Archives for October 2015

Could ethics be more important than religion?

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In a world in which refugees are seeking safety in ever greater numbers, the Dalai Lama, the world’s most prominent refugee, purports to know no enemies and feel no hatred. Even though the Chinese have occupied Tibet and taken away his homeland, he still prays for them and their leaders. He also says that ethics are more important than religion because, while we don’t arrive in the world as a member of a particular religion, we are born with a sense of ethics.

The ethical qualities of love, compassion and peace are at the basis of all religions but mankind is doing his best to kill them with his desire for power over others, causing cruel war and the desperate plight of refugees.  Ethics, on the other hand, demand power over oneself. Power over oneself isn’t easy. Living ethically demands practice, patience and self-discipline with an ample helping of learned self knowledge. It also asks us to question our new Western religions of overindulgence, money, excessive materialism and our worship of the numbing god in the corner of the room, the television.

Ethics, the Dalai Lama suggests, leads to happiness, and modern research into neuroscience certainly backs him up. It would seem that altruism is not only more rewarding than egotism but also that the human brain is actually programmed to be happy. The fact is that we like helping people – it makes us feel good. Moreover, we can’t bear seeing others hurting. The horrific photographs coming out of Syria have begun to shock us out of our complacency but we need to act more ethically if we want to begin to transform suffering in a meaningful and lasting way.

Most of us in the Western World have far more than we need – if we have a roof over our heads and food in the cupboards we are in the top 8% of the world wealth. We can afford to share out some of our good fortune and we will even get a shot of happiness as a result. Choosing to see the influx of refugees as an exciting opportunity rather than a threat could be fascinating. Celebrating a world in which Christians, Hindus, Seiks, Muslims, Jainists, Buddhists, Jews, Agnostics, Atheists and Pagans all have a safe place to live, could bring some much needed colour into our lives. Working together towards education for all, respect for each other and acceptance of our differences could open up whole new worlds to many of us.

A few new beliefs wouldn’t go amiss either. How about – What is in your interest is also in mine. Or – What serves you, serves me, serves all of us. Sounds better than shouting fearfully to keep everything for ourselves, doesn’t it?

Have a happy, compassionate and loving November.

Love Laurelle

How connected are you?

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As we continue our exploration of the chakras, let’s now look at the seventh, the crown chakra, which is situated at the top of the head and develops between the ages of 42 and 49.

Physically, the crown chakra is concerned with the eyes, upper skull, hair and central nervous system. It also houses the pineal gland, the only part of the body which is in direct contact with, and brings in, the soul. Problems with this chakra may manifest as migraines, brain tumours, coma, amnesia, insomnia, skin disorders, Parkinsons and Alzheimers etc. The major emotional imbalance of the crown chakra is anxiety. However, confusion, depression, senility, fear of success and lack of inspiration can also occur. Mental imbalances may show up as feelings of separation, learning difficulties and autism. Spiritually, this chakra is all about connection: connection to the Higher Self and to the Divine. Artists and psychics often see a developed crown chakra as a halo of light around the head.

The Sanskrit name for this chakra is Sahasrara which means one thousand. The image for the crown is therefore the thousand-petalled lotus. The lotus is a surprising flower which grows out of muddy water and yet produces a beautiful bloom. This means that we don’t need to be perfect but can lift ourselves out of the murk of ignorance into our souls and the clarity of enlightenment. By cleansing ourselves and letting go of what no longer serves us, we will rise up out of the depths and see the light.

So how do we work on the crown chakra? First, there is colour. Violet has the shortest wavelength and highest vibration of the colours of the visible spectrum of light and aids us in cleansing, letting go, feeling whole and moving towards a feeling of unity with others. You can also work with crystals. Diamonds, white tourmaline, white jade, snowy quartz and celestite help to strengthen the soul and provide enhanced insight. Essential oils are also most useful. The quietening fragrances of sweet and bitter orange, neroli, lavender, clary sage, and frankincense help to produce a more peaceful mind while pine, rose, tea tree, cedarwood and lemon help to cleanse the thoughts.

However, the most powerful way to develop the crown chakra is by silent meditation. Silence is an odd concept in our noisy world. It is virtually impossible to get away from environmental sound whether it is in the form of piped music in shops, traffic noise on the roads or aeroplane disturbance in the skies. Even our bodies make noise: the bloods thrums, the nervous system whistles and the digestive system groans. But the fact is that we cannot do without sound. When men first went up into space, it was discovered that they could not function after they had left the ionosphere because the Earth hums at an average of 7.813 hertz, or cycles per second. This resonance is as vital to us as oxygen so now a little black box resonating at this frequency is put onto all space modules thus enabling the astronauts to live as though they are still on the Earth.

It is not surprising, then, that silence is so challenging. Try this: sit comfortably with your eyes closed and tone Om (or Aum) for a few minutes. Then allow yourself naturally to become quiet. Listen to the resonance which has been set up in your body and watch it fade from sound into feeling. When you are ready, let go of the doing and simply be. A few minutes spent like this will do much to develop your ability to be silent and, if you keep on practising, you’ll find yourself in a state of bliss.

So now we have come to the end of our exploration of the chakras, I do hope that you have enjoyed the journey. Working with these energy centres will help you to understand your body, emotions, minds and spirit and also to create a life which is peaceful and fulfilling. Please email me if you have any questions.

Meanwhile, have a peaceful Autumn and enjoy the silence whenever you can find it…

Love Laurelle

I am a qualified Sound Therapist, teach meditation and chanting, and run workshops on Confidence and Archetypes. I also write music and fiction and currently have recorded 12 CDs. Contact me at laurelle@laurellerond.com for more information or phone 07964 161527.