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The Divine Name and Other Sacred Sounds

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The Divine Name and Other Sacred Sounds
By Jonathan and Andi Goldman



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Mantras are "words of power." They are sounds for personal and planetary healing. The word "mantra" is Sanskrit and may be translated as the "thoughts that liberate from samsara (the world of illusions)." Mantras are listened to or recited for many different purposes; as a means of achieving different states of consciousness; to create resonance with specific attributes of divine energy; and to manifest different qualities, from resonating the chakras to embodying compassion. Mantras are found in all the different sacred traditions including Judaism and Christianity—the "Hail Mary" or "Amen" in the Christian tradition, or the "Shema" [pronounced sh’mah] or "Shalom" in the Hebrew tradition are the equivalent of mantras, as is any repetition of prayer, chant, or sacred sound. The prayers, chants, and sacred sounds of the Native American tradition or the Islamic tradition may also be considered mantras. In fact, there is virtually no spiritual tradition, including those of indigenous peoples, in which the recitation of sacred sound as mantra does not occur.


While there are many mantras that are quite long and complex, people are often looking for short mantras that may be easily sounded together in a group. Please note that it does not seem to matter in what pitch, frequency, or keynote the mantra is chanted with regard to the effect of the sound.


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body-mind-spiritOf all the sacred sounds on this planet, the one that is most often chanted is the OM. Undoubtedly, at any given moment, there is someone, somewhere, chanting this sacred mantra. The OM is considered one of the oldest vocal sounds in existence—many speculate that it has been chanted for untold thousands of years. It is considered to be the "first of all mantras," the original, primordial sound—the mantra of creation.


OM is a mantra from the Hindu tradition, a Sanskrit word said to be the sound from which the universe and all of creation first manifested. While pronounced OM, certain Sanskrit scholars state that it is written as AUM. Many consider the two words to be interchangeable. OM is said to be the sound that contains all sounds—it is the totality of all other sounds. Swami Sivananda Radha says, "The cosmic sound AUM, or its condensed form, OM, is the origin of all other sound. OM is everything. It is the name of God."


OM is a multi-dimensional sound and as such may be understood a number of different ways. One understanding is that OM (or AUM) represents attributes of the major trinity of Hindu gods: Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. Another understanding is that the A represents the physical plane, the U the mental and astral planes and the M, all that is beyond the reach of the intellect. AUM or OM is the initial syllable that begins almost all mantras. Thus OM represents the Infinite, the One Mind, the all-embracing Consciousness—that which is the very essence of existence.


THE DIVINE NAME


The Divine Name is a newly rediscovered sound that is universal in its origin and said to be encoded within our DNA. This is not simply a word, but a vocalized sound that can shift the vibratory rate of all who experience it. In addition, many sources believe that the Divine Name was the most sacred of sounds found in the Old Testament—the foundational book of the Abrahamic traditions, which is responsible for over half the planet’s religions. The Divine Name was said to be so powerful that it became prohibited from the Old Testament and then became lost for over 2,500 years. The Divine Name is composed of a harmonically related series of vowel sounds that resonates all the chakras. This sacred sound begins at the crown chakra at the top of the head, goes down to the root chakra at the base of the spine, and then returns to the crown chakra.


The power of this sound is extraordinary. The Divine Name is composed of vowel sounds with specific resonances that can be experienced by anyone, regardless of their spiritual path, religion, or belief system. Because of the universality of this sound, knowledge of this sacred sound has now been found in many different traditions throughout the world, from Native American to ancient Egyptian.


The Divine Name puts the person chanting it into deep meditation with higher levels of consciousness. Along with the powerful spiritual effects of this self-created sound, the Divine Name can be used to create extraordinary health benefits for us on a personal level, balancing our chakras and our electro-magnetic field. Through learning to create this sound we’ll activate our innate God force; generating major positive changes and transformational healing for ourselves and the world.


Contained within the Divine Name are the sounds of three mantras OM/AUM, AH, and HU. Many perceive the Divine Name as not only a universal sound, but that it is also the personal name of God.


Visualize Outcome





Excerpt from the Jan-Mar 2016 issue of Venture Inward magazine, which is available online to A.R.E. Members at EdgarCayce.org/members. To learn more about membership, please visit EdgarCayce.org/Membership.


Watch the Reflections: Wisdom of Edgar Cayce interview with Jonathan and Andi Goldman.


Jonathan and Andi GoldmanJonathan Goldman, MA, an authority on sound healing and a pioneer in the field of harmonics, is the author of several books including his recent release, The Divine Name. His award-winning recordings include Chakra Chants" and "The Divine Name." He is Founder and Director of the Sound Healers Association and CEO of Spirit Music. Andi Goldman, MA, LPC, is a psychotherapist specializing in holistic counseling and sound therapy, Director of the Healing Sounds® Seminars and Co-Director of the Sound Healers Association, and the wife and partner of Jonathan Goldman. Their website is healingsounds.com.


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7 Tips for Sticking to Your New Year's Resolutions

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7 Tips for Sticking to Your New Year's Resolutions

Katie Abbott, MS, RDN, INHC

   

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I prefer to focus on the positive, especially at the start of a New Year. Too often we're told, "don't eat this" or "don't do that." It's far better to think of the many healthy things we can eat and can do.

 

How do we start off with healthy resolutions? It's a good idea to begin with one small change at first, and once you've incorporated that change entirely into your lifestyle, then gradually introduce another new thing, as Cayce said, one step at a time.

 

It is better to make your healthy resolution one that you can maintain and be consistent with for a lifetime. For example, going on a diet is a short term resolution, but eating healthy is a life-long, sustainable resolution.

 

Here are a few tips to start your New Year off on the right foot.  Choose one that resonates with you and stick with it before you begin another one.

 

1) Eat in—Eating at home leads to healthier ingredients and a lower consumption of calories and sodium. Reorganize your kitchen, find some new healthy and appetizing recipes, and enjoy the process of home-cooked meals. Remember to build your meals around fresh vegetables.


2) Eat breakfast—Research shows that eating breakfast is linked to better work performance, enhanced concentration, and weight control. Plan ahead and be sure to include fruits and vegetables.


3) Drink more water—Your main beverage should be water, so it is important to reduce the amount of sugar-sweetened beverages consumed. Sometimes when we think we are hungry, we are actually thirsty and dehydrated.


4) Keep a food journal—People who keep food journals of everything they eat tend to eat less and are more mindful eaters.


veggies5) Eat more foods from the earth—In other words, eat more fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and beans—limiting heavily processed foods will allow more room for these whole foods.


6) Eat mindfully—More awareness with eating may help with portion control and may prevent over-eating. Remember to eat slowly and breathe in order to taste, savor, and digest your food. 


7) Get out of your comfort zone—Try a new healthy activity or food. Maybe pick one a week!

And have a healthy and happy New Year!



Katie AbbottKatie Abbott, MS, RDN, INHC, earned her Master of Science degree in Public Health Nutrition at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and received her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. She also became certified as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York. Katie is available for consultations through the A.R.E.Health Center and Spa.

 

Holistic Overview of Breast Cancer

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Holistic Overview of Breast Cancer

Josephine Adamson, MD, MPH, CMT

   

wellness Wednesday blog05-20-015Breast cancer is a complex and devastating disease and the most frequently diagnosed cancer in American women. Breast cancer may occur in men as well as women, but is much more common in women. Almost 300,000 new cases of breast cancer (in situ and invasive) were diagnosed in the United States in 2013, and around 40,000 people died. Breast cancer has serious medical, psychological, and social consequences.

 

Although in many cases the cause of breast cancer is unknown, breast cancer incidence rates appear to be linked to the modern lifestyle. Risk factors associated with breast cancer include heredity, increasing age, early onset of menstruation, late menopause, never having had children or having a first child after age 30, and high-fat diet.

 

Standard medical treatment for breast cancer usually involves removal of the tumor through partial or total removal of the breast followed by local radiation and chemotherapy or hormone-blocking therapy. Social support is often helpful and can be obtained by joining a support group where members share common experiences and problems.

 

Treatment outcome is related to the progression of the disease. Early intervention in cases where the cancer has not spread or metastasized provides the best outcomes with a five-year survival rate of about 85%. For patients with extensive spread of the cancer, the five-year survival rate is about 10%. Early detection and intervention are extremely important. Even with aggressive and appropriate treatments, breast cancer often metastasizes to distant sites such as the lungs, liver, and bones.

THE CAYCE READINGS' PERSPECTIVE OF CANCER

Edgar Cayce gave many readings for persons suffering from a wide variety of cancerous conditions. Key points about cancer from the Cayce health readings:

  • CANCER IS AN ENTITY UNTO ITSELF. In most cases, cancer is a group of cells or tissues which separates ("segregates") itself and forms its own entity within the larger system of the body. 
  • CANCER REPRESENTS A FAILURE OF NATURAL PROCESSES. The readings mention that the same processes that result in cancer are present in the body all the time. Cancer usually results from the failure of natural processes such as coagulation and elimination of wastes.
  • CANCER DRAWS FROM THE VITALITY OF THE BODY. Cancer uses the body's life-force energy to survive. Cancer growth is a drain upon the resources of the host.
  • CANCER HAS MANY CAUSES.There are many etiological (causative) factors associated with cancer. Heredity, environmental toxicity, poor eliminations, injury, lack of vitality, and depleted immune system were the most often cited factors linked to cancer. Specifically, chronic irritation was often described as a contributing factor to producing tumors which could become malignant.
  • THERE ARE MANY FORMS OF CANCER. In two Cayce health readings nineteen forms of cancer were mentioned.
  • CANCER CAN OFTEN BE PREVENTED. According to the readings and modern science, keeping a healthy diet and good eliminations can help prevent cancer. Gentle osteopathic treatment was also often prescribed to set up "drainages" and improve eliminations thus decreasing the chances for cancer.
  • EARLY TREATMENT RESULTS IN BETTER PROGNOSIS. In agreement with modern medicine's view of cancer treatment, the readings noted that early intervention produces better therapeutic results.
  • Woman meditatingCANCER INVOLVES MENTAL AND SPIRITUAL ASPECTS. The Cayce holistic approach to health and healing is notable in the readings he gave for persons suffering from cancer. The mental and spiritual aspects of prevention and treatment were strongly emphasized. Excessive worry and negative attitudes can make a person with a genetic predisposition for cancer more vulnerable to developing the illness. Recent research into the effects of attitude on cancer survival echoes the Cayce material.
  • THE TREATMENT OF CANCER INVOLVES MANY MODALITIES. The Cayce readings recommended a wide variety of therapeutic modalities for the treatment of cancer. Treatments directed at decreasing toxicity and increasing vitality were emphasized. On the whole, natural therapies that worked with the body to heal itself were given priority.
  • EDGAR CAYCE SOMETIMES RECOMMENDED SURGERY AND RADIATION. In certain cases where the cancer was progressive and extreme, surgery and/or radiation therapy were recommended. Modern chemotherapy techniques were not available during Edgar Cayce's era.
  • SOME CASES OF CANCER WERE REGARDED AS INCURABLE. Although the Cayce readings were generally optimistic with regard to the body's innate ability to heal itself from almost any illness, in some cases of cancer the disease was too advanced to expect a physical cure. In such instances, the readings would recommend therapies to decrease the pain and suffering while emphasizing the mental/spiritual (soul) aspects of healing.

THE CAYCE READINGS' APPROACH TO BREAST CANCER

Edgar Cayce gave approximately 68 readings for 12 women suffering from breast cancer. In addition to this core group of breast cancer readings, a number of readings were also given for women who were experiencing breast problems such as nonmalignant tumors and soreness. The latter group of readings contain some excellent insights into the causes and prevention of breast cancer.

 

Recent studies have shown that cancer may be caused by various forms of chronic inflammation. This view is entirely consistent with the readings' outlook, particularly with regard to breast cancer. Numerous readings stated that various forms of chronic irritation were the source of breast cancer.

 

"Prenatal" factors were mentioned in several readings. Presumably, these factors would include hereditary and genetic predisposition, now known to be a risk factor in some cases of breast cancer.

 

The recommendation for gentle, natural therapies is a hallmark of the Cayce approach. Here is an example of the readings' approach to breast cancer. Note the reference to "prenatal" (genetic) factors which is documented by a family history of cancer.

Yes, we have the body here. This we have had before. Conditions are not so well with the body as when we last had same here. Those conditions as are prenatal in their effect, through the activity of forces made manifest in a physical body, are beginning to become in the manner of producing within the system an element as of its own resuscitation, living upon the life of the body-physical. That's a very good description of cancer, isn't it?  For it is malignant in its nature, and has already attacked the mammary glands, and is going to be rather fast in its operation unless there are means taken as to check same. (2457-4)

This woman was 38 years old when this reading was given. She followed the treatment recommended in her readings and was cured of her cancer. She lived for another 36 years, dying in in her sleep at the age of 74.

THE CAYCE READINGS' THERAPEUTIC APPROACH

Although Edgar Cayce gave unique readings for each individual rather than for disease categories, when viewed as a whole, certain important patterns of treatment are obvious. The most common recommendations for the treatment of breast cancer were:

  • Prevent constipation and improve eliminations to decrease toxicity via strict diet, massage and osteopathic therapy, and hydrotherapy (castor oil packs and colon therapy).
  • Bolster the immune system. Adequate sleep, exercise, and proper diet help the body combat tumors. One interesting specific method recommended was to use ultra-violet light therapy and animated ash to assist the system in fighting the cancer.
  • Provide specific treatment to breasts as needed (topical salves and ointments);
  • Increase vitality with beef juice and manual therapy.
  • Create constructive attitudes and emotions by working with the Ideals Exercise.
  • Consult with your physician regarding the role of surgery. Make an informed decision as to whether this is a reasonable option for you.

Keep in mind that the Cayce approach is complementary to the conventional medical approach. This means that it can be used in addition to other forms of treatment. This approach does not require you to stop other forms of treatment. Work closely with your physician in developing a treatment plan that is best for you.



JJosephine Adamson, MDJosephine B. Adamson, MD, MPH, CMT, is the Medical Director for Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. She received her MD from Duke University’s School of Medicine and Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina and is a graduate of the Cayce/Reilly® School of Massage. A former director and co-owner of a medical device company, she has a wealth of experience creating and maintaining health-related non- profit and for-profit businesses. She joined A.R.E. as part of the organization’s renewed focus on the health information, one of the most important, enduring legacies from the Edgar Cayce readings. She is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the health outreach and administration and interfacing with the stellar staff of the Cayce/Reilly School of Massage—which provides a comprehensive education in the art and science of therapeutic massage—and the holistic A.R.E. Health Center & Spa—which provides holistic therapies to clients from around the world in its oceanfront Virginia Beach, Va., setting complete with a Café.

World Health Organization’s (WHO) Statement on Processed Meats Confirm Edgar Cayce Readings

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World Health Organization’s (WHO) Statement on Processed Meats Confirm Edgar Cayce Readings

Josephine Adamson, MD, MPH, CMT

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The World Health Organization (WHO) released a bulletin this week categorizing processed meats like bacon, lunchmeats, and sausages as cancer-causing. Processed meats are meats that are preserved through smoking, curing, or added chemical preservatives. These meats are often cooked with high heat, enhancing their carcinogenic effect. The WHO also categorized red meat as a cancer-promoting food.

 

Interestingly, the Edgar Cayce health readings (given from 1905-1944) recommended eating only small amounts of meat and avoiding all foods with preservatives. The Cayce diet, similar to the Mediterranean diet, emphasized fresh vegetables, nuts, beans, and fruits, along with cultured dairy products and healthy oils such as olive oil. Cayce stated that 80% of our diet should come from these categories; the remaining 20% may include whole grains, fish or fowl, and the occasional (preferably honey-sweetened) treat. The Cayce health readings recommended similar moderation with alcohol consumption, another WHO-labeled cancer-causing agent.

 

The studies that spurred the WHO bulletin tracked people who consumed these processed meats on a daily basis. The WHO, like the Cayce readings, did not advocate that everyone become a vegetarian, rather that those who do enjoy meat eat processed meat and red meat sparingly. Lean protein sources like poultry, seafood, eggs, and dairy are good alternatives.

 

wellness Wednesday blog05-20-015Diet is just one factor in preventing cancer. The most important lifestyle change any of us can make to prevent cancer is to quit smoking. A healthy diet and regular exercise, recommended by the Edgar Cayce readings 100 years ago and echoed by current medical research, are the next most important factors in decreasing cancer risk. Both the Cayce readings and the WHO empower us to optimize our health.

 

 



JJosephine Adamson, MDJosephine B. Adamson, MD, MPH, CMT, is the Medical Director for Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. She received her MD from Duke University’s School of Medicine and Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina and is a graduate of the Cayce/Reilly® School of Massage. A former director and co-owner of a medical device company, she has a wealth of experience creating and maintaining health-related non- profit and for-profit businesses. She joined A.R.E. as part of the organization’s renewed focus on the health information, one of the most important, enduring legacies from the Edgar Cayce readings. She is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the health outreach and administration and interfacing with the stellar staff of the Cayce/Reilly School of Massage—which provides a comprehensive education in the art and science of therapeutic massage—and the holistic A.R.E. Health Center & Spa—which provides holistic therapies to clients from around the world in its oceanfront Virginia Beach, Va., setting complete with a Café.


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