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Vocal Overtones for Opening the Pineal Gland

Sound creates a resonant field of vibration. Vibration creates sensations in the body…which draws the mind inwards…and the inward focus on sensation connects the mind to the subtle underlying “Hum” of the overall vibration of all sensations felt together, the overall experience of Being!

Sounds, as created by our vocal cords, creates resonant field of vibrations that can be felt as sensations in the body…some that are extremely subtle and yet exquisitely sublime. Using the voice to initiate these fine sensations is a most amazing gift that very few understand or make use of.

For example, there are certain “overtones” of vocal sounds that have a way, through resonance, of opening a deep attunement and awareness of the pineal gland/crown area. Again, sound creates vibration, which creates sensation, which draws inwardly the mind.

These vocal sounds vibrate the nasal cavity and crown areas, which draws the awareness to those areas. By feeling into the subtle vibrations there, the mind is interiorized. The particular sound and overtone is a very nasally “nng” sound.

In playing with this particular sound, all thoughts and judgments about how it sounds (good, bad, ugly, beautiful, etc.) must be let go of. This particular way of vocalizing is not so much about singing as it is about creating certain overtones and vibrations that open/expand areas of the body (spine, brain, etc.) which then tunes our mind/body/awareness to very fine and subtle waves and undulations of the “Life Force,” the “Hum/Om” of Creation.

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Kundalini Dance of Subtlety Part II

Part I of “Kundalini Dance of Subtlety” can be accessed here

Mother Kundalini

Mother Kundalini

I think that it’s kind of ironic that, for me, Kundalini did not activate for me until having dropped my strong attachments to meditation techniques, as well as leaving an ashram that I lived as a monk for 19 years.

For me, releasing the strong “matrix” of spiritual community and “group think” created an inner feeling of “free-fall,” having nothing to stand on, or hold onto…which then offered me intimations of primal and chaotic sensations/energies moving through my body and psyche.

A few years after having left the ashram, I began singing, vocalizing in very unusual ways: throat singing (similar to Mongolian and Tibetan styles). Singing in this way came very quickly and easily for me. The subtleties of vocal overtones helped me to disconnect my thinking and any stories that would normally go round and round in my head (sadness, grief, etc.)

So many layers of density, of sadness and grief have had to be released/purged in the intervening years (since 2001). Kundalini, in the form of the Mother came to me in 2009. I felt/thought that she was extremely shy. She turned to me three times, without saying anything, beckoning me to follow her into my spine. I intuited immediately and felt her as Kundalini.

I’m glad that there is a mental concept/philosophy such as Kundalini. Otherwise, I might think that I was going a little (or maybe a lot) crazy. It gives my mind something to “chew” on in the sense that my mind seems to go ‘round and ‘round if it cannot make sense of something.

Kundalini, to me, is so far out there, wild, crazy, primal, maddening, blissful, that the mind seems to be right on the borderline of sanity and insanity! I now feel quite safe with Her in the sense of having learned to navigate very strange mental/physical/emotional/spiritual landscapes of Being. It still feels though like being in a world where veils are getting thinner and thinner.

With the onset of Kundalini there has also been times of simply ENDURING…during certain times when no amount of meditation, positive thinking, calling for help seems to ease physical/mental/spiritual suffering. Perhaps it does, but my meaning here is that there seems to be times when we get so “ground to dust” that we don’t have the wherewithal or even the memory to call for help, or shore ourselves up.

This is where Grace seems to come through. And this is my belief: that Kundalini comes with Grace. As blissful and ecstatic as Kundalini can be, it seems to also have a way of grounding us to dust, taking away all props, forcing us to our knees so-to-speak. At least that’s been my experience.

When it had been so, so dark, when I had forgotten myself and how to call for help, this is where Grace had stepped in, like the tiniest sliver of light (my lifeline) in a universe of darkness.

Kundalini, it all seems to be one large Cosmic Dance. Beautiful at times, grotesque at times…but a dance all the same, where we are being asked to let Her lead!

I seek to connect with those who, like me, feel they have been “charged” to hold and ground the Bliss Resonance for Mother Earth. Please contact me if you’d like to experience the ecstatic current in the spine. It is a free session that will be of great benefit for you whether we decide to work together or not. Contact me here if you’d like to: Connect With the Bliss Resonance

I will get back to you but please be sure to check your filtered mail as my email may get placed in your junk mailbox.

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Harmonics of Love

I like to think of certain emotions as being “harmonics” or “overtones” of the fundamental vibration of Love. For example, the feelings of gratitude and joy can be thought of as overtones or harmonics of Love.

Just as in singing, the overtones or “partials” have a direct correlation to the fundamental note being sung. They seem to hover above the dominant note.

Merriam Webster defines the word overtone (in its musical connotation):

one of the higher tones produced simultaneously with the fundamental and that with the fundamental comprise a complex musical tone

And Webster’s simple definition:

an idea or quality that is suggested without being said directly

If we tune into the frequency or fundamental vibration of Love, the overtones of Love would be gratitude, joy, etc. Can you see where I’m going with this?

I believe that the power in mantras (sacred sanskrit prayers) are in the overtones. In overtone singing (or throat singing), the overtones or harmonics seem to float over the fundamental note being sung. They sound ethereal…and the effects can be felt in the body, ranging from relaxing to ecstatic.

The fine vibrations of the overtones seem to create “suggestions” or “echoes” of sensations, exquisitely felt in the spine and in the body as Bliss.

If you’d like to experience (and feel) the power of vocal overtones for yourselves, I have some free lessons that I offer to get you started. All it takes is a childlike willingness to play, along with an openness to deeply feel. The free lessons can be found here.

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Dominant/Non-dominant Writing/Journaling

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I like the feel of pen in hand, flowing upon a blank sheet of paper wire bound in my journal. I write, draw, doodle, play with words and forms everyday, not so much with intention to create pieces of art, books, blog posts, etc., but rather as a way to move energy in my body/mind.

For me, the purpose of journaling revolves around the connecting with, feeling, luxuriating in the creative life force in the body, experienced as a feeling of wholeness, bliss. The “mechanics” of writing, drawing is just a way to get energy moving…and what gets expressed on paper is a two dimensional representation of a multidimensional inner experience.

My approach to journaling is this: I use pen and ink so there is less likelihood that I would want to erase or edit what has been laid down on the paper. The contrast of black ink on paper seems to also evoke a sense of starkness and simplicity, which has a way of feeding my sensibilities.

I usually begin by writing out a simple question/invocation: “Dear Higher Self, what realms can I explore today?” I write this out with my right (dominant) hand. I then quickly change pen to my non-dominant left hand and write my response, without editing or judging what is expressed. At a certain point, when I feel it is the “right” time to do so, I’ll switch back to my right hand and begin drawing or doodling…again not editing or judging.

During this process I pay particular attention to the overall sensations of the body and whatever thoughts, feelings and emotions come up…without judging. For me, the main benefit that I find in doing this is in getting to that delicate balance point of fine awareness of the Bliss vibration in the spine. The process of writing and drawing then becomes less important, as the mind and body are vibrating in resonance with the wide ocean of the creative field.

This process can be experienced while typing at the computer, but for me the tactile feeling of pen and paper make it easier for me to feel deeply within myself.

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Creativity, Enchantment and Sacred Space

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Everything that I do revolves around my play with “Creativity, Enchantment and Sacred Space;” and it is through the relationship that I have with the Child within that I learn to flow with Creativity, live in the dimension of Enchantment and foster Sacred Space. Very simply, The Child invites me to “Come out and play.”

When I speak of “Child” I mean the inner archetype or energy of creativity that flows within. That inner child can also be our connection to the Mother/Father Divine. When we allow ourselves to connect energetically with the Child, the energy then wishes to express creatively through the unique channel of our lives. I use sound, voice (overtone singing), rhythm, dance, movement, art (writing and drawing), playing music as a way for the creative energy to express. The more I allow (without mental editing or self-criticism), the more the energy begins to flow easily and effortlessly. The energy flow also becomes joyful, ecstatic, moving like nectar through the body.

Listen to your heart and body…without judgment, without story. Feel! Feel! Feel! Ask any body part what message it wishes to convey to you. Listen and feel.

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This approach of deep listening and feeling is how I conduct my Sonic Ascension events. Sometimes, I have the participants sing and dance their prayers and intentions. It is just a matter of getting out of our own way.

Listen and feel the finest vibrations that play within…they will awaken and help you move energy in the body. The voice especially is a most powerful instrument that connects you with subtle dimensions of consciousness through the energetic doorway of resonance.

Play with the delicate overtones/harmonics of vocal sounds and observe how they affect the body and consciousness.

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Very important, have fun! If it’s not fun you’re trying too hard! It’s all a dance and play of energy. Singing overtones is the human equivalent of a cat’s purr. The whole body begins to vibrate.

When the Child comes out, many wonderful things can happen. The consciousness goes into deep trance and the vibration of love and bliss begins to be experienced. It is a thing of great Beauty and Enchantment! Have fun!

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Creativity, Enchantment and Sacred Space

Everything that I do revolves around my play with “Creativity, Enchantment and Sacred Space;” and it is through the relationship that I have with the Child within that I learn to flow with Creativity, live in the dimension of Enchantment and foster Sacred Space. Very simply, “I am the invitation for the Child to come out and play.”

When I speak of “Child” I mean the inner archetype or energy of creativity that flows within. The inner child can also be our connection to the Mother/Father Divine. When we allow ourselves to merge energetically with the Child, the energy then wishes to express creatively through the unique channel of our lives. I use sound, voice (overtone singing), rhythm, dance, movement, art (writing and drawing), and playing music as a way for the creative energy to express. The more I allow (without mental editing or self-criticism), the more it begins to flow easily and effortlessly. The energy flow also becomes joyful, ecstatic, moving like nectar through the body.

Learn to listen to your heart and body…without judgment, without story. Feel! Feel! Feel! Ask any body part what message it wishes to convey to you. Listen and feel.

This vision has gotten very clear in the last year or so and it’s how I conduct my sound healing events. I have the participants sing and dance their prayers and intentions. It is just a matter of getting out of our own way.

I did not take any special training to learn overtone singing. I taught myself by listening and feeling (on the inside). There are, however, recordings that can be found on Youtube (do a search for “overtone singing,” “throat singing,” and “Harmonic singing”). You can find lots of help with technique online… Have fun with singing (without pushing yourself). Learn to listen for subtlety…that is where the true power lies in overtone singing. Follow and listen for the subtle vibrations that dance within…they will awaken and help you move energy in the body.

Most of all, have fun! If it’s not fun you’re trying too hard! It’s all a dance and play of energy. It’s like the human equivalent of a cat’s purr. The whole body begins to vibrate. I sing now (as much as I can) only with people that are open hearted and willing to play. When I do events, I take lots of time to bless the area of play and the individuals present. This is the blessing of “Sacred Space.” In this way, the Child feels safe to come out and play. When the Child comes out, many wonderful things can happen. The consciousness goes into deep trance and the vibration of love and bliss begins to be experienced. It is a thing of great Beauty and Enchantment!

There are infinite dimensions of creativity that can be explored. Just get the energy moving without stopping to consider why you may be feeling a lack of inspiration. Start something…listen and feel deeply while expressing through your writings, drawings or music. There is no “stuckness” save in your own choice to not start the process. Once you allow and begin something creative, no matter how small or large, the momentum of creativity will begin to move of itself, allowing for tremendous bursts of expression. Step out of the way! Do not judge or question whether or not you are “good enough.” Create! Create everyday. Your life and Being is inherently creative. Allow the Divine to sing and dance through you. If you ever feel uninspired, that is a trick of the mind. Just start the process of moving energy and then inspiration will always be with you. It is as natural as breathing in and out. Feel and listen to the Spirit that lives within. You are Creativity. Live and breathe its Spirit. Receive and be filled with what is already yours and then give thanks that your consciousness can now understand and receive this!

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2012 Frequency Shift

There is a lot of talk and excitement around the topics of 2012, immanent disclosure of alien (off-world) connections, and the cosmic “frequency shift” that is to totally reconstruct our worldview and the way that we humans do things in the world.

From an astrological point of view, this year (2010) promises to give us a very “wild ride.” According to Laurie Baum, licensed Psychotherapist and Professional Astrologer:

“I write the 2010 forecast with awe and trepidation as there is more planetary activity in the heavens in 2010 than in any year in my 20-plus years as an astrologer, and perhaps more planetary activity than any of us have lived through in our lifetimes. This level of celestial action portends a period of great change here on Planet Earth.

Here are dates to remember for the “Cardinal Climax 2010”:

· January 17, 2010 – Jupiter enters Pisces
· January 31, 2010 – Saturn in Libra squares Pluto in Capricorn
· April 26, 2010 – Saturn in Virgo opposes Uranus in Pisces
· May 22, 2010 – Jupiter in Pisces opposes Saturn in Virgo
· May 27, 2010 – Uranus enters Aries for the first time since 1935; Uranus was last in Aries from 1927 to 1935.
· June 5, 2010 – Jupiter enters Aries for the first time since 2000; Jupiter was last in Aries from early 1999 to early 2000.
· June 8, 2010 – Jupiter in Aries conjoins Uranus in Aries
· June 26, 2010 – Lunar Eclipse * Sun in Cancer – Moon in Capricorn
· July 11, 2010 – Solar Eclipse * Sun and Moon in Cancer
· July 24, 2010 – Jupiter in Aries squares Pluto in Capricorn
· July 26, 2010 – Saturn in Libra opposes Uranus in Aries
· July 30, 2010 – Mars in Libra opposes Uranus in Aries
· July 31, 2010 – Mars in Libra conjoins Saturn in Libra
· August 3, 2010 – Jupiter in Aries squares Pluto in Capricorn
· August 3, 2010 – Mars in Libra opposes Jupiter in Aries
· August 3/4, 2010 – Mars in Libra squares Pluto in Capricorn
· August 16, 2010 – Jupiter in Aries opposes Saturn in Libra
· August 21, 2010 – Saturn in Libra squares Pluto in Capricorn
· September 18, 2010 – Jupiter in conjoins Uranus in Pisces
· December 21, 2010 – Lunar Eclipse * Sun in Sagittarius – Moon in Gemini
· January 4, 2011 – Total Solar Eclipse, Sun and Moon in Capricorn
· January 4, 2011 – Jupiter in Pisces conjoins Uranus in Pisces
· February 25, 2011 – Jupiter in Aries Square Pluto in Capricorn
· March 28, 2011 – Jupiter in Aries opposes Saturn in Libra

(see http://lauriebaum.com/predictions.php for her thorough analysis)

It’s pretty obvious that there’s a lot going on, both internally and externally. When I consulted Higher Self, this is the response I received:

The veils between dimensions are getting thinner and thinner. Old and stagnant ways of thinking and doing are falling away while new systems are put into place. The dark mentalities can no longer keep the old world in place, although it seems the outdated and decrepit powers will not go without a fight (alas, their ways of control and subjugation will no longer work!).

Consult the Heart! Its voice speaks quite clearly and the connection is strong. Ride the waves of Love emanating from the ocean of your Infinite Being. It is a portal to the timeless dimensions.

The vibration felt there is like a doorway that can be passed through as you allow yourself to resonate with its song. It will move you to the deepest dimensions of Being. You are not limited! You are a field of Infinite Consciousness! Release yourself to the Divine Current! You are Love and Beauty unlimited by any constraint of time and dimension. Receive now!

The Divine is calling you to swim in the depths of full wakefulness, wherein you can experience the land of the Dreamtime, the in-between world of wakefulness and sleep. You are here to serve witness to the miracle of Love, the vibration that permeates all things and calls you to receive the gift of Infinite Bliss!

The connection to Higher Self, to the Mother-Father Unconditional Love is through the Child within. Your service in the world is to be the “invitation” for others to “come out and play.” Your role is to step fully into the consciousness of the Child Archetype where Love is fully manifest.

Feel the subtle vibrations of the heart. Listen to the song that plays within. It is joyful and moves like nectar through the body. It is lost in the busy-ness of the mind, when the attention gets caught up in the distracting fears of the worldly dream. However, you can learn to draw the attention back to the heart through the simple awareness of breath and sound.

Certain sounds vibrate the heart and can return the awareness back to its natural state of Love. All dimensions are open to you! Choose the ones that call to your sense of Beauty and Love. You are finding the way through your sensitivity to vibration and their infinite harmonics of Love. Move into the depths of bliss and the heights of Love through your attunement with these vibratory realms.

I understand there are still many lessons for me to learn involving life in the 3D world and “making a living.” The dissonance that I feel with old paradigms and with “corporate” life is getting wider. The irony is that the hypnosis of the world is such that it still requires money to survive here. Or does it?

As I get more and more clear about the gifts that I bring to the world, I can feel in my bones that my offerings have a place in the world and as such there can be an exchange of energy that occurs regarding success in life.

What shift in thinking is being asked of me at this time?

It is not so much a shift in thinking as it is a shift in Being. Step fully into your Being! You are powerful beyond imagination. When you realize and experience your powers, the question of mere survival drops from the radar screen of your consciousness. When you understand this, all life, all powers will support you in your highest dreams of freedom and success.

You still wake up each morning identifying with the self that has to take care of bills and business. The little self of the 3d world has commandeered your consciousness, causing you to believe in the illusions of limitation and lack. The Infinite Consciousness that you are knows no lack!

When you wake up to your inheritance of Infinite Consciousness, you will see your 3d existence as an interesting dream, a sidelight that you are waking up from. When this happens, the vibrations of the Infinite Dimensions will begin to “bleed through” into your 3d existence, affecting your circumstances there. All things will then improve for you.

The new awareness is happening now! Release any and all resistance. The dream of limitation and lack are ending. The story of that life is coming to an end, as if the ink from that life’s pen has dried up. Throw the pen away and receive the infinite song that sings of the One Life and One Consciousness of the Blissful Spirit that you are!

That Consciousness now moves freely through your body and mind. Enjoy the unfolding story of Self from the vantage point of omnipresent Love!

Your old story had much drama, adventure and heartache. Allow them to be released. Send them on their way with compassion, knowing that they served a purpose in helping you to learn the lessons of Love.

Enjoy now the Self of unlimited dimension, the Self of Infinite Beauty and Love! You are now Child of the Great Spirit!

The You that is experienced in the world of 3d is now part of the much wider existence and spectrum of the Divine. Observe and enjoy it for the dream that it is.

Music and chant have been doorways for you to the dimensions of Love and Beauty. We ask that you all share your gifts with one another. Through resonance with Beauty and Love you will then help others to vibrate and attune to their own unique gifts. Do you see how it works?

I would like to share with my readers a recording that was done at a vortex in 29 Palms, California. The recording is of myself and my good friend Rick Skalsky along with various crystal singing bowls, Tibetan metal singing bowls, etc. I hope you enjoy it!

Singing in the Vortex

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