|May 28, 2008
GREETINGS DEAR FRIENDSJune is a busy month - lots of interesting events and opportunities. Check out the details below.
This newsletter features the third in a series of articles on Shamanism, which will include interesting related topics as well as practical ways to enter the shamanic realms, access your spirit ally, practice shamanic healing, etc. In this segment we'll talk about the mysteries of Choronzon.
you'd like to access past newsletters containing the ongoing articles
on Magic, the Power of Mantra and other topics, please visit the
'newsletter' page of my website, whyislife.com
Peace and love, Dennis.
LEARNING TO BE A SHAMAN (Part 3)
- Conquering Choronzon -
by Dennis Gaumond
The demon known as
Choronzon appears in the writings of many magicians, such as Aleister Crowley,
John Dee and Edward Kelly. It is sometimes associated with Satan or the
serpent. Pop culture has given it many colorful personifications, images and
descriptions, but the notion of such a demon is much more ancient and much less
physically tangible. Many mystical and shamanic traditions speak of a horrific
entity that one encounters when journeying into non-ordinary states of reality.
This entity has been given many names, some of the more common ones are 'the
Dweller in the Abyss', 'the Guardian of the Threshold' and the demon,
'Choronzon'. This entity is said to be the greatest obstacle to reaching
One of the mystical aspects
of the Qabalic traditions, for example, involves a 'journey' up Jacob's Ladder
through the seven heavens in a 'cosmic vehicle' called the 'merkaba'. It allows
the initiate to travel 'astrally' through the seven levels, the sephiroth, to
arrive at seventh heaven and glimpse the throne of God. Along the way the
initiate often encounters a 'place' or a state of being often referred to as
In other words, progress
into an enlightened state of being is sometimes thwarted by a condition that
has been referred to as the 'dark night of the soul'. This passage, often
marked by confusion and spiritual crisis, is successful only if the individual
overcomes all fears and sees through all illusions.
This abyss is ruled by
Choronzon, the demon of chaos, destroyer of ego - considered to be an aspect of
the entity known as Thoth/Hermes/Enoch. The demon can take on any form, and
usually takes on an identity that is representative of the individual's fears
and issues. In order to pass through the abyss one must let go of all ego or,
in other words, one must confront this fearsome demon and recognize it as an
illusion, the manifestation of one's own fear. The greatest obstacle to
enlightenment is fear, in all its many manifestations.
Someone who seeks a faster
path, such as that of the dark magician or by the ingesting of psychotropic
drugs without the proper preparation, risks the danger of an unsuccessful and
thus horrifying encounter with Choronzon. The shamanic path toward
enlightenment and true power is just like any other path - it requires a
systematic and incremental overcoming of fears until one is capable of existing
in a sustained state of grace, love and compassion.
Stay tuned -
the next newsletter will take us further in our exploration of shamanism.
CHANT CLUBSGUELPH CHANT CLUB
WED., JUNE 4/08
Guelph, Guelph Unitarian
7:45 to 9:30 pm Ontaro Chant Club
The Unitarian Church is on the corner of
Harris and York Streets in Guelph.
For more Detailed directions, check out guelph-unitarians.com
|This will be the last chant of the season - the next one will be in September.
Society of Dowsers
"Practical Dowsing in Today's World"
June 20 - 23, 2008
Humber College, North Campus, Toronto, ON
Speaker: Sandee Mac - From Visions to Possibilities
Snelgrove - Dowsing in Management and Staff Selection
John Butler - Clairvoyant Looks at Physical and Mental Health
Joanne Eadie and Neil Anderson - The Love of Miracles
Adhi Two Owls - Sacred Objects, Patterns and Remembering
Maralie Martin - Protection While Dowsing
Alicja Aratyn - New Approach to Remote Dowsing
Bhadra Collective - Saturday Evening Musical Celebration
Mac - 'Practical Dowsing in Today's World'
Collins & Mary Jane Conboy - 'How to Dowse a Water Well'
Snelgrove and Franciose Sauze - 'Dowsing
Dowsing Schools: Basic and Advanced - Pat
Prevost and Barry Johnson
For more info, including directions, accommodations,
schedule, etc., please
visit: canadiandowsers.orge-mail: email@example.com: (519) 647-2257
AN AFFORDABLE AND MEMORABLE WEEKEND GETAWAY!!
'Sign up soon - spots are filling fast'.
Join Dennis Gaumond for
A WEEKEND OF SACRED SOUND
Friday, June 27th
to Sunday, June 29
"Don't miss this opportunity to experience the healing power of Sound
in a beautiful natural environment - hiking, swimming, canoeing and more."
how to access your Sacred Voice for healing and transformation
the healing power of chanting and toning
the ancient art of OVERTONE SINGING
the sound of the crystal bowls to sooth and transform you.
your open heart in a respectful, loving space
Learn why sound is a powerful healing device by understanding the
universe in terms of 'Divine Energy'. What is the 'Big Shift'. Are we ascending
into a new vibration?
is a Unitarian Universalist camp that is committed to providing a safe and
welcoming seasonal camp and spiritual retreat to a diverse community.
is located within the UNESCO Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve and boasts 50
beautiful acres of meadows, coniferous and deciduous forests, marshes, streams,
caves and a 5-acre spring fed pond with two beaches. (one is clothing optional)
is located near Honeywood, just north of Shelburne, 90 minutes from Toronto,
Barrie or Guelph.
These rates include all accomodations and meals, from dinner on Friday to
lunch on Sunday. It also includes the sound-healing program, which continuesthrough Sunday
afternoon. Lower rates are available if meals are not desired. Lower rates are
also available for children. The Sacred Sound program at
Unicamp runs from Friday, June 29 to Sunday, July 1.
There is a variety of very
camping: $146 per1st person, ($118
per additional camper)
dorms: $150per person
cottages: $170 per person
register, or for more info, phone 519 822-6353 (before June 1)
and 519 925-6432 (after June 1)
Unicamp, PO Box 91,
Prince of Wales Rd.,
Honeywood, ON, L0N 1H0
A friend of mine is offering:
Evening of Kirtan
"Call & Response" Chant and Song with
Yoga & Health, Friday, May 30, 7:30 p.m. -
Yoga and Health
available at Living Yoga and the Bookshelf
for folks further south, Ameya will also be doing a Kirtan at the Lotus Centre
in London, Sunday, June 1, 7:30 p.m.)
| I'll be doing a book-signing at:
BOOK EXPO CANADA
at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building
from June 13 through 16
My signing is on Sunday, June 15 from 2 to 3 PM
I'll be at the booth of Quanta Distribution
Please drop by to say hello.