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Deva Premal & Miten Ancient Mantras

Written by Sam Slovick (from LA Yoga Magazine March 2010)

It’s early afternoon; the sun sparkles on waves crashing on the beach below the bluffs. Deva Premal and Miten are in repose in Malibu sitting in the expanse of a large tastefully appointed living room bathed in a reflected glow.

They’re light-hearted. They’re laughing a lot. Not a counterfeit smile or moment of manufactured bliss in the space between the words. In soundless relief, no remnant of stress lingers from the relentless grind of their perpetual trans-continental touring schedule… because it’s effortless for them. They move in a sannyasic bliss fueled by devotion. The mystery of how the globe-trotting mantra singers maintain their collective bliss on tour is about to reveal itself without words.

Deva and Miten lean into our conversation over a glass of coconut water. I ask the two of them questions and they answer as one.

How did you get so lucky?

“That’s what I keep asking myself,” Deva says. “We were galley slaves in our last lives,” Miten adds.

How do you do what you do? That is…how does the mechanism of your modality, your practice of healing by mantra work?

“Deva’s a translucent channel for the mantras to move through,” Miten says, “She was born to her father chanting the Gayatri [mantra]. People don’t understand the difference between a language that is energetic and a language that is created by the mind.”

“The meaning is secondary. The word table is not the table,” Deva cuts to the heart of the matter. “With Sanskrit, the word anon is the sound vibration of bliss. In sound the energy of bliss. We have to say bliss; we have to make it smaller by putting it into an English word. Just the sound; anon, If we were sensitive enough we’d just feel the entire scope of that energy that’s contained in this sound.”

Miten sits motionless in a comfortable silence as she continues.

Valley of Dawn

Valley of Dawn is a community of mediums about 50 kilometers from Brasília. Between three and four thousand people visit the Valley every day seeking help for their spiritual or personal problems.  This is the kind of stuff you only see in Brazil.  The mediums are reincarnations of extraterrestrials.

The do a daily ritualized procession around a body of water dressed in velvet ritual in the scorching mid day sun.  These people are healers. People with substance abuse and a myriad of other conditions show up there to get worked on.

Valley of Dawn could easily be mistaken for a spiritual tourism stop on the way to the waterfalls at Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park or the UFO institute in Alto Pariso or even the The Temple of Good Will in Brasilia, but it’s a universe unto itself beyond conception till you stand in the center of this vortex of transcendence and experience the magic.

Photostimulation

Shealy RelaxMate IIDr. Shealy’s RelaxMate II device provides photostimulation at a safe and optimally relaxing frequency. Invented by Dr.  Norm Shealy, an accomplished neurosurgeon who  spent a lot of time researching pain management WITHOUT the use of narcotics. One of the things that came out of his research was the RelaxMate II as a way to treat both pain and depression.

The concept is pretty simple. Since the discovery of electroencephalogram in the 1920’s, scientists have known that the brain “follows” the frequency of flashing lights. And deep relaxation occurs at these lower frequency rates. The RelaxMate II provides this stimulation.

According to the literature, the optimal amount of time to use it is 20 minutes although many people report a deep state of meditation in 10. Will keep you posted.

Norm Shealy Bio:

By the time he was 4 years old, C. Norman Shealy knew he wanted to be a physician. Just how far down the road that would take him, he could never have imagined at that time. Now, Dr. Shealy’s ideas have been the foundation for pain management therapies used worldwide, and the ”Shealy Program” is the mainstay of chronic pain treatment and management sought by patients and physicians alike.

Shortly after graduating from Duke Medical School, and beginning his career as an accomplished neurosurgeon, Dr. Shealy noted: ”The most common symptom in the world is pain, and yet nobody specializes in it.” At this early phase of his medical life, he decided to look into pain, what causes it, what we can do about it, and how it affects us as human beings.

Open Heart Meditation

Sitting Buddha

Zencast has a great meditation by Kornfield on opening the heart called Quiet the Mind Open the Heart.  Kornfield, the author of A PATH WITH HEART has a meditation center in Northern California called Spirit Rock.

Mindfulness Meditation

The Therapist MagazineJay Winner article; NEW IDEAS ABOUT AN ANCIENT PRACTICE: NOVEL TECHNIQUES TO ENHANCE MINDFULNESS IN PSYCHOTHERAPY published in THE THERAPIST addresses the turning tide in current Western mental health practices. The piece articulates how many mental health professionals are beginning to teach and incorporate into their practices techniques to help a client “take a figurative step back from [his/her] beliefs and thoughts.”

MARC UCLAAnother forward move for Western mental health  is happening at UCLA.  In 2005, UCLA established the Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) to investigate, evaluate, and promote “Mindful Awareness.” According to MARC, Mindful Awareness is the “moment-by-moment process of actively and openly observing one’s physical, mental and emotional experiences.”  UCLA has had success not only in treating depression and anxiety, but also auto-immune disorders and cancer.  Give the article a read when you get a chance.