Cleaning & Energizing
Get out of the cycle of nagging thoughts and do something – no matter what, just take the next thing that pops into your mind: Fix something in the house, cook something, do sports, clean up your room. The less mental activity is required to do this, the better. This exercise is not suitable for Workoholics 🙂
Background & Impact:
Almost always our good intentions don’t fail for the lack of ideas but a lack of energy and vigor. We sit or lie around for hours and think about what we should do or already drown in self-pity – the longer we wait, the harder it will get to come out of this circle of ideas and lethargy.
If we do something on the other hand new energy simply flows from – ideally, we’ll go on without much consideration from inspiration to inspiration.
Visit a sauna or steam bath. Relax and listen intensively into your body.
Listen to your inner voice when it’s time to leave – but stay at east 15 min until you really sweat.
Shower yourself off with cold water, walk barefoot through the grass or snow (if available).
Then lie down with towels or blankets on a (sun)bed, relax deeply and meditate. Feel into your body, listen to your breath and let thoughts pass by.
Drink plenty of water before and after.
If you have the opportunity to participate in a real sweat lodge ritual, do it!
Usually the sweat lodge is being built by bending branches together to form a round tent frame, and then covered with thick blankets. The soil is covered with straw or leaves. In the middle of the hut you’ll find a hole, which will later take up the hot stones.
Firewood is collected and piled up in a distance of 30 ft. east or south of the sweat lodge. On top of the wood you find large, solid and round stones – usually from rivers. A master of ceremony will light the fire and let it burn for about 4-5 hours, until the stones become red. Once the fire has burnt out, the participants enter the interior of the sweat lodge. The fire master pushes the hot stones into the hole and closes the shell. The participants will now remain for 3 x 30 minutes in the hut and occasionally pour water over the hot stones. In between the turns there will be a break for 10 minutes, giving the participants time to drink water and shower. During the 30 minutes of sweating, no one may leave the hut, except for real emergencies.
There are several more or less strict rituals that can take place, including a round of introductions, singing, and receiving visions. The focus remains on the observation of body experience and expansion of awareness and love.
The positive intention of the participants is creating a safe, protected space to stand the pain and exceed physical limitations. The participants are challenged like a baby being born and starting the adventure of life.
In the relaxation phase after the whole ceremony, all participants come together usually in a quiet, safe, sheltered place, wrapped up in blankets, relaxing and meditating.
Background & Impact:
The sweat lodge – ritual combines 3 key elements: The Cave / sauna / sweat lodge stands for the earth, the heated stones for the fire, sweat and steam for water. It is a symbol of the connection between Heaven (Fire) and the cave (earth), and rebirth. The relaxation phase after the physically demanding sweating is very deep and can be used for the reception of new visions. The intensive sweating is also cleaning the body from strong toxins.
Spend less or no time consuming mass media like TV or newspapers/magazines with predominantly negative messages. Many soap operas (TV series) are just time thieves, and communicate widespread stereotypes.
Background & Impact:
Most mass media reflect just the feelings of the current mass conscience, which is focused on the pain body. They choose negative and fearful content to maximise the attention of the consumers, without offering any creative solutions. If you stop watching TV and reading boulevard media you will become much calmer inside – and believe a guy that has stopped mass media consumption 12 years ago: really important things you’ll learn anyway!
Eckart Tolle on the pain body (YouTube.com)
Jim Carrey on mainstream media (YouTube)
Take a 30 x 30 cm tinfoil and an equally large, thin plastic foil and crumple them into a ball or disk. This device provides a higher energy output than many crystals and can be used in cuts or acute pain. Wear it in your pocket or attach it on your skin.
Background & Effect:
Sounds impossible, as long as you have not tried it yourself. The shaman healer Serge King has found out through his own tests, that a very thin metal layer in combination with a good insulator can provide a strong prana energy. 50 years ago, the German healer Bruno Groening used balls of silver paper to “charge” them. He caused many spontaneous healings.
The eneretical effect of a bath can be greatly enhanced by the addition of salt (brine). The salt neutralizes and binds additional energy. We recommend 1-2 kg of untreated salt, dissolved in a little water for half an hour. Then fill the pan and bring it to a temperature of exactly 37 degrees. Do not use any other additives.
Because the salt in the outer stratum corneum of the skin binds water, it is also highly recommended for dry skin. The brine bath at 37 degrees corresponds exactly to the salt solution that you had as an embryo in the amniotic fluid. It has a very positive effect on your energy field, and initiates a strong cleansing of the body. If you have a cardiovascular weakness, you should consult your doctor first. In any case, a second person should be there to look after you. The concentration should be one to a maximum of eight percent (caution, very potent!).
Addition of coffee-water brings about a further purification. Caution in the use and dosage. A bath should not exceed 1 liter of brewed coffee. Stay max. 20-30 minutes in salt water.
Sit comfortably, take care of your privacy and listen to relaxing music that you really like. Let it flow into you without judgment let it change your vibrations. Let all your thoughts pass by and focus on the emotions that the music will raise inside you. Let images and dreams arise, but stay with the clear presence of the music. Enjoy the intense silence after.
Background and Effect:
One of the most widely used methods of relaxation is listening to music. There is hardly anyone who does not respond to music – it allows us to feel our feelings more and to feel our heart deeply. The entire universe vibrates harmonically. From the billions of physically possible oscillations it chooses exactly the harmonic, by an overwhelming majority of 1: 1 million: Proportions of overtone, major and minor scales, church scales, Indian ragas, etc.
For example, the protons and neutrons in the oxygen atom are swinging in a major scale, and in the formation of chlorophyll sound triads. Each celestial body has its own sound. Plants and animals react much differently to different kinds of music: they are turning to classical music, grow faster and are more productive, while responding on the contrary with rock music. Music by Bach and Indian sitar are the favorite music of plants.
A crystal or crystalline solid is a solid material whose constituent atoms, molecules, or ions are arranged in an orderly repeating pattern extending in all three spatial dimensions. They have many remarkable properties: crystals of a species always have the same inclination angle between their surfaces. Their colors are determined by tiny impurities. Rock crystal and Tumalin also show the piezoelectric effect – which means that they convert pressure energy into electrical energy. If you rub quartz crystals in the dark, they begin to glow from within. Other crystals such as hematite can be magnetised for a long time. Crystals can absorb, reflect and transform energy.
Energy healers use crystals to direct and amplify prana-energy – or to program them with certain qualities. Especially quartz crystals are suitable as energy suppliers and holders. Beware of overloading with crystal energy – if you’ve got too much, take a shower.
Buy incense / charcoal and use it to energize and purify body and rooms. Experiment with different effects. When cleaning a room you walk it counter-clockwise, when energizing the other way round.
Basically, there are incense sticks and incense cones, which can be burned directly, as well as resins and other solids, which are burned on a hot coal. Special containers for incense can be found in oriental shops.
Background & Impact:
Incense is used not only to create a pleasant fragrance, it is also used for natural medicine, ritual, spiritual and magical purposes. It has a particular effect on the subtle aura of man. Most have a cleansing effect (particularly: myrrh), others reinforce the currently available energy (eg. olibanum).
Incense is used in almost all religions in support of ceremonies.
Benzoin resin or styrax resin is a balsamic resin obtained from the bark of several species of trees in the genus Styrax. Gum benzoin is a major component of the type of church incense used in Russia and some other Orthodox Christian societies. Most benzoin is used in Arab Gulf countries and India, where it is burned on charcoal as an incense. It is also used in the production of Bakhoor (Arabic بخور – scented wood chips) as well as various mixed resin incense in the Arab countries and the Horn of Africa. Benzoin resin is also used in blended types of Japanese incense, Indian incense, Chinese incense, and Papier d’Arménie as well as incense sticks. When called sambrani or sambraani, it is a popular Indian incense used to scent and treat hair and prevent infections.
Copal is a name given to tree resin that is particularly identified with the aromatic resins used by the cultures of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica as ceremonially burned incense and other purposes. To the pre-Columbian Maya and contemporary Maya peoples it is known in the various Mayan languages as pom (or a close variation thereof), although the word itself has been demonstrated to be a loanword to Mayan from Mixe–Zoquean languages. Copal is still used by a number of indigenous peoples of Mexico and Central America as an incense and during sweat lodge ceremonies. It is available in different forms. The hard, amber-like yellow copal is a less expensive version. The white copal, a hard, milky, sticky substance, is a more expensive version of the same resin.
also called olibanum, is an aromatic resin obtained from trees of the genus Boswellia, particularly Boswellia sacra, B. carteri, B. thurifera, B. frereana, and B. bhaw-dajiana (Burseraceae). Frankincense has been traded on the Arabian Peninsula and in North Africa for more than 5000 years. A mural depicting sacks of frankincense traded from the Land of Punt adorns the walls of the temple of ancient Egyptian Queen Hatshepsut, who died in 1458 BCE.
Frankincense was a part of the Ketoret which is used when referring to the consecrated incense described in the Hebrew Bible and Talmud. It is also referred to as the HaKetoret (the incense). It was offered on the specialized incense altar in the time when the Tabernacle was located in the First and Second Jerusalem Temples. The ketoret was an important component of the Temple service in Jerusalem. It is mentioned in the Hebrew Bible book of Exodus 30:34, where it is named levonah, meaning “white” in Hebrew.
Frankincense comes in many types, and its quality is based on color, purity, aroma, age, and shape. Silver and Hojari are generally considered the highest grades of frankincense. The Omanis themselves generally consider Silver to be a better grade than Hojari, though most Western connoisseurs think that it should be the other way round. This may be due to climatic conditions with the Hojari smelling best in the relatively cold, damp climate of Europe and North America, whereas Silver may well be more suited to the hot dry conditions of Arabia.
The Egyptians ground the charred resin into a powder called kohl. Kohl was used to make the distinctive black eyeliner seen on so many figures in Egyptian art. The aroma of frankincense is said to represent life and the Judaic, Christian, and Islamic faiths have often used frankincense mixed with oils to anoint newborn infants and individuals considered to be moving into a new phase in their spiritual lives.
Kyphi (or: Cyphi) is a compound incense that was used in ancient Egypt for religious and medical purposes. The term “kyphi” is Greek and a transcription of the ancient Egyptian term kp.t. The earliest reference to kyphi is found in the Pyramid Texts: it is listed among the goods that the king will enjoy in the afterlife. In Isis and Osiris the historian Plutarch comments that Egyptian priests burned incense three times a day: frankincense at dawn, myrrh at mid-day, and kyphi at dusk. He reports that kyphi had sixteen ingredients and adds, “these are compounded, not at random, but while the sacred writings are being read to the perfumers as they mix the ingredients.” All recipes for kyphi mention wine, honey, and raisins. Other identifiable ingredients include cinnamon and cassia bark, the aromatic rhizomes of cyperus and sweet flag, cedar, juniper berry, and resins and gums such as frankincense, myrrh, benzoin resin, labdanum, and mastic.
Mastic (Mastiha) is the resin of the mastic and pistachio trees (Pistacia lentiscus). It is already mentioned in the Bible (Gen. 37.25 EU, EU Gen 43.11). How valuable mastic used to be, traces the history of Chios. The island was due to the cultivation of the mastic in the early modern period wealthy and populous.
Myrrh is the aromatic oleoresin of a number of small, thorny tree species of the genus Commiphora, which grow in dry, stony soil. Myrrh was used by the ancient Egyptians, along with natron, for the embalming of mummies. It was also part of the Ketoret, which is used when referring to the consecrated incense described in the Hebrew Bible and Talmud. It was traded by camel caravans overland from areas of production in southern Arabia by the Nabataeans to their capital city of Petra, from where it was distributed throughout the Mediterranean region. Myrrh is used to prepare the sacramental chrism used by many churches of both Eastern and Western rites. In the Middle East, the Eastern Orthodox Church traditionally uses myrrh-scented oil to perform the sacraments of chrismation and unction, both of which are commonly referred to as “receiving the Chrism”. In Judaism myrrh and aloes were used for the proper burial of the corpses, but they were also part of other rituals. Men and women wore it as a perfume, and beds were sprinkled before sexual intercourse.