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Free Meditation

A free meditation for the enhancement of human connection.

Meditation, peace and calm.

Meditation, peace and calm.

Meditation

Meditation is a beautiful practice. It can do so many things for the person. There are many reasons to learn to meditate. Meditation can be used for the enhancement of health, emotional balance and life awareness amongst other things. In the West we do not have a culture of teaching or appreciating this beneficial practice. We are largely skeptical and suspicious of it. We often view it as something a bit wacky and “out there. It is something that is not commonly of our culture and seen as a bit pagan even. It is none of those things as it is a very useful tool. I am a meditation teacher and a Hypnotherapist amongst other things and it surprises and saddens me when I come across these views of meditation or even Hypnotherapy. Meditation and Hypnotherapy are very similar practices. They both employ deep relaxation of the person for the enhancement of health and well-being.

We can all meditate as we all go through the place of meditation each time we go to sleep. So we can all do it. People over think what is needed and put a lot of does and don’ts on the practise of it and often make it too complicated. They also try to analyse the process whilst doing it and that should not be done. That will make the process very difficult.  Keep it simple and know that it is just deep relaxation without going to sleep.

 

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Before starting to meditate find a safe and comfortable place. You do not have to adopt any kind of complicated posture. Just sit or lay comfortably in a chair, on the floor on a bed.

Go down into relaxation breathe deeply to a pattern of three. So breath in 1, 2, 3 hold he breath 1, 2, 3 and slowly breathe out 1, 2, 3. Keep doing that until you are very deeply relaxed and then follow the instructions on the meditation. May I suggest you record the instructions in real time on a voice recorder and then listen to it? You have to allow yourself time to go down into relaxation and that generally will take ten minutes. Talk yourself into relaxing by saying things like relax your feet, your legs, your arms etc. Take your time and realise that it will take you time to gain a deep relaxation. You could practice on a friend first before recording to see how long it takes you to get them to relax. They key to relaxation is the breath.

Make sure you do not listen to the recording whilst driving as you will be going off to sleep and that will be dangerous to do. This may seem like the obvious but you will be surprised how many of my students and clients say “oh I can listen to this in the car.” No you can’t.

If you need further instruction on meditation then purchase Nourish the Flame Within and it will give you more instruction on it.

 

Universal connection through this meditation

This meditation does what it says and it will help to change the person’s outlook.  They only have to do the meditation a  few times. Even just doing it once will change a person to a degree. It connects you to the universal forces and just by doing this meditation those forces will balance the person and they will gain an enhanced perspective on connection as this meditation is for that purpose.

 

Teaching

If you are a meditation teacher and have violent or aggressive pupils this maybe a meditation to give them as it should have a calming effect on them. Any one of that imbalanced state should gain great benefit from this meditation. It is also good for anyone who just wants to enhance their connection to others. This meditation helps the person to feel others on a deeper level that they do at present. This is the meditation to do to enhance connection to the rest of the human race. There are many reasons to want that. To be more in tune with the rest of the human race as a collective or people as individuals can only be a good thing. Anyone dealing with people on a collective or one to one basis will gain great insight and benefit from this meditation. That has to be just about all of us. The insights may take many forms and will be individual to the individual doing the meditation. This meditation connects you to everyone. Well that is not strictly true as you are already connected, what this meditation does it give you deep insight into that connection on a intellectual and energetic level.

 

The Meditation has been taken from, “Nourish the flame within: a guide to connecting to the human soul for Reiki, Marital arts and Life.”142600546

 

 

 

 

Meditation 2: Connecting into Others and Knowing their Needs.

  1. Take yourself down into relaxation. Now take many shallow slow breaths.

Concentrate on the rhythm of your breathing. Know your own breath pattern. Listen to the rhythm of your own breath. Feel the calmness feel the beauty of each breath.

 

Know you are an individual.

Know that you are not separate.

Know that you have connection to others of your kind.

You are human and of the human kind.

Know that you have brothers.

Know that you have sisters.

Know that you are one of many.

Know that you are not alone.

 

  1. Now bring white light energy into your body. Bring in the source. Ask for the hand of God to guide you. Connect to all that there is.

 

Send out the vibration of healing. Know that it is in your power to do so. Send out to your brothers and sisters. Understand their needs.

 

As they hurt, so do you.

As they bleed, so do you.

Send out the ray of compassion; send out the ray of love.

 

Bring your attention to your own body. Now connect your spirit to others.

Understand that you are one of many.

Understand that you are connected at source.

This is universal law. This is universal truth.

 

Now send out the vibration of connection. You know this connection on a soul level. Send it out, and stay aware and connected. Walk with your brothers as one.

 

From this moment on, understand all that is.

Understand you bleed as they do.

Understand you are one of many and walk together as one.

 

  1. Now feel the thread of connection and hold in that place for ten minutes.

Now let the connection slowly diminish. However, always hold this knowledge.

 

This meditation changes you for all time.

Come back to the here and the now.

 

This meditation is taken from Nourish the Flame Within and may not be transmitted, stored or retrieved unless with written permission of the authors Lynette Avis and David Brown.

© Lynette Avis and David Brown

 

Nourish the Flame Within

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:A Guide to Connecting to the Human Soul for Reiki, Martial Arts and Life

By Lynette Avis and David Brown

 

 

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Energy

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Some of our readers have told us that they do not understand the connection we are making in some of our blogs regarding energy. So we have decided to write a series on energy specifically to address this oversight.

In “Nourish the Flame Within”, our first book, we explain energy and how we are defining energy. Both David Brown and I understand that not all of our readers will have read our book. As a bit of transparent self-promotion, we would encourage you to buy a copy of Nourish the Flame Within, which will give you a strong picture of how energy relates to our work.

Both David’s thoughts and my own as well as those of science itself are continually developing and so we invite you to please read our up and coming blogs on the subject to fill you in.

As you may or may not be aware, I am not a scientist. I am an artist, a holistic therapist and a spirit medium. So my way of explaining this is not entirely scientific. It’s more general. So I am going to give you a sort of over view from my point of view.

David is going to write some more detailed and scientific- based blogs to fill you in on the whole subject and I am going to write from a more holistic/spiritual angle.

Before we start I will have to tell you that I can understand the confusion as this is a subject that stirs the emotions in many people and some people just don’t get it at all. I teach this subject from many angles. I teach people who wish to be spirit mediums and also holistic healers. Some come because they are confused or curious also. So I have to get this information across to them quite quickly so that they can go forward with their development and understanding.

I have developed my own way of doing that. A student of mine who is a trained engineer said to me recently that the most important lesson that I teach is the very first. In that lesson I say these words “Everything is energy “, to my students. That is indeed how I start. It is a very important fact to grasp. It is the first point to grasp. I have never had a lesson given to me that opens in that way.

 

So number 1: Everything is energy.

David Brown said to me that everything is not made of energy it is energy. This is what science tells us about the world and universe in which we live. We too are energy as we are part of everything. The reason that this is important is because everything is the same basic ingredient. Everything is just variations of it. When you are an energy healer this is a very useful piece of information. So too if you are an aspiring medium, it opens your understanding of the world.

Most people including myself in the past view the world as a solid experience. That is one of life’s illusions. Nothing is solid at all. The totality of the universe is energy too. It is everything, as far as we know. Although I suspect, as many scientists do too, there is more beyond our universe. There may even be many universes, and if there are, they too are energy. Yours thoughts are energy, what you say is energy, your body is energy, your actions are energy. Your home is energy. Your relationships are energy interactions. The kitchen sink is energy, so is what you eat, drink and sleep on. It is all energy.

 

Number 2: Energy interacts with energy.

The next important point to grasp is that energy interacts with energy. David will give you a lovely scientific explanation on this point. Every point in the universe interacts with every other point. That includes you. You are interacting with various aspects of the universe. You take vitamins from the sun and the sun is part of the universe. You take food and sustenance from the earth and you live on the earth and that too is part of the universe. You interact with other people and they too are part of the universe. This describes a very basic level of interaction that we have and everyone would indeed agree with me here. However there is a deeper and more profound level of interaction that we all have with the universe.

The Earth is part of the universe and is in no way separate from it. Because we are part of the universe albeit a small part of it, we have influence upon it as we interact with it. We are currently destroying our home the Earth. We are very efficient at that and if we complete that task something in the universe will change. Our influence upon the universe will be no more. We have influence on the earth. We too are living energy.

Science tells us that we are not the only universe and that there is a great possibility that there are others. Esoteric people have throughout time said that they communicate with another place. This other place is energy too (I would think). These parallel universes interact with our own universe, it would be reasonable to suppose. Once again we have energy interacting with energy.

Let’s step back from that possibility and stay on the earth for now. Human beings are energy and we know that science tells us so. Human beings interact with all life on the earth. They interact with plant, mineral and animal alike. We are dependent on each other and the rest of life on earth to maintain the living experience on the earth. There is an energy exchange happening. Human beings contribute to that energy exchange in many ways as we have already discussed. Our energy exchange is not the best at the present as it is sending other life out of balance. Our relationships with each other are an energy exchange. Even things we do with each other or to each other are an energy exchange, good or bad. Everything is energy.

 

Number 3: All energy changes.

You change and the earth changes and so too the universe as a totality changes also. We add to that change of the universe. We are having both an interaction with the universe and an exchange of energy. Our thoughts go out into the universe as our energy. Now what is a thought worth?

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Well think of something loving, and then think of something nasty. There is your answer: Positive and negative. Both will have an influence on you. The positive will be light and uplifting and the negative will be heavy and draining. Your thoughts are an energy interaction both with yourself and the wider world. Your thoughts have impact on your body and emotions. Your emotions will have an influence on the emotions of others as do your thoughts.

 

Number 4: Energy Vibrations are all around us.

Sound has been used as a powerful and effective tool for helping to improve health and well- being for thousands of years.

Sound has been used as a powerful and effective tool for helping to improve health and well- being for thousands of years.

Thoughts are vibrations, as is speech, light and colour. Colour is an aspect of light. We see light as colour and are affected by it, emotionally, physically and mentally. Sound affects us too. It affects us on a vibrational level both emotionally and physically. Every atom in our body is vibrating and each of us both individually and collectively is sending out a vibration. On an individual level we send out a personal vibration that belongs to us, it is “us”. There is a base to that vibration that solely belongs to the individual. However that base is ever changing and being influenced by everything that the person thinks does and says.

We are vibrating and so therefore are a vibration ourselves.

 

Number 5: There are many layers of energy.

There are many layers of energy within the universe, the earth and us. The interactions that we have with these layers of energy are not always apparent to our conscious thought. A great deal happens on a moment to moment basis that we are not consciously aware of. We cannot take account of every piece of information that comes in our direction and process it consciously as we would never go forward and get through our day. Most of the information that is available to us for our living experience is in the background of our life. We do not need to analyse it or think about it to live and go forward, so we don’t. There are processes within us and outside of us that we are interacting with and which interact with us. We do not either consciously know it or need to know it. However they are there and are therefore part of us, our life and living experience.

I teach people how to feel the energy around them on a conscious level. I teach them to feel the many layers of energy that exists around them. Until we look in the direction of these energy layers we don’t necessarily notice there existence. They are in the back ground of life.

There is earth energy, celestial energy and other energy layers that will tap into us whether we wish for it or not. Some of these energy layers are balancing to us and some are draining to us.

 

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There is so much in our world that we do not look closely at or question a little more deeply. These five points build the tapestry that is the complex and wonderful experience of life and the universe. To understand them is to develop a deeper appreciation of the workings of nature and the universe and our place in it, as well as our effect on nature and the myriad ways in which nature influences us. Often we dismiss much as irrelevant to our lives and well-being. Sometimes it is those things that are affecting us positively or negatively that we dismiss as irrelevant. How can they be so?

If we look a little more closely at that which is around us and which may seem ordinary, we may find the extraordinary!

Christmas Spirit

Intuitively we understand that light is good.  When we unite under the banner of light we are stronger.

Intuitively we understand that light is good. When we unite under the banner of light we are stronger.

What is the Christmas Spirit? Though Christmas is a Christian holiday, I believe there is a universal message that all people, Christian and non- Christian alike, can learn.  If we can get beyond the attachment of “my” religion, there are many beautiful messages to be shared throughout the religions, cultures and traditions of the world.  In fact, the Christmas message is so universal, that it appears time and again in religions and even in popular culture.

So what is this message?  Throughout history, humans have struggled with the balance of good and evil: corruption versus compassion; greed in conflict with generosity; arrogance and humility; love and apathy; hatred and tranquillity and; self- doubt compared to empowerment.  So often, we chose the dark side of our character even though it brings pain to us and our loved ones.  The message of Christmas is to choose the light, not just the light side of our character, but the light side of the universe, the forces that compel us to do good, to be the best of ourselves and to live beyond our petty fears and concerns and move into a greater future.

My understanding of the Christmas message is that Jesus was sent to show humanity the way towards the Light of God.  It is the story of the battle between light and darkness, good and evil that has been told the world over and across time.  Many cultures have stories in their traditions that represent this archetypal struggle:  The Jews have the story of Hanukkah (The Festival of Light);  The Hindus celebrate Diwali (the festival of lights) which spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair; Charles Dickens writes about it in A Christmas Carol with the lessons to Scrooge from the ghosts of Christmas’ past, present and future; George Lucas deals with it in the story of the Jedi and the Sith in the Star Wars Series and; JK Rowling discusses it in the Harry Potter books with the wizards of light fighting the dark wizard Voldemorte and his Death- Eaters.

The context of Jesus’ story is set in Roman Palestine and Jesus tried to preach a better path away from the corruption of the Jewish priests and the Roman politicians.  The story of Hanukkah, set centuries before highlighted the suppression by the Greeks of the Jewish way of life and yet somehow, despite the Greeks’ best efforts, that way of life could not be quashed.  In both stories, a greater force was sent to change the status quo, to show people that there is a force greater than them nurturing the Path of Truth, the Universal message.  The acts are often depicted as miracles: the star that led the three Kings to the baby Jesus and; the one day’s worth of oil to burn the ever- lasting light (that represents God’s presence) in the Jewish Temple that lasted for eight days.  May be they are in fact universal forces that show us we live in a supporting universe of love?

This spiritual message is important.  I think it is significant that it is often represented by light and the use of candles (Christmas and Hanukkah) and Fireworks (Diwali).  Intuitively we understand that light is good.  We must make a stand against the darkness and that when we unite under the banner of light we are stronger.  That light is an internal force, a flame burning within that is the human spirit.  It is also an external force, from beyond our self, from the universe itself, nurturing and nourishing our inner flame.  The religious festivals and cultural stories remind us of this wonderful universal spirit of giving and sharing that we all enjoy.  A plethora of Christmas movies that celebrate the Christmas spirit often make us feel warm and empowered to do our best good.  To embrace the light and its significance is a message to be held as a way of life.  The light never to be forgotten, forever nurtured.

Giving the Christmas Message

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 Seasons Greetings,

Christmas is more than a time of giving.  We all rush around in a mad frenzy choosing and buying gifts for our family and friends for the big day.

It is the time of year that retailers love the most as they do the majority of their business at Christmas. Each year retailers wait with baited breath, as the last sales are totalled. They have sweat on their brow, I am sure of it, whilst they wait to know if sales are up or down. Each year we all get to hear via the media how well or badly the retailers have done.  I am not sure why we should care and especially at Christmas. For retailers Christmas is first and foremost about sales and profit.

I wonder too what Christmas means to the average person as Christ is inched out of his own birthday bit by bit. Some schools are now changing their practise on the nativity and have removed the play from their Christmas activity. Also, some schools have now changed what they call Christmas and are calling it the winter festival instead of Christmas. I feel if that is the case let’s just get rid of the whole thing altogether. If we are not celebrating the birth of Christ, what are we celebrating exactly?

How can Christ be a bad thing? This was a child that was born a special person. Some people are born to be special. Others have to work and become special. Surely if nothing else we should celebrate the specialness. Three wise kings came to celebrate Jesus’s birth. They brought him three gifts. They gave him gold to symbolise his high status, even thought he was of a humble human family. Gold is a special and precious metal given to special people or for special occasions. This was given to him to honour what was special in him.

The second gift that was given to Christ was frankincense. Frankincense is an interesting substance that has been traditionally used for spiritual ceremonies in religion and spiritual practices. It is an aromatic resin. This resin comes from the Boswellia tree.  This resin has a particular and pleasant smell. It smells quite sweet and a little bit musty at the same time. This gift signified the spiritual nature of the child and the special spiritual gift which was his teaching and special message that he would give to the world of man.

The third gift that the kings brought to the Baby Jesus was Myrrh. This too is a resin derived from a tree. This comes from the Commiphora myrrh tree. This substance was traditionally used by people to prepare the dead for burial. This gift signified Jesus’s short life and premature death. The kings were saying this child is special and he would do good work for the world and only have a very short life. The fact that these wise kings travelled far to honour the baby Jesus and brought such well thought out gifts is the reason we give gifts at Christmas. The birth of this special person and what he went onto achieve is the reason we have celebrated Christmas for about two thousand years. I am not sure what will be left if we take Christ out of Christ’s own mass.

Each year at this time we all give and receive gifts. How many of us give gifts as a celebration of Christ’s birth and life? How many of us concern ourselves with the true reason we are celebrating at this time of year? Or is it just that we are all full of the expectation of the material gain, as well as the spirits that we will consume? Is that more important to most of us? Maybe I am getting old and cynical.  Spiritual sustenance is like bread for the body. Good eating and good nutrition. Christ had a spiritual message to enhance our spiritual well-being. Perhaps we should all take a little time out from the mistletoe and wine and reflect inwardly to nourish our flame within. Seems like the most appropriate time of year to do so to me.

I wish you a happy Christmas and the best ever New Year, and would like to thank everyone who has been reading our blogs and supporting our work over the past two years and for being so fab.

Have a great Christmas and don’t consume too many spirits. Stay safe.

Lynette.

 

Life on Life’s Terms

Sometimes you lead, sometimes life leads- this is the balance to the dance of life

Sometimes you lead, sometimes life leads- this is the balance to the dance of life

Many of us wish to live life on our terms.  We like to feel we are in control and that we are calling the shots.  Life experience tells me this may not be the only way to live.  Like all things in life, nothing ever flows one way.  Even a river has sections where the water flows up- stream and eddies swirl.  Our relationship with life is a two- way process.  It is not just about what you want, for there are terms and conditions to the life you have and the life you want.  In life, to have “X” you also have to have “Y”, the two go hand in hand.  It is the law of balance.  It is the law of the universe.

You start by stating your intention, and then the universe starts to work to make that intention a reality.  So what does that actually mean?

Well, experience tells me that growth is required. If you are to enter this new phase in your life you have to grow to allow it to happen.  If you want to earn more money, you have to grow to be able to earn that money.  If you want to attract different people into your life you have to grow and explore new areas of life and yourself.  Then the choice is back to you.  Will you grow in that direction?  Will you face the challenge?  If so the balance equation begins to shift and the balance in your life changes.

Life’s demands mean that you live on life’s terms, which has always been the way.  Life on your terms gives the illusion of security and certainty.  Life on life’s terms gives the impression that you are not in control.  I would say that both views are an illusion.  In truth it is a dance.  You and life choreograph the life dance together and so you must learn to trust.

You must trust yourself for there are times when you must lead.  And you must learn to trust life, for sometimes life will lead and you must trust that life has your best interests at heart.  Otherwise you will resist and the dance becomes a tense and stressful thing.

We all go through periods when we struggle to trust.  You feel alone and isolated which is a separation you have created.  You have stepped away from life.  Life continues to dance with or without its partner, tempting you in, encouraging you to step back in and embrace the most beautiful dance partner you could possibly imagine.  So dance with life, my friend, enjoy its beauty and flow and challenging steps.

And when your trust is complete you will know that there is a support network around you to guide and protect you, just like the bird that trusts there will be air beneath its wing or the new born trusts there will be milk from its mother.  The universe will provide all that you need, just not necessarily what you were expecting…… but that is a whole other topic!

Enjoy the little things

Enjoy_the_little_things_photoI watched a movie the other day set in England during World War 2. Two men are discussing the possible outcomes of the war when one of them says “no matter how long it lasts nothing will ever be the same again. We will be changed forever because of this war.”

Now don’t worry, I am not going to go on about war and it’s horrors, though there is no doubt the outcome of war changes our lives beyond measure.

I am looking at a broader perspective. I am asking “How do the moments of life change us and help us experience and grow?”  Reflection and contemplation are the keys I believe. To allow an event into our being so that it effects us. Through interacting with the original event we transform the energy into something new and in turn we are transformed.

This is the nature of growth and evolution. Every movie I watch, each conversation I have I try to take something away that I can work with and transform that idea into something new and in turn growing myself, transforming my thoughts and energy to create a new self- slightly wiser and more experienced than before.

What a gift to be able to give yourself and what a way to be able to be thankful for all the little moments in your life that might otherwise pass you by.

No ones Perfect

509075791Perfection, what a perfect word! If you say it, it seems to roll off the tongue so nicely. It has an ease. We could say it has its own perfect vibration.

My father asked me

To be perfect- what does that really mean? Is it achievable? When I went to school perfection was encouraged. I did not understand why it was encouraged. It all just seemed to be taxing and challenging to me. To be honest as a child I could just not be bothered to deal with the subject of perfection. At that time in my life I was happy with whatever was the easiest option for me. I wanted an easy life. Why run harder and faster. That only puts a strain on the body. I hated sports with a passion. One day whilst watching Tennis my father posed the question to me. What sport do you like? It was not posed as a question but as a statement.  I asked him, what do you mean?  He said to me, you don’t like any.

I hated sport

This was true enough. I did not like doing them or watching them or even hearing about them. It was all hard work to me and therefore totally unenjoyable. Now as an adult I think what a waste. Also what a huge lesson I have learnt in life. With effort comes perfection. With hard work comes self-satisfaction and learning. These are some of the pieces of gold that life has to offer. It took me until my late teens and early twenties to understand the power of work and effort.

Work oh no

What I did not realise about work was this, that it is through work of any kind that we have an opportunity for perfection. Every time we engage with it we have an opportunity to perfect a skill, an interaction or production of something, either within ourselves or outside of ourselves.

It is not just about money but more than that. It is the perfection of the self through time, effort and experience. It is the nourishment of the self that leads to perfection. Perfection is something that we can all strive for but in reality is not achievable. We gain from the pursuit of perfection the rewards that are there to be had not from the attainment of perfection.

Perfection is not possible

Attainment of perfection is not possible, as people perceive perfection differently even though they may be observing the same circumstances. Perfection is subjective, and even if it is agreed upon by many at a particular time, the goal post will always change, both inside and outside of the self. So by who’s definition is perfection perfect anyway? The purpose of striving for perfection is to gain experience. The masters of music, art, dance, acting and sport have a depth and breadth of experience that allows them to get close to that pinnacle of perfection and they may even touch the summit, for a moment, and then it is gone.

If I had run around and pursued a life of sport I would have had a positive outcome no matter how much or little I put into it. Or how much or little of it I did, as it has its own rewards. I would have improved my physical fitness and maybe gained some increased self-esteem perhaps.

I spent my time drawing and painting instead and still gained a lot from that. So in reality I gained anyway. I just gained from something other than sport. I had my own vehicle for seeking perfection.

 

The Power of the Crowd

The Power of the Crowd creates an atmosphere all its own

The Power of the Crowd creates an atmosphere all its own

What an incredible summer of sport 2014 has been.  The World Cup in Brazil, Wimbolden and The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.  The highs and lows, the passion and excitement and the power that the spectators feel as they become drawn into the competition as the event unfolds.  Nowhere was this talked about more than during the athletics at the London Olympic Games in 2012, when all the members of Team GB spoke about the power of the crowd cheering them on towards unprecedented success, particularly during Super Saturday, August 4th, when Jess Ennis, Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah all got Gold Medals.

So what is this power of the crowd?  How is it that so many people can be drawn into such excitement, that can help raise the performance of the athletes themselves?  It does not just affect the people at the venue, but also the folk watching on TV, even around the globe.

Fascinating research at The Global Consciousness Project (http://noosphere.princeton.edu/) may have the answer.  Based at The Institute of Noetic Sciences at Princeton, it studies the effects of group dynamics on random number generators (RNGs).  Put simply, these RNGs flip coins thousands of times a second and store the results- either heads or tails.  Left alone and over many repetitions these RNGs will produce a ratio of 50- 50 (half heads and half tails).  But this random behaviour can be affected by people thinking more about heads or tails.

The research started with individuals, but later they tried it with small groups of people, and found that those groups who shared bonds, such as couples, siblings and long- term friends, influenced the machines more dramatically than those that did not share those bonds or individuals.  Over many years, the project has found significant effects on RNGs by groups of people who are in some way in synchrony and therefore powerfully connected through their conscious attention.  What brings about this synchronous behaviour can range from local effects at opera and classical music events, to global effects seen at the OJ Simpson trial and Lady Diana Spencer’s funeral.  It appears to suggest that humans have the ability to synchronise and increase the effect of their collective focus.

Perhaps that is what happens at some incredible sporting events such as Super Saturday.  Certainly there was a collective excitement at The Wimbolden Men’s Final in 2014 that may have helped to spur the players on to greater endurance and performance.

Science tells us there are fields of energy that we can tap into.  As a result, we can be influenced by these fields and in turn can affect them.  It is a two- way process that means our presence has an impact on the environments we are in.  It is a complex interaction, but what is clear is that it can become very potent when people are thinking in a synchronous manner.  In negative situations, perhaps this collective affect has been shown in Nazi Germany in the 1930s and 1940s and in Rwanda in the 1990s.  In sport, this affect often shows itself in a very positive light, bringing out the best of people, not just in their sporting performance, but in their behaviour and good will towards their fellow men.  The power of the mind is great and the power of the collective mind appears to be greater still.

Flickering Universe

At its most basic level the universe flickers in and out of existence

At its most basic level the universe flickers in and out of existence

Nature is forever changing.  The wind blows moving the trees and the clouds.   The sun and moon move across the sky.  The seasons change.  Our hair grows longer, we learn and age, relationships are born and develop, society evolves and there is an endlessly changing face to technology, industry, science and politics.  No two days are the same.

When we look at the science of this, we understand that things develop around a balance point.  Nature is well-balanced, and tips out of balance, creating the need to bring things back into equilibrium.  In doing this, Nature elicits change, the balance point shifting subtly.  We call this shift, Evolution.  The changing nature of one thing requires the adaptation of another, moving our world forward and keeping it in balance.  Each balancing point is a relationship, like a see- saw, and the experience of that relationship is the interplay of forces around that point.  Tolerance to imbalance is built-in to Nature, is indeed essential, otherwise things could never evolve.  In nature’s complexity, there are so many ways in which balance can be affected, that it is easier to look at nature as a network of interacting elements that stays in balance as a whole.  No individual relationship acts in isolation.  Nothing is disconnected from the whole.

No matter how close you look at nature, you always see these relationships.  Go right down to the smallest sub-atomic particles of the universe, and we see that things are a dance between their imbalance and equilibrium.  Sub-atom particles are not static things.  They have a tendency to change.  Inexplicably and spontaneously, they flicker in and out of existence and alter, and always in relation to a balance point (this balance point scientists call the conservation law of mass- energy).  Every relationship in nature is built on this flickering instability that actually goes to create our changing, evolving world.

These dynamic relationships affect every layer of reality and are the basis for our beautiful and vibrant universe.  From its very foundations, the universe is built on change, centred about balance and harmony that makes for such exquisite dynamic stillness.


This blog was inspired by “The Dance”, a chapter in “The Dancing Wu Li Masters” by Gary Zukav.

Energy Therapy- Sound (Part 6)

Sound has been used as a powerful and effective tool for helping to improve health and well- being for thousands of years.

Sound has been used as a powerful and effective tool for helping to improve health and well being for thousands of years.

The last blog that I posted in this series was about Reiki and my session with Reiki Master Teacher Lynette Avis at her The Living Energy treatment rooms in Suffolk.  As we have been friends and colleagues for some years now, at the end of the Reiki treatment, she invited me to try something new and exciting.  She said she had been training to do Sound Therapy, a qualification she has now attained, and now part of her extensive range of treatments.  She wondered whether I would be willing to try it.  She said I would be amazed at the experience!

As we discussed the theory behind sound therapy, Lynette was laying out a range of different musical instruments (gongs, drums, bells, bowls, tuning forks, even the human voice can be used).  She explained how certain instruments affect different parts of the body due to their different vibrational frequencies. Sound has been used as a powerful and effective tool for helping to improve health and well being for thousands of years. Himalayan singing bowls for example have been used throughout Asia for millennia in prayer and meditation, and are now used to promote relaxation and well being.  Sound therapy was formally introduced to the UK in 2000 with the establishment of The British Academy of Sound Therapy (BAST) (http://healthysound.com).

Recently, science has provided valuable support and insight to these ancient techniques.   If you were to look at your body with a powerful microscope you would see that it is not a solid object but is, in fact, a myriad of tiny waves of energy. Over time these waves are influenced by a variety of different stressors such as diet, lifestyle, environment, relationships, job and other factors that can cause imbalances and weaknesses in the body which can lead to poor health and disease. The use of sound can redress these imbalances returning the body towards full balance and better health and well being. In a sound therapy treatment the practitioner plays a combination of ancient and modern instruments to gently bathe the body in powerful, healing and balancing vibrations. A good sound therapist will know which instruments and sounds to use to help the system to balance itself by releasing the denser energy that can hold the body in an unhealthy state. Based on information about the client’s present medical conditions and previous medical history the practitioner will adapt the treatment accordingly, using relaxing or stimulating sounds to try to rebalance the body.

A study conducted by BAST measured the effects of sound therapy on the autonomic nervous system (ANS- the part of the nervous system that controls your heart rate, breathing and digestion etc). Clients were connected to a machine that monitored stress responses.  Each client demonstrated an overall decrease in arousal of the ANS compared to the control group, who were lying down relaxing. This study suggests that sound therapy has a profoundly calming effect on people affected by stress at a deep level. Sound therapy is a complementary medicine designed to work alongside orthodox medicine. Sound therapy can be used to treat individuals with fertility issues, chronic pain, cancer, stress-related illnesses, IBS, ME, tinnitus, mild depression, anxiety and arthritis.  Sound therapy is said to help not only physical illness, but also help balance the emotions and quiet a busy mind. Most people feel calm and relaxed following treatment. For some, this feeling will last several days.

After her initial joking introduction and having fully set up her treatment room for the session, my introduction to Sound Therapy began.  I was again lying on the treatment table face up, fully clothed and covered by a blanket to keep warm.  I closed my eyes and allowed the sounds and the vibrations to relax me and take me away to a very calm and peaceful place. Some instruments were used close to me while others actually touched me and I could feel the vibrating sensation move through my body.  It was a deeply relaxing experience and extremely enjoyable.

On the BAST website, there is a wonderful quote from its founder, Lyz Cooper: “Our organs, chakras and different areas of our bodies, all sing a different note, which when blended together, produce a symphony as individual as a fingerprint”.  I would say that the therapy experience not only made me feel relaxed, but also more harmonious within my body and within myself.  It was a truly wonderful surprise to experience and certainly not anything I would have volunteered to do in the past.  As to the future?……..  I would snap up another session in a shot!


Again, my thanks go to Lynette Avis for her patience and good humour in explaining Sound Therapy to me and introducing it in such a fun and exciting way- you are the consummate professional.

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