OPEN MEDITATION on Thursday
This open meditation forum is to expand our understanding of meditation and how it is approached from different traditions. Meditation is a tool that helps us as we use various techniques to decrease stress in our lives, promote well-being and healing on physical, emotional and spiritual levels, as well as strengthen our connection to the divine within.
Meeting are on Thursdays from 7:30 – 9:00 pm. Evenings are open to participants of any level, from first timers to life-time meditators. Visitors are welcome to attend and build and expand a spiritual tool box of meditation techniques and skills. Donations are appreciated, but no one is turned away due to lack of funds. The most important gift you can bring is an open heart and mind and a desire to connect and practice.
Nels Gullerud has been a student of meditation and comparative religions since 1979. He has had the unusual opportunity to work with high level teachers in a variety of traditional belief systems. Walter Hodgdon has been a long time student of sound, vibration and light. He has particular interest in the sounds and tones of crystal bowls, especially in combination with crystals and crystal skulls.
Contact: Nels Gullerud (941) 723-3822
During the year we present a seven-week series focusing on the “Chakras” or energy centers of the body. Another way of describing the chakras is as seven different perspectives through which we see and experience the world.
Our Physical Vitality “vision” sees our connection to the earth and regulates our basic energy.
Our Physical Connection vision experiences the duality of form and brings vitality into being.
Our Physical Power vision takes action, expressing our personal power in the activities and confidence we exude.
Our Emotional Compassion vision helps us to open our hearts with compassion to others and to ourselves.
Our Emotional Expression vision guides our words and actions to express our heart and at the same time be aware of the way those words and actions affect others.
Our Spiritual vision gives us confidence in our intuition and helps us clarify our vision for ourselves and our community.
Our Spiritual Connection Vision shows us how we are all connected and experience the divine energy that flows through everything.
Each of these chakras or ways of seeing connect and build on one another, like the musical notes of the scale. Traditionally, specific toning chants help to connect to these notes as well as visualizing a specif color:
Root (Base of the Spine) “Lam” Red,
Sacral (two inches below the navel) “Vam” Orange
Solar Plexus (Center of Torso) “Ram” Yellow,
Heart (Center of Chest) “Yam” Green,
Throat (Base of Neck) “Ham” Turquoise.
Third Eye (Center of Forehead) “Om” Cobalt Indigo,
Crown (Top of Head) “Mmm” Amethyst/Clear/Rainbow.
During the year we hold Crystal Bowl Sound Healing Meditation in the sanctuary. Through the toning of a series of crystal bowls, we will be experiencing the various vibrations of sound that flow through the body and how they connect. Sound is a great way to balance and connect to our energetic nature and let go of worries and stress that we carry around with us. We will also encourage some group participation, connecting our own voices to the energy and vibration through specific toning with each of the bowls. The Crystal Bowls create a rich vibrational tone that you can feel as well as hear. Like the sound made by running your finger around the rim of a crystal goblet, each bowl will sound at a particular note.