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A help for you and me Sometimes when reading about healing and other esoteric arts I come across words that I would like to know what they stand for. I have now tried to compile a dictionary/glossary that includes different forms of healing, esoteric words, religions and information about the organs in the human body. This is by no means a complete alternative healing dictionary and some of you might even have an objection to my interpretation of certain words. Feel free to let me know your views and also if you would like to add a new word. Send me an e-mail. ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ A Absent healing (distant healing, remote healing): A form of healing that involves the projection of healing energy over a distance. Acupressure: A treatment that involves the surface stimulation of acupoints digitally, manually, or with tools held in the hand. Acupuncture: An ancient Chinese medical system over 5000 years old, recently revived in China and becoming popular in the West. It deals with subtle energy flows (chi) in the body related to the cosmic principles of Yin and Yang. The balance of these energies in the human body affects health and
disease. Acupuncture therapy alters these energy flows by inserting fine needles at key pressure points, for varying periods of time. Anesthesia for surgery can also be effected by acupuncture. Adept: An individual highly experienced and proficient in a particular magical craft ie. an esoteric master. Adrenal glands: Each kidney has an adrenal gland located above it. The adrenal is divided into an inner medulla and an outer cortex . The medulla synthesizes amine hormones. The cortex secrets steroid hormones. Stimulation of the cortex by the nervous system causes the "fight or flight" response. Aikido: Spiritual discipline and self-defense method that uses grappling, throws, and non-resistance to debilitate opponents. Alexander Method: A means of integrating one's mental, physical, and spiritual aspects. According to its theory, maintaining alignment of the head, neck, and back leads to optimum overall physical functioning. Fredrick Matthias Alexander concluded that faulty posture was responsible for diverse symptoms. Amulet: An object charged with personal energies through ritual or meditation, often used to ward off a certain force or person. Angel: A spiritual being, especially in Persian, Jewish, Christian and Islamic theologies, that is commonly
portrayed as being winged and as serving as God's messengers. The spiritual guide of an individual. Archangel: An angel of high rank. Aromatherapy: Herbal medicine, use of essential oils from plants, flowers, trees and herbs to achieve health, vitality and rejuvenation of the body, mind and spirit. Astral Plane: A plane parallel to the physical world, traveled through by the astral body during projection. Astral Travel: The experience, whether spontaneous or induced, of traveling through the astral realm in the form of the astral body Astrology: An ancient system of divination that uses the position of the planets, moon and sun in the twelve Zodiac positions at the moment of one's birth to gain knowledge of the future. Atlantis: A legendary island/continent said to have sunk beneath the ocean. It was located straddling the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and was broken up as a result of continental drift or a major natural disaster. It is supposed to have had a highly advanced civilization. Alternative Medicine: Any form of medicine or healing other than the type approved by medical doctors and hospitals. ( A question worth thinking about is why Modern Western Medicine—which is five hundred years old at
most—has come to be seen as traditional, whilst Indian Ayurvedic or Traditional Chinese Medicine— which both boast rich histories spanning thousands of years—have been deemed alternative, or at best complementary?!) Attune: To open up bring different psyches into harmony. See also Reiki Attunement. Aura: An energy field which surrounds living beings. An aura is most often visible only to those born with the skill to see it, or those who developed this ability. A visible aura contains various colors and tells about the spiritual and emotional persona of the plant, human, or creature surrounded by it. An aura can also be felt, heard, or sensed through other means. Read more one my Aura page. Aura analysis: Direct or indirect examination of the vital energy that envelops each human. To some the aura is perceptible others can analyze it through Kirlian photography. The colors of the aura reveal the personal traits of the subject. One can also associate auric colors with glands, organs, organ systems, and psychological states such as anger and boredom. Aura balancing: (aura cleansing, aura clearing, aura healing, auric healing): Multiform method characterized by treatment of the aura around a person's head or body. Aurasomatherapy : A variation of color therapy and a form of aura balancing and chakra healing.
Avatar: An earthly manifestation of one of the gods in human or animal form, e.g., Krishna is an avatar of Vishnu, Jesus is an avatar of Jehovah. A being through whom God manifests himself. The spiritual founder of an age or a dynasty. Such a one has supposedly progressed beyond the need to be reincarnated. Ayurveda: (ancient Indian medicine, Vedic medicine): Ancient Hindu medical-metaphysical healing science based on the harmony of body, mind and universe through diet, exercise, herbs, and purification procedures. It emphasizes the capability of the individual for self-healing using natural remedies to restore balance. Allegedly, the most complete system of natural medicine and the mother of all healing arts. Ayurvedic theory includes a subtle anatomy that includes: nadis, canals that carry prana (cosmic energy) throughout the body; chakras, "centers of consciousness" that connect body and soul; and marmas, points on the body beneath which vital structures (physical and/or subtle) intersect. Ayurvedic diagnosis involves examination of the eyes, face, lips, tongue, nails, and pulse. The pulse is important because of the belief that the heart is the seat of the underlying intelligence of nature ie human consciousness. B Bach flower therapy: (Bach flower essence method, Bach flower essence system): Homeopathic system
of diagnosis and treatment developed in the 1930:s by British physician Edward Bach (1886-1936). Bach held that disease was essentially beneficial and that its design was to subject the personality to the Divine will of the soul. He psychically discovered the specific healing effects of 38 wildflowers. The life force ("soul quality" or "energy wavelength") of each of these flowers is transferable to water and thence to humans. Bardo: A human soul between the stages of afterdeath and rebirth. Biorhythm: The system that deals with the three biological cycles of humans, the body's physical, emotional and intellectual energy based on date of birth. Used to determine the patterns of a person's critical days and periods of high and low energy. Bladder: Organ that stores urine after its formation by the kidneys. Average normal capacity of the adult bladder is about half a liter. Bodhisattava: A being who has supposedly earned the right to enter into Nirvana or into illumination, but instead voluntarily turns back from that state in order to aid humanity in attaining the same goal. The Christ is said to be a Bodhisattva. Buddha: Sanskrit meaning Enlightened One. There are many who have attained Buddhahood, or supreme enlightenment. The best known is Siddhartha Gautama Buddha (586-511 BC). He was born in northeastern India and received spiritual
enlightment through meditation. During his lifetime, his spiritual insights and teachings became a major alternative to Hinduism throughout India. Buddhism: World religion based on the spiritual teachings of Siddhartha Gautama Buddha. There are a number of versions or sects of Buddhism generally teaching paths to Nirvana (enlightenment or bliss) though the four noble truths (recognizing existence and source of suffering) and the eight fold path (correct understanding, behavior and meditation). C Centering: Grounding your energy through meditation or other means often before rituals or healing treatments to help harness and direct the balanced energy. Chakras: Energy centers in the body which are best cleansed, opened, and balanced. Too much or too little energy in one chakra can be the cause health problems or frustrations in everyday life. See my chakra page. Chakra healing (chakra balancing, chakra energy balancing, chakra therapy, chakra work): Any method akin to aura balancing and relating to chakras. Channeling: Transmission of information or energy from a nonphysical source through humans. These persons called "channels," "channelers," or "mediums" are sometimes in an apparent trance
during the communication. Sources include angels, discarnate former humans, extraterrestrials, and levels of consciousness. Chant: Repetition of magical phrases, syllables, or words to produce a desired effect as well as bring the chanter to a deeper meditative state. See also Mantra. Chi: A Chinese term for the all-encompassing universal life force that flows in and around our body. Also called Ki, Prana, Mana and many other names in other belief systems. Chinese medicine: originated over 3,000 years ago, but it became dogmatic and stagnated for centuries; overall its development has been slow. It probably stems from shamanism. The basis of Chinese medicine is Taoism, a religion according to which spirits (shen) inhabit the human body and take care of its functions. The foundational text of Chinese medicine—known as the Classic of Internal Medicine, the Huangdi Neijing, the Inner Classic, the Inner Classic of the Yellow Emperor, the Neiching, the Nei Jing, The Yellow Emperor's Classic, The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine, and the Yellow Emperor's Inner Canon — was completed by the first century C.E. Chiropractor: Healer using therapy that attributes disease to neural malfunction with treatment primarily based on manipulation of the spinal column. Originally, a healer who used his hands to manipulate the body.
Christ: (Greek) Pure, perfect, ideal, or anointed. The only begotten Son of God, the creator or essence of all that can be known. Clairvoyance: The paranormal ability to see psychic information, including historical or future events or other phenomena, that cannot be discerned naturally through the five material senses. Also called ESP. Cleansing: Purification through a ritual bath or through meditation to cleanse the psyche. Traditionally performed before every ritual. Color therapy: (chromopathy, chromotherapy, color healing): Method that states that colors — e.g. of light, food, and clothing — have wide ranging curative effects. Supposedly, cures result from correction of "color imbalances." Color therapy often is a form of chakra healing. Confucius: (551-479 BC) The most famous philosopher of ancient China. According to tradition, he was born in Lu, China. Author of the Ch'un Ch'iu (Spring and Autumn Annals) and possible compiler of some early poetry. Conversion: Turning from one religion (or no religion) to a particular religion. Crystal Ball: A ball made of quartz crystal or glass that is used for scrying.
Crystal Healing: The therapeutic application of crystals and gemstones for healing the mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual bodies. See also Gem Therapy and Gemstone-Reiki Therapy. Crystalomancy: Divination or fortune telling by gazing into a crystal rock or crystal ball. D Dalai Lama: Spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, considered an emanation of Avalokiteshvara, an enlightened being who embodies the compassion of past, present, and future Buddhas. Each Dalai Lama, regarded as a reincarnation of the previous one, is identified through a combination of oracles, dreams, and visions. The present and fourteenth Dalai Lama, born in eastern Tibet in 1935, has lived in exile in India since 1959, nine years after the Chinese takeover of Tibet. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for peaceful efforts to preserve Tibetan culture in his homeland and among refugee communities. He has worked to democratize the Tibetan government in exile, and is considering new methods for choosing the next Dalai Lama. Dharma: The ultimate law, or doctrine, as taught by Buddha, which consists of the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. Diaphragm: Wide muscular partition separating the thoracic, or chest cavity, from the abdominal cavity (just below ribs). Contraction and expansion of the
diaphragm are significant in breathing and in stimulating digestion. Diamond Sutra: A Mahayana Buddhist scriptural text that expounds the doctrine of the Perfection of Wisdom. The Diamond Sutra was written in India in Sanskrit and then carried into East Asia, where it was translated into Chinese (ca. 400) and became one of the most revered summaries of the teachings of Mahayana Buddhism. Digestive System: A series of connected organs whose purpose is to break down, or digest, the food we eat. Food is made up of large, complex molecules, which the digestive system breaks down into smaller, simple molecules that can be absorbed into the bloodstream. The simple molecules travel through the bloodstream to all of the body's cells, which use them for growth, repair and energy. Divination: Method of inquiring into a situation through tools, some examples of divination are scrying, tarot and runes. See dowsing below. Dowsing: (divining, questing, water witching): The skill of divining for underground sources of water or other practical and spiritual matters by means of a divining rod or variety of other means, such as the pendulum, or even by device less techniques. Used to locate people, objects, or substances, and to diagnose illnesses. Dream Changing: Form of visual therapy. Dream Changing is a technique that involves attempting to
turn unsatisfactory dreams into satisfying daydreams. Dreamwork: Any systematic inquiry into or use of dreams with the purpose of healing or selfdevelopment. Druidism: An ancient Celtic religion which has undergone a modern revival. E Electroacupuncture (electric acupuncture, electric acupuncture therapy, electrical acupuncture): Application of electricity to acupoints, with or without needles. 5 Elements: The 5 major elements in nature and magic. Earth, water, fire, air, and spirit that encompasses all of the other elements and is not visible. Embodyment: Form of aura balancing and chakra healing that combines inner child work, sacred touch (a variation of CranioSacral Therapy), Toning, and other methods. Empowerment: An individual's assertion of personal power, energy, force, and strength in all fields: spiritual, physical, mental and magical. See also Reiki Attunement. Energy Healing/Balancing: Healing technique that involves working in the body's energy field to
promote mental, emotional, physical, or spiritual healing. Esoteric: Hidden or deeper knowledge or teachings that are possessed or understood only by a few. ESP: Acronym for Extra Sensory Perception. It encompasses most paranormal abilities such as telepathy, precognition, and clairvoyance. Eternal life: 1. To be immortal, 2. To live with God (Eternal being one of God's names). Etheric Body: A term sometimes used to refer to the Astral Body, but which actually refers to that vehicle or body whose density lies between that of the astral and physical bodies. Exorcism: Any method to expel from an individual or place: 1. Satan, 2. some other demon, 3. multiple evil spirits, or 4. an offensive ghost (discarnate human). Exorcism may include commanding the alleged offender, attempts at persuasion, rituals, special prayers, spells, or symbolism. F Fallen Angels: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim legends concerning the rebellion of Satan/Lucifer/Iblis and his band against God, usually prompted by the creation of the first human being in the divine image and the command that the angels give it homage. In punishment, they are expelled from heaven.
Faith healing (spiritual healing): 1. Any method wherein one makes an appeal to God or a spirit to participate in healing others, typically a combination of prayer, meditation, and utilization of faith in God. 2. An ill-defined group of methods that encompasses absent healing, Christian Science, the laying on of hands, mesmerism, and shamanism. Fate: The destined result of life after a sequence of fated events. Kismet, Karma, destiny are other names. Feng Shui [pronounced: foong shway or fung shway]: Ancient Chinese art of orienting objects and towns to promote a healthy flow of chi. Its postulate is that all areas, large and small, have a distinctive energy that is guidable by rearranging objects (e.g., removing an ornament from an apartment, or adding one to a particular corner of a room). To be avoided is: clutter, dark corners, gloomy colors, low ceilings, and sharp, pointed objects. Feng Shui literally means "wind and water" and is translatable as "vital energy" or "geomancy". Foot Reflexology: A cousin of acupuncture. It involves pressing reflex areas on the feet. These areas correspond to organs and systems of the body. Foot Reflexology cleanses the mind and body and revitalizes energy. A common theory of reflexology holds that massaging certain areas of the feet restores health by breaking up and dispersing "crystals". (Sometimes also called Zone Therapy.)
Fire walking: A ritual means of demonstrating an individual's possession of extraordinary powers by appearing unharmed after walking barefoot over a series of fires or across a bed of hot coals. Fire walking serves as a religious ordeal or test. Flower Essences: A modality that uses extracts from flowering plants in homeopathic proportions as catalysts for healing. Each liquid preparation carries the imprint of a specific plant that speaks a subtle language that works on the root causes of disease. See also Bach Flower Therapy. Fortune telling: A form of divination in which a person attempts to predict the future using paranormal powers Four Noble Truths: The essential teaching of early Buddhism. According to tradition, after attaining enlightenment, the Buddha proclaimed his liberating insight into the nature of existence in his first sermon through the topic of the Four Noble Truths: 1. Suffering, declares the nature of all phenomena comprising ordinary unenlightened experience as suffering, impermanent, and lacking in any enduring or substantial self or essence. 2. The Origin of Suffering, states that suffering has a cause, namely, craving. 3. The Cessation of Suffering, asserts that despite the fact of universal suffering in a totally conditioned universe proclaimed by the first two truths, there is liberation through the Cessation of Suffering, which is the nirvana, experienced by the Buddha.
4. The Path leading to the Cessation of Suffering, proclaims that this liberation is accessible to all who follow the way set forth by the Buddha. G Gall bladder: Muscular organ that serves as a reservoir for bile. It is a pear-shaped membranous sac on the under surface of the right lobe of the liver just below the lower ribs. The function of the gallbladder is to store bile, secreted by the liver. The gallbladder, when functioning normally, empties into the duodenum to aid digestion. Gassho (Japanese): A Mudra (hand posture) seen in Bodhisattvas or lesser Buddhist personages. The Gassho Mudra is formed by placing the palms and fingers of the hands together in a prayer like position in front of the mouth - with the fingertips at a point just short of the bottom of the nose. Used in saying the Usui Reiki Principles. Gem therapy: The wearing of precious and semiprecious stones for healing, for example, bloodstones for hemorrhages and rubies for chills. Gemstone-Reiki Therapy: Variation of Reiki. One of the postulates of Gemstone-Reiki Therapy is that gemstones concentrate "light-filled powers" and "color vibrations" into chakras. Geomancy: Divination by the earth. A widespread system of divination either by means of designs drawn randomly on the ground with sand, pollen, or other similar powders or by detecting, through
calculations and signs, the hidden forces present in the landscape. See also Feng Shui Grounding: Sending excess energy generated during a ritual into the earth back to the God or the Goddess from which it came. Guardian Angel: A supernatural being that acts as a guide and protector for individuals or nations. Guardian Spirit: A supernatural helper. Guru: Literally a teacher or spiritual advisor. However, in India and Tibet it means one at a very high level of consciousness. In fact, worship of Guru is done to develop devotion or adoration, because the teacher is the highest expression of God we know on Earth in our personal experience. H Halo: Light, usually in the shape of a circle, around head of a supernatural being or holy person. It a ring that forms around the brow chakra as it exits the back of the head. Hand reflexology: Form of reflexology whose focus is the hand. It is one of the two basic modes of zone therapy. Hatha yoga: One of the major Hindu disciplines. Akin to kundalini yoga, hatha yoga involves pranayama and the adoption of various bodily postures (asanas). The word "hatha" combines two Sanskrit words: ha,
which means "the breath of the sun" (prana), and tha, "the breath of the moon" (apana). Heart: Hollow muscular organ that pumps blood through the body. The heart, blood, and blood vessels make up the circulatory system which is responsible for distributing oxygen and nutrients to the body and carrying away carbon dioxide and other waste products. The heart is the circulatory system's power supply. It must beat ceaselessly because the body's tissues — especially the brain and the heart itself — depend on a constant supply of oxygen and nutrients delivered by the flowing blood. If the heart stops pumping blood for more than a few minutes, death will result. The human heart is shaped like an upside-down pear and is located slightly to the left of center inside the chest cavity. About the size of a closed fist, the heart is made primarily of muscle tissue that contracts rhythmically. Hara: The vital energy center of the human body. It is located at the second chakra, (2 fingers below the navel) internally. Healing Crisis: As you move toward better health with any natural healing system or better nutrition, a part of the healing process is that the body will begin to discard toxic residues that have built up in your body over the years. The healing process usually does not occur without repercussions. During the initial phase of healing, as your body begins to clean house, (detoxify) and your vital energy begins to
repair and rebuild internal organs, you may experience headache, tiredness, flu-like symptoms, fatigue or other symptoms. Higher Self: Non-physical, true self. The enlightened, "actual" persona of the individual as opposed to what the person seems to be or thinks they are. Hieroglyph: A pictographic character in the ancient Egyptian writing system, invented before 3000 BC. Today almost any pictographic character. Hinduism: The major world religion that originated from the ancient religions of India. The ancient gods (especially the triad of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva) are commonly interpreted as representations of the various aspects of the divine (Brahman). Human beings progress to the ultimate realization of their oneness with Brahman (often called Nirvana) through Reincarnation according to the law of Karma. Holistic Healing: A view of health care focusing on the "whole self" (body, mind and spirit) and natural or spiritual cures. The system embraces both traditional and New Age therapy. Holistic medicine: 1. Alternative medicine. 2. Form of alternative medicine that focuses on (a) personal accountability for one's health; (b) the human body's ability to heal itself; and (c) balancing the body, mind, and "spirit" with the environment. Holistic medicine encompasses acupuncture, biofeedback, faith healing, folk medicine, meditation, megavitamin therapy, yoga and many more.
Homeopath: A physician who treats disease using minute doses of natural substances that would, in a healthy person, elicit the symptoms of the disease being treated. Hormone: Chemical messengers produced by the adrenal, pituitary, thyroid, ovaries, testes and other glands that have far-reaching effects throughout the body. Hormones regulate everything from growth and tissue repair to metabolism, reproduction and blood pressure. Horoscope: A chart drawn up through the art of astrology. See Astrology. Hydromancy: Divination by liquid, especially water. Hypothalamus: A region in the brain beneath the thalamus; consists of many aggregations of nerve cells and controls a verity of autonomic functions aimed at maintaining homeostasis. I I Ching (The Book of Changes): Traditional Chinese divination method that involves tossing three identical coins or objects six times and using the patterns they form to receive answers to personal questions from the I Ching. Immortality: Life without death anytime in the future. Not exactly the same as eternal. Eternal means
without being or end, immortal allows for a beginning. Initiation: 1. An event, or doorway, that acts as an expansion or transformation of a person's consciousness. An initiate's consciousness has to some degree been transformed so that he now perceives reality from a higher perspective. There are many types of initiation, either of spiritual or social nature. 2. a ritual that elevates an individual to a higher office in a social or religious organization. In the case of Reiki also used as a name for the Reiki Attunements. Inner Self: Refers to the inner divinity from which the being and personality evolve. The Unconscious, the Subconscious and the Higher Self. Inner Smile (Inner Smile Meditation, "inner smile" technique): A fundamental component of the Healing Tao System. Inner Smile is a relaxation technique that allegedly increases the flow of chi. Practitioners "smile inwardly" at organs and glands. Intention: In magic and affirmation, the focus of the mind, the sense of purpose that leads to action. Intestine: Also called bowels, the portion of the digestive tract between the stomach and anus. In humans the intestine is divided into two major sections: the small intestine, which is about 6 m long, where the most extensive part of digestion occurs and where most food products are absorbed; and the large intestine, which has a larger diameter and is
about 1.5 m long, where water is absorbed and from which solid waste material is excreted. Food and waste material are moved along the length of the intestine by rhythmic contractions of intestinal muscles; these contractions are called peristaltic movements. Invocation: The bringing of a divine power from the exterior into a ritual or magical working through chant or prayer. An invocation is generally an acknowledgment of the deity and a request that they be present for the working. Inward Silence: The silencing of the emotions and thoughts that disturb the effectiveness of a ritual. Iridology (eye analysis, iridiagnosis, irido-diagnosis, iris diagnosis): Diagnostic system that states that every bodily organ corresponds to a location on the iris (the colored portion of the eye surrounding the pupil). According to iridology theory, the iris serves as a map of the body and gives warning signs of physical, mental, and spiritual problems. Islam: A world religion based on the teachings and life of Mohammed (570-632 AD) in Mecca and Medina, Saudi Arabia (then Persia). Islam is the second largest world religion, and has recently become the third largest religious body in America. Islam is composed of two major divisions — the mainstream Sunni (the largest) and the more radical Shi'ites. The mystical tradition of sufism includes many Sunnis and some Shi'ites. The Arabic word Islam means "submission to the will of God" and a
person who submits is called a Muslim. The Quran (or, Koran), the Torah, the Psalms of the Old Testament, and the Gospel of the New Testament are regarded as holy books. However, only the Quran is considered uncorrupted. J Jehovah: Incorrect reading of the proper name of Israel's deity, joining the consonants of YHWH to the vowels of Adonai. A medieval Christian invention, Jehovah became popular in some traditional English translations of the Bible. K Kahuna healing: The medical phase of Huna, which is a religion or esoteric magical tradition native to the Hawaiian Islands. The word huna literally means "secret" or "that which is hidden, or not obvious." Kahuna literally means "keeper of the secret." Kahunas are Hawaiian witch doctors. Kahuna healing encompasses "colon cleansing," "energy field manipulation," Ho'oponopono (spiritual counseling), lomi-lomi, and the use of amulets. Its theory posits an "etheric body" (aka), a godhead (Kumulipo), and mana. Some proponents use the expressions "kahuna healing," "Huna," and "Hawaiian Huna" interchangeably. Karma: Sanskrit word meaning deed, action, ritual or result. A concept that binds its followers to an endless cycle of birth, death, and rebirth and, according to one's deeds in life, determines the
condition of one's rebirth. This is a central Indian term with various meanings: 1. Any mental, verbal, or physical action or intention, especially a morally correct or textually prescribed activity. 2. The results or consequences of actions or intentions. 3. The Hindu principle of cause and effect that determines one's past, current, and future existences. Everything we do produces some effect, now or later, on the physical or astral planes. Representing neither good nor evil, all actions and events cause corresponding actions and events in the past or future (including past and future lives. 4. Ritual activity, particularly the ancient Indian rites propitiating a pantheon of gods as prescribed in the Vedic texts. Ritual performance might be done to meet religious obligations, such as initiation into the community, to honor one's ancestors, or to fulfill individual desires such as wealth, progeny, or immortality. Karuna Reiki™: Form of Reiki named and taught by Reiki Master William Lee Rand, author of Reiki, The Healing Touch. It encompasses "guided meditation" and "healing shadow self-meditation." The Sanskrit word "karuna" is translatable as "compassionate action." It supposedly conduces to working closely with all "enlightened beings," including those present "in spirit". Ki: Japanese word for the universal life force, synonymous with the Chinese term Chi and the Indian term Prana.
Kidney: Paired organ whose functions include removing waste products from the blood and regulating the amount of fluid in the body (ie producing urine). The kidneys lie against the rear wall of the abdomen, on either side of the spine. They are situated below the middle of the back, beneath the liver on the right and the spleen on the left. A primary function of kidneys is the removal of poisonous wastes from the blood. Chief among these wastes are the nitrogen-containing compounds urea and uric acid, which result from the breakdown of proteins and nucleic acids. Urine production begins with the substances that the blood leaves behind during its passage through the kidney ie water, salts, and other substances. In addition to cleaning the blood, the kidneys perform several other essential functions. One such activity is regulation of the amount of water contained in the blood. The kidney also adjusts the body's acid-base balance to prevent such blood disorders. Several hormones are also produced in the kidney. Kinesiology: Techniques for obtaining and using information from the position, movement, and tension of parts of the body, especially from the nerves, muscles, tendons, and joints. For example, diagnosis of physical ailments may be obtained from the subconscious level by naming the ailment, asking the subject to tense an arm and noting whether the tension is maintained or released when the arm is depressed.
Kirlian diagnosis (Kirlian technique): Form of aura analysis based on Kirlian photography. Kirlian Photography: A photographic process using a high voltage, low amperage field of 50,000 volts or more. Invented by Semyon and Valentina Kirlian. It picks up radiation around objects and humans that is not visible to the eye. Often used to photograph the energy field, the Aura, that surrounds the human body. Korean medicine: Form of Oriental medicine that encompasses acupuncture and moxibustion. Kundalini: (ahamkara, kundalini shakti): Elemental, feminine energy that is ordinarily asleep and coiled at the human coccyx and whose activation can purify the activator. The word "kundalini" stems from a Sanskrit term meaning "circular, coiled." The male and female forces are exactly balanced in the Ida and Pingala subtle channels. Everyone uses Kundalini power to think with and to maintain consciousness, but it very seldom rises up the central spinal channel of Sushumna beyond the first center. Various disciplines are used to arouse the "sleeping serpent" to ascend to the higher centers. Kundalini yoga (Shakti Yoga, tantra yoga): A means of activating kundalini. When kundalini is awake, it enriches human lives emotionally, intellectually, physically, and spiritually. Moreover, its arousal allegedly contributes to the cure of many intractable diseases.
L Lao-tzu: The "founder" of Taoism. Thought of as the author one of the most important and influential Chinese texts: Tao Te Ching. Laserpuncture (laser based acupuncture, laser acupuncture): Technique characterized by the application of a laser beam to acupoints. Lightbody: A vehicle akin to the spirit Living Water: Moving water, as in a stream or river, as opposed to water in a pond or pool. Liver: Largest internal organ of the human body. The liver, which is part of the digestive system, performs more than 500 different functions, all of which are essential to life. Its essential functions include helping the body to digest fats, storing reserves of nutrients, filtering poisons and wastes from the blood, synthesizing a variety of proteins, and regulating the levels of many chemicals found in the bloodstream. The liver is unique among the body's vital organs in that it can regenerate, or grow back, cells that have been destroyed by some short-term injury or disease. Lomi-Lomi (Ancient Hawaiian Bodywork, Lomi Lomi Nui): Prayerful type of massage practiced by kahunas (Hawaiian witch doctors). It includes the laying on of hands; its theory posits mana, an alleged supernatural force; and one of its purposes is to let a person's spirit be more fully present.
Levitation: The supernatural phenomenon involving suspending a body in midair without physical bolster. Lithomancy: Divination by stones. Lungs: A pair of elastic, spongy organs used in breathing and respiration. In humans the lungs occupy a large portion of the chest cavity from the collarbone down to the diapragm a dome-shaped sheet of muscle that walls off the chest cavity from the abdominal cavity. Air travels to the lungs through a series of air tubes and passages. It enters the body through the nostrils or the mouth, passing down the throat to the larynx, or voice box, and then to the windpipe. In the chest cavity the windpipe divides into two branches, called the right and left bronchi or bronchial tubes that enter the lungs. Although the words breathing and respiration are sometimes used interchangeably, they have distinct meanings. Breathing is the process of moving oxygen rich air into and out of the lungs. Respiration refers to all of the processes involved in getting oxygen to tissues, including breathing, diffusion of oxygen from the lungs to the blood, transport by the blood, and diffusion from the blood to tissues. Because body cells are constantly using up oxygen and producing carbon dioxide, the lungs work continuously. An adult normally breathes from 14 to 20 times per minute. M Magnetic healing: Type of "healing" that involves the flow of "vital energy" to the patient through the mind
and body of the practitioner. The expression "Magnetic healing" stems from mesmerism. Magnet therapy (biomagnetics, biomagnetic therapeutics, biomagnetic therapy, biomagnetism, Electro-Biomagnetics, electro-biomagnetics therapy, magnetic energy therapy, magnetic field therapy, magnetic healing, magnetics, magnetic therapies, Magnetic Therapy, magnetotherapy): Variation of self-healing based on "natural laws." Magnet therapy allegedly re-establishes order in the human energy system. Its theory posits life energy and meridians and depicts magnets as sources of nature's healing energy. Some proponents equate magnetic energy, energy, life force, chi, and prana. Mahatma: Sanskrit word for a great man. Mandala: A design of lines, forms and colors, usually circular, used in meditation to focus attention to a single point. Used in Meditation and as an object of worship. Manifesting (conscious thought manifestation, conscious manifestation, creative manifestation, manifestation): Variable method for wish fulfillment that involves wholehearted visualization and positive thinking. Its postulate is that one can manifest (materialize) one's wants by consciously using the powers of the mind to design the mind's reality. Mantra: Ritual sound, word or phrase used as a tool to focus and quiet the mind. Mantra is a sound or set of sounds that are believed to have the unique power
to restore us to a state of pristine harmony. Sea also Chant. Medicine Wheel: Native American sacred circle representing the Universe and the balance of all creation. It is cast to contain, project and raise energy to transform, balance and heal. Meditation: The practice of inverting the mind to pay attention to the inner silence instead of the outer chaos. Other forms of meditation focus on the outer chaos instead. The practice of meditation is accepted in almost all religions, but is encouraged most in Buddhism. Medium: A psychic or sensitive living person whose body is used as a vehicle for communicating with spirits, as in a séance. Also called channels, or channelers. Meridians: Channels within the body where the chi flows. According to Chinese medicine there are 8 major Meridians. Read more on my Meridian page. Metaphysics: A field of abstract thought and philosophy about topics not on the concrete or physical level of understanding. This includes subjects like existence, the soul, being, the supernatural, astral travel, psychicism, and so on. Moxabustion: Adjunct to acupuncture characterized by the burning of moxas - preparations of dried leaves from the common mugwort or the wormwood tree - at acupoints to stimulate chi. Practitioners
attach moxas to acupuncture needles, place them directly on the skin in the form of small cones, or place the cones on a layer of ginger. Mudra: Hand gestures often depicted on statues of the Buddha. The gestures symbolize different meaning and can force the chi flow in directions wanted (used in meditation and healing). See Mudra page! N Nadi: In Indian medicine a channel within the astral body (similar to the meridians in Chinese medicine). Naturopathy: A healing system acknowledging the body's natural healing power. Fosters health through education and the use of natural substances such as herbs, foods, air and sunshine Near-death experience (NDE): Any paranormal or supernatural experience had when a person is near death, including experiences when a person thinks he or she has died and returned from death. New Age: The modern movement that involves combining metaphysical concepts with the practice of an organized religion. Nirvana: Literally meaning "extinction". The ultimate goal of Buddhists, characterized as the extinction of both craving and the separate ego. The state of peace and quietude attained by extinguishing all illusions.
Numerology: The study of the magical meanings of numbers and their supposed influence on human life. Using a calculative means of obtaining information about one's personality, capabilities, and future. Numerological considerations include an individual's full name, birthplace, and birth date. O Occult: Study and science of things esoteric, secret, paranormal, and supernatural. Om: A mantra that is said to be the manifest symbol of the cosmic energy or God. (Pronounced Aum) Omen: A sudden occurrence that is interpreted as being a sign of good or evil. Often it will be small yet significant like a vase falling over or a cup of water spilling. Oracle: A person or object through which otherworldly entities can be communicated with (similar to channeling). People often see oracles to ask questions or to be given insights to their future. Ouija Board: A dowsing game board containing all the letters of the alphabet plus numbers from 0 to 9 and "Yes/No." A sliding pointer held by the player's fingers, spells out words in answer to questions asked. Out-of-Body Experience: Experience which occurs when the astral body or etheric body leaving the
physical body while the individual is at rest, asleep, near death, or temporarily dead. Ovaries: The female gonads, which produce ova (eggs) and female sex hormones. P Paganism: Any religion other than Christianity, Islam, or Judaism. Generally categorized as an earth religion. Most are polytheistic (have more than one god or goddess). Literally means "country dweller". Palmistry: Hand Reading. The divination practice of psychically reading an individual's past, present and future, as well as health and character, by studying the lines, shape and texture of the individual's hands, fingers and wrists. Pancreas: Located in the abdominal cavity and secrets digestive enzymes into the small intestine and also secrets the hormones insulin and glucagon into the blood: where they regulate glucose levels. A digestive organ that produces trypsin, chymotrypsin and other enzymes as pancreatic juices, but which also has endocrine functions in the productions of the hormones somatostatin, insulin and glucagon. Paranormal: Describes events or abilities beyond or above normal human powers or senses. Parathyroid: Are four small pea size glands located behind the thyroid glands. The sole purpose of the parathyroid glands is to regulate the calcium levels
so the nervous and muscular systems can function properly. Past-life therapy (Past Life Regression Therapy, PLRT, past lives therapy, regression therapy, transformational therapy): Form of psychotherapy that emerged in the 1960s and usually involves hypnotism. Past-life "therapists" purportedly trace physical and psychological problems to traumatic events the patient experienced during previous incarnations . Pendulum: A tool often used to communicate with spirits or the divine. Pineal Gland: A small gland located between the cerebral hemispheres of the brain that secretes melatonin. Pingala: The right astral conduit of the masculine energies from the Kundalini that is wrapped around the Sushumna. It ends at the right nasal sinus. Pitta: The biological fire. Used in Ayurvedic medical typing Pituitary Gland: A small gland located at the base of the brain; consists of an anterior and a posterior lobe and produces numerous hormones. The master gland of the endocrine system: the pituitary release hormones that have specific targets as well as those that stimulate other glands to secret hormones.
Prana: The life force or energy which animates material forms. It is also present in breath. Also Chi, Ki or Mana in other belief systems. Precognition: Advance knowledge of future events. Prophet: One who predicts the future, usually receiving his information from a divine source. Projective Hand (giving hand): A term often used to describe your most powerful hand, generally the one you write with. Psychic: A general term describing a person with one or more paranormal abilities such as extrasensory perception, clairvoyance or telepathy. Psychic Abilities: Perceiving, receiving, or transferring information without the use of the 5 common senses (sight, touch, hearing, taste, smell). Psychic Awareness: The open state of awareness in which the conscious mind can tap into the psychic mind. Q Qigong: (also spelled "chi gong," and "chi gung") 1. (Chi Kung, Chinese Energetic healing, Chinese Qigong therapy, Chinese yoga, internal Qigong, Kiko, Qi Gong, Qigong healing) Chinese form of selfhealing whose aim is to stimulate and balance the flow of qi (chi, vital energy) through meridians (energy pathways). It involves contemplation,
visualization (imagery), assumption of postures, and stylized breathing and body movements. "Gong" (or "kung," as in "kung fu") is a Chinese word that pertains to skill. The word "qigong" literally means "breathing exercise," "to work the vital force," "practicing with the breath," or "working with the energy of life." Interpretations of the word include energy skill and "energy mastering exercise. 2. A vast group of systems and methods of ancient Chinese and twentieth-century origin that encompasses Qigong therapy. Quarters: The north, east, south, and west parts of the circle. R The Radiance Technique® (TRT, The Official Real Reiki®, The Official Reiki Program®, Real Reiki®): Form of energy balancing advanced by Barbara Weber Ray, Ph.D., a clairvoyant astrologer who began using the expression "The Radiance Technique" in 1986. Reading: Information given to a person by an intuitive or psychic in response to questions asked. May involve past, present and future events. Receptive Hand: The hand that has less power, generally whichever hand you do not write with. This hand is used less in holding and charging ritual items, however, it receives outside energy which is used to feed the magic.
Reflexology: 1. Variation of acupressure whose postulate is that all bodily organs have corresponding external "reflex points" (on the scalp, ears, face, nose, tongue, neck, back, arms, wrists, hands, abdomen, legs, and feet), and that manipulation of these points can enhance the flow of energy. 2. Foot Reflexology. 3. Zone therapy. 4. Macroreflexology and microreflexology. 5. A type of shiatsu that focuses on the hands and feet. Reiju: Opening or empowerment (similar effect as in the Reiki Attunements) Reiki I: The Reiki 1 attunement seems to mainly benefit the physical body in opening it up to channel more Reiki energy. Once attuned one will never lose the ability to use Reiki. In Reiki 1 the history of Reiki and the hand positions are taught. Reiki II: The Reiki 2 attunement gives an even higher possible level of energy vibrations in the student. Here one also learns 3 Reiki symbols: The Power Symbol, The Mental Symbol and The Distance Symbol these can be used to help focus energy for specific purposes. Reiki Attunement: When attending a Reiki course the participant gets attuned/initiated by a Reiki Master through a simple process, this opens him/her to receive and utilize more of the Universal Life Energy. The attunements have in themselves a very powerful balancing and healing effect.
Reiki Healing: A Japanese healing technique to tap the Universal Life Energy and use it to heal and balance living beings; a tool for personal transformation, growth and change. Follow the path through my site and learn more about Reiki. Reiki Marathon: Conducer to miraculous healing wherein eight to ten Reiki practitioners continuously "treat" an individual for eight to ten hours. Reiki Master: This initiation is given to attune persons who have Reiki 2 and wish to be able to teach and initiate others into Reiki. In this process the vibration level of energy is once again raised and the Master symbol is taught. Reiki Meditation: Meditation system that involves the "healing power of Reiki." It can bring on clairvoyance and release or transmute "negative energy." Reiki Plus: Offshoot of Reiki devised by Reverend David G. Jarrel, founder of Pyramids of Light, Inc., a nondenominational "Christ-Conscious" church in Tennessee, and its "educational arm," the Reiki Plus Institute. Reiki Plus encompasses Physio-Spiritual Etheric Body healing, Psycho Therapeutic Reiki, and Spinal Attunement Technique. Seichim Reiki: Combination of Reiki, Seichim, and means of "accessing interdimensional planes" and "empowering" crystals. Reiki Symbols: There are 4 symbols in the "original" Usui Reiki. These can be used to focus and amplify
the Reiki energy for specific purposes. Other Reiki systems have added further symbols to help achieve the wanted result. Reincarnation: The rebirth of the soul into other physical forms from one life (reincarnation) to the next. The new physical form can be animal or human. Runes: A tool of magic and divination. There are many types of runes, all of them alphabets of some sort. Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and modern Wiccan runes are just a few. They are usually tossed randomly after deciding a subject, and then deciphered based on their positioning. Tibetan Reiki: Variation of and extension to Reiki. Tibetan Reiki is supposedly of ancient Tibetan origin. S Scriptures: The religious writings of any people that they regard as sacred and authoritative. Scrying: A form of divination by gazing into something, usually a reflective surface (ie a crystal ball). Séance: A gathering of people seeking communication with deceased loved ones or famous historical figures through a medium. Seichim: Ancient Egyptian healing art "rediscovered" circa 1992 in New York. Its theory posits seichim:
"activating, ecstatic 'heart' energy". The method includes "goddess energy visualization." Seiki-jutsu: Japanese method wherein a therapist transfers seiki (universal healing energy) to a patient. Seiki enters the patient through the whorl of hair at the crown. Self-healing: An approach to health, or process that typically involves using affirmations, prayer, and/or visualization techniques to tap one's innate healing potential or vital force. Its states that anyone who does not have congenital or hereditary defects, has not had exposure to damaging radiation, has not ingested alcohol or other drugs excessively, has a nourishing diet, and genuinely wants to enjoy good health, can do so because each of his or her basic systems is perfect. Shaman: A medicine man/woman or witch doctor. Shamanism: The religion of the ancient peoples of northern Europe and Asia, generally characterized by the ability of the Shaman to communicate with the spirit world. Major facets of Shamanism are animism, possession, prophecy/revelations, shape shifting, and soul travel. Shanti: Calmness, serenity, peace Shapeshifting: A very esoteric practice involving changing the human form. This can be practiced while on the astral plane this alone is a great accomplishment. It is said that one can also
shapeshift on the physical plane, though documented proof of this is nonexistent. Few books are published on the subject as it is an art mainly for certain people, and teachers prefer to find these people and teach them their art secretively rather than let the public know their ways. Shiatsu (acupressure, schiatsu, shiatsu massage therapy, shiatsu therapy, shiatzu): Healing art whose major types are acupressure, shiatsu massage, and Zen Shiatsu. Its theory posits ki (vital energy), meridians (energy pathways), and tsubos: vital"points or "holes" on the body that are susceptible to healthful stimulation. Shiatsu is the abbreviation of a Japanese word that literally means "finger pressure treatment". Skandhas: Five elements each individual is composed of. Sonopuncture: Technique that involves application of ultrasound to classical acupuncture points. Soul: The true identity of a human being, the immortal self that surpasses death and lives on into the other world. Spell: A magical action. The ritual direction of energies towards some certain goal, generally with the use of spoken words. Spirit: The true, non-physical part of an individual.
Spirit Guide: A spiritual entity who teaches a medium or channel and who guides them in their spiritual work. Spleen: Flattened, oblong organ that removes disease-producing organisms and worn-out red blood cells from the bloodstream. The spleen is situated in the upper left abdominal cavity, in contact with the pancreas, the diaphragm, and the left kidney. The spleen removes iron from the hemoglobin of red blood cells for use in the body. It also removes such waste materials as bile pigments for excretion as bile by the liver. The spleen produces antibodies against various disease organisms and manufactures a variety of blood cells. Stomach: Part of the digestive system. The outer surface of the stomach is smooth; the inner surface is folded into numerous complex ridges, which assist in the mixing of food with digestive juices and channel this material through the stomach into the intestines. Only water, alcohol, and certain drugs seem to be absorbed from the stomach; most food absorption takes place in the small intestine. In humans the stomach is situated in the upper part of the abdominal cavity, mostly to the left of the midline. Stupa: A dome, or pagoda, in which sacred relics are deposited. Subliminal Messages: Words or messages communicated at a level below the conscious mind's
ability to perceive. Allegedly, messages can enter directly into the subconscious mind, thus by-passing the rational/logical center of the individual's brain . Sufi healing: Tradition of faith healing based on Sufism, an Islamic form of mysticism that developed mainly in Persia (Iran). It is based particularly on the teachings of one of the largest Sufi orders, the Chishti order. Sufi healing includes abjad, breathwork, fasting, and prayer. Sutra: Literally, "thread" or "string." A scripture containing the teachings of Buddha. Symbol: A sign which represents something else. Symbols are used commonly in rituals to represent gods, elements, goals, and more. See Reiki symbols. T Tai chi (other names: Tai chi chuan, Tai Ji, tai ji chuan, Tai Ji Juan, Tai ji quan, Taiqi): Variation of selfhealing. Tai chi is an ancient, yoga-like Chinese system of ballet-like exercises designed for health, self-defense, and spiritual development. Practicing tai chi supposedly facilitates the flow of chi through the body by dissolving blockages both within the body and between the body and the environment. Traditional Tai Chi prescribes about 108 to 128 postures, including repetitions. Talisman: A magically charged object used to attract a certain type of energy or a particular type of person.
Tantra (Tantra Yoga): Mode of lovemaking that involves breath control, energy exchange meditations, techniques of sexual healing, and transformative touch. Tao: (Chinese, The Way) The continual cosmic process of harmonious motions and activity between the yin and the yang. Taoism: A Chinese religion and philosophy that sees the universe as engaged in ceaseless motion and activity. All is considered to be in continual flux. The universe is intrinsically dynamic. The process is described in terms of Yin and Yang that should be balanced or harmonized through yoga, meditation, etc., to promote spiritual wholeness. According to legend, Taoism founder Lao-tzu wrote Tao Te Ching ("The Way and Its Power") about 550 BC. His teaching was developed and spread in the third century BC by Chuang-Tzu, whose writings inspired the Tao Tsang, 1200 volumes of Taoist scripture. Tao Te Ching: Sacred scripture of Taoism. Tarot: A form of divination using a set of cards, usually 76 cards. Telekinesis: A form of psychokinesis which involves moving objects with the mind without ever physically coming in contact with them. Telepathy: Unspoken (psychic) communication between two minds.
Testicles: The male gonads: produce spermatozoa and male sex hormones. Thai Massage: Millennia-old, sacred form of bodywork that resembles shiatsu and is related to Nadi Sutra Kriya. It draws from acupressure, passive yoga therapy, and reflexology. Thai Massage makes recipients feel more balanced physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Third Eye: The psychic eye: not physically visible but mental. Located in the middle of the forehead. Thyroid: The thyroid gland produces hormones that are essential for normal body metabolism. This gland is located in the lower part of the neck, below the Adam's apple. The gland wraps around the windpipe (trachea). Tibetan medicine: (Amchi, Emchi): A system that mostly stems from Ayurveda, Chinese medicine, and Unani. Tibetan medicine encompasses acupuncture and moxibustion and heals both the physical and the psychic being. It includes reincarnation, evil spirits, tutelary gods, and three physiological principles (bodily energies): wind, bile and phlegm. According to Tibetan medical theory, karma strongly influences 101 disorders caused by afflictive emotions (e.g., desire or hatred); another 101 disorders caused by such emotions involve spirits (harmful unseen forces); and it is appropriate to expose certain medical substances to the light of the full moon.
Tincture: A liquid usually made by soaking a whole herb or its parts in a mixture of water and ethyl alcohol (such as vodka). The alcohol helps extract the herb's active components, concentrating and preserving them. Totem: Non human entity, usually but not always an animal, that symbolizes the spiritual essence, and often the first ancestor, of a group. Trance: One of the most common altered states of consciousness. It is characterized by extreme disassociation often to the point of appearing unconscious. Transcendental Meditation: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi founded TM in 1957. TM is a means of experiencing "pure awareness." It involves sitting comfortably, with eyes closed, for 15 to 20 minutes twice a day while one mentally repeats a mantra. In TM, a mantra purportedly is a "thought-sound" that has a known vibratory effect but does not have a designative meaning. The TM teacher chooses a mantra suitable for the initiate. U V Vajra: Sanskrit: One of the channels in the astral spine Vedas: 1. The four Vedas of the earliest Sanskrit hymns and verses: Rig Veda, Sama Veda, Yajur Veda,
and Atharva Veda. 2. Equivalent to shruti, "revelation," comprising the Vedas, Brahmanas, Aranyakas, and Upanishads as the eternal and unauthored source of Hinduism. Vedic Astrology: Ancient system that allegedly helps to resolve doubts concerning children, health, spiritual growth, and other subjects. Suggestions regarding donations, gemstones, herbs, mantras, yantras (mystic diagrams), and rituals are integral to the system. Vibrational medicine: The expressions "energy healing," "energy work," and "energetic healing work" appear synonymous with "vibrational medicine." Healing philosophy whose main tenet is that humans are "dynamic energy systems" ("body/mind/spirit" complexes) and reflect evolutionary patterns of soul growth. Its postulates include the following. (a ) Health and illness originate in subtle energy systems. (b) These systems coordinate the life-force and the physical body. (c) Emotions, spirituality, and nutritional and environmental factors affect the subtle energy systems. Vibrational medicine embraces acupuncture, aromatherapy, Bach flower therapy, chakra rebalancing, channeling, color therapy, crystal healing, absent healing, electroacupuncture, flower essence therapy, homeopathy, Kirlian photography, laserpuncture, the laying on of hands, meridian therapy, mesmerism, moxibustion, Past-life Regression, Polarity Therapy, psychic healing, psychic surgery, Reiki, sonopuncture, Toning, Transcendental Meditation, and Therapeutic Touch.
Virtues: Magical properties of objects like herbs, stones, and creatures as was assigned to them during their divine creation. Visualization: 1. Forming clear mental images often used in magic to focus and direct energy to a visualized goal. 2. Imagining a scene, a person, or an object with intense clarity, this is often done through a meditation. W Ward: A protection spell. Wicca: A neo-pagan reconstruction of witchcraft. Most Wiccans call themselves witches, but not all witches are necessarily Wiccan. Witch: A member of the Wicca religion. A practitioner of witchcraft. There are many types and traditions of witches. A witch is not necessarily a Wiccan, though if a Wiccan practices witchcraft they can be called a witch. Witchcraft: The practice of spells and magic, often involving the worship of deities or a god and/or goddess X Y
Yantra Yoga (Tibetan Yantra Yoga, Yantra Tibetan Yoga): Tibetan Buddhist variation of hatha yoga. The benefits of practicing Yantra Yoga include balanced energy and spiritual development. Yin/Yang Taoist terms referring to the active and passive principles of the universe. Yin refers to the female or inactive negative force; Yang to the male or active force. These two polar forces continually interplay with each other. Both are necessary and both must be harmonized for proper function. Yin and Yang flows through the human body so that a balance is required to maintain health. Yoga (from Sanskrit meaning "discipline," ) Yoga is an ancient philosophy of life as well as a system of exercises that encourages the union of mind, body, and spirit. The ultimate aim of yoga is to achieve a state of balance and harmony between mind and body. There is evidence that yoga was practiced as early as 5,000 years ago, although the first written description is found in the Yoga Sutras, a book from the second century B.C. The Yoga Sutras describe a multifold path to spiritual enlightenment that includes Hatha Yoga, the system of physical exercises that is most often followed by Western yoga practitioners today. The discipline of Hatha Yoga combines deep breathing, physical postures known as asanas, and meditation. Practiced widely by people of all ages, hatha yoga is often recommended for stress reduction and as a way to improve overall health and well being. Z
Zen Buddhism: A Japanese branch of Mahayana Buddhism believed to have originated in India from the teachings of a Buddhist master, Bodhidharma, about 600 BC, but traced back by advocates to the Buddha himself. Practitioners seek satori (sudden illumination enabling bliss and harmony), which cannot be explained but only experienced. Techniques include zazen (sitting meditation techniques) and koans, which are short riddles or sayings. The koans (which number about 1700) are not designed to have cognitive answers but to promote the experience of Zen. Zodiac: The band of twelve constellations along the plane of the ecliptic through which pass the sun, moon and planets across the sky. Each constellation, or sign, is attributed symbolic significance and associations that describe or affect various aspects of life on Earth. Zone Therapy: Reflexology
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