Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Llewellyn Booksellers Blog: Banishing the Post-Holiday Blues

Llewellyn Booksellers Blog: Banishing the Post-Holiday Blues: Hi Booksellers, I’ll just go ahead and say it: I am not a winter person. I don’t ski, skate, or sled. I don’t cheer for snow (because I ...

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Review: Journey to the Faerie Ring: a Guided Meditation CD by Alicen Geddes-Ward

Journey to the Faerie Ring: a Guided Meditation CD by Alicen Geddes-Ward. Paradise Music.

I first tested out this CD with my group, The Gathering Grove, on the best day of the year to work with fairies: Midsummer. We had prepared for the meditation by lying blankets on the ground around a bonfire. After our Midsummer ritual, we proceeded to the bonfire area where each group member took a place on a blanket and got comfortable. The CD played in a portable CD player and was plenty loud for everyone to hear over the popping and snapping of the fire.

This meditation CD is a true journey as you begin in one location, at one time, and the you journey along with the CD meeting different fairies, traveling to different locations throughout the program.

Each track on the CD builds onto the one before. The problem with this, is each track is not its own separate meditation; while the topics change with each track, they cannot be used as their own separate standalone meditation. Therefore in order to complete this meditation most effectively you do need to have plenty of time on hand to go through the entire CD. All of us performing the meditation that Midsummer night, agreed we would have liked the meditation better had each track been able to be completed on its own.

The track listings on this CD include:

1. Begin the Journey of Secrets
2. Discover the Faerie Queen
3. The Sparkling Spider’s Web Entrance
4. The Magic of the Elven Tree
5. Enchantment of the Elves
6. The Singer in the Stream
7. The Faerie Ring
8. The Faerie Mound at Dusk

Though I did try to perform the meditation separately, they just do not work well on their own. Therefore, when preparing to perform this meditation, be sure to have at least an hour set aside to do so.

The enclosed CD insert in clues information such as:
how to use this album for meditation to the faerie ring, tips for meditating successfully, about the fairies and their message, meeting the faerie queen, what is a fairy ring, recommended faerie reading, information on workshops magazines artist and sculptors, and a brief bit of information on the Orkney Faerie Museum and Gallery.

While each one of us enjoyed the meditations on this CD, and each had a different and unique experience, we all agreed that the length seemed too long. Because each track blends in with the track before and after it, there just didn't seem to be any real pauses or breaks. However this also did make it feel like a true journey. If you don't mind longer meditations, this was definitely fun, frisky and informative. I simply cannot emphasize enough, that in order to make this meditation the most positive it can be, you will need to make sure you have plenty of time set aside along with a comfortable position, perhaps even lying down.

Prepare well for this meditation and you will be rewarded at the end of your journey.

The Little Spirit Guide Meditation Album: 10 minute meditations to help find your Spirit Guide by Philip Permutt

The Little Spirit Guide Meditation Album: 10 minute meditations to help find your Spirit Guide by Philip Permutt. Paradise Music.

The first time I tried out this meditation CD, I invited a couple of friends over to do it with me. We set up the downstairs so it would be already for us to meditate, with three couches - one for each of us, and dimmed lights, we put the CD into the DVD player, got into position and let the meditation flow.

The voice of Philip Permutt is soothing and relaxing, so soothing and relaxing that both one of my friends and myself fell asleep halfway through the CD.

The third person in our trio however, completed the entire meditation, ran to a different room, got paper and a pen, wrote down several notes about his own experience, and then woke the rest of us up. Obviously, we were in a pretty deep sleep.

A few days later I attempted the meditation again, this time sitting up in daylight, and was able to go through the entire CD without falling asleep. Though I admit, I was still getting a little groggy by the end of the CD. It wasn't that the meditations were boring it's just that Phillips voice is that soothing and comforting, you feel safe enough to fall asleep wherever you are.

Backed with music by Llewellyn, if you did want to use the CD to help you sleep at night it probably wouldn't hurt.

The track listings on this CD include:
Track 1: Introduction
Track 2: The Mountain
Track 3: The Forest (animal guides)
Track 4: The Cave
Track 5: The Crystal
Track 6: The Pyramid
Track 7: The Temple in the Clouds

What I specifically liked about the CD is the fact that each one of the tracks stands alone as its own separate meditation. You do not have to listen to them all at the same time. If you only have a small amount of time to meditate you can pick which track you would like to work with, or if you have a longer amount of time you can run the tracks together. With some other meditation CDs this just isn't possible you need each track to build upon the one before.

Philip uses rich descriptions to transport your body, mind and soul into your meditation. These places he takes you, become alive and real in your mind's eye. These meditations to meet your spirit guides, are definitely a positive experience that can have great impact on your daily life. Performing these meditations multiple times may introduce you to different spirit guides, or it may just help you build a stronger relationship with specific guides you are working with.

I found the programs on this CD to be highly effective, soothing, entertaining, informative, and just plain interesting. Whether you are new to meditation or an old pro, give this CD a try, it may very well open a new world to you.