Sunday, December 4, 2016



Holiday season blog.

Before I head off for South Africa and hopefully also to some "Wilderness Rapture I thought in this blog I would  share a few songs and quotes, mainly so that one could do an active meditation maybe beginning with a quote or one of your favorite nature experiences and building on this with your imagination and... 
Seeing where the song takes you?
Maybe to your next retreat?
Maybe to some other hidden paradise?
Maybe to a relaxing nap?
Whatever.

I have been getting feedback from some of the blog readers and it seems that because I have been putting the songs at the end of the blog they are not being noticed or alternatively folks feel they cannot download or access them. (The other possibility is that there is no interest or no time for a meditation of this sort which is also fine.)
So for those who are interested in using the theme of the blog with the music as an active meditation this blog will have fewer words and more songs.
Feedback (dcumes@gmail.com) appreciated if this works for you or not. If not I may not include songs in next years blogs. 

See the links below
First highlight by clicking on them
Then click again with the little hand just below on the link and it will download
Click play 



This first song is called Mimoya which means spirit or spirit place (Zulu) and can be about meeting all the "Beings" in nature - Still, Growing, Wild and Talking - a prelude to entering a state of "Wilderness Rapture."


CLICK HERE BELOW

-_MP3s/04_Reunion.mp3
The Ancestors
This song - Isles of Gonne - is about a mystical wild place of the Druids where the Imagination, one's Heart and Love could all unite. They would sail there from Tir Na Nog.

AND HERE

-_MP3s/01_Isles_of_Gonne.mp3


The Zohar

This song - Hishtavut - means Equanimity, Harmony, Peace, Balance or when in nature - "Wilderness Rapture"

AND HERE

-_MP3s/14_Hishtavut_-_Equanimity.mp3




Unfortunately the songs do not flow one into the other so that you will have to come out of your reverie to download the next one. 



Primal Sound of the Universe (... a feeble attempt at a song that came in a dream)

AND HERE

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Friday, November 25, 2016


THANKSGIVING & GRATITUDE ARE UPON US SO I THOUGHT THAT I WOULD SHARE MORE INFORMATION AND QUOTES WITH A SONG OR TWO 

Robert Emmons and other researchers have shown that Gratitude is a profound form of spiritual practice leading to joy, happiness and other wonderful attributes.
His research involved the following exercises:
The results were astounding:





The Ancestors appreciate gratitude as does the Creator.
The Ancestors also say; 
"we are all one - though not the same." 
All of us are made in the image of the Divine. God does not play favorites - but karma rules. As in Namaste - I see the Divine in you. These tenets are cause alone for gratitude.




In order for this to be fully actualized and not just be an intellectual construct we need to define and practice our God given gift that no-one else has and no-one else can manifest - our own unique archetype. 
This might require keeping our day job that pays the rent and developing this skill outside of our livelihood (or retirement.)
Gratitude is spiritual practice but being in contact with who we truly are also leads to gratitude.


There is no light without dark - no rose without a thorn and hence grief, sadness and struggle must be part of the human condition. Without conflict there can be no change, no progress. Hence we must embrace and even have gratitude for the pain when it comes but acknowledge that;
 pain is inevitable, suffering optional.


We are never alone and although we may not see, hear or feel them, our spirit guides are always with us. But because of free will -
we must ask to receive! 
The way we reciprocate is with love, forgiveness and gratitude, best done done in the form of ritual and with the help of an altar.
 (The video on connecting with spirit guides is still up on the web site for those who missed it. The recent two on Kundalini - the primal transformational energy of the  universe will be up very soon. These are three key videos to connect with Self, Spirit, Gratitude and our destiny.)



Click on the link to highlight then click again to play

_Remember_Us.mp3


Saturday, November 19, 2016




THANKSGIVING & GRATITUDE ARE UPON US SO I THOUGHT THAT FOR THE NEXT TWO BLOGS I WOULD SHARE SOME OF MY FAVORITE QUOTES (WITH A SONG OR TWO) 

#1


The Ancestors
                                 
Rev Nachmann; "Joy is not just incidental to your spiritual practice. it is vital!"


                                   

                                            

Click on the link to highlight and then click again to play
The first song is  "Thank You" in English, Afrikaans, Hebrew, Venda & Zulu (Giyabonga)







Saturday, November 12, 2016


MORE ON NATURE AND THE GREAT MYSTERY


In these times of conflict and uncertainty take a walk on the beach or in the mountains and listen to music - "what me worry?"
No point - it don't help nothing. Can make you sick.

  Einstein confirmed that the deeper we go the less we know. 
The Ancestors
The Ancestors

Click on the song to highlight then click again









Saturday, November 5, 2016


                         MORE ABOUT SONG AND NATURE


        David the Psalmist (Psalm 19)... 
"Day to day utters speech and night to night expresses knowledge. There is no speech there are no words, the voices are not heard..." 
      
 ... the Sufi ecstatic poets ...

                 

... and the Kalahari San Bushmen hunter gathers who derived their intense spiritual connection from Nature...




 The Ancestors always stress the importance of sensory meditation; "From my flesh shall I behold God. The soul's conversation is not of the mind. It is best heard with the senses," 

and there is no better place to find it than Nature and wild places. 
Munch is right that nature is the way to the soul.

Also it is easier to find states of rapture in Nature's  places of splendor but we should not neglect what the Kabbalists call; "The Magic of the Ordinary" in Nature which can also be Extraordinary.



This week I am including a few more songs to help with a sensory driven active meditation.
Love will help us to connect to ALL Beings

The Ancestors

Click to highlight the link and select again below it.












Sunday, October 30, 2016



In this and the next blogs I am including more songs from the spirit world. You can do an active imaginary meditation on ANY aspect letting the vibration of the music help you.
(Though the theme here has more to do with; Rites of Passage, Wilderness Rapture, Nature, the Elements, the Directions, the Four Being of Nature and Kundalini...) 

In Kabbalah's Six Directions;
 the North is the place of the Water element and the Growing Beings (Uriel - light, illumination, mystery.)
The East, Air and Wild Beings (Michael - loving kindness and "shining.") 
The South, Fire and Talking Beings (Rafael - healing and "cleansing.")
The West, Earth element and Still Beings (Gabriel - strength, courage and "blending.")
Down; receive, accept, dream.
Up; Shechina, the feminine presence of the Divine, giving blessings and bounty (the Yoga equivalent is Shakti.)
You can ask help and support from any of these Archangels and Polarities depending on their particular strengths.
(the last two blogs included songs on Isaiah's vision of these Beings, and the elements of Earth, Sea, Sky which you can revisit if you would like to compliment the meditation.)


This week I am including songs on; Water and Fire
and also a  Celtic Prayer (see below for the links.) 
It may help to first go back on any relevant blogs for any insights you need/want to focus on. 
The Water and Fire as well as Earth, Sea, Sky are also on my web site (davidcumes.com - go to videos) - as video induced meditations if you prefer. These were shot in the pristine bush at our Healing Center in the Soutpansberg mountains of South Africa before it was closed down.


Celtic Prayer 


Take any theme that has meaning for you and use the music to induce a meditative state or imagination on any aspect that pops into your head and then follow it 
(or do anything else that you prefer - no rules.)
It might be good to start with some real experience in (or out of) nature where and when you recall being in perfect balance with the cosmos.

Saturday, October 22, 2016



THE FOUR DIRECTIONS AND THE ELEMENTS

The four directions belong to everyone and there are in fact six directions if one includes above and below. In Native American tradition the directions are key to spirituality and also are honored when the initiate goes into the wilderness for a vision quest and returns to the elders and tell his or her story. The tradition has been adopted by the West which has raised concern amongst indigenous Americans but the directions were also described by Isaiah after his vision. The Zohar says that a river arose out of Eden forming four rivers and four winds and the details of all six directions and how they link to the Tree of Life is a big part of Kabbalistic understanding. 
Native American tribes vary in their descriptions of the Four Directions in relation to color, season and the power animal in that direction as well as other polarities. We can all make the directions  our own to connect with the elements and Nature's polarities. 
The one below is adapted from Foster and Little who run Vision Quests from the School of Lost Borders in Bishop. I have included the Archangels as described in Kabbalah for each in the figure below. The colors and animals differ in Kabbalah. We can call on the Archangels for help and guidance according to their inherent nature.
Each direction has a color, an element, a season, a chakra, a power animal and an archetype. When used in the Southern hemisphere the seasons, colors and power animals also will change. Choose the animal that speaks the most to you for that direction and that phase of your life. 
Kabbalah adds; four rivers, four winds, four archangels and the four beings - 
Still, Growing, Wild and Talking. 

We travel the wheel clockwise from;
Summer in the South the place of the child. The element is earth - in Yoga the first, survival chakra (but fire and the Talking Beings in Kabbalah.) The angel is Rafael who represents healing and cleansing.
The archetype of this direction (Angeles Arrien) is the Healer since it is often the Wounded Child of the South who becomes a healer.
Fall is in the West whose color is black. It is the dark night of the soul of adolescence when hormones are raging and there is much confusion. This is the second or sexual chakra and the element of water. (In Kabbalah the element is earth and the place of the Still Beings.) 
The most fitting animal is the bear that hibernates since this is the adolescent period of gestation and of "becoming" who he or she is meant to be.
The archetype is the teacher probably because this phase is critical for the adolescent in terms of having a roll model, elder, teacher to guide them to the North and eventually to the East.
The angel is Gabriel who represents strength and courage.
The North represents winter and the Warrior or leader archetype since it is the Warrior who must lead the tribe. The element is fire and the third chakra. (In Isaiah's vision it is water and the growing Beings.) White is not only the color of Winter but also the color of a spirit warrior since the true leader of the tribe must also be a person of spirit (in some Native American traditions represented by the white spirit buffalo.  The angel is Uriel - light, mystery, illumination.
The East is the place of the Visionary or Elder which can take many forms; shaman, musician, dancer, artist, guru, healer etc. The color is gold the color of Spring and the rising sun (as opposed to the West - the setting sun.) These are the upper chakras.The element is air  and higher up ether.  The angel is Michael who is loving kindness and "shining" and the Beings are Wild.
In African tradition this is also the grandfather or grandmother who is the spirit teacher to his or her grandson or daughter. When the elder dies he or she may also become a spirit guide to that child. Sometime later the deceased spirit reincarnates as a child to begin the circle again.

Meditate on the songs if you like whose links are below and formulate your own understandings of what the directions and all their polarities may mean to you. This is best done in nature and will evolve over time. Look at that particular phase of life and chakra where there may be blocks and issues that need to be addressed and released.



There are three songs to meditate on that apply to the directions. They came in dreams during my numerous stays at Tshisimane the healing center we once had in the far north of South Africa in the pristine bush of the Soutpansberg mountains. Highlight the link then click on it to listen and see where the sounds take you.



_-_MP3s/02_Isaiahs_Vision.mp3


MP3s/10_Wilderness_Rapture.mp3