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Even with their post-punk influences, they executed their music with the aesthetic of prog rock, alternating between long, detailed instrumental interludes and lyrical rants in their songs. So, Tool were able to slip into the definition of alternative rock during the post-Nirvana era, landing a slot on the third Lollapalooza tour in , which helped their first full-length debut album, Undertow, rocket to platinum status. After the obligatory several-year sabbatical to pursue other projects, the group returned with another chart-topper, 10, Days, in Since forming in , the iconic hard rock band KORN have sold nearly 40 million albums, toured the world dozens of times, and set records in the process that will likely never be surpassed.
The band have battled personal demons and addictions but have found their way through to the other side. There are few heavy metal bands that have managed to scale the heights that Judas Priest have during their nearly year career. Judas Priest originally formed in in Birmingham, England an area that many feel birthed heavy metal.
Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, K. Downing and Ian Hill would be the nucleus of musicians along with several different drummers over the years that would go on to change the face of heavy metal. Also, Priest were one of the first metal bands to exclusively wear leather and studs — a look that began during this era and would eventually be embraced by metalheads throughout the world. By , Downing announced that he was exiting the band. With a still-burning desire to continue flying the flag of metal, Judas Priest decided to continue on, by enlisting newcomer Richie Faulkner on guitar. In , Priest received a nomination for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the following year, issuing their latest studio album, Firepower.
As a rock icon and filmmaker with a unique vision, Zombie has continuously challenged audiences as he stretches the boundaries of both music and film. Rob Zombie has achieved great success as a solo artist with several multi-platinum and gold albums including Hellbilly Deluxe, The Sinister Urge and Educated Horses. The album debuted at No. Filled with nineteen tracks recorded during his critically acclaimed US tour in , the record became an instant fan favorite. Rob has also been spending more time in the studio as of late and will be releasing a new full-length album soon.
The feature-length film held the No. Produced by Zeuss, it was recorded and mixed at Goathouse Studios. English rock band Bring Me the Horizon made a steady progression from their death metal-inspired grindcore debut to melodic metalcore, maturing into a pop-savvy headline act by the end of their first decade together. Upon signing to the higher-profile label Visible Noise whose roster also included Bullet for My Valentine and Lostprophets , they reissued the EP to a wider audience.
With their second album, Suicide Season, Bring Me the Horizon moved in a more accessible direction and wound up cracking the U. Not everyone approved of the new sound, though, and Ward left the band in early A fourth album, the critically lauded Sempiternal, arrived on Epitaph in , and peaked at number three on the U. The band now resides in Southern California. The 4 night adventure aboard a luxury Norwegian Cruise Lines ship sees some 3, passionate fans from around the world take to the sea, with playing 3 shows along the way, plus other support bands, DJs and comedians.
The beer is on draft in select markets. I had to not only make each these new versions better in some way, but also preserve the core of what made the initial performance so great. I really challenged myself. I used to be afraid to put my singing too far out front, always preferred it pretty deep in the mix. I was a kid when we started, with a lot of insecurities.
I wanted to try to see how intimate and up-in-your-ear I could get. I really look forward to doing the album live. It was up to them to figure out how they melded, blended and created their home in this new world. I sang it from the perspective of the person left behind. Never give-up, never stop fighting for your life. When The Cult were preparing to hit the stage at Coachella in , few were expecting the fury that the band delivered. Critics have hailed the band as incendiary, ground-breaking, and transcendent, but the band themselves choose to look forward… and in a lot of ways, prefer to be seen as survivors… marginalized and vulgarized, much in the same way their song subjects have been.
And it was on the ride home from this performance in the desert that the roots of their tenth album Hidden City began to take root. There is no higher authority than the heart. There is unfathomable poverty in the hidden city, a town the Argentine government turns a blind eye towards while highlighting the cosmopolitan and European flair of the more proper sections of the city. It is within this archetype that their music takes shape and learns to breathe. Produced by Bob Rock and written by Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy the team has collaborated on what has turned out to be the brutal and beautiful masterpiece Hidden City.
As the lead vocalist, guitarist and main songwriter behind multi-platinum rock band BUSH, Gavin Rossdale has sold close to 20 million records in the U. Six of these became No. In , Bush re-entered the fray with The Sea of Memories, their first release in 10 years.
Chapter 15. Religion
They followed with Man on the Run and toured endlessly in support, playing to packed-house crowds around the world. Even stronger than before, Ed Kowalczyk vocals, guitar , Chad Taylor guitar, backing vocals , Patrick Dahlheimer bass and Chad Gracey drums, percussion performed with both fire and emotional heart.
They reminded music audiences worldwide how potent they are as a live act, playing songs from albums that have sold over 22 million copies worldwide including two number one albums, Throwing Copper and Secret Samadhi. The band will also release new music later this year. A recap trailer of their achievements can be viewed here. But they also sold something bigger: a call for unity, a balm for a troubled spirit, and a promise of life after death. We are really sounding better than ever and our chemistry on and off stage is just at another level.
LIVE is back and better than ever at every level. Something about the reunion renewed our energy and spirit. The band and our fans have been on fire, like nuclear hot sauce. During every show there was a palpable sense of joy in the audience. People were just so happy to see us come full circle, reunited and sounding so strong.
Every living creature must face the will and judgment of time. Ancient Greeks personified time in the form of the titan Kronos, father of Zeus, and Egyptians celebrated Heh as an abstraction of endless years. If you or anyone you know has ever received a terminal diagnosis, the first thought is about time. Emperor of Sand offers the next conceptual and instrumental evolution for these musicians. Two years later, Leviathan was about hunting a metaphoric whale that could solve all of your problems, or it could kill you in the hunt. We took a journey up Blood Mountain and vaulted all of the hurdles that needed to be cleared for survival.
Crack The Skye was its own deep and twisted concept. The Hunter was loosely based on dealing with death. To that end, it ties into our entire discography. We tend to draw inspiration from very real things in our lives. He spent the next six months making regular trips to Rochester, NY before her untimely passing in September. No matter how old I was, my mom never let go of worrying about me, checking in on me, and trying to give me advice on life.
As jamming ramped up, a narrative took shape for Emperor of Sand. He gets lost, and the sun is zapping all of his energy akin to radiation. He adds all of these bells, whistles, and perks outside of being an awesome musician in his own right. Everything came together lickety-split. We still have the same four guys after 17 years. I love it, and I love those dudes. I hope someone will find it touching. We navigate through difficult circumstances musically and in life as brothers. The talented young rapper who hails from Cleveland, OH possesses the attitude of rap greats with the talent to match.
From his gritty rhymes to his tenacious presence, MGK has become a permanent staple in the hearts of his ever so growing fan base. The ability to seamlessly blend hip-hop and rock genres has allowed MGK to reserve a top spot in both worlds. Living life and doing what you have to keep moving forward. Machine Gun Kelly is putting the finishing touches on his sophomore album, slated for release in summer This record is really instrumental and completely built on my personal experiences. Whoever you are, you can accomplish anything that you put your heart and mind into.
The Ohio native also has a role in Cameron Crowe and J. Having shared the stage with acts ranging from Rise Against to Slayer, the diversity and versatility of their touring is unparalleled and a true testament to their reach. If you take for granted that music exists as an expression of the inner mortal psyche, life can turn into an infinitely captivating adventure when musical creation is placed in the hands of a singular breed of enigmatic perfectionists.
When those graced with the rare gifts of astounding technical abilities and songwriting prowess are also fueled by a sacred trinity of creativity, originality, and self-belief, the results will always steer clear of any sub-genre categorization. An entity that has not sounded like anyone else in over thirteen years, MESHUGGAH are one of the few purely and honestly lateral-thinking forces genuinely dedicated to pushing the boundaries of extreme music simply because doing so comes naturally to them. Unafraid to take risks and tackle new experiences, they create albums you can listen to six years later and still discover things you never noticed before.
Every copy sold. Produced by a year-old Daniel Bergstrand at Soundfront Studios in Uppsala, Sweden and consisting of equal parts instinct, inspiration, and natural talent, Destroy Erase Improve provided positive proof that the band had tapped a truly multi-dimensional, divergent vein. A mind-bending masterpiece. After pushing the limits of heaviness with Chaosphere, there was only one place left to go: even heavier. Completed just two days prior to the band leaving Sweden to join Ozzfest, the darker, more sinister, and all-encompassing menacing vibe of Nothing was doused in accolades.
It would be three years before the next studio album surfaced, but in the interim, kudos for the band kept coming. Such furiously mesmerizing music obviously requires its share of discipline. An audio exam in patience and endurance, Catch Thirty Three offered a reward only to those who were insistent on completing the journey through this warped, metaphoric dream state. Obviously mastering the 8-string guitars that were prototypes on the previous album, MESHUGGAH tapped into the hypnotic power of repetition, suggesting a lot of visual imagery and movement.
Again, the praise was incessant. Change breeds change. Change fosters growth. Growth is life. Like the thunderous pulsations of the heart incessantly beating to get us through this menial existence we call life, MESHUGGAH excels at revealing that all paths leading to syncopated bliss are paved with arrhythmia. Black Label Society bandleader Zakk Wylde wields his guitar like a Viking weapon, bashing out thick riffage and squeezing out expressive squeals as if the glory of his Berserker brotherhood depends upon every single note, which of course, it does.
They are the soundtracks to sweat soaked revelry, jubilant evenings that descend into bewildering mornings, and adrenaline fueled sports. BLS is rounded out, in the studio and onstage, by guitarist Dario Lorina since and powerhouse drummer Jeff Fabb since To many, Wylde is synonymous with pinch harmonics as much as Chuck Berry dreamt up the duck walk. His infamous leather bellbottoms hang in the Grammy Museum. He is a playable character in the Guitar Hero games.
One part invading horde and all parts traveling carnival party, Black Label Society traverses the world powered by caffeine and cacophony. BLS engages and inspires audiences everywhere they go, on every radio dial they burn, inviting all comers to join in and participate in their brotherhood and sisterhood of hard rock and vigor.
Now ten studio albums deep, with solo records, Ozzy shows, and Zakk Sabbath tours all kicking ass simultaneously, Black Label Society rides ever forward, fist held high. Originally formed as a duo—alongside founding member Ken Jordan, who retired from the music business in —The Crystal Method today lives and breathes as a solo act, with co-founder Scott Kirkland at the helm.
For the new album, which he co-produced with Glen Nicholls, Kirkland dove deep into the decades-spanning discography of The Crystal Method. The result is a sound that revisits the roots of the classic Crystal Method aesthetic, while pushing its possibilities into the future. To perfect this fine balance, Kirkland took a back-to-basics approach, which saw him firing up his arsenal of analog synths and reconnecting with his collection of vintage gear. Every song has a different BPM, every song has different emotions, every song has different elements.
Where the genre constantly offers tired and recycled noise, Kirkland answers with an album built on organic sounds, a wide emotional range and, ultimately, real music. The natural noise of analog gear is part of the sound. I wanted to make a timeless album that sounded great and that conveyed an emotional narrative and a strong appreciation of the album format. Most recently, Kirkland wrote his first-ever film score for the documentary Hired Gun and wrote the theme song for 3 Below, the upcoming TV series from Academy Award winner Guillermo del Toro, which debuts on Netflix this fall.
At the end of it, I go home to my family, I go home to my studio, and then I go back out. I tried to capture all this in an album. Modern bands often seem faced with the choice between being challenging and being accessible. These ideas tend to be presented as opposite poles, two irreconcilable objectives that cannot co-exist without one taking precedence over the other.
But for Circa Survive there exists another option, one where huge ideas and unbridled imagination can commingle with nuance and vulnerability. From the release of their debut, Juturna, to their major label release, Blue Sky Noise, to today with The Amulet, Circa Survive has made a career of turning all of the things that make them difficult to categorize into their greatest strengths. On The Amulet, Circa Survive continues this legacy, but filtered through the unique lens of their punk and alternative roots. Drawing on the raw power of punk and post-hardcore, the earnestness of emotional alternative, and the unrestrained experimentation of art rock, the band effortlessly creates a sound that can be compared to very few, but appeal to many.
For Green, no idea is too big or too small, and everything can be explored with the same mix of wonderment, dark fascination, harrowing honesty, and hope. The Amulet pushes this approach to a demanding new level as Green examines parallels between the world ending, our chaotic social and political climate, and the very intimate strain of personal upheavals.
A loss of innocence ties these drastically different threads together: a sense that certain events can irreparably change our perspectives and make it impossible to view our world, our governments, or our personal lives through the same rose-colored glasses. Death is tied to birth, unrest is tied to revolution, emotional pain is tied to personal growth, and the only way to reach catharsis is to first lean into the storm.
The Amulet is meant to be a tangible manifestation of that catharsis, the kind of relief that comes from accepting the pain of loss—personal, socio-political, and cosmic—and moving forward. Time has just weathered us, we got through the hard times and came out the other end, and I feel like this is the pinnacle of the band personally and creatively. After 13 years as a band, Circa Survive are no strangers to pushing sonic and lyrical boundaries, yet The Amulet still finds the band diving even farther into the deep end, pushing themselves to create brand new sounds, and taking on ideas that stretch from the universal to the most personal.
In a musical landscape that seems predisposed towards instant gratification, Circa Survive may appear to be made from a mold that no longer exists, but fitting with modern bands or icons of the past has never been their goal. Circa Survive dares to ask more of themselves and their listeners—old and new—and in return they offer a soundtrack for the bold, the sincere, and the inquisitive.
Skillet lets their music speak the loudest. Channeling an intense muse, John immediately commenced writing just months after Rise hit shelves. I wanted to make a record that made people feel the music — an album that would connect people to the music as well as to each other. That idea solidified as Skillet toured Europe in with Nickelback. Night after night, John watched the non-English speaking audience sing every word back to him.
It left an indelible mark on his writing process. We wanted to get that emotion across more through the music than with the words. I aimed to write songs people could easily relate to anywhere and everywhere. When I met Seth we just clicked. The entire process with each of them was such a great experience. This is a reminder not to. This is my family. They make our shows what they are. Beartooth began as an emotional exorcism.
Conceived, constructed, and unleashed by one man in a basement studio. The fierce dedication to honesty, authenticity, and raw fury demonstrated by Caleb Shomo is at the center of everything Beartooth represents. These are anthems for the downtrodden and disconnected, celebrated with sing-alongs on international tours; supporting Slipknot, Bring Me The Horizon, or Pierce The Veil; on the Kerrang! What began as artistic self-medication for a single multi-instrumentalist and producer, with no career aspirations or grand plans, quickly caught fire. As Beartooth became a fully functioning band, bringing these intimate musings to the masses, that purity remained, via a consistently isolated creative methodology.
The third full-length album from Beartooth is a painstaking, riff-driven examination of the unshakeable throes of depression. This is music about survival. At the end of the day, it is a very dark album. Even as Shomo and his bandmates played to sold-out crowds across Europe, the battle against mental illness and childhood issues returned, and the seed for Disease was planted. The title track was the first song written for it, setting the overall tone. As always, Shomo recorded vocals, guitars, bass, and drums, and mixed the album himself with assistance from an engineer, now with executive producer and Grammy winner Nick Raskulinecz, who has worked with Foo Fighters and Rush.
To further enhance the emotional realism Beartooth champions, the third full-length album was tracked in a brand new environment, with an old-school urgency. After crafting the songs in his usual basement domain, Shomo made the trip from the familiar comfort of his equipment and isolation in Ohio to Blackbird in Nashville. Thankfully, going into that environment just brought out the best.
It made the songs feel even more real. It was all worth it. The famous recording studio was the birthplace of pivotal work from a massive list of legends, tastemakers, and up-and-comers; like Alice In Chains, Taylor Swift, and Greta Van Fleet. Disease really encompasses everything emotionally that I wanted to convey. I wrote a couple songs and I felt way better afterward. Especially with this record, there are no compromises. It is exactly what I wanted to make. With Beartooth, what begins each time as the personal expression of one man is shared with his bandmates, then through the power of musical inspiration and connection, is given to the world then returns to its creator, to begin the cycle anew.
But I knew that at some point, I had to learn from it. Or let it inspire us to live the life that Tom would have wanted us to live. I was very worried about people taking away a despondent message from the album. I felt a level of responsibility to provide a light at the end of the tunnel for people who are going through terrible experiences. Finding a way forward, the band spent six months from the Fall of through the Spring of this year recording what would become the song album, with Dan and guitar player Josh Middleton handling production.
With Armstrong and Alge at the helm, Aimee and the Bivona brothers channeled the raw energy of their lives shows by recording almost entirely to tape. It was definitely high-pressure, but also really fun. As the co-founder of Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave and Prophets Of Rage, and through collaborations with everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Johnny Cash, he has continually pushed the limits of what one man can do with six strings. Morello knew some of his collaborators beforehand, particularly the Wu-Tang members, with whom Rage Against The Machine shared an infamous U.
In other cases, the connections were serendipitous, such as when Morello heard K. The very day Yelawolf was born, his teenage mother strapped him into a stroller and rolled him around the mall. The first week of his life, she took him to house parties, and by the time he left high school, the family had roamed to so many towns that Yelawolf had attended 15 different schools.
With his latest release, Love Story, perhaps he can finally downshift. But his rapid-fire delivery and intense live show ensured no one considered him a joke. How do you make that work? Yelawolf was born Michael Wayne Atha in Gadsden, Alabama, where his two musical loves grew organically. His mom dated a sound engineer, and Wolf remembers being onstage at age six with Dwight Yoakam, and Run DMC coming by his house to party after their local show when he was seven.
After being homeless in Berkeley and working on a ship off the coast of Washington state, Yelawolf landed back in the South and started making mixtapes. He was purposefully rowdy, wearing head-to-toe deer hunting camouflage and gold teeth. But their idea was ahead of its time and fizzled.
Wolf was poor, and his now ex-girlfriend and their child were still living in Gadsden. He hustled back to Atlanta to record it, and the tape that set his career ablaze and resulted in his working with legends like Bun B and Big Boi was completed in all of a week and a half. I saw the power in it. And a deep appreciation for outlaw country, for raw classic rock. I started to learn how to blend concepts together. Indeed he did. A smile enters his voice. An industrial city situated in Northeastern Pennsylvania, you could say Scranton quietly prides itself on a tried-and-true Rust Belt blue-collar work ethic.
We look forward to putting in another ten. Both the area we come from and the fan base brought us to this point. Graveyard Shift is all about that work ethic. The title track and lead single turned into a Top 20 Active Rock smash and notched In the past, I feel like I always placed the vocals second to music.
This time, there was a focus on trying to make sure the vocals had their big moments. That was a major key in really making Graveyard Shift separate from all of the other albums. I just feel incredibly confident about everything on the record. In less than three months, it amassed 3. Whether the conversations were dark or uplifting, I was ready to approach anything in my way with how I felt afterwards. I wanted to encourage people to feel the same way. Throughout its 12 tracks, Graveyard Shift weaves together various personal vignettes.
Scranton plays a subtle role in the overarching narrative itself. At the same time, he and his bandmates have transported that energy worldwide with Graveyard Shift. We want to show you can take the initiative, go out there, and make a difference for yourself. That rings throughout all of the songs and speaks to the true meaning of Graveyard Shift. Ultimately, Motionless In White have the power to electrify a new love for rock music in the process. I hope they walk away feeling their love for music was either restored or upheld.
Not long after the Vietnam War, Bad Brains rallied a Rastafarian punk spirit against the international blight of apartheid and the coked-out corporate greed synonymous with eighties America. Bringing blue brutality to the forefront of the zeitgeist, N. Dre and eventually Kendrick Lamar, Fishbone tackled poverty and urged for social justice.
The list of sonic rebels goes on and on…. In , the United States of America feels ripe for a musical uprising. Divided more than ever in its year history over systemic issues of immigration, race, class warfare, inequality, and misogyny, the time for change is now. The band is The Fever Comprised of vocalist Jason Aalon Butler [ex-letlive. By no means do we expect other artists to take on this task.
Most of the people who made big improvements were either assassinated or just called crazy. We make it ostensibly clear that everything we do is in an active effort for change. Travis and John supported my desire to create something a little dangerous that was subservice: musically and in ethos. We opened the floodgates together. Around this time, the frontman made a conscious decision to disband letlive. It was time for a new era. Feverishly writing, each session yielded more tunes.
Last summer, The Fever made their live debut—quite appropriately—on July 4, They hijacked the parking lot of infamous L. On their upcoming EP, that purpose can be felt loud and clear. The people in power benefit from that. Three is the magic number. The strongest shape in geometry is the triangle with its three points. Our generation has so much power.
If we can rally together and cultivate this strength and solidarity, I believe we can be the change. Mark Lanegan is an American alternative musician and singer-songwriter. Born and raised in Ellensburg, Washington, Lanegan began his musical career in , forming the grunge band Screaming Trees. He now has a career as a solo artist. Across continents, over oceans, through multiple time zones. From West Hollywood to… Tunbridge Wells. A long way — but Mark Lanegan knows the directions.
Early in , Mark was at home in Los Angeles, working on some ideas for what might turn into his next album. Then he got an email from a friend, an English musician named Rob Marshall, thanking Mark for contributing to a new project he was putting together, Humanist. Now Rob was offering to write Mark some music to return the favour. In the meantime, Mark had written Blue Blue Sea, a rippling mood piece that he thought might be a more fruitful direction for his new record, and had the idea for a song called First Day Of Winter that felt like an apt closer.
Whatever my first couple of lines are tell me what the next couple should be. Start with the raw material and let that point me in the direction I want to go. So, once I was pointed in that direction, the music that came from other sources, from Rob, I just went for the ones that helped me build this narrative that I had started already. Within an hour, Mark had written words and vocal lines for two of the pieces Rob had cooked up at Mount Sion Studios in Kent and pinged through the virtual clouds to California.
Both Blues Funeral and Phantom Radio unfurled at leisurely pace over several months. But this time Johannes had only a fixed window of opportunity due to his ongoing touring commitments as a member of P. But Mark was sufficiently happy with the material to move swiftly, a reflection of contentment with his abilities as a singer and writer, which have now produced a huge body of work spanning a period of more than 30 years: whether it be his own solo records, or collaborative recordings with others, or going back to his legendary first band, the Screaming Trees. Whereas when I first starting making my own records, it was difficult to write them, it was difficult to record them, it was difficult to make something that was satisfying.
But part of the way that I stay interested in making music is by collaborating with other people. By his own admission, as a young man Mark Lanegan used to drive himself crazy when it came to writing songs. Then again, the younger Lanegan lived a crazy life. He grew up in the small Washington State farm town of Ellensburg, in and out of jail for various offenses— aged 20 a doctor told him he would be dead by 30 unless he addressed his alcohol intake.
Lanegan would joke that his subsequent hard drugs addiction saved his life. Bubblegum saw Lanegan emerge from the wreckage of the Screaming Trees and his on-off struggles with addiction to create a new template for the blues: part-acoustic, part-electro-rooted contexts mostly produced by Alain Johannes, with a floating cast of helpers, some illustrious Josh Homme; P. Harvey others not. Seven years of collaboration followed before Lanegan, now a paragon of clean living, delivered the towering Blues Funeral , with its Harmonia curlicues adding new colours to his molasses thick canvas of ongoing doom.
And now his latest offering, titled Gargoyle. Emperor is more startling still: a psychedelic music hall ditty, featuring Josh Homme on backing vocals and heavily redolent of the Kinks. I also love that song because Josh is singing on it, and I always love singing with him. Like that gargoyle on the gothic spire. Why are they? And yet, here we are…. While Joe had no beard to speak of, he and Scott hit it off, and started making songs together. Weird, right? Why make a record 8 years later? But the lore goes: Joe Trohman started writing songs secretly, scantily clad and afraid.
He then played them for the rest of the band. As a child, she started singing early and eventually made her way to Los Angeles. Martin recently put together a new, high level, and powerful band including guitarist Owen Barry, guitarist Leroy Wulfmeier, bassist Eliot Lorango, and drummer Jason Ganberg. Dorothy is releasing their second full-length album 28 Days in the Valley on March 9th. Dorothy is currently on tour. For more information, visit dorothytheband.
Their signature sound has been featured throughout television and entertainment. McKeown stomps so hard during his rough and intricate dirty blues, you thought he would make a hole in the stage… A must see.
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Grandson is a year-old alternative artist hailing from Canada. At 17, he moved to Montreal to attend university, and began working in nightclubs cleaning tables and DJing. He started writing music at this time, incorporating the unique blend of sounds he grew up surrounded by. He started experimenting with music production and rapping in , dropped out of school and headed to Los Angeles to pursue music full time.
He found a small community of musicians to work and perform with in LA and eventually formed his band. Something happens when Badflower singer and guitarist Josh Katz steps up to the microphone. His primal, powerful, and passionate transformation is the most unmitigated kind of catharsis fueled by emotion and unfiltered intensity…. I embrace it and keep writing in that direction. Little did he know, they had a big surprise up their sleeves. Recorded during a blazing hot California summer, the sessions got so intense that their MacBook Pro often needed to cool down in the freezer.
Wielding that energy, the music taps into a gritty and grunge-y gutter rock spirit complemented by jarring theatrical delivery and unshakable riffing, equally informed by Led Zeppelin and nineties Seattle as it is by film composers such as James Horner. Most people play that victim role. You have the power to get out of it, but you are content there. Joined by the low end of brother Stitch, and drum destroyer, Texas Jo. The music of Memphis May Fire is the sound of hope and compassion, delivered by a dedicated group of men striving for something greater than the world around them.
Memphis May Fire is a clarion call to those who insist on bettering themselves, their loved ones and the conditions afflicting the world. Cares cast aside, problems pushed to the forefront, the visceral connection between artist and audience is alive and audible with each sing-a-long chant. Make no mistake, Memphis May Fire deliver hard rock anthems steeped in modern subculture and the best of radio rock, but their purpose continues to evolve into something greatly bigger than themselves, with no limit as to what they can achieve.
Amidst myriad struggles, they returned from the brink under a new banner. At the same time, I was trying to deal with the loss of my oldest brother which really hit me hard. During that time, we just bonded like never before. We all meshed because we faced war together. We adapt to it. And scientists are learning to measure these subtle changes. They measure electrical currents from the brain with the electroencephalogram EEG.
The lie detector measures the electropotential of the skin. This device does not even touch the body when measuring the magnetic fields around it. As medicine relies more and more upon these sophisticated instruments that measure impulses from the body health and disease; even life itself, are slowly being redefined in terms of energy impulses and patterns.
As early as , Drs. Burr and F. Northrop at Yale University found that by measuring the energy field of a plant seed which they termed the L, or Life-field , they could tell how healthy the plant grown from that seed would be. They found that by measuring the field of a frog's eggs, they could discern the future location of the frog's nervous system. In , Dr.
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He suggested that there is a field associated with the thought processes. He suggested that variation of this thought field caused psychosomatic symptoms. In , another scientist. Robert Becker of Upstate Medical School, Syracuse, New York, mapped a complex electrical field on the body which is shaped like the body and the central nervous system. He named this field the Direct Current Control System and found that it changes shape and strength with physiological and psychological changes.
Since this is a state distinct from the four known states of matter—solids, liquids, gases and plasma— Inyushin suggests that the bioplasmic energy field is a fifth state of matter. His observations showed the bioplasmic particles are constantly renewed by chemical processes in the cells and are in constant motion. There appears to be a balance of positive and negative particles within the bioplasma that is relatively stable. If there is a severe shift in this balance, the health of the organism is affected.
Clouds of bioplasmic particles, which have broken away from the organism, can be measured moving through the air. Thus, we have been plunged into a world of life energy fields, thought fields and bioplasmic forms moving about and streaming off the body. We have become vibrating, radiating bioplasma itself! But if we look into the literature, this is not new.
Introduction to Religion
It is just that in our time the phenomenon is being rediscovered. How we learned to think and many of our self-definitions are based on the same scientific models used by physicists to describe the physical universe. This section gives a short history that shows the changes in how scientists describe the physical world, and how those descriptions correspond to the changes in our self-definitions.
The new theories are accepted as physical laws. The process of finding new ways to describe new phenomena is always one that broadens our views, challenging our current limited thinking about the nature of physical reality. We then incorporate the new ideas into our daily lives and begin seeing ourselves differently.
But first let us review some of our history. Newtonian Physics Until recently, when the eastern religions began to have a greater impact upon our culture, much of our self-definition largely unconscious was based on the physics of a few hundred years ago. This definition of the universe, as made up of solid objects, was held largely by Isaac Newton and his colleagues in the late 17th and early 18th 21 22 Hands of Light centuries.
The enormous success of the mechanistic model made physicists of the early 19th century believe that the universe was indeed a huge mechanical system running according to the Newtonian laws of motion. Everything could be described objectively. This view was very comforting and still is to those of us who prefer to see the world as solid and largely unchanging, with very clear, definite sets of rules that govern its functioning. Except for the electrical systems, our homes are largely Newtonian. We experience our bodies in a mechanical way.
We all have clocks. We need them to continue our lives as we have structured them—mostly linearly. Ask anyone what the universe is made of, and he or she will most likely describe the Newtonian model of the atom electrons spinning around a nucleus of protons and neutrons. A field was defined as a condition in space which has the potential of producing a force.
Thus, the concept of a universe filled with fields that create forces that interact with each other was born. Finally, there was a scientific framework with which we could begin to explain our ability to affect each other at a distance through means other than speech and sight. We all have had the experience of picking up the phone and knowing who it is before any words are spoken.
Mothers often know when their children are in trouble, no matter where they are. This can be explained in terms of field theory. We are just beginning to admit that we ourselves are composed of fields. We sense another presence in the room without seeing or hearing them field interaction ; we speak of good or bad vibes, of sending energy to others or of reading each other's thoughts. Both are intimately connected and form a four-dimensional continuum, "space-time.
Furthermore, there is no universal flow of time; i. Time is relative. Both time and space become merely elements to describe phenomena. According to Einstein's theory of relativity, in certain conditions two observers can even see two events in reverse time; i. We have not yet integrated this part of Einstein's relativity into our personal lives. For example, when we get a psychic flash of a friend in trouble, say about to fall down the stairs, we check the time and call the person as soon as we can to see if she is all right.
We also want to know if such a thing happened in order to validate our insight. We call, and she has had no such experience. We conclude that it was our imagination playing tricks on us, and we invalidate our experience. This is Newtonian thinking. In other words, what we saw was a real experience. Since time is not linear, it may have already occurred. It may occur at the time we see it, and it may occur in the future. Just because it didn't happen at the time we tried to correlate it, by no means proves that our insight about the possibility was wrong.
It would be easier to validate in Newtonian physical reality. It is time to stop invalidating experience that lies outside our Newtonian way of thinking and broaden our framework of reality. We all have had experiences of time speeding up or of losing track of time. For example, we see that time is relative when we experience a very long, frightening period just before our car crashes or barely misses another, oncoming car.
Our experience exists outside the Newtonian system. In regres- sional therapy, many people have experienced childhood events as if they were occurring in the present. We also find our memory has ordered events in a different sequence from someone else who has also experienced those events. The Native American culture, which didn't have clocks to create linear time, divided time into two aspects: the now and all other time. The Australian aborigines also have two kinds of time: the passing time and the Great Time. What occurs in the Great Time has sequence, but it cannot be dated. It is similar to the Great Time.
She must then refocus her attention to Clairvoyant Time. The rules that govern such movement from one time frame to another are not well understood. Some clairvoyants can simply focus on whatever time frame is requested. Einstein's space-time continuum states that the apparent linearity of events depends on the observer. We are all too ready to accept past lives as literal physical lives that have happened in the past in a physical setting like this one. Our past lives may be happening right now in a different space-time continuum. But we rarely speak of how our future lives are affecting the one we are experiencing right here and now.
Mass is nothing but a form of energy. Matter is simply slowed down or crystallized energy. That is what this whole book is about! I have introduced the concept of energy bodies in this book but have not stressed that our physical body is energy also. Paradox In the s, physics moved into the strange and unexpected reality of the subatomic world. Every time physicists asked nature a question in an experiment, nature answered with a paradox. The more they tried to clarify the situation, the stronger the paradoxes became.
For example, one can set up an experiment that proves light is a particle.
A small change in this experiment will prove that light is a wave. Therefore, to describe the phenomenon of light, both the concept of a wave and a particle must be used. Physicists call this complementarity. For example. Einstein postulated that all forms of electromagnetic radiation can appear not only as waves, but also in the form of these quanta.
These light quanta, or energy packets, have been accepted as bona fide particles. At this stage of the game, a particle, which is the closest definition of a "thing," is an energy packet! As we penetrate deeper into matter, nature does not show us any isolated "basic building blocks" as Newtonian physics suggested.
The search for the basic building blocks of matter had to be abandoned when physicists found so many elementary particles that they could hardly be called elementary. All particles can be transmuted into other particles. They can be created from energy and can vanish into energy. We are no longer bad or good; we no longer only hate or love someone.
Within us, we find much broader abilities. We can feel both love and hate, and all the emotions in between, for the same person. We act responsibly. It contains both, the white light and the velvet black void. In this system, the dualism is being used to propel us forward into unity. Beyond Dualism—The Hologram Physicists have found that particles can be waves at the same time because they are not real physical waves like sound or water waves, but rather they are probability waves.
Probability waves do not represent probabilities of things, but rather probabilities of interconnections. This is a tough concept to understand, but essentially the physicists are saying there is no such thing as a "thing. Concepts like "elementary particle," "material substance" or "isolated object" have lost their meaning. If the universe is indeed composed of such a web, there is logically no such thing as a part. Thus we are not separated parts of a whole.
We are a Whole. Recently, physicist Dr. He has written of an "implicate enfolded order" which exists in an unmanifested state and is the foundation upon which all manifest reality rests. Bohm states that the holographic view of the universe is a jumping-off place to begin to understand the implicate enfolded and explicate unfolded orders. The hologram concept states that every piece is an exact representation of the whole and can be used to reconstruct the entire hologram.
In , Dennis Gabor received a Nobel Prize for constructing the first hologram. It was a lensless photograph in which a wave field of light scattered by an object was recorded as an interference pattern on a plate. Every piece of the hologram is an exact representation of the whole and will reconstruct the entire image.
The information is distributed throughout the system, so that each fragment can produce the information of the whole. Pribram uses the hologram model to 26 Hands of Light describe not only the brain, but the universe as well. When we will speak of energy fields of the aura in this book, we will be using very archaic terms from the point of view of these physicists. As in the case studies I have already presented, I "saw" the events of Ed's puberty when he broke his coccyx because he carried that experience with him in his energy field.
The "shaft" of the lover can be perceived in the present energy field, and the clairvoyant can apparently go back in time and witness the event as it happened. The ability to see an event that will take place in the future goes beyond linear time. In using the concept of the fields to describe the aura, we will be steeped in dualism; that is, we will separate the field from us and observe "it" as a phenomenon that exists as a "part" of us.
We will use terms like "my field" and "her aura," etc. This is dualistic. From the holographic framework of reality each piece of the aura not only represents, but also contains, the whole. It is us and we are it, only the term "it" now needs to be abandoned and replaced with some other, more appropriate term to release the blocks we experience in our brains when we try to communicate. All experience is interconnected. But as soon as we say "we," we have fallen back into dualism. It is hard to experience this connectedness when our major experience of life is dualistic.
Holistic awareness will be outside linear time and three-dimensional space and therefore will not be easily recognized. We need to develop vocabulary by which we can lead each other into these experiences. In Japanese Zen meditation, the masters give students a short phrase to concentrate on. Here is one of my favorites: What is the sound of one hand clapping? My reaction to this well-known koan is to find myself stretching out into the universe on a pattern of unheard sound that seems to flow on forever.
In , physicist J. Bell published a mathematical proof called Bell's theorem. This effect is immediate and does not need "time" to be transmitted. In Bell's theorem, effects can be "superluminal," or faster than the speed of light. Bell's theorem has now been supported by experimentation. It would also drastically change how we interact with each other. We could know what is going on in each other and truly understand each other deeply.
We may also see more clearly how our thoughts, feelings energy fields and actions affect the world much more than we previously thought. Morphogenetic Fields Rupert Sheldrake in his book, A New Science of Life, proposes that all systems are regulated not only by known energy and material factors but also by invisible organizing fields. These fields are causative because they serve as blueprints for form and behavior. That is, their effect is just as strong at a distance as it is at close range. Rather than form being determined by physical laws outside of time, it depends on morphic resonance across time.
An example of this is shown by Lyall Watson in his book, Lifetide: The Biology of Consciousness, in which he describes what is now popularly called the Hundredth Monkey Principle. Watson found that after a group of monkeys learned a new behavior, suddenly other monkeys on other islands with no possible "normal" means of communication learned that behavior, too. David Bohm in the journal Revisions states that the same thing is true for quantum physics. So there would be a wholeness about the system such that the formative field could not be attributed to that particle alone.
It could only be attributed to the whole. He suggests that "things" are more connected or events more "correlated" on a plane of reality "above" ours, and that "things" in that plane are connected through an even higher plane. Bohms work shows that the manifest universe arises out of this whole. Some healers can do this to a certain extent by merging and becoming one with God and the patient.
If we can integrate that reality into our lives in a practical and verifiable way, we can separate fantasy from a possible broader reality. Using Sarfatti's model, we begin to see a world very much like that described later in this book: the world of the aura and the universal energy field. There we exist in more than one world. As our awareness progresses into higher frequencies and higher bodies, we become more and more connected until we are eventually one with the universe. So let us look more now at the energy field phenomena to see what experimental science can tell us.
Chapter 4 Review 1. How have scientific views influenced our self-concepts? What was so important about Faraday's and Maxwell's contributions to the ideas about how the world works? What is superluminal connectedness and what is its significance in our daily lives? How can the idea of multidimensional reality help describe the HEF? Food For Thought 6. Imagine yourself as a hologram. How does that unlimit you? Spiritual Tradition Adepts of all religions speak of experiencing or seeing light around people's heads. Ancient Indian spiritual tradition, over 5, years old, speaks of a universal energy called Prana.
This universal energy is seen as the basic constituent and source of all life. Prana, the breath of life, moves through all forms and gave them life. The Chinese, in the 3rd millennium b. This Ch'i contains two polar forces, the yin and the yang. When the yin and yang are balanced, the living system exhibits physical health; when they are imbalanced, a diseased state results.
Overly powerful yang results in excessive organic activity. The ancient art of acupuncture focuses on balancing the yin and the yang. Kabbalah, the Jewish mystical theosophy which began around b. In the Old Testament, there are numerous references to light around people and lights appearing, but over the centuries these phenomena lost their original meaning. For example, Michelangelo's statue of Moses shows kamaeem as two horns on his head rather than the two beams of light the word originally referred to.
In Hebrew, this word can mean either horn or light. Scientific Tradition: B. They held that its light could produce a variety of effects in the human organism, including the cure of illness. They reported that one person can have a healthful or unhealthful effect on another simply by his presence. The scholar Paracelsus in the middle ages called this energy "Illiaster" and said that "Dliaster" is composed of both a vital force and a vital matter. They reported that animate and inanimate objects could be charged with this "fluid" and that material bodies could exert influence on each other at a distance.
This suggested that a field, in some ways analogous to an electromagnetic field, might exist. Count Wilhelm Von Reichenbach spent 30 years during the mids experimenting with the "field," which he called the "odic" force. He found that it exhibited many properties that were similar to the electromagnetic field that James Clerk Maxwell had described early in the 19th century.
He also found many properties were unique to the odic force. He found that with the odic force like poles attract—or like attracts like. This is a very important auric phenomenon, as we will see later. Von Reichenbach studied the relationship between electromagnetic emissions from the sun and associated odic field concentrations.
Von Reichenbach stated that opposite charges produced subjective feelings of warmth and cold in varying degrees of power that he was able to relate to the periodic table through a series of blind tests. These sensations varying from warm to cool corresponded with the spectral colors varying from red to indigo. Other experiments demonstrated that part of this field could be focused like light through a lens, while another part would flow around the lens similar to the manner in which a candle flame flows around objects placed in its path.
These experiments show the auric field has properties that suggest it to be both particulate in nature like fluid and also energetic like light waves. Von Reichenbach found that the force in the human body produced a polarity similar to that present in crystals along their major axes. Since many medical doctors have become interested in the phenomenon as well. In the mids. George De La Warr and Dr. Ruth Drown built new instruments to detect radiations from living tissues.
These photographs showed internal formations of diseases in living tissue, such as tumors and cysts within the liver, tuberculosis of the lungs and malignant brain tumors. Even a live three-month-old fetus was photographed in utero. Reich developed a psychotherapeutic modality in which Freudian analytic techniques for uncovering the unconscious are integrated with physical techniques for releasing blockages to the natural flow of orgone energy in the body.
By releasing these energy blocks, Reich could clear negative mental and emotional states. He observed this energy pulsating in the sky and around all organic and inanimate objects. One was the "accumulator," which was capable of concentrating orgone energy and which he used to charge objects with this energy. He observed that a vacuum discharge tube would conduct a current of electricity at a potential considerably lower than its normal discharge potential after being charged for a long period of time in an accumulator. Further, he claimed to increase the nuclear decay rate of a radioisotope by placing it in an orgone accumulator.
Lawrence Bendit and Phoebe Bendit made extensive observations of the HEF in the s and related these fields to health, healing and soul development. Their work stresses the 32 Hands of Light importance of a knowledge and understanding of the powerful etheric formative forces which are the foundations of health and healing in the body.
More recently. These observations of the etheric body reveal a vital energy body or field which forms a matrix which interpenetrates the dense physical body like a sparkling web of light beams. This energetic matrix is the basic pattern upon which the physical matter of the tissues is shaped and anchored. The tissues exist as such only because of this vital field behind them.
For example, the sensitive Dianne described the chakra at the throat of a patient as being overactive, red and dull gray in color. When Dianne looked at the thyroid itself, it was too spongy and soft in texture. The right side of the thyroid was not functioning as well as the left. This patient was diagnosed through normal medical techniques as having Graves' disease, which causes enlarged thyroid, the right being the larger lobe. Dora Kunz, President of the American Section of the Theosophical Society, has worked for many years with the medical profession and in healing.
However, with pathology, the rhythms as well as the energy levels are changed.
For example, the residue of a surgical appendectomy can be perceived in the field. In physics, this is called impedance matching or mismatching. This process, called Core Energetics, is a unified process of inner healing which concentrates working through the defenses of the ego and personality to unblock energies of the body.
I conclude from the above, and other, work that light emissions from the human body are closely related to health. In one. Richard Dobrin, Dr. John Pierrakos and I measured the light level at a wavelength of around nanometers in a darkroom before, during and after individuals were there. Results show a slight increase of light in the darkroom when people are in it.
In another experiment, done with the United Nations Parapsychology Club, we were able to show part of the auric field on black and white television, with the use of a device called a colorizer. This device enables one to amplify greatly light intensity variations close to the body. In another experiment, conducted at Drexel University, with Dr. Rhine at Duke University for many years , in which we succeeded in affecting, either bending or attenuating, a small two-milliwatt laser beam with auric energy.
Results were shown nationally on NBC television, but further research was not conducted because of lack of funding. In Japan, Hiroshi Motoyama has been able to measure low light levels coming from people who have practiced yoga for many years. He did this work in a darkroom, using a low-light-level movie camera.
Results of his studies show that the detection system responds to the radiation in the form of a pulse. The pulse emanating from the hand of the Qigong Master is much different than that of the clairvoyant. Some years ago a group of Soviet scientists from the Bioinformation Institute of A.
Popow announced the discovery that living organisms emit energy, vibrations at a frequency between and 2, nanometers. They found that persons capable of successful bioenergy transfer have a much wider and stronger biofield. The most exciting study I have seen on the human aura was done by Dr. Her comments were recorded on the same tape recorder as the electronic data.
The scientists then mathematically analyzed the wave patterns recorded by a Fourier analysis and a sonogram frequency analysis. Consistent wave forms and frequencies correlated specifically with the colors Rev. Bruyere reported. In other words, when Rev. Hunt repeated the same experiment with seven other aura readers. The frequencies 34 Hands of Light measured are a signature of the instrumentation as well as the energy being measured.
The ultimate criterion for the experience of color is the visual interpretation. Activity in certain chakras seemed to trigger increased activity in another. The heart chakra was consistently the most active. He will not only remember the experience, but emotionally relive it. Many times parents try to potty train a child before the child's body has made the brain- muscle connections to actually control the sphincter muscle that regulates elimination.
Since the child cannot physiologically control the sphincter, he will compensate by squeezing the thigh muscles. This puts a great deal of stress and strain on the body. Many times this strain is held habitually throughout life, or until deep bodywork like rolfing or bioenergetics is done. Then, when the muscle tension and strain is released, so is the memory. This comes from holding fear or anxiety in the shoulders. Conclusion If we define the Human Energy Field as all fields or emanations from the human body, we can see that many well-known components of the HEF have been measured in the laboratory.
These frequencies may have higher overtones that were not recorded due to the limitations of the laboratory equipment involved. Measurements listed above also show the HEF to be particulate in nature and to have fluid-like motion, like air or water currents. When charged minute particles move together in clouds they are usually called plasmas by physicists.
Many of the properties of the HEF measured in the laboratory suggest a fifth state of matter which some scientists call "bioplasma. An additional model based on the concept of an organizing energy field needs to be developed. The model of a complicated electromagnetic field EMF does not completely serve this purpose. Many of the psychic phenomena associated with the HEF, such as precognition or being aware of past life History of Scientific Investigation into the Human Energy Field 35 information, cannot be explained with an EMF model.
According to Dr. Valorie Hunt, the body can be "viewed from a quantum concept of energy stemming from the atomic cellular nature of the functioning body, which cuts across all tissues and systems. How has the HEF been measured? When did human beings first learn about the auric phenomenon? When was the aura first observed in the 19th century and by whom? How does the phenomenon of the HEF go beyond what today's science knows? I had not yet found the literature referred to in the previous two chapters , nor had I received any of the guidance referred to in Chapter 3.
Were they, really there? Did they have meaning? I'd read about the miracles of old, but they all happened in the past to someone I didn't know. A lot seemed hearsay and fantasy. I believed, with Einstein, that "God doesn't play dice with the Universe. Time and space? That is how I used to think. What I observed correlated with the many esoteric books written on the subject of the aura and energy fields. The colors correlated; the movements, shapes and forms correlated. Most of what I read, I usually read after making my observations, as if that unseen hand made sure I first experienced a phenomenon before reading about it so that I couldn't project any mental image I might form from my reading.
They seem to be tiny white balls, sometimes with a black spot, that appear for a second or two, leave a slight trail 37 38 Hands of Light mark, and then disappear again. On sunny days these tiny balls of energy will be bright and move fast. In a smoggy city they are fewer, dark, and very slow moving. They are undercharged. Apparently sunlight charges the globules.
Now shift your gaze to the edge of treetops against the blue sky. You may see a green haze around the trees. Curiously, you may also notice that there are no globules in this haze. But if you look closer, you will see the globules at the edge of the green haze changing their squiggly pattern and flowing into the aura of the tree, where they disappear.
Apparently the tree's aura is absorbing die tiny globules. The green around the tree appears in the leafing stage, during spring and summer. Earlier in the spring, the aura of most trees has a pink-reddish hue, similar to the color of the red buds of the trees. If you look closely at a house plant, you will see a similar phenomenon. Put the plant under bright lights with a dark background behind it.
You may see lines of blue-green flashing up the plant along the leaves in the direction of growth. These lines will react to your hand, or a piece of crystal, if you bring them near the aura of the plant. As you draw the crystal away from the plant, you will see the aura of the plant and the aura of the crystal stretch to maintain contact. They pull like taffy. See Figure I observed the aura of the leaf.
It was a simple aqua-blue. When I cut the leaf, the aura of the entire leaf turned a bloody maroon. When the aqua-blue color reestablished itself in a minute or two, it showed definite signs of the missing part, but not as clearly as I have seen on the Kirlian photographs. Inanimate objects also have an aura. Gems and crystals show interesting auras with many layered and complicated patterns that can be used in healing. For example, the amethyst has a golden aura, with golden rays streaking out from its naturally faceted points.
It has been studied as far back in history as we are able to reach. Each culture had a different name for the energy field phenomenon and looked at it from its particular viewpoint. If we define matter as condensed energy, the UEF may exist between the presently considered realm of matter and that of energy.
John White and Dr. Visual observations reveal the field to be highly organized in a series of geometric points, isolated pulsating points of light, spirals, webs of lines, sparks and clouds. It pulsates and can be sensed by touch, taste, smell and with sound and luminosity perceivable to the higher senses. It appears to exist in more than three dimensions. Any changes in the material world are preceded by a change in this field. The highly developed consciousness is associated with the "higher vibrations" and energy levels. Thus, we see that, in some way, the UEF is not so different from everything else we know in nature.
However, it causes us to reach out with our minds to understand all of the properties that it has. On some levels it is a "normal" thing like salt or a stone; it has properties that we can define with normal scientific methods. It becomes elusive. We think we have "put it in its place" along with electricity and other not-so-unusual phenomena, but then it slips out of the hand again and causes us to think: "What is it really?
What does that mean? It is synergistic and builds form. That is against the second law of thermodynamics, which states that entropy is always increasing, which says, that disorder in the universe is always increasing and that you cannot get more energy out of something than you put in. You always get a little less energy out of something than you put in. A perpetual motion machine has never been built. That is not the case with the UEF. It seems that it is always continuing to create more energy.
Chapter 6 Review 1. What is an aura? Does a penny have an aura? What does not have an aura? Describe the UEF. Based on their observations, researchers have created theoretical models that divide the aura into several layers. If you are in a group of people, make a circle and holds hands. Allow the energy of your auric field to flow around the circle.
Sense this pulsating flow for a while. Which way is it going? See which way your neighbor feels it going. Do they correlate? Now, without changing anything or moving your hands, stop the flow of energy. Keep it stopped for a while everyone at once and then let it flow again. Try it again. Can you feel the difference? Which do you like better? Now do the same with a partner. Sit opposite each other touching palms together. Let the energy flow naturally. Which way does it go? Send energy out your left palm; then allow it to come into your right. Now stop the flow. Next try pushing it out both hands at once.
Now suck it in both hands at once. Practice them. Now, drop hands; hold your palms about two to five inches apart; slowly move your hands back and forth decreasing and increasing the space between them. Build something up between your hands. Can you feel it? What does it feel like? Now, take your hands further apart, about eight to ten inches. Then slowly bring them back together until you feel a pressure pushing your hands out so that you have to use just a slight amount more force to bring your hands together.
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You have now touched the edges of one of your energy bodies together. If your hands are one to one-and-a-quarter inches apart, you have touched your etheric body edges together first layer of the aura. If your hands are three to four inches apart, you have touched the outside edges of your emotional body together second layer of the aura.
Move your 41 42 Hands of Light right palm about one inch closer to your left palm. Feel the tingling on the back of your left hand as the edge of your energy field touches it. The energy field of your right hand went right through your left hand! Now, take your hands apart again and hold them at a distance of about seven inches. Point your right index finger at the palm of your left hand, making sure the fingertip is about one half to one inch away from the palm.
Now, draw circles on your palms. What do you feel? Does it tickle? With the light dim in the room, hold your hand so that the tips of the fingers point toward each other. Hold your hands in front of your face at a distance of about two feet. Make sure there is a plain white wall for a background. Do not look into bright light.
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Let your eyes relax. What do you see? What do you see around the hand? Slowly move one hand up and the other down so that different fingers are pointing to each other. What has happened now? Everyone feels something. For the answers to the above questions, refer to the end of the chapter. After you practice these exercises and the ones in Chapter 9 on observing other people's auras, you may begin to see the first few layers of the aura as shown in Figure A.
Later, after you are used to seeing the lower layers, you can practice the higher sense perception exercises as described in Chapters 17, 18 and With more opening in your third eye sixth chakra , you will begin to see the higher levels of the aura. Figure B. Now that most of you have felt, seen and experienced the lower levels of the aura, let us go on to describe them. The Anatomy of the Aura There are many systems that people have ere- ated from their observations to define the auric field.
Each system is geared to the kind of work the individual is "doing" with the aura. The two systems most similar to mine are the ones used by Jack Schwarz, which has more than seven layers and is described in his book. Her system is a seven- layer system, and is described in her book. Wheels of Light, A Study of the Chakras. The Seven Layers of the Auric Field I have observed seven layers during my work as a counselor and a healer.
At first I could only see the lower layers, which are the most dense and easiest to see. The longer I worked, the more layers I could perceive. The higher the layer, the more expanded my consciousness needed to be to perceive it. My observations of the aura revealed to me an interesting dualistic field pattern. They take on form by virtue of the fact that they flow through the structure of the odd layers, and thus somewhat take on the form of the structured layers. It is, rather, a more expansive version of our self that carries within it the other, more limited forms.
In order to perceive each consecutive level, the observer must move up in consciousness to each new frequency level. It is not. The structured layers contain all the forms that the physical body has, including internal organs, blood vessels, etc. There is a vertical flow of energy that pulsates up and down the field in the spinal cord. It extends out beyond the physical body above the head and below the coccyx. I call this the main vertical power current. There are swirling cone-shaped vortexes called chakras in the field.
Their tips point into the main vertical power current, and their open ends extend to the edge of each layer of the field they are located in. That is, the first layer is associated with the first chakra, and the second with the second chakra, and so on. For now we will list them to give you a general overall view.
The first layer of the field and the first chakra are associated with physical functioning and physical sensation—feeling physical pain or pleasure. The third layer is associated with out mental life, with linear thinking. The third chakra is associated with linear thinking. The fourth level, associated with the heart chakra, is the vehicle through which we love, not only our mates, but also humanity in general. The fourth chakra is the chakra that metabolizes the energy of love. The fifth chakra is associated with the power of the word, speaking things into being, listening and taking responsibility for our actions.
The seventh layer and seventh chakra are associated with the higher mind, knowing and integration of our spiritual and physical makeup. Thus the study of the aura can be a bridge between traditional medicine and our psychological concerns. David Tansley, a radionics specialist, in his book Radionics and the Subtle Bodies of Man, states that the seven major chakras are formed at the points where the standing lines of light cross each other 21 times.
The 21 minor chakras are located at points where the energy strands cross 14 times. See Figure B. These chakras are only about three inches in diameter at one inch distance from the body. The two minor chakras located in the palms are very important in healing. Where the lines of energy cross seven times, even smaller vortices are created.
There are many tiny force centers where these lines cross fewer times. Normal aura C. Man lecturing on his favorite subject E. Woman after core energetics class G. Woman meditating to increase field B. Musician performing D. Man speaking with passion about education F. Man who often wears a shirt this color H. An eleven-year-old child playing B. A woi associated with the death of G. Man who always held H. Seven Layers Visible B. The frontal aspects are related to the person's feelings, the rear ones to her or his will, and the three on the head to a person's mental processes.
These are shown in Figure Thus chakra 2 has a 2A and 2B component, and 3 has a 3A and 3B component, and so on through the sixth chakra. Chakras 1 and 7 may be considered to be paired if one wishes, because they are the open-ended points of the main vertical power current that runs up and down the spine into which all the chakras point. The points or tips of the chakras, where they connect to the main power current, are called the roots or the hearts of the chakras. Within these hearts are seals which control exchange of energy between layers of the aura through that chakra.
That is, each of the seven chakras has seven layers, each corresponding to a layer of the auric field. In order for certain energy to flow from one layer to another through the chakra, it must pass through the seals in the roots of the chakras. Energy can be seen flowing into all of these chakras from the Universal Energy Field Figure Each swirling vortex of energy appears to suck or entrain energy from the UEF.
Thus, when we speak of feeling "open," that is literally true. We are like sponges in the energy sea around us. Since this energy is always associated with a form of consciousness, we experience the energy we exchange in terms of seeing, hearing, feeling, sensing, intuiting or direct knowing. Therefore, we can see that staying "open" means two things. First, it means metabolizing a lot of energy from the universal field through all the chakras, large and small. Second, it means letting in, and in some way dealing with, all the consciousness that is associated with the energy that is flowing through us.
That is not an easy task, and most of us cannot do it. There would simply be too much input. Too much psychological material would be released by a stidden flow of energy, and we could not process it all. We therefore wOrk in whatever growth process we are in to open each chakra slowly, so that we have time to process the personal material that is released and integrate the new information into our life. Illness in the system is caused by an imbalance of energy or a blocking of the flow of energy.
It also distorts our perceptions and dampens our feelings and thus interferes with a smooth experience of full life. Each of the five senses is associated with a chakra. This is discussed in detail in the chapter on perception. To vitalize each auric body and, thus, the physical body. To bring about the development of different aspects of self-consciousness. Each chakra is related to a specific psychological function. To transmit energy between the auric levels.
For example, for the fourth chakra, there are really seven chakras, each of a higher frequency band than the lower one. These chakras appear to be nested within each other like nesting glasses. Energy is transmitted from one layer to the next through passageways in the tips of the chakras. The chakras in the emotional body are connected to those in the next finer body, the mental, etc. Since the chakras serve to vitalize the body, they are directly related to any pathology in the body.
Figure lists the seven major chakras along the spine with the area of the body each governs. Right eye 6-Head 96 Indigo Pituitary Lower brain. Left eye. This is the person who is very grounded in his life. When someone's sixth and third chakras are functioning well, he will think clearly. If they are not functioning well, his thoughts will be confused. It has the same structure as the physical body including all the anatomical parts and all the organs. The physical tissues exist as such only because of the vital field behind them; that is, the field is prior to, not a result of, the physical body.
This relationship has been supported in the observations of plant growth by Dr. John Pierrakos and myself. Through the use of High Sense Perception, we observed that an energy field matrix in the shape of a leaf is projected by the plant prior to the growth of a leaf, and then the leaf grows into that already existing form. The web-like structure of the etheric body is in constant motion.
To clairvoyant vision, sparks of bluish-white light move along its energy lines throughout the entire dense physical body. The etheric body extends from one quarter to two inches beyond the physical body and pulsates about cycles per minute. The color of the etheric body varies from light blue to gray. The light blue color has been connected to a finer form than the gray.
That is, a more sensitive person with a sensitive body will tend to have a bluish first layer, whereas a more athletic, robust type of person will tend to have a more grayish etheric body. That is, they will also range between blue to gray in color. The chakras look like vortices made of a net of light, just like the rest of the etheric body. One can perceive all the organs of the physical body, but they are formed of this scintillating bluish light.
As in the leaf's energy system, this etheric structure sets up the matrix for the cells to grow; i. If one were to isolate the etheric body and 50 Hands of Light look only at it, it would look like a man or woman made of bluish lines of light in constant scintillation, rather like Spiderman. By observing the shoulder of someone in dim light against a plain white or plain black or dark blue background, you may be able to see the pulsations of this etheric body.