What is Reiki
Jan 27th, 2012 by Aldouspi

What is Reiki?

Reiki is a hands on healing art which was developed in the early 1900s by Mikao Usui in Japan. The word Reiki derives from two Japanese words, Rei and Ki meaning a Universal Life Force of Energy. There are many ways that Reiki is practiced. The art is passed from Master to student.
Reiki is a widely known type of energy healing which involves the direct application of Chi for the purpose of strengthening one's energy system, also known as aura.
Chi is the term used for the underlying force that the Universe is made of and is used by Chinese mystics and martial artist. Mystics from many cultures relate to the physical universe being made of an underlying form of something. Modern physics research is now understanding that our Universe is made of energy subjected to and affected by thought.
The mystics also say that this underlying form is affected by thought claiming that we create our own reality from thinking and the thoughts we have and share between us.
If we stop and reflect for a moment, we can imagine the implications of the universe which is around us, made from energy which can be manipulated by our thoughts.
This is the implication of Quantum Physics and ancient Metaphysics. Some say that this may make illness and miraculous cures, especially those with no apparent cause, easier to explain. A good example of this is prayer. Research has shown that prayer improves the health of those who are prayed for. Intent prayer is thought to send thoughts such as `I wish this to happen.' Reiki followers believe that if the world is energy which is subject to the power of though the prayers must work.
It is very easy to learn Reiki and it is very simple to use. All can benefit from it. Reiki is one of many healing forms that used natural forces given by ancient Chinese mystics. Some healing forms which use Chi energy are Chi Gong, Pranic Healing, Chelation and Polarity Balancing. Apparently all use the same energies but differ in their techniques of application and the quality of energy known as vibration.
Reiki, meaning Universal Life Force Energy refers to the energy itself rather than the specific techniques which are taught by Reiki Masters. The proper name for this technique is the Usui System of Natural Healing, names after the founder, Dr Mikao Usui. Reiki is the common name used today.
Reiki consists of a practitioner placing his or her hands upon the person wishing to be healed with the intent for the healing to occur rather than the energy to begin flowing. Reiki is said to be smart since the energy knows where to go and what to do when it gets there or it is being directed by a higher intelligence. Apparently the energy is able to manage its own flow to and within those receiving it by drawing through the healer the exact amount the recipient needs. This is supposed to happen without the healing directly consciously intervening. The healer should get out of the way, although keep the healing space open whilst listening and watching for signs of what to do next.


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How to Open the Sacral Chakra With Quartz Crystal Singing Bowls
Jan 19th, 2011 by Aldouspi

How to Open the Sacral Chakra With Quartz Crystal Singing Bowls

Learn How to Use Quartz Crystal Singing Bowls to Balance the Sacral Chakra

The sacral chakra is the second chakra in the chakra energy system and performs some essential functions, so it is important that it stays balanced, unblocked, and healthy.There are many ways to balance your chakras, but sound healing through crystal singing bowls is an especially simple and effective method. Read on to find out what the sacral chakra does and how it can be balanced through a combination of visualization, affirmations and using crystal singing bowls.

What Is the Sacral Chakra?

This chakra is located between the lower abdomen and the navel. It governs the lower back, hips, sexual organs, kidneys, stomach, liver and adrenal glands, and any imbalances in this energy center are believed to cause ailments in these regions. The sacral chakra rules issues of sexuality, creativity, emotional connection, intimacy, and desire. An imbalance can lead to being out of touch with your feelings, poor boundaries, disconnection with your sense of pleasure, and excessive resistance to change. Well-balanced, this chakra produces feeling of emotional fulfillment, as well as a healthy sex drive, open creative expression, passion for life, and a full enjoyment of the pleasures of life.

Balancing Your Sacral Chakra With Crystal Singing Bowl Meditation

The note associated with the sacral chakra is D, and its color is orange. Balancing this chakra can be accomplished easily with a simple meditation and your crystal singing bowl. Since crystal singing bowls are tuned to a specific note, make sure you have one tuned to the note of D.

Set aside a special time and place for your meditation. Take some deep relaxing breaths until you feel calm and centered. When you are ready, strike your singing bowl on its rim three times, and then begin playing it by running the striker around the rim. As you play, inhale deeply and visualize yourself breathing in peace of mind, joy, vitality, and confidence. As you exhale, visualize yourself exhaling fear, self-doubt, and stress. Imagine yourself being freed from any obstacles that hold you back in your personal relationships, emotional life and creative expression. You may also repeat affirmations, aloud or in your head.

Some affirmations related to the sacral chakra are:

I honor my body and treat myself respectfully.
I receive pleasure and abundance with every breath I take.
I allow pleasure, sweetness and sensuality into my life.
I am in control of my own sexuality.

Continue this process for as long as you feel necessary. Stop when you feel confident that the energy is open and flowing freely. You may also set a specific amount of time to meditate and then stop when the allotted time is over. There is no wrong way to meditate balance your chakras with sound, so experiment some of these ideas until you find something that works for you.

 

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Tantra: Discovering the Divine Union of Man & Woman
Jun 16th, 2010 by Aldouspi

Tantra Meditation

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Tantra: Divine Union of Man & Woman

The meaning of the word Tantra, derived from Sanskrit, is “to weave”. In the tantric lifestyle, we weave together all aspects of our lives into one harmonious whole. Work becomes a meditation, making love becomes our spiritual practice, the lover and the beloved melt into one.

In the Tantric cosmology, the whole universe was created and continues to evolve through two fundamental forces, which together, form one indestructible divine union. These are the male and the female aspects, and in Tantra they are represented by the goddess Shakti and the god Shiva.

Shakti represents the female principle of pure energy and dynamic potential, whereas Shiva who embodies the male principle, emanates creation and power. Together, Shiva and Shakti are the divine couple. Their erotic interplay, their cosmic dance, is how the world was created, according to the Tantric belief.

You may have seen Indian art depicting a man (often a Buddha-like figure) sitting with his legs crossed on a lotus flower and across his lap sits a woman, often depicted nude. This is the classic tantric position also known as Yab Yum, and those pictures are known as Yab Yum Deities.

In Tibetan, yab yum stands for “mother father”, and it describes the divine union – energetic and sexual - of mother and father, the female and male principles, Shiva and Shakti. In Tantric practice, the woman is honored as Shakti, and the man as Shiva.

There are many tantric rituals in which these essences are visualized and embodied.

There is one tantric practice in which the woman straddles the man and together they visualize the divine powers of a Yab Yum Deity above their heads, and eventually allowing these powers to enter their energy system at the 7th Chakra, the crown of our head.

This sounds very interesting indeed, however, how does this apply to our everyday life? Tantra acknowledges that every man has some feminine aspects and every woman has some male aspects. And to live most harmoniously, all aspects are consciously woven into a fabric of balance and understanding.

Let’s look at it from the perspective of the Chinese Yin and Yang philosophy. Yin is the female principle – receptive, soft, flowing - and Yang is the male principle – outgoing, full of initiative, strong. We all carry Yin and Yang inside of us and our actions throughout the day reflect the Yin and Yang aspects.

A simple and fun tantric practice is to become aware of our Yin and Yang aspects. Not only is the practice itself entertaining, but it can dramatically change the way we relate to our beloved, the world around us and our attitudes at large. Yin and Yang is represented in us in many ways, just as the male and female principles have many colors. For example, we consider that the act of giving is a yang action, while receiving is considered to be yin.

Once you have mastered the delicate art of observing yin and yang in your love life, you can apply the same attitude towards other actions in your life. You can consciously switch roles for the day.

Let’s say your partner tends to be very directive (nothing wrong with that) and you are the one who always does things the way he wants (nothing wrong with that either). But just for the experiment, decide one day that you are going to be the directive one and your partner will surrender to the way you want things done.

It will give both of you an understanding about the other person, and deepen the intimacy, clarity and harmony of your relationship.

The Yin Yang symbol describes a harmonious circle divided into two areas – the black (Yang) and the white (Yin), with a circle of white in the black part and a circle of black in the white part. In Tantra, this symbol represents complete balance of male and female principles.

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About the Authors: Steve & Lokita Carter are the directors of the USA SkyDancing Tantra Institute. They have been devoted as tantra teachers since 1999, and have been practicing it for many years beyond that. Visit http://www.skydancingtantra.org to learn more about Tantra, Tantra Workshops.



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