Monday, December 8, 2014

Drumming and Spirituality

by Belinda Subraman




THE DIVINE FEMININE
Ancient matriarchal societies used frame drums to celebrate and worship feminine divinity. Largely associated to goddess cults, these women used frame drumming and circle dancing to harness lunar energies, thought to be the symbol of creativity and fertility. Since rhythm was symbolized by lunar energy, the moon had goddess status for these women. Attuned to lunar cycles through their menstrual cycles, their rituals celebrated full moon and first moon to strengthen their creative forces. The frame drum was a symbol of this connection, and helped bring them closer to their divinity and the feminine natural mystique. Emblematic of the moon as the mother of rhythm, a woman holding a frame drum became the symbol of the moon goddess, considered to be the mother of natural rhythms... the one who governed the oceanic tides... the mother of creativity & transformation.

 Echoes at Mystical House

 Drum Jam Warm-up 12-6-14

DRUMMING AND TRANSCENDENTAL CONSCIOUSNESS

"Drumming is an ancient technique that has been used to shift states of consciousness. In various ancient cultures chanting, rhythmic breathing and drumming constellated an ancient technique used to synchronize the body with the mind in order to explore varying levels of consciousness. The physical activity of creating repetitive sounds entrained right & left-brain activity to alter brainwaves to a relaxed theta state of consciousness. In this relaxed state creativity, intuitive insight, healing & spiritual awareness contributed towards a condition of healing of physical, psychological and emotional wounds." (Redmond, 1997) (www.layneredmond.com/index.html).
 
History tells us that the spiritual art of healing required potent transcendental states
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of consciousness to take place. To break ties with the rational mind, rhythm was used to induce
reflective and awakened mental and emotional states. This kind of altered awareness allowed the healer to communicate with 'spirit' whilst in a trance. The Native American Indian Shamans and African healers used drumming and chanting to achieve trance state. This trance state altered brainwaves into alpha and theta states, psychologically proven to promote emotional processing and introduce peaceful thoughts. This kind of altered consciousness was used to negotiate spiritual asistance in the healing process. Many traditional healers and medicine men and women travelled on the beats of rhythmical drumming to provide the care-giving services their community required of them.


DRUMMING AND SHAMANISM
North American Indian shamans used the drum's rhythms to travel into ecstasy. They referred to the drum as a 'canoe' or a 'horse' that transported them into the underworld. Helping them connect with the healing spirit, the rhythms facilitated a journey into the future vision for the tribe. Rhythm anchored the connection to spirit, while keeping the vision alive long enough for shamans to recieve spiritual guidance in maintaining the balance for individuals and the group. In their belief system, the drummer was the gatekeeper between heaven and earth, the drumstick was the masculine device that ensured support from Father Sky, and the drum itself was imbued with feminine energy, symbolizing Mother Earth. The skin was most sacred, due to the fact that a goat had sacrificed itself to honour a 'giveaway'; an honoured gift.


DRUMMING AND HEALTH
RESEARCH ON THE HEALTH PROMOTING PROPERTIES OF DRUMMING
Research studies conducted by the Rhythmic Entrainment Institute (REI), of the U.S.A. show that drumming can advance the following areas of psychological well-being:
  • language and communication skills,
  • social interaction and engagement,
  • sensory defensiveness,
  • comprehension,
  • attention span,
  • improvement of eye-contact,
  • containment of aggression,
  • alleviation of anxiety
    (www.reeinstitute.com/REI/Insitute. html).
Further research) showed improvements within 3-4 weeks. Findings conclude that a musical program of complex rhythmic patterns positively stimulates the central nervous system. These effects facilitate long-term behavioural and cognitive improvement in neurobiological, physical and psychological illnesses. Repeated exposure to specific rhythmic hand drumming patterns improved the treatment of mild depression, Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, behavioural problems, immune system problems and chronic pain disorders like Sciatica and Fibromyaglia

HealthRhythms is researching the benefits of drumming in cancer treatment
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programs. This study is guided by the effects of drumming on the central nervous system and tries to measure the degree to which rhythm influences and promotes
healthy immune system functioning. (www.healthrhythms.com).
Neurologist Barry Bittman, M.D. and his renowned research team discovered that a specific group drumming approach significantly increased the disease-fighting activity of white blood cells. These 'Natural Killer cells' seek out and destroy cancer cells and virally-infected cells. Along with conventional medical strategies, Dr. Bittman includes group drumming in all of his disease-based programs at the Mind-Body Wellness Centre. (www.remo.net)
Roskam, (1993; 1995), studied the effects of drumming with groups of troubled adolescents. Results show that drumming positively influenced self-confidence, body image, emotional tone and general mental health.
Psychotherapist Friedman uses drumming as a therapeutic modality to assist in the treatment of various conditions. Drumming activities have benefited the treatment of Alzheimer's Disease, Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, Speech Difficulty, Substance Addiction, Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Post Traumatic Stress
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Syndrome,
Stress Management, Troubled Adolescence, Autism, Downe's Syndrome and William's Syndrome (Friedman, 2000).
A pilot study conducted with the children of the Red Cross Paediatrics Burns Unit in Cape Town, South Africa, offered them half-hour drumming sessions over a 3-month period. After two months of drumming, a sensitivity to group dynamics and the beginnings of a group identity began to form. Most of the children showed an increase in concentration span and attention. Interpersonal growth, varying degrees of emotional release and increased self-esteem were also evident (Argyrou, Albertyn, Spence, 2001).
Drumawé used drumming to increase self-esteem in adolescent boys in Cape Town, South Africa, in an extra mural art program, Just Africa. Most of the boys showed increased self-confidence which enabled them to demonstrate their rhythmical skill to the rest of their group. Group solidarity and group support also grew (Drumawé: Just Africa, 2002).

(Article excerpted by http://www.druminspire.com/index.htm?page=drumming.htm)

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Secrets of the Flow by Jill Mattson



In a new born baby, energy flows easily and unimpeded. The baby’s mind and emotions do not get stuck – no endless looping of negativity thinking. Its energy and sweet babblings are like the free, natural flow of a river.

Think of traffic going smoothly until there is a red light. Likewise in our lives, energy flows until a red light flashes - perhaps defined as a decision… such as we like the color red but not blue. Now energy slows down when we see the unfavorite color. Use of will stops the energy flow and makes a selection. We can decide we like this or that – without giving something a second chance. By remaining open and adopting a “wait and see attitude,” we allow the flow of the best possible options and improve our chances of recognizing them. 

The natural flow of energy in nature does not hold on, but lets go. It does not insist on controlling everything. Remember Jesus, who said, “Thy will be done” (not my will). 

Judgment and opinion stop the flow of energetic ju ju – dead in its tracks. Having an opinion seems so harmless, yet under this thin skin lays judgment. Opinions promote, “My idea is correct.  Others are wrong.” When nasty energy is concealed (like judgment), its deadly venom accumulates while no one is alerted. 
Negative feelings block energy like a dam impounds water. We easily disregard the words of someone we dislike, but they can have great ideas. Even their criticism is “free consulting.” One with low moral values can also have brilliant ideas. Low values does not equate with stupidity. In fact, devious people are often clever! Negative judgments block solutions that parade in front of us. 

At work whoever perceived they had the worst tasks got the most attention. As we sunk in our mire of self pity, a man with Down syndrome, Dave the janitor, beamed with pride. Dave had a more degrading job than anyone of us complained about, but he was grateful for it. He was happy and we were miserable, even with our better jobs and so called superior intelligence. If one had the opinion that the mentally retarded weren’t smart, Dave’s message was dismissed. If one was open, he could see the wisdom of Dave’s attitude – that rose far above many “intelligent” people’s thinking habits. Dave was the teacher in the room. Dave had always been our teacher, but we had to refrain from judgment and opinion to receive his wisdom. The master appears when the student is ready. And what makes one ready?? A willingness to receive and not judge ideas! A willingness to think differently than mainstream thought and not worry about what others think! With this openness, you may not accept all that you hear, but you are open to consider parts of it or even the attitude or motivation underneath it. 

In a world of duality, everything has polar charges.  Easily, we assign right or wrong to these energies, but rather the energy is like the positive and negative charges of a battery. We don’t judge the end of a battery to be right or wrong, yet it has polar opposites. We can observe something without creating “show stopping” negative energy. With an open mind, plentiful good ideas can rattle around our heads, ripe for the picking.

When we even subconsciously think something is wrong, we block information (perhaps containing healthy and creative juices) from entering our consciousness - without even knowing it. Personal transparency - speaking our true mind and expressing our deep feelings restores our healthy energy flows (the truth shall set us free). 

Stress blocks the flow. Sublime music can undo this blockage. Other things as simple as relaxing your shoulders, help overcome this energy stopper. 

Keeping secrets is another way to erode the flow of energy and trust. Hiding information causes a distortion in the flow of life. Even something as simple as talking out your secrets when no one is listening helps – get it out. “The truth sets you free.”

When I read antiquity, searching for clues about ancient music, I read the most unbelievable descriptions about healing with sound and music. I resisted the urge to wonder “what drug ancient people were taking” or that they were superstitious. By staying open I understood their different dimension of thinking; where many before me could not. Is this brilliance? No…. The key? Refraining from thinking the way we know things in the twenty-first century is the correct way. Staying open!

An excellent way to stop the blockage of creative energy is all around us. Special music is sublime – IT FLOWS. It helps us to flow as well. It mingles with and softens our decisions and negativity. It slowly smoothes the currents and allows the free flow energy to resume. Now not all music does this. In fact some music creates energetic blocks – think of the sound track of a scary movie. The most impactful tool, smooth flowing music opens us up to greater possibilities and helps us ride the flow of universal energy!

Healing with Sound!

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Paint your Soul CD beautiful music with Fibonacci tones, a mathematical pattern in stars, flowers, beehives…Tune to this sacred geometry (transposed into music) that God used in creating our world. The Solfeggio tones in this track enhance spiritual enlightenment.

Star Dust CD is heavenly music with sounds of planets and elements of stars - converted into twinkling tones! Harmonize with the heavens - balance astrological energy.

Healing Flower Symphonies The literal sounds of flowers embedded in delightful music! Clear negative emotional energy and build positive feelings! 

Receive free mp3s at www.jillswingsoflight.com 
 
                                        
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Healing Music, Books, Articles, Videos and Art!
 
   Free soundhealing mp3s at bottom of home page at www.JillsWingsOfLight.com & at www.JillsHealingMusic.com    
 
Special frequencies, rhythms and harmonics expand our consciousness. Fibonacci and phi tones and ancient Solfeggio tones are embedded in this soul soothing music (the free mp3s)!
Music of the movements of the stars is converted into sounds in this healing music! Also added are associated frequencies of carbon, hydrogen oxygen and nitrogen - found in the stars and in our bodies.
Soul therapy and the sounds of flower energy! Frequencies and music to clear negative emotions and build positive feelings!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Beware of Harmful Cosmetic Ingredients



People use a variety of cosmetics on their skin every day. Some of the chemicals found in these products are harmful and cause a wide range of health problems. The Food and Drug Administration does not test cosmetics, but cosmetic companies are required to list all the ingredients in their products. As a consumer, you should read all cosmetic labels and be aware of what chemicals may be hazardous to your health.

Phthalates

Several phthalates exist, and they are not easy to spot on cosmetic labels. Sometimes they are referred to as diethyl phthalate, or DEP, or as dinbutyl phthalate, or DBP. Phthalates appear in nail polishes, perfumes, hair products and deodorants. They are suspected to cause reproductive issues in both men and women. Phthalates may also damage the kidneys, lungs and liver.

Propylene Glycol

Found in lipsticks, sunscreens and toiletries, propylene glycol keeps cosmetics from drying out. Propylene glycol is listed on cosmetic labels as polyethylene glycol, or PEG, and as polypropylene glycol, or PPG. This ingredient is known to cause skin and eye irritation. When the body absorbs high doses of propylene glycol, it can lead to heart, kidney and liver damage.

Talc

Face powders, blushes and body powders all contain talc. Also known as talcum powder, this ingredient may be laced with asbestos, which is a well-known carcinogen. Talc may cause chronic or acute lung disorders and may contribute to ovarian cancer. You should avoid using body powders that contain talc, especially in the genital area.

Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde sometimes appears on cosmetic labels as DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate or quaternium-15. Formaldehyde may be used as a preservative in a variety of cosmetics, including eye shadows, mascaras, nail polishes, soaps, creams and shampoos. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen and may cause breathing difficulties, especially for those with asthma. When it occurs in creams or soaps, formaldehyde is absorbed into the skin and may trigger headaches and allergic reactions.

Parabens

Small levels of parabens are not considered dangerous, but so many cosmetics contain parabens that you could easily have a high exposure rate to this ingredient. Parabens are listed under the names propylparaben, methylparaben, butylparaben or ethylparaben on cosmetic labels. They are used as a preservative and appear in products such as shampoos, deodorants, shaving creams and makeup. Parabens have been linked to fertility issues and may increase your chance of developing breast cancer.

Source: livingstrong.com

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Reconnecting with your Mastery – Using subtle Sound Energy by Jill Mattson

 
Our voice changed many times throughout our lives - reflecting physical, mental and emotional metamorphoses. Our voice at two years old was different than the voice we possessed when we were ages 17, 40 or 80. Our voice is also much different when we are depressed, in love or after we land that big contract at work.
 
When in a meditative or calm state - imagine a time in the past. How did your voice sound then? Say your name aloud, while still pretending that you are in the past. For example, “I am Jill”, and I vividly imagine being at a picnic when I was eight years old. I listen, feel and grasp the emotions in my words. I can rekindle within myself the energy of that free spirited little girl – with all of her enthusiasm and excitement…before life’s trials set in. Now select another memory, recreate the situation in your imagination. Say your name. How does it feel? Does it sound differently than the earlier voice?
 
There are many advantageous applications of this simple process. Here are some examples:
·       What was the best moment of your life? What did your voice sound like? If you recreate the voice, then you recreate the energy of that moment. If you continue to express this energy in your voice today, you continue to experience the uplifting energy.
·       When have you felt the closest to God? What did your voice sound like then?  Recreate that voice and you’ll go to that space - feeling the same, close divine connection!
·       When you remember a scene from childhood and completely submerse yourself into the memory, you can speak and hear your child’s voice. If you go back early enough you will hear innocence and purity in your voice. You can bring back some of those beautiful qualities by speaking as you did then.
·       Recall a painful time, when your voice was full of negative emotions. While you are imagining you are back reliving this event, you can talk in an uplifting and positive voice. This changes your memory and its associated feelings, recreating a more positive memory. This can also facilitate an emotional release of the stored negative energy associated with this situation.
 
Our various voices contain the energy that we experienced at different times in our lives.  Listen to the sounds of your voice during power spiritual moments, times of great success and experiences of happiness. Recreate these sounds to gather and maintain the “successful” energy.
 
Jill Mattson has spent the past 20 years researching Vibratory Sound Energy for healing and a wide array of other remarkable uses (available in 3 books). She specializes in Sound Secrets of Ancient Civilizations. Mattson composes and produces her own CD's employing numerous Sound Healing techniques & energies + her original musical score. www.JillsWingsOfLight.com & www.MusicForBeauty.com  
 
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Paint your Soul CD, harmonize with nature, Fibonacci and Solfeggio tones - enhance consciousness.
Star Dust, heavenly music - sounds of stars - converted into twinkling tones! Harmonize with the heavens.
Healing Flower Symphonies literal sounds of flowers embedded in delightful music! Clear negative emotions - build positive feelings!
Receive at: www.jillswingsoflight.com  


                                        
Adventure into the World of Healing with Sound!
Healing Music, Books, Articles, Videos and Art!
 
   Free soundhealing mp3s at bottom of home page at www.JillsWingsOfLight.com & at www.JillsHealingMusic.com    
 
Special frequencies, rhythms and harmonics expand our consciousness. Fibonacci and phi tones and ancient Solfeggio tones are embedded in this soul soothing music (the free mp3s)!
Music of the movements of the stars is converted into sounds in this healing music! Also added are associated frequencies of carbon, hydrogen oxygen and nitrogen - found in the stars and in our bodies.
Soul therapy and the sounds of flower energy! Frequencies and music to clear negative emotions and build positive feelings!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Sound: the Language of the Body by Jill Mattson

Studies are popping up all over – showing that the language of the body is sound. Invisible sound waves are the body’s secret communication system! Understanding the “Rosetta stone of body language” will unlock untold breakthrough for health.
Science maintains that nerves communicate information to the far reaches of the body through electrical impulses. Thomas Heimburg[1], a Copenhagen university, biology and physics researcher questions this, “The physical laws of thermodynamics tell us that electrical impulses must produce heat as they travel along the nerve, but experiments find no heat.”[2]  We need to rethink standard thinking about inter body communications via the nervous system.
 
Heimburg proposes that the nerves communicate information, but through sound waves. This controversial idea also explains how anesthesiology works – a mystery that has baffled scientists for years. Anesthetics change the melting point of nerve membranes so that they can’t propagate sound. Nerves are put on “stand by” and can’t report messages that the brain would interpret as pain. Do the nerves communicate pain and other things through sound waves?
 
John Beaulieu from BioSonics, links nerves and sound in an entirely new way. He believes that the high pitched, electrical ringing in one’s ears (a sound that comes and goes, not like tinnitus) is the sound of nerves communicating. By humming the sound heard in one’s ears, the sound can lesson or stop. 
 
Sharry Edwards from BioAcoustics, believes tiny ear sounds reflect communications within the body, “Our ears create intrinsic sound waves” (scientific fact). Sound goes out the ears like a radio signal, broadcasting to the rest of the body. Is the language of the body numbers (of cycles of sound waves), expressed as frequencies or sounds?
This reflects the idea of Plato and Pythagoras who insisted that “all is number” (do they meaning we should count the number of sine waves of sound?). Edwards did this very thing. By observing body sounds Edwards discovered that when waves interact, the addition or subtraction representing wave cancellation or addition is impeccably accurate. In other words the processes that occur in the body (like digesting your food) operate like interacting sound waves. Further these numbers (gotten by counting sound waves) can be correlated to chemicals and biological formulas within the body.
Our incredible and intricate bodies utilize the power of sound for communication and wave interference interactions for body maintenance and operations. Our medical field is learning this wisdom. Now it uses sound for sonograms, tens units and to heal broken bones faster.  
 
Sound, is right in front of our noses, yet we have barely scraped the surface of its secrets and mysteries. When we do, a whole new way of thinking will become evident – uplifting and tuning our world.
 
Jill Mattson is a prolific Artist, Musician and Author. Jill is a four - time author and widely recognized expert and composer in the field of Sound Healing!   She has written four books and produced six CD's that combine intricate Sound Healing techniques with her original Award winning musical compositions (Deep Wave Beauty CD – Best New Age CD of 2012 – Silver Award).  The CD's consist of intriguing, magical tracks using ancient & modern techniques - with sound energy & special healing frequencies to achieve profound benefits. Also available on the sites are additional free mp3's of her Sound Healing compositions, including Solfeggio Tones, Star Energy, Flower Frequencies, Fibonnaci and nature tones. Gallery and music at www.jillswingsoflight.com, www.musicforbeauty.com, jillimattson@yahoo.com.
 
 
 


[1] Thomas Heimburg and theoretical physicist Andrew Jackson – co authored this research study in the Biophysical Journal.
[2] Controversial Idea: Nerves Communicate Sound, Not Electricity, March 14, 2007, http://www.livescience.com/1357-controversial-idea-nerves-transmit-sound-electricity.html
 
 
                                        
Adventure into the World of Healing with Sound!
Healing Music, Books, Articles, Videos and Art!
 
   Free soundhealing mp3s at bottom of home page at www.JillsWingsOfLight.com & at www.JillsHealingMusic.com    
 
Special frequencies, rhythms and harmonics expand our consciousness. Fibonacci and phi tones and ancient Solfeggio tones are embedded in this soul soothing music (the free mp3s)!
Music of the movements of the stars is converted into sounds in this healing music! Also added are associated frequencies of carbon, hydrogen oxygen and nitrogen - found in the stars and in our bodies.
Soul therapy and the sounds of flower energy! Frequencies and music to clear negative emotions and build positive feelings!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Bizarre Body Modifications




 Spirituality and body modification have been tied together throughout history. Ancient tribes were tattooing, scarring, and piercing themselves as part of their spirituality for hundreds, maybe thousands of years. But there are many other reasons people may do this.  Feel free to tell me more in the comment section below.
3D-Art implant is any object implanted fully under the skin for the purpose of affecting a sculptural change of the surface. The "invention" and popularization of implants as 3D-Art is credited primarily to Steve Haworth. Implants can be stretched just like piercings. A good example of this are horn implants—they start as smaller implants, and are then taken out when healed and replaced with slightly larger ones. This process is repeated to achieve the final size. There are some risks of irritation to the skin above the implant if this process is pushed too fast, as with all stretching.

One of the newest trends in body modification comes in the form of corset piercings. They are a piercing is located in the spot where the eyelets would be if one was wearing a corset. It is a symmetrical piercing with an equal number of holes on each side. As few as four holes can be used (two on each side) up to as many as the expanse of skin will allow.
series of surface piercings arranged up the back in two vertical columns. The

The Human Branding is, perhaps, the most painful of all body modifications. In full-scale branding, the iron is heated hot enough and applied long enough that the resulting wound is a third degree burn, which destroys the nerve. These third-degree burns never regain sensitivity. It will make a silver scarred area in the shape of the third degree burn, due to destruction of the entire dermis layer of the skin. The surrounding skin will eventually fill in areas that haven’t
been severely damaged, which takes years

  
One of the newest body modifications to hit the scene is tongue splitting, or tongue bifurcation. The process involves literally cutting the tongue in half directly down the center. Once the tongue is split it is possible to move both sections independently of one another.


from oddee.com