Archive for May, 2009

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

Happy birthday, Dad, on what would have been your 91st. But I’m sure you’re having a wonderful celebration where you are, unencumbered by space or time, or the physical limitations of age. You once wondered, from your hospital bed, if you would get the answers to the mysteries of the universe, once you passed to the other side, so I think of you when I hear this song:

Can you clear up the mystery of the Sphinx?
Do you know any more about God?

Please keep reminding me
Of what in my soul I know is true

Come in my boat, there is a seat beside me
And two or three stars we can gaze into

I’ll wait no more for you like a daughter
That part of our life together is over
But I will wait for you forever
Like a river…

http://www.carlysimon.com/music/Lyrics/Like_A_River.html

Elegy

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

September 25, 2007

Dad has left the table
Set down his glasses
Folded the newspaper
Finished his coffee

Dad has left the table
For the last time

It’s these ordinary moments we miss
And are thankful for

Dad at the table

Momix Botanica

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Group transcendence.

Under a Scorpio full moon, an audience of 1,100 hold their collective breath and lean forward. A girl spins in gold beads and begins to fly. Another in diaphanous blue-white wings is struck by lightning, multiplicities of her float up into the darkness. Persephone makes love to her reflection (my precious love can only come from above).

Botanica is not on video yet, but there is a segment from Lunar Sea: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mBkmdzNtME

Bonny Method of Guided Imagery & Music

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

My experience with the Bonny method was very productive. The counselor and I would talk for awhile about what was on my mind (she combined this with Mandela drawings to see what I was not expressing). Then we would select one question to explore, phrase it carefully, write it down. She would select Western classical music, depending on my level of energy and the question.

I would lie down and practice relaxation breathing. Then as the music started, I would narrate my visualizations aloud as she took notes. If I faltered, she would gently ask me questions to move me forward. The music in my sessions always began softly, with the feeling of the beginning of a voyage, and my experience almost always began walking through the forest (although there was lighthearted time when I swam through the air like a dolphin). As the music increased in intensity, people, buildings, and symbolic objects (keys, jewelry, seeds) would appear. For me, it was almost never anyone from my real life, never modern (although once the story took place in a futuristic environment).

The sessions can be very emotional, sometimes I was reluctant, although the theory is that your subconscious won’t expose you to anything you’re not prepared to handle. The benefit, for me, was not having to find the correct word, I was free to feel certain emotions without having to put them in context or decide what they meant.

My sessions took place once a month over 18 months. There was no revelation, it was more of an integration and an acceptance of what I already felt.

For more information, please read on:

Association for Music & Imagery Information on Guided Imagery and Music

Guided Imagery and Music: The Bonny Method and Beyond

Music Consciousness: The Evolution of Guided Imagery and Music

Journal: Spirituality & Health

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Instant happiness, when I find this in my mailbox. My favorite resource, with a good website and welcoming energy.

Spirituality & Health website

Spirituality & Health

Tragic Story

Monday, May 4th, 2009

with Happy Ending. A short animated film by Regina Pessoa. I caught this one night on one of the independent film channels.


Tragic Story with Happy Ending


People didn’t know if it was someone dying, or someone being born. But one thing was sure. That was the way everyone would have liked to leave.

Space and Time

Friday, May 1st, 2009

From the Hubble telescope, images to meditate upon:

http://hubblesite.org/gallery/album/entire/