Meditation Chap. 1


If stress has you anxious, tense and worried, consider trying meditation. Spending even a few minutes in meditation can restore your calm and inner peace.

Anyone can practice meditation. It’s simple and inexpensive, and it doesn’t require any special equipment. And you can practice meditation wherever you are — whether you’re out for a walk, riding the bus, waiting at the doctor’s office or even in the middle of a difficult business meeting.

Understanding meditation

Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years. Meditation originally was meant to help deepen understanding of the sacred and mystical forces of life. These days, meditation is commonly used for relaxation and stress reduction.

Meditation is considered a type of mind-body complementary medicine. Meditation produces a deep state of relaxation and a tranquil mind. During meditation, you focus your attention and eliminate the stream of jumbled thoughts that may be crowding your mind and causing stress. This process results in enhanced physical and emotional well-being.

Benefits of meditation

Meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance that benefits both your emotional well-being and your overall health. And these benefits don’t end when your meditation session ends. Meditation can help carry you more calmly through your day and can even improve certain medical conditions.

Meditation and emotional well-being
When you meditate, you clear away the information overload that builds up every day and contributes to your stress.

The emotional benefits of meditation include:

  • Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations
  • Building skills to manage your stress
  • Increasing self-awareness
  • Focusing on the present
  • Reducing negative emotions

Meditation and illness
Meditation also might be useful if you have a medical condition, especially one that may be worsened by stress. While a growing body of scientific research supports the health benefits of meditation, some researchers believe it’s not yet possible to draw conclusions about the possible benefits of meditation.

With that in mind, some research suggests that meditation may help such conditions as:

  • Allergies
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Asthma
  • Binge eating
  • Cancer
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Pain
  • Sleep problems
  • Substance abuse

Be sure to talk to your health care provider about the pros and cons of using meditation if you have any of these conditions or other health problems. In some cases, meditation can worsen symptoms associated with certain mental health conditions. Meditation isn’t a replacement for traditional medical treatment. But it may be a useful addition to your other treatment.

Types of meditation

Meditation is an umbrella term for the many ways to a relaxed state of being. There are many types of meditation and relaxation techniques that have meditation components. All share the same goal of achieving inner peace.

Ways to meditate can include:

  • Guided meditation. Sometimes called guided imagery or visualization, with this method of meditation you form mental images of places or situations you find relaxing. You try to use as many senses as possible, such as smells, sights, sounds and textures. You may be led through this process by a guide or teacher.
  • Mantra meditation. In this type of meditation, you silently repeat a calming word, thought or phrase to prevent distracting thoughts.
  • Mindfulness meditation. This type of meditation is based on being mindful, or having an increased awareness and acceptance of living in the present moment. You broaden your conscious awareness. You focus on what you experience during meditation, such as the flow of your breath. You can observe your thoughts and emotions but let them pass without judgment.
  • Qi gong. This practice generally combines meditation, relaxation, physical movement and breathing exercises to restore and maintain balance. Qi gong (CHEE-gung) is part of traditional Chinese medicine.
  • Tai chi. This is a form of gentle Chinese martial arts. In tai chi (TIE-chee), you perform a self-paced series of postures or movements in a slow, graceful manner while practicing deep breathing.
  • Transcendental meditation. You use a mantra, such as a word, sound or phrase repeatedly silently, to narrow your conscious awareness and eliminate all thoughts from your mind. You focus exclusively on your mantra to achieve a state of perfect stillness and consciousness.
  • Yoga. You perform a series of postures and controlled breathing exercises to promote a more flexible body and a calm mind. As you move through poses that require balance and concentration, you’re encouraged to focus less on your busy day and more on the moment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elements of meditation

Different types of meditation may include different features to help you meditate. These may vary depending on whose guidance you follow or who’s teaching a class. Some of the most common features in meditation include:

  • Focused attention. Focusing your attention is generally one of the most important elements of meditation. Focusing your attention is what helps free your mind from the many distractions that cause stress and worry. You can focus your attention on such things as a specific object, an image, a mantra, or even your breathing.
  • Relaxed breathing. This technique involves deep, even-paced breathing using the diaphragm muscle to expand your lungs. The purpose is to slow your breathing, take in more oxygen, and reduce the use of shoulder, neck and upper chest muscles while breathing so that you breathe more efficiently.
  • A quiet setting. If you’re a beginner, practicing meditation may be easier if you’re in a quiet spot with few distractions — no television, radios or cellphones. As you get more skilled at meditation, you may be able to do it anywhere, especially in high-stress situations where you benefit the most from meditation, such as a traffic jam, a stressful work meeting or a long line at the grocery store.
  • A comfortable position. You can practice meditation whether you’re sitting, lying down, walking or in other positions or activities. Just try to be comfortable so that you can get the most out of your meditation.

Everyday ways to practice meditation

Don’t let the thought of meditating the “right” way add to your stress. Sure, you can attend special meditation centers or group classes led by trained instructors. But you also can practice meditation easily on your own.

And you can make meditation as formal or informal as you like — whatever suits your lifestyle and situation. Some people build meditation into their daily routine. For example, they may start and end each day with an hour of meditation. But all you really need is a few minutes of quality time for meditation.

Here are some ways you can practice meditation on your own, whenever you choose:

  • Breathe deeply. This technique is good for beginners because breathing is a natural function. Focus all attention on your breathing. Concentrate on feeling and listening as you inhale and exhale through your nostrils. Breathe deeply and slowly. When your attention wanders, gently return your focus to your breathing.
  • Scan your body. When using this technique, focus attention on different parts of your body. Become aware of your body’s various sensations, whether that’s pain, tension, warmth or relaxation. Combine body scanning with breathing exercises and imagine breathing heat or relaxation into and out of different parts of your body.
  • Repeat a mantra. You can create your own mantra, whether it’s religious or secular. Examples of religious mantras include the Jesus Prayer in the Christian tradition, the holy name of God in Judaism, or the om mantra of Hinduism, Buddhism and other Eastern religions.
  • Walk and meditate. Combining a walk with meditation is an efficient and healthy way to relax. You can use this technique anywhere you’re walking — in a tranquil forest, on a city sidewalk or at the mall. When you use this method, slow down the pace of walking so that you can focus on each movement of your legs or feet. Don’t focus on a particular destination. Concentrate on your legs and feet, repeating action words in your mind such as lifting, moving and placing as you lift each foot, move your leg forward and place your foot on the ground.
  • Engage in prayer. Prayer is the best known and most widely practiced example of meditation. Spoken and written prayers are found in most faith traditions. You can pray using your own words or read prayers written by others. Check the self-help or 12-step-recovery section of your local bookstore for examples. Talk with your rabbi, priest, pastor or other spiritual leader about resources.
  • Read and reflect. Many people report that they benefit from reading poems or sacred texts, and taking a few moments to quietly reflect on their meaning. You also can listen to sacred music, spoken words or any music you find relaxing or inspiring. You may want to write your reflections in a journal or discuss them with a friend or spiritual leader.
  • Focus your love and gratitude. In this type of meditation, you focus your attention on a sacred object or being, weaving feelings of love and gratitude into your thoughts. You can also close your eyes and use your imagination or gaze at representations of the object.

Building your meditation skills

Don’t judge your meditation skills, which may only increase your stress. Meditation takes practice. Keep in mind, for instance, that it’s common for your mind to wander during meditation, no matter how long you’ve been practicing meditation. If you’re meditating to calm your mind and your attention wanders, slowly return to the object, sensation or movement you’re focusing on.

Experiment, and you’ll likely find out what types of meditation work best for you and what you enjoy doing. Adapt meditation to your needs at the moment. Remember, there’s no right way or wrong way to meditate. What matters is that meditation helps you with stress reduction and feeling better overall.

Meditation Q & A

When I meditate my mind seems to become busier not calmer!

When you first start to meditate your mind will be very busy, and you might even feel that the meditation is making it busier; but in reality you are just becoming more aware of how busy your mind actually is. By practicing meditation patiently you can gradually calm this mental busyness and discover true mental peace.

Sometimes during meditation I become drowsy

If this happens, first try to tighten your concentration a little. If this does not work, open your eyes slightly to let more light in, and if this does not work temporarily suspend the meditation, open your eyes and look around the room at shiny objects or sunlight. When your mind feels more alert, resume your meditation.

No sooner does my mind find the object of meditation, than it loses it!

Training your mind to hold an object such as the breath in meditation is like a mother training her baby to hold a ball. At first when the mother hands the baby the ball the baby will drop it. But if the mother perseveres, gradually the baby’s grip will get stronger and eventually the baby will be able to hold the ball tightly.

In the same way, when we first start to meditate, the mind quickly drops its object and thinks of something else instead. The key to successful meditation is to be aware whenever this happens and bring the object of meditation back to mind. Eventually,through the force of familiarity, the mind will get a firm grip on it.

I enjoy meditation, but my experience quickly fades when I finish

Meditation does not end when we rise from the meditation seat. In the broadest sense, meditation is familiarizing your mind with a positive object, and we can do this at any time. Before rising from a meditation session it is important to make a determination not to lose the experience of inner peace.

Even though this experience will fade, if from time to time you actively recall it, gradually your mind will become more familiar with it and the experience will remain longer. Eventually it will remain in your mind day and night, growing stronger with each meditation.

Tips for Happy Health Life


40 Tips for Happy Health Life – MUST READ & SHARE Health:1. Drink plenty of water.
2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants, and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
4. Live with the 3 E’s — Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy.
5. Make time for prayer and reflection
6. Play more games.
7. Read more books than you did in 2012.
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
9. Sleep for 7 hours.Personality:
10. Take a 10-30 minutes walk every day —- and while you walk, smile.
11. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
12. Don’t have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
13. Don’t over do; keep your limits.
14. Don’t take yourself so seriously; no one else does.
15. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip.
16. Dream more while you are awake.
17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
18. Forget issues of the past. Don’t remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don’t hate others.
20. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.
21. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
22. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
23. Smile and laugh more.
24. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.Community:
25. Call your family often.
26. Each day give something good to others.
27. Forgive everyone for everything.
28. Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.
29. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
30. What other people think of you is none of your business.
31. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your family and friends will. Stay in touch.Life:
32. Do the right things.
33. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
34. Forgiveness heals everything.
35. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
36. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
37. The best is yet to come.
38. When you awake alive in the morning, don’t take it for granted – embrace life.
39. Your inner most is always happy. So, be happy.Last but not least:
40. Enjoy LIFE!

My Notes

Please learn about meditation, it’s worth for our soul and our life 🙂

About Meditation >>

“People who come to me for relief from stress and stress-related disorders need an effective meditation that’s quickly mastered and produces consistent results.

“Though TM is a mental technique, due to the mind-body relationship the practice has extensive physiological effects. TM allows the mind to settle very deeply inward—in a natural way. TM teachers call this effortless transcending. It’s what sets TM apart and why the technique is so beneficial for mind and body, right from the start.”

Plasma cortisol is a stress hormone. The study shows that plasma cortisol decreased during Transcendental Meditation, whereas it did not change significantly in control subjects during ordinary relaxation. Reference: Adrenocortical activity during meditation, Hormones and Behavior 10(1): 54-60, 1978.

”No other ‘stress management technique’ has anywhere close to this amount of hard data in support of its claims to reduce stress.”—Norman Rosenthal, M.D., Psychiatrist, Georgetown University Medical School

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What Happens To Our Body After Drinking Coca-Cola?


What Happens To Our Body After Drinking Coca-Cola?

September 22, 2013 by Joe Martino

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Have you ever wondered what exactly Coca Cola is?

After 10 minutes: Ten tea spoons of sugar contained in a glass of Cola, cause devastating “strike” on the organism and the only cause, by reason of not vomiting, is the phosphoric acid which inhibits the action of sugar.

After 20 minutes: A leap of insulin levels in bloodstream occurs. The liver converts all the sugar into fat.

After 40 minutes: Ingestion of caffeine is finally completed. The eye pupils are expanding. Blood pressure rises, because the liver disposes more sugar into the bloodstream. The adenosine receptors get blocked, thereby preventing drowsiness.

After 45 minutes: Body raises production of dopamine hormone, which stimulates the brain pleasure center. Heroin has the same principle of operation.

After 1 hour: Phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium and zinc in the gastrointestinal tract, which supercharges metabolism. Releasing of calcium through urine also rises.

After more than 1 hour: Diuretic effect of the drink enters in “the game”. The calcium, magnesium and zinc are removed out of the organism, which are a part of our bones, as well as sodium. At this time we have already become irritable or subdued. The whole quantity of water, contained in a coca cola, is removed by the urine.

Actually, when having a cold bottle of Coke and enjoying its undeniable freshness, do we know what chemical “cocktail” we pour into our throats? The active ingredient of Coca-Cola is orthophosphoric acid. Due to its high acidity, cisterns used for transporting of the concentrate have to be equipped with special reservoirs designed for highly corrosive materials.

Let’s have a look at “the anatomy” of one of the most advertised products of “Coca-Cola Co.” – Coca-Cola Light without caffeine. This drink contains Aqua Carbonated, E150D, E952, E951, E338, E330, Aromas, E211. Aqua Carbonated – this is sparkling water. It stirs gastric secretion, increases the acidity of the gastric juice and provokes flatulency – plenty evolution of gases. Furthermore, spring water is not used, but is used regular filtered water.

E150D – food coloring, obtained through the processing of sugar at specified temperatures, with or without addition of chemical reagents. In the case with coca-cola, ammonium sulfate is added.

E952 – Sodium Cyclamate is a sugar substitute. Cyclamate is a synthetic chemical, has sweet taste, which is 200 times sweeter than sugar, and is used as an artificial sweetener. In 1969 it was banned by FDA, since it as well as saccharin and aspartame, caused cancer in rats’ urinary bladder. In 1975, prohibition seized also Japan, South Korea and Singapore. In 1979, WHO (World Health Organization), “who knows why?” rehabilitated cyclamates and recognizing them as safe.

E950 – Acesulfame Potassium. 200 times sweeter than sugar, containing methyl ether, where it aggravates the operation of the cardiovascular system. Likewise, it contains asparaginic acid which can also cause excitant effect on our nervous system and in time it can lead to addiction. Acesulfame is badly dissolved and is not recommended for use by children and pregnant women.

E951 – Aspartame. A sugar substitute for diabetics and is chemically unstable: at elevated temperature it breaks down into methanol and phenylalanine. Methanol is very dangerous: 5-10ml can cause destruction of the optic nerve and irreversible blindness. In warm soft drinks, aspartame transforms into formaldehyde which is very strong carcinogen. Some number of cases with aspartame poisoning include: unconsciousness, headaches, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, palpitation, weight gain, irritability, anxiety, memory loss, blurry vision, fainting, joint pains, depression, fertility, hearing loss and etc. Aspartame can also provoke the following diseases: brain tumors, MS (Multiple Sclerosis), epilepsy, Graves’ disease, chronic fatigue, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, mental deficiency and tuberculosis.

E338 – Orthophosphoric Acid. This can cause irritation of skin and eyes. It is used for production of phosphoric acid salts of ammonia, sodium, calcium, aluminum and also in organic synthesis for production of charcoal and film tapes, for production of refractory materials, ceramics, glass, fertilizers, synthetic detergents, medicine, metalworking, and textile and oil industries. Food orthophosphoric acid is used in the production of carbonated water and for preparation of ingredients in pastry. It is known that orthophosphoric acid interfere with the absorption of calcium and iron from the body, which can cause weakening of bones and osteoporosis. Other side effects are thirst and skin rashes.

E330 – Citric Acid. It is widely spread in nature and is used in pharmaceutical and food industries. Salts of citric acid (citrates) are used in food industry as acids, preservatives, stabilizers, and in medical fields – for preserving blood. Aromas – unknown aromatic additives

E211 – Sodium Benzoate. It is used in production of some food products, as an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent. These products refer to jams, fruit juices and fruit yoghurts. It’s not recommended for use by asthmatics and people who are sensitive to aspirin. A study conducted by Peter Piper at the Sheffield University in Britain, found that this compound causes significant damage to DNA. According to his words, sodium benzoate which is an active component in preservatives doesn’t destroy DNA, but deactivating it. This can lead to cirrhosis and degenerative diseases like Parkinson’s disease.

So, if you can’t imagine a life without coca-cola, take advantage of the following recommendations:

– Many distributors of coca-cola in U.S use this drink for cleaning their truck engines.

– Many police officers in U.S have bottles of coca-cola in their cars and when a car accident happens, they wash the blood out of the road with it.

– Coca-Cola is a great tool for removing rusty stains on chrome surfaces of cars. To remove corrosion from car battery, pour it with Coke and the corrosion will disappear.

– To unscrew a rusty screw, dip a cloth in coca-cola and wrap around it for several minutes.

– To clean stains from clothes – pour coca-cola on dirty clothes, add washing powder and run the washing machine as usual. You will be surprised of the results.

– In India, some farmers use coca-cola instead of pesticides for pest extermination, because it’s cheaper and the effect is completely satisfying.

So, coca-cola undeniably is a very useful product. The key is to be used for intended purposes, but not for drinking! Here is a video about Coca-Cola!


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Bottled water found to contain 24,000 chemicals.


Bottled water found to contain 24,000 chemicals.

September 22, 2013

 

Widespread consumer demand for plastic products that are free of the hormone-disrupting chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) has led to some Water Drinking

significant positive changes in the way that food, beverage and water containers are manufactured. But a new study out of Germany has found that thousands of other potentially harmful chemicals are still leeching from plastic products into food and beverages, including an endocrine-disrupting chemical (EDC) known as di(2-ethylhexyl) fumarate, or DEHF, that is completely unregulated.
Martin Wagner and his colleague, Jorg Oehlmann, from the Goethe University Frankfurt, in conjunction with a team of researchers from the German Federal Institute of Hydrology, learned this after conducting tests on 18 different bottled water products to look for the presence of EDCs. Using an advanced combination of bioassay work and high-resolution mass spectrometry, the team identified some 24,520 different chemicals present in the tested water.

But of major concern, and the apparent underpinning of the study’s findings, was DEHF, a plasticizer chemical that is used to make plastic bottles more flexible. According to reports, DEHF was clearly identified in the tested water as the most consistent and obvious culprit causing anti-estrogenic activity. Despite trace amounts of more than 24,000 other potentially damaging chemicals, DEHF stood out as the only possible EDC capable of inducing this particular observed activity, a highly concerning observation.

The study’s published abstract explains that 13 of the 18 bottled water products tested exhibited “significant” anti-estrogenic activity, while 16 of the 18 samples were found to inhibit the body’s androgen receptors by an astounding 90 percent. Additionally, the other 24,520 chemical traces besides DEHF were also identified as exhibiting antagonistic activity, which means that they, too, are detrimental to the body’s hormonal system.Water Bottles

But DEHF is apparently not alone in causing significant damage to the endocrine system, as the team was unable to identify this chemical as being specifically anti-androgenic. What this suggests is that there is some other chemical, or chemical combination, being leeched into bottled water that is interfering with the body’s chemical signaling system, which is, of course, responsible for hormone production and use within the body.

“We confirmed the identity and biological activity of DEHF and additional isomers of dioctyl fumarate and maleate using authentic standards,” report the researchers. “Since DEHF is anti-estrogenic but not anti-androgenic we conclude that additional, yet unidentified EDCs must contribute to the antagonistic effect of bottled water.”

So while these specific findings concerning DEHF are groundbreaking, the overall conclusion to be drawn from this research is that far more study is needed to determine the types of chemicals that are being leeched from plastic into our food and water, not to mention the extent of this leeching. And since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the rest of the three-letter government agencies will surely never get around to conducting this important research, independent science will simply have to take up the charge.

“This work is a ‘tour de force’ in identification of endocrine disruptors in packaged materials,” says Bruce Blumberg from the University of California, Irvine, as quoted by Chemistry World. This type of analysis, he adds, “will be very important for our future understanding of what chemicals we are routinely exposed to and which of these pose hazards of being endocrine disruptors.”

You can read the full study abstract here:
http://www.plosone.org

In the meantime, conscious consumers can avoid plastic containers whenever possible and simply use glass or steel containers instead to avoid these unknown risks.

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Original Article by WT TV

Dimana Tuhan ?!


“DIMANAKAH ALLAH SWT ITU BERADA..??”

Alkisah suatu saat Seorang Kakek yang hadir dalam sebuah pengajian yang dipimpin oleh seorang Ustad muda, bertanya: “Anakku, Tadi Anakku menyampaikan ceramah tentang Aqidah, tentang Allah, boleh kakek bertanya? Dimanakah Allah itu?”. Sebuah pertanyaan yang membuat sang Ustad muda bingung.., sangat dalam sekali.

Saat itu pula ia teringat pesan Guru-nya, jika ada yang bertanya dimana pertanyaan itu bukan sifatnya ingin tahu atau ingin sekedar menguji dan kita tidak tahu jawabannya maka berikanlah jawaban seperti ini “Sesungguhnya orang yang ditanya tidak lebih tahu dari yang bertanya”.

Kakek itupun manggut-manggut, sambil tertunduk beliau bertanya lagi.

“Anakku, Coba Ambilkan Pelita itu (sebuah kaleng cat minyak yang berisi minyak tanah dan diberi api disumbunya), boleh kakek bertanya? Kapan Pelita ini disebut Pelita? “.

Kembali sang Ustad memberikan jawaban “Kakek, Saya tidak bisa menjawabnya, Terangkanlah pada Saya”.

Sang Kakek bukan malah menjawabnya tetapi memberikan pertanyaan baru lagi “Jika Kakek Tiup Api diatas Pelita ini, Kakek bertanya, Tahukan Engkau Anakku, Kemana Perginya Api Itu?”.

Allahu Akbar! Teriak bathin sang Ustad, selama ini ia tidak pernah berfikir tentang kemana perginya api ketika ditiup dari pelita yang hidup, oh iya ya, kemana perginya api itu, bahkan tidak berbekas sama sekali.

Kembali ia menjawab “Saya Tidak Tahu Kek, Berikan ilmu Pada Saya”.

Kembali Kakek itu tidak menjawab, Beliau justru menanyakan nama si Ustad “Nak, Namamu siapa?”, ia jawab “Abdullah…”, beliau manggut-manggut lagi , ia bertambah heran saja dengan kakek ini yang entah dari mana datangnya. “Boleh Kakek bertanya lagi, Dimana Abdullah Itu?”

Wah pertanyaan apa lagi ini pikirnya, untuk yang satu ini ia menjawab “Di Depan Kakek , Inilah Abdullah… ”.

Si Kakek Tua hanya geleng-geleng kepala dan merenung sejenak, si Ustad terbawa suasana merenung seperti kakek ini dan tiba-tiba beliau menepuk bahu sang Ustad dan memanggil nama nya “Abdullah…….!”.

Ia jawab dengan Spontan “Ya Kek!”.

Kakek itu tersenyum lebar dan kemudian mengatakan :

“Anakku, Barusan kakek merasakan adanya Abdullah, karena bagimu Abdullah itu tidak ada, jika Kau pegang tanganmu, itu Tangan Abdullah..!, jika kau pegang Keningmu, Itu Kening Andullah..!, jika kau pegang kepalamu, itu Kepala Abdullah..!, Jika kau pegang tangan dan kakimu, itu adalah tangan dan kaki Abdullah.!, lalu…..DIMANAKAH ABDULLAH ITU?! Abdullah Itu ada saat begitu banyak orang merasakan banyaknya manfaat kehadiran dirimu, sehingga banyak orang menyebut namamu Anakku…”.

“Demikianlah perumpamaan Allah Swt, Sesungguhnya Allah itu sudah Ada sebelum apapun ada dimuka bumi ini, Allah itu sudah ada bahkan jikapun Bumi tidak diciptakan olehnya, Tapi Allah itu Tidak Ada Bagimu, Jika kamu tidak pernah mengerti tentang-NYA, Kau sebut langit itu adalah langit ciptaan Allah, kau sebut Api itu Api ciptaan Allah, Kau Sebut Air, itu adalah Air Ciptaan ALLAH, lalu dimanakah Allah?

Dimanakah Allah? Allah itu ada bagimu, Bila kau selalu menyebut nama-NYA, kau zikirkan setiap hembusan nafasmu, Maka Dia slallu ada bersamamu, Maka Allah itu Ada Bagimu, karena ada dan tidak adanya dirimu, Allah Itu Tetap Ada..!!”, demikian si Kakek menjawab panjang.

Subhanallah, pagi Ramadhan yang indah bagi si Ustad muda, sebuah ilmu yang tidak mungkin ia dapatkan di bangku kuliah…

Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar! Walillahilhhamd

Sebelum perpisahan dengan kakek itu , ia masih penasaran dengan Perumpamaan Pelita yang ditanyakan tadi, sang Kakek lanjut menjelaskan “Pelita itu tidak bisa kamu sebut Pelita tanpa ada Apinya… ketika Pelita itu tidak Apinya dia hanya bisa disebut Kaleng Cat Minyak yang berisi minyak tanah dan bersumbu, itu saja…..

Baru Bisa Kau sebut Pelita apabila kau berikan Api disumbunya….,

ini bermakna demikianlah manusia, ketika ruhnya tidak ada, itu hanya bangkai yang berjalan, yang perlu kau hidupkan setiap hari adalah ruhnya, sehingga dia bisa menerangi dan memberikan manfaat bagi sekitarnya…”.

Allahu Akbar! Teriak bathin si Ustad muda.

Kembali sebuah nasehat yang luar biasa di Ramadhan ini bagi nya, dan ketika sebelum ia cium tangannya, Sang Kakek ini membisikan ke telinga “Anakku, Ingat saat Api diatas pelita itu ditiup, Api menghilang, tak berbekas dan kau tidak bisa melihatnya lagi, bahkan bentuk , rasa sudah tidak bisa kau lihat, bahkan kau tanyakan seribu kali kemana perginya Api kau tidak akan bisa menjawabnya…,

Demikianlah dengan RUH anakku, saat dia pergi dari jasadmu dia tidak akan membentuk apapun , dia raib sebagaimana Zat yang menciptakannya, DIA-lah ALLAH Swt….
Maka rawat dengan benar ruh yang ada dalam jasadmu….. Assalamualaikum”.

“Wa’alaikumsalam” jawab si Ustad sembari menitikaan Air Mata, “Ya Allah, Ramadhan kali ini terasa indah bagiku, Aku ingin bertemu lagi dengan Ramadhan tahun depan Ya ALLAH” ia berdoa dalam hati..

Hingga hari ini, ia tidak menemukan bahkan tidak pernah mengenal nama kakek itu & tidak pernah ia lihat lagi seumur hidupnya…

 

Wicca Teaching


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There is a branch of Wicca that has been growing steadily, It is a very little known branch called Draconic Wicca. It is the utilization of the powers of dragons. They work with these dragons in the same way most other Wiccans work with the Gods. In doing so, they have to deal with the unique personalities of each type of dragon. The dragons have no real hierarchy other than age, except for the case of ‘The Dragon’.The Dragon is the combined powers of the God and the Goddess. The Dragon is invoked or evoked during Sabbats and in times when great magic is needed. Invoking means to call into you the power of the dragon that you name i.e. a fire dragon. You ask that this dragon assume himself/herself into your spiritual body. To evoke means to call a dragon to you, to join you in your magical workings.Dragon History

In almost every culture, in almost every place, there are stories of dragons, most of them too old to know it’s origin. Dragons, the gigantic, fast, strong and wise lizards as told in myths. Beasts so fierce that would destroy all near them. Some of them could fly, some with various heads, some could breath fire, all being Dragons.

In Greek, draca means serpent meaning also with the same terms of the idea of great visibility, one characteristic common in dragons was born between and within fire and darkness… no other creature had been so powerful and wise.. that’s what is known to be a Dragon.

In the Babylonian myth the the first dragon was Yaldabaoth, although is also called Tiamat so Yaldabaoth grown up and made some more like her Nagamat, Kaliyat, Orkus, Tarasque and Serpens among others…, that was what Micael Green says, he translated from an old script. Tiamat was a Babylonian Dragon being personification of the sea mainly(salt water), and portrayed as the mother of all Dragons and daugther of Chaos; she appears in the creation myth, Enuma Elish:Tiamat lived in the primordial chaos that existed before the creation of the world. She mingled with Apsu ( a personification of fresh water), and the first generation of gods was born.One of these gods, Enki or Ea killed Apsu.Tiamat wanted to avenge Apsu by destroying the gods. She gathered an army of monsters and 11 Dragons.The older gods were so terrified when they saw Tiamat, and her army, that they accepted the offer of the young god Marduk. He offered to kill Tiamat on the condition that his supremacy was recognized. Marduck killed Tiamat in battle and used her body to make the universe. He used the blood of Kingu, leader of Tiamat’s army and her second husband, to make mankind.

The Dragons population grew, they were so much and with so many differences among them that they were divided into various categories.This does not mean that some were better than others; It was a more efficient way to study them. In fact this division, was not the only one… Some divided Dragons into 5 categories based on their location and appearance (draconis teutonica, draconis galli, draconis albionensis, draconis bipedes, draconis cappadociae and draconis sinoensis), some based on the elements (draco flamma, draco glacies, draco terra among others), and some based on their colours.

In some cultures (such as Chinese) is also mentioned about celestial heaven Dragons. The oriental Dragons, most of them from the ancient China. There are nine major types of Chinese dragons, attributed to the nine Dragon sons that were worshiped and made into idols. Supposedly this nice, were the sons of the four Dragon kings, Ao Shun, Ao Ch’in, Au Jun and Ao Kuang. The nine type of horned Dragon, the winged Dragon, the celestial Dragon ( which generates wind and rain for the benefit of mankind), the dragon of hidden treasures (which keeps guard over concealed wealth), the coiling Dragon ( which lives in water ), and the yellow Dragon ( which once emerged from water and presented the legendary Emperor Fu Shi with the elements of writing). These Dragons, share the same way of living. They are never changed from one place, staying in their own territory.

Most of the Chinese Dragons have different lengths, some legends told about the great Chien-Tang, witch was a red Dragon, his back was fire and his eyes shined as the sun, this wonderful creature, from tail to head was more than 984 feet long. For the Chinese people, Dragons were described visually as a composite of parts from nine animals: The horns of a deer; The head of a camel; The eyes of a devil; The neck of a snake; The abdomen of a large cockle; The scales of a carp; The claws of an eagle’ The paws of a tiger; And the ears of an ox. The Chinese word for Dragon is spelled out in roman characters as either Lung or Long. In China, the Dragon was credited with having great powers that allowed them to make rain and to control floods (by striking the river with its tail, causing it to open and thus divert the floodwaters) also Dragons are credited for transportation of humans to the celestial realms after death. In China, Dragons are symbols of the natural world, adaptability, and transformation. When two dragons are placed together but turned away, they symbolize eternity via the famous Yin-Yang.

The Royal Court Of The Dragon was established in Egypt in 2170 B.C. under Ankhfnkhonsu, and more formally by Queen Sobeknefru in 1783 B.C. to provide an instituation for the pursuit of the work of the Dragon of Al-Khem otherwise known as Thoth or Hermes. From Al-Khem we have alchemy, the Great Work of the Dragon. The most famous books attributed to him are The Emerald Tablets and The Pymander. Part of the Emerald Tablets of Thoth talks about reptiles, specifically shape shifters. Reptilians were/are able to shape-shift between the forms of Humans and Dragons and so forth…Dragons, the oldest living creature, have been here through the human history. There had been many legends and manuscripts about these wonderful creatures.

One of the most famous literature about Dragons is Beowulf, the medieval story of a brave Knight and a Fire Dragon. This story of Beowulf and the Dragon was written in old English, Beowulf survives in only one manuscript copied around 1000 A.D. This manuscript is now at the British Library, London.

From the Christians we also got about Saint George and the Dragon. There was a town near the are of Cappadocia, where a Dragon lived. The town people often made sacrifices of their sheep to calm the Dragon; until the sheep ran out and by a lottery the princess of the town was chosen to be the next sacrifice for the Dragon. George took pity on the princess fate and slayed the Dragon. Also there are myths that the dragon which Saint George prevailed over was none other than Dadianus. The ancient texts which related the story of Saint George’s miracles, tortue and deaths frequently call Dadianus a serpent or Dragon. Some ancient writers then either over looked the fact that Dadianus was a man, or decided that his treatment of St. George was so infamous that only a picture of the traditional dragon would represent him accurately. As far as the damsel is concerned, it is believed that she represents Queen or Princess Alexandra. She was Dadianus’s wife and was also a agan until being converted to Christianity by George.

According to Christian legend, when Jehove created life, he also created the great Dragon Leviathan. On Doomsday, God will destroy Leviathan meaning the end of the Earth. Leviathan seems to refer to the Draco Constellation. There is a suggestion, that the earliest origin of the signs of the zodiac was God’s instruction on the gospel in the heavens. If this is correct, then the Dragon leviathan is again the symbol of man’s pride and rebelliousness against God. The name leviathan occurs 6 times in the Old Testament.(Psalms 74: 13-14)

The Concept of Dragons in Celtic mythology comes directly from the Holy Crocodile, Messeh, from the ancient Egyptians. The Pharaohs were anointed with crocodile fat, and attained the strength of Meseh. The image of Meseh evolved to become a Dragon, which became the emblem of Kingship.( The world Messeh comes from ‘Messiah’ that means to anoint ). Also Messeh, the holy crocodile, evolved into what we know as Sobek in Egypt (crocodile god, son of Neith) and Suchos in Greek.

In the Mexican culture (just to name one) we find Quetzalcoatl, the Feathered Snake. One of the major deities of Aztecs and Toltecs (among other middle-American civilizations). The winged Serpent, or a Dragon that only had wings and his body covered with feathers. Quetzalcoatl is the creator sky-god and organized the original cosmos and participated in the creation and destruction on various world periods.

Also for the Aztecs, a symbol of death and resurrection and patron of priests. For one theory of the fire breath of the Dragon. The breath of a Dragon is not a magical thing that spread out of nowhere, but had a scientific explanation. When humans eat, their body by digesting create a gas known as Methane, Dragons unlike humans store this gas into another kind of lung that will serve as a bag ( to say it that way ) to hold the gas that will be late mixed with a small amount of Phosphor that has propriety to ignite in fire at the contact of air, O2. When the Dragon wants to breath fire, the methane is released into the lung and when the gas is in the air, the phosphor ignites and also puts the methane in fire.

Dragon Festivals

January 16th – Earth Dragon Day

Bronze Dragons originally dwelled in mountan caves or subterranean lairs. They’re the source of the mythos about dragon’s hoarding treasure, but as with most things it isn’t quite what it seems. Bronze dragons love weath but their definition of wealth is the wealth of the abundant land, lush green forests, sparkling waterfalls, flower sprinkled meadows. They are by their very nature ecologists. They can also be eco-terrorists if they feel their land is being destroyed. They can wreck any level of havoc when they’re upset but one of their favourite things to do is take back all the gold and silver and jewels they can find. After all it came from either “their” land or the land of a brother or sister dragon if people value those things more highly than nature why what else is a poor dragon to do to get some attention?

Feburary 16th – The Dragon parade celebrating Chinese New Year.

The Oriental Dragon Nian was a little dragon that came to the Villages of China in the Han times… But just by accident one of the villages discovered the Nian had a few fears of his own. He was afraid of the colour Red. Which is why the Chinese believe red to be the colour of luck, joy and happiness. At midnight of the Chinese new year firecrackers, paper dragons, noise makers and the waving of red ribbons are waved around to help drive away any lingering spirtis of evil dragons like Nian.

March 3rd – Alexander Graham Bell – The patron Saint of all Copper Dragons.

Copper Dragons are native to the red rocks of Sedona, but unlike humans who now visit to feel the vortex, the copper dragon has moved to the city where they have proliferated in large numbers. Their preferred lair is the wiring closet of any large building and the largest of them usually take up their residence in the local C.O (Central Switching Office) of the phone company.

March 25th – Celtic Flower Day

Rainbow dragons are relatively small on the scale of Dragons and are very often mistaken for faeries. They have the special property of being able to breath a cloud of flower scented mist at friends and foe alike (some flowers actually stink which will repel a foe).

April 8th – Fire Dragon Day of the Fire Dragons.

This day always falls on the last Sunday before the sign of Taurus. It’s a day to honor the power of fire by lighting a dragon candle or other such thing.

May 5th – The feast of the Dragon – Chinese

Ch’ien represents what is great, the creative penetration of the correct, the firm and the advantageous. Through heaven above and below we understand the relationship between the beingging and the end. Each of the six lines reaches it’s accomplishment at the appointed time. They mount the chariot drawn by these six dragons at the proper hour, and drive across the sky.

June 18th – Dragon Boat Day

The Dragon boat festival is a Lunar holiday. The boat festivals are traditional customs to atempt to rescue the patriotic poet Chu Yuan. Chu Yuan drowned on the 5th day of the 5th lunar month in 227 B.C. Dragon Boats feature the head and tail of a dragon, a creature regarded by the Chinese to have dominion over the waters and exercising control over rainfall.

June 22nd – The flaming of the Rose – Nwyvre

He appears in the desert at high noon. His body is transparent ruby red, and his is surrounded by a cloud of fire like the teardrop shape of a candle flame. His gift is a sword of bright flame, the Sword of Truth, encased in a crystal sheath. The Nwyvre and his gift lie at the heart of the dragon myths in the west. In order to master the gift of the Flaming Sword of Truth one must enter into the Way of the Warrior. Once the sword is unsheathed one must do battle with the dragon flame or it will gain control and cause great harm to the knight who so arrogantly drew the blade when he or she wasn’t ready.

July 17th – Festival of Tarasque

Look out! It’s the Festival of the Tarasque wherein a man-eating monster charges down the streets of it’s name sake city in France snapping at people… Doesn’t sound quite as cuddle as Godzilla or Mothra. The old festival, commemorates the capture of the beast for which the festival is named, a fire- breathing dragon type thing. A dragon fload is paraded through the streets of the city and touched by attendants for good luck.

August 15th – Feast of the Flame Dragons

They are smaller in size than your “typical” dragon and are attracted to the warmth of the hearth and feelings of love and good fellowship. They generally take up residence in the fireplaces of a home and are often mistaken for Salamanders.

September 7th – St. Clouds Day – Fionneal

They are a sky dwelling race. Some will make lairs in cloud shrouded caves but most will always have their lairs on floating cloud islands. it is very hard to distinguish cloud dragons from the clouds around them because they can take on a cohesive gaseous form at will. While in this form the only form of attack or self protection available to them are spells that are weather or wind based. One special spell they have is called Cloudburst. it takes all water from a cloud and compresses it into a mass rain thta can extinguish all magical and normal fires. Cloud dragons look like fringed and frilled gold dragons. Coloration depends on surroundings and mood, ranging from dark gray (angry) to pure white (neutral), or golden rose coloured (very pleased).

October 8th – Feast of High places – Claivsolais

Air dragons are very often mistaken for angels. They slip easily into either human form or virtual invisibility and people who encounter them are often left with the impression they’ve just met an angel. For some reason that’s easier for people to accept, than they’ve just met a dragon who was a human who was a dragon… Claivsolais teaches a special practise that is associated with two of the nine elements.

October 16th – Air Dragon Day

Oriental dragons control the weather, wind and rain… Air Dragon day is to pay homage to these magnificant beings who rule our skies.

November 6th – Dragon Mother Day – Dubnos

Deep in the Earth the Dragon Mother lives. She is the first mother, she who existed before all things. Some know her as Tiamat.

November 14th – Feast of the Musicans – Laochgael

An annual Druidic festival known as the Feast of the Musicans which in the green rose tradition is dedicated to the dragon Laochgael. This is a day to spend listening to music. Listen to a peice you normally wouldn’t be able to understand. And with Laochgael in your heart he will help translate it.

December 8th – Festival of the Sun – Gagreine

Gagreine is the one to approach if one wants to understand that nature of time. Gagreine can teach many things, the trick to remaining youthful, the trick of measuring time in your own manner so that we have a lot more control over our lives. Celebrate the light and warmth of Gagrenie the Sun dragon.

Dragon Types (incomplete)

There are so many different types of dragons. There are: Guardian dragons, Faery dragons, Elemental dragons (fire, water, earth, and air), Dragons of chaos, Dragons of destruction, Dragons of the winds, Dragons of the mountains, Dragons of the seas, Dragons of the valleys, Dragons of the forests, Oriental Dragons

Guardian Dragons

These are cute little dragons about the size of a fat cat or of a small dog. These are playful dragons and are fascinated with music and happy times. Guardian dragons are not attached to watching your home per se, they are more attached to you. They fend off unwanted visitors and add their magic to your rituals. They are not the smallest of dragons, but they are generally the youngest.

Faery dragons

Are the smallest of dragons that I know of. Just like faeries, they can only be found when they want to be. These are the tricksters of dragons. They take great joy in altering images to fool you. I suppose you could say that they are illusionists. These dragons are drawn to flowers, especially roses, where they like to sit.

Elemental dragons

Are just that. There are fire dragons, water dragons, earth dragons, and air dragons. These dragons can be quite unpredictable at times. They are very powerful and deserve great respect.

Dragons of chaos and dragons of destruction

They are the most unpredictable of the dragons. These dragons are in no way “evil”. The come from the land of negative power. All magic is performed with them must be very carefully thought out. You see they are not bound by our limited sight. If you are having a problem that you need solved, they will find the source of the problem and fix it. The results that they achieve are usually not the ones that you first intended. These dragons are not for the novice!

Dragons of the winds, of the mountains, of the seas, of the valleys, of the forests

Appearances of Dragons

Dragons have different shapes and sizes when it comes to their bodies. They can be very small to enormous, typical type of body or an unusual type of body. There are some characteristics that are common to all Dragons as in all have scales and a tail, those too might differ slightly but are common. We all know of the common western dragon with 4 legs, tail, scales and sometimes horns, spikes and barbs. Not all western dragons have wings, but most do. They come in different colours depending on their species, habitat and clan. E.g. It’s uncommon you’ll find Blue dragons in a desert.

There are also dragons that have hair, and feathers. When a dragon with these features is spotted you’ll notice many other differences. You’ll even ask yourself if this is a dragon or not… It’s very uncommon for dragons to have feathers instead of scales but there’s a possibility the reason for this could be magical. Dragon’s aren’t born with feathers or hair; it’s later developed or usually the result of a magical act. The hair on dragons has spread wide though as they bread more and more dragons are developing strange features. It’s still rare to see these types of dragon but it’s becoming more common.

The Oriental Dragons are known to have hair, and this is a sign of wisdom. Though, I can’t see the possibility of a Oriental dragon mating with a Western, if it happened at all that would be another possibility to consider as how dragons started to grow hair. It’s even uncommon for clans and species alone to mix, although it has happened dragons usually like to stick to their own kind. E.g.… A fire dragon would not mate with a water dragon.

Some people see rainbow-coloured dragons. Dragons that aren’t only one colour. This to can be a sign of inbreeding. If a fire dragon mated with a mountain dragon you could end up with a pink dragon. I’m not saying it’s certain, I’m just saying it could happen. Red + White = Pink. This could be why some dragons aren’t all one colour.

Here are the basic body shapes and sizes, and the name of each one.

Wyvern

ranges from 10 to 30 feet from ground to shoulders in height, the body is proportionate to it’s height, has only two hind legs, wings as their second set of limbs, long neck the length of the body ending at a narrow shaped head with long snout that comes to a point, typically they are a lot like birds in that they use their set of legs to hold down prey and rip it apart with its mouth.

Amphiptere

having a body like that of a snake being from 15 to 45 feet long, they have no visible legs but instead have small wings where legs would be if they had them, the end of the tails are more oval shaped and have skin that comes off of it for directional control, these are an more aquatic dragon so they use the wings as flipper to move through the water, their main source of food are fish and other sea animals.

Guivre

having both front and hind legs, wings that are spiked along the outer edge, short necks that end in a boxed shaped head with short snout, ranging from 5 to 10 feet in height and 12 to 48 feet long, they borrow in the ground and use their claws to dig and the spikes on their wings to move through the ground, main source of food is any underground creature or easily caught land animal.

Wyvre

being similar to both a Wyvern and a Guivre they have hind legs and wings, what they differ in is that their wings are attached to front legs that are like arms with hand-like claws on the tips, this being similar to that of a bat, having a long neck ending in a rectangle shaped head, their bodies being enormous in size, ranging from 20 to 60 feet at the shoulders, the end of its tail has porcupine type quills, they spend most of their time in deep caverns away from everything else and survive by eating cave dwelling creatures.

Hydra

having a body similar to a Guivre, their differences are that they have large wings, and anywhere from 2 to 5 long necks and heads, the size of them is from 20 to 60 feet.

Watcher

this is the smallest of them all, they range from 6 to 12 inches in height, they have bodies proportionate to their height, they have both front and hind legs and wings that attach at the shoulders.

Dragon Elements

Air

Air governs the eastern quarter of the circle and of the universe. Its Dragon ruler is Sairys (sayr’-iss). Its color is pure yellow and is thought to be warm and moist. Positive aspects are: sunrise, spring, incense, wand, bell, clouds, breezes, breath, optimism, joy, intelligence, mental quickness, renewing. Negative associations are: frivolity, gossip fickleness, inattention, bragging, forgetfulnes, windstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes and the like.

Fire

Fire Rules the south quarter of the circle. Its Dragon ruler is Fafnir (faf’-neer) who oversees the Dragons of Fire and the sunbeams. Its color is pure red and is warm and dry. Fire is: noon, summer, the dagger and sword, candles, incense burner, the sun, blood, laser surgery, enthusiasm, activity, change, passion, courage, daring, will power & leadership. Negative associations are: hate, jealousy, fear, anger, war, ego, conflicts, lightning, volcanoes.

Water

Water governs the western quarter of the circle. Its Dragon ruler is Naelyan (Nail’-yon), who oversees the Dragons of the sea, springs, lakes, ponds and rivers. Its colour is pure blue; and it is cold and moist. Positive aspects are: sunset, autumn, the water chalice, compassion, peacefulness, forgiveness, love, intuition, calmness, peace of mind. Negative aspects include: floods, rainstorms, whirlpools, laziness, indifference, instability, lack of emotional control, insecurity.

Earth

Earth rules the northern quarter of the circle. Its Dragon ruler is Grael (grail), who oversees the Dragons of mountains, land, minerals, gems, and moonbeams. Its colours are clear and dark green and is cold and dry. Positive aspects are: midnight, winter, the wine chalice, ritual salt, dragon bowl, gem bowl, dragon mirror, gemstones, mountains, caves, soil, respect, endurance, responsibility, stability, prosperity, thoroughness, purpose in life. Negative aspects are: rigidity, unwillingness to change or see another side of a problem, stubbornness, lack of conscience, vacillation, earthquakes and slides.

Akasha

The white, black and “special” dragons rule the center of the circle and balance all the other elements into a cool, even grey tone of Magic. Through invocation of these dragons of light and darkness, the Magic User is able to mix a blend of elements that will bring forth the desired manifestation. Some would scoff at the idea of a Dragon of Light, mixing energies with a Chaos Dragon or any other “darkly aligned” Dragon. Unfortunately, those sceptics are usually Role Players; Gamers if you will. The concept of darkness blending with light makes perfect sense to the experienced magic user, just as the concept of “tough love” makes perfect sense to a psychologist. It is the same concept.

Draconic Code of Honour

The Draconic Tradition has Codes of Honor that is followed by all true Dragon Mages. It is followed in magical workings and in everyday life. There are sometimes when we can’t follow the Codes to the exact word, but to completely ignore them would be foolish. Dragons will not work with a practitioner that ignores them. But one, who follows them to the best of their ability, earns the respect of Dragons and will have no problem working with them.

1. In all that you do consider its benefit or harm to yourself, your family, and your Clan.

2. Your duty is always to yourself, your family, and your Clan.

3. Be honest with yourself and others and let them know you will not accept anything but honesty in return. You should always be above reproach or criticism in the eyes of the world.

4. You should always strive to be kind to others, or, should kindness prove impossible, strive always to be just.

5. Give your bond only after great consideration as to how it may affect your duties to yourself, your family, and your Clan. And when you do give your bond it should carry the weight of a signed blood oath.

6. Pledge friendship and your assistance only to those who are worthy and honorable. Work to strengthen those of your family, friends, and your Clan, and they will strengthen you.

7. Do not pass on anything you have not personally witnessed or verified. Never give unproven hearsay the weight of truth.

8. What you have hold. Let no one take from you, your family, or your Clan that which is rightfully and legally yours.

9. The laws of the land should be obeyed whenever possible and within reason for the protection of yourself, your family, and your Clan, for in the main they have been chosen with wisdom.

10. Never reveal the secrets entrusted to you by your family, your Clan, or your friends without permission. Possession of a wagging tongue marks you as a fool. Exceptions to this are when keeping the secret would endanger an innocent, bring unjustified dishonor to another, bring shame or dishonour to your family, your Clan, or friends, allow a criminal to go unpunished, or seriously violate the laws of the land. In this matter let common sense prevail.

11. Never neglect your family, your Clan, or your friends. Have the fierceness of a Dragon in their defense and always be certain they are provided for before starting any endeavour.

12. Offer forgiveness only to those who are truly repentant of wrongs committed against you, your family, your Clan or your friends. And when you offer forgiveness, do so with honesty, for to do so grudgingly is not forgiveness but deceit.

13. Always remember that the fury and excitement of the moment can play havoc with the truth. To keep one’s head in any situation is a virtue.

14. Have respect and honor for all Dragons and the Dragons of the Land. For they will assist you in your endeavors if you do.

15. Dignity, a gracious manner and a good humor are to be admired and cultivated. They will aid you to bring honor to your family, and your Clan.

16. Try always to be prepared for whatever the future may bring. Life with all of its joys, sorrows, and secrets is to be embraced and experienced to the fullest, for this is how one gains wisdom.

17. Respect yourself as a child of the Dragons. Have pride, but not arrogance, in yourself, your appearance, and your position in the Clan. Do your best in all things. Be gracious with self-praise, without bragging, and self-forgiveness when warranted.

18. When you gain authority, use it carefully and with wisdom. Remember that authority will grow with experience, and as a Priest/Priestess of a Clan you should exercise it with care and dignity.

19. Power does not come with authority, but can be given. Be wary of how you use any power given to you, for power over something does not always give you the authority to control it.

20. When your time in this life is done, return to the Dragons, and stand before them with pride, not arrogance. For a life lived with dignity, respect, and honour is one to be prideful of.

What is Draconic Wicca

The reason it is called Draconic “Wicca” is because of the similarities to the wiccan religion of today. This religion was originally brought to Earth by the blessed races when Atlantis was formed. The name of the religion itself cannot be pronounced in present English certainly not spelled. This religion was taken away from the Atlantians and Atlantis destroyed. The druids were the descendants of the Old Religion and passed on by mouth.

The spirits God: The god is the male half of the ‘divine being’. He has many faces and has known many names. To wiccans, he is known as the horned god, the sun god, and many more. God is not just Father, he is Mate, Consort, Lover, Friend, Brother, Hunter, Husband, Law-giver, and Partner.

Goddess: The goddess is the female half of the ‘divine being’. She also has had many faces and many names. Wiccans, druids, and the coven all respect the Maiden, Mother, and Crone aspect of the goddess show in the entire universe.

Red Dragon: The Red Dragon is effectively the goddess of the dragons and very, very few known her actual name. She represents all of the blessed races and has a counterpart for each. Dragons/Races of the

Elements: Each race has its own head keeper of the elements and/or directions. The elements are: Air, Earth, Fire, Water, Light, Darkness and Spirit These spirits are called in to help with specific elements and what the elements and directions can help with different things. Healing would be Earth for example.

Many names are used to invoke different aspects of the above spirits. The goddess might be invoked as Bast (Egyptian name) for example for healing and another time Athena (Greek) for wisdom. There is a good saying. “There are many faces of the one god.” However this doesn’t apply for the Red Dragon of other guardians of the elements. This mostly applies for the God and Goddess aspects. The sabbats are more like the old druidic sabbats, which any good reference is hard to find, than the ones that are found in Wiccan religions.

Dragon Path for Beginners

The most important thing to know when practicing Dragon Magic is that you’ve got a connection with dragons. You don’t have to absolutely adore them; you at least have to see them, think about them, or just know that they are there. Wanting to be a Dragon Mage is very hard work and should be considered greatly before taking the first step.

The first step to becoming a Dragon Mage would be to find your Guardian Dragon. Not all Dragon of Magi have guardians but most do. You can’t spend your days waiting for a guardian to come. Often, you can’t use magic to ‘buy’ yourself a guardian either. If you have one, you’ll know. A Guardian Dragon is not a “puppy dog.” The younger the dragon the more excited he/she usually is to be the guardian of a human, but you must remember that dragons do grow and so do humans. Even the smallest dragons need to be treated with the utmost respect. I have never seen a dragon disrespect a human but I have seen the opposite.

The easiest way to find your Guardian Dragon is to wait for them to reveal their presence. If for sometime now you have been feeling energies and witnessing items being knocked over, this can at be your Guardian Dragon. One thing you must remember though is when you do feel a dragon in your house it does not mean that it’s “your” Guardian Dragon. Sometimes it can take years for a dragon to decide to be someone’s guardian. And also, Dragon Magi don’t even need guardian dragons, so just because there is one in your house or one that’s been following you for years, unless he/she tells you otherwise, don’t jump to conclusions and think that you have a Guardian Dragon.

Once you have communicated with your Guardian he/she will be your key to other worlds. Most of us can astral on our own, but to find a Dragon Guide we usually need to be allowed in worlds that consist of dragons. For those who have been in other astral worlds and saw rouge dragons, this could either mean they have been banned and are solitary, or they are guardians of some other being. Dragons are solitary beings, but they do all live together on one plane. There may be other dragon planes, but I myself have only been to the one, so I can only talk from experience. If you can enter this world with your Guardian Dragon you will find yourself overwhelmed with the amount of dragons that live on this plane. Not all of these dragons are going to be your friend so you’ll have to tread carefully.

Few people make it to this stage because once they find a Guardian Dragon they think that’s all they need to practice Dragon Magic and become a Dragon Mage. Finding your Dragon Guide is very important to follow the Path of the Dragon.

On the astral world you may either feel two things: A force so powerful that you want to cringe, cry and retreat the way you came. Or you’ll feel a faint calling from one of the Dragons. The first Dragon to approach you on this world is most likely your Guide, but don’t assume it just yet. What till he/she announces it.

So, you now have your Guardian Dragon, and your Guide, and are ready to start the Path of the Dragon. Your guide will be like a teacher. I have 2 guides. One for magical purposes and one for spiritual. Though I should warn you that the Path of the Dragon is not magical for the first few stages. You must commit yourself to a path of spiritual knowledge and wisdom first. Your guide will set out tests for you just like any other teacher and you will be informed on whether you pass or not. If you do pass you go up a level. If you fail, you repeat.

Dragon Path for the Experienced
The Path to be coming a dragon mage for the experienced. After being in contact with your guardians and you’ve found yourself a guide on the astral world it’s time to work with the inner self. Like the path of the magician the path of the dragon mage is very similar to start off with. Your guide will help you through this processes.

1 Self Discovery – knowing yourself.

This journey can be difficult at times but the most important thing to remember is to be honest with yourself. Without honesty you’ll end up in more trouble than you started with. Self discovery comes first in any magical discipline. Very occasionally a truly exceptional student can define him/herself through the process of learning, but most times you HAVE to learn about yourself first. While I am sure you are exceptional, that very quality should show you why knowing yourself is indeed critical to the process. During this process you should find out what triggers make you behave the way you do. With those triggers known you can start learning the discipline needed to bring magic into your life. Accomplish this and you can start living a magical existence.

For example, many entities on other planes of existence routinely use your fears against you. If you come into conflict with them and you are afraid of small spaces and do not know it, or have not over come it, you may perceive yourself as suddenly being trapped in a small narrow space. This can paralyze you with fear, sapping your will to do anything to defend yourself, unable to move, caught in a fit of blind, helpless panic. This is an extremely common tactic.

Self-knowledge allows the practitioner to utilize the most powerful tool available. It is not in a spell book, it cannot be bought, although it can be “sold”, it is Will. How can ‘Will’ be sold? Easy, drink or eat to excess, take drugs, do anything that weakens the disciplined life you must lead to be a true dragon mage. When you know yourself, you can use your will to very potent effect.

Unless you truly understand what drives you, you will never develop the Will to use Magic effectively. Let me repeat this as it is a most critical point, unless you truly understand what drives you, you will NEVER develop the Will to use Magic effectively. Will is the key to magic. Knowing yourself is the key to Will. Control of the mind becomes easy when these techniques are applied. The mind is not used to discipline. Teaching it is a long process. It takes years. Once applied, the discipline will become second nature. You will gain confidence, self-control, and be able to apply lessons in a useful manner for the rest of your life.

If what drives you is selfish that is all right, 90% of the accomplishment in the world are done for selfish purposes. Including the “altruistic” ones. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are doing something for someone else’s benefit when your true motive is to get noticed/praised/patted on the back/revenge/one up a rival/ well, you get the point. What is the pleasure/ benefit you receive from your actions? This is knowing yourself, your motives. This is your True Will. Every spell or process you do in accordance with your True Will will be much more powerful and likely to succeed. Doing these spells for any reason aside from your True Will dooms it to failure.

2. Fear of probing the hidden areas in your soul.

There will be Trauma in re-living some of the memories and in re-experiencing the actions that caused problems in the first place, but sometimes the only way to heal a deep penetrating wound is to cut it open and let it heal from the inside out instead of outside in. This is a dangerous stage. Many loose their nerve here and go never to return, either into insanity or away from this path altogether. This is not from the study of dark areas of magic, but from remembering past traumas, such as abuse, molestation, and other things.

This is a necessary step in order to know yourself. It cannot be avoided. During this time it is advisable to have someone to help you through the trauma associated with these memories. This person can be a concerned friend, a psychologist or a loved one or lover. My wife was my stability just as I was hers. Whomever you choose, they can commiserate with you as you try to deal with different traumas, slap you when you are too self-indulgent and self-pitying and so on. Your “guard” must to be someone you know and trust implicitly. They must also know you well enough not to let you fall into any self-deluding or self-pitying traps. Make no mistake, they will happen. People want to exculpate themselves from blame.

3. Acceptance of the dark self.

Most never get here. “Better buried than stinking again,” is the attitude many use to keep from getting here. Learn to live with the scars. Don’t glory in them, but acknowledge that they have taught you something.

Coming to terms with your own personal dark side is important. It cannot be ignored. Dealing with the trauma that happened caused by things that happened is something else entirely. Different people deal with memories and trauma in different ways, but you need to learn to recognize when a bad experience is affecting your judgment or actions so that you can break out of that cycle. Until you break out of a particular cycle of behavior, it will continues to affect you in many ways, most notably by setting up the circumstances of your own destruction. An example of this is a person who is married and lying to their spouse about having affairs. The pattern of behaviour can be due to an unresolved problem of the past where the cheater learned that this behaviour is “ok”. Another instance is the person who has learned not to trust anyone to be reasonable or worthy of trust as the result of mistreatment as a child.

4. Doubt of yourself, your environment your family and even the Gods. The belief that “I am not really doing this… It’s all in my imagination.”

This is NORMAL. Self-doubt is a good tool to keep from becoming another Napoleon or Hitler. It teaches us. And while self-confidence is a good thing, too much leads to hubris.

With two exceptions*, all of us have been trained by society to disbelieve anything that we cannot verify with our five primary senses . While many are willing to acknowledge that there may be other senses we possess, few are ready to come out and say “Yes, I can see into other worlds and interact with the beings there.” Society would brand them as a freak and do it’s best to destroy that person for non-conformity. Since few people are brave enough to withstand ridicule or societal destruction, we learn to ignore those things we can’t rationally explain. Remember, while this stage is normal, it is critical that the prospective Dragon magi advance beyond this stage.

Again, a percentage of people will get this far and give up. Part of coming to terms with your self is to look at your confidence problems. Many of us who are attracted to this kind of work have very vivid imaginations. It is only natural that some of us may decide we are crazy and nothing we are experiencing could have happened on this plane of reality. Please, remember, “As you believe, so will it be”. If you believe that you are imagining it all, then you will be.

5. Peaceful Acceptance, of the Dark, and the Light.

Inner Peace is a stillness of soul that many would call “steady”. Acceptance of yourself and the wisdom to over come in this area. The concept is self-explanatory.

Generally, this is the goal of all magical systems, in which the practitioner finds him/herself and accepts him/herself as s/he is. Because of that acceptance the magician is now self-actualized, at peace and able to love everyone because s/he is no longer dependant upon others for his/her happiness. Able to discover new worlds of connection to everything within him/herself, this is the “gold” that the Alchemists were after.

6. I am no longer a mere mortal, I feel so Olympian and distant from humanity.

This is one final phase that some magical practitioners have spoken to me about, and that is disconnectedness with normal people. While it is normal to pity most of humanity and the fact that they do not understand things as you do, and that they MUST live in a world ruled by sorrow and misery instead of in a world of joy and wonder, one must not ever think they are less than us.

When it comes to believing your better than the human race and other people on the planet this is usually where you’ve taken a wrong turn. Sure, your at peace with yourself you understand the ways of life and have accepted who you are, why not share this with the rest of the world? A lot of people try to heal others in this type of situation, to show them the ‘way’ the path to enlightenment…

Healing is a dangerous skill. In order to heal someone, you must first know how to harm him or her as well. THIS IS NOT FOR BEGINNERS. You are mucking around with someone else’s body, mind, or soul. You can do PERMANENT harm to them unless you know exactly what you are doing and why.

Megalomania and hubris are a part of this too. The scales must balance between doubt and this condition, tipping in neither direction. These emotions can grow naturally out of the previous stage. It is related to knowing that YOU did something that was good and right, that you made a difference and that YOUR spell changed the world in some way that you CAN see. With that knowledge, the immediate reaction is usually, “OH BOY! I can do anything I want to do because this stuff REALLY does work!”

This is a dangerous stage. The problem here is “I have some training, I can do anything I want and no one can stop me.” Kind of like a beginning student in Martial Arts who is getting an inflated ego. Usually the Master will have to knock them down a few notches to get them to understand that there are bigger and badder things out there.

It is believed by many people that it is impossible to go through all these steps within one life time… some of the eldest people are still dealing with life traumas and accepting the dark. The key is to work on yourself while receiving lessons from your Dragon guides. They can see through you and into your spirit so they’ll know the progress your making. The further with these steps you go the further your training as a dragon mage will take you. A lot of these steps are used for a magician as well. It’s always important to know yourself when working with magic.

 

Empath


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Life for an Empath is more about self-discovery finally coming to form.Realizing that you have the power to create your ‘reality’ by choosing one thought over another. Your thoughts determine the outcome. How have you been thinking lately?

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