Everything the Power of the World does is done in a circle. The sky is round, and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball, and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power, whirls. Birds make their nests in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours. The sun comes forth and goes down again in a circle. The moon does the same, and both are round. Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves. – Chief Black Elk, Black Elk Speaks
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I created this video to feature the beauty and strength of circles in our natural and created world. Circles are the strongest structural shape, and in nature, the sphere is the strongest three dimensional shape. This is because the energy and pressure is distributed equally along the arc instead of concentrating at any one point. Buckminster Fuller created the geodesic dome and the domes are durable and sturdy because of a structural principle called tensegrity. Tensegrity comes from the words tension and integrity and refers to the relationship between tension and compression.
Carlos Castaneda used the word tensegrity in reference to the magical passes he created that incorporate the driving forces of stretching, movement, and intention. He claimed that the magical passes yielded a stronger, more flexible, and more aware physical body. In addition, the practice of his magical passes allows practitioners to break the fixation of their assemblage points to arrive at extraordinary states of fluidity in perception. Though I understand the concept and premise of the magical passes, I found them to be a bit tedious and personally never utilized them. Dancing has always worked best for me.
That said, “dance and chants” or sometimes just sitting still and chanting are very powerful methods for connecting with higher consciousness. Bija is a Sanskrit word that translates to “seed” and refers to the origin of all creation. Bija mantras are seed mantras and the syllables contained within the chants allow the person chanting to energetically connect to the point of origin to affect the physical form and thus, serves to break the fixation of the assemblage point.
Everything in life is a vibration and from vibration comes creation. Natural creations that come from the earth are the result of an underlying vibration whether it is a flower or a snowflake and many of those creations take form as a circular shape in response to a particular vibration. Manmade creations from insignias to teepees to stone circles are also the result of vibrations that are found in atoms and are often designed in the form of circles. Circles represent many things including totality, wholeness, eternity, and perfection. It is believed that Source energy or Spirit resides in the center of the circle creating an energetic vortex or portal of sorts.
When seed syllables are chanted, the frequencies impact each and every cell in the body through sound vibration. Each of the syllables vibrates a part of the body pulling awareness and into all the chakras and throughout the entire body. Imagine it as toroidal energy that resonates within you and all around you. Your body resonates with a multitude of different frequencies simultaneously and in so doing brings you to greater balance, wellness, with deeper clarity and seeing.
Chakras are also referred to as spinning energy wheels and most people are familiar with the seven most common chakras. However, there are actually 114 chakras related to the human body, two of which reside outside the body within the human aura. These are known as the seat of the soul chakra which allows us to connect with infinite energy and freedom, and the stellar gateway chakra which, through the highest of vibrations, allows us to open up to new worlds. Some believe that there are more than two chakras outside of the human body. Everything is possible and everyone perceives differently.
The seed syllables that correspond with each of the seven common chakras are as follows:
The seed syllable that most people are aware of is “OM” which echoes the primordial sound of the universe. The bible says, “In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God.” The “word” was actually OM, not a word at all, but a sound, a vibration that resonated from the point of origin – creation.
In this video you will hear many more syllables besides those designated to the seven chakras referenced above. The syllables contained within this chant create vibrations of sound throughout every single part of the body, the seed syllables connect to the primary elements of earth (Lang), water (Vang), fire (Rang), air (Yang), and cosmos (Hang). These sounds alone have the potential to awaken Kundalini energy which sits at the base or root chakra. When the Kundalini is aroused through sound vibration, it travels up the spine causing the unconscious to awaken into supreme consciousness by activating vast areas of the brain that typically lie dormant.
Keep in mind that the seed syllables are directly connected with the flower of life. Each “seed” of life begins in an embryonic state that is somewhat a rounded; a sphere, circle, ovoid, or even oblong yet the tensegrity exists to protect the lifeform within. Humans, plants, trees, animals, insects, or marine life including coral originate from embryogenesis. Everything begins from a circle.
When you listen to the chant in its entirety (link below), and focus on the breath, you will become purified as the illusory self disintegrates and you become reunited with the highest order of consciousness. You essentially become energetically aligned to the vibration of the universal pulse of all creation.
For the full fifteen minute chant and to pull energy and awareness into the chakras in your body, you can close your eyes and allow the sound vibration of the chant to realign your energy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnOMFl0H2Xw.
If people stand in a circle long enough, they’ll eventually begin to dance. – George Carlin