MANTRA AND THE POWER OF SOUND
THURSDAY 3RD NOVEMBER 7.00-8.30 PM
@ COLLEGE OF PSYCHIC STUDIES
Sound has been used as a spiritual tool in traditions all over the world and throughout the centuries. Through its utterance, its felt reverberation and its hidden messages, humans have awoken to the numinous through its extraordinary power. In this talk, we will explore the practice and the meaning behind mantra (the utterance of sacred sounds) in the context of Ancient Indian traditions. We will explore the ritual science of preparing a sacred space through the organisation of sound in the Vedic ritual as well as the sacred practice of installing sound syllables onto the body with the Tantric practice of Nyasa. We will look at how we can use mantra as a tool for awakening higher consciousness and we will explore the different altered states which can arise as a result. We will take a closer look at the different theories which surround the mechanism of speech, sound, thought, ritual and awakening by exploring how sound affects our psychology and what happens when we apply intention to these sounds.
YOGA SUTRAS OF PATAÑJALI COURSE
Date to be Confirmed
@ Brighton Natural Health Centre
This course is a deep dive into the Patañjali Yoga Sutras. These sutras are an important yoga text which incorporate core teachings from Buddhism, Samkhya, and Vedanta, to form an elegant instruction manual for practices which lead to freedom from mental and emotional suffering.
Each week we will practice yoga asana, pranayama and meditation; however, each session will emphasise a different aspect of the eight-limbed yoga path framed with the philosophy which holds the Yoga Sutras.
We will explore different themes of practice detailed in the Yoga Sutras using the commentaries of scholars and experienced yogis. We will use various practices to prepare the mind and body for deep stages of meditation or Samadhi to still the mind and eradicate unhealthy psychological processes. We will start with the more tangible aspects of our being and work towards the more subtle—for example, yogic diets according to our constitution and how certain behaviours affect our psychology.
Each week you will be given learning materials for each theme consisting of practices with sutra references to explore at your leisure.