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June 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.

If 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.


- 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 enlightenment.

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 'the Abyss'.

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.


DATE                       CITY                        TOPIC                        VENUE                      
WED., JUNE 4/08        Guelph,                   Guelph                      Unitarian Church
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 

This will be the last chant of the season - the next one will be in September.
The Canadian
Society of Dowsers
"Practical Dowsing in Today's World"
June 20 - 23, 2008
Humber College, North Campus, Toronto, ON
  Keynote Speaker: Sandee Mac  - From Visions to Possibilities
Other Speakers:

Brian 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 Triangle
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

Sandee Mac - 'Practical Dowsing in Today's World'
Susan Collins & Mary Jane Conboy  - 'How to Dowse a Water Well'
Brian Snelgrove and Franciose Sauze  - 'Dowsing & Relationships'
Dowsing Schools: Basic and Advanced - Pat Prevost and Barry Johnson
For more info, including directions, accommodations, schedule, etc., please visit:  canadiandowsers.org
e-mail: info@canadiandowsers.org
phone: (519) 647-2257

 'Sign up soon - spots are filling fast'.

Join Dennis Gaumond for




  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."

 -   Learn how to access your Sacred Voice for healing and transformation

         Experience the healing power of chanting and toning

         Learn the ancient art of OVERTONE SINGING

         Allow the sound of the crystal bowls to sooth and transform you.

         Share 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?

Unicamp is a Unitarian Universalist camp that is committed to providing a safe and welcoming seasonal camp and spiritual retreat to a diverse community. 
Unicamp 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)
It 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 continues
through 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 affordable options:

-         camping: $146 per1st person, ($118 per additional camper)
-         dorms: $150per person
-         cottages: $170 per person

To register, or for more info, phone 519 822-6353 (before June 1)
and 519 925-6432 (after June 1)

Mailing address:
Unicamp, PO Box 91,
Prince of Wales Rd.,
Honeywood, ON, L0N 1H0


A friend of mine is offering:
 An Evening of Kirtan
"Call & Response" Chant and Song with
Brenda McMorrow & Ameya
-  Living Yoga & Health, Friday, May 30, 7:30 p.m. -

Living Yoga and Health 105 Wyndham St., Guelph, ON
519-767-1041 www.livingyoga.ca
$15Advance/$18 Door Tickets available at Living Yoga and the Bookshelf

(And for folks further south, Ameya will also be doing a Kirtan at the Lotus Centre in London, Sunday, June 1, 7:30 p.m.)

For more info and to listen, check out:
 I'll be doing a book-signing at:
at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building
Toronto, ON
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.

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