Monthly Archive for: ‘April, 2010’

  • What is the pagan view of demonic activity?

    How does the pagan religion explain demonic phenomenon? Most demonic activity is halted by catholic incantations. I was wondering what the pagan community thought about this.

  • What Is Vedic Astrology?

    The origins of Vedic astrology began with the Vedas.  The word Veda means “true knowledge”.  The Vedas are ancient sacred texts that originated in India, by the Rishis (seers) of India.  It is thought that the age is around 7,000 years old.  They are the historical records and laws of Hindu life.  These laws were the basis of how they lived and regulated their social, legal and religious customs. 

    Vedic Astrology is a limb of the Veda’s also known as the “Eyes of the Veda’s”.  Self-knowledge and understanding, seeing ourselves is the core of Vedic astrology.  In Western society most of us are familiar with our daily horoscope, the one that tells us our Sun sign.  However, that is only scratching the surface and does not really help us with understanding our inner most Self.  There is a world within ourselves that when we explore, and seek to understand brings awareness.  Vedic astrology is a map, we can use this map to light our pathway.  It can guide us, help us to understand our behavior, what makes us respond the way we do to certain situations. It will show us our strengths and weakness, where our talents and gifts are.  This understanding of our self can help us make right decisions, attain better results. While Vedic astrology is most known for its ability to forecast or predict opportunities that may unfold, it is in no way meant to replace free will or to replace an individual’s responsibility to make their own decision. It is a tool that can be the “guiding light” to self discovery that ultimately leads to greater understanding and awareness. 

    Rose Reveley has been practicing the sacred science of Vedic Astrology for over 10 years. She is a Certified Vedic Astrologer with ACVA.

  • Oscar Wilde

    Oscar Wilde
    Oscar Wilde photographed by Napoleaon Sarony (1882)

  • What is the relationship between yoga and orthodox Hinduism?

    Is yoga an orthodox division of Hinduism from the beginning?

    Or yoga originally had nothing to do with Hinduism, but has been absorbed in Hinduism later?

  • What is “two if by sea” by Andrew Wyeth about?

  • Zazen And The System Of Reiki

    Zazen, which literally means sitting meditation, is a popular aspect of many Japanese spiritual practices. During the practices you “just sit” (shikantaza) and calm your mind so that you gain a deep understanding about the nature of your own mind. But how do you sit in zazen and what do you actually do once you’re there?

    These are questions many people ask, so below is a link to a comprehensive explanation on how to practice zazen, including photo’s on how to sit either in seiza or on a chair.

    One of the most important elements in zazen is your posture and your breathing.

    In many zazen practices you breathe from your hara (belly) – the center of your being – thus creating a feeling of being centered, open and yet grounded. Hara breathing is a major part of many traditional Japanese Reiki practices, like Joshin Kokyu ho and Seshin Toitsu for example.

    In Tendai Buddhism certain forms of zazen are also practiced including the Ceasing and Contemplation Meditation called Zazen Shikan Taza. This complete Tendai meditation can be found in the appendix of The Reiki Sourcebook of which the 2009 edition has been entirely revised, updated and expanded.

    “The great Master Dogen said, “To study the Buddha Way is to study the self, to study the self is to forget the self, and to forget the self is to be enlightened by the ten thousand things.” To be enlightened by the ten thousand things is to recognize the unity of the self and the ten thousand things. Upon his own enlightenment, Buddha was in seated meditation; Zen practice returns to the same seated meditation again and again. For two thousand five hundred years that meditation has continued, from generation to generation; it’s the most important thing that has been passed on. It spread from India to China, to Japan, to other parts of Asia, and then finally to the West. It’s a very simple practice. It’s very easy to describe and very easy to follow. But like all other practices, it takes doing in order for it to happen.”

    Video of how to practice Zazen by Gudo Nishijima

    Bronwen and Frans Stiene are the founders of the International House of Reiki and the Shibumi International Reiki Association. They have been a major influence on global research into the system of Reiki since the early 2000s. Their practical understanding of the Japanese influences on the system have allowed students around the world to connect deeply with this practise.