To induce natural altered states of consciousness. Researchers have found that if a drum beat frequency of around beats per minute is sustained for at least fifteen minutes, it will induce significant altered states in most people, even on their first attempt. This ease of induction contrasts significantly with the long periods of isolation and practice required by most meditative disciplines before inducing significant effects. Rhythmic stimulation is a simple and effective technique for affecting states of mind. To produce deeper self-awareness by inducing synchronous brain activity.
Recent studies have demonstrated that the physical transmission of rhythmic energy to the brain synchronizes the two cerebral hemispheres, integrating conscious and unconscious awareness. The ability to access unconscious information through symbols and imagery facilitates psychological integration and a reintegration of self. To experience being in resonance with the natural rhythms of life. Rhythm and resonance order the natural world. Dissonance and disharmony arise only when we limit our capacity to resonate totally and completely with the rhythms of life.
The origin of the word rhythm is Greek meaning "to flow. When drummers feel this rhythmic flow, especially at a slower, steady beat, they can shift into a state of deep relaxation and expanded awareness.
It is a way of bringing the essential self into accord with the flow of a dynamic, interrelated universe, helping us feel connected rather than isolated and estranged. To access a higher power. Drumming directly supports the introduction of spiritual factors found significant in the healing process.
Drumming and Shamanic activities produce a sense of connectedness and community, integrating body, mind and spirit. According to research published in the American Journal of Public Health, "Shamanic activities bring people efficiently and directly into immediate encounters with spiritual forces, focusing the client on the whole body and integrating healing at physical and spiritual levels.
This process allows them to connect with the power of the universe, to externalize their own knowledge, and to internalize their answers; it also enhances their sense of empowerment and responsibility. These experiences are healing, bringing the restorative powers of nature to clinical settings. As I allow that which is God to be my values I am living in integrity. If I seek God in every moment I allow the values of God live through me in every moment.
Surely there can be no better alignment of all my values if each thought, word or deed is a seeking an expression of God by means of, through and as me. When looking to others we must see the integrity of the God that is their true self, and know that they have what they need to live in integrity. If this is true then I would propose that a path to mindfulness is to be loyal to our integrity and to those in our awareness in all that we think, say and do.
One aspect of the beauty of language is that it is filled with context; ours. I am coming to realize that contemplation of ideas and how we associate words with our way of life is a powerful practice. For example, a few months ago I embarked on a journey of what I have come to call, One Word Ministry. In response to the commonly asked question, How are you? I now reply, divine.
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In my professional life, at the Centre for Spiritual Living, in a public place, greeting a retail professional, or when meeting any stranger I simply respond to the customary process of greeting that I am, "divine. Since I've started responding in this way I've been inspired by the responses I've received. Perhaps my favourite response so far has been, "Wow, that must be better than best! Of course, the journey of this one word ministry has evolved.
In the early days of this practice I would pause to check in to make sure I really did feel divine. A moment later I would feel divinity and respond. I then came to realize that taking a moment to determine how divine I felt served a purpose of elevating my mindfulness. I will admit that sometimes I would check in and find that I wasn't quite feeling it.
At other times my answer would be good without that pause to check. After such moments I found myself reviewing what had just happened. Such enquiry is a good thing, so long as we do not linger too long. With my focus of fueling a constant state of consciousness I am finding a natural inclination to respond immediately that I am indeed divine, knowing within my heart that my state of consciousness would have it no other way. But then practice is about persistence of knowing is it not?
And so, if you are in a place where the standard greetings of not bad, just fine, or even good are not quite making the grade, consider greeting people by telling them that you are divine or other powerful words such as amazing, great, magnificent or marvellous. I can say with the assurance of my experience that you will be inspired by the many smiles and happy conversations that subsequently flow from such one word ministry.
It amazes me how much one little word can light up moments. And with more consciousness surrounding such simple exchanges we can effortlessly give birth to a way of life, inspiring others and ourselves with a six letter word. The thoughts—conscious or unconscious—that we think have become our experience. If we think thoughts centred on God, good, acceptance and service we will be aligning ourselves with Truth.
Truth is known by some as God, good, acceptance and service. The thoughts we truly prize tend to become beliefs.
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With thoughts aligned with Truth we come to believe in the Truth. Our beliefs become our perception. I believe in the Truth, and so as a spiritual coach I can perceive the Truth in all that I see and meet. This includes the person I am working with. Perception knocks on the door of our thinking. As we perceive the Truth we think in Truth, and that opens the doors to heaven. The next time you flip a power switch notice how you did not will the light to come on.
You obeyed the law of electricity and your actions made it possible for the light bulb to receive current. You flipped the switch thinking, believing and perceiving that light would flood your experience. And so it is with everything else, if you will but know it. These questions were originally triggered for me during a class on spirituality a few years ago.
The premise of discussion was that hope runs contrary to the idea of a knowing that is required for affirmative prayer.
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At the time I think I opted to place the use of the word hope into a drawer and from then on focused on the knowing. Wikipedia describes hope as, "a belief in a positive outcome related to events and circumstances in one's life.
enter Hope is the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best. Wikipedia also describes affirmative prayer as, "a form of prayer or metaphysical technique that is focused on a positive outcome rather than a negative situation.
For example, a person who is experiencing some form of stress would focus their prayer on the desired state of perfect health and affirm the desired state as if it had already happened rather than identifying the illness and then asking God to eliminate it. Owen's new book does just that with his own spiritual journey. Through a blog that author Carmien Owen started in as a way to journal during his time at the Center for Spiritual Living, readers get an inside look at what he faced struggling to adapt spiritual teachings to real world situations.
Examples of things that readers will learn from Owen's personal journey include parenting, relationships, the working world, and even divorce.