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I’m married (for the 2nd time) just over a year now. I have 3 children ages 21, 17 & 16 as well as a daughter who is 21 years old from my husband’s previous marriage (not a typo) and recently married so I am now a mother-in-law as well. I think it’s great!! All my love to both of them!!! As long as they wait to have children until he is out of the Army! I’m also a Nursing student in my 2nd year of school. I’m seriously considering a change in my major to Nutrition. Much as I want to be a Nurse, I think becoming a Nutritionist may be the avenue I choose. I am fluent in American Sign Language and speak Italian as well. I also love the outdoors, camping, hiking, riding motorcycles with my husband, and the beach are among a few. I hate the cold but I love snowball fights with my family. I enjoy crochet of all kinds, but there’s something about the detail when it is done with crochet thread that I especially love. I try to spend as much time as I can enjoying life and what it has to offer.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Om Symbol

To a yogi, no symbol is more powerful than the syllable OM, as witnessed by these words from the Mandukya Up-anishad : "OM: this eternal word is all; what was, what is and what shall be."

The Om or Aum as it is also called, is a Sanscrit letter. Each part has a separate meaning, but when placed together, it means:
When the individual spirit in man passes through the veil and rests in the transcendental he is liberated from the three states and their qualities.

Below the symbol is broken down into separate parts with each part explained;

Om/Aum Symbol
the long lower curve represents the dream state

the upper curve stands for the waking state

the curve issuing from the centre symbolizes deep, dreamless sleep

the crescent shape stands for "maya", the veil of illusion

and the dot for the transcendental state

This is a second version of the same symbol as above. There are many different versions with slight variations. This is, as said above, a Sanscript word, and as in any written language, variations are common in the hand-written word.

The Music of Om
Om is not a word but rather an intonation, which, like music, transcends the barriers of age, race, culture and even species. It is made up of three Sanskrit letters, aa, au and ma which, when combined together, make the sound Aum or Om. It is believed to be the basic sound of the world and to contain all other sounds. It is a mantra or prayer in itself. If repeated with the correct intonation, it can resonate throughout the body so that the sound penetrates to the centre of one's being, the atman or the soul.

There is harmony, peace and bliss in this simple but deeply philosophical sound. By vibrating the sacred syllable Om, the supreme combination of letters, if one thinks of the Ultimate Personality of Godhead and quits his body, he will certainly reach the highest state of "stateless" eternity, states the Bhagavad Gita.

The Vision of Om
Om provides a dualistic viewpoint. On one hand, it projects the mind beyond the immediate to what is abstract and inexpressible. On the other hand, it makes the absolute more tangible and comprehensive. It encompasses all potentialities and possibilities; it is everything that was, is, or can yet be. It is omnipotent and likewise remains undefined.

The Power of Om
While meditating, when we chant Om, we create within ourselves a vibration that attunes sympathy with the cosmic vibration and we start thinking universally. The momentary silence between each chant becomes palpable. Mind moves between the opposites of sound and silence until, at last, it ceases the sound. In the silence, the single thought - Om - is quenched; there is no thought. This is the state of trance, where the mind and the intellect are transcended as the individual self merges with the Infinite Self in the pious moment of realization. It is a moment when the petty worldly affairs are lost in the desire for the universal. Such is the immeasurable power of Om.

Vibration & the Om Symbol
The vibration produced by chanting Om in the physical universe corresponds to the original vibration that first arose at the time of creation. The sound of Om is also called Pranava, meaning that it sustains life and runs through Prana or breath. Om also represents the four states of the Supreme Being. The three sounds in Om (AUM) represent the waking, dream and deep sleep states and the silence which surrounds Om represents the Turiya state.

Because the first of the three states of consciousness is the waking state, it is represented by the sound "A" pronounced like "A" in accounting. Because the dream state of consciousness lies between the waking and the deep sleep states, it is represented by the letter "U" which lies between the "A" and "M". This "U" is pronounced like the "U" in would. The last state of consciousness is the deep sleep state and is represented by "M" pronounced as in "sum." This closes the pronunciation of Om just as deep sleep is the final stage of the mind at rest. Whenever Om is recited in succession there is an inevitable period of silence between two successive Oms. This silence represents the "fourth state" known as "Turiya" which is the state of perfect bliss when the individual self recognizes his identity with the supreme.

Meditation with Om
Retire to a quite place, sit down, close your eyes and completely relax your muscles and nerves. Concentrate on the space between your eyebrows and quieten and silence the conscious mind. Begin to repeat "Om" mentally while associating the ideas of infinity, eternity, immortality, etc. You must repeat Om with the feeling that you are the infinite and all-pervading. Mere repetition of Om will not bring the desired result. Keep the meaning of Om always at heart. Feal Om. Feel that you are the pure, perfect, all-knowing, eternal, free, Brahman. Feel that you are absolute consciousness and the infinite, unchanging existance. Every part of your body should powerfully vibrate with these ideas. This feeling should be kept up all day long. Practice regularly and steadily with sincerity, faith, perseverance and enthusiasm in the morning, midday and evening.

Monday, August 28, 2006

The Antahkarana Symbol

The Antahkarana symbol is described as a part of spiritual anatomy. It is the connection between the physical brain and the Higher Self. It is this connection that must heal and develop if we are to grow spiritually. The Antahkarana symbol shown here represents this connection and activates it whenever you are in its presence.

The science of Radionics indicates that lines drawn on paper create a psychic effect on the space surrounding the drawing and will influence the human aura and chakras in various ways depending on the pattern created. This validates the age old practice of yantra meditation which makes use of visual images to purify and evolve the consciousness.

The Antahkarana is an ancient healing and meditation symbol that has been used in Tibet and China for thousands of years. It is a powerful symbol and simply by having it in your presence, it will create a positive effect on the chakras and aura. When doing healing work, it focuses and deepens the actions of the healing energies involved. When meditating with the symbol on your person or close by, it automatically creates what the Taoists call the great microcosmic orbit wherein the psychic energies that would normally enter the crown chakra enter the feet and travel up the back of the body to the top of the head and then down the front to the feet again, thus grounding the person to the earth and creating a continuous flow of energy through the chakras. It will also neutralize negative energy that has collected in objects such as jewellery or crystals simply by placing the object between two symbols. In addition, it will enhance all healing work including Reiki, Polarity Therapy, Chiropractic, Hypnotherapy, Past Life Regression, etc. These positive effects have been confirmed over and over by the improved results noted by those using the symbol and by clairvoyant observation by those trained in sensing changes in the aura and chakras.

This symbol is multi-dimensional. From one perspective, it appears to be two dimensional, being made-up of three sevens on a flat surface. The three sevens represent the seven chakras, the seven colours and the seven tones of the musical scale. These three sevens are mentioned in the book of Revelations as the seven candle sticks, the seven trumpets and the seven seals.

From another perspective, this symbol appears as a three dimensional cube. Its energy moves up from two to three dimensions that can be seen and also continues up through unseen dimensions all the way to the highest dimension - the dimension of the Higher Self.

Historically, the use of this symbol can be traced back through a number of Reiki Masters to an ancient Tibetan meditation technique. The few Tibetan meditation masters who knew of the symbol tended to keep it to themselves so that the increased value it created for their work would add to their status. For this reason, its use has not been widely known.

The Tibetan meditation practice that used the Antahkarana took place in a room lit with candles. In the middle of the room was a large earthenware vessel shaped in an oval which symbolised the cosmic egg of the universe. The vessel was filled with several inches of water and in the middle was a stool. On the seat of the stool, inlaid in silver was the Antahkarana symbol. One wall was covered with copper, polished to a mirror finish. Tapestries were hung on the opposite wall which displayed Reiki symbols. A Tibetan Lama mediator would sit on the stool and gaze steadily at the image of the Reiki symbol reflected in the polished copper mirror. This yantra meditation would create one pointedness in the mind of the meditator, uniting the consciousness with the transcendental energies of the Reiki symbol while the Antahkarana symbol on the stool would focus the energies generated and cause them to evenly flow through all the chakras and to connect with the earth.

It is clear that the symbol did not originate within the Tibetan's philosophy, and there is no written record as to its true origin.

This sacred symbol has been kept a secret for thousands of years, being known and used by only a few. Now it is time for all to have access to this ancient and sacred symbol of healing.

Crown Chakra Mandala

Crown Chakra: located at the top/crown of head.

The Sanskrit name is Sahasrara, meaning; thousandfold.

Associated Colors: violet, gold, white.

Element: Air.

The life lesson is: selflessness.

Main issue: spirituality, selflessness.

Associated body parts: upper skull, cerebral cortex, skin.

Goals: expanded consciousness.

Crystals: clear quartz, amethyst, diamond, white jade, white tourmaline, snowy quartz, herkimer diamond.

Third Eye Chakra Mandala

Third Eye Chakra: located above and between eyebrows.

The Sanskrit name is Ajna, meaning; to perceive, to know.

Associated Color: indigo.

Element: Air.

The life lesson: emotional intelligence.

Main issue: intuition, wisdom.

Associated body parts: eyes, base of skull.

Goals: ability to "see" other than with the eyes.

Crystals: amethyst, purple apatite, azurite, calcite, sapphire, fluorite, lapis lazuli.

Throat Chakra Mandala

Throat Chakra: located centrally, at base of neck.

The Sanskrit name is Vishuddha, meaning; purification.

Associated Color: blue.

Element: water.

The life lesson is: the power of choice, personal expression.

Main issue: communication, self-expression.

Associated body parts: throat, ears, nose, teeth, mouth, neck.

Goals: harmony with others, self-knowledge, creativity.

Crystals: turquoise, lapis lazuli, aquamarine, agate, celestite, sodalite, sapphire.

Heart Chakra Mandala

Heart Chakra: located in the center of the chest.

The Sanskrit name is Anahata, meaning; sound that is made without any two things striking: unstruck.

Associated Colors: green/pink.

Element: water.

The life lesson is: forgiveness and compassion for oneself and others.

Main issue: beliefs about love and relationship.

Associated body parts:
heart, chest, lungs, circulation.

balance, compassion & self-acceptance.

watermelon tourmaline, rose quartz, emerald, green calcite, jade, azurite, aventurine quartz, malachite, moonstone.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Solar Plexus Chakra Mandala

Solar Plexus Chakra: located between navel and base of sternum.

The Sanskrit name is Mannipura, meaning lustrous gem.

Associated Color: yellow.

Element: fire.

The life lesson is: self-esteem/self-confidence, the courage to take risks, to be.

Main issue: personal power, self will.

Associated body parts: digestive system, muscles.

Goals: purpose, effectiveness, endurance, self-respect.

Crystals: yellow citrine, topaz, aventurine quartz, sunstone.

Spleen Chakra Mandala

Spleen Chakra: located in the lower abdomen, between naval and genitals.

The Sanskrit name is Svadhisthana, meaning; sweetness.

Associated Color: orange.

Element: fire.

The life lesson is: uncovering motivations influencing choices - based on conditioning.

Main issue: emotional balance/sexuality.

Associated body parts: sex organs, bladder, circulatory system, prostrate, womb.

Goals: allowing pleasure, creative expression.

Crystals: citrine, carnelian, golden topaz.