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In the third century AD, in a book called Liber Medicinalis, it was prescribed to wear an amulet with the word ABRACADABRA written in the form of a triangle to make lethal diseases go away. It was used as a magical formula by the Gnostics of the sect of Basilides in invoking the aid of beneficent spirits against disease and misfortune. <1
Translations of ABRACADABRA throughout the ages: I Create As I Speak / A Divine Oracle / This Is The Great Seal / Go Out Bad Spirit / I Bless The Man / Fade Away As This Word Is Fading / Vanish At This Word. <2
<5 Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Abracadabra". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press
Angel n. [derived fr. Gk angelos messenger-Webster's] : an Elemental Spirit of the universe whose duration and movement are outside the limitations of tidy time and whose principal activities are knowing and willing; bearer of Archaic Knowledge and Wisdom
<7 Webster's First New Intergalactic Wickedary of the English language, ©Mary Daly with Jane Caputi 1987
<8 Angel, Illustration © Sudie Rakusin, 1987 used with artist permission.
<9 painting detail of Hagar In The Wilderness, Camille Corot 1835, Metropolitan Museum NYC
<10 from Barbara Ann Brennan, Hands Of Light p.227 / Illustration Celestial Level Healing, © Jos A. Smith 1987 used with artist permission
Apu is 'holy mountain' in Que'chua. Apu Ausangate is one of the most important masculine sacred mountains of the Inca empire and in the shamanic lineage of the high Andes in Peru. Its mystical meaning is 'awakening to knowing and revelation' and is revered as a place of power. Ancient wisdom and knowledge resides in the high mountains. Shamans always call upon the apus for guidance and protection for healing, prayer, and ceremony.
<11 photographs taken on a pilgrimage to Apu Ausangate in August 2014 by Antoinette Aurell
The aura can be described as a luminous matrix that surrounds and interpenetrates a physical body, emitting its own characteristic radiance. The human aura, also called the luminous energy field, is the part of the universal energy field that is associated with the physical body. The blueprint of the physical body, which informs and manifests the form and health of the body, is held within the aura. The aura also includes information and memory from all of our past and present history, trauma, as well as inherited stories from our ancestors. Our emotions, our beliefs, and the colored lens through which we perceive reality are all held within the aura. Based on observation, researchers have created theoretical models that divide the aura into several layers, sometimes called bodies. Each succeeding body is composed of finer substances and higher "vibrations" than the body that it surrounds and interpenetrates.
Also see Luminous Energy Field, AURA READING
AYNI & MUNAY
AYNI, in Que'chua, means right relationship, sacred reciprocity. If you give you will receive and if you receive you must give back. Earthkeeper medicine practices are based on the idea that we must align ourselves with nature and come back into balance, and then our natural health will return. When we are in AYNI, paradise is our home; and physical, mental, and emotional health is our birthright. We discover that we never left Eden.
MUNAY is love in Que'chua. Unconditional, eternal, unreasoned love. Located at the heart center, it is the exercise of power for the shaman. It is the law of love. Rather than an emotion, munay is seen as an attitude of respect and appreciation for everyone and everything.
To practice Beginner's Mind we need to let go of judgement, expectation, and dogma. As we move beyond our preconceived notions and limiting beliefs, we open our minds to embrace a childlike sense of wonder and awe where everything is possible. We infuse our life with innocence, curiosity, and spontaneity as we experience each moment and one another as if for the first time with fresh new eyes. Beginner's Mind allows us to be fully present and receptive to live creatively with an open heart for discovery and learning.
<13 Barbara Ann Brennan, Hands Of Light, Figure 22-6, Illustration, Balancing Auric Field of Patient, © Jos A. Smith, 1987, used with artist permission
"Chakra, which means 'wheel' in Sanskrit, are spinning energy vortices of vital life force which interface our energy body to our physical body. Each chakra reflects an aspect of consciousness and together they integrate into a system of wholeness connecting mind, body, and spirit. Chakras are organizing centers for the reception, assimilation, and transmission of life energies." - Anodea Judith, Wheels of Life
"The system that is used in crystal healing is slightly different than the more commonly known system originating in India in that eight instead of seven chakras are utilized. In the vedic system the navel and the solar plexus are combined together as only one chakra, wheras in crystal healing each one of these centers constitute their own energy and individual purpose." - Katrina Raphaell, The Crystalline Transmission p.24
<14 Barbara Ann Brennan, Hands Of Light p.46, Illustration The Seven Major Chakras, Front and Back Views, © by Jos A. Smith 1987 used with artist permission
Circular Time is Sacred Time, to live in timelessness beyond linear clock-time. We surrender to the flow, the path of non-resistance. We elevate our perspective beyond the concept of causality and embrace synchronicity where there is trust in the Great Mystery which acknowledges the perfection of every unfolding living moment. Challenges are welcomed as opportunities to learn and to evolve, for there is a deeper purpose and meaning for every action, meeting, or situation. Synchronicity is the organizing principle as the universe conspires on our behalf. Gracefully yielding to life, we walk in beauty, as beauty is reflected back to us, and dream our world into being.
CORDS, IMPRINTS, & ENTITIES
<15 Saint Michael, 1450-1500 Master of Belmonte, Tempera and oil on wood, Cloisters Collection
" A crystal is an assemblage of molecules, which form a unit cell of its identitiy in space, and from that unit cell, a consciousness is given to it, a soul, if you want. Once that soul enters that unit cell, it draws to itself the replication of its image." Marcel Vogel
A despacho is a ceremonial offering of a prayer bundle (message) created and offered to Spirit, commonly used to attain ayni -right relationship- and set things in balance. A despacho ceremony is the primary healing tool used among the Andean shamans and is used for all types of life transitions such as marriage, death, health issues, or prayers for abundance, protection, etc. A wide variety of elements, each with its own symbolic meaning, are intricately arranged on white paper, infused with intention, prayer, and breath into a beautiful mandala which is then bundled up to be offered to the spirits by either being burned, buried, or released into a body of water.
<16 photograph of despacho ceremony at Apu Ausangate, Antoinette Aurell
"Located approximately six inches below the feet is the Earth Star. Corresponding to the Earth Star point are energy centers found at the soles of the feet. The two sole chakras and the Earth Star form a triangle pointing downward that channels the Divine Essence not only through the physical body but into the very roots of a human-light being's relationship to the Earth. In activating the Earth Star, the very nature of physicality becomes aligned and attuned to the life producing force of creation itself. When individuals can walk upon this earth and vibrate at that frequency the Crystalline Transmission will become a reality, the living proof of perfected self-mastery. The Earth Star, when fully activated and aligned with the golden white threads of the Impersonal Divine into and through the realm of the humanly personal, creates a new fabric of worldly existence. This is the role that we can all play in the contribution to the spiritualization of our earth."
<17 © Katrina Raphaell, The Crystalline Transmission p.38
<18 The Unicorn in Captivity (from the Unicorn Tapestries) 1495-1505, South Netherlandish, Wool warp with wool, silk, silver, gilt wefts, Cloisters Collection, NY
"We can discard the
masculine theology that values com-
mand, control, and dominion over nature to em-
brace an older mythology that has become lost to most
humans, a feminine theology of cooperation and sustainability
where we were never expelled from the garden or separated from God.
Instead we were given the garden to be its stewards and caretakers...The
divine puts Her life force into the seeds that we plant in the rich, fertile earth. We express that potential, expanding with divinity as we bear the fruit that feeds
all of humanity. The Laika would say, "We are here not only to grow corn but to
grow gods". We participate with the divine in the co-creation of our universe. We re- cognize that everything in our world is sacred, including us, and our job is to foster
the fullest expression of that divinity. In a feminine theology, the path toward enlighten-
ment is an individual one. We're expected to trust in our own experiences, awareness,
and interpretations. While the Laika value the path of prayer and meditation just as much
of those who believe in a masculine theology do, they also recognize a third path to spirituality that of direct knowledge [directly experiencing the sacred]. The Laika have
no grand myth about the divine punishing humans from eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Instead, they believe that we are meant to acquire
wisdom, and that our error was in not eating enough of that fruit!" "When we free
ourselves from the old myth of the fall from grace, we're able to discover the ori-
ginal Eden in nature and feel comfortable in that home....The Laika believe
that the kingdom of heaven is within and without -inside us, above us,
below us, and all around us- it's our inability to perceive it that makes
us outcasts, and this blindness that causes us to suffer. When we
are in ayni, paradise is our home; and physical, mental,
and emotional health is our birthright. We disco-
ver that we never left Eden."
And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever: Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. - Genesis 3:22-23
< 19 text in the circle by Alberto Villoldo, The Four Insights
<20 painting by Jan Brueghel de Oude and Peter Paul Rubens
"The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination."
"Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere."
"We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them."
GRASSHOPPER by Mary Oliver
Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?
<21 The Summer Day, © Mary Oliver from New and Selected Poems, 1992 Beacon Press, Boston, MA Copyright 1992
GREAT WHITE BROTHERHOOD
The Great White Brotherhood, also known as The Brotherhood of Light, or The Sisterhood of Light, is a Spiritual Order of Hierarchy and an organization of Ascended Masters, Angels, and Cosmic Beings united for the highest Service to God in all of Life. This Brotherhood and Sisterhood also includes Jesus the Christ, Gautama Buddha, Mother Teresa, and many Ascended Teachers of mankind, Members of the Heavenly Host such as Archangel Michael, the Spiritual Hierarchy directly concerned with the Spiritual Progress of our world, as well as certain unascended Students of the Light. The word "white" refers not to race, but to the aura (halo) of the White Light of the Christ that surrounds the saints and sages of all ages who have Arisen from every nation to be counted among the Immortals.
<22 Prophet, Elizabeth Clare and Mark L., Saint Germain on Alchemy: For the Adept in the Aquarian Age, (Summit University Press, 1988), pages 406
According to the prophecies of the Maya, the Hopi, and the Inka, we are at a turning point in human history. The Maya identified the year 2012 as the culmination of a period of great turmoil and upheaval, one in which a new species will give birth to itself. We're going to take a quantum leap into what we are becoming, moving from Homo Sapiens to Homo Luminous -- that is, beings with the ability to perceive the vibration and light that make up the physical world at a much higher level... In becoming Homo luminous, we'll give up the ways of the conquistador and discard the masculine theology that values command, control, and dominion over nature, a theology that justifies the exploitation of the earth's rivers and forests because they're seen merely as resources for human consumption. Instead, we'll embrace an older mythology that has become lost to most humans, a feminine theology of cooperation and sustainabiity.
-Alberto Villodo, The Four Insights
<23 The Last Trumpet, ca. 1780-85, William Blake, Pen and gummed carbon black ink, layered grey ink wash over graphite, Metropolitan Museum NYC
Ho'oponopono is an ancient Hawaian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness to correct and restore right relationships. One way to practice Ho'oponopono is to recite the prayer continuously (out loud or internally) with deep intention to reflect on the entanglement of emotions or injuries, to witness and acknowledge the feelings without judgement, and to release, let go, and move forward clear.
I LOVE YOU I'M SORRY
PLEASE FORGIVE ME
HUCHA & SAMI
Hucha - [who-cha] - energetic debris - is low, heavy, and dense energies that accumulate into sludge in our luminous energy field as we mask, suppress, control, sedate, escape, and defend ourselves against traumas and painful experiences, causing our bodies to become unbalanced and susceptible to dis-ease. Hucha is kawsay ( [cow-sigh] the vital living energy that animates the cosmos; the energy that makes up all matter and which all matter absorbs and radiates ) that is slowed down or becomes stagnant or blocked, and so is perceived as heavy or dense energy. It is only created by humans.
Sami - [sah-mee] - is the opposite, high frequency light energy that comes from being in harmony with the universe which uplift us with feelings of love, compassion, and gratitude. When our luminous energy field is filled with sami, our mind has clarity and we are physically energized, healthy and vital. Light, refined energy. The "nectar"of energy that empowers us. Life-force energy.
<24 Barbara Ann Brennan, Hands Of Light p.256, Fig. 25-1: Illustration, Case Study of David (Diagnostic View) © Jos A. Smith used with artist permission
The Illumination Process achieves healing in three ways. First, it burns up the sludge and deposits adhering to the walls of a chakra. This promotes longevity and strengthens the immune response. Second, it combusts the toxic energy around malignant physical and emotional imprints. This is the fuel that an imprint employs to express itself. Third, it scours clean the imprint in the Luminous Energy Field. The Illumination Process brings about healing at the source, at the blueprint level of our being. When these imprints are erased, one can readily change negative emotions and behaviors. The power of the immune system is unleashed, so that physical healing is accelerated.
Every imprint in the Luminous Energy Field is linked to a chakra through which it releases its toxic data into the central nervous system. The imprint is the source, the chakra the pipeline, and the nervous system the distribution network.
<25 Barbara Ann Brennan, Hands Of Light, Illustration Woman Defending by Creating a Pink Cloud of Energy, © Jos A. Smith, used with artist permission
by Julie Hannon
by Alberto Villoldo
The shaman understands that all problems that we face are caused by our unhealed emotions, which distort our perception of reality. We mistakenly perceive a situation as real, and then the Universe, in its infinite wisdom, proves us right! To solve any problems in our lives, we must heal our emotions. Otherwise we will continue perceiving ourselves as victims of circumstances, and not as heroes embarked on an epic journey. We cannot simply change our minds and see the world differently, because our way of perceiving the world is rooted in emotionally charged neural networks buried deeply in our primitive Neanderthal (limbic) brain.
<26 Robert Fludd (1574-1637), Utriusque Cosmi, Vol. 1, Oppenheim (1617). From Alexander Roob, Alchemy & Mysticism, Taschen, Koln, 1997, p.61
"Where I say The Sun that circles all the world. Here we should know that just as it is appropriate to treat of things not perceptible by the senses by way of things that are perceptible, so it is appropriate to treat of things that are not intelligible by way of things that are intelligible. And so just as in the literal exposition we began by speaking of the material and perceptible Sun, so now we must begin by speaking of the spiritual and intelligible Sun, which is God. Nothing in the universe perceptible by the senses is more worthy to be made the symbol of God than the Sun, which illuminates with perceptible light first itself and then all the celestial and elemental bodies; therefore God illuminates with intellectual light first himself and then the celestial creatures and all other intelligent beings. The Sun with its heat gives life to all things, and if some are destroyed by it, this does not result from the intention of the cause but is, rather, an accidental effect. Likewise God gives life to all things in goodness."
<27 Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), Convivio, III.12
Jaguar, Serpent, Hummingbird, & Condor/Eagle
<28 wood engraving, Endymion © John Buckland Wright 1943
<30 photograph by Antoinette Aurell
HARMONIC LAWS OF THE UNIVERSE
Light reveals the glories of the external world and yet is the most glorious of them all. It gives beauty, reveals beauty and is itself most beautiful. It is the analyzer, the truth-teller and the exposer of shams, for it shows things as they are. Its infinite streams measure off the universe and flow into our telescopes from stars which are quintillions of miles distant. On the other hand, it descends to objects inconceivably small, and reveals through the microscope objects fifty millions of times less than can be seen by the naked eye. Like all other fine forces, its movement is wonderfully soft, and yet penetrating and powerful. Without its vivifying influence vegetable, animal and human life must immediately perish from the earth, and general ruin take place. We shall do well, then, to consider this potential and beautiful principle of light and its component colors, for the more deeply we penetrate into its inner laws, the more will it present itself as a marvelous store-house of power to vitalize, heal, refine, and delight makind.
<31 E.D. Babbit, The Principles of Light and Color
LUMINOUS ENERGY FIELD
The luminous energy field, also called Poq'po in Quechua, surrounds the physical body and holds within it an archive of all of our personal and ancestral memories, of all early-life trauma, and even painful wounds from former lifetimes. These records and imprints are stored with full intensity of emotion and somehow like dormant computer programs can become activated to compel us toward behaviors, accidents, relationships, and illnesses that parody the initial wounding. The LEF contains a template of how we live, how we age, how we heal, and how we might die. Dis-ease starts first in this energy field and then moves to the physical. When imprints are surfaced, dissolved, and aligned, we readily change our negative behaviors and feelings and participate in life from a higher level. When we heal our luminous energy field, our physical bodies and emotions heal. See Aura.
This video shows Dr. Marcel Vogel in 1986 as he demonstrates the workings of the human luminous energy field using dowsing rods in conjunction with intention and breath.
The cosmic mother: the cosmic feminine principle; the divine feminine. The entire material universe. Pachamama is also used to refer to Gaia energy and to Mother Earth, although the physical earth as a spirit being is also called Mama Allpa.
[poke-po] Quechua for bubble. You energy body - the bubble of energy surrounding and infusing the physical body. The full terminology is kawsay poq'po, the bubble of living energy.
POWERS OF TEN
1977 film by Ray and Charles Eames
Our energy centers (chakras) become dull and grey when our luminous energy fields (aura) have trauma and illness. The chakras become like pools of psychic sewage which will eventually cause dis-ease in the physical body. Through illumination we can heal our energy centers to make them glow with their original radiance emitting the colors of the rainbow. When all our chakras are healthy and clear, spinning and vibrating radiantly, we acquire a Rainbow Body,! becoming the mythical Rainbow Bridge linking Heaven and Earth, mind and body, spirit and matter, past and future. Our vibrational life force expands and functions at a higher level facilitating our connection to the luminous Earthkeepers and to our higher selves and spirit guides.
Sacred space is a protected healing sphere that is pure, holy and safe. For example, a healing session starts by opening sacred space, calling on the forces of nature and spirit. In this space we leave behind the affairs of our ordinary busy life to enter a sanctuary of stillness and prepare to connect with the god of our hearts. Doorways open into our quiet inner world where deep healing takes place. Sacred space also gives us access to the luminous healers - the medicine men and women from the spirit world, spirit guides, and angels.
A shaman stands with one foot in the physical world, and one foot in the world of spirit. A shaman is a myth maker and a visionary, the author of her own story. She develops the ability to navigate the sea of consciousness and mediate between the visible world of form and matter and the invisible world of energy and spirit. For a shaman, the experience of divinity or god is based on direct personal experience. She knows that everything is imbibed with spirit, everything is light bound into matter. A shaman uses her power and knowledge in service for the good of all beings on earth. She has a high sense of ethics and works through intent though holds no attachment to the results. There is no good, no evil - only in the hearts of men. There are only light or heavy energies. A shaman faces the shadow - personal and collective - that is disowned by culture. She creates sacred space, is sensuous, holds no judgement, and knows that the power that heals can also destroy, and uses it wisely. She knows that consensual time is linear but does not get bound by cause and effect and instead is informed by circular time, synchronicity. She is a careful observer of nature and knows that the organizing principle of the universe is love. She understands the universe to be benign and that it is only predatory when we are out of balance. When we are in ayni, the universe conspires on our behalf. When a shaman calls spirit, spirit answers, and when spirit calls, she must answer, it is reciprocal. - Alberto Villodo
<32 Mary Daly & Jane Caputi, Webster's First New Intergalactic Wickedary, Illustration, Glamour © Sudie Raskusin 1987 used with artist permission.
As above, so below. Shamanism is an animistic practice which existed all over the world with a tradition of over 50,000 and some say even 100,000 years. Shamanism believes that everything is Spirit: we are all connected, the water, the air, the rock, the whale, the tree, the earth and birds, the algae, my grandmother, the lion, the ladybug, the stars and so on. Shamanism is aligned with the ancient feminine theology of co-operation and susainability and can be likened to mysticism in action, the Law of Nature, the Law of One.
<33 Advanced Skull Structures and The Transpersonal Chakras, illustration from The Crystalline Transmission, Katrina Raphaell p.21 / gold angel wings added by AA
The Soul Star is located approximately six inches above the top of the head and is the interconnecting link between the Stellar Gateway and the eight human chakras. It is the bridge between the impersonal essence and the personal reality, the spiritual and the physical, the heavens and the earth...The Soul Star is the chakra that translates the infinite energy accessible at the Stellar Gateway and filters it into the soul level of human-light being. It's unique ability and purpose is to gather the detached essence of the cosmos and personalize it into the domain of the human soul. As boundless cosmic energy is densified, the Soul Star goes to work and weaves a spiritual body out of light. Thus, the means is created through which an individual can unify the vastness of the omnipotent ONE creative power with the humanly personal.
<34 - Katrina Raphaell, The Crystalline Transmission p.29
<35 From Babitt's Principles of Light and Color p.102
All matter is composed of minute particles called atoms. These building blocks of the physical plane are made up of even smaller particles called protons, neutrons, and electrons. When examined very closely, these basic units of energy are not really matter at all, but subtle vibrations, each being attuned to the cosmic force. The entire physical world is created from different variations and combinations of these atoms.
<36 Katrina Raphaell, Crystal Enlightenment p.2
Every atom in every cell of our body is more than fifteen billion years old, and has been around since the big bang. Not a single one of these atoms remains inside us for more than eight months. What we know today as skin, hair, or bone, yesterday was Orca, lake or stone. Tomorrow, it will be earth or corn. We are continually exchanging particles, atoms, and energy with all creation. The same particles that sustain us sustains the stars and continues to sustain all life. So while immortality might elude us personally, in a sense we all belong to an infinite stream of life that washes through us, and carries us, like drops of water, toward the sea.
<37 Alberto Villodo, The Four Insights
“The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence. To understand the true nature of the universe, one must think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” - Nikola Tesla
We are each unique assortments of vibrations with a specific cosmic address.
Vibrational medicine attempts to heal illness and transform human consciousness by working with the energetic patterns that guide the physical expression of life. We will eventually discover that consciousness itself is a kind of energy that is integrally related to the cellular expression of the physical body. As such, consciousness participates in the continuous creation of either health or illness. Vibrational medicine, as the science of the future, may contain clues which will help doctors solve the mystery of why some people remain healthy while others are continually in a state of dis-ease.
<38 Richard Gerber, Vibrational Medcine pg.44