Early doctrines regarding the chakras
The idea of the subtle vital force (prana) and the channels along which it flows (nadis) appear in the earliest Upanishads (7th-8th century b.c.e.).
The heart was said to be the centre of the 72,000 nadis or subtle channels, and the place into which the senses are withdrawn during sleep. As with many ancient civilisations (e.g. Egypt, Homeric Greece), the heart was also considered the seat of waking consciousness.
But it was only in the later Upanishads – the earlier of which were composed somewhere between the 2nd century b.c.e. and the 2nd century c.e. – reference is first made to basic Tantric concepts such as chakras, mantras, and so on.
The Brahma-Upanishad mentions the four “places” occupied by the purusha (soul): the navel, heart, throat, and head. Following common tradition, each place is characterised by a particular state of consciousness: the navel (or the eye) waking consciousness, the heart dreamless sleep, the throat dreaming, and the head the “fourth” or transcendent state. Continue reading
Duality and Unity: Planets in Gemini
by Alan Oken
As our inner eye awakens, it sees with ever-increasing clarity the relationship between the visible and the invisible, and knows that these two are drawing ever closer together. —A.O.
Occult glyphs and symbols are multileveled as to what they represent, and the glyph for the Twins is especially rich in allegory and meaning. The most obvious interpretation for the symbol of Gemini is “duality.” On the physical plane, (II) depicts the parts of the body ruled by this sign: the hands, the arms, the lungs and the entire bilateral nature of our physique. The highly developed athlete has this physical duality perfectly coordinated and under the control of the integrated mind, Mercury. Continue reading
Mercury Rules the Sign of Gemini
By Starlight Astrology
Mercury acts to process large volumes of information within our essential being—as represented by the sun. It allows a person to think, discriminate, express oneself and to move about. This has been called an animator of movement and is associated with our nervous system: the communication and transportation system within our bodies. Mercury tends to make a person verbose, critical, and high strung.
GEMINI – May 22 to June 21
Your symbol is the twins, which denotes your dual mindedness.
Understanding yourself (and others)
When reading the personality description of your traits below, please keep in mind that the ones discussed here are mainly indicative of the influence of your element, and the influence of your ruling Continue reading
Kinds of Trance Channeling and Kinds of Entities
By April Crawford
By trance channel we mean a person who is able to set their conscious self aside in order to allow another [person or] a non-physical or spirit being, to speak through their body. The person who does this is the channel. The being who does the speaking is usually referred to as an entity by our group but others may call them spirit guides.
The term medium could be used to describe a “channel”. However, the term “medium” is usually associated with contacting recently departed persons with contact sought by relatives or friends. Channels as we use the term usually will [any] beings and spirit teachers to come through and speak, although channels are capable of bringing through personalities who have recently died in the traditional sense of the term medium. So, the entities or spirit teachers who speak through channels are sought for Continue reading
SHAMANIC TRANCE STATES
By the Wandering
In order to journey to the other dimensions of existence a Shaman induces an altered state of consciousness in himself similar to a state of self-hypnosis called a state of flow. While in this state of flow, or Shamanic Trance, he is in complete control. He is able to take his consciousness and subtle bodies into nonphysical reality where he visits the heavens and hells of existence, communicates with and controls spirits, gains information, retrieves souls, and makes subtle changes in reality which may affect the physical world.
Properties of the Shamanic altered state of consciousness are: Continue reading
By Robert Bruce, 1999
17. The Trance State
A trance is a very simple and natural state of being, the state entered when the physical body goes to sleep while the mind stays awake. Very simply, the frequency of brain waves changes in response to the changed level of mental activity.
The less mental activity, the deeper the level of trance. Normal levels of consciousness cause a lot of bioelectrical activity, which is associated with the awake activity of the surface mind, called the beta level. When the trance state is entered, this activity is significantly reduced, causing many peculiar physical and mental sensations. Changes in brain-wave activity are measurable with an electroencephalograph, or EEG, machine. Continue reading
MySleepButton – The Cognitive Science
What your mind does: Mentation
The mind is always active, creating mental content such as thoughts, images, wishes, wants, intentions, plans, assessments, feelings, stories, perceptions, recollections. The waking mind is usually engaged in a limited number of more or less conscious activities such as planning, imagining, assessing, ruminating, perceiving and/or listening. “Mentation” is the word that stands for all of these activities. It’s more general than “thinking”, if you assume that thinking and feeling, for instance, are not the same.
The mind is a sense making machine
At almost all times, whether you are awake or asleep, your mind is engaged in some kind of sense making. That is, your mind is trying to make sense of the information that it gets from its senses or that Continue reading