Modern Holistic Healing

One of the things on mystical/spiritual/metaphysical side of things that I think is really going to gain more and more respect amongst the general public in the coming years is the idea of holistic healing. It’s one of the few areas where practitioners can reliably demonstrate results – there are huge numbers of people who I’ve talked to who have extolled the virtues of one holistic healing method or another. As the first post on this specific subject, I won’t go into too much detail – instead I’ll outline what I feel are the most promising and potentially paradigm changing forms of holistic healing and medicine that I know about.

Holistic healing in general is basically a blanket term for healing methods that do not relate to western medicine and the industries it is inextricably linked to – the health insurance industry and the pharmaceuticals industry. As far as I see, the western medicine methodology focuses on quick results, and can be very effective – but there are also gaping holes in its practice. There is little to no focus on long term wellness or prevention, and the solution that western medicine is invariably some kind of pill (which doctors are incentivized to prescribe by big pharma) which has a million side effects and 10 years down the line we find out can cause cancer/heart disease/aneurysms and turn out to be highly addictive (cases in point). Western medicine obviously has its place in society, but to me it is not the be all and end all of healing – there are alternate methods which I feel work in different ways, and in many situations these methods can be superior, especially in the long term, when compared to western medicine and its prescriptions.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM for short, has thousands of years of history and is probably the most practiced form of holistic/alternative medicine in the world. It is still widely available and respected in China as well as neighboring regions, and is also gaining popularity in the West. While westerners often view Acupuncture as something separate from the herbal remedies that are more associated with the idea of TCM, acupuncture is actually one of the ‘five pillars’ of TCM – the others are herbal remedies, moxibustion (heat therapy), Tui Na (closest translation is massage), and Qi Gong (exercises for energy revitalization – can be seen as similar to Yoga or meditation). TCM will continue to be a popular alternative to drug-based Western medicine in the east, and with luck it will soon begin gaining popularity on this side of the world also. You can read more about TCM here.

Crystal Healing

Many people like to scoff at crystal healing, but I’ve personally come across hundreds of people who swear that it works. The idea of crystal healing is that there are specific chakras in the body, and that certain kinds of crystals resonate with certain chakra points – and these chakra points in turn effect the functioning of specific parts of the body. The chakras that each crystal or stone affects tends to vary based on color and other properties – for example, red and yellow crystals are often associated with the ‘root chakra’ which is responsible for energy in the physical body – as such red and yellow crystals would be used to promote higher energy levels.

Ayurvedic Medicine

Ayurvedic Medicine is the traditional healing system of India, and has been practiced for over 5 millennia. To be honest, I don’t know all that much about it, but from what I’ve read, there are 8 components to Ayurveda – the curing of disease, the medical treatment of children, surgical techniques, the cure of disease specifically related to the eyes/nose/ears/teeth, the healing of poisons, the prevention of aging, the medicine of reproduction, and the handling of the intangibles (spirits or invisible beings).

Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy

This one is pretty well known, so I won’t delve too deep into it. Basically, hypnosis can be used in a variety of ways – it’s not just a fun stage show. Hypnotherapy can be effective for weight loss, quitting smoking, developing healthy habits – there’s a whole host of medical applications for hypnotherapy.

Reiki

Reiki is a Japanese form of healing therapy which bears a lot of similarity to what we would consider massage in the west. It is somewhat similar to the Qi Gong idea in TCM, and practitioners say that they are able to transfer energy through touch into the patient’s body, which facilitates healing. Reiki was initially developed by a Japanese Buddhist monk, and it has gained popularity in both Japan and in the West is recent years, although the practice of Reiki in the two parts of the world has diverged somewhat – Reiki in Japan is affords more flexibility to the Reiki master, where in the west, the placement of the hands on the body generally follow a pattern depending on the specific symptoms of the patient.

Serious Astrology and Charlatans

Zodiacs

One of the thing that irritates me greatly is the popularity of what I like to call ‘pop’ astrology – you know the kind of thing I’m talking about. Silly newspaper articles that tell you that you’re going to have an argument with a loved one, and ridiculous websites that tell you you’re ‘good with people when you’re willing to put an effort into it’ because you’re a Libra. Astrology has the capability to be a powerful art, and to see it used for throw-away entertainment for the masses on the back of a newspaper that barely anyone reads is a huge waste. It would be like if the only thing we were allowed to do with chemistry is build those science fair volcano exhibits. Too many so called astrologists waste their time with writing nonsense and trivia, and even more of them actually have no background in astrological and the reading of the stars at all. An excellent example of what I’m talking about when I refer to nonsense and trivia is this horrid site, which as far  as I’m concerned is filled with mostly junk.

Before I delve into specifics, a little history on the subject. The art of astrology has pretty much been around as long as recorded history – most ancient civilizations practiced the art in one form or another. Obviously western astrological traditions stem from Ancient Greece and Rome, but the Chinese also have their own astrological zodiac system which is just as rich (if not richer) than ours. India, and more specifically the Hindu religion also contains some beliefs that surmise that the movement of the stars and planets might have some effect on what happens here on Earth. There is a wealth on information on the wikipedia page concerning the subject, although I do believe the page to be biased towards the close-minded scientific view of things.

I don’t claim to be an expert on the subject, but I do take it more seriously than the majority of so called practitioners out there (who are frankly mostly charlatans). I will probably be writing more about this in the future, but here’s a basic overview of each of the astrological zodiac signs and what they might mean in terms of the personalities and characteristics of the people who were born under those stars.

 

Aries: Aries are passionate, confident, and adventurous. They are also headstrong, stubborn, quick to anger, impulsive, and often selfish
Taurus: Tauruses are patient, secure, and stable. They are also often stubborn, set-in-their-ways, and unwilling to take risks
Gemini: Gemini tend to be versatile, adpatable, and strong communicators. On the other hand, they are also unfocused, easily distracted, and can lack determination
Cancer: Cancers are creative, empathetic, and caring. They  are prone to mood swings, can be overemotional, and are often dependent on others
Leo: Leos are generous, enthusiastic, and loyal. They can also be arrogant, intolerant, and are often not receptive to the ideas of others
Virgo: Virgos tend to be quiet, thoughtful, and detail oriented. On the other hand, they are also known to be nitpicky, poor communicators, and judgmental
Libra: Libras are outgoing, empathetic, and relaxed. However, they can be indecisive, gullible, and fad-followers
Scorpio: Scorpios are aggressive, passionate, and often have magnetic personalities. On the other hand, they can be obsessive, over protective, and resentful
Sagittarius: Saggitariuses are free thinking, optimistic, and straightforward. They also tend to be reckless, unreliable, and rule-breaking
Capricorn: Capricorns are reliable, pragmatic, and disciplined. However, they can be self-serving, cynical, and rigid
Aquarius: Aquariuses are independent, honest, and trailblazing. On the flip side, they are often disagreeable, apathetic, and unpredictable.
Pisces: Pisces are sensitive, compassionate, and empathetic. On the other hand, they are sometimes naïve, easily influenced, and unrealistic.

An Exploration of the Mystical

Sacred Circle Mandala

Welcome everyone, to Sacred Circle Cosmos.

If you are not familiar with the idea of the Sacred Circle, let me first try to explain it to you. The sacred circle is an idea that was prevalent in many ancient civilizations that the shape of the circle holds some special power or force behind it. I came to learn and understand this idea through my exploration of paganism – you can see this belief reflected in the structure of Stonehenge – but this idea of the shape of a circle holding some magic within in can also be seen in many eastern philosophies as well. The mandala, from Buddhism, or the yin-yang symbol from the Chinese Taoist belief system – these are both excellent examples of ancient cultures and civilizations regarding the circle as a holy, or at least special shape. This idea can also be found in the beliefs systems of Native Americans, and in today’s world, one could easily regard the phenomenon of crop circles as a modern manifestation of this idea. If you are familiar with the idea of the flower of life, this concept can be viewed as an extension to the more fundamental idea of the sacred circle. This idea is also frequently seen in nature – you only need to look to the Sun and the Moon, or the shapes of flowers and snowflakes to understand this.

Astrology

This blog is not specifically about the sacred circle – although it is very likely that we will further explore this idea at some point in the blog. Rather, I picked this name because to me it represents open-mindedness, wholeness of self, unity, and infinity – these are thoughts that I will keep close to my heart and my mind as I write on this blog. This blog will be a space for my personal exploration of what many would term ‘new-age’ ideas – I think of it as a safe place to examine and investigate spiritual and metaphysical concepts and ideas. I actually have a background in science myself, but after a few brief years of study I decided that I found that the people that I was surrounded with were entirely too dogmatic and rigid in their thinking – rarely will you be able to find a true ‘free-thinker’ among those that term themselves ‘scientists’. Trying to discuss anything that challenges their beliefs even slightly – things like astrology, shamanism, holistic medicine, human potentialism, crystal healing – and they tend to become immediately defensive and will dismiss you out of hand. I find this mode of thinking entirely too linear, so I set off on my own to attempt to make my own discoveries, and this blog is the result of that.

In terms of specific topics that I will write about here – I try to keep an entirely open mind in my life, so more or less anything is up for discussion and analysis. I believe that human beings are right now on the verge of great discovery – and in this process, I predict much of what we believe we know will be swept aside. In its place will be all the ideas that seem ludicrous to most people today – concepts that have been mocked and ridiculed for an entire generation will be revealed to form the backbone of many universal truths, and we will both realize new wisdoms and rediscover wisdoms from ancient cultures.

All I ask as you are reading this blog is to keep an open mind – be receptive to unfamiliar and occasionally uncomfortable ideas. Try not to nitpick and focus in too much on the details – instead, take a holistic, universal view to the ideas that we explore. I believe that by doing this together, we will explore hidden truths, realize unknown potentials in ourselves and in others, and in our small way help to expand the consciousness of the entire human race.