Healing With Song

The use of song in healing has been used for a very long time, although it has been largely overlooked in recent times. There is evidence to suggest that certain Egyptian sites such as the open pyramid were in fact used as medical centres, where the priests would focus specific frequencies of sound on their patients, depending on what aid they required.

The scientific principle behind healing with song – or sound, if you prefer – is very simple. The cells of our bodies constantly receive information from their environment and change their behaviour according to that information. This process is what leads to our health, and is the reason you tend to feel better after spending time in natural surroundings, and also why eating high quality, unprocessed foods helps our health improve.

Sound goes deeper than this, however. It has an immediate effect on the mind, helping to produce deep emotions. Listening to music can activate our imagination in a wide range of ways, helping us to remember, to meditate, to relax, to become charged, and many more sensations.

This is at the core of healing with song. Not only does it help to produce harmonic frequencies which work directly with the cells of the body, but it also produces an emotional feedback loop. When used correctly, it is an extremely powerful tool for inner work and truly deep healing.

We know this instinctively. We can feel it when we listen to our favourite songs, or when we sit and listen to the rhythm of rain against a window. There is a peace to be found by listening to the sighing of the wind through the trees. Anyone who can experience these sensations knows that song has a subtle and profound effect on every part of our bodies and minds.

Tuning Your Body

Have you ever sat and listened to an orchestra before they begin to play? It is a ruckus. It sounds like a discordant mess as the musicians settle down and tune their instruments. And then there’s a momentary hush, and the music begins. The sound washes over you like a wave, bringing a sense of deep peace and excitement along with it.

The body works in much the same way. For most of us, we get stuck in that beginning, discordant mess for most of our lives. It makes it very easy for a single organ to go out of harmony with the rest of the body, making disease far more likely.

After all of this, it should not come as any great surprise to learn that certain frequencies of sound are very healing for the body. They resonate with the different organ systems, and thus transfer energy from the singer to the person being healed.

It is very rare to find people who truly know and understand these frequencies, but those who do are amongst the most powerful and effective healers in the world today – regardless of what sphere of healing they practice in.

Essential Crystals for Beginners

The world of using crystals to enhance your life is far too wide and varied for there to be a one size fits all guide to what will be right for you. However, there are some crystals that everyone should have on hand.

This is just a guide, however. With crystals, almost more than with any other form of energy work, your personal feelings should never be ignored. Try using the stones, and you will develop a far deeper understanding of how they should be used.

Clear Quartz

Clear quartz is going to be number one on any list of this type. It is easily one of the most powerful healing and amplifying crystals out there. It absorbs, stores, releases and regulates energy flow, and is excellent for unblocking energy. A must for anyone who wants to start healing with crystals, it is a great stone for anyone, whatever their intentions are.

Rose Quartz

Another very familiar stone, rose quartz is the stone of unconditional love and infinite peace. It is believed to help attract love, and is a powerful addition to any grid where emotional health needs to be enhanced.

Amethyst

Amethyst is a fairly easy stone to find, as it is one of the most commonly sold crystals out there. It is a very powerful and protective stone. Traditionally, it was used to prevent drunkenness, and it can protect against over-indulgence in any area of your life. It can also help to clear your mind, allow you to focus, and help you to make decisions.

Green Aventurine

Green Aventuine is one of the first stones I ever used, and it is still a personal favourite today. It is all about vitality. It helps to boost the vibration – and so the power – of anything it is put to work on. It is also a protective stone, particularly from situations and people who drain your energy.

Black Tourmaline

Black tourmaline is a protective stone. It helps to block harmful electromagnetic frequencies, including ill-will and negative energy from people around you. It works with the base (or root) chakra in order to ground these energies and keep them from manifesting within your aura.

Citrine

Citrine is often yellow in colour, but it ranges in hue from brown to smoky grey. This stone carries the energy of the sun within it, making it an amazing regeneration stone and a good one to add to grids to help clear the body and aura of negativity. It is also good for helping to activate and open the crown chakra.

Tiger’s Eye

This is an ideal crystal to use in grids to help to build confidence and self belief. It helps to connect us to the Earth, making it a very useful stone to include in any sort of grounding ritual or grids focusing on more practical matters.

Hematite

I like to think of hematite as the crystal equivalent of a bouncer. It helps to shield the person who carries it from psychic attacks and negative energies, while at the same time strengthening your aura.

Selenite

Selenite is a reasonably easy stone to find. It is a very good stone to use when working with the crown and brow chakra, and can help you to focus during meditation. It has been said that when two people each hold a piece of this stone can help enhance telepathic communication, although I have yet to test this personally.

 

You Are NOT Oxygen Deprived

This is a claim I have only recently begun to encounter, but it is a dangerous one – to your wallet, if nothing else. If you happen to be suffering from one of the wide range of conditions this ‘treatment’ claims to cure, the damage could be far worse.

The Half-Truth

The people offering this ‘cure’ all point to the work of a German scientist, Doctor Otto Warburg, who published a paper in the Journal of Cancer Research in 1925. This paper was called “The Metabolism of Carcinoma Cells”, and it basically outlines the fact that cancer prevents healthy cells from receiving enough oxygen. He went on to suggest that a possible treatment would be offering time in oxygen-enriched chambers may be an effective cure, but I have been unable to find any papers suggesting this was successfully tried.

The Lie

The sites which support these ‘treatments’ say that:

* Tap water is very low in oxygen because its journey through lead pipes and the addition of chlorine and other chemical contaminants prevent it from being aerated.
* Cooking or heating food reduces the oxygen content in vegetables and fruits, and also kills the enzyme content.
* Processed foods have little to zero oxygen content.
* Air conditioning in cars, homes and offices during the summer, and then heating in winter, depletes oxygen and circulates germs

While those claims may well be the truth, none of the food, drink, and supplements they offer will have any effect on your body’s oxygen levels – unless they are selling oxygen tanks and nebulizers, and even then you should discuss that sort of treatment seriously with your doctor before embarking on it. Pure oxygen is a dangerous chemical, and using it without professional guidance can have serious, damaging effects on the body.

The Truth

On some of these sites, things which will make you feel a great deal better are mentioned, usually as an afterthought to the shiny products. These include exercise, meditation, and a healthy, less-processed diet.

Needless to say, this advice will do you a great deal more good than taking any of their products. If you truly want to increase your body’s access to oxygen, I suggest you drink more, exercise regularly, and look at natural diet options. It will be cheaper and more effective for you.

The Festival of Springtime

Ostara is one of the many names for the celebration of the spring equinox. It is said to come from the name of the Anglo-Saxon goddess, Eostre, who was a goddess of spring and fertility. It is also close to the Christian celebration of Easter, and the Jewish festival of Passover.

It is not surprising that a celebration can be found at this time of year in almost every civilisation, fro ancient Persia and the Mayan civilizations to the more modern religion of Christianity. The turning of the Wheel of the Year is obvious, and the returning of life in the spring is too powerful a symbol not to be recognised.

Here are a few examples of how this exciting time of the year is celebrated around the world.

Marzanna – Poland

This is a celebration which dates back to around the middle of the 16th century. Dolls known as Marzanna are made of straw and decorated in order to symbolize the cold, dreary winter. They are then paraded through the street as crowds make their way to the nearest body of water. The decorated dolls are then thrown into the water in order to drown the wrath of the winter.

Baba Marta – Bulgaria

Baba Marta literally translates to ‘the grandmother of March’, and folklore says that Baba Marta is a cranky old lady who must be treated well and with kindness, or she will bring more cold, bleak winter days to torment the land.

In order to welcome the change of the season, people wear red and white bracelets which symbolise health and fertility. They hand out other red and white symbols to friends and family to wish them peace and happiness for the rest of the year.

Holi – India

The colourful festival of Holi takes place in late February or early March. The festival was originally a Hindu tradition, but it is now seen as more a cultural celebration than a religious one.

Holi ushers in the spring with bonfires and parties the night before the festival itself. The next day, people gather on the streets for a giant colour fight, with people through dyed powder onto each other. It offers a chance to let go of the cares and hardships of winter and to reconnect with other people.

Falles – Spain

The population of Valencia in Spain almost triples in size during the annual Falles festival in March. It is a week-long spectacle of fiery, satirical entertainment which starts with processions in order to honour Saint Joseph and ends with the mass burning of paper-mache figures filled with firecrackers.

It is not uncommon for those attending these celebrations to wear medieval clothing, and the entire week is accompanied by a huge street party.

9 Herbs to Help Relieve Stress

Stress seems to be the one constant in our lives today. It is all too easy to end up taking on more than we feel we can handle, whether out of a sense of duty or a dislike of saying no to those closest to us. This is particularly true in the holiday season – the pressures of trying to balance money, work and family can seem truly overwhelming.

Taking a few minutes to relax with a warm cup of herbal tea can help to take the edge off the ragged nerves of this time of year, and here’s a list of the top 10 to try.

Chamomile

Chamomile is probably the best-known herb in use today, precisely because it is a wonderful stress reliever and, unlike some of the herbs on this list, it tastes good in a tea. Adding a cup of chamomile tea to your nightly routine can help you to sleep better, which helps to control the production of the stress-hormone, cortisol.

Lavender

Like chamomile, the stress-relieving properties of lavender are well known, making it a popular scent to add to a wide range of products from sleep pillows to bath salts. It is particularly good at easing tension headaches and other aches and pains caused by stress-induced muscle clenching.

Lemon Balm

Lemon balm is a calming herb which has been used to help to reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety since the Middle Ages or longer. It is seldom used alone, but is often combined with chamomile and valerian for a wonderfully relaxing bedtime drink.

Passionflower

In spite of the name, it is the fruit of the plant which holds the benefits. It boosts production of a chemical called GABA which helps to lower anxious brain activity and soothe away worries caused by overthinking. Studies have shown these benefits to be short-term, however, so saving passionflower for when you really need it might be a better idea.

Ginseng

Both Chinese and Siberian ginseng help to boost our ability to cope with the stress of modern living. It delays and reduces the production of cortisol, helping to ease stress without the sedative effects of valerian, hops, and chamomile.

Holy Basil

This is a close cousin to the sweet basil commonly used in cooking, and is also known as Tulsi. It helps to regulate cortisol levels, along with helping to boost the immune system – an added benefit at this time of year, when colds and flu are more common. However, it is a herb to be cautious with while pregnant – seek advice in this case.

Green Tea

Green tea is packed full of antioxidants, so it should come as no great surprise that it has uses other than being a great tasting and refreshing drink. Studies have shown that people who drink five cups of green tea a day have significantly less trouble dealing with stressful situations than those who don’t.

Valerian

Valerian is often used to help to cure insomnia, since it causes drowsiness, but it is also a great herb to use to help to combat the effects of stress. It is a mild sedative, and as such can certainly help you to get a good night’s sleep, and that is a stress-reliever all on its own.

Hops

Yes, hops. They’re used in beer, but that is only the start of their uses. They don’t taste very good, though, so use very sparingly and add a sweeter tasting herb such as lavender if you intend to give hops a try. They do have a wonderfully relaxing effect – if you can stomach them.

Notes of the Song

The Song of Creation is an overwhelming, powerful thing. It is too great a thing for anyone’s mind to fully comprehend in its entirety. Those of us who have studied it very quickly realised that there are five different ways to look at the Song, and that most people fall into one of these five.

For those who are interested in learning more about the Song and how its power can influence your life for the better, here is a brief overview of these five groups and how they interact with the Song to best improve their own life.

Pro

The Pro are the most difficult group to define. They can take on aspects of each of the other groups, but what sets them apart is their ability to lead. They use the Song to help persuade those around them to follow where they go. This is a subtle thing, and few truly aware that they are doing it on a conscious level. They form the hearts of their communities quite naturally, although this causes issues for the untrained Pro, as they attempt to take on too much.

Rho

Rho use the Song to look at the patterns of history. They have greater memories of their past lives than most, and can draw on that knowledge to help them to know the best way forward into the future. Their knowledge of the repeated melodies of the Song on every level makes them skilled at precognition, although it takes a good deal of training for these warnings to be anything more than a momentary sinking feeling which comes far too late for anything to be changed.

Tal

Tal use the Song to help people. They are deeply empathic people, which makes them natural caregivers. Their use of the Song focuses on the people around them, and they use it to allow those closest to them to gain whatever they truly need. Unfortunately, an untrained Tal will either become worn out and exhausted from taking on the emotions of others, or else develop such a strong shield against them that they become skilled, uncaring manipulators.

Mai

Mai use the Song in physical ways. They are practical people, who focus on their personal physical skills more than on those around them or their environment. They are imposing people, and to those who do not know them, they can be intimidating presences. Mai usually use the Song to help focus their martial abilities. A good deal of martial arts training comes from the ideals of the Mai.

Kiyan

Kiyan use the Song to boost nature. They are happiest when surrounded by plants and animals, and make keen gardeners and animal trainers. They are good healers, and will focus their use of the song to keep everything and everyone around them as healthy as possible. The modern world is often difficult for Kiyan to deal with, as their empathy extends to the plants and animals around them – it is difficult for a Kiyan to walk past a recently felled tree without feeling overwhelming sorrow and pain.

The Great Stones

Britain is dotted with ancient standing stones, some single monuments and some arranged in circles. While Stonehenge is certainly the most famous of them all, there are many others worth the mention. The Dragon Project has studied the Rollright Stones in Oxfordshire has detected ultrasonic rays as well as radiation and magnetic energies coming from the stones.

The pattern of energy coming from the stones varies in a way which is linked to the natural cycles of the moon and the turning of the seasons. Photographs have shown various effects around the stones, from orbs of light to odd shimmers in the air.

Many people detect actual presences near these old stones. Standing stones are said to be doorways to other worlds and people have heard music and seen lights and strange people around them for centuries.

Creating Your Own Stone Circle

It is not always possible to work in close contact with the actual ancient stone circles. Many of them are now protected from casual visitors and the vandalism of centuries by English Heritage and the National Trust. Thankfully, for people who want to get in close contact with the Song of the Earth, it is entirely possible to create your own circle in your garden.

They do not need to be nearly as large as the ancient circles, either – which is a relief, as few of us have that sort of space.

Take time in the creation of your circle. Choose stones which you feel a connection to, and ones which feel ‘right’. Make sure that they are sturdy. They do not have to be taller than 30cm high for your vertical stones, with longer and thinner ones for the horizontals.

Choose the location for your circle, and light a candle each time you place a stone in position. First place the four main compass stones at the north, south, east and west points of your circle. Then the mid-point stones at the north-east, south-east, north-west and south-west of the circle. Spread these placements down over several days, placing one stone at a time. While the candle burns, meditate on the stone you have placed. Give it, and the position it is placed in, your full attention.

Consecrating Your Circle

Once every stone is placed, circle it nine times clockwise at dawn, beginning from the North Stone. As you pass each stone, touch it with a living branch from a nearby tree. Allow that to settle for the day, and then circle it nine times anti-clockwise at sunset, beginning at the South Stone. This time, touch each stone with a naturally fallen dead branch.

Light a golden candle in the centre and circle it with your favourite brown, yellow, red, or orange crystals. It can be fun to invite a few friends over to dance around your circle, if you have people who share your interest nearby.

The day after, sit quietly in your circle and allow the sounds of the Earth wash over you. Bury one of your favourite crystals in the heart of your circle, and feel free to place another standing stone over it if it feels right.

Try to spend a few moments each day with your circle, circling it at least once each way to help focus the energy of the Song of the Earth. Over time, your circle will grow in power and will offer you calming energy and mild healing, as the earth gives you back the attention you give to it multiplied several times over.

 

The Empress

Mother’s Love

The Empress embodies the Mother of Creation, the female half of all creation. She is the Goddess of Fertility, and offers love, creativity, luxury, beauty and grace.

When she shows up in the cards, it indicates a deep connection with femininity. Whatever your gender, the Empress calls you to get in touch with your sensuality. Use all of your senses and draw on them to experience pleasure and deep fulfilment.

The Empress also encourages you to spend your time in nature. Allow yourself the time and the space to enter into a different frame of mind in which you can truly connect with the Earth and receive her wisdom into your heart and mind. Take a trip to your favourite natural setting, whatever that might be, and give yourself the time to simply breathe in the energy that the Earth offers. The Empress offers you the solid foundation of being grounded in the material plane.

This is a deeply nurturing and caring card. It suggests that you are blessed by maternal, protective forces or influences. She offers a reminder that our children are our future, and we are responsible for their growth and development.

Depending on the other cards in the reading, the Empress can also indicate that the energy of the Song is about to intervene directly into your life. You may not know what brings the good fortune, but the sense of being looked after and nurtured is no accident. The Empress offers a gentle reminder that you are worthy of the Mother’s loving embrace.

The High Priestess

Guardian of the Subconscious

The figure of the High Priestess is a powerful one. She sits before the Tree of Life, beneath the arch of the Gate of Consciousness. She guards the space, keeping the knowledge she holds from those who are not yet ready to receive it.

The High Priestess sits in front of the thin veil which separates our conscious awareness from the subconscious. She knows the secrets of how to access the deep, true knowledge of the subconscious and bring it into the light of conscious thought. She represents spiritual enlightenment and inner illumination, divine knowledge and wisdom. She has a deep, intuitive understanding of the workings of the Song and uses this knowledge to gently teach rather than to try and control others. When she appears in a reading, it usually indicates that you need to listen to and trust your inner voice.

Because the High Priestess represents a link to the subconscious mind, which cannot e accessed through the everyday world but only through the more cryptic language of dreams and symbols. When this card appears in a reading, you need to pay attention to your dreams and intuition. Look for areas in your life that may be out of balance or that require greater foresight and wisdom. Knowledge of how to fix it will not come through logic or intellect but through your inner voice, so be sure to allow yourself the quiet time needed to listen to it.

When the High Priestess appears in a reading, she can also indicate that your life is changing, or that you are being inspired to creativity. This card suggests an ongoing process, rather than a finished article, but it is still a good card to appear in readings for artists, poets and writers.

The Difference Between Herbal Medicine and Homeopathy

A good many people seem to be confused by this, and so I felt that it was necessary to get my opinions about the two down very clearly. It has been a source of irritation for many years that herbal medicine and homeopathy are often confused by people, so I will do my best to outline the differences between the two.

Herbal Medicine

Herbal medicine has been the foundation of healthcare throughout recorded history. Even today, the World Health Organisation believes that around 80% of the world’s population still uses herbs and their properties as a primary source of medical care.

Herbal medicines, just like conventional medicines, have a direct effect on the body and need to be used with care because they can be potentially harmful if not used correctly. Therefore, they need to be used with the same care and respect as conventional medicines, and it is always a good idea to tell your doctor about any herbal medicines you’re taking before starting on a new prescription.

Homeopathy

Homeopathy is a complementary or alternative medicine based on a series of ideas originally developed in the 1790s by a German doctor called Samuel Hahnemann. He believed that to successfully treat an illness, ‘like cures like’, and so that a substance which causes a headache should be used to treat a headache.

Very early on, this caused the deaths of a good many of Samuel Hahnemann’s patients, because a good many of the substances he was using in order to  treat people were toxic. Instead of abandoning the idea, he decided that a process called succussion should be used. This process is based around diluting and shaking the original substance repeatedly.

Practitioners of homeopathy believe that the more a substance is diluted in this way, the greater its power to treat the symptoms becomes. In effect, this means that most homeopathic remedies have less than 0.00001% of the original substance available to them, the rest of the solution being water.

There has been extensive scientific investigation of the effectiveness of homeopathy, and there is no good quality evidence that homeopathy is effective as a treatment for any health condition. The results consistently show that homeopathy works thanks to the placebo effect, nothing more.

Conclusion

Please don’t confuse herbal medicine with homeopathy. They are very different things, with very different results. I would never encourage people not to use something that they believe helps them, so if you like homeopathy treatments, by all means continue to use them. But please don’t suggest that a herbalist is a homeopath. It becomes very irritating very quickly.