Relaxation and muscle re-education to manage stress and pain and improve the quality of life
Biofeedback is a non-invasive therapeutic technology that energetically scans and harmonize the body’s stresses and imbalances, and returns your body back to health by reducing the stressors that cause dis-ease. Excess stress is the pathway to dis-ease.
I am curenlty studing for my diploma Quantum Biofeedback throught The College of International Holistic Studies.
Though Western-style medicine is of immense value and can work wonders, it is not in and of itself complete. It does not deal with the “spiritual” aspect of illness. Shamanic healing does. Dr. Harner advises: “When you are ill, by all means obtain the best modern medical treatment available. But don’t neglect the spiritual. Indigenous peoples did not use shamanic healing for tens of thousands of years because they didn’t know any better. They used it because it worked.” With the reawakening of shamanism in the West and many trained shamanic healers available, a holistic course of treatment is now possible for us all.
- Susan Mokelke
"After having personally practiced shamanism, shamanic healing, and shamanic journeying for more than half a century, I can say that there is nothing I have encountered in reports of the spiritual experiences of saints, prophets, psychedelic drug experimenters, near death survivors, avatars and other mystics that is not commonly experienced when following classic journey methods using a drum."
- Michael Harner
The following are common symptoms of spiritual illness:
- Low Self-Worth
- No Sense of Purpose/Meaning
- Feelings of Emptiness
- Feeling Powerless
- Chronic Fatigue, Illness, or Pain
- Not Feeling Like One’s-self
- Sudden Change in Habits/Personality
- Not Feeling Present
- Difficulty Letting Go of Past Events
- Low Self-Esteem
- Feeling Fragmented
Yoga and Meditation
I have been studying Yoga and meditation my entire life. It goes far beyond the physical posters or asana that is so popular in North America. It was not till the first teacher training that I was introduced to the eight limbs of Yoga, much of what I had already been practising but until then did not have a name for it. I have studied Ashtanga Vinyasa, Nidra, and Kaula Tantra Yoga.
Ashtanga, the eight limbs of Yoga, is Patanjali's classification of classical Yoga, as set out in his Yoga Sutras. He defined the eight limbs as;
- Yama - ethical standards
- Ahimsa - nonviolence
- Satya - truthfulness
- Asteya - nonstealing
- Brahmacharya - continence
- Aparigraha - noncovetousness
- Niyama - self-discipline and spiritual observances
- Saucha - cleanliness
- Samtosa - contentment
- Tapas - heat; spiritual austerities
- Svadhyaya - study of the sacred scriptures and of one's self
- Isvara pranidhana - surrender to God
- Asana - postures
- Pranayama - breathing
- Pratyahara - withdrawal or sensory transcendence
- Dharana - concentration
- Dhyana - meditation or contemplation
- Samadhi - absorption
Vinyasa is a Sanskrit term often employed in relation to certain styles of Yoga, that usually refers to a transition between two different positions. Like many Sanskrit words, vinyasa has many meanings; Nyasa denotes "to place", and vi denotes "in a special way." The term "Vinyasa" can also be used to reference a style of Yoga practised as one breath, tied to one movement.
Yoga Nidra or Yogic Sleep is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, like the "going-to-sleep" stage. It is a state in which the body is completely relaxed, and the practitioner becomes systematically and increasingly aware of the inner world by following a set of verbal instructions. This state of consciousness (yoga nidra) is different from meditation in which concentration on a single focus is required.
Kaula Tantra Yoga. This yoga series is practised in a slow and flowing manner to build patience and awareness. Each asana is held gently for a period of time to allow students to relax into the posture. This way, each individual finds their own unique way of expressing the asanas without the pressure of competing or 'performing perfectly'.
A tantra is a learning, something that you learn, overcome, grow from and prepares you for the next lesson or tantra. You may not be able to see other learnings or tantra until you're ready or have learned from previous learnings, new lessons open up, a new tantra.
I have spent time in retreat settings around the world, including many visits to the Monroe Institute in Virginia, USA and Vancouver Island, Canada. Through meditation, you learn about the deeper states of human consciousness. This is what ultimately pointed me in the direction of learning Core Shamanism. I co-host a hemi-sync meditation group in Calgary, Canada, where we all get to listen to guided meditation with the use of binaural beats. I have also found Sacred Acoustics products to be very helpful to bring you into altered states. I find that the ticket for me is the use of a drum.