Unleashing The Power of Unlimited Creativity

Yoga is the uniting of our being—body, mind and soul—with the Creative Force of the universe. Achieving this union earns us access to the unlimited potential of the human being. The human being is a microcosm, or simply a smaller version of the infinite universe which gave birth to creation. We are quite literally made of the stars that once populated the cosmos. As such we contain the latent potential to create just as we have been created. This is heady stuff to be sure, but how do we bring the unitive force to bear and release the unlimited energy that resides dormant within us?

The process begins with focus, the focus of vibration to be more exact. Focus becomes concentration (dharana), concentration becomes pure essence (dhyana) and pure essence opens the door to boundless creativity (samadhi)—perhaps as the Big Bang did at the beginning of creation.

We can demonstrate concentration in the process of distillation. As heat, the focus of a vibratory force is applied to a fermented liquid, the water is driven off and we produce a concentrated “proof” of alcohol. This is one way concentration organizes matter into a purer form.

Perhaps a better illustration is the science of cymatics and cymatic music. Cymatics is the application of sound frequency to organize matter. Follow this URL to see this illustrative video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtiSCBXbHAg  The logical extension of this phenomenon is cymatic music—that is music that is composed in certain frequencies to influence the molecules of the human body into more harmonic operation. See John Tefler’s video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sThS9OfnM1s

After physically seeing how sound organizes matter, we can begin to understand the science behind chanting mantra and prayer. Chanting is the intentional use of frequency to concentrate vibration to elevate the human experience into unlimited creativity. (Chanting is native to all spiritual traditions. St. Augustine said, “When we sing, we pray twice.”) The vibration we emit during chanting directly effects the brain and the production of the “feel good” neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine and the enkephalins. Endorphins are one type of enkaphalin.

Chanting directly effects the hypothalamus gland that helps control mood. Apparently, the meridians connected to the hard palate in the mouth are stimulated like a key board which is connected to the hypothalamus. These lines of transmission relay vibration to the brain in order to reduce stress, decrease cortisol production and induce a healing relaxation response.[1]

The icing on the cake of unifying the human being to the unlimited creative force of the universe is meditation. But where’s the vibration in that you might ask? Thought has vibration as well, albeit more subtle than music or vocalization. Masaru Emoto’s book “The Hidden Messages of Water” reveals how prayer can influence water molecules. Emoto froze water in various states and photographed the crystal formations that existed in the samples. Water that had been labeled with negative writing produced asymmetrical, disorganized shapes. Conversely, water that had positive affirmations written on the containers developed the beautiful architecture of snowflakes. Polluted water which produced distressed-looking shapes was subjected to the healing vibrations of prayer transformed into the beautiful uniform, snowflake designs.

The human body is over 70% water. The healing vibrations of chanting, prayer, mantra, and affirmation can help transform us, too. We can become healthier, more connected to our creative ability and more cohesive as communities.

Focusing our intention in meditation creates powerful, subtle mental vibrations that reach deeply into our brains to help us harmonize with the frequencies of the unlimited creative force of the universe.

I’ve often been puzzled by the Apostle Paul’s admonition (Romans 12:21) to “Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” How is that possible? Violent, destructive ego-possessed people will stop at nothing to get their way. Now, with the tools of yoga, chanting and meditation we can raise our children to harmonize with goodness. We can transform illness into health; we can change our brains; we can lift our depression with the harmonics of the unlimited creative power unleashed by chanting, prayer and meditation.

A new world awaits our application of concentration. This why we’re here, to heal each other and the universe. Could there be any greater challenge or adventure?



[1] http://blogs.psychcentral.com/adhd-zoe/2010/06/mantra-meditation-an-adhd-panacea/


The Sonic Massage

Most of us are at least aware of the benefits of massage even if we don’t experience them directly. Massage increases circulation, enhances immune system function, can reduce blood pressure, relieves pain and generally improves mood. I like to speak of yoga in terms of massage as well. Movement is also massage. As we bend forwards, backwards, and to each side, we squeeze and stretch the musculature as well as our organs and glands. When we use diaphragmatic breathing in these active poses the breath massages the tissues within the architecture of the pose. This creates a specific template or circuitry through which prana (life force) moves in the body. This is why each pose has particular benefits. For instance, forward bends compress the abdominal organs while stretching the kidneys and adrenal glands. The reverse is true in a back bend.

We can compound the effectiveness of active massage in our asana or postures with another force of the breath, and that is the force of sound. I call it the “sonic massage.” Sound or sonic waves soothe, cleanse and clear obstructions. One good example is the sonic jewelry cleaners that we once saw in department stores. A piece of tarnished jewelry is placed in a cleansing solution and subjected to a constant stream of ultra sonic vibration. After a few minutes the vibrations have cleaned the surface of the jewelry to its original shine.

The combination of the architectural shape of the pose, combined with deep, penetrating inhalations and long vocal exhalations exert a very specific strong massage that cleanses and balances mind and bodily function at the cellular level.

This is a form of chanting which is similar to singing, except you don’t have be able to sing or memorize complex lyrics or musical structures. Deep breathing and chanting are also powerful keys to regulating and boosting the production of the feel good neurotransmitters like serotonin, enkephalins and dopamine. The hippocampus, the part of the brain that influences memory and navigation also receives benefit from the vibrations of chanting.

Poses that offer throat compression like plow, knee to ear pose, bridge, and shoulder stand are especially good for humming or chanting OM. The shapes of these poses compress the thyroid and parathyroid glands which are both critical to immune function. Combining these poses with vocalization helps us to cleanse these glands and balance these immune functions. This technique could be very useful for those afflicted with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, a disease caused by hypothyroidism or under active thyroid.

As we add up the many potential benefits of chanting to our physical and mental health, it is easy to see why humans have been utilizing this powerful force for millennia. So, whether you chant alone in your room, car, or in a group kirtan gathering, I hope you’ll use this dynamic technique to cleanse your body, mind and to expand your union with all the goodness of life.

Happy sonic massage!