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About our Workshops

Are you interested in furthering your spiritual knowledge and experience? Then you have come to the right place.

Here at Spirit Connections, we hold many workshops – either one to one, or in groups.

Following are some of the workshops we hold at different times..

Meditation
Tarot Reading
Pyshic Development
Reiki Healing – all levels
Seichim Healing – all levels
Isis Seichim – all levels
Contacting Your Spirit Guides
Past Life Regression
Meditation

Most workshops are held in our Sadleir Spiritual Rooms, however if you would like to host your own group workshop in any area, please contact us for details.

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Tibetan Singing Bowls Article

According to Tibetan oral tradition, existence of singing bowls dates back to the time of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni (560 – 480 B.C.). The tradition came from India to Tibet, along with the teachings of the Buddha, by the great tantric master Padmasambhava in the 8th century A.D.

Singing bowls produce sounds, which invoke a deep state of relaxation which naturally assists one in entering into meditation, the goal being enlightenment. They are a quintessential aid to meditation, and are found on private Buddhist altars, and in temples, monasteries and meditation halls throughout the world.

A metallurgical analysis, done by the British Museum in London, reveals that the instruments are made of a 12-metal alloy consisting of silver, nickel, copper, zinc, antimony, tin, lead, cobalt, bismuth, arsenic, cadmium and iron. Now a lost art, it seems that this quality of bowl cannot be reproduced today.

In addition to their traditional usage for meditation, Tibetan singing bowls are used for deep relaxation, stress reduction, holistic healing, Reiki, Chakra Balancing, and World music. Many people find that the rich blend of harmonic overtones which the bells produce have a direct effect upon their chakras.

Playing the bowls usually causes an immediate centring effect. The tones set up a “frequency following response” that creates balancing left/right brain synchronization. Meditating on the subtle sounds of the Tibetan singing bowl tunes one in to the universal sound within and without.

Previously used in Tibet for meditation and ceremonial purposes, Tibetan Singing Bowls are struck with a padded mallet or rubbed around the rim with a playing mallet to produce a fascinating blend of harmonic resonance’s and rich overtones.

Tibetan singing bowls or Himalayan “singing bowls” are dynamically resonant producing soothing overtones…called singing bowls because when rubbed in a circular movement along the outside lip with a striker, a clear and beautiful sound is released. The sound is definitely soothing. The sound frequency is definitely richer when the cushion is used with the bowls

Imagine using the singing bowl to free up the tensions of stressed children or for us busy adults. Each bowl is cast from a secret formula of metal alloys, and then hammered into shape. Exact dimensions and shape vary somewhat from bowl to bowl.

Playing Instructions and Tips:-

  • Technique 1.
      • Hold the singing bowl on the palm of one hand. For smaller bowls, seven inches and under, hold on your fingertips.
      • Grasp the rubbing stick about mid-length, with all the fingertips pointing downwards and touching the wood. Palm down.
      • Gently tap the rubbing stick against the side of the bowl to “warm-up” the bell.
      • Now gently tap the bowl once in a clock-wise direction from the further point from you. Then at the right side once, again at the closest point to you, then finally at the most left point of the bowl. You will make four taps.
    • Technique 2.
      • Following on from the first three points above…
      • Now, with an even pressure, rub the rubbing stick clockwise around the outside edge of the rim of the bowl. Use a full arm movement, just like stirring a big kettle of soup, and keep the mallet straight up and down! Again, it’s not a wrist movement, but a full-arm movement.
      • Remember to apply pressure– the mallet friction against the
        outer rim produces vibrations which result in sound.

Experiment with your speed. Usually people go too fast! Let the sound build up slowly as the singing bowl picks up the vibration.

Breaking in Your Rubbing Stick

The rubbing stick that comes with your Tibetan singing bowl is handmade of Himalayan hardwood. When you play the bowl, using the stick-around-the-rim technique, the friction of the stick produces vibrations which result in the sound. In the beginning the stick is relatively smooth, but as you continue to use it, it will develop “micro-grooves”, shallow grooves which help to grab more of the playing edge of the bowl. Allow about five minutes for initial break-in of a new rubbing stick. As you use it more the micro-grooves become impressed in your rubbing stick and you will get better sound and easier playing from your bowl.

The Wah-Wah

Most all Tibetan singing bowls have natural wah-wahs which you can amplify and bend by using the wah-wah technique.

  • Get the bowl singing by using the mallet-around-the-rim technique described above. Pull the mallet away from the bowl and let the bowl continue to sing.
  • While still holding the bowl in your hand, raise the bowl up to your mouth so that the outside rim is just above the opening of your mouth and about an inch away.
  • Open and close your mouth while thinking of the sound wah-wah. You are not actually making any sound with your mouth, but simply changing the shape of the oral cavity so as to allow the sound of the singing bowl to bounce around inside of your mouth and then be reflected back. By changing the size of the oral cavity you are modulating the sound!

Experiment with the relative position of your mouth to the outside bowl rim. Also, if you turn the bowl, while experimenting with the wah-wah effect, you will find “hot spots” where the bowl is naturally louder.

Water Bowl Sounds

A special sound effect can be produced by adding a small amount of water to the bottom of the singing bowl. The sounds produced using this technique sound like dolphins singing!

  • The amount of water to use varies with the individual bowl. Start by pouring about 3/4″ of water into the bowl. Be careful NOT to get the outside rim of the bowl wet.
  • Now, play the bowl using the stick-around- the-rim technique. Bring up the sound by using a steady even pressure. Pull the rubbing stick away from the bowl rim and let the bowl continue to sing.
  • Still holding the bowl in your hand, tilt the bowl so that the water inside gently laps up toward the inside rim. Continue to gently swirl and tilt the bowl and the water.

Experiment with the amount of water used. Usually the best effect is produced with a minimum amount of water. Keep a towel handy for when spills may happen. This can be especially interesting if you add some fragrant flowers such as Gardenia, or frangipani to the water and allow the fragrance to “float” through the air. Remember not to keep the water in the bowls whilst not attending to it as it can become corrosive to the bowl.

However and above all, enjoy, respect and play your singing bowl with the love that you have from The Universe and it will reward you richly.

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Bright Blessings

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House Cleansing – how important is it really?

Today I travelled to a client’s home to do some house cleansing. I realised on the way that few people understand the importance of this task. Just as a house can become dusty from wind blowing into the house through open windows, vents etc…so it can be dusty from spirits or entities floating in from the outside through a window, or vent, or even through the front door. While most spiritual visits can be quite calm, and uneventful, some, as in this client’s spiritual visit, can be quite upsetting as well as disrupting to the entire family unit, including pets.

The usual method is to use White Sage as a smudge to cleanse the entire house from top to bottom.

How to cleanse any home or workspace removing negative entities and energies

Regarding the smudge ceremony, remember that no matter the details of your actions, God knows what you are trying to do, and in the end you can’t do it wrong, there is no wrong, God and the Master Spirit guides in the world unseen, will understand your actions and bless your efforts.

Well first of all, I use sage or sage with sweet grass. I pick a time when I’m not likely to be interrupted, and also pick some appropriate music to play. Not important if it’s not possible.
Then I say a prayer asking God and my spirit guides to be with me and guide my actions. Personally I use the “Light Invocation” by Dael Walker and repeat it three times as he suggested.

“I invoke the light of the God within I am a clear and perfect channel Light is my guide”

The smudge stick is sometimes hard to keep smouldering so when you first light it, blow out the flame after it gets going and then blow into the smouldering embers to really let it take hold or else it might burn out. If it does burn out, just re-light it again and keep going.

After I get the stick smouldering, I ask the smoke be blessed and that it will trap any and all negative entities and energies. The first thing I smudge is myself starting with the bottoms of my feet and then working the smoke up around my body and around my head and crown chakra.

After that is done I start at a doorway and direct the smoke completely around the doorframe, you will repeat this in every room starting at the entry doorway to each room and the front and back or side doors to the apartment or house.

After the doorways just go around the room to the four corners and then down the middle with a circular motion.

Don’t forget to open closet doors and drawers to chests and cabinets also before you begin. The mental image is as if you were about to fumigate the property for bugs, the idea is to let the smudge smoke get into and around everything within the home or office. Instead of getting rid of bugs, you are getting rid of negative entities and energies.

When you have completed every room, and then say another prayer, thanking God and your spirit guides for help and blessings asking that all the smoke carry away all negative entities and energies out away from your home or office.

Open as many windows and doors as is practical to allow the smoke to be purged from the interior and fresh air and chi to flow back into your living or work space. The idea is the smoke traps the unwanted stuff and then you let it out through the windows and open doors.

I always burn some good smelling incense at the beginning of the ceremony to help cover the pot-like smelling sage.

If possible I also light a few candles and create a makeshift alter with the candles and a few crystals of what ever you might have before I begin, to help act as centre place for my prayers and smudge lighting.

To help direct the smoke into drawers and closets, you can either use a feather if you have one or just use your hand in a fanning motion.

One other practical matter, sometimes smouldering pieces of ash from the sage or string the binds the sage will tend to drop to the floor so to prevent burn spots on your floor, it might be best to try and use a paper plate or something to catch the ash during the smudging.

Another alternative to a smudge “stick” bundle would be to burn loose sage in a dish or bowl, (try a metal or shell bowl / dish, which would prevent the smouldering ash problem.

This ceremony does tend to drain the person doing it, so allow so rest time for afterward. You may notice the difference of energy right away or especially the next day, as will visitors to your home or work space.

One last item, should you have any crystals or rocks in your space, you may want to raise their vibration after the smudging by ringing a bell, or ringing a brass bowl near where they sit. Finally put out the smudge and after closing the windows and doors sit down and relax for a while and begin to enjoy your cleansed environment.

You might want to redo the smudge ceremony at least every 6 months, or more often, if you feel the need. You might want to try and time the smudging to a “new moon” or at the change of seasons.

Remember God and your spirit guides understand what you are trying to do, so THERE IS NO WRONG WAY to do it. You may want to include some of your favourite readings, or do this with a loved one. Basically that’s it, good luck and be well.

Good luck and Bright Blessings

To book us for a house/workspace cleansing 

To view and download this article – House Cleansing Sage Smudge Ceremony

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Host a Tarot Reading Party

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If you live within an hour’s drive of Liverpool, Sydney NSW and have a small group of your friends who would like to have a Tarot Reading, then please contact us for more details. (Alternatively you may be an hour’s drive from Ettalong Beach on weekends only)

I will come to your place and set my table/chairs up to give my readings to you and your friends. Hosting a Tarot Reading Party is a lot of fun, whether you have had a reading before or not.

These parties are great for a

  • Family/friend get together
  • Hen’s night
  • Girl’s day in
  • Birthday/special occasion
  • Mystic Day/Night

All I need is a room for privacy and enough room to set my table/chairs up.

Each person may choose the type of reading he/she would like to have.

  • Tarot
  • Psychic/Palm
  • Angel
  • Iching
  • Rune

Requirements & Pricing:

  • 6 – 10 people
  • $25 per person

Just contact us at Spirit Connections on the enclosed form

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Zen Cards 14th January Reading

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Today I have chosen a three card reading. Something that has happened recently is that after the shift from the 20/12/12, it appears that there is indeed a feeling of “out with the olde and in with the newe”. So today I have chosen this deck for that reason.
As I was shuffling the cards, each of these three cards jumped out as though telling me I needed three cards instead of just one.

The first card that jumped out was the II – Inner Voice.
It speaks not  in words, yet in the wordless language of The Heart. It is like an Oracle who only speaks The Truth.

To find your own Truth – that truth that resonates to You and You alone, there is nothing more in the whole existence to find. Truth is functioning through you. When you open your eyes, it is Truth opening it’s eyes. When you close your eyes, it is Truth closing it’s eyes. If it had a face, it would be like the face in the centre of this card – alert, watchful, and able to accept both the dark and the light, symbolised by the two hands holding the crystal.
Meditate on this card and come to know Your own Truth, that which you hear in your soul. That which is to be found at the very depths of who you Truly are.

The next card that jumped out is Slowing Down – Knight of Rainbows.
This card is a reminder that, just like this tortoise, we carry our home with us where ever we go. There is no need to hurry, no need to seek shelter elsewhere. Even as we move into the depths of the emotional waters, we can remain self-contained and free from attachments. When you slow down, you are at ease with yourself. You have time to be mindful and live in the here and now. Walking is Zen. Sitting is Zen. Talking or silent, moving or unmoving, the essence is at ease. While slowing down, you are able to watch and observe, relax, and know inner peace.

The last card that jumped out is XiV-Integration
The image of this card is the fusion of opposites. This is a commuication between the previously experienced dualities of life. They work together to create a unified whole turning endlessly one into the other. Continuing from the very heart and soul within you to unify that gap that needs to be healed. It is about coming together – both sides of the coin, not necessarily opposites, yet yin and yang to eventually co-exist in the here and now. There is a time during the day, right before night fall that is the unified time to bring both day and night together. It is called dusk. Similarly there is a time right before the sunrise in the morning that unifies night and day. At each of these times, there is no night, no day, yet both – co-existing in the one environment.

Allow yourself to co-exist in this world to bring that inner peace, and therefore that inner voice of intuition to your soul.
Namaste

 

 

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Tibetan Singing Bowls

Hand Beaten Tibetan Singing Bowls have a beautiful ring to them when the rubbing stick is rubbed around the lip-edge of the bowl. However did you know that they have an improved “healing” effect when they are gently struck in a “North-South-East-West” direction at the lip edge directly?

It is the vibration of these bowls that when struck gives the most beneficial effect to one’s auric body. Even when one is not very close to the vibration, it tends to have a ripple effect which vibrates throughout the room when a bowl is struck.

Each bowl, reacts differently to each person, and vice versa. It is important to try each bowl out for the individual before purchasing in order to get the feel of the bowl. Although it is not essential that this be done, as a keen ear and a “sensitive” can most certainly hear the desired subtle qualities even over the phone.

According to Tibetan oral tradition, the existence of singing bowls dates back to the time of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni (560 – 480 B.C.). The tradition was brought from India to Tibet, along with the teachings of the Buddha, by the great tantric master Padmasambhava in the 8th century A.D.

Singing bowls produce sounds, which invoke a deep state of relaxation which naturally assists one in entering into meditation, the ultimate goal being enlightenment.They are a quintessential aid to meditation, and can be found on private Buddhist altars, and in temples, monasteries and meditation halls throughout the world.

A metallurgical analysis, done by the British Museum in London, reveals that the instruments are made of a 12-metal alloy consisting of silver, nickel, copper,zinc, antimony, tin, lead, cobalt, bismuth, arsenic, cadmium and iron. Now a lost art, it appears that this quality of bowl cannot be reproduced today.

In addition to their traditional usage for meditation, Tibetan singing bowls are used for deep relaxation, stress reduction, holistic healing, Reiki, chakra balancing, and World music. Many people find that the rich blend of harmonic overtones which the bells produce have a direct affect upon their chakras.

Playing the bowls usually causes an immediate centering effect. The tones set up a”frequency following response” that creates balancing left/right brain synchronization. Meditating on the subtle sounds of the Tibetan singing bowl tunes one in to the universal sound within and without.

Previously used in Tibet for meditation and ceremonial purposes, Tibetan Singing Bowls ares truck with a padded mallet or rubbed around the rim with a playing mallet to produce a fascinating blend of harmonic resonance’s and rich overtones.

Tibetan singing bowls or Himalayan “singing bowls” are dynamically resonant producing soothing overtones…called singing bowls because when rubbed in a circular movement along the outside lip with a striker, a clear and beautiful sound is released. The sound is definitely soothing. The sound frequency is definitely richer when the cushion is used with the bowls Imagine using the singing bowl to free up the tensions of stressed children or for us busy adults. Each bowl is cast from a secret formula of metal alloys,and then hammered into shape. As such exact dimensions and shape will vary somewhat from bowl to bowl.

For more information on these beautiful Tibetan Singing bowls, please read this article.  Or to purchase one from our online website