this is the link to sponsor my team in Sleep out for Shelter to be held the
end of April. My team goal is to raise $250 -- though of course I'm more
than willing to raise more than that. Homelessness is a problem all
over the world these days, so let's all do our part to help out where
and how we can. Thank you! Anyone who makes a donation of at least $2.00 will get entered into a separate monthly drawing!
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Delta Sleep System (2 CD set) by Dr. Jeffrey Thompson. The Relaxation Company. 1999. www.therelaxationcompany.com
Though this is an older CD set, it is definitely worth a look at. With it currently available for less than $10, anyone who has problems getting to sleep would do well to try this set out.
This set has 2 different CDs – both designed to work the same, just the music selection is different. The instruction books that come with the CDs explain how and why these CDs will get you to sleep and get a better sleep than what you are used to getting. I used each CD for a month, and then switched to the other CD. Every now and then I purposely did NOT use the CD, and I definitely felt the difference.
Being married to someone who has been diagnosed borderline narcoleptic when I have been diagnosed as an insomniac, has always been tough. We go to bed at night, and within minutes he is snoring away content as can be. Often I spend a minimum of 45 minutes trying to get settled in and relaxed enough to even consider sleep. It generally takes another hour or so after that for me to actually fall asleep. (Really makes me want to kick the husband every now and then too as he is blissfully in lala land, and I’m still tossing and turning.)
On the nights I used either one of these CDs I can honestly say I was asleep in an average of 15 minutes. I’m also one of those people who gets up multiple times throughout the night, and these CDs have helped to cut that down to – though not entirely eliminated it – which most of my getting up in the night is for bathroom breaks anyway – something I could control better by not drinking later in the evening, but I do all the time. The instruction booklets do tell you that if you wake up during the night, simply put the CD back on and it will help you fall asleep faster. Again – this is true and has worked quite well for me, getting me back to sleep in usually around 5 minutes or less instead of my normal half hour or so.
The instruction booklets also give you hints and tips on ways to help relax before attempting to sleep, to get you to sleep even faster.
I am 100% positive that since I began using the Delta Sleep System, that I am getting far more, and better, sleep than I did before.
Friday, March 25, 2011
Review: Lucid Dreaming: A Concise Guide to Awakening in Your Dreams and in Your Life by Stephen LaBerge, Ph.D.
Lucid Dreaming: A Concise Guide to Awakening in Your Dreams and in Your Life by Stephen LaBerge, Ph.D. Sounds True. www.soundstrue.com 2009.
This book and CD set work together to provide you with complete lessons to learn how to not only tell when you are dreaming, but how to take control of your dreams to do what you want them to do.
As you read through the book, it will tell you when to listen to a certain track on the CD. I like the way this system works to give you a little bit of extra lecture on the CD and then helps to walk you through the exercises led by Dr. LaBerge.
The tracks on the CD include:
1. Your present state of consciousness and the Lucid dream state
2. Guided Reality Test
3. The Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams
4. Dream Lotus and Flame Technique
5. Trance Induction of Lucid Dreaming: Day
6. Trance Induction of Lucid Dreaming: Night
In the book we learn skills for telling whether we are dreaming or not, skills to help us take control in our dreams, and skills to direct a dream where it is going – in this manner we are able to take control of bad dreams or nightmares and turn them into positive moments instead. LaBerge also teaches us we can use our dreams to heal ourselves, solve problems, rehearse upcoming events in our lives, evaluate information to help make decisions, fulfill wishes and finish unfinished business.
Using the MILD technique taught by Dr. LaBerge all of these possibilities can help to relieve massive quantities of stress in our waking lives..
I really appreciate the way LaBerge writes in a very commonplace, conversational tone. When talking about matters of the mind, writers, especially highly educated ones, often talk above their audience, but LaBerge makes these concepts simple and easy to understand, opening this technique for everyone to use.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Wolf Love CD and DVD set by Omnia. www.worldofomnia.com Pagan Scum Records. 2010.
In this newest CD from Omnia, we are shown a diversity like never seen before. The first two songs on this CD alone show one extreme to the other, with the reverse lullaby “Wake Up” and the highly politically semi rap like “Dance until we Die”. This song itself brings together different types of music in an anti-government celebration of freedom.
Next we have “Jabberwocky”, which I really enjoyed with its repetitive musical measures that create a rocking back and forth feeling – actually soothing musically speaking.
Saltatio Vita was written for the maenads – which I admit, made me think of Maryann Forester from True Blood, seeing as to how in today’s modern world she’s probably what most people would associate with maenads. Knowing what maenads really are, I found this song to be fitting and can easily imagine dancing around a bonfire with with wine flowing.
“Teachers” tells us about the hard lessons learned in life, and let’s us know, like it or not, that we are never really done learning.
“Love in the Forest” is probably my favorite song on this CD, after all, it is about love in the forest – though at least here in the Midwest the wintertime part would probably just lead to frostbite.
Other tracks on this CD include:
Toys in the Attic
Shamaniac – an ancient tribal chant
Solfeggio from Carl Philipp Emanual Bach
Wheel of Time sings from the point of view of an elderly woman who has said goodbye to everything in her life as the wheel of time rolls on.
Moon – another one of my favorites, this is an instrumental only song that would be a perfect accompaniment to a full moon ritual.
Wolf Song – puts Little Red Riding Hood to shame.
Cornwall -- set to music that makes this sound like a traditional piece. Beautiful music, and personal, telling lyrics.
Sing for Love
Many of the songs on this CD also incorporate sounds from nature including bird calls and running water.
The DVD includes three different sections: Wolf Love in the Studio, Live at Castlefest 2009, and Extras. These are broken down as follows:
Wolf Love in the Studio:
1) Wolf Song
2) Studio Love
3) “Making of” photos
Live at Castlefest 2009 (performances of):
1) Dance until we Die
2) Saltatio Vita
3) Richard parker’s Fancy
4) Wytches Brew
5) Morrigan (parts I, II, and III)
1) The Bold Fenian Men (acoustic 2008)
2) The Bold Fenian Men (Electric at the Ratcave)
3) Old Man Tree (Very first tryout recording)
4) Pagans on the beach – before and after Castlefest 2009
5) Omnia Trailer 2009
6) Nature Photos (accompanied by Old Man Tree studio version 2009)
Omnia truly shows their diversity not only with the different kinds of music represented on this CD, but with the lyrics as well. This CD proves why Omnia has the following they already do, and it is sure to attract even more listeners to this talented and outspoken Pagan group.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Mythic Journeys DVD. Imaginal Cells Filmworks. 2009.
Running time: 97 minutes
Written and directed by Steven Boe and Whitney Boe
Starring Tim Curry, Mark Hamill, and Lance Henriksen
Interviews with Deepak Chopra and Michael Bernard Beckwith
Puppets created by Brian and Wendy Froud
This documentary shows how myth has a powerful and important role in our daily lives, and what happens to our lives when myth is missing from it.
The Frouds lend their hands to create characters who tell us different myths within a myth throughout the film. These myths are then expounded on by a panel of spiritual experts who discuss how these myths touch our own lives, how we live the myths in our own lives.
We learn how we need to step up and take responsibility for our actions – and indeed our own inaction – in order to change the world around us.
The people interviewed in this film work to show us that life needs to be fully lived, not just followed along, We spend too much time just getting by, and not truly getting involved in life. We need to be the change we want to see in the world.
We need to write our own new myths, figuring out who we are, and where we are going, what we need to do to evolve. We need to use the myths of the past to learn from in order to bring about the future we want to see.
This award winning film is thought provoking and is sure to be the beginning of many conversations that will hopefully lead people to making many changes in their lives to bring about a new, better world in the future.