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What is the deal with Planet X or Nibiru?

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Why is everyone so scared to talk about it? Why do we never get to see this being discussed on elitist mainstream media?

Why don’t we hear about it often on popular media when internet and social media (including scientific publications, blogs, and videos) is filled with content regarding this mysterious celestial body, trying to decipher and understand every innate detail of this planet? The question is whether this planet is really hypothetical as we are made to believe?

With this article, we are not assuredly saying that we are 100% sure that Planet X or Nibiru (also referred to as Planet 9). Neither is the purpose of article to present you with so-called ‘authentic’ scientific data or observations to totally refute the possibility of Planet X. All we want to do is open a discussion and lay down some information and facts on this controversial planet that may or may not completely alter the face of the earth and forever change or end the human life as we know it.

So what is Planet X?
Planet X, also known as Planet Nine or Nibiru, is the possible ninth planet beyond Neptune in our solar system. Since Pluto is no longer considered a ‘planet’ by definition, to date scientific community or NASA keep trying to push away the idea of Planet X existing.

As per NASA, this is a ‘Hypothetical Planet X’ [1] in their list of planets on their page about Solar System Exploration and considers only 8 (eight) primary planets from Mercury to Neptune. Even though there has been a lot of buzz in the scientific and academic community about this planet existing, the general view that is presented to the common population is that we should not think about this Planet X. Even if we ignore the traditional Mayan and Sumerian knowledge on this subject found from extensive archaeological work and thorough study about their texts, we can’t simply refuse all the scientific studies and observations/experience of many people about this mysterious Planet.

Nibiru is the ‘Sumerian for 12th Planet’ [2]. It could be said that this Nibiru planet came first to light from a linguist and ancient astronauts’ expert, Zecharia Sitchin in 1976. According to his book which was based on his work studying old Babylonian and Mesopotamian texts, he claimed that ‘Nibiru is inhabited by an alien race called the Anunnaki, who are referred to in the Bible as the Nephilim.’ [3] He has suggested that the Anunnaki previously came to Earth long time back looking for minerals and gold and they created humans as a slave race by mixing their DNA to do the work. Amongst other claims, he stated that ‘Nibiru has an elongated orbit around the Sun, which takes 3,600 years [2].’

This theory or similar versions have been propagated and believed by many people today. A popular name amongst these on the internet is that of Nancy Lieder who had slightly different association with Nibiru. She put forth the idea for Nibiru cataclysm in 1995 where she claimed that this Nibiru planet would either hit the Earth or it will pass close-by, resulting in horrific events for the Earth and human life.

NANCY LIEDER – Planet X Pole Shift Nibiru is Now Inbound

Although she has initially claimed that such an event was going to happen in 2003, but according to Wikipedia and Zetatalk (Nancy’s website), she said ‘it was merely a “white lie … to fool the establishment.” She refused to disclose the true date, saying that to do so would give those in power enough time to declare martial law and trap people in cities during the shift, leading to their deaths.’

This shift mentioned above is the Cataclysmic pole shift theory that is supported by people with huge followings. This refers to the relative change in position of geographical location of Earth’s poles and its axis of rotation which will get affected drastically by (close) encounter with Planet X or Nibiru, creating havoc for human life on Earth.

One of the leading voices regarding this is David Icke who has got very detailed explanations on this subject and why the world elites and establishment does not want to tell the world population about this impending interaction of Earth with Planet X.

Check out this very fascinating YouTube video titled ‘Planet X Inbound -Affecting Earth Wobble -Pole Shift Accelerating

Other people with popular insights include the likes of David Meade, who linked the wrongly interpreted Mayan prediction of 2012, to Nibiru cataclysm. Although his timelines (in 2012 and 2017) keep changing about Planet X colliding and magnetic forces of earth affecting the core of our planet, in future, he does provide some very interesting reasoning and explanations that why this thing is real. For more information on his views, you can check out his book Planet X – The 2017 Arrival.

In 2012, when the end of a ‘period’ in Mayan calendar was wrongly considered by some people out there to be the end of the world, NASA around that time refuted the claims absolutely. You can their read feature from 2012 published on NASA website about this prediction. [4]

People associating Nibiru cataclysm with Mayan 2012 phenomenon were wrong but is NASA right to completely reject the other point of views. Can it be that some parts of those theories may hold true? Is it possible that differing voices (against mainstream media and governments) know that something like Planet X exists and is real, but may not have entirely decoded the facts of this mysterious planet?

In Part 2 of this blog, we will tell you about new scientific studies in the past few years that show with significant certainty that the possibility of Planet Nine or Planet X is real based on solid evidence. Even NASA, hasn’t been able to refuse these studies and have been calling this ‘Hypothetical Planet’ when initially they called it outright hoax. Isn’t that just amazing that they would make us believe that beyond Neptune, there is no celestial body like a major planet that can impact human life like never before?

Stay tuned for the Part 2 with amazing evidence and infographics giving you all the technical facts about recent scientific studies.

Evidence of a Ninth Planet

REFERENCES

[1]“In Depth – Hypothetical Planet X – Solar System Exploration,” 16 January 2019. [Online]. Available: https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/hypothetical-planet-x/in-depth/.
[2]“Nibiru | The 12th Planet, The Nephilim & The Creation Of Humans,” [Online]. Available: http://www.annunaki.org/nibiru/.
[3]G. Harrison and S. Petkar, “THE X FACTOR Is Planet X real, what does Nibiru mean, when was the world meant to end and what is the SpaceX conspiracy theory?,” 4 June 2018. [Online]. Available: https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/4489602/planet-x-nibiru-zecharia-sitchin-spacex-hawaii-volcano/.
[4]“Beyond 2012: Why the World Didn’t End,” 22 Dec 2012. [Online]. Available: https://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/2012.html.
[5]S. Wagner, “Is Nibiru Approaching?,” 5 June 2018. [Online]. Available: https://www.thoughtco.com/is-nibiru-approaching-2597477.

 

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ALCHEMY’S REVIVAL; A SPIRITUALIZED CHEMISTRY FOR TRANSFORMATION

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What is alchemy? Alchemy comes from the Arabic al-kīmiyā, a synonym of al-iksir (elixir), and was thought to mean something akin to, “The process and means by which something is obtained or changed.” This definition holds true today.

While originally a protoscience (precursor to an academically approved science), alchemy is now part of a global lexicon that serves people in their pursuits of individuation, self-empowerment, and embodiment of the light.

When choosing to become an alchemist, you are saying you believe yourself to be in service of the light, in pursuit of understanding and healing your shadows, and on a path that seeks to up-level and heal humanity.

If we believe ourselves to be representative of the universe, born of light and stardust, and with unlimited potential, then it is quite possible that we can change our hearts, minds, and physical realities. It is in this way that each of us might be an alchemist.

“THE TRUE ALCHEMISTS DO NOT CHANGE LEAD INTO GOLD; THEY CHANGE THE WORLD INTO WORDS.”

― William H. Gass, A Temple of Texts

The Light Beyond The Stars

Zep Tep, meaning “first time,” is an ancient Egyptian phrase. It refers to an age that occurred over 12,000 years ago when divine beings came through the eternal void to educate and enlighten primitive humans inhabiting the earth at that time.

While well-intending human beings contaminated the original teachings, this ancient, timeless, angelic download is known as the pre-foundation of modern alchemy. To the champions and disciples of what is also known as “the way,” alchemy is a seraphic gift from light beings who descended from beyond the stars.

WHAT IS ALCHEMY?

All of life is interconnected. Our minds are the galaxies, our fingers and toes are the planets, and our organs are the stars that bring us light and life. We are each an embodiment of the universe, and therefore have the power to improve our lives, conditions, and environments at every turn.

We achieve these things through prayer and meditation, healing and nutritional remedies, and clear and intentional activities. These are the premises behind esoteric or spiritual alchemy, as distinct from those seeking to make gold, known as exoteric, the obsolete branch of alchemy.

Before Chemistry, Islam, and Christianity, there was Alchemy, a system of pre-science assumptions, beliefs, elixirs, processes, and traditions that purported to heal the sick, transform personal relationships, remove mental afflictions, turn metals into gold, change the dynamics of political power, grow allegiances, open hearts, co-create miracles, and even kill. Alchemy was a catch-all for how to gain control of life and its many foes and challenges.

Originally based on what are now widely considered to be disproven scientific principles, the whole of alchemy remains a beautifully woven fabric of fascinating, illuminating, and transformative ideas derived from magic, physics, mythology, art, astrology, and a variety of religions.

Even though portions of early alchemy are antiquated (and slightly funny), what some academics seem to have forgotten is that Sir Isaac Newton, often recognized as one of history’s most influential scientists (and the master of gravity and calculus), utilized Alchemy to understand the physical world and develop some of his most profound laws, theorems, principles, and algorithms. Even though he also dabbled in junk “science,” Newton thought highly of all branches of alchemical sciences and considered himself a student, if not an embodiment of its tenets.

If you remove the disproven principals from early alchemy, the result is a profound, productive, and experiential ideology based in the idea that as conscious, living beings, existing in three-dimensional space, we have the ability to represent and embody the universe, and in so doing, effect change in our lives, and in the lives of the those we love and serve.

In Paulo Coelho’s highly acclaimed book, The Alchemist, he writes:

“THIS IS WHY ALCHEMY EXISTS, SO THAT EVERYONE WILL SEARCH FOR HIS TREASURE, FIND IT, AND THEN WANT TO BE BETTER THAN HE WAS IN HIS FORMER LIFE. LEAD WILL PLAY ITS ROLE UNTIL THE WORLD HAS NO FURTHER NEED FOR LEAD; AND THEN LEAD WILL HAVE TO TURN ITSELF INTO GOLD. THAT’S WHAT ALCHEMISTS DO. THEY SHOW THAT, WHEN WE STRIVE TO BECOME BETTER THAN WE ARE, EVERYTHING AROUND US BECOMES BETTER, TOO.”

ALCHEMY TODAY

Alchemy is widely practiced in our modern world, yet generally misunderstood. While once considered science, it now functions within the categories of mysticism, the new age, and transpersonal psychology.

While some see alchemy as antithetical to science and possibly the work of the devil, a growing population has come to understand alchemy as an effective pathway to personal growth, empowerment, and transformation. Carl Jung was a passionate alchemist and he used alchemical methodologies to heal his patients.

“CLOSER EXAMINATION OF THE DARK CHARACTERISTICS – THAT IS, THE INFERIORITIES CONSTITUTING THE SHADOW – REVEALS THAT THEY HAVE AN EMOTIONAL NATURE, A KIND OF AUTONOMY, AND ACCORDINGLY AN OBSESSIVE OR, BETTER, POSSESSIVE QUALITY.”

– Carl Jung

Jung helped his patients accept and address the contents of their subconscious, even the things that could bring about darkness, shame, and fear.

SECRET CIPHERS AND CRYPTIC SYMBOLISM

All of alchemy is drenched in secrets, ciphers, and symbolism, the derivatives of which are used by sufis, pagans, new agers, scientists, and alchemists alike. While the mystery of ciphers and symbols cannot be covered within this one article, ciphers and cryptic symbolism are at the foundation of early life on this planet, and have been used by brilliant leaders, writers, priests, shamans, healers, doctors, and psychologists throughout time.

What is a cipher? A cipher is a disguised style of writing, used to prevent the reader from fully understanding what he or she is reading. Cryptic symbolism refers to the use of secret signs, designs, icons, and messages hidden within delicate and precarious manuscripts. The word cryptic comes from the Greek and was first used to describe the vault beneath a church where dead people were buried. If something is cryptic, it’s serious, secret, and hidden.

Alchemists are famous for their secrets. Secret codes, secret symbols, and secret methodologies. Some alchemists chose a variety of methods to protect themselves and their families from government and religious persecution. Others felt that their ideas were sacred and should not be shared with the general population. The codes, ciphers, and symbols protected everyone involved, along with all of their rites, rituals, and ideas.

The use of secrecy methods helped to create a hidden society and a pathway to membership. If you knew the codes, ciphers or symbols, then you probably knew someone in the tribe. This would have given you the ability to request entrance and initiation.

The extended list of the original alchemical symbols includes: earth, air, water, fire, salt, mercury, sulfur, copper, silver, philosopher’s stone, gold, iron, antimony, tin, platinum, lead, arsenic, phosphorus, bismuth, magnesium, zinc, potassium carbonate. Some say this list was the beginning of the periodic table, but these symbols have deeper meanings that are intrinsic to the ancient rituals and ideology embedded in alchemy’s history and traditions.

Alchemist symbols can be mapped to Carl Jung’s analysis of the anatomy of the subconscious. Many of the symbols and their derivatives are signposts in Jung’s journey toward individuation.

Jung would say that the psyche could not be understood intellectually, and only through images or symbols. According to Jung, it’s in this way that the symbols of alchemy are a roadmap to self-discovery.

NOTABLE ALCHEMISTS

Partly based in The Hermetic principles (and associated with the Rosicrucian brotherhood), and with a history steeped in Hellenistic Egyptian ideology, alchemy is rich in science, tradition, culture, and mythology. At several junctures in the earth’s history, it took courage to be an alchemist.

Here is a short list of some of the most notable alchemists throughout time. Each have a unique perspective on the principles of alchemy.

Please note that this is a partial list provided strictly to help the reader initiate their own research. While this list is neither comprehensive or complete, it’s a great place to start and covers a broad spectrum of alchemists from several continents and time periods.

  • HERMES TRISMEGISTUS
  • LEONARDO DA VINCI
  • OSTANES
  • KANADA
  • NAGARJUNA
  • YOGI VEMANA
  • JESUS CHRIST (ACCORDING TO THE GNOSTICS)
  • WEI BOYANG
  • KHALID IBN YAZID
  • JĀBIR IBN HAYYĀN
  • AL-KINDI
  • ALAIN DE LILLE
  • ROGER BACON
  • JOHN DEE
  • MARIE-LOUISE VON FRANZ
  • WOUTER HANEGRAAFF
  • DIANE DI PRIMA
  • RUDOLF STEINER
  • CARL JUNG

HOW CAN I USE ALCHEMY TO IMPROVE MY LIFE?

For some, alchemy offers a workable ideology and practical solution to alleviating fear, sadness, conflicts, and pain.

To be an alchemist means you enjoy using words, writing, incantations, rituals, intentions, and right action to heal yourself and coax reality into fulfilling your heartfelt desires.

According to the basic tenets of alchemy, if we engage in thoughtful, prayerful and love-based intentional action, we can create, promote, help, heal, and enhance our lives in myriad ways, including:

  • SETTING AND ACHIEVING GOALS
  • HEALING OUR MINDS AND BODIES
  • HELPING A LOVED ONE
  • ATTRACTING A SYMBIOTIC LIFE-PARTNER, MATE, OR LOVER
  • SERVING HUMANITY
  • LETTING GO OF THE PAST
  • ACHIEVING FORGIVENESS
  • FINDING THE RIGHT BUSINESS PARTNER
  • SOFTENING THE BLOW OF TRAUMA
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RESEARCHERS CREATE DEVICE TO PRODUCE CLEAN FUEL FROM SEAWATER

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Stanford researchers have devised a method of splitting hydrogen and oxygen from seawater to generate clean fuel. Their profound invention presents an extraction method for an alternative energy source to fossil fuels and the most efficient electrolysis technique yet.

In the past, water-splitting devices needed to be fed purified water, as negatively charged chloride from saltwater will corrode the positive electrode in the system. Unfortunately, purifying saltwater from the ocean is also incredibly energy intensive, making traditional electrolysis impractical.

But by coating the positive electrode with negatively charged layers of nickel-iron hydroxide and nickel sulfide atop a nickel foam core, the team was able to slow the system’s decay. This allowed for longer periods of electrolysis, producing practical amounts of hydrogen that can then be used as a clean fuel source. Their multi-layered device was able to split water for about 1000 hours compared to the typical 12 hours of traditional devices.

Hongjie Dai and his students tested their device with water from the San Francisco Bay, pointing to California as a place that has a significant lack of clean water on top of high energy consumption. But while they’ve developed this new, proficient method, they say they don’t have any plans to scale the technology, instead leaving that to manufacturers in the industry.

The electrolysis device Hongjie Dai and team built

 

They also said they could foresee the use of this technology as a method for generating breathable oxygen underwater for submarines or divers, allowing them to stay underwater for longer periods without surfacing.

Though still in its nascent phase, hydrogen fuel-cell cars have become commercially available and many cities have implemented similar engines in their public transport. But these vehicles typically get their hydrogen from natural gas where, once again, the cost is high and investment in filling stations is low.

But with Dai and team’s device, that hydrogen can now be extracted from water straight out of the ocean, eliminating the need to drill down into the ground and produce excessive emissions. And as an added benefit, burning hydrogen to power a vehicle doesn’t produce any carbon emissions, instead it simply discharges water.

But the big question seems to be whether this comes at a time when there’s still enough public interest in the technology as a viable transportation option, especially with the recent explosion of investment in electric vehicles. At least with a hydrogen powered car, you wouldn’t have to wait hours for your electric vehicle to charge, and you’d still be helping the environment.

And then, of course, there’s always the question of whether the oil and gas industry will embrace this technology or try to suppress investment in its development like it tends to do with other alternative fuel sources.

Is the technology just in time or too little too late?

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ANCIENT SOUND TECHNOLOGY; THE BREATH OF CREATION

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Crashing waves. The thump of a palm against a taut drum skin. The wail of a new born baby.Sound is our tether to the present, to one another, and to our deep and ancient sense of the world. Throughout the ages, ancient sound technology, created through voice, instruments, and the natural world has provided healing and spiritual connection.

Every ancient civilization is based on the belief of the sanctity that is sound, from the Old Testament’s verse, “and God saidlet there be light,” to the meditative ohm of the Hindu tradition; sound represents a spiritual significance that is essential to the human relationship to nature, self, and one another.

The first ancient people known to use sound as a healing power are the indigenous people of northern Australia. The ancient culture created a kind of sound healing, expressed through the didgeridoo, or its ancient name, the yidaki. Made from fallen eucalyptus branches hollowed out by termites, the didgeridoo is considered to be the oldest wind instrument, dating back more than 40,000 years. Used in ceremonial rituals and for its healing properties, the didgeridoo was also a way to communicate across far distances due to the unique sound waves which are believed to be able to be heard through the earth. The low frequencies produced by the didgeridoo are thought to heal, help with mobility, and open up energetic flows.

“He who knows the secret of the sound knows the mystery of the whole universe” – Hazrat Inayat Khan

North American indigenous cultures incorporated “reciprocal participation” in their tribal ceremonies with a complex and interconnected musical exchange that ranged across nations and tribes. Used for ritualistic purposes, creative expression, and healing, making and sharing music has always been central to Native American daily life. But while drums, flutes, and other percussive instruments play an important role, the human voice is considered to be the most important instrument.

According to the American Indian Heritage Foundation (AIHF), “ [u]nusual, irregular rhythms and a somewhat off-key style of singing is used. No harmony is ever incorporated, although sometimes many people sing at once, and other times the vocals are solo. The Native American vocals are passionate, used to invoke spirits, ask for rain or healing, or are used to heal the sick.” AIHF states that “many researchers feel that Native American music is some of the most complex ever performed. The tensing and releasing of the vocals combined with varying drum beats makes it a very intricate form of art.

In ancient Egypt, seven vowels served as sacred sounds, creating a strong euphony, or harmonic convergence. In addition to the human voice, Egyptian high priestesses played the sistrum in ceremonies, a kind of rattle with metal discs attached to it that generated an “ultrasound” to enhance healing, and which is still in use today. The ancient Egyptians believed so strongly in the power and sanctity of sound that there are no vowels present in their written language of hieroglyphics.

Ancient Greece gave birth to what we refer to as music therapy. Pythagoras, who most know as the father of mathematics, and the founder of the Pythagoras Mystery School, is also believed to have discovered musical intervals.

He wrote, “each celestial body, in fact each and every atom, produces a particular sound on account of its movement, its rhythm or vibration. All these sounds and vibrations form a universal harmony in which each element, while having its own function and character, contributes to the whole,” creating what Syrian philosopher Iamblichus referred to as “musical medicine.”

Similar to the ancient Egyptians, the ancient Greeks built healing chambers designed for “dream sleep,” which also incorporated the therapeutic use of reverberant surfaces and parallel-facing stone walls, as well as musical instruments.

Vocal chanting is also prominent in ancient Chinese and Tibetan cultures, with intricate variations to positively impact physical well-being, psychological health, and spiritual mastery. Beyond the human voice, Tibetan singing bowls have been used for centuries for healing and brainwave stimulation. They’ve been likened to “the sound of the universe” unfolding. Lastly, Tibetan gongs encompass the entire audible sound spectrum, considered to have a positive effect on overall cellular health.

ANCIENT SOUND TECHNOLOGY: THE SECRET RESONANCE

As evidenced by the importance that sound played in ancient cultures, in pre-Christian times, the Tritone, an imperfect harmonic interval, was considered to be the pathway to understanding the world. But according to Richard Merrick, “with the fall of Rome, Christianity became politicized by emperor Constantine and ‘pagan’ knowledge of harmony in nature was forbidden. This was even legislated by Church law and enforced by the Inquisition, and for hundreds of years harmonic knowledge was pushed underground.”

Despite, or in response to this prohibition, interest in ancient sound technology flourished throughout the ages. In fact, a number of famous historical figures believed in and practicedCymatics, the study of “sound and vibration made visible, typically on the surface of a plate, diaphragm or membrane.”

Leonardo Da Vinci observed and wrote about dust that formed specific shapes depending on vibrational levels: “I say then that when a table is struck in different places the dust that is upon it is reduced to various shapes of mounds and tiny hillocks.” Galileo Galilei wrote about using a chisel to scrape a brass plate and observing a “long row of fine streaks, parallel and equidistant from one another,” thought to be caused by the sound vibrations.

Most famously, German musician and scientist Ernst Chladni of the mid-1700s and creator of the“Chladni Figures,” discovered that geometric patterns could be made through the stroke of a violin bow against a brass plate filled with sand, one of the most important milestones in the field of acoustics.


Chladni figures courtesy researchgate.net

Interestingly enough, the Rosslyn Chapel of Scotland (built in the 15th century) the Rosslyn cubes, cymatic geometric designs placed throughout the chapel’s ceiling, resembled Chladni’s figures, and led many to believe that ancient sounds were indeed inscribed directly into the surface of the chapel’s interior. Composers Thomas and Stuart Mitchell spent two decades decoding the mysterious cubes into the “Rosslyn Motet.”

Into the 20th and 21st centuries, the fascination with sound technology has continued. As recounted by Dr. Kathy J. Forti, Nikola Tesla experimented with “acoustic sound waves which started an earthquake in the building of his New York City laboratory. He recounted how the beams in the building started to shake as if their molecular structure was being affected.” Physicist Mary Desiree Waller expanded on Chladni’s work through her book, Chladni Figures, a Study in Symmetry which was published in 1961 and included mathematical equations explaining the earlier sound technology for modern scientific acoustic students. Most recently, English acoustic engineer John Stuart Reid conducted cymatics research in the Great Pyramid in 1997, which studied the resonant and healing effects of granite, the material used to build sarcophagi.

SOUND AS MOVEMENT: ANCIENT LEVITATION TECHNOLOGY

It’s believed that reverberance or sonic levitation was utilized to build places of worship and burial spaces such as the pyramids. Abul Hasan Ali Al-Masudi, 10th century Arab geographer and historian who was known as the “Herodotus of the Arabs,” wrote about a magic papyrus believed to be placed under a stone that when struck with a metal rod would create a vibrational moving path.

There exist modern accounts of Tibetan monks using their deep chants and sacred instruments to move boulders and seem to confirm the belief that the power of sound, amplified by a large number of people, could create vibration powerful enough to levitate large and heavy objects.Swedish engineer Olaf Alexanderson writes of an eyewitness account in which “priests of the far east…were able to lift heavy boulders up high mountains with the help of groups of various sounds… the knowledge of the various vibrations in the audio range demonstrates to a scientist of physics that a vibrating and condensed sound field can nullify the power of gravitation.”

Almost no ancient architectural plans exist and legend recounts that monoliths and megaliths were thought to have been built by scores of slave labor. But according to Stephen Wagner, “in almost every culture where megaliths exist…a legend also exists that the huge stones were moved by acoustic means—either by the chanted spells of magicians, by song, by striking with a magic wand or rod (to produce acoustic resonance), or by trumpets, gongs, lyres, cymbals or whistles.”

ANCIENT SOUND TECHNOLOGIES IN USE TODAY

In 2005, Stephanie Rosenbloom reported in The New York Times that “a new kind of sound therapy…has begun to attract a following.” She sites vibrational medicine, use of ancient tools such as Tibetan singing bowls, tuning forks, and a “return to ancient cultural practices.” Sound technology is now integrated into treatment for cancer, strokes, pain management, mental well-being, stress reduction, dementia, and Alzheimer’s.

In 2019, MIT’s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory published results of a study which found “strobe lights and a low pitched buzz can be used to recreate brain waves lost in the disease, which in turn remove plaque and improve cognitive function in mice engineered to display Alzheimer’s-like behavior.” One of the researchers reported that “when we combine visual and auditory stimulation for a week, we see the engagement of the prefrontal cortex and a very dramatic reduction of amyloid.”

Beyond the medical community’s adoption of sound technology into research and treatment, it appears that a new generation of acoustic science thought and tools are emerging. The CymaScope, a “scientific instrument that makes sound visible” developed in 2002, is impacting all scientific fields and recently breakthrough in the field of dolphin language research and in Mereon research, an energy pattern that may lie at the heart of creation.

From science research labs, hospitals, to healing centers and yoga studios, the consensus is that modern sound technologies, which contain a multitude of ways to soothe, calm, and heal, owe a debt of gratitude to the ancestral lineage from which they were born.

 

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SCIENTISTS SAY THEY’VE DISCOVERED MARTIAN LIFE IN FORM OF FUNGI

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The days of scientists dismissing all signs of life on the Martian surface as pareidolia or just a trick of shadows may be over, as a statistically significant majority of 70 scientists agree they’ve identified evidence of life on the red planet.

According to a paper published in the Journal of Astrobiology, as well as the consortium of believing scientists, the Mars Curiosity Rover seems to have photographed evidence of life on Mars in the form of algae, lichens, and fungi.

In addition to a number of pictures showing these prokaryotes and eukaryotes seeming to thrive on the surface of Martian rocks, other photos depict what appear to be fungi growing on the rover itself.

The evidence supports a number of hypotheses that these types of “puff-balls,” or fungal organisms would be able to survive the Martian atmosphere, despite exposure to intense space radiation and harsh atmospheric conditions.

 

Though this information is just now being released to the public, other scientists are claiming they identified equaling compelling evidence decades ago detected by the 1976 Viking mission, yet for some reason NASA still didn’t equip subsequent missions with the proper tools to test for life. And despite the substantial photographic evidence of this life, the only way to truly prove whether it’s living is to sample it and send it back to Earth for testing.

 

“There are no geological or other abiogenic forces on Earth which can produce sedimentary structures, by the hundreds, which have mushroom shapes, stems, stalks, and shed what looks like spores on the surrounding surface,” said the study’s lead author Dr. Regina Dass of the Department of Microbiology at India’s School of Life Sciences. “In fact, fifteen specimens were photographed by NASA growing out of the ground in just three days!”

Dass and team also argued that there are fluctuations in methane levels on the ground as well as in the Martian atmosphere that vary between seasons, much like methane fluctuations seen on Earth. 90 percent of that methane is the direct result of living organisms.

NASA denies the assertion that these photos are proof of living organisms, calling into question the validity of the journal making the claims. Instead the administration says the photos simply depict minerals like hematite.

But if this scientific consortium is correct and there are basic life forms able to survive Mars’ hostile atmosphere, how they ended up on the red planet is a bit of a mystery.

Considering that certain cyanobacteria and fungi have been observed to survive the vacuum of space and cosmic radiation, some believe these microorganisms on Mars may have come from Earth, either blasted from meteorite impacts or having caught a ride with one of the rovers.

And then there’s also the other hypothesis that says they could be remnants of an ancient civilization that once resided on Mars, before some cataclysmic event turned the planet into the inhospitable rock it is today. At least that’s what remote viewers working for the CIA claim they saw.

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FORMER POLISH PRESIDENT WARNS HUMANS AT RISK OF ALIEN INVASION

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Former Polish President Lech Wałęsa, gave a speech this week in which he warned of the potential threat of an alien invasion. Wałęsa served as the country’s president from 1990 to 1995 and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983.

Though he hasn’t served in government for almost 25 years, Wałęsa showed he still knew how to capture the media’s attention when he decided to discuss the hot button topic and his belief that an invasion may be imminent in a meeting at a civic club.

During the colorful speech, Wałęsa argued for what he believed were three levels of intellectual development in the cosmos, with humans unfortunately residing at the bottom.

It’s unclear whether Wałęsa was simply using the topic of extraterrestrials as a partisan talking point, or whether he may have some actual knowledge of their existence, though it seems the former is more likely, as he expressed his apparent disdain for certain global leaders.

“What are they doing here?” he said. “If we threaten destabilization (…) Putin, they will interrupt us, cut us in half, the land will collapse, we will all crush us.”

Unfortunately, full translations of the retired politician’s speech aren’t readily available, but one excerpt gives insight into some of Wałęsa’s extraterrestrial beliefs, including vague references to what might be construed as the work of Zecharia Sitchin or Erich von Däniken.

“The higher civilization can hold us that way for five thousand years. They will send Adam and Eve and we will build the world again,” he said.

“People find things, dig in stones, these pyramids … no answer, where did it come from?”

He also made mention of his belief that there have been a number of civilizations in our history that have reached current levels of technological advancement, but which suffered the fate he says he believes modern civilization is currently facing – collapse due to war and a lack of peaceful communication.

Wałęsa certainly isn’t the first public official whose belief in extraterrestrial intelligence has aroused interest (as well as ridicule) in the media. In the U.S., Florida congresswoman Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera made headlines multiple times for her claim that she was abducted by tall blonde alien entities when she was a child.

And of course, former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid continues to espouse his conviction that the UFO phenomenon is real and worth investigating seriously.

But others are skeptical when world leaders and politicians begin speaking of alien invasion, or extraterrestrial technology in general, as they fear a false flag alien attack may be used to enforce a nefarious global agenda. Could Wałęsa be a provocateur in this grand conspiracy or is he genuinely concerned for humanity?

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PSYCHEDELICS PIONEER CREATES ALCOHOL SUBSTITUTE WITH NO TOXICITY

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In 2009, David Nutt was dismissed from his role as England’s chief drug adviser when he claimed LSD and MDMA were less dangerous than alcohol. Though it’s surely a nuanced argument, Nutt was referring to the relative toxicity between the substances – a fact overshadowed by the cultural stigma surrounding them. And now he’s trying to take that conviction to market with an alcohol substitute called Alcarelle, which gives users the buzz without the horribly toxic side effects.

“The industry knows alcohol is a toxic substance,” said Nutt in an interview with the Guardian. “If it were discovered today, it would be illegal as a foodstuff. The safe limit of alcohol, if you apply food standards criteria, would be one glass of wine a year.”

This hasn’t slowed the consumption of alcohol as the trillion-dollar global industry continues to flourish. Meanwhile, alcohol is attributed to nearly 6 percent of all deaths globally every year – that’s about 3.3 million people killed from alcohol-related issues.

While Nutt’s career is marked by his many breakthroughs studying the psychologically therapeutic effects of psychedelics – and earning him the lengthy title of neuropsychopharmacologist – he’s had his idea for an alcohol alternative on the back burner for decades.

Ever since he began studying alcohol antidotes that reversed the drug’s inebriating effects, Nutt realized that GABA receptors in the brain could be targeted to produce intoxication, while avoiding the elements that damage the liver and other vital organs. And now he believes the market is primed for a release of his product as the extent of alcohol’s adverse effects have become more widely understood.

He also believes the Silicon Valley doctrine of creating “disruptive” technologies has set the stage for his product to infiltrate the behemoth that is the alcohol industry.

In fact, he says he believes the industry will be receptive to his product as major liquor, wine, and beer brands are already investing in alternatives such as cannabis, at the behest of their customers; notably the newer generations that have access to more data and are more health conscientious.

David Nutt via independent.co.uk

But instead of trying to convince alcohol producers to revamp their entire process, Nutt says Alcarelle could simply be added to existing product, while the alcohol content is synthesized out or the product not distilled at all.

Nutt has identified the serotonin, dopamine and GABA receptors in the brain that alcohol works across and says he can individually target disparate receptors to achieve desired effects.

Not only could Alcarelle vary in the level of intoxication it induces, but it can also deliver a “capped” drunkenness where, after a certain point, you won’t get any drunker no matter how much you imbibe.

Nutt is currently working on acquiring $26 million in funding to have it properly tested and approved by the appropriate government regulatory agencies, before taking it to market. He already has one investor who provided the seed funding to get the product off the ground.

For now, only a handful of people, mostly he and his colleagues, have had the pleasure of trying his drug, and all are in concurrence that it’s as effective, if not more pleasant than alcohol. If it truly evades liver damage and a hangover, he may have an incredibly desirable compound on his hands. And coming from a man who owns a bar of his own and intends to one day sell Alcarelle at his establishment, it all sounds pretty promising.

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JOURNEY OF THE TAROT: HOW MAJOR ARCANA MEANINGS MIRROR THE SOUL

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Cloaked in mystery and magic, the Tarot is more than a mere card game or parlor trick. In fact, the symbolism of this mysterious set of cards dives deeply into the realm of human consciousness and experience, revealing patterns of both the past, present, and probable future. The Major Arcana meanings in particular echo important aspects of the human experience, shedding light onto the many stages of spiritual development.

Divided into two separate Arcana, the Tarot tells the story of human experience using archetypal symbolism, numerology, and elemental meanings. The Major Arcana in particular speaks to what Carl Jung termed “the universal subconscious.” Each of the 22 cards symbolizes a different portion of the psyche, leading the querent on a spiritual journey from division to wholeness. On the path of the Major Arcana the seeker faces various trials and tribulations, which eventually lead to understanding and individuation.

THE STORY AND MEANING OF THE MAJOR ARCANA

Many beginning Tarot enthusiasts are overwhelmed by the imagery and seemingly mysterious nature of the symbolism of the Major Arcana. Each of the 22 cards is packed with angelic figures, glyphs and characters that can both inspire and unsettle the reader. Yet if one approaches the Tarot as a storyline with the Fool as the central character, the mystery begins to reveal itself.

THE FOOL’S JOURNEY: THE MAJOR ARCANA EXPLAINED

Beginning with the number zero, the first character we will meet and follow throughout the Major Arcana is the carefree Fool. He appears in many decks clothed in a white tunic, flower in hand and feet dangerously close to a precipice. On the surface, The Fool appears unaware and dim, but in the Tarot, his actions and personality take on a different light.

With the Fool we have the point between points, the power of the present moment. He is unaware and thusly unafraid to face the perilous journey before him. It is the Fool’s innocence and openness that make the adventure possible.

The first two characters he encounters are the Magician and the High Priestess. The Magician represents pure dynamic masculine energy, and a willingness to project oneself out into the world. This is a card of harnessing one’s abilities towards the alchemical transformation of self or experience.

The High Priestess on the other hand, represents the pure feminine energy of incubation and arcane knowledge. She sits patiently at the gates of Solomon’s Temple, guarding the secrets of divine power. The High Priestess embodies the mysterious element of femininity and intuition, the intangible yet powerful forces that explore the realms of magic.

Now that The Fool has met his own personal masculine and feminine aspects, he meets the external embodiment of these characters. The Empress and The Emperor can be approached as the parents of The Fool, the earthly counterparts of The Magician and The High Priestess. As the mother of The Fool, The Empress is loving, abundant and giving. She is the feminine provider who feeds and nurtures her subjects.

The Emperor holds the energy of the father, creating firm foundations and boundaries in the external world. He protects his realm, building walls to encase the softness of the Empress. These parental figures instill their knowledge on the young Fool, defining his ideas of boundaries and security.

But the Fool must leave the safety of home, so next he encounters the dogma and structured world of The Hierophant. Here knowledge is passed down from heaven to Earth through the lens of hierarchy and teaching with a strong emphasis on religious institutions. Next the Fool learns the power of choice, symbolized by The Lovers card. It is the first instance where the Fool begins to realize that his future is in his own hands, and that his decisions will shape his path.

Now that The Fool has been educated, he must take this knowledge and apply it to the real world. The Chariot is his graduation, a sign that he has the necessary knowledge to embark upon the adventure. From here, he meets his first challenge: Strength. The Fool must overcome his base qualities by realizing that “mind over matter” is at times the best solution to a problem.

From the trial of Strength, the Fool is thrown into the introspective world of the Hermit. Alone with his own thoughts and removed from the world, the Fool realizes that life is in some ways a game to be played. The Wheel of Fortune appears next, as if the knowledge acquired by the Hermit is suddenly manifest. Life is a series of riddles and twisting turns, moved by both fate and choice, where one day things are up and the next day they are down.

The Fool comes to terms with this wild ride through the assumptions of the Justice card, where decisions are measured and enacted through a fair trial. But often enough, life is not so black and white. Soon the Fool finds himself in the quandary of the Hanged Man, suspended between two worlds in order to find a new perspective.

It is from this discomfort that he realizes that what he once took as blind truth is in fact the beliefs and ideas of his former teachers. The Death card appears to free him from these falsehoods, clearing away the words of the Emperor, Empress, Hierophant, and even the child the Fool once was.

The Fool is forever changed by this experience, and his new understanding is embodied by the angel of the Temperance card. Here we have a deeper spiritual understanding, where emotion is regulated and a middle path is forged between extremes. But with this new found clarity the hidden blind spots within the Fool himself are revealed, taking shape as the Devil.

Emerging from the darkness, the Devil speaks to the unconscious urges of the psyche which manifest as addiction and attachment. Luckily, this level of tension and manipulation is short lived, released by the shock and awe of the Tower. With a lightning bolt from heaven, the walls of the Fool’s inner world crumble, allowing for the growth and renewal of the Star.

The Star is one of the most magical and hopeful moments on the Fool’s journey, where healthy new ideas are planted and divine assistance flows freely from heaven. Yet this level of transcendence still has its own shadow. The profound and psychic Moon appears, reminding the Fool of all that is uncontrollable and mysterious. The Moon moves the tides of the ocean and the cycles of women, causing both the wild wolf and the tame dog to howl.

But night does not last forever, and the Fool’s journey is also nearing its end. The Sun rises once more and with it comes the promise of homecoming and return. The Fool finds himself at the gates of his ancestral castle, ready to reveal all that he has learned during his travels. The Judgement card is that revelation, where anything left unsaid is dealt with and the final inner work is completed.

The World represents the end of this journey, while also hinting at the cycle that is yet to come. This is one of the deepest aspects of the wisdom that the Tarot holds: life is an endless circle, a chance to learn and grow through experience. As long as we inhabit bodies on the Earth plane, there will be lessons to discover and conquer. Luckily there are tools such as the Tarot to help us understand ourselves, the world around us, and how best to thrive on our own archetypal journey.

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THICH NHAT HANH: BUDDHIST MASTER OF MINDFULNESS, MIRACLES & PEACE

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Known as “Thay” in the western hemisphere, Thich Nhat Hanh is a poet, scholar, Zen Master, and lovely human being. He is also the father of “Engaged Buddhism,” a movement that brings together practical Buddhist wisdom, social activism, and mindfulness.

Thay is a global phenomenon, and a gentle, inspirational friend to all. His tireless efforts as a teacher of Buddhadharma have alleviated the pain and suffering of millions of people across the globe. His beautiful lectures, meditations, and bestselling books have inspired countless followers to seek the light within, and find peace.

Thay was born as Nguyen Xuan Bao, in the city of Quang Ngai, Vietnam, in 1926. By age 16, he was a novice monk at Từ Hiếu Temple, in Hue City, which is where he was given his name, Thich Nhat Hanh.

Thay was the first monk to be seen regularly riding a bicycle in public and one of a handful of monks who saw serving humanity to be a form of meditation.

“THERE IS NO WAY TO HAPPINESS. HAPPINESS IS THE WAY.”

— Thich Nhat Hanh

Thay graduated from Báo Quốc Buddhist Academy and received extensive training in Mahayana Buddhism and (Vietnamese) Thiền “Zen” Buddhism. Soon after, he became a Bhikkhu, a fully ordained male, monastic, Buddhist monk.

To Thay, everything is a meditation: eating, walking, seeing, speaking, breathing, and relating. With each step and each breath, we can either inch away from the depth of ourselves or be fully present to our peacefulness. In every moment, we have an opportunity to decide the fate of the next.

Thich Nhat Hanh has been continually involved in the peace and nonviolence movements since his early days at Từ Hiếu. He believes veganism is vital to saving the planet and that nonviolence toward animals will inspire a more profound peace and improve the natures of our souls.

“Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future. If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right now we are okay. Right now, today, we are still alive, and our bodies are working marvelously. Our eyes can still see the beautiful sky. Our ears can still hear the voices of our loved ones.”

— Thich Nhat Hanh

PLUM VILLAGE MONASTERY

Thay founded a lovely, Buddhist community known as “Sweet Potato” near Paris in the 1970s, shortly after he left Vietnam. In 1982, it was time to expand into Plum Village, which began as a small, rustic farm and developed into what is now the largest Buddhist monastery in Europe.

The official name of the monastery is Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism. It’s here that Thich Nhat Hanh established his monastic order, which consists of around 600 monks and nuns in 9 monasteries across the globe. The Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation is the charitable arm of Plum Village.

Thousands of Buddhists and other visitors journey to Plum Village every year, where each is nourished by the hundreds of resident monks and nuns who practice and teach Buddhism for the benefit of humankind.

The primary purpose of this lovely community is to live mindfully throughout every activity. This includes eating, walking, working, relating, laughing, or sharing a cup of tea with fellow visitors from other countries.

The monastery’s environment is peaceful and nourishing. In addition to serving the global, monastic Buddhist community, PlumVillage.org states that they hold many programs and retreats for lay people, teenagers, veterans, the entertainment industry, members of Congress, law enforcement agencies, and people of color.

All meals are vegetarian and delicious.

“WHEN YOU TOUCH ONE THING WITH DEEP AWARENESS, YOU TOUCH EVERYTHING.”

— Thich Nhat Hanh

THAY’S REMARKABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Thay was very busy in his youth, which continued throughout his life.

In the early 1960s, he founded Lá Bối Press, Van Hanh Buddhist University, The Order of Interbeing (Tiep Hien Order), The Unified Buddhist Church, and the School of Youth for Social Service. The latter provided immeasurable value to Vietnam by sending young Buddhist workers to rural areas to build schools and clinics, and to help rebuild infrastructure in towns and villages.

Thay studied comparative religion at Princeton University, taught Buddhist psychology and other courses at his Van Hanh Buddhist University, taught comparative religion and Buddhism at Columbia University, led symposiums in Vietnamese Buddhism at Cornell University, and was a lecturer and researcher in Buddhism at the University of Sorbonne, in Paris. In short, Thay is a rock star.

 

In 1966, he became a Dharmacharya, or “one who becomes the dharma,” from Zen Master Chân Thật. He became the head of The Từ Hiếu Pagoda and a long list of monasteries. Later, he would chair the Vietnamese Buddhist Peace Delegation.

Thich Nhat Hanh has a long list of celebrity and religious followers, including Martin Luther King and Thomas Merton. After nominating Thay for a Nobel Peace Prize, King said, “I do not personally know of anyone more worthy of this prize.”

When Thay visited the United States to inspire efforts toward peace in Vietnam, both North and South Vietnam denied him entry. This exile lasted 39 years. The CIA labeled Thay a political dissident. By all accounts, Thay was an unrelenting and powerful force during these years. He led the Buddhist delegation to the Paris Peace Talks in 1969.

His monasteries and Dharma centers include:

  • Blue Cliff Monastery in Pine Bush, NY
  • Community of Mindful Living in Berkeley, CA
  • Deer Park Monastery (Tu Viện Lộc Uyển) in Escondido, CA
  • Magnolia Grove (Đạo Tràng Mộc Lan) in Batesville, MS
  • European Institute of Applied Buddhism in Waldbröl, Germany
  • Từ Hiếu Temple in Vietnam
  • Prajna Temple in Vietnam
  • Additional monasteries can be found in Paris, Hong Kong, and Australia

More recently, Thich Nhat Hanh founded “Wake Up”, a global movement of young people training in mindfulness, and related education centers in Europe, America, and Asia, known as “Wake Up Schools,” where teachers are trained to teach mindfulness.

Thay has been invited to teach at some of the most prestigious companies and organizations in the world, including Google, The World Bank, and The Harvard School of Medicine.

His mindfulness calligraphy has been exhibited in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Canada, Germany, France, and New York. Thay’s artfully crafted phrases are spiritually inspiring and nurturing.

In addition to his native tongue of Vietnamese, Thay is fluent in English, Chinese, French, Sanskrit, Pali, and Japanese.

THICH NHAT HANH QUOTES

Thay’s sweet and touching sentiments penetrate every heart who hears them.

Enjoy these simple, yet profound thoughts from Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh:

  • “Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.”
  • “The real power of the Buddha was that he had so much love. He saw people trapped in their notions of small separate self, feeling guilty or proud of that self, and he offered revolutionary teachings that resounded like a lion’s roar, like a great rising tide, helping people to wake up and break free from the prison of ignorance.”
  • “Many people think excitement is happiness…. But when you are excited, you are not peaceful. True happiness is based on peace.”
  • “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
  • “It’s very important that we re-learn the art of resting and relaxing. Not only does it help prevent the onset of many illnesses that develop through chronic tension and worrying; it allows us to clear our minds, focus, and find creative solutions to problems.”
  • “Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.”
  • “Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity.”

THICH NHAT HANH BOOKS

Thay wrote over 100 books on mindfulness, peace, fear, death, communication, and Buddhism. Over 70% of his books are written in English.

Here is a sampling from his authored works:

  • Vietnam: Lotus in a Sea of Fire
  • Being Peace
  • The Sun My Heart
  • The Miracle of Mindfulness
  • Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
  • Zen Keys: A Guide to Zen Practice
  • The Heart Of Understanding: Commentaries on the Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra
  • Living Buddha, Living Christ
  • True Love: A Practice for Awakening the Heart
  • The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching
  • The Miracle of Mindfulness: A Manual on Meditation
  • The Path of Emancipation: Talks from a 21-Day Mindfulness Retreat
  • Be Free Where You Are
  • No Death, No Fear

LIVING AND DYING IN PEACE

In 2014, Thay suffered a severe stroke which left him paralyzed on his right side, and without the ability to speak. Fortunately, he can write, and often uses hand, head, and body gestures to answer questions.

In 2017, Thay was given an honorary doctorate from The Education University of Hong Kong for his “life-long contributions to the promotion of mindfulness, peace, and happiness across the world.”

In November 2018, Thay returned to the Vietnam temple where his initiation into monkhood took place, Từ Hiếu. Imagine those early days when the young Thay eagerly learned about meditation, mindfulness, and Buddhadharma from his Zen Master, Thanh Quý Chân Thật. Thay has chosen to spend his remaining days here.

Throughout the years, media outlets have called Thich Nhat Hanh, “The Father of Mindfulness,” “The Other Dalai Lama” and “The Zen Master Who Fills Stadiums.” Martin Luther King Jr. said Thay was, “an apostle of peace and nonviolence.”

“If you truly get in touch with a piece of carrot, you get in touch with the soil, the rain, the sunshine. You get in touch with Mother Earth and eating in such a way, you feel in touch with true life, your roots, and that is meditation. If we chew every morsel of our food in that way we become grateful and when you are grateful, you are happy.”

— Thich Nhat Hanh

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HEALING ENERGY TOOLS: SUPPORTING WELLNESS INSIDE AND OUT

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According to energy healer and author Donna Eden, our bodies are “lattice works of force fields,” in which “energy is the infrastructure.” But what happens when that infrastructure is stressed, exhausted, depressed, and filled with anxious thoughts, resulting in illness? To support wellness inside and out, healing energy tools can help foster physical, mental, and spiritual health.

Thankfully, we have an abundance of healing energy tools, from pyramids to crystals, to energy healing stones to tuning forks. Whichever modality you or your energy healing professional work with, all are designed to optimize our wellness and heal what ails us.

Energy healing, or energy medicine, can be defined as any healing work designed to balance and restore our energetic channels. Similar to our circulatory system, which can have negative impacts on our health if not running smoothly, our energetic field also has a flow. If that flow is blocked, our energy fields can lead to emotional, spiritual, and soul pain.

Also similar to our physical body, energy carries its own anatomy — aura, meridians, and chakras. The balance for optimum energetic functioning leads to a sense of calm, equilibrium, and peace. To help achieve this balance, energy healers have a veritable energy healing toolkit at their fingertips. These range from ones steeped in ancient healing traditions, the natural world, and those derived from modern technology.

MOTHER EARTH AND HEALING ENERGY TOOLS

As old as the earth itself, energy healing stones, or gemstones and crystals, facilitate healing on different levels, from boosting the immune system, to clearing negative energy that is trapped in the energetic system, to creating a sense of balance and well-being.

Many believe the healing properties associated with energy healing stones can be traced to Asian concepts of interconnected mind, body, and spirit through a strong qi (life-force) or chakras. Healing stones and crystals are placed along locations, or meridians, on the body to help increase positive energy flow and support for specific health concerns. Out of the hundreds used in this practice, below are a few of the more commonly used energy healing stones and their healing properties:

  • Amethyst: Beneficial for the intestines, calm, and decision-making
  • Agate: Grounding, stability, and increases confidence
  • Lapis Lazuli: Wisdom, self-awareness, and spiritual enlightenment
  • Turquoise: Bridge between heaven and earth; highest spiritual potential
  • Carnelian: Creativity and vitality
  • Jasper: Joy and release from stress

Energy healing professionals also incorporated tools such as massage wands and heated massage stones into their practice. Massage wands are made of rounded, smooth crystals which are applied at various pressure points throughout the body. Massage stones, heated and placed along both sides of the spine, are normally made of basalt, a kind of lava rock believed to dissipate anger, as well as strengthen courage, stability, and ignite one’s inner fire.

In addition to healing stones, the natural world offers many other energetic tools, such as sage, grasses, feathers, the elements, light, and color:

    • Sage: A purifying herb, sage is commonly burned or turned into a smudging tool for a variety of healing purposes, from spatial cleansing, to spiritual, emotional, and in Native American rituals. White sage is considered to be the purest form of sage and used for spiritual purification. Desert sage is valued for its medicinal properties including antioxidants, anti-fungal, antiseptic, and astringent.

 

    • Cedar: Mostly used in the Pacific Northwest, red cedar is burned as a prayer offering, as well as a purification tool. Referred to as a “tree of life,” indigenous people incorporated it into many aspects of their lives, from building, to medicine, to sweat lodges and baths designed to cleanse the entire energetic system.

 

    • Sweetgrass: Dried and braided before burning, sweetgrass makes the healing process a sweet one with its vanilla scent. The aromatic essence is thought to attract positive energy, people, and as a purification tool.

 

    • Feathers or Feather Fans: Used in conjunction with smudging of incense, sage, herbs, or grasses, feathers represent duality and balance. According to Professor Tom Bacig, Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor of Cultural Studies Emeritus at the University of Minnesota Duluth, “the color of the tail feather is divided into two parts, light and dark…[i]t is said that the dualism is needed along with the symbol of the eagle to keep balance in the circle of life.”

 

    • Five Elements: Phylameana Ilsa Desy, energy healing practitioner and author of The Everything Guide to Reiki, writes that understanding the healing aspects of the five elements — fire, water, air, wood, metal — can serve to guide one toward the best energy healing path. For example, if you are struggling with trusting your inner voice, water or air energy treatments can support those needs. Or if being grounded is a struggle, working with soil, or wood, can assist to feel more connected to self and the planet.

 

    • Light and ColorThe use of light and color therapies in energy healing tools is wide-ranging and diverse, from colorpuncture or Samasati Color therapy, Color Silks therapy, to Hydro Color and Light therapy, and more. Color and light are thought to be able to enter the skin, as well as the respiratory system, and used to treat everything from hormonal imbalance, to mild depression, to brain disorders.

SOUND AND OTHER HEALING TOOLS

One of the earliest forms of healing, sound healing techniques and tools use sound resonance to increase vibrational health and well-being. One of the most popular sound healing tools are tuning forks. Based on the acoustic resonance tools musicians use to create a harmonic and unified tone, tuning fork therapy applies heated metal tuning forks to different parts of the body, to promote healing, emotional wellness, and to relieve pain, anxiety, and stress.

The placement of the tuning forks is often compared to acupuncture, substituting sound frequencies to stimulate the meridians instead of needles. Recent research has suggested that tuning fork therapy is beneficial in the treatment of muscle and bone discomfort.

Singing Bowls: Whether made from copper alloy or crystal, singing bowls create different healing sounds either through by a mallet gently stroked on the inside of the bowl, or with the use of water inside. Used to evoke tones associated with chakra centers and in meditation, recent medical research has also shown the healing power of singing bowls for those suffering from chronic pain, as well as mood disorders, stress, and anxiety..

Pendulums:  Made from natural materials including crystal, metal, glass, and wood, pendulums can be beneficial in setting intentions, pondering difficult life choices, and for creating more balance in the energetic field, or chakras. Similar to dowsing, pendulums are used to uncover and heal blocks in energy, as well as to receive guidance, and develop one’s intuition and sense of reflection.

Essential Oils: Derived from plants, flowers, roots, seeds, and other environmental elements, essential oils are used to balance and clear energies, help relieve stress, improve concentration, and assist in integrated health. According to the Center for Energy Healing, “essential oils work primarily on an energetic level — especially when they are used as a scent only, rather than applied directly to the skin. They clear out the “auric debris” (congested energy), thus making way for the field to shift into balance-back into a harmonious whole.”

Pyramid Therapy: Often referred to as an energetic, or cosmic antenna, pyramid energy tools are thought to activate the pineal gland, third eye chakra, or the geometric center of the brain which produces the calming hormone called melatonin, which regulates the body’s natural rhythm. “Pyramid,” comes from the Greek words pyra, fire, and mid, middle, translating into “fire in the middle.” Energy healers who incorporate pyramid therapy in their practice believe that these tools can assist with stress reduction, improved sleep, concentration, and an overall higher vibrational energy.

HEALING ENERGY TOOL KIT

Our energetic infrastructure is a living, breathing entity that requires care and attention. Working with a qualified and experienced energy healing professional is important and as well, understanding which tools are right for one’s healing is also critical. With the richness of energy healing tools, the paths to wellness are abundant and the potential for putting together your own healing energy toolkit is endless so you can live your best and healthiest life.

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