Friday, May 19, 2017

Words of Wisdom ~ Conquer your Fears


Words of Wisdom ~ Conquer your Fears
Dear Friends,
Inspirational quotes have a unique characteristic, they provide you a way forward, an actionable intelligence. They will help you provide clarity and direction in life. In this video you’ll find life inspiring quotes by the most influential spiritual leaders of all time like, Gautama Buddha, Dalai Lama, Lao Tzu, Jesus Christ, Confucius, Mohammed, Paramahansa Yogananda, etc.

They’ll share their wisdom with you through their quotes to guide you to find answers and solutions to your questions and struggles.  In this series we’ll address all areas of life where you might need some guidance and inspiration. Make these Words of Wisdom part of your life by praying or meditating on it.

Have a blessed life and may love, peace and happiness be with you all the time.
Tobias

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

THE UNIVERSAL TRUTH OF THE AUM SOUND

One of the most popular misconception about AUM chanting is that it is religious. On the contrary, it is the most universal syllable because it neither refers to any particular religion nor God. The first impulse to emerge from the silence of the absolute, was the sound AUM. Even the Bible and modern science agree that the initial spark of creation came from sound or vibration. The Gospel, according to John says, “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God … and the Word was made flesh.”

AUM is a one-word mantra and yet the most powerful mantra. It is the essence of all mantras. As a rule, every mantra begins with AUM, otherwise, it is considered as incomplete. Potency of the mantras increases due to AUM, hence it is regarded as the king of all mantras. This is an auspicious mantra through which we can experience the spiritual forces or the vibrations or the special kind of sensations in our body. It not only gives material benefits, but spiritual ones as well.

Simple Benefits of AUM Chanting
The initial benefits of chanting AUM include: a calming effect in the body and mind; the heart will regulate itself and the breathing will naturally slow down.
You will achieve the first stage of meditation by drawing your attention away from external noise, and things, bringing your awareness within; you will feel a pleasant harmonic vibration within the body, especially in the heart, chest and forehead. Your concentration and brain functioning will improve. You will feel an indescribable sense of peace and well-being. Aum chanting is a wonderful way to introduce the body and mind to a more in depth meditative practice. You can also just continue to chant AUM, bringing your awareness deeper and deeper within yourself. Not all the positive results of AUM chanting appear to you right away. If you are looking for a spiritual awakening, especially, it will take many hours, many days in succession to feel the true benefits.

Scientific studies concluded the following benefits of AUM chanting:


Reduces Stress
 A study published in the International Journal of Yoga found that AUM chanting reduced activity in the limbic system, which is the portion of the brain associated with stress, emotions, learning, and motivation. By monitoring brain activity using a functional MRI machine, researchers found that AUM chanting relaxed the brain, and thus could reduce stress. Another study found that it could be used to treat depression.


Improves Concentration
If you’re familiar with meditation, I’m sure you can imagine how chanting a mantra like AUM could improve concentration. Yogic texts discuss the eight limbs or branches of yoga, and the sixth one is Dharana, the Sanskrit word for concentration. In practicing concentration, one can meditate and chant mantras in order to achieve maximum concentration. In this context, this means that the yogi is fully present and thus able to slow down the mind in order to either concentrate on one subject or to completely silence the mind.

Balance Your Emotions
If you’re ever feeling a little down or slightly off, chanting AUM can help you connect to the Self and balance your emotions. You may find that, as you chant, your mind starts to clear. This is because you’re concentrating on one thing: the sound or vibration that AUM gives off. Om holds the same frequency as that of everything in nature, allowing you to connect further and look inwards.

Improve Heart Health
In the past, meditation has been proven to improve heart health. If one practices chanting AUM multiple times in a row, this can be viewed as a form of meditation, especially because an integral part of chanting AUM is the silence endured afterwards. A study performed in 2006 looked at the effects of transcendental meditation (TM), a form of meditation whereby the practitioner continuously repeats a mantra, and concluded that TM can improve blood pressure and cardiac autonomic nervous system tone and decrease risk of coronary heart disease.

Improve Mental Alertness
A 2010 study looked into the effects chanting AUM has on the mind. Researchers found that chanting AUM resulted in a combination of both mental alertness and physiological rest. This makes sense given the fact that meditation and chanting can improve concentration!

Helps Rid Yourself of Negativity

Chanting AUM creates a positive vibration in the body, which can then attract positivity into your life. Chanting AUM allows you to focus on your third eye chakra and gaze inward, silencing your mind. If you find yourself engaging in negative self talk a lot or can’t seem to stop thinking, try chanting AUM a few times and see if that can help your mind slow down!

Watch the video below to experience the full power of the sound AUM recorded at the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum’s Oracle Chamber.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Ancient secret revealed: Listening to chanting at 110HZ unlocks the hidden parts of your brain

Studies have focused on one room in the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum known popularly as "the Oracle Chamber" which has been shown to have its strongest sound resonance at 110HZ. Findings indicated that at 110 hz the patterns of activity over the prefrontal cortex abruptly shifted, resulting in a relative deactivation of the left-sided brain and "turning on" the right-sided brain, the side of intuition and creativity.

Listening to chanting at 110HZ moves your mind from your conscious thinking to the unconscious part of your brain, bring you in touch with your spiritual self. It relaxes you and removes your mind from all worries and anxieties, helping you tapping into the intuitive part of your brain, which will guide you to find new inspirations or solutions to problems.

Studies concluded the listening to chanting at 110HZ alters your mind and thinking. It unlocks the hidden part of your mind, your unconscious mind, resulting in unlocking a hidden power within you, bringing you in touch with your inner-self, your gut feeling, your intuitive side.

Experience these extraordinary revelations by listening to chanting at 110HZ recorded at the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum’s “Oracle Chamber" by watching the video below. It’s the perfect way to quiet and calm your mind before meditation.


Words of Wisdom ~ No Regrets in Life ~ Just Lessons Learned


Dear Friends,
Inspirational quotes have a unique characteristic, they provide you a way forward, an actionable intelligence. They will help you provide clarity and direction in life. In this video you’ll find life inspiring quotes by the most influential spiritual leaders of all time like, Gautama Buddha, Dalai Lama, Lao Tzu, Jesus Christ, Confucius, Mohammed, Paramahansa Yogananda, etc.

They’ll share their wisdom with you through their quotes to guide you to find answers and solutions to your questions and struggles.  In this series we’ll address all areas of life where you might need some guidance and inspiration. Make these Words of Wisdom part of your life by praying or meditating on it.

Have a blessed life and may love, peace and happiness be with you all the time.

Tobias

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Words of Wisdom ~ Hope will realize your Dreams

Dear Friends,

Inspirational quotes have a unique characteristic, they provide you a way forward, an actionable intelligence. They will help you provide clarity and direction in life. In this video you’ll find life inspiring quotes by the most influential spiritual leaders of all time like, Gautama Buddha, Dalai Lama, Lao Tzu, Jesus Christ, Confucius, Mohammed, Paramahansa Yogananda, etc.

They’ll share their wisdom with you through their quotes to guide you to find answers and solutions to your questions and struggles.  In this series we’ll address all areas of life where you might need some guidance and inspiration. Make these Words of Wisdom part of your life by praying or meditating on it.

Have a blessed life and may love, peace and happiness be with you all the time.
Tobias

Friday, May 12, 2017

Words of Wisdom ~ Overcoming Anxiety and Depression

Dear Friends,

Inspirational quotes have a unique characteristic, they provide you a way forward, an actionable intelligence. They will help you provide clarity and direction in life. In this video you’ll find life inspiring quotes by the most influential spiritual leaders of all time like, Gautama Buddha, Dalai Lama, Lao Tzu, Jesus Christ, Confucius, Mohammed, Paramahansa Yogananda, etc.

They’ll share their wisdom with you through their quotes to guide you to find answers and solutions to your questions and struggles.  In this series we’ll address all areas of life where you might need some guidance and inspiration. Make these Words of Wisdom part of your life by praying or meditating on it.

Have a blessed life and may love, peace and happiness be with you all the time.

Tobias

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Words of Wisdom ~ Dealing with Worries

Dear Friends,

Inspirational quotes have a unique characteristic, they provide you a way forward, an actionable intelligence. They will help you provide clarity and direction in life. In this video you’ll find life inspiring quotes by the most influential spiritual leaders of all time like, Gautama Buddha, Dalai Lama, Lao Tzu, Jesus Christ, Confucius, Mohammed, Paramahansa Yogananda, etc.

They’ll share their wisdom with you through their quotes to guide you to find answers and solutions to your questions and struggles.  In this series we’ll address all areas of life where you might need some guidance and inspiration. Make these Words of Wisdom part of your life by praying or meditating on it.

Have a blessed life and may love, peace and happiness be with you all the time.

Tobias

Words of Wisdom ~ Facing Life’s Challenges

Dear Friends,

Inspirational quotes have a unique characteristic, they provide you a way forward, an actionable intelligence. They will help you provide clarity and direction in life. In this video you’ll find life inspiring quotes by the most influential spiritual leaders of all time like, Gautama Buddha, Dalai Lama, Lao Tzu, Jesus Christ, Confucius, Mohammed, Paramahansa Yogananda, etc.

They’ll share their wisdom with you through their quotes to guide you to find answers and solutions to your questions and struggles.  In this series we’ll address all areas of life where you might need some guidance and inspiration. Make these Words of Wisdom part of your life by praying or meditating on it.

Have a blessed life and may love, peace and happiness be with you all the time.

Tobias

Words of Wisdom ~ The Secret to a Happy Life

Dear Friends,

Inspirational quotes have a unique characteristic, they provide you a way forward, an actionable intelligence. They will help you provide clarity and direction in life. In this video you’ll find life inspiring quotes by the most influential spiritual leaders of all time like, Gautama Buddha, Dalai Lama, Lao Tzu, Jesus Christ, Confucius, Mohammed, Paramahansa Yogananda, etc.

They’ll share their wisdom with you through their quotes to guide you to find answers and solutions to your questions and struggles.  In this series we’ll address all areas of life where you might need some guidance and inspiration. Make these Words of Wisdom part of your life by praying or meditating on it.

Have a blessed life and may love, peace and happiness be with you all the time.

Tobias

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The remarkable benefits of chanting

Our ancient seers identified certain specific sound vibrations that bring the mind to a state of calmness and peace besides bringing other benefits. These sounds are called mantras. They allow the mind to dissolve and repose. “Mantras are as subtle as the air that creates ripples in the water as it gently moves over it (the water),” shares Bhanumathi Narasimhan, Sahaj Samadhi meditation teacher. These subtle, positive vibrations create that same field of positivity in us as well.

#1 Mantras create a shift from sound to silence

“The sound of someone crying can make us feel sad while the sound of someone laughing can trigger a sensation of joy in us. When the sounds of crying and laughing can affect us so much, mantras are much more powerful and help us to move into the inner, silent space effortlessly,” shares Bhanumathi. The purpose of sound in chanting is to bring silence in the mind. When that happens, we find it easier to meditate.

#2 Resonate with positive vibrations

Explains Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, “Just as protons and neutrons are in the center of the atom and electrons are only the periphery, same is with our lives; the center core of our existence is bliss, positivity and joy but it is surrounded by a cloud of negative ions. Mantras (Sanskrit chants) remove this cloud of negativity.” Chanting charges up the atmosphere with positive vibrations and in such a space, meditation becomes natural and effortless.

#3 Brings the mind to the present

In Sanskrit, it is said Mananatrayateiti mantra: Mantra is that which saves you from repetitiveness. Observe closely: we worry so much about everything in life, but what exactly is worry? It is nothing but a repetitive thought about something in the past or an anxiety about the future. And our mind keeps oscillating between past actions and future events and gets caught up in a swamp of worries.
Mantras come to our rescue, save us from continuous botherations and help bring our mind to the present moment. It is then we enjoy a deep experience in meditation.
(courtesy of artofliving.org)

By listening to the ancient chanting at 110hz in this video, you’ll experience these remarkable benefits of chanting.


Friday, April 28, 2017

Using Tibetan Singing Bowls to induce a Meditative state

Ancient Tibetan Singing Bowls have been used for centuries to deepen meditative states and alter consciousness. The harmonies and overtones that the Tibetan Singing Bowls produce, interact with a person's Body, Mind, and Spirit allowing a deep sense of peace and wellbeing. The benefit of an alternate state of consciousness is that when the brain is responding to the Theta Waves (a frequency which the bowls resonate) the Body, Mind, as well as the Spirit consciously reacts in sympathetic resonance,  thus allowing the body systems to become wholly aligned with the harmonious effects of these higher vibrational frequencies.

Whether you’re an experienced meditator or just embarking on your journey of discovering the wonderful world of meditation, using the Tibetan Singing Bowls to induce a Meditative state, will greatly enhance your meditation experience. The video below captures the pure sound of the singing bowls and you’re welcome to use this video for your daily meditation practice.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Christianity and Meditation

“Prayer is when you talk to God
Meditation is when you listen to God”
Diana Robinson

The Bible encourages meditation. Scripture uses two different Hebrew words to convey the idea of meditation, and together they are used fifty-eight times in the Bible. There is nothing wrong with meditating. It is a sound practice. There is nothing wrong with listening to God.

Tibetan Singing Bowls are an ancient brainwave entrainment tool that helps to quiet the mind. Because of the way that Tibetan bowls are made, they naturally resonate at multiple frequencies. This leads to the very apparent “beats” or waverings in the sound when the bowl is played. These wavering sounds entrain the brainwaves and calm the mind.
Listen to the Tibetan Singing Bowls in this video to quiet and calm your mind for an enriching meditation experience.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Words of Wisdom: Dealing with problems

Tibetan Singing Bowls are an ancient brainwave entrainment tool that help to quiet the mind. Because of the way that Tibetan bowls are made, they naturally resonate at multiple frequencies. This leads to the very apparent “beats” or waverings in the sound when the bowl is played. These wavering sounds entrain the brainwaves and calm the mind.
Listen to the Tibetan Singing Bowls in this video to quiet and calm your mind for an enriching meditation experience.

The Answer to Life's Challenges and Problems

“When facing life’s challenges and problems,
we stare into a mirror and all we see is the
problem staring back at us.
The secret is to close your eyes and quiet
your mind and you’ll see the solution behind
the mirror.” – Tobias

Tibetan Singing Bowls are an ancient brainwave entrainment tool that help to quiet the mind. Because of the way that Tibetan bowls are made, they naturally resonate at multiple frequencies. This leads to the very apparent “beats” or waverings in the sound when the bowl is played. These wavering sounds entrain the brainwaves and calm the mind.
Listen to the Tibetan Singing Bowls in this video to quiet and calm your mind for an enriching meditation experience.

Friday, April 21, 2017

The world's best kept secret: The Secret Healing Powers of the Tibetan Singing Bowls

The world’s best kept secret: The Secret Healing Powers of the Tibetan Singing Bowls
For centuries, the Tibetan people have practiced sound healing and consciousness transformation with a musical instrument known as a “singing bowl.” Modern science now reveals the healing secrets of these mystical metal bowls. The resonance produced by these hand-crafted bowls can measurably improve human immune function, lower heart rate and blood pressure, soothe pain in cancer patients, and drastically reduce stress levels. Indeed, the bowls dissipate stress to such a tremendous degree that the body becomes a perfect receptacle of deep healing.

Physical Healing through the Power of Sound

According to Shaman’s Drum magazine, shamanistic cultures use sound and chanting to induce trance states conducive to healing. The tones of Tibetan singing bowls synchronize sentient brain waves and create a therapeutic effect on the mind and body.

Diane Mandle, a certified sound healer in California, plays Tibetan singing bowls for clients to relieve their pain and stress. “I work with different patterns of sacred geometry, cellular anchoring that creates a path to memory of well-being,” she says. “Eventually, over a series of weeks, that pattern becomes hard-wired in the brain.”

Mandle’s clients describe intense healing experiences with the singing bowls. “Something profound happened,” says Laura Gallerstein. “I felt a breakthrough, like something really shifted inside me and I had clarity.” Another individual reported a pulse that dropped from above 80 to 68 after a singing bowl “concert.”

Michael Verilli, an osteopathic physician from Northampton, Massachusetts, describes how his stress and anxiety disappeared completely in response to the singing of the bowl.

“I relaxed into a profound sense of inner calm, peace, and oneness which I know to be the essential core of my living as a human being, and a true experience of deep inner healing,” Dr. Virilli says. “From this experience, I am convinced that the Tibetan singing bowls are an essential part of sound healing and an extremely valuable tool in integrative medicine today, especially for the healing of stress and for pain relief.”

Sound Healing: Profound Effects for Stress, Pain, Immunity, and Cancer Recovery

Science stands behind the effects of therapeutic sound. Dr. David Simon, medical director of the Deepak Chopra center in California, found that sound vibrations from Tibetan bowls is chemically metabolized into “endogenous opiates.” These substances act on the body as internal painkillers and healing opiates.

Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, director of medical oncology and integrative medicine at the Strang-Cornell Cancer Prevention Center in New York, was introduced to singing bowls by a Tibetan monk patient.

Dr. Gaynor soon began using the bowls and other sound therapies to help his cancer patients — whether to relieve the stress and shock of diagnosis or to soothe the pain associated with chemotherapy and other treatments.

Dr. Gaynor has also conducted extensive research on how singing bowls can stimulate healing. Evidence suggests that the tones of the bowls stimulate physiological immunity.

“Sound can actually change our immune system,” explains Dr. Gaynor. “Our Interluken-1 level, which is an index of our immune system, goes up between 12 ½ and 15% after Gregorian chanting or listening to certain forms of music. And after listening to this music for 20 minutes, our immunoglobin levels in our blood are significantly increased.”

According to Dr. Gaynor, therapeutic sound affects our bodies on a cellular and sub-cellular level. “There is not an organ system in our body that is not affected by sound, music, and vibration,” he says. “Sound can help people who are sick, especially cancer patients.”
(Courtesy of: http://undergroundhealthreporter.com)

Make listening to the Tibetan Singing Bowls part of your daily routine to experience the full benefit of their secret healing powers, by watching the video below on a daily basis.


Monday, April 17, 2017

6 Ways to Benefit from Relaxation Meditation Music

1. Reducing Stress
Listening to soothing music that relaxes your body and elevates your mind can significantly reduce how much stress you feel. Relaxation music helps you connect to your inner peace. When you quiet your thoughts and feel your source of peace within.

2. Easier and Deeper Meditation
Listening to relaxation music helps to quiet the mind, allowing you to enter into the place of deep stillness and inner peace that meditation brings.

3. More Fulfilling Yoga
To get the most out of Yoga, you need to slow down your breathing and stay in the present moment. Relaxation music helps your mental chatter fade effortlessly away and you will find that you are able to reach each pose more deeply and hold them longer. Yoga then becomes a more enjoyable and more fulfilling experience.

4. Relax Your Body
Whether you're enjoying an acupuncture treatment, a deep massage, a Reiki session or sitting quietly in a garden or in nature, you will benefit more when you are deeply relaxed. Listening to relaxing music can help you let go and surrender to relaxation, it can inspire you as well, resulting in a deeper experience.

5. Healing and Renewal
It has been proven that when the body and mind are relaxed, the body's natural ability to heal itself is greatly enhanced. By listening to deeply relaxing music, you can assist your body to release its healing powers. Studies have shown positive benefits when patients listen to relaxing music before and after surgery.

6. Balance Your Life
In these busy times, it can be difficult to create a sense of balance in our lives. By listening to relaxation music, you can create a zone of peace that allows you to experience each day from a place of alignment with your true nature. 

By listening to the relaxing meditation music in the video below while observing a glorious sunrise over the ocean, you'll experience these 6 benefits as discussed above:


Friday, April 14, 2017

The Universal Truth that lies at the Heart of all Religion and Philosophy

Jesus Christ said “The Kingdom of Heaven lies within”(Luke17:21). He spoke a universal truth of love and peace, which lies at the heart of all Religion and indeed all Philosophy.


He didn’t come to teach religion, but a new way of living, living a life filled with Love and Peace, which is the foundation on which all religions are built on. And the only way to enter this heaven within you is through prayer or meditation.


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Experience the untapped power of Meditation



What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday,
and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow.
Our life is the creation of our mind.

Suffering is due to our disconnection with the inner soul.
Meditation is establishing that connection.

Life is a mystery – mystery of beauty, bliss and divinity.
Meditation is the art of unfolding that mystery.

Meditate, Visualize and Create your own reality and the
universe will reflect it back to you.

The video below is a guide to get you started with your meditation practice
and journey to eternal Joy, Peace and Love.


Monday, April 10, 2017

The Benefits of Guided Meditation



In our frantic modern world, meditation is becoming more and more popular as people search for ways to relax, de-stress, accelerate their spiritual development and enhance their quality of life.
It's really no surprise that meditation is becoming so common nowdays, as it has so many positive benefits to offer.
One of the easiest ways to experience the overall benefits of meditation is to listen to a guided meditation. In this article, I will focus specifically on the benefits that guided meditation can bring to you, starting with everyone's favourite...

It's Effortless!
Meditation is an incredibly enjoyable, healthy and inspiring way to achieve inner peace, and guided meditations are, quite simply, the easiest way to meditate.
Traditional unguided meditation techniques, while wonderful in their own way, do require some effort on your part. It's your job to keep your mind focused and as clear as possible. But with guided meditation, you are guided into a state of meditation by spoken word guidance. Your guide will literally walk you through the process step by step.
Can you think of anything more effortless and relaxing than listening to tranquil music while you are guided into a state of deep meditation?
Guided meditation is not only easy, it is also a very powerful tool for personal development.

Meditation plus visualization:
The awesome power behind guided meditations
Where guided meditations get really interesting is in the way that they utilize the power of your imagination and the power of visualization to effect positive personal changes. This is one of the main benefits of guided meditation, and in this regard, guided meditations are even more powerful than traditional, passive meditation.

Visualization, or creative visualization as it is sometimes referred to, is the use of mental imagery to effect positive changes in your life. Visualization techniques are now widely employed in many fields such as the arts, sports, business, alternative medicine, religious practices, psychotherapy and self-improvement.
As Denis Waitley, coach to both Olympic champions and Apollo astronauts once said:

"The mind cannot tell the difference between an actual,
 ‘real-life’ event and a vividly imagined one."

Guided meditations help you to vividly imagine positive experiences that represent, either directly or symbolically, whatever changes you wish to express in your life.
During a guided meditation you are in such a deep state of relaxation that the imagery you are guided to visualize becomes very vivid indeed. Immersing yourself in a guided meditation while listening to positive suggestions is a blissful experience that results in real and immediate benefits. You’ll feel better; physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

Of course, different people have different goals and needs, and with that in mind, guided meditations can be tailored to achieve specific outcomes such as:

• Improving clarity in life
• Spiritual development
• Experiencing elation, freedom and expanded awareness
• Emotional and physical healing
• Enhancing creativity
• Profoundly deep relaxation
• Increasing confidence and personal empowerment
• Opening the heart and healing relationships
• Curing negativity or self defeating behaviours
• Improving performance in business or sports
• Resolving psychological difficulties


A well crafted guided meditation often includes positive suggestions and positive visualizations that cause you to have an inner experience of the changes you are seeking to realize in your outer life.
Why is this so important? Let’s allow The Buddha to answer that question for us:

"The mind is everything.
What you think you become."

Guided meditations help you to achieve a state of deep inner stillness, so that your mind can be cleared of clutter and unwanted thoughts, and then filled with vivid visualization experiences that effect positive personal changes.
Particularly well crafted guided meditations may also make use of symbolic imagery, so as to connect with the deeper, more abstract levels of your mind in an effort to encourage profound healing and personal development breakthroughs. (Courtesy of: http://www.the-guided-meditation-site.com/)
Feel free to watch and share this video and experience the enlightening benefits of guided meditation.


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The incredible Chanting Sound effects of Ancient Temples ~ Discover the lost secret of Malta’s Hypogeum of Hal Saflieni Temple

Six-thousand-year-old ancient temples are giving up acoustic clues for modern scientists. Intriguing new research on ancient temples in Malta and highlighted by the Old Temples Study Foundation.
"We may be hitting on one of those 'lost secrets'," says Linda Eneix, President of The OTS Foundation, dedicated to archaeology research and education related to the ancient temples of Mediterranean Malta.
Located south of Sicily, the islands of Malta and Gozo are home to megalithic structures that were created by a highly developed people more than a thousand years ahead of Stonehenge and the pyramids.
A consortium called The PEAR Proposition: Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research are pioneers in the field of archaeo-acoustics, merging archaeology and sound science. Directed by Physicist Dr. Robert Jahn, the PEAR group set out in 1994 to test acoustic behavior in megalithic sites such as Newgrange and Wayland's Smithy in the UK. They found that the ancient chambers all sustained a strong resonance at a sound frequency between 95 and 120 hertz: well within the range of a low male voice.
In subsequent OTSF testing, stone rooms in ancient temples in Malta were found to match the same pattern of resonance, registering at the frequency of 110 or 111 hz. This turns out to be a significant level [right] for the human brain. Whether it was deliberate or not, the people who spent time in such an environment were exposing themselves to vibrations that impacted their minds.
Sound scientist, Prof. Daniel Talma of the University of Malta explains: "At certain frequencies you have standing waves that emphasize each and other waves that de-emphasize each other. The idea that it was used thousands of years ago to create a certain trance -- that's what fascinates me."
Dr. Ian A. Cook of UCLA and colleagues published findings in 2008 of an experiment in which regional brain activity in a number of healthy volunteers was monitored by EEG through different resonance frequencies.
Findings indicated that at 110 hz the patterns of activity over the prefrontal cortex abruptly shifted, resulting in a relative deactivation of the language center and a temporary switching from left to right-sided dominance related to emotional processing. People regularly exposed to resonant sound in the frequency of 110 or 111 hz would have been "turning on" an area of the brain that bio-behavioral scientists believe relates to mood, empathy and social behavior.
Watch this video to experience the chanting sound effect recorded in Malta’s Hypogeum of Hal Saflieni:


Friday, February 17, 2017

The Healing Power of Viewing Natural Scenes

The healing effects of a natural view are increasingly being understood in stressful environments such as hospitals, nursing homes, remote military sites, space ships and space stations (Lewis, 1996). In these environments particularly, as well as for people who work in windowless offices, studies show that seeing nature is important to people and is an effective means of relieving stress and improving well-being (Kaplan, 1992a; Lewis, 1996; Leather et al., 1998).


A study examining recovery rates of patients who underwent gall bladder surgery found that those with a natural view recovered faster, spent less time in hospital, had better evaluation from nurses, required fewer painkillers and had less postoperative complications compared with those that viewed an urban scene (Ulrich, 1984). Similarly, Ulrich and colleagues studied the effects of different natural and urban scenes on subjects who had just watched a stressful film (horror genre) (Ulrich et al., 1991b). Measuring a whole array of physiological measures [including heart rate, skin conductance, muscle tension and pulse transit time (a non-invasive measure that correlates with systolic blood pressure)] they found that recovery was faster and more complete when subjects were exposed to natural rather than urban scenes (Ulrich et al., 1991b). The physiological data measured by this study suggests that natural settings elicit a response that includes a component of the parasympathetic nervous system associated with the restoration of physical energy (Ulrich et al., 1991a).

Research conducted in prison environments suggests that cell window views of nature are associated with a lower frequency of stress symptoms in inmates, including digestive illnesses and headaches, and with fewer sick calls overall by prisoners (Moore, 1981). Tennessen and Cimprich gave university students a test and compared scores of students who had natural views to those that had did not (Tennessen and Cimprich, 1995). They found that those with a view of nature scored better on the test than those with non-natural views.

Research suggests access to nature in the workplace is related to lower levels of perceived job stress and higher levels of job satisfaction (Kaplan and Kaplan, 1989). Workers with a view of trees and flowers felt that their jobs were less stressful and they were more satisfied with their jobs than others who could only see built environments from their window. In addition, employees with views of nature reported fewer illnesses and headaches (Kaplan and Kaplan, 1989). A similar study found that a view of natural elements (trees and other vegetation) buffered the negative impact of job stress on intention to quit (Leather et al., 1998).

Parsons et al., reviewed the literature on commuter stress in car drivers and the mitigating effects of roadside environments (Parsons et al., 1998). Driving is known to be a stressful activity, and causes several physiological changes in the body, including: activation of the sympathetic nervous system, increased blood pressure, increased heart rate and an increase in heart rate variability (Parsons et al., 1998). Stress recovery and immunization were measured in subjects exposed to one of four simulated drives (drives with forest/rural scenery, drives along the outside of golf courses, drives through urban scenes and drives through mixed roadside scenery), immediately following and preceding mildly stressful events. Findings demonstrated that participants who viewed nature-dominated drives experienced quicker recovery from stress and greater immunization to subsequent stress than participants who viewed artifact-dominated drives (Parsons et al., 1998).

Ulrich examined the effects of viewing nature on psychological state, particularly on mood affect, and found that participants who viewed slides of unspectacular scenes of nature had an increase in positive mood affect, while those who viewed scenes of urban areas experienced a decline in positive mood affect (Ulrich, 1979; Ulrich, 1982; cited in Rohde and Kendle, 1994). In this and a later study, Ulrich concluded that scenes of nature, particularly those depicting water, had a beneficial influence on the psychological state of participants (Ulrich, 1982; cited in Rohde and Kendle, 1994).

In a review of the literature, Rohde and Kendle found that the psychological response to nature involves feelings of pleasure, sustained attention or interest, ‘relaxed wakefulness’, and diminution of negative emotions, such as anger and anxiety (Rohde and Kendle, 1994). Evidence presented here has demonstrated that just by viewing nature many aspects of human health and development can be markedly improved. Evidence also exists for the therapeutic benefits to be gained from being in nature.