Panic Kills: An Indian Perspective

In the old days when Indians hunted buffalo on the plains, the Indians would play on the fears of the buffalo by donning wolf hides and creeping up on the herds. When the buffalo spotted the �wolves�, they would take off running. At that point there would be Indians on horseback to drive the buffalo over a cliff to their death and the waiting Indian women who would quickly begin to butcher them.

It wasn’t the Indians who killed the buffalo, it was the fear-inspired panic and their mindless reaction that caused them to run off the cliff. A reaction is an action without thought – and – panic is a reaction to fear.

This is an appropriate topic for the times in which we currently live with the recession and economic crisis because the buffalo are afraid and are beginning to panic! In life, there is ebb and flow. The pendulum that swings to the left must, of its own volition, swing to the right. The balance must be kept and so it is. It is not a question of if the pendulum will swing right, it is not even a question of when it will swing. The question is: What will your response be to it?
Will you become fearful and surrender to the panic, allowing yourself to be driven off the cliff – or do you allow a cooler head to prevail?

I’m not saying that there aren’t real effects resulting from the Wall Street blunders, banking fiascos and auto industry fall-out. I know several people who have lost their jobs in this economic downturn and the effects are very real. I am merely suggesting that you beware and be aware of the panic that can exacerbate your situation, whatever it is.

How you perceive your current position is a critical factor in the final outcome. I know this about life’s events� Sometimes Spirit moves us or causes us to move in ways that cause us to grow and prevent our lives from stagnating. The one result of change is always growth. Regardless of whether it is perceived as positive or negative change, there is always growth.

While it may be difficult to perceive losing a job as a �gift�, it may be easier if you know that when one door closes, another will open. The trick is not to panic after the closing of the one door.

I want to share a story with you that I’ve shared with friends who have been affected by the economy. It is called �The Otter and the Sacred Mountains�.

Once there was an Otter who, like most otters, spent his time Playing with other Otters in the Great River. All of his young life he had heard stories of the Sacred Mountains but unlike other Otters he was intrigued by these tales enough to go to his Grandfather and say, “Grandfather, I have heard all of my life about the Sacred Mountains and I would like to go there.”

His Grandfather smiled sadly and said, “I’m Afraid that won’t happen because the Sacred Mountains are at the head of the Great River. There are dangerous Rapids that run between an impassable Gorge.”

“Has anyone ever tried before?” the Young Otter asked.

“Oh yes�, his Grandfather replied, “but they were either turned back by the Rapids or they were never Seen again. It is better that you forget about this.”

But the Young Otter could not Forget. He thought about those who had never Returned and wondered if it wasn’t because they had actually made it to the Sacred Mountains. He knew the only way to know for sure was to make the Journey himself. The Next Day, the Young Otter set off on his Journey Up the Great River. He swam for a long time and after a while he lost track of how long he had been swimming.

At last he came to the foot of the Rapids. Even before he could See them, he could Hear their awesome Roar. When he Saw the Rapids he became Afraid. How could anyone survive such Power? Surely he would be pummeled by this Water and Drown. But the Young Otter was Determined to See these Sacred Mountains and on he went. He swam hard against the fast flowing Water. Every now and then he could feel a Rock beneath him, but they were very slippery and he was never sure if he could Trust them.

The Rapids seemed to become more Difficult, almost like a Waterfall at times. He could feel the Water overcoming his tired body and the next thing he knew he was being swept down the River. The Rocks battered his body and he thought he was going to die. Suddenly he heard a Voice. It was yelling at him, “Grab the Driftwood!”

As the Otter tumbled in the water, he caught Glimpses of a Raccoon running along the bank of the Great River, and then he Saw the Driftwood. He clutched the wood and finally made his way to the bank. He pulled himself out of the Water – wet, exhausted and shaken by the whole experience. As he lay there getting himself together, a Coyote came by. The Coyote looked at the Otter, all wet and battered and asked, “What happened to you?”

“I was going to the Sacred Mountains but I was not strong enough to swim the Rapids�, said the Otter.

“The Sacred Mountains�, the Coyote exclaimed, “Why didn’t you say so? I know a Short Cut to the Sacred Mountains. It’s just a good thing you found me when you did …”

The Coyote continued to talk as he Led the Young Otter through the Rocks. He walked as fast as he talked and it wasn’t long before the Otter lost sight of him. He followed where he thought the Coyote had gone, but he couldn’t see him and it was getting dark. Soon the Young Otter couldn’t even Hear the Coyote and, feeling lost, alone and afraid, he hurried along as fast as he could.

The Otter came around a corner and ran straight into a huge Spider Web! He struggled against it but he could not get free. He yelled for the Coyote to come help him but the Coyote was gone.

After a time, the Young Otter Remembered the Knife on his belt that his Grandfather had given him. He used it to cut himself free from the Web but still he felt lost and alone. He didn’t know which Way to go and it was really Dark. He went in the Direction he thought the Coyote had gone but he couldn’t See a thing. Suddenly the ground seemed to give out beneath his feet and the Otter knew he had fallen in a Hole.

He was totally lost and alone and now he was in a Hole with no way out. Maybe this is what had happened to the other Otters who, like him, had gone in Search of the Sacred Mountains. He thought that now no one would ever hear him and he would die alone in this Hole. He began to cry. After a time, a voice called out in the Darkness… “Little Brother, why are you crying?”

The Young Otter said, “Because I am lost and alone and I have fallen into a hole.”

“Why don’t you pray and ask the Creator to help you?” the Voice asked.

The Otter replied, “Because it is no use. The Great Spirit has turned his back on me.”

“Turn around, Little Brother�, the voice said.

The Otter did as he was instructed and as soon as he did, he saw a Fire and standing in the Center of this Fire was the Great Spirit. He could also see his People� and the Raccoon and Coyote, too! The Great Spirit said, “It is you who has turned your back on me, not me who has turned his back on you. I always remain in the Center, and look… there are the Sacred Mountains.”

The Otter Looked, and in the Light of the Fire he could See the Sacred Mountains. The Great Spirit told the Otter, “For anyone who makes the Journey to the Sacred Mountains, they must do it by themselves and in their own way… but no one has to do it alone. When you get lost, turn around. I am there.”

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Live Better And Enjoy Life More Through Chakra Healing

The human body consists of 88,000 chakras, also referred to as continuously spinning or active energy points that act as portals to receive, interact and transmit life forces between an individual and his surroundings. Chakra is Hindu for spinning wheel. Of the body’s 88,000 energy points, seven are regarded to have major importance in the overall function of our being.

Located along the spine, the seven key chakras are the root, navel, solar plexus, heart, throat, brow, and crown. These energy axes (chakra) in our body continuously receive and give out energies from their interaction with our environment such as other people, plants, trees, animals and other elements. They are credited with having a direct effect on our physical, emotional and spiritual character.

Chakras are defined in various ways but there is one common thread among all of the definitions and explanations whether from the Chinese medicine point of view, the Hindu’s mystical understanding of an individual’s internal and external experience or modern psychology’s explanation of human our consciousness and thought processes.

The chakras’ unceasing interaction with our body and the environment even during our sleep gives them a direct influence over our physical structure and appearance including our bodily processes, health and our emotions. A glitch of any one of the major chakras is an indicator that something is wrong with our physical/emotional health which may directly or indirectly be noticeable.

The reason for this is because each of the seven major chakras is linked to a corresponding endocrine gland in our body. Any imbalance in the function of a chakra affects our physical and emotional processes and manifests a disturbance in the usual pattern of activity or behavior through the endocrine gland linked to it.

Taking Proper Care of our Chakras From the preceding point of view- promoted by the ancient Hindus and Chinese traditional medicine practitioners alike, we can conclude that a good number of our illnesses are in one way or another related to a malfunctioning chakra. Although physical symptoms may be absent or minimal at the very least, they are signs that something is wrong with us- physically, spiritually or emotionally.

Forgotten or repressed emotional baggage due to traumatic experiences in the past is one of the major causes of chakra imbalance. Since most people have a habit of burying bad memories in their subconscious, we are unaware that these buried emotional toxins have an effect on our bodies at the cellular level. It is therefore necessary to come to terms with our emotional baggage and resolve them in order to maintain the proper balance of our chakra and heal our physical self in the process.

Advantages of Chakra Healing What most people are not aware of is that we have the resources to control and manipulate our energy points to our advantage. By knowing how to influence and manipulate the functions of our major chakras we can then control how they function so that we can achieve the benefits of balance and harmony, not only within us but with our surroundings as well.

There are a number of ways through which we can directly influence the functions of our body’s major chakras. From simple techniques such as aromatherapy, breathing exercises, physical fitness, or with the use of crystals and gemstones we can achieve balance and harmony.

Other methodologies of chakra healing are meditation (keeping the mind focused on an object of thought or awareness for a certain period of time), guided visualization (done with the aid of audio tapes or CDs to promote natural healing and relaxation techniques to reduce stress, promote relaxation and harness the power of the mind).

Despite the fact that we can see or touch our energy points, aside from the above there are other ways that we can keep them healthy in order for them to better support our body.

The human body has to be healthy and fed properly in order for us to have balanced chakras. There are foods that help maintain the balance of each of the seven primary chakras.

Our root chakra thrives on root-type vegetables and protein-rich foods. Sweet fruits, nuts directly affect our navel chakra while our solar plexus chakra is enhanced by a healthy diet of breads, dairy product and cereals.

Our energy points that affect the heart and throat are sustained when we eat green, leafy vegetables, drink plenty of liquid, green tea and fruit juices.

By eating blueberries, grapes and drinking wine or grape juice, we help nourish our brow/third eye chakra which is responsible for making our third eye senses sharper and more attuned to our psychical abilities.

Our crown chakra, the center of our spiritual and emotional center needs detoxification through fasting and/or ritual inhalation of incense and herbs.

These everyday methods, which admittedly are vey simple since they are an extension of what we already perform daily are some of the basic ways we can heal our energy points so that we can reap the benefits of possessing a healthy functioning chakra for a more productive and healthier life.

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Energy Medicine And It’s Uses

The human body is an electromagnetic unit. Electricity makes the heart beat and muscles expand and contract, and fires impulses across tiny fibers in the nervous system to make possible our every thought, mood, and physical reaction. Energy medicine, or vibrational medicine, is a form of therapy in which the patient’s own electromagnetic, or energy, field is used to promote wellness or healing. Energy medicine consists of a variety of therapeutic modalities, each of which has its own healing frequency, or energetic waveband.

Throughout history, the peoples of many nations have used various forms of vibrational energy for healing. Most traditional cultures identify some form of a basic life force flowing from a universal creator. In China it’s called chi; in ancient Greece, pneuma; in India, prana; in Japan, qi. To the native peoples of the North American continent, this force is known as the flow of spirit. To all these peoples, the life force is the basis of physical, psychological, and spiritual health. These subtle, unseen energies are in corporated in the therapeutic vibrational methods of the different modalities, as healers work to enhance or rebalance this life force, strengthening it where it’s weak, and modulating it where it’s excessive.

One popular form of energy medicine works with the patient’s aura. The aura, or auric field, reflects how one’s life is being lived at the moment of observance. The vibration, color, and sound of the aura are all interrelated and represent a means of determining the frequency of energy in the auric field. A healer chan neling energy to a client will often experience reactions in his own body; for example, he may feel a vibration, “see” the color of the energy, or “hear” a sound he associates with a particular color or feeling (a phenomenon known as clairaudience). There are seven layers of the auric field.

The etheric body or layer is joined directly to the physical body, from which it extends outward 2 to 6 inches; it is referred to as “etheric double” because it contains a blueprint as well as replications of all the organs in the physical form.

The emotional body is the wellspring from which all our emotions, desires, joys, pains, sufferings, and passions emerge. Beliefs, perceptions, attitudes, and emotions particularly fearaffect the body through the nervous, endocrine, muscular, and immune systems; they can change the field or cause it to shut down.

The mental body is responsible for rational, clear, and intellectual functions. It’s responsible for the conscious (that which we are aware of) and the unconscious (that which has been repressed or forgotten and exists just beneath the surface of consciousness) mind, as well as memories.

The astral body bridges dimensions of matter and spirit and is transitional between the first and last auric bodies. The astral body contains the entire personality and contains all the extraordinary abilities intuition, extrasensory perception, image projection, spiritual sight, and clairvoyance-as well as compassion for others.

The causal, or second etheric, body is the first layer of the spiritual realm, which contains the knowledge of the individual’s purpose in life, his talents, and the lessons he must learn during the course of his lifetime.

The celestial body is the site of clear vision, in the spiritual sense of individual future, and is believed to contain a love that surpasses human love. It influences sight and other manifestations of visualization insight, foresight, inspiration, clairvoyance, and physical manifestation. It’s sometimes erroneously called the third eye.

The spiritual and cosmic consciousness, also called the ketheric layer or body, is said to be in direct contact with the divine universe; it’s the body’s energetic blueprint. It is also a center of knowing without thought or reason. Our spiritual life resides here.

The auric fields are created and controlled by the chakras. Chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning “wheel” or “circle of movemene” The chakras are spirals of concentrated life force or vortices of energy. They’re arrayed in a straight line at the center of the body, with the energy vortices of the second through the sixth extending out the front and back. The root chakra points downward, and the crown chakra points upward. In the northern hemisphere, healthy chakras spin in a clockwise direction, facing the front of a person. South of the equator, chakras spin in a counterclockwise direction. The direction of radiation, shape and diameter of a chakra indicate the state of its energy and the health of the corresponding or adjacent physical or gans.

Six secondary chakras are located in the palms of the hands, backs of the knees, and soles of the feet near the arches. There are twenty smaller tertiary chakras located on the tips of the fingers and toes. The second and third chakras in the hands are used to direct energy during healing practices; the second and third chakras in the feet are used to ground the healer while performing healing activities. Additionally, minor chakras are designated anteriorly over both hip joints, tips of the shoulder, and elbows.

Another type of energy medicine is non-local healing, in which the practitioner may be at some distance from the person to be healed. Non-local healing includes prayer, empathetic concern, and distant intentionality, in which healing thoughts and vibrations are sent to the person in need.

Reported uses

Energy medicine may be used in conjunction with a more traditional regimen to facilitate treatment of anemias, cancer, arthritis, colitis, Alzheimer’s, inflammatory diseases, hypertension and heart disease, cellular diseases, viral diseases, over doses, and fractures. Energy therapy isn’t effective with genetic diseases.

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