The Magic Circle

Shamanic Ceremonies for the Child and the Child Within

The Power of Breath November 22, 2013

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We all need to breath to live.  Our bodies do it automatically.  So why do some ceremonies in “The Magic Circle” suggest taking several slow deep lung-filling breaths?  Doesn’t our body take care of breathing without help from us?

Breath brings prana into the body.  Prana is a Sanskrit word for life force.  It’s a cosmic energy that connects the Everything.  When we inhale, prana, or life energy, enters our lungs and is carried to all the cells of our bodies, bringing us relaxation, energy and health.  If our breathing is shallow, we don’t bring in much life force energy.

Breathing exercises are an important part of yoga and martial arts.  The ancient cultures that developed these practices knew the benefits of filling our lungs with air to ground us in our bodies and quiet our minds.

In an Aikido dojo, I saw a young boy enter with his father.  Together they knelt and bent their heads to the floor in respect for the teachings they would receive. There was an aura of peace around them.

One of the main benefits of slow deep breathing is inner silence.  Our busy mind slows down it’s chattering. Then when we ask ourselves questions like “Who am I?” or “Why am I here in this body right now?”  we can hear the answers from our wise selves, our higher selves.  Buddhist teacher Bodhipaska says “breathing is the gateway to insight.”  When we meditate, deep breathing brings us into the silence of spiritual awareness.  Right now I am doing a Deepak Chopra 21 day meditation series. A grade three teacher, who played the meditations for her students, said they looked forward to their daily meditation times and always looked calm and joyful afterwards.  The Dalai Lama has said, “If every eight year old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world in one generation.”  With breath, we can find inner peace and know we are all connected.

-written by Ann Dickie

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Raindance Festival Book Review November 15, 2013

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Raindance Book festival reveiw of “The Magic Circle”:
“The exercises in this book are all fun and based on indigenous wisdom from around the world. The authors understand young children and young teens, and their need for expression. This book would be a wonderful addition to your parenting library. It is a reminder about the wisdom of young children, and how to honour and support them from losing that wisdom as they get older.”
– Mary Tasi
 

Book Launch: Calgary November 7, 2013

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Perseverance Pays Off November 1, 2013

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After an 8 month saga with Canada Post of emails and phone calls in order to receive our money back for the 64 books that were lost under their care, we have prevailed!

I was bumped around from department to department for months.  I wrote letters, talked to countless people, sent in a million ticket requests, and was absolutely persistent and unwavering in my intent.  In my last email after yet another glitch in their system, I finally told them that I would only deal with one person henceforth and that I was not going to go away until this whole thing was resolved.

And although this was not what I wanted to spend so much of my energy and time on in the last year, I can see that it afforded me the opportunity to engage in a really valuable life lesson: never give up.  I sensed that Canada Post was simply hoping I’d go away if they shuttled me around and avoided dealing with me.  I learned that when something is important, it is worth hanging in there for and with.  And most of all, I learned that I could be assertive and firm while still being respectful of the human beings I was interacting with.  Life continues to be the best education and I am so grateful to Spirit for the opportunity to be in a human body to grow and learn.

-written by Jen Engracio