Ursi's Eso Garden
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Tuesday, 29. April 2008
You and Candle Colour Healing
The candle has been used in religion, for healing and for metaphysical purposes for about as long as fire has been around.
It is a very powerful symbol for the activation of more fire and light in our lives - on physical and subtle levels.
It represents the eternal light of the soul and the connection to Source.
The colour emanates its vibration to enlighten the moment and facilitate focus.
Fire has always been regarded as something holy, magical and mysterious.
In most societies, fire first belonged to the gods; the legend of Prometheus and the creation of humanity are but one example. Prometheus is credited with having stolen fire from the gods and given it to mortal mankind.
Fire operates in all aspects of life. From volcanic fires to the fires of ordinary body heat to that all consuming fire of passion in the belly, from the solar fires to the fires of intellect, fire's presence is felt nearly everywhere.
When we use the fires of candles, we are participating in the ritual of fire that has existed throughout the ages.
Therefore this healing practice should be seen as an ancient ceremony of creation.
Look upon the unlit candle as the unlit essence of life energy in the physical body that awaits a renewing touch of fire to help restore health to body and soul.
When you light its flame, imagine you are creating light where there was no light before, bringing warmth and healing where it is needed. This imaging or visualization in itself is extremely healing.
Simple Rules for Candle Use
Once used for a specific purpose such as in healing, it should not be used for something else as this will set up conflicting vibrations.
A strong affirmation of intention must be performed when the flame is lit as well as when it is extinguished as if you are firmly setting and locking the healing energy in place.
Get yourself a snuffer or use wet fingers to put out the flame but do not blow it out.
Healing Yourself with Coloured Candle Energy
For a few ideas in how to use coloured candles for healing: Read more ...
Tuesday, 05. February 2008
Colors and Feng Shui
The way people react to colors is due to a mix of physiological, sociological and spiritual factors. What works in one society does not always work in another. Likewise, the knowledge that has come out of the mystery schools often needs to be adjusted to apply to modern tastes. What we present here is our own color theory drawn from personal studies and experience.
What is helpful to remember about the differences between the Western and Asian systems of color theory is that in the West, the favorite planets generally are Jupiter and Venus, which are expanders, and relate to luck and luxury. From the earth both have a blue tone. For the Chinese, the favorite planets are Saturn, a pale yellow planet that is the stabilizer, and Mercury, the silver planet that deals with commerce and children. We might say that, culturally, the difference is a focus upon possibilities versus responsibilities. Surveys have shown that the favorite color of Americans is blue, while their least favorite is yellow. This highlights yet another difference, which necessitates the adjustment of systems when practicing Feng Shui in the west.
GOLD and SILVER, for our needs, are not properly colors but rather metals related to the Sun, and to the Moon and Mercury. Gold is quite distinctly the glow of the Sun (Yang), and the warmth of the heart. The mutability of Silver can relate to the off-white of Moonlight (Yin) and the watery quality of emotions. When silver goes towards the highly reflective, we touch upon the energy of Mercury and the ability of the mind to reflect the exterior world. When we go to the soft, luminous silver we're projecting the feeling of the Moon, and the need to reflect emotions through empathy and sympathy. The real significance of these two metals (when used in design) is in their reflectivity, or in other words, their ability to translate and transmit light. Use them to balance Yang and Yin, both in interior decor and when you wear these metals. You can balance these polarities in your physical body.
GREEN relates to Mother Earth herself. The Chinese value green jade over all other stones because it promotes harmony and serenity, in the same way that the garden of nature bestows these gifts upon us. The greens are soothing, sustaining, and speak of the abundance of the Earth. It is a sexy color, sensual, and tuned to satisfaction. In the West, green is the color of money. The sustainer! Green is easy to add to any environment through the use of plants. As living things, plants add energy and harmony to any space. Green touches in the bedroom add a sensual and balancing effect.
Other Colors: Read more ...
Wednesday, 21. November 2007
The Colors of the Soul
If this parallel universe of color were known, many more would embrace the amazing spectacle of souls in their varied hues with the same fascination and awe that they presently attend to the Autumn leaves. Such travelers would not waste a moment on the exterior trappings of people in their more narrow presentations, but would seek the unmistakable heart and soul of whomever they were with, relishing the uniquely precious individualized beauty that each possesses, and savoring the particular shadings that each strives to bring forth.
The colors of the soul are splendid in their array. They vary from purple, to blue, to green, to orange, to yellow, to white - not along a visual spectrum which belongs to the physical world, but along an emotional and energetic spectrum which, if it were translated into the language of color, would partake of all of the shades of the rainbow, and even within these, divide into more subtle and particular shades and hues. The colors of the soul exist as part of the soul's essence, and even the individual bearing the stamp of a particular tonality may not recognize it as such - may not perceive that it is part of their unique identity.
Read more ...
Saturday, 18. August 2007
A profusion of color surrounds me as I sit on my deck: the bright-orange day lilies lining my street, the deep-blue summer sky, the forest-green trees reflected in the lake, plus the red, yellow, orange and rose flowers in my own yard. Colors provide us with some of life's simple pleasures, as Alice Walker rightly noted in her novel The Color Purple: "I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it."
It has symbolic significance on religious paintings — for example, on Tibetan thangkas, medieval Christian canvasses, and Hindu yantras. It shouldn't surprise us to learn that color can also connect us with our inner vision in divination.
Visual stimuli contain two main elements: shape and color. Many visual divinations depend on identifying shapes. Color can provide similar oracular guidance, but I think it affects us in a deeper, more emotionally charged way. Why else would we talk about feeling blue? seeing red? being green with envy? calling someone yellow (cowardly)?
For Color Cards, Clothes Oracle, Food Colors ...
Thursday, 12. July 2007
Colorstrology by Michele Bernhardt.
Saturday, 05. May 2007
Chromotherapy – Healing by Color
Although not yet proven by the modern scientific method, the chromotherapists believe that their methods are indeed scientific, and instruments to verify the results are not yet manifest. Furthermore, chromotherapists adhere to the belief that colors do indeed bring about identifiable emotional reactions in people.
The treatment in chromotherapy is in the application of color and light to specific areas on the body. The therapists believe that colors have both positive and negative effects on the body’s energy fields; with some specific colors in specified doses can effect the actual healing. The therapists use a whole range of color carriers and emitters such as gemstones, fabrics, prisms, light wands, and colored water in baths.
Here is a quick and easy guide, based on chromotherapists guidelines, as to the meaning of specific colors and their role in healing.
Wednesday, 07. February 2007
Mandala designs that are intricate enough to require a time commitment but are enjoyable and challenging enough to color are most appropriate for the purpose of Coloring Therapy.
Read also the articles about Self Discovery, Spirituality, and much more!
Tuesday, 16. January 2007
Shamanic smudging—or just smudging—is an age-old tribal tradition which has been used for centuries to create harmony and peace. There are many different shamanic smudging ceremonies, and different tribes use a variety of herbs for smudging.
In many traditions, shamanic smudging involves a four directions ceremony or prayer, which sends specific kinds of smoke or prayers into the four directions. Different tribes have different smudging prayers that “program” the smoke to do a specific action, such as cleansing or aiding in divination.
In general, shamanic smudging can be used in daily life for practical purposes—to restore physical, mental and emotional balance; to shield against negative energies; to cleanse yourself, your magickal tools and your space; and to restore you sacred space.
Monday, 24. July 2006
Tarot of Color & The Kaleidoscope Tarot
Tarot of Color is an attribution deck that shows the depth of correspondences. Each card has a color, esoteric title, astrological attribution, elemental attribution and many more.
Tarot of Color can be used on its own for readings, as flash card for learning the correspondences or to clarify a reading from another deck.
Tarot of Color (English)
Wednesday, 02. November 2005
I breathe in the cool incense smoke from the metal brazier,
While thinking about a poem for my dear friend Lu Wa.
My sandalwood-hearted companion spits out plum blossoms of smoke,
Looking like the cloudy fog of the other world.
Perhaps it's the soul of my friend the old mountain man
In the smoke's dense patterns?Kan Po, in memoriam (undated)
Even today, in Japan, there is a strong relationship between nature, incense, poetry, and the human spirit. Japanese Incense by David Oller of Esoterics, LLC. (English)
Historically it is difficult to trace because it has always been largely an esoteric and oral tradition evolving in relation to both religion and medicine.
Check also Incense Making.
Saturday, 23. July 2005
Räucherkunst / Smudging
Es diente sakralen, zeremoniellen und rituellen Zwecken, um Gebete zu den Göttern zu tragen. Man desinfizierte mit Hilfe des Räucherns die Wohnräume, Krankenlager und Ställe, heilte Kranke, parfümierte Kleider und Gegenstände, beeinflusste das Träumen, erzeugte Visionen, verbesserte die Akustik in Kirchen und vieles mehr.
Einführung in die Räucherkunst (German)
Für jede Stimmung, in die man gelangen oder die man verstärken möchte, gibt es ein passendes Räucherwerk. Wie wäre es beispielsweise mit ein bisschen mehr Sonnenschein in Ihrem Leben? Dann machen Sie es doch einfach einmal den Mayas und Azteken nach, die den Tag mit einer Räucherung von Goldcopal-Harz begannen ...
Duftende Botschaften - Artikel von Body & Mind. (German)
Räuchern mit heimischen Kräutern von Marlies Bader. (German)
Die Links "Rituale" und "Mischungen" beachten.
Smoke connects us with the spirits of the air and has been put to use in religious cleansing rituals in many cultures of our world throughout all times. The rising smoke forms a channel, which connects us with the Great Spirit. Our prayers rise with the smoke to the Great Spirit, and the answers travel back to us the same way.
Smudging by Terra-Artis. (English version)
Dieses Buch ist jedem zu empfehlen der sich wirklich mit Räucherwerk beschäftigen möchte: "Botschaft an den Himmel" von Susanne Fischer-Rizzi. Dieses Buch nenne ich schon seit Jahren mein eigen. Mir ist kein anderes Buch bekannt, welches die verschiedenen Räucherstoffe, deren Eigenschaften und Wirkung so präzise beschreibt, wie dieses.
Our Native elders have taught us that before a person can be healed or heal another, one must be cleansed of any bad feelings, negative thoughts, bad spirits or negative energy - cleansed both physically and spiritually. This helps the healing to come through in a clear way, without being distorted or sidetracked by negative "stuff" in either the healer or the client. The elders say that all ceremonies, tribal or private, must be entered into with a good heart so that we can pray, sing, and walk in a sacred manner, and be helped by the spirits to enter the sacred realm.
The Smudging Ceremony by Adrienne Borden and Steve Coyote. (English)
Smudging - Feature Article by Jane Alexander. (English)
Wednesday, 20. April 2005
Monday, 18. April 2005
Goethe’s Farbenlehre - Goethe’s Theory of Colors
Das vollständige Buch gibt es online bei der Rudolf Steiner Schule Bern:
Goethe's Farbenlehre (German only)
... wie kann man soviel Text veröffentlichen - ohne Farben ...
The complete book "Goethe's Theory of Colors" is only available in German. By way of compensation look at this:
Goethe, Color Theory & Chaos by Richard A. DiDio, La Salle University
Goethe, Land, and Color Theory by Physics Today
Goethe's color theory by WebExhibits
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