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MAGICAL TOOLS and SYMBOLS
Sound is a vibration that resonates with the soul, which can be felt in every cell of our body. Sound has the power to heal not only on a physical level but also on emotional and spiritual levels.
The Tibetan Singing bowls, which are standing bells, rather than hanging inverted or attached to a handle, that rest on the bottom surface. The sides and rim of singing bowls vibrate to produce deep and soothing sound.
Traditionally, singing bowls were used throughout Asia as part of Bön (Lhasa dialect, the word bon means ‘religion’ and is the oldest spiritual tradition of Tibet.) and Tantric Buddhist Sadhana. The use of singing bowls in Tibet is the subject of much debate and many stories. Some people say they were used for meditation while others say they were magical tools for healing and transformation of self and of matter.
Chinese Buddhists use the singing bowl to accompany the wooden fish during chanting, striking it when a particular phrase in a sutra is sung. In Japan and Vietnam, singing bowls are similarly used during chanting and may also mark the passage of time or signal a change in activity. Today they are employed worldwide both within and without these spiritual traditions, for meditation, relaxation, health care, personal well-being and religious practice.
Our Experience with the Tibetan Singing Bowl: The moment I began to use the singing bowl, I knew it had a deeper purpose, you start off by banging the stick on the side of the bowl, then you rub the stick around the bowl in such a way that you take control of the vibration and by rotating this vibration around the bowl with speed and altitude of the friction you can create different frequencies and sound. But what was more interesting is the way your body reacts to the vibrations that are flowing in through your hand.
The feeling of peace descending through you as you churn the bowl and focus on the sound and the control of the vibrations in your hand. It seems so magical its pretty unbelievable what the bowl can do to you. The Old and the New: Traditionally, antique singing bowls were made of Panchaloga (five metals in Sanskrit), a bronze alloy of copper, tin, zinc and iron and other metals. Antiques often include silver, gold and nickel, they produce multiphonic and polyharmonic overtones which are unique to the antique instruments.
The subtle yet complex multiple harmonic frequencies are a special quality of the high quality bronze alloy. Singing bowls are no longer made in the traditional way and is considered a lost art. Antique singing bowls are highly prized and collected worldwide. Their popularity is due to their fine craftsmanship and remarkable sound.
The aging process seems to improve the tone and centuries old antiques produce an incredibly rich and beautiful sound. While the new singing bowls are made from industrial quality metal, mainly copper and are exported widely from Nepal and India. New singing bowls and crystal bowls do not produce the warm and complex tone of fine antiques. They sound like clear and simple bells, without the warm undertones and bright harmonic overtones for which antiques are famous.
Craving a fresh start is often filled with restless excitement. After all, making a fresh start is often associated with a dramatic change: moving to a new place, starting a new job or quitting an old one, vastly switching your diet, diving head first into an exercise routine or some other big switch that flips your life in a great way.
While sometimes a monumental change is necessary (and you'll know if it is), often it's a small and meaningful change in perspective that creates a whole new way of viewing life. Feng shui in my way is about your personal experience of your life and your space, and a small shift in that personal experience can revive your experience of life. Small shift = fresh start!
Here are a few feng shui shifts that can help you jump start a fresh start at any time:
1. Rethink a route.
Your experience of your neighborhood has as much impact on your life as your experience of your own home. Can you change your daily route to the grocery store? Can you take the stairs instead of the elevator? Turn left instead of right? Being a creature of habit can be comforting, but new scenery keeps you on your toes and is a simple form of freshness.
2. Refine a routine.
You can elevate a daily experience by adding some fresh sensory goodness. What if you found an essential oil to wear that enhanced your yoga class? Try new dressings for salad? Warm up your bathroom before your morning shower? Try playing some new ambient music while you work? Smell, touch, taste, temperature, sound, texture and more take the ordinary to a new level.
3. Revive your walls with art!
Fresh art is a fresh start in itself where your home is concerned. If you are timid about buying art, try some vintage shopping for art that moves you. A dynamic piece of art that you see when you first enter your home creates a fresh impression of your whole home for both you and guests as well.
4. Replant houseplants that have been growing too big for their pots.
Your plants will grow bigger, and, symbolically you are creating more space for growth in your own life.
5. Revamp your front door.
You don’t need to paint a door red to make it feng shui-friendly, but a revamped front door will speak confidently to the world about your fresh start. Whether it's a new coat of paint, a bigger door handle, more polished or prominent apartment numbers or some creative adornment like a wreath or a doormat that represents your personality, a front door that shines is a great way to welcome in new energy and new people!
6. Remember what makes you special.
Stumped as to what your “brand of genius” might be? Visit friends who make you feel amazing and see how they reflect your best self. Indulge in hobbies and passions. Start celebrating small victories as well as big ones in your life. Deciding to bring more of your personal genius to your whole life is both an absolute fresh start and brilliant feng shui for every day. Happy New Year … any time of year!
What To Do When Your Mind Won't Let You Meditate
As a meditation teacher, people frequently tell me they want to meditate but their mind won't let them. Whenever they try to sit and quiet their mind, they claim the mental chatter only gets worse. Read
Start a discussion about decluttering, and it usually generates hullabaloo. For some, clearing clutter has become religion; others simply prefer their stuff. While I adore order and its composition, I’ve learned when we clear clutter without intention and love, it is an inflammatory endeavor.
My strategy? Look for what works well in a space and strengthen it by eliminating unnecessary noise.
Feng shui observes that everything is connected and everything is energy — which means every single thing we own carries an energy that either promotes or diminishes our happiness. By editing out what we no longer use, need, or want — choices, words, or things — we make room for the life we desire and deserve.
When we renovate a space, we symbolically revise our lives.
Ready to take stock of your stuff? Here are some simple starting points:
1. Organization isn't about perfection; it's about flow and simplicity.
Create a weekly habit of returning things to designated spaces. It is the indecision of where things go that overwhelms us. Every single thing you own requires its own space. When things have a sense of belonging, so do we.
2. Locate a space that exhausts you every time you think of it, and start there.
It actually takes more energy to ignore it. Why? Clutter is often postponed decision making, and it piles up quickly. Parcel the space out, especially if it's big. Conquer one area at a time, and commit to its completion.
3. Think big, but focus small.
Clear the clutter first, and organize what remains post-purge. Before moving on, maintain this space daily for several weeks. Get really good at it. When we honor a space, the vibrational quality of our home shifts and our personal energy revitalizes. That feeling authentically feeds our desire to eagerly move through the rest of our stuff.
4. If a task takes less than 5 minutes, don’t put it off until later.
Small daily endeavors create big differences. Clutter looks great organized, but when we are too busy to care for our house, it means we are too busy to care for ourselves. Our environment reflects back to us who we are at any given moment.
5. Walk through your entire home at least once a day.
Know every inch well. This simple ritual heightens awareness of our living space and keeps stagnant energy from getting too comfortable.
6. Live within your means.
If you don’t have space for something, reconsider it. The more things we acquire, the emptier we feel. And when our homes are stuffed, there is no room for growth or opportunity to show up. Empty space manifests possibilities.
7. When you buy something, give something away.
This simple observation cultivates an important mindset — is this purchase worth letting something equivalent go? Don’t compromise what you LOVE for something you merely like.
8. Respect your home as a living, breathing being.
Be mindful of what you bring into it. Anything with a negative story or association deposits that same energy into our homes and lives. Uphold the highest standards, and your home becomes sacred space.
9. Establish daily, weekly, and monthly chores.
This isn’t meant to be a rhetorical list. Rather, develop awareness around your home’s needs. When we have an organic understanding of how our home is used, we step into a logical and sustainable flow for its maintenance.
10. Honor a morning and nightly ritual.
Greet it every morning by opening windows and making beds, and put it to bed every evening by picking up the day’s clutter and turning things off. When we shower our space with respect and attention, our home graciously loves us back.
We spend more energy being bothered by our clutter than if we focused a few hours on simply pruning it out. Ask yourself, “What deserves a place in my life?” and listen to your first impressions. Letting things go, without guilt or fear, communicates we trust the process of life. We open ourselves to channels of new experiences. We feel more confident, and confidence breeds creativity and increases the velocity of our energy.
Create beauty and order, and the quality of life improves. So, start small, reclaim the space, and trust your instincts — the less you hold on to, the more alive you will become.
“All that is visible, clings to the invisible.” ~ Novalis The purifying and often debated mantra of Tibet: Om Mani Padme Hum is one of the most recognizable mantras in the world and appears in much religious Buddhist imagery, as well as the average chanting session for any beginner in their introduction to the world of meditation. But how much do we really understand its meaning? While in the West, the mythology of the Greeks and Romans, as well as Christian symbolism and theology may be more familiar, the origins of Eastern mythologies are much more mysterious to us until we actually visit a specific country or take a keen interest in one aspect of it. Even the word; Mantra, can be better understood from the root Man ‘to think’ (Greek, Menos, Latin, Mens) and the suffix Tra, which forms ‘tool’ words.
According to the book – Foundations of Tibetan Mysticism, by Lama Anagarika Govinda, the mantra can be dissected and better understood as follows:
OM The seed-syllable of the universe, OM invokes the ever-present power of consciousness. In fact, it represents the all-encompassing consciousness, combining both sleep and waking consciousness that is experienced beyond words and thoughts on the forth dimension. OM is liberation, an opening up to the universe, a statement that one is ready to climb the first few rungs on the ladder towards enlightenment. This statement also extends to the claim that one will follow the path to be a Bodhisattva; cultivating what is good and swearing life-long service to helping others. ‘To awaken this consciousness was the life’s task of the Buddha.’ OM, being the first syllable in the Great Mantra, is not the ultimate goal, but the most fundamental. It is the ‘primordial sound of timeless reality’, that which resonates and reverberates within us in the timeless past, present and future.
MANI Often known as the jewel of the mantra, MANI represents the elixir of life or the gift of immortality. The Philosopher’s stone and the task of separating the object of the alchemist’s experiments from the base elements of matter; of earth, air, fire and water present a true problem for the Buddhist monk. For where do these four elements end? Where on this universe can we find the end of matter, or something perceivable lacking in these fundamental materials? The answer, the Buddha discovered, was in the purity and radiance of the true nature of the mind, in pure, universal consciousness. The kingdom of heaven or paradise itself can be found in such a syllable, and is often associated with the imagery of the diamond sceptre, or ‘Vajra’ in its three stages of unfolding. It represents the highest form of attainment, the jewel in the crown and may even lead to extraordinary powers, such as a prolonged earthly life. It is the transcendence of perception then; the realization that these tangible, sensual things are in fact figments of the mind and were an illusion in the first place. We need only master the highest form of alchemy and perform mind over matter, plunging ourselves into the seventh-class of consciousness and rise above the world of the senses into joy and bliss. It is the place where we become complete and the ‘I’ completely vanishes. It is the transformation ‘into the imperishable jewel of the adamantine mind.’
PADME The lotus blossoming is also a well-known image associated with Buddhism, and it is here, in PADME that we meet it. Not only are we like lotus flowers growing from the mud towards the light, but this journey also represents the many past lives we must incarnate in order to experience the full spectrum of human experience. Thus, through the many expressions of life come the various forms of approaching the light; from tantra to prana, shakti to shiva, the two dualities must exist in balance and full blossom in order to transcend. The female principle of Shakti, and raw power must join with the male principle of Shiva, and ‘resting in its own nature’ in a divine embrace before they can disappear. You might say we must pass through the many lessons of both genders before we can step outside of the seemingly endless cycle of Samsara. The divine union can also be seen as the fullest expression of creativity… As we know, it is this and only this that leads to the miracle of the conception of life, and it can be viewed like a bridge between the two polarities; an integration of raw energies. It is through this transcendence of dualities, much like the transcendence of the elements and matter in the previous syllable, that we find divine love and true self. The act of blossoming requires compassion, the liberation of the heart to pierce through the illusion of perception and the cycle of dualities; man and woman, night and day, life and death. For only then will all disappear and reunite with the Whole. HUM If OM is ascent to universality and a statement to say ‘come and get me!’, then HUM is the journey back down. One cannot be without the other; if OM is like the sun, then HUM is like the soil, a deeper experience and a completion of the cycle. ‘In the OM we open ourselves, in the HUM we give ourselves. OM is the door to knowledge,
HUM is the door to the realization of this knowledge in life. HUM is a sacrificial sound.’ It’s like the traveling of energies through the various chakras, though, in this instance, the energy travels to the heavens and back down again through the various channels in the body like lightning does when reconnecting with and being reabsorbed back into the earth. The yoga of inner fire in the seed syllable HUM can be represented by the symbol of the flame and transfiguration. But according to Tibetan Mysticism it is not the root chakra where the final part of the mantra vibrates and eventually tails off, but the heart, the centre of giving and love, where the first expressions of the Bodhisattva resound. HUM can also be likened to the Christian ‘Amen’, or other declarations of affirmation and has much more to do with Dakinis and the mandala of the knowledge-holding deities… All too lengthy a subject to go in to here. Needless to say HUM is the finishing line, that which vibrates out our intention to the universe before calling it back in for another round.
OM has Vibration, that is traditionally chanted at the beginning and end of yoga sessions. Coming from Hinduism and Yoga, the mantra is considered to have high spiritual and creative power but despite this, it is a mantra that can be recited by anyone. It’s both a sound and a symbol rich in meaning and depth and when pronounced correctly it is actually AUM.
Aum actually consists of four syllables: A, U, M, and the silent syllable.
The first syllable is A, pronounced as a prolonged "awe." The sound starts at the back of your throat and you stretch it out. You will start feeling your solar plexus and chest vibrating.
The second syllable is U, pronounced as a prolonged “oo,” with the sound gradually rolling forward along your upper palate. You'll feel your throat vibrate.
The third syllable is M, pronounced as a prolonged “mmmm” with your front teeth gently touching. You will now start to feel the top of your vibrate.
The last syllable is the deep silence of the Infinite. As intelligence rises from the deep silence, you have to merge your chant from the ‘M’ to the deep silence.
Symbolically the three letters embody the divine energy (Shakti) and it’s 3 main characteristics: (1) creation, (2) preservation and (3) liberation.
Why do we chant it?
Everything in the universe is pulsating and vibrating – nothing is really standing still! The sound Om, when chanted, vibrates at the frequency of 432 Hz, which is the same vibrational frequency found throughout everything in nature.
As such AUM is the basic sound of the universe; so by chanting it we are symbolically and physically tuning in to that sound and acknowledging our connection to all other living beings, nature and the universe.
In addition the vibrations and rhythmic pronunciation also have a physical affect on the body by slowing down the nervous system and calming the mind similar to meditation. When the mind is relaxed, your blood pressure decreases and ultimately the health of your heart improves.
Finally it is also a way to delineate the time of our practice from the rest of our day and signify that this is a special time in which to care for ourselves and practice being mindful
PENTAGRAM- Ancient time symbol of life. Representation,of earth,air,water,fire joining with spirit to create life. The wearing of the pentagram is mostly for protection and good health. If you hadn't noticed the average teaching of how to draw a star is actually a pentagram.
APPLES- When you cut an apple cross wise you can actually see,it reveals mother earths,own natural pentagram. Both of these are symbols of life.Protection of the pentagram is invoked in one way,by using the pentagram to draw out the sign of the cross. Beginning with the breast, with the right hand to the forehead,right breast,left shoulder,right shoulder,and back at the breast on the left.
This completes a cycle. The end is the beginning as the beginning is the end.
This is a gate-less sign of protection. Also this was used way before Christians decided to use a four pointed cross to cross themselves.
DOUBLE PENTAGRAM- Represents the five stages of life for a woman's life. Birth,monarch,maternity,menopause ,and death. Double design it has represents,also her arms woven and inter-threaded, around this. This representation is of heaven and earth as one.
RINGED PENTAGRAM- Is representative of the male and female woven together as one to create perfect balance. This is considered harmonieous,and is still mystic in itself.
AIR- Represents the breath of life. It is also a male bridge between mind and body. You are considered restored to your original self with each breathe you take. Hope is a rest,dependent on breathing in breath. Air is also revered the life of spirit.
EARTH- She is revered as the heart beat. She also represents the circle of life. [east,south,west,and north]. Life is as below as it is above. This represents,equality,earth should be honored not ever wasted.She represents being responsible to care for someone other then yourself.
Fire- Is considered the heart of all of the people. Fire offers cleansing,and renewal. It's believed out of ashes comes new belief and ideas. Fire provides the glow that creates the color spectrum.
Such as candles sparkles ,and colors. Fire is revered by witches for the brightness,as to be their beacons.Smoke from fire carries our wishes and or prayers to our ancestors for us considered apart of love,passion,and rebirth. Fire is also deemed the eternal witness,in ceremonies too. The only request of fire is to not be misused.
PLANTS- Symbolized for most transformation. This is for one reason because they can be used for healing and of use to us in all other ways. Roots equal past,Trunks equal and represent life force in general. Branches are representative of goals. Fruits and flowers,are used to represent completion of the goal.
WATER- Revered for cleansing the soul.When rain falls it is thought to be cleansing the earth,and purifying the land. When air breathes we as people live to breath another day. As water oxygenates,individual for the air. Examples,lakes rivers streams, seas , oceans,brooks,lagoons ,wetlands,waterfalls ,and water sheds. Is revered liquid magic. Clean soothing ,and clear. Ice ,snow ,sleet,darkness,thickness,waves and motions. Water is revered female. mist fog clouds. Water shapes the world ,and the body within it. Water is honored,This is the reason it is said that we will never thirst for life and love ,it is a given. Water has its own spirit,this is why tears cleanse our souls.
ALL SEEING EYE- Representative of ,spirituality,sight,inner-vision, and higher knowledge.
THE OLD BELIEF IS THAT THIS WOULD CAST EVIL OR CURSE,OR BAD LUCK ,OR EVEN LOSS POSSIBLE DEATH ON YOU. The all seeing eye is a distortion,of the omniscient. Now days Wiccans for the most revere it to protect against evil or other bad magic or curses.
ALCHEMY- The simple 17th century sign revered as the combing of the geometric shape.
Elemental symbols ,and astrological signs. Each part represents the magical elements,and any foreseeing needed for magic work. In a quest for immortality,and spiritual elimination. This is rooted form the magic called kabbala.
ANARCHY- Too many Satanist,and faster growing darker occults groups. This is a representation of some of these groups slogans. " DO WHAT THAT WILT", It represents ASMODEOUS a demonic force,that drives people ,mostly young teens, to perversions or suicide. So this is believed by some.
AMULET- Magic charm,anything to ward off bad luck or evil . Illnesses and even wards against accidents if done right. Some amulets if made correctly can ward off other ill intended witches.
ANKH- A symbol of an Egyptian cross representing eternal life.life giving power of the sun and rebirth.
ANGELS- Representation,of good and evil ,through out the world, do to the angel ,and fallen angel beliefs. Different faiths,beliefs,paths,and occults,their angels and beliefs and what they look like differ for each variation in choice of belief.
ARROWS-Is a symbol,of the archer. Part of the zodiac. History shows its representation of ,war,power,rays of the sun, swiftness, and knowledge. Deities,like the Greek god,APOLLO,
The goddess ARTEMIS. Hindu believe it to be part of the symbol of the weather god for them.
Also associated with the god of sexual attraction EROS,cupid,Roman god KAMA. Cheyenne warriors revered it as a sacred medicine arrow as a symbol of male power. Arrows held by a skeleton,are revered to the majestic to point out death or even disease, or both. Most of the time these days they are more so used to point out a desired destination.
CHRYSTAL BALLS- Mostly used for the purpose of divination in magic. When used correct. Also known for fortune telling,scrying,and clairvoyance. When heavy crystal balls became expensive,witches,started using glass ball fishing floats. colored glass balls,and even for some mirrors. that have been cast to be magic. Some even say they use crystal balls to do psychic readings with them.
BAT-In the east this symbol is revered for good fortune. Mid-evil times revered it to be a symbol of evil,demons,and spirits.
BELL WITCH SYMBOL- Five points combined,symbol with a triangle as the central part facing down.
5 lines resemble a man with arms outstretched,and legs. Outstretched within a sacred or private circle. A pentagram is usually in the back ground. This is a mid-evil charm used by wizards and alchemist.
BUTTERFLY-For Christians,this is a reminder of transformation that takes place,through what they revere gods redemption. To pagans its mythical meaning is as being linked to the soul of the deceased,awaiting and looking for reincarnation.
SACRED BULL- Mostly revered as an Egyptians,idol. This being one of the manifestations of what they revere god. Meaning for being revived. We have chosen a smaller bull with horns,resembling a crescent moon,which is revered for the meaning divine. light/dark,sun/moon,life/death,and male/female.
CADUCEUOS- This word means staff of Hermes. The symbol dates back all the way to the Greek god Hermes.[messenger to god]. To Romans,he is revered mercury. To divine natural healers this is related to the energy center [ckakras]. The two serpents wrapped around the staff stands for negative and positive the same as equal.
CHAOS- Self taught occult,as a newly teaching is ,as meant the opposite of order. Since this belief in this symbol,changes everything. There is only a quest for pleasure for them left behind.An 8 pointed star,represents many directions of chaos. There are ways to follow this occultist belief. they warship angels/demons.
CIRCLE-Universal and ancient,this is a symbol of unity.wholeness. infinity of the goddess,the circle is considered female of power of the sun. To most pagans this represents the powerful force of feminine spirit. Also the cosmos. Spiritualist. Mother earth,and symbolizes sacred space.
CIRCUMPUNCT- This is a circle with a dot. This represents a sun god ,first payed homage to in Egypt,it was made of gold. It is also revered to show the emotional state of free masons. Also goes for the creative spark of divine consciousness within people. It has has also represented the universal joining of man of universal gods. [in that belief or path it makes everyone in the world co creators.]. In Hinduism ,and Buddhism,the Bindi [dot] represents [male force]. Together the circle and the bindi dot joined together,represents the joining of male and female forces together.
CIRCLED QUARTERS- Sacred circle,filled with a cross,in the center. Four equal parts,separated by one line,stemming from the center[this represent,north,east ,south and west]. To the spirits.
Also known as the basic elements. EARTH ,AIR WATER ,AND FIRE. Natives believe this is the basic line that represents their sacred medicine wheel. For them this plays a major role in their spiritual,rituals. Many tradition pagans consider it their main symbol,for transformation of the goddess's energy. Churches even use a variation of it they call it the Celtic cross.
CRESCENT MOON-Is a symbolism of the croan,an aging goddess.From victory over death is the belief of most moslomic people.
DRAGON- A mythical creature,believed to be made form many different animals. Animals such as serpents,lions,lizards,and birds,to name a few. All these animals combined are what is said to make this creature up. From being said to have more then one head all the way to breathing fire.To mid-evil Europe they where thought to be evil,and dangerous. Most eastern Asians believe,dragons to keep them and others safe from evil spirits. Some beliefs try to say a dragon represents,Lucifer,and his evil.
DREAM-CATCHERS- American Indians,magic spider web ,inside a sacred circle,always hung on over beds.Native Americans,believe the symbol,allows good dreams in and keeps bad ones out.
ELEMENTS-Four basics pagans believe,those to be earth,air,water,fire These first two are considered passive feminine. The second two are considered active ,masculine. In Wicca and native American cultures,The quarter wheel is representative of the medicine wheel. Sacred places ,and sacred earth ,both cultures agree on this.both pagan and native American. The four lines represent the elements. earth,air,water,and fire. It also represents the spirits of the elements.
EVIL EYE- Symbol of a fabled dreadful curse,that was said to cause,bad luck,loss, and even death.
In many cultures in this world ,this is revered a very scary symbol. The symbol shape varies through out each culture. Pagans present day for most revere the evil eye as a way to protect against evil,or bad intent. Also that it is believed to ward off evil spirits ,and hold bad curses at bay.