||January 30, 2008
|GREETINGS DEAR FRIENDS
A bit of interesting news - on Sunday, January 13th, there took place a momentous meeting. About a dozen 'sound practitioners' from a variety of locations met in Toronto to begin the process of establishing the Canadian Association of Sound Healers (CASH). We will soon have a web-site up and running. I'll keep you informed as to any new developments.
I'm very excited about the launching of the Bhadra Collective, an ensemble of singers and musicians celebrating the return of goddess energies to the planet with a new brand of danceable chant music. There will be a new CD which will be released in the spring. I'm also excited about an upcoming event in February that will offer a preview of the band - see below for more details.
In this newsletter we will look at some fascinating info about 'sex magic'. (By the way, all previous newsletters are available on the 'newsletter' page at my website - whyislife.com
Peace and love, Dennis.
DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC?
- part 6 -
by Dennis Gaumond
In the last newsletter we identified
three key components to effective magicianship: clarity of intent, the ability
to visualize and the ability to remain lucid while in a state of trance. We
established that it is easier to develop these skills in a shallow trance
rather than a deep trance. In this segment we will look at some safe and
pleasant ways to enter shallow trance.
It is not a coincidence that words
associated with magic, such as 'incantation', or 'enchanted', and the word
'chant' are derived from the same root. The use in English literature of words
such as 'abracadabra', are testament to the idea that certain sounds have
always been associated with magic - incantations, mantras and power sounds. The
effective use of these types of sound have to do with something one could call
'the mantra effect'. (see my article -'The Power of Mantra' on the 'newsletter'
page of my website - whyislife.com) Aside from this effect, the use of sound in a variety of
ways to achieve mild trance is well known. The acts of chanting, repeating
mantras, toning or overtoning, or making music in almost any capacity has the
potential to mesmerize and entrance. Listening to certain sounds also has this
effect. Some sounds are more effective than others; ie crystal bowls, Peruvian
whistling vessels, overtone singing, etc. Dancing, Tai Chi, yoga and other
forms of movement are also great methods.
There is one very pleasant way to achieve a mild
trance - a methodology that is seldom spoken of - something called 'sex
magic'. Again, this knowledge and these
practices were more common in the millennia before the Christian era, and were
written about in ancient mystical texts like the Tantras and the Qaballa. The
Egyptian and Greek Mystery schools also had much to say about it, as did the
Gnostics. The suppressive doctrine of the Christian Church drove it underground
where it was preserved by the secret societies mentioned earlier. In more
modern times, like other bodies of knowledge, sex magic is making a comeback
and this information is becoming available to the common people. Such movements
as Wicca and Neo-shamanism, which recognize some forms of sex magic, came about
after World War II and have been growing steadily.
Sex magic, in its more focused forms,
started taking a foothold in the late 1800s, due to the efforts of men such as
Pascal Beverly Randall (USA) and Edward Sellon (England). Circa 1900, an
organization dedicated to the principles and methodology of sex magic was
formed, called the Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO). Two very colorful figures were
instrumental to its conception. The great spiritualist and educator (and one of
my personal heroes), Rudolph Steiner was head of the German branch for nine
years until he dissociated himself from it just before the outbreak of World
War I. It is said that, according to his wishes, Steiner was buried in his OTO
The leader of the English branch was
a very controversial man named Aleister Crowley. Probably the most well known
sex-magician, he is referred to by some people as the most evil man that has
ever lived, and by others as a hero and genius. He and a man named Austin Osman
Spare did much to develop the OTO, including extensive writing on the subject
of sex magic. After Crowley's death in 1947, the OTO broke up into several
Put simply, if two people are united
in sex and allow themselves to sink into a dream-like reverie, while holding
onto the same intention and visualization, it becomes a very powerful act with
great magical potential.During the sex act, depending
on the degree of relaxation and other factors, one can achieve a mild form of
trance, especially at the point of orgasm. Crowley has named this sexually
induced trance 'eroto-comatose lucidity'. A strong intention or desired
outcome, if held in the mind and visualized throughout the sex act and
especially at orgasm, has an increased likelihood of realizing. Again, a deeper
trance, a clearer visualization and a stronger will results in greater magic
Perhaps the best way of intensifying
the trance is to develop the ability to have extended, full-body orgasms. With much practice, one can learn to
come to the very brink of orgasm and to prolong that state indefinitely,
without going over the edge and ejaculating. One can also learn to spread the
sensation of the orgasm throughout the body, rather than confining it to the
groin region. As well as considerably heightening the level of bliss, it is
easy to see that this would greatly increase the depth of the trance and thus
greatly increase the magical potential. (A much more complete discussion of
this type of orgasm, sometimes called a 'valley orgasm', can be found in the
works of Mantak Chia - 'Tao Yoga' and 'Tao Yoga of Love'.)
An awareness of the potential of
sex magic can benefit one's life to varying degrees, but like anything else,
serious mastery of this art requires dedication and practice. It involves
confronting and conquering various fears, such as; performance anxiety, fear of
sex, fear of losing control, over-sensitivity to body-image, fear of rejection,
of intimacy, of the opinions of others, etc. Such a process, followed through
to a significant degree, requires time, devotion and a good amount of courage.
In the next newsletter I'll present
the conclusion to this series of articles on Magick.
CHANT CLUBSGUELPH CHANT CLUB
WED., FEB. 6/08
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.ca
WATERLOO CHANT CLUBDATE
FRIDAY, FEB. 15/08 Waterloo, Waterloo The Community of Hearts
7:30 to 9 pm Ontario Chant Club Yoga Studio
826 King St. N., Unit 21 across from the Waterloo Stockyards, close to St. Jacobs
(north on Conestoga Pkwy, exit at Rr - 15, turn left onto King St.) COST: $15
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"You're invited to a special evening!"
ONE - THE EVENT
WHERE: The Capital Arts Theatre, 20 Queen St., Port Hope, Ontario.
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 8, 2008 - 7 PM
This event will include:
- a screening of the movie, 'ONE'
- musical offerings by Monk Mann, Gina Tome, Emilio Zarris
and Dennis Gaumond and the Bhadra Collective
- inspirational words by Sri Tulshi SenTickets available at:www.capitoltheatre.comphone: 905 885-1071, toll-free: 1 800 434-5092adults - $20, students - $15, groups of 15+ - $17 ppfor more info, including audio-clips please visit: www.tobeone.ca
SACRED SOUND WORKSHOP
The Power of Consciousness
with dennis gaumond
SUNDAY, MARCH 2nd, from 1:00 TO 5:30 PM
THE LOTUS CENTRE
140 ANN ST., LONDON, ON.
The ancients have always known
about the magic of Sacred Sound - that it is a powerful healing device. They've
also known that it is a very effective way to develop the power of
consciousness. This workshop will teach us how to use sound to amplify and
accelerate the vibrations of our intentions, to effectively attract more of
what we desire and less of what we don't desire.
Learn how to use mantras to change your
mindset and attract your desires.
Experience the healing power of chanting and overtone
Allow the sound of the crystal bowls to soothe
and transform you.
Learn to use all of these 'sound tools' to enhance your
Share your open heart in a respectful, loving space.
Please bring a water bottle
The cost for this workshop is just $50.00
Register at The Lotus Centre or
by phone with Visa or
MasterCard - 519
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