Om – Reverberating Source

Om or Aum, is a sound created by humming. The sound that is created with Om while humming is considered sacred by many religions around the world. The sounds dates back to ancient times and can be found in its written form on many manuscripts within temples and monasteries across the globe. Om is a Sanskrit word meaning source or universal consciousness. The first appearance of Om is believed to be from the Upanishads text, but can also be found in other dated Hindu texts such as the Vedas. The Om sound is a sacred incantation that is often used during chanting, meditation, or when reciting advanced spiritual text. The actual sound created when chanting the word Om is believed to be the sound of creation or the sound of source.

 

“Om is not just a sound or vibration. It is not just a symbol. It is the entire cosmos, whatever we can see, touch, hear and feel…” Amit Ray

 

How to chant Om

We all have our own preferences when it comes to our meditation practices, and practicing the OM chanting with meditation is no different. What we are presenting here is an outline that can be followed until you become proficient in your own style of OM chant. Feel free to use this as a simple guide for now, while adding in your likes and taking out your dislikes as time goes on…

 

  • Begin by relaxing just as you would for a normal meditation session.
  • Be sure to relax the neck and jaw muscles before you begin practicing the chant.
  • The ooohhh sound originates in the belly, rises up through your vocal cords and out through the mouth.
  • The mmm sound should create a reverberation feeling throughout your head, mouth, and back of your throat.
  • When practiced properly, the mmm sounds should last twice as long as the ooohhh sound.
  • There is a pause on the final exhalation of Om followed by a slow deep breath back into the pit of the belly where the process can be repeated once again.
  • Do this for as long as you feel comfortable. It can be 2 minutes, 20 minutes, or 2 hours. Just remember to stay relaxed and let the sound flow naturally through you like the waves of the ocean. In and out, then out and back in again.

 

“You are a cosmic flower. Om chanting is the process of opening the psychic petals of that flower.” Amit Ray

 

My Experience with Om

When done correctly, chanting Om during meditation has been a tremendously euphoric experience for me. When I am able to let go of all that sourounds me and delve deep into the feeling of Om I feel my omnipresent connection with source. Everyone’s experience with Om is a personal one and you may or may not experience it in the way others have. That’s okay! You are meant to experience what is right for you at the time you are experiencing it. Chanting Om is not about experiencing what others have but about creating your own enriching experience. There is no need to worry or stress, just enjoy yourself through the process. Practicing with Om this should be a fun experience that teaches you how to be a better you. Om…the reverberation of source!

 

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Sources:
Om Wikipedia

 

Isolation Tank Therapy

What is an Isolation Tank?

Developed in 1954 by John C Lilly, an isolation tank is a large pod or a small room that is both light proof and sound proof. The pod or room also known as a tank, is filled with epsom salt and warm water which creates buoyancy, allowing you to float on top of it. The water is very close to the temperature of your skin so it is relaxing and feels very comfortable. Floating on the water provides your body with the needed support while helping you to feel weightless, allowing you to relax more deeply than you normally would. The absence of light and sound also enhance your experience by giving you clarity of thought, something that can be hard to find from the over stimulation of senses in every day life. An Isolation Tank is also known as, flotation tank, sensory deprivation tank, sensory deprivation chamber, sensory deprivation flotation, or simply float therapy.

 

“It is nice finding that place where you can just go and relax.” Moises Arias

What to expect from an Isolation Tank

If it is your first time using an isolation tank be sure to arrive a few minutes early so that you can be given a proper orientation. This should include a breakdown of the tank, how it works, and the potential experience you will be having. To begin the flotation, you will need to undress and take a quick shower with the use of soap and shampoo before entering the tank. You can chose to float with a swim suit or naked as the flotation experience is private. Next you step inside and close the door behind you. This may be a little scary at first with no light or sound, but you will soon become acclimated to your surroundings and realize there is nothing to be afraid of as the experience is actually quiet enjoyable. Some people prefer using earbuds to prevent water from entering their ears and / or to completely shut out any potential noise occurring outside of the chamber. You float weightlessly for about an hour (longer if preferred) until you hear a knocking on the door acknowledging your float session has ended. Your finish the process by taking another shower to remove any epsom salt that may still be on your body and get dressed. You are given the option of ending the experience by drinking a cup of warm tea or water which can help to bring you fully back into your surroundings. The relaxed sensation you feel from the flotation should stay with you throughout the rest of the day, the mental benefits should last much longer.

 

Benefits of an Isolation Tank

There are many benefits associated with the experience of an isolation tank. Here are a few of the benefits that I have experienced from my several trips to the flotation tanks in my city.

 

  • Deep Relaxation
  • Stress Release
  • Calm Mind
  • Speeds up the process of natural healing
  • More at peace with myself and surroundings
  • Letting go is much easier
  • Centered Feeling
  • Less pain
  • Clearer Thinking
  • Increased Flexibility
  • More laid-back and carefree attitude
  • Out of Body Experience
  • and much more

 

 “The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.” Sydney J. Harris

 

My Thoughts on Isolation Tanks

Floating has been a tremendously positive experience for me and can be for you too. Aside from all of the benefits listed above, I feel like a more complete person, ready to take on just about anything after a nice relaxing float. If I was to suggest some things for a first time floater, my recommendation would go something like this…

You will probably want to abstain from taking caffeine or alcohol the day before your float as doing so can help to enhance your flotation experience. Personally, I avoid eating breakfast that morning of a float because a heavy stomach is not the best feeling while floating in water. Instead, I choose to go out and each lunch after my flotation is complete. That’s not to say you can’t eat before a float, I just wouldn’t recommend doing so at least one hour before your session. Now, if you must eat before your float I recommend eating something light like fruit, or a small salad.

Ultimately, sensory deprivation tanks are a good way to relax and clear your mind. I recommend everyone give it a try at least once and decide for yourself if isolation tanks are right for you.

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Sources:
Isolation Tank Wikipedia

 

An Introduction to Binural Beats

Discovered by H. W. Dove in 1839, it wasn’t until 1973 that Robert Monroe and his team introduced binural tones as a way to influence human consciousness. Binural beats are a unique form of music that uses separate tones to create a desired effect. It works like this… Through a set of stereo headphones, a tone of lets say 50 Hz is played into the left ear only. In the right ear a separate tone of lets say 60 Hz will be played at the same time. When listening to these two separate tones in each ear, a 3rd wavering tone will be created inside of your head. This wavering tone is not coming from the speakers but is in fact being created by you. The 3rd wavering sound is the binural beat and in the example given above, would be a sound of 10Hz which is the difference between the two original tones. A binural tone is a standing wave that is produced by the brain and is only possible due to binural hearing. Even after listening to these binural tones, your brain can still maintain the standing wave over a period of time.

 

“The greatest illusion is that mankind has limitations.” Robert A. Monroe

Hemi-Sync vs Holosync

The Hemi-sync technology was created in 1975 by Robert Monroe founder of the Monroe Institute located in Faber Virginia. Hemi-Sync stands for Hemispheric Synchronization which simply means a synchronization of the brains two hemispheres, the left side and right side of the brain. The Hemi-Sync tech is a powerful sound technology that consists of different combinations of binural beats, musical instruments, sound effects and / or verbal instructions. Each has a different effect, based upon the different programs and the way they are used. With Hemi-Sync you have the option to focus your brain to peak performance through brain synchronization, relax into a deep meditation or simply get a good restful night sleep. Today there are hundreds of different Hemi-Sync programs available to help people obtain many different states of consciousness, all available through the Monroe Institute and the Hemi-Sync website.

After many years of testing through the years of 1985 to 1989 Bill Harris and West Wait brought Holosync to the public through the Centerpoint Research Institute. Very similar to Hemisync, in that it is about hemispheric synchronization, Holosync increases the connection and function between the two sides of your brain. Holosync achieves this by using different combinations of binural beats, musical instruments, sound effects and / or verbal instructions. Holosync is said to give your nervous system stimulus in the same way a workout would for your physical body. Using Holosync can increase your mental and emotional threshold as well as your intelligence and creativity. Your brain creates new neural pathways as it adapts to the Holosync tech. More information on this technology can be found on the Centerpoint website.

Brainwave States

Nerve cells in your brain generate electrical impulses that fluctuate in distinct patterns called brain wave patterns. These patterns include your thoughts, emotions, state of being, as well as bodily functions. There are 5 categories of brainwave patterns. Alpha, beta, delta, gamma and theta states.

Gamma (38 Hz – 42 Hz) Brainwaves are the quickest of all the brainwave states. Initially dismissed and extra brain noise, until it was discovered that Gamma waves are in fact active when in states of the higher consciousness like universal love. Gamma is above the frequency at which your neurons fire so how it is generated still remains a mystery to this day.

Beta (12 Hz – 32 Hz) Is seen as your normal waking state of consciousness, experienced during times of high mental and physical activity. Associated with concentration, arousal, alertness and engagement such as decision making and problem solving. While on the opposite end, the higher levels of beta can be associated with anxiety, disharmony, or unease.

Alpha (8 Hz – 12 Hz) As your brainwaves slow they enter an alpha state. Relaxed but alert, alpha is between the stages of being asleep and awake. The lower range of alpha is a state of deep relaxation, while the higher end of alpha is a more focused yet still a very relaxed state to be in. When you are calm but engaged, like watching a good movie at your local cinema, then you are probably in the alpha state. Alpha is most often associated with super learning.

Theta (3 Hz – 8 Hz) Waves are even slower than alpha. Trance, hypnosis, dreaming sleep and deep mediation are considered theta states. Associated with increased creativity, memory abilities, and forms of super learning. Those moments where a great idea or a flash of incite suddenly comes to you are theta states. the self sabotaging parts of the left brain are bypassed in the theta state. In the lower theta state the brain makes lots of relaxing endorphin’s that can bring mild visions or simply melt away any stress you may be experiencing.

Delta (.5 Hz – 3 Hz) The slowest brainwave pattern often associated with deep sleep. People are most often sleep while in this state but there is evidence that those highly skilled in meditation can obtain the delta state while staying awake. Healing and regeneration are stimulated in this state. And in certain delta frequencies the brain releases many highly beneficial substances, including human growth hormone which helps to fight age associated diseases and keep you younger.

As your brain slows from Beta to Alpha to Theta to Delta, the balance between the two hemispheres of your brain increases. This balanced state is called brain synchronization or hemispheric synchronization. Using your brain while in this state you begin to use whole brain thinking / functioning. This means you are now using both sides of your brain to think instead of just one side at a time as we normally do. It gives you increased creativity, learning abilities and enhances memory, helping you to become less self conscious and function on a more intuitive level. In some ways, even becoming the stuff of comic book legends. Somewhat of a super hero, with increased mental powers and abilities, tapping into remarkable potential that you never even knew existed.

 

“The depth of learning is in direct relation to the intensity of the experience.” Robert A. Monroe

The Many Benefits of Hemi-Sync / Holosync

  • Heightened self-esteem / confidence
  • Decreased hyperactivity / A.D.D.
  • Achieve serenity / bliss
  • Opening up to deeper feelings
  • Deepened meditative state
  • Enhanced perception / intuition
  • Uncover lost or hidden memories
  • Increase capacity for learning / productivity
  • Eliminates / decreases sleep problems
  • Improved mood / reduced anxiety
  • Increased dream memory and facilitates lucid dreaming
  • Support the out-of-body state / explore the non-physical realms
  • and much more

How to Listen to Binural Beats

The most effective way to listen to Binaural Beats is through stereo headphones. Speakers work great as well if you are providing the binaural beats for a large group of people, but headphones are still the best option. This is because different sounds are sent through the left and right sides of the headphones, so with speakers there may be some overlap. Having separate speakers for each ear without interference is most beneficial and better facilitates hemispheric synchronization. If you are going to use speakers instead of headphones make sure to sit near the center of the speakers for the best results. And remember lower is usually better. You don’t need to blast the tones at full volume when you are trying to relax into different states of consciousness.

My Take on Binural Beats

Scientifically proven to work, binural beats are a fantastic option for self improvement and spiritual growth. Though they can be used anytime you prefer, I like to listen to them right after I wake up in the morning or right as I am going to sleep at night. This is because I am already in a relaxed state and more open to receive the max benefits from the program.

Remember to start slow and work your way up. Beta to alpha to theta to delta is the recommended way to go. Switching from beta to delta can be an uncomfortable experience as your brain may not be ready for that kind of leap. Much like riding a bike always start slow with the training wheels on and then work your way up. Allow your brain time it needs to build the new neural pathways you are creating. There is no need to rush as it is a process and the deeper states will be there when you are ready for them.

 

“Always know and remember that you are more than your physical body.” Robert A. Monroe

 

A final note… Even though we have discussed the many benefits of binural tones, one should be cautious when listening to and downloading these audio programs over the internet. You just don’t know how these sounds were mixed and they might even have an adverse affect on you. Unlike the Monroe Institute where all of their Hemi-Sync music has been tested and perfected over many years of trial and error. So please exercise caution when you are listening from unofficial sources.

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Sources:
Wikipedia BInural Beats
Wikipedia Hemi-Sync
Robert Monroe
Hemi-Sync Website
Centerpointe Website 
Brain Works Website 
Hemi-Sync Youtube 

The Many Benefits of Meditation

What is meditation?

Meditation is an ancient tradition that has been practiced since the early stages of human kind. There are many different types of meditation that provide many different benefits to both mind and body. Meditation most often consists of relaxing the body and opening up the mind to induce different states of consciousness not normally experienced through your normal everyday activities. Many different religions from all around the world practice different forms of meditation such as reflection, contemplation, mantras, and even some forms prayer.

 

“Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak.” Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati

How does meditation work? How do I meditate?

To begin your meditation it is recommended you find a comfortable position. Lying down on your back, sitting in a chair, on the floor in a cross leg position or simply standing are all good positions for meditation. Whatever position you choose, make sure you back is straight and avoid slouching as this can affect your meditation.

Once you are comfortable in your chosen position, close your eyes and begin to focus on your breathe. Breath in slowly and deeply bringing the air into the lower part of your stomach, hold for a few seconds and then breathe out. On the breathe out you should also hold for a few seconds before breathing in again. After a few breaths you should find a nice rhythm and can now release the focus on your breath and turn it instead onto your intention for the meditation. This can vary from relaxation, to focusing in on emotional states such as love, anger, happiness, or you can simply enjoy the ride and go with the flow of where you mind takes you. The important part here is to retain focus on your intention by avoiding the urge to go to sleep or let your mind wander aimlessly as it often does during normal wakeful hours. If you find yourself doing this that is okay, simply redirect your attention on to your desired focus and continue breathing.

 

“Meditation is meeting eternity in the present moment. It is resolving every problem as it comes. It is resolving every tension as it creeps in. It is facing the challenges of life in a non-fearful way.” ~Vimala Thakar

The Many Benefits of Meditation

The list of benefits from meditation are many, and have been proven medically. Benefits of meditation can vary from person to person as each practitioner is different in their approach. However some basic benefits from meditation are…

 

  • Increased attention span
  • Improved brain function
  • reduced stress / reduced aging
  • Release what is holding you back / fears
  • Increased immunity which helps to fight diseases
  • deeper appreciation for life
  • helps you to feel more grounded
  • Deeper feelings of contentedness
  • Makes you a happier person
  • Increased empathy and compassion
  • Helps you relax, providing you with good restful sleep

 

“When you have achieved a state of deep meditation, you unlock the door to your subconscious mind. That is where the power to create the life you desire lies.” ~Adrian Calabrese

 

Always remember that meditation is not some practice that is rigid and set in stone. You create your own meditation space and gain your own personal experiences from meditation. I have a private space set aside just for meditation purposes where I can light candles, Incense, and play music which helps to get me in the right frame of mind and set the mood. It’s all about personal preference. You can meditate for 5 minutes or 5 hours at a time, it is completely up to you. Just relax, breathe deep, and enjoy your alone time…with you!

 

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Sources:

Wikipedia Meditation

Zen Habits Meditation Guide

Live and Dare Benefits of Meditation

25 Amazing Quotes to Inspire your Meditation Practice

 

The Wim Hof Breathing Method

Who is Wim Hof?

Born April 20, 1959, Wim Hof is the official holder of 21 Guinness World Records! One of his most famous World Records includes the Ice Endurance feat which placed Wim shoulder deep in ice for 1 hour and 52 minutes. Through the practice of his various techniques Wim Hof has been able to stand the extreme colds of Mount Everest without a shirt, to running a marathon through the harsh heat of the Namib desert with no water. It is performing such feats under extreme conditions like these that have eared Wim the title of “The Iceman”. And by perfecting his method of breathing it is believed that you can accomplish the same.

 

“What I am capable of – everybody can learn.” Wim Hof

What is the Wim Hof Method?

Much like the Yogic technique of Pranayama breathing or the Tummo meditation, the Wim Hof method is a particular style of breathing that has been proven to boost your immune system and give you the ability to withstand harsh physical conditions.

 

“Unless you are willing to experience new things, you’ll never realize your full potential.” Wim Hof

 

The basic idea behind the method is controlled hyperventilation. First get into a comfortable position such as cross legged or lying down on your back… now get then ready to breath! You begin the Wim Hof method by breathing in and out deeply and at a rapid pace for a certain number of breathes. 30 plus is recommended. Once that is complete, you breathe out completely so little to no air is left in your lungs. This is held for as long a period of time as you feel comfortable. When you feel like you can not hold this any longer, you take a deep breath in filling your lungs with oxygen. Your breathe is then held for about 10 to 20 seconds before you release and repeat. At this point you have completed one full cycle of the Wim Hof breathing method. Wim recommends you do this cycle at least 3 times to get the full benefit of the practice.

 

“If you can learn how to use your mind, anything is possible.” Wim Hof

 

It is important to note that this is the very basic form of the Wim Hof method, and that Wim offers an online course over many weeks that will properly teach you the basic and advanced forms of this technique. For more information on these advanced breathing techniques you can click here. Please note I am currently not receiving any compensation for this. However I have practiced the Wim Hof Method for a while now and am a firm believer in its many benefits. I would encourage you to do the same if you feel it is right for you. I hope this information was helpful to you and wish you the absolute best in your journey. If you are already a practitioner of the Wim Hof method or have any questions on the topic, please feel free to comment below. As always… Be well family!

 

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Sources:
Wim Hof Method
Iceman Wim Hof
Super Human Health
Inside the Superhuman World of the Iceman