself in anticipation of entering sacred space. You step forward and cross the threshold of ritual space and pass between two drums placed on either side of you echoing the rhythm of your heartbeat. The sound moves through the space of physical ear and awakens the paths of pranic circuit that lay within the subtle fields of your being. A rush of energy moves through you and you immediately feel the core of your center respond in resonance. Vibration of rhythm and tone courses through the neural channels and every cell is enlivened by the changes taking place in you as heartbeat picks up the pace in excited anticipation of what will transpire. The call has been sounded and with focus and intent you have answered what ear has captured. Boom-boom, boom-boom, boom-boom, boom-boom; each dual strike syncopating the placement of one foot in front of the other carrying you into the space of magick and arriving through the Gates of Sound.

Just as the eyes are often considered to be the “Doorways to the Soul”, the ears could be said to be the keys to open the sound of Life, Light and the Universe. Sound (through the modality of hearing) is the one of the byproducts and components of the energy that surrounds and gives form to all that it surrounds. Color (through the use of sight) is produced also through the varied levels of vibration. Our physical being is composed of light, color and each has their own body note or tone. It is the resonance or discord of one’s body note with another’s that can create either harmony or tension with that individual.

In esoteric and spiritual practice, the sensation of hearing allows us to engage with the vibratory patterns that are continually surrounding us in a responsive way. We hear the sounds that place us in a contemplative state. We hear the sounds that bring us to a space of the ecstatic. We hear the words spoken in love, devotion, anger and fear and we immediately react in accord with how those sounds have stirred our energetic flow. Hearing clearly brings us to a state of understanding and holding the space of silence allows the Divine flow of vibration to move through us as we hear the sounds of the Universe.

Calling All Babies
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“Although a concentric series of barriers buffer the fetus from the outside world–amniotic fluid, embryonic membranes, uterus, and the maternal abdomen–the fetus lives in a stimulating matrix of sound, vibration, and motion. Many studies now confirm that voices reach the womb, rather than being overwhelmed by the background noise created by the mother and placenta. Intonation patterns of pitch, stress, and rhythm, as well as music, reach the fetus without significant distortion. A mother’s voice is particularly powerful because it is transmitted to the womb through her own body reaching the fetus in a stronger form than outside sounds. ….reactive listening begins eight weeks before the ear is structurally complete at about 24 weeks. These findings indicate the complexity of hearing, lending support to the idea that receptive hearing begins with the skin and skeletal framework, skin being a multireceptor organ integrating input from vibrations, thermo receptors, and pain receptors. This primal listening system is then amplified with vestibular and cochlear information as it becomes available. With responsive listening proven at 16 weeks, hearing is clearly a major information channel operating for about 24 weeks before birth.” Birth Psychology: The Fetal Senses

Scientific research has proven that hearing is one of the senses that develops first in a fetus as new life grows within the Mother’s womb. As soon to be parents, we are encouraged to talk to, play music for and generally maintain a soothing auditory environment for our baby while in utero. The interesting aspect to this is that the growing fetus is still nearest to the original state of being an infinite life force of cells and energy before this new life is brought into the physical manifest world. Why then would we not imagine that sound (as vibration) plays an instrumental part in spiritual practice and has the potential of allowing us to re-member that state of vibrational being?

Read More Hear (not a typo !)…

Unborn babies are hearing you, loud and clear by Meghan Holohan (NBC News)

Chants and Music

Music and the organized patterns and structure of tones and sound have always been key components in spiritual practice. Even in the practice of silence, there is inherently a “sound”, albeit inaudible that is produced. It is for this reason that certain chants and certain forms of music have been used continually.

Seed Sounds and Bija’s
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def. A sacred verbal formula repeated in prayer, meditation, or incantation, such as an invocation of a god, a magic spell, or a syllable or portion of scripture containing mystical potentialities.

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A saying from the Vedas claims that “Speech is the essence of humanity.” All of what humanity thinks and ultimately becomes is determined by the expression of ideas and actions through speech and its derivative, writing. Everything, the Vedas maintain, comes into being through speech. Ideas remain un-actualized until they are created through the power of speech. Similarly, The New Testament, Gospel of John, starts “In the beginning was The Word. And the Word was with God and the Word was God…” In mainstream Vedic practices, most Buddhist techniques and classical Hinduism, mantra is viewed as a necessity for spiritual advancement and high attainment.

Mantras catalyze a powerful vibration which corresponds to both a specific spiritual energy frequency and a state of consciousness in seed form. Over time, the mantra process begins to override all of the other smaller vibrations, which eventually become absorbed by the mantra. After a length of time, which varies from individual to individual, the great wave of the mantra stills all other vibrations. Ultimately, the mantra produces a state where the organism vibrates at the rate completely in tune with the energy and spiritual state represented by and contained within the mantra.

At this point, a change of being occurs in the organism. The organism becomes subtly different. The general effect is one of resonance; where the vibration of the practitioner moves in accord with the varying vibratory energies surrounding him/her; thus gaining access to more refined realms of consciousness.

A widely used Tibetan Mantram is:

This mantra is spoken aloud or silently to invoke the blessings of Chenrezig, the embodiment of compassion.

Om Mani Padme Hum
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“The mantra Om Mani Pädme Hum is easy to say yet quite powerful, because it contains the essence of the entire teaching. When you say the first syllable Om it is blessed to help you achieve perfection in the practice of generosity, Ma helps perfect the practice of pure ethics, and Ni helps achieve perfection in the practice of tolerance and patience. Päd, the fourth syllable, helps to achieve perfection of perseverance, Me helps achieve perfection in the practice of concentration, and the final sixth syllable Hum helps achieve perfection in the practice of wisdom.”

Read More Here:
The Meaning of the Mantra in Tibetan Buddhism

 

The Sacred Sound of the Universe

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Another of the most widely used chants or mantrams is that of “OM”. It is in fact so widely used that many spiritual paths consider this seed sound to contain all the resonance of the universe in in stages of creation. Composed of three sounds- A, U, M its vibrational structure is transformative to the individual as well; changing and refining the energetic pattern of those who consciously and routinely chant it. Continued and sustained toning of “OM” regulates the breathing patterns and once attunement to the vibrations of the sound is achieved, the sound, the practitioner and the surroundings all become one- breathing and toning in union. In our coven practice we routinely tone Om as the final expression of the working we have set into motion. It is a way of sending this energy out into the greater Universe to be acted upon and realized. Try toning “OM” as you sit in meditative practice and allow its energy to move through you calming and joining in resonance all parts of the self.

The Shaman’s Drum
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Shamanic drumming uses a repetitive rhythm that begins slowly and then gradually builds in intensity to a tempo of three to seven beats per second. The ascending tempo will induce light to deep trance states, and facilitate the shamanic techniques of journeying, shapeshifting, and divination. Practitioners may progress through a series of trance states until they reach the level that is necessary for healing to occur. When ready to exit the trance state, the practitioner simply slows the tempo of drumming, drawing consciousness back to normal. Shamanic drumming continues to offer today what it has offered for thousands of years: namely, a simple and effective technique of ecstasy.

According to Jim Ewing, Reiki Master and Elder of the Southern Cherokee Tribe…

Inducing Meditative States with Sound

“Of course, the ability of sound to induce meditative states was well known thousands of years ago to ancient Hindu and Buddhist cultures, which used rhythmic chanting, singing bowls, finger chimes and other methods to transcend ordinary consciousness, as well. Drumming, by combining the vibrational tones of meditation and the 180-cycles-per-second beat approximating the base resonant frequency of the Earth itself, thus, becomes not only a powerful meditation tool, but a way to tap into our psychic inner ability to travel over vast distances, effect cures, and know — and affect — the future.

The physiological effects of sound, particularly regarding altered states, have also been well documented, shown to produce alpha, beta, and theta (psychic) states in the brain.” 1.

You can read more about the effects of Sound on Healing in:

Mitchell L. Gaynor, M.D., Sounds of Healing: A Physician Reveals the Therapeutic Power of Sound, Voice and Music, Broadway Books; New York; 1999).

The effects of sound in producing altered states has been researched and documented in countless publications. For those of you who want the research, check out this pdf:

Altered States During Shamanic Drumming: A Phenomenological Study by Anette Kjellgren & Anders Eriksson. University of Karlstad. Karlstad, Sweden

The Science Behind the Spiritual Groove

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One of my favorite Sound Healers is Tom Kenyon. I have used his sounding materials for many years now and can attest to the transformative nature of sound used in a very specific way to stimulate the brain. His work is extensive and the scientific basis for all of his subsequent spiritual work comes from his practice as a Psychotherapist and founder of the Acoustic Brain Research group. Please take the time to visit this site and review the information for a more in depth perspective of the potential held simply in the ability to hear…..     Acoustic Brain Research

The Sounds of Ritual
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We cross the threshold of Sacred Space as we chant calling forth the energy of what will be the magick of our working. Deep bellows of sound echo reverberating against wall or tree and we are now bathed in the quality of its vibration and the potency of its rhythm.

The words of the invocation spill out from throat and heart, Will infusing them with the command to be present and to aid the celebration. Each syllable produces its own state of resonance and each word holds mystery of a numeric calling that awakens all who attend to its transformative energies. Quarter energies flow through container of power and Deity leaves its imprint on all that it touches.

Drums beat out syncopated rhythm, rattles provoke and stimulate energetic pattern into acquiescence. Bodies move and respond in due course and streams of light and energy coil like serpents through and around the space of magick weaving their tapestry that will become the mantle of our making.

Sound rises from throat and body taps out the path that flows cyclic in nature of release and return. All is primed and readied for release of desire as Will forms it composition crafted by mind, heart and will. Energy peaks and thought is carried on winds of change breathed out from enlivened sound in anticipation of drawing what is desired in magnetic attraction.

All that is heard is the profound silence of sound that is breath, heart beat and gentle sway of foot on floor or ground. The sound arises majestic as thoughtform takes shape and creative act of manifestation waits for final calling. What is birthed in the energetic stamp of the silence is the sound of universal and cosmic response. We breathe into its essence drawing into lung and physical body the enlivened matter that will feed and sustain subtle shape and form.

Voice of thanks and bidding Hail and Farewell breaks the mystical silence and once again the space of sacred intent is restored to mundane structure as we process out leaving trail of sound and vibration, a chant of completion joyously released to enliven all who step into its magick.

The above is my experience of sound flowing through ritual. We carefully select the appropriate chants to raise the needed energy and thought and care is given not only to the words, but the rhythm and emotional response that will be evoked to stimulate the flow of energy. Sound in all of its forms, from the resonance of foot on carpet (floor or ground) to the overt sounds of chanting and drumming. The sound of air moving through lungs and the co-mingling of that breath within a space primed for magick contributes to the signature of sound within ritual space.

Rhythm and repetition also play a vital role in maintaining this shift for long enough that the body can attune itself physiologically. This is the reason why most effective rituals make use of chants that repeat and continue for long periods of time. This is also why the quality of your singing voice is of no matter. It is the intent and once you get beyond the performance jitters, the word, whether sung or spoken becomes the sound of great power, infused by the flow of breath and air and fired by the will of intent all brought to a cohesive and dynamic form of sound vibration. This is the principle of the mantra used in Eastern practice. Setting into motion a specific pattern of vibration that unlocks

Opening to Hearing the Sounds of In the Pause Between

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I have for many years now used sound as a tool of choice in many of my workshops. I have tested its efficacy and effect for myself and have had confirmation by those attending regarding the shift in the room’s energy and their personal state of readiness as a singing bowl or drum was being played. Hearing the sound of a bell rung or the singing bowl sets the tone for the class and opens the participant to a deeper level of hearing the information to be shared. Some of this sound is structured as formal music, but most is reliant on the tones and rate of vibration of those individual notes in shifting consciousness and subtle body response.

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A singing bowl will generally elevate the vibratory rate being higher in pitch and more ephemeral in quality of tone. Using the drum draws the energy in the earth and the space of long notes of reverberation. Rattles tend to agitate or stir the vibrations and energize. I have a sistrum that I particularly like to use and although to some it is very annoying the original intent of this Egyptian instrument was to clear the space of stagnant and cloying energy. The sound is much like a shortened syncopation of a tambourine.

And, the sound of simply breathing can produce the same effects as any other instrument. Listening to the inspiration and exhalation as air passes through nose and fills the lungs; the pause of silent hold before the woosh of exhale and gentle pause of respite before the next cycle begins is the music of life. Repeating this pattern, as is done in most meditative practices to begin, sets up a specific pattern of vibration that gently fades into the background of our hearing as we enter our own inner domain. You can practice this type of hearing using a Four-Fold Breath exercise.

Journey of the Senses

Amp It Up!

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This is an exercise meant to heighten your awareness of the subtle (and not so subtle) sounds of sacred space. This could be your space of meditation, a ritual you are attending or any space that you routinely perform your magick and spiritual work in. If you attend a Yoga class, this is a great exercise to employ since breath and the movement of joint and muscle make wonderful sounds as they support the physical work. If there is a ritual you have access to attend, make note of how sound has been woven into the ritual. Afterwards, journal the highlights of what you remember and how you felt as you experienced and participated in its creation.

You may also do this as part of a meditative session. This space is in essence your sacred space and offer up the intent to become aware of the effects and dynamics experienced as you chant, breathe and move into your meditation. Take into account the sounds made as you prepare; meaning the sound of you sitting down, any candles or other tools that you may place as part of setting up the space; the lighting of a candle or any other.

Awareness of the impact of sound in our ritual and sacred experience opens new pathways of energetic resonance and exploration. Learning to breathe deeply into these new inroads and expanding them as needed also brings a heightened awareness of your own place as vibration of sound within the framework of sacred structure. You are part of the structure created and also distinctly unique in your own energetic signature of contributing sound to it.

Articles:
1. Shamanic Drumming: A Form of Prayer by Jim Ewing

Resources

Reading:

Color and Music in the New Age by Corrine Heline
The Mystery of the Seven Vowels by Joscelyn Godwin
Harmonies of Heaven and Earth: Mysticism in Music from Antiquity to the Avant-Garde by Joscelyn Godwin
Music, Mysticism and Magic: A Sourcebook by Joscelyn Godwin
The Spiritual Dimensions of Music: Altering Consciousness for Inner Development by R. J. Stewart

Other:

The Music of Language: Words are Energy
A wonderful article from the Daily Om

Sound Healing/Shamans and More:

Tom Kenyon, Scientist, Sound Healer and Shaman

Michael Harner, Anthropologist and Shaman

Sandra Ingerman, Shaman

Music To Inspire the Spirit

The Planets by Holst
The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivladi
Hidden Sky by Jami Sieber
Lush Mechanique by Jami Sieber
Kiva by Steve Roach and Mchael Sterns
Serpent’s Lair by Steve Roach and Byron Metcalf
A Warning From the Elders by Byron Metcalf
Anything by Loreena McKennitt

Music Attuned to the Equinoxes and the Solstices

Spring Equinox
Handel’s Messiah
Wagner’s Parsifal

Summer Solstice
Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream
Wagner’s Die Der Meistersinger

Autumn Equinox
Bach’s Passion of Saint Matthew
Wagner’s Tannbauser

Winter Solstice
Schubert’s Ave Maria
Wagner’s Lohengrin

Companion Post:

Magickally Human
Engaging the Senses: The Sense of Hearing

About this Series:

Our spiritual work relies on our physical and subtle states of being working co-creatively and collaboratively. We engage the senses in this work continually, but rarely give equal importance to them all. The sense of sight is commanded into presence through practice of visualization techniques. Sound is stimulated with drumming, chanting and toning. Touch is engaged as we handle tools, light candles, and more. The sense of taste is only accessed as a means of grounding with cakes and ale. And, we are alerted to awareness and being fully present in ritual space or meditative practice as the heady scent of incense and oils purify and set the stage for the work at hand. There will be collaborative posts speaking to the Physical experience of each of the senses in the Magickally Human Blog.

Next Post:
Sensing the Subtleties in ALL of Their Expression
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