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The symbols for the "Chalice" or Holy Grail (that I often use) are drawn essentially from ancient archetypes that, by the way, pre-date any major religion by many centuries or more, although many are found at the core of *many* different religions and philosophies. They all have their own rich meanings as related to the spiritual dilemma or paradox, balancing or synthesis of qualities (such as Yin & Yang, maternal & paternal, left-brain & right, expanded/contracted), and healing transformation. Here, the Chalice (symbolizes that which) is essentially a vehicle for the Humanity's balancing and integrating of with the Divine - individually and communally - and co-existing in love. (Much more on this in the sections, "Metaphysical Origins of the Grail" and "The Bridging Chalice ..Religion ..Science")
"Chalice-Star with 3 Magi" (6a2) Holiday Card
© Chris Pringer 2002
"HolidayCard 9&6 w/8VortexChalice"
© Chris Pringer 2001,2011
Click to see full size of "History of the Chalice @ ChaliceBridge.Com", including the images originating the "Chalice Tapestries" and "3D Chalice" components.
Click to see full size of "Development of the 3D Chalice" - a graphic history with brief text description of the process
| This study provided the origins and philosophical basis of my writing, most of which was originated and edited in 1990-93, then further edited over the years since. My hands-on and other therapeutic approaches, has further facilitated integration of the psychological perspectives. For myself, these experiences related both the body and the grail elements to the mind's interface, and did so in a way that makes sense of many otherwise-would-be paradoxes and mysteries. Thence the basis of "Chalice Bridging Arts & Sciences".
All of the backgrounds, bullets, and bars on the web pages at this site have been developed from a process that began with taking key lines and angles of a golden rectangle (also called a "pi-rectangle") and overlaying them, maintaining the proportions inherent in the form (see figure, "Overlaying..." at right). As I did this, I watched these lines quite naturally and beautifully form chalices - and chalices upon chalices! (1998) Some months later, colors and depths were brought in using graphics program filters, bringing about the background for the "Chalice Bridging" and "Synthesis" prose further below. With more learning in graphics software the tapestry-like formations emerged (such as at below right).
Samples of tapestries developed from this overlaying are just below, as well as having been used to form the "columns" (sides and dividers) in the faceboard and main link sections above, images in other sections of this page, as well as backgrounds and other elements throughout this website.
"Atomic Chalice I" in colored pen & magic marker, Chris Pringer, 1986; a digitally watermarked photo (with objects over edges digitally removed).
The picture at *left* is "Atomic Chalice I" (referring to each of our atoms being a host for the chalice dynamic), was done for the first class I gave on the subject in Fall of 1986 in San Lous Obispo, CA. Or rather, I should say it was for the first class in which I attempted to explain a perspective on "psycho-spiritual integration" using the Chalice/Grail symbology.
Most of my computer art pieces are born out of direct scans of this piece.
Before I get on with the more technical Chalice/Grail concepts, I'll close the Introduction section with saying that my past and present roles (therapist, artist, writer, etc) originated with an intense interest in what I would term "multi-dimensional change facilitation" -- based in belief that true change (as in *permanent*) rarely happens on only one level of being. And I've found mandalas to be great vehicles for assisting in integrating the various levels of awareness. In that light, I hope you'll enjoy the pages here, and those linked.
"Chalice Tapestry" (Gr3Tp5) Chris Pringer, 2003-'07, with a border formed by a another tapestry variation (the light blue one, actually made into the web-page-coded background behind the first noted image, with a web-coded border around all of it)
"Chalice Tapestry Hearts & Blue" -Chris Pringer 2001-18
This page covers the "story" of the web site and it's main branches, as an extension of the concepts that led to its creation. Here, 'the Body-Mind' and 'the Chalice' are considered in different contexts, including how they are conceptually related. The process of integrating the respective ideals is illustrated at right as a logo (created May 2018, the page having been initiated some months before).
As the Home page, main project,s and other index pages are described in the context of the story (including links), "The Body-Mind & The Chalice" page thus forms an "About Page" for the Chalice Bridge .Com site. As it also mirrors the (original) page by the author at his Facebook Page, "Chalice Bridging Arts & Sciences".
Whereas the original *About Page* for the site provides the business and bio summaries, related histories, disclosures, etc.
"The Body-Mind & The Chalice"
or "Chakra-Yogi In AChali-SyntheToruSphere"
by Chris Pringer 5'18
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Now I'm going to say this (what I said above) in a little different way, skipping some aspects, and adding some others as I go along. The prose on this page says it in still another way.
The C H A L I C E
Personal Energy Blocks -- And Planetary SignificanceI mentioned above that belief pattern disharmony manifests in "energy-blocks" -- to divine flow -- in areas of our body-mind that are associated with highly charged belief pattern conflict. Another way of looking at an energy block is to see it as a fixed perception or association that too finely filters and shades the energy flow, and in some cases, conceivably, shuts it off. Hence, healing is a matter of removing any energy blocks and reestablishing full connection with God's unconditional love, and resonation with the original blueprint for the multi-dimensional matrix, the purest extension of the Higher Self. But that is very quick way of stating what is, for most people, a very involved and long-term personal process, and one that could easily be applied to the societal process of evolution as well. (Jesus apparently did it much quicker, but that's only if he was kidding when he spoke about re-incarnation.)
I elaborate more in the section below on Relationship to the Body-Mind Integrative Process, but to first add a few more words in regard to the social application... We have the choice to self-create (evolve into) a new race of Divine Humans capable of experience that is "multi-dimensional" and unconditionally loving. This race is evolving through learned experience by free will and self-mastery, not by blind obedience and ignorance in a utopian environment. We do have the opportunity to create a more utopian world; however, we as individuals first need to reverse the momentum that threatens the planet as a whole. We must take responsibility for healing our own internal separation and resulting external discord and pollution.
Love allows. Love is the source of healing, as it is the source of Divine Energy Flow. The "Temple Diamond Chalice" refers to the heart chakra, which "bridges" the lower and upper chakras. This is where body-mind-soul integration bases its action. This is where the ideal becomes real. The mantra for this chakra is "So Hum" or "I Am That I Am."
[Extended NOTE: When I use the term "evolution" at this website, I am referring to the psycho-social evolution of humankind, resulting in lasting change on the physical level, not the physical as we generally consider it (with the exception of the brain). And usually from the perspective or paradigm that looks at the recent psycho-social trends - in comparison to the overall course of mankind.
And the above aside about Jesus (and re-incarnation) might be a clue to how we actually evolve - not just by learning from "history" - but also from our own individual soul process (with other souls, of course) over thousands/millions of years. Worst case scenario (?): we are here mainly to learn- the hard way if necessary, to love each other (that's everyone *unconditionally*), and we keep coming back, because in that case our souls are more or less permanent, reincarnating in yet another body, to pick up where our souls' education left off.
And IF so, we might consider that there will always be "new souls" in class - along with the old souls. Afterall, how boring would it be otherwise? Well, a little meta-chologist's dark humor might be acceptable, if not called for, when considering how /if /whether we may change the course of the planet, given all the souls who are still learning / teaching basic ethics (at 3rd chakra level [3rd of seven chakras]), persisting for all the "right" reasons... Doesn't mean we can't... More about Evolution, Karma, Reincarnation, chopping wood and carrying water (spiritually, politically, etc) ... at "On Learning, Fairness, Truth, and Peace" at the Evolution Trends page. IMO, metaphysi-gestalti-mystically speaking, of course. [cp, '09-'13]
Animated gif of a selection of chalice art pieces at my gallery at Artist Websites of Fine Art America as of Dec'12
"8Vortex3D4A, 3DChalice&Vortex, &Chalice5vDoubleStar, w/Flower Of Life E,A4 OnBlack" sig'd © Chris Pringer Sept'11
Chalice by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Rendered in '4StarD Grail' design
"Chalice Vortex &Tree Of Life in Orb 5e" © Chris Pringer 2007
"Chalice Tapestry StarD Vortex Bridge G2a" © Chris Pringer 2003
"Chalice StarD Caduceus Vortex Bridge G2a" © by Chris Pringer © Chris Pringer 2003
"Atomic Chalice, Gold on Black" © Chris Pringer 2001
"Chalice StarD Caduceus Vortex Bridge G3" © by Chris Pringer © by Chris Pringer 2003
"Chalice Tapestry StarD Vortex YG4 YGr" © Chris Pringer 2003
The C H A L I C E
Part II of "Soul Synthesis" regards the personal/ spiritual growth process, from the hows and whys of initial re-establishment (re-induction) of Karmic patterning during infancy, to the eventual release of the patternings later in life. During the intense processes encountered in integrating the emotional body we may need to remind ourselves of the spiritually healthy relationship between the different levels of self. The relationships among the different aspects of the Body-Mind are an important part of that. (See far right column).
A number of essays have been written by this author that clarify Part Two of the Chalice process(es). They are listed as annotated links just below. (Most of these are lengthy, and often in-depth. Your browser's 'Back' button will bring you back here, if you like.)
The "Body-Mind Integration" (Essays) Page - The How's And Why's Of Psycho-Emotional Storage of the Body-Mind (in layman's physiology & psychology): When, how and why tension is stored and released; communication between body and mind, benefits; proprioreceptors, personal growth, massage/bodywork, therapist's approach, etc. Title essay originally published by the author in Massage Magazine, July-Aug 1992. Newly Added/ Rev'd (May'11-July'12) on this page: ¤ "The science behind the body-mind relationships" (in the reference section) as well as addendum essays for clarifying these topics for *common sense* preventative maintenance application, completing the context and clarifying, including ¤ "Muscle Q & A" - a Kind of overview of the core topics, ¤ "Adrenaline vs Endorphins...Brain Activity, Muscles and Tendons ...Aging" about adrenal response related to all the above (incl. trauma, long-term conditioning), ¤ "EQ, IQ, Emotional Integration, and a Synergetic Relationship".
"Opening the Bridges & Firing the Cauldrons" -Integrating Energy Work and Self-Healing Instruction into bodywork, is about a "Chalice-Bridging" style chakra balancing, and may include Reiki and/or very basic Qigong instruction. This approach is based in the view that we each are a bridge between Father & Mother GOD/ESSence, & thus form a chalice for the balancing & integrating of Humanity with the Divine. Or at least ideally so, as our systems are *attuned* & our batteries are *charged* & we fulfill our true role as human embodiments of Spirit. And in the belief that the body-mind can be a primary means of access for finding ones Way, developing appropriate and effective relationship among the three "lower bodies" (mental, emotional, and physical, which compose the "Body-Mind". Ref: "Triangle/ Triad Interface" Chart).
"Understanding the Pattern Triad and The Body Pattern Assessment" - Mind-Body Relationships, (from) coping mechanisms, (to) skills, (to) gifts through challenges on one's Life Path; how the body has habitually responded to experience, as evidenced by the body's holding & movement patterns. Includes "Notes on Mind-Body Correlations - Source-References, Organization of *Body Memory,* and 'WHAT I DO' " (New 12/27/09); a system of assessments & mind-body correlations; aspects to be discovered, emotionally cleared, & then employed as mental/ emotional assets & guidance towards determining & accomplishing life goals. Ref: "Triad/ Triangle Interfaces Chart" at top of middle column. Note: Keywords referring to, or related to, the same phenomenon: emotional trauma, somatic memory, tissue memory, muscle memory, somatic experience, somatic healing, somatic therapy.
"The Lower Chakras & Synthesis of Body & Soul" - Body Memory, Psycho-Emotional Organization and the Body-Mind..."
"Emotion & Motivation on the Path and in Healing." -- A Cosmology of what is here referred to as the 'Emotional-Body' - that which provides the motivation or 'drive' for any sustained focus, decision, stance or action. It is the degree of emotion that makes the difference between a held belief and a mere passing thought. Includes "Emotion, Fuel, & 'the Vehicle' - Fueling or Fooling Around?", "Reward, Punishment, Justice, & Change", "Emotion & Intention; Motivation & Detachment; Self & Others", and "Asking for Forgiveness, & What's Trust Got to Do With It?" (Rev'd Jul'13)
"WHY PAIN? Notes on Pain, Awareness & Denial"
Pertains to Physical and other levels - Aspects in Developing a Practical Approach with Compassion. Includes short essays, "Intro & Notes on Pain, Pain Reduction ...Elimination ...Desensitization", "Why Deep Massage/ Bodywork?", "Should A Massage Be Painful?" (therapy may locate, or bring awareness to, what is already there, but should not add to it), "Touch-sensitivity of Muscles...".
"Victims, Compassion, & Responsibility - Notes on The Emotional-Body, Denial of Pain,
& 'Easy Answers' (Not)" - (Edited Feb 20, 2012); integrates a more gestalt psychology-based perspective (and practice) as regards the emotional body, which lends to certain modifications of the cosmology [relative to Buddhist or New Thought perspective] (incl. links for radio show w/interviews of "Hurricane" Rubin Carter)
"The GOAL CHART - A Flow Chart of the Human Psyche in Growth Facilitation - The Role of Inner-Work in Attainment & in Achievement of Goals"; © Chris Pringer, '92, Rev'd 8'02. (on same page, Aug'11) is "Heart's Desire, Ideals, & Accomplishment" - About clarifying what we most truly want, and how we can have that, about HOW we respond to Pain & Loss (whether caused by disease, ourselves, others, or the economy) and are brought back together again.
"A Gestalt Perspective," and "Seven Phases of Personal Growth" (2 Essays)
"Notes on Beliefs, Healing, and Prayer" - "Bridging Prayer & Science" - faith & intuition, Spirit working logic & emotion. Tools, supportive science, concepts and references, essays, ie: "Cells & Healing Changes: How I Believe What I See; Building, Cleansing, and Paradigm Management; Body-Parenting & Healing Cell-Talk", "Focusing Love-Organized Healing Waters" (based on research by Dr. Masaru Emoto), and charts, ie: "'Getting Super': Sample Personalized Visualization Prayer Chart".
"Body-Mind Integration and the Chalice" - A Class Outline of Questions & Considerations
"The Middle Path Log"
Transcript of an on-line discussion among healing practitioners and students about Integration of Body, Mind, & Spirit (an intelligent & insightful exchange)
"The Role Of Intuition Coming Home And Recovering The "Holy Grail" - one of the chapters of "Evolution Trends: The 'Information Age' And Its Evolution Into The 'Holographic Age'" (1995): including about an unprecedented role of intuition in terms both of breadth and of its integration with the more logical approaches... [a perhaps necessary phase (to precede this) is discussed in the essay (on this page), "'The Lords of Culture' and Listening- a story about Language, Relationship, and the Body-Mind Split - An Anthropology of Intelligence & Paradigms in Context" (7'10--9'10) [or "mind-body split"]
Bringing all this back to the body, for many, includes diet and nutritional considerations. For this, I have written and assembled (repectively) the following pages
a) "Body-Mind Nutrition" - considerations in relating a transition in diet & nutrition to personal and spiritual growth, and the benefits of such transition;
b) "The Transition Diet" & "Efficient Body-Sizing Strategies" (for Weight Management) - Steps & principles telling how to transition -gradually & successfully- to a diet that promotes & sustains optimal health for body, mind, AND the planet, even from the standard American diet. For understanding how and why to incorporate these or other changes as slowly or quickly *as you can maintain them*. The underlying basis for this naturopathic nutritional approach are provided in highly organized layman's language at
c) Principles Of Natural Healing.
"Fibromyalgia - Theory with Examples" (NEW, Apr 28-30, 2011) at the Fascia Memory Theory page - a cause and effect theory - about Fibromyalgia's possible "relationship to a perfuse scattering of waste products throughout the fine interstitial spaces among the cells of the muscle tissues, due to their being chronically held *contracted* and under-circulated, including trauma induced contractedness over a broad-area (including by being forcibly tickled in early childhood)..." (Maybe it's no accident that this came along shortly after the visualization chart at the "Notes on Beliefs, Healing, and Prayer" page.)
"Pattern Triad & Body-Mind-Spirit Triangle Interfaces" sig'd © Chris Pringer Apr'11
The "Core Body-Mind Integration Concepts in Context" Chart at the Organization Chart Page (New 10/10/11), compacts the key points into a relatively small visual space, provides a summary Of connecting points & implications relative to body-mind preventative maintenance, pain management, other aspects, as well as links to their respective essays or sections. Addressing all these aspects and their relationships is what make this site unique.
Some images on the "ChaliCell" theme (below)
wherein the deeper background cell-like forms provide a visual for working with one's inner spaces (especially when full size).
Even in the matrix of our cells, the sacred-geometry proportions actually facilitate (ionic) polarities [positive/ negative or yin/ yang] for bio-magnetic interactions and energy exchanges at atomic/ molecular levels - in this "cell matrix chalice." And these "chali-cells," at that atomic level, operate like tiny but ever-powerful nuclear generators, yet with all of a living cell's frequencies/ colors (Rainbow), given all the energy, including all the loving understanding that's been channelled into this "chalice dynamic." This "ChaliCells" description is an understanding of one reality, and it is also an affirmation. We could add "how might I be increasing in the understanding that this is true, and increasingly true in manifested reality each day?"
"ChaliCell Vortex Torq&Blu SDOctA2SDO APiChalice over SSD2Bk A1", sig'd Chris Pringer Aug 2009
"ChaliCell Vortex Torq&Blu SDOctA2SDO APiChalice over SSD2Bk A2 -CloseCrp", sig'd, © Chris Pringer Aug 2009
"Chalice Dynamics & ChaliCellulor Vortices Of Light on DkBk-A1" -sig'd, © Chris Pringer Aug 2009
"Chalice Transformg Cell-Vortex &FlowerOfLife2 Rot&Crpd (CloseUp)", sig'd, © Chris Pringer Aug 2009
"Chalice Transformg OrbsV wChaliCellVortex &FlowerOfLife2 DkBkV2", sig'd, © Chris Pringer Aug 2009
Chalice Vortices Of Light over ChaliCells, Symmetried", sig'd, © Chris Pringer Aug 2009
"'Celling Light'", © Chris Pringer Aug 2009
"ChaliCell Vortex Torq&Blu SDOctA2SDO APiChalice over SSD2Bk A1 -Crp", sig'd, © Chris Pringer Aug 2009
"3D-APi-Multi-ChaliCell VtxBridgeTransfrmg FlowerOfLife 4", sig'd Chris Pringer Nov 2009
"Chalice Dynamics OrbsV &Vtxs Of Light on DkBk-A1 -CenterCrop", sig'd Chris Pringer Oct 2009
The C H A L I C E and its Relationship to Body-Mind and Personal Growth
More on the Chalice as Matrix and related philosophical aspects:
As I mentioned above, my interests in the Chalice quickly led to the view of it as a theory-matrix weaver. I mean that as in a weaver of interconnected theories about the universe that otherwise might not be considered as connected and inter-affecting, let alone related. I include those (theories) that regard infinite capacity for flex and flow but with a plan of sorts (chaos theory ?).
Questions: Is it conceivable that each living cell is by which the Father aspect of God has joined with the Mother aspect of God in order to create life on earth ? That for the sake of 'balance in the universe,' Male AND Female energies form a bio-electric charge of opposite polarities ? That through this it forms a vortex of energies that form "the chalice" ? That the Chalice not only symbolizes the "bridging" of the two realms (Male-Female, Yang-Yin, Form-Formlessness, etc), but represents an actual mechanism more than hinted at in quantum physics - the depth and breadth of which, could we understand it, would very likely explain our existence? What would make this bridging connection stronger ? What would open further the cell's doors to the Divine ? How about certain kinds of thoughts and feelings of unconditional love (or prayer, meditation, imagery, or some activity that encourages a similar focus) ?
You can find some ideas on that - and methodologies for application - in "Cells & Healing Changes: How I Believe What I See, Building, Cleansing, and Paradigm Management; Body-Parenting & Healing Cell-Talk" and "'Getting Super': Sample Personalized Visualization Prayer Chart" at "Notes on Beliefs, Healing, and Prayer" -- Bridging Science and Prayer (full description in left column). As for "Unconditional love" - granted, that may fall into the same basket as "Perfection." Related essays: "More On 'Ideals'" & "Idealism & the Concept of Perfection" at the page, "Compassion, Healing, and The Practitioner -- and Detouring 'Burn-out'"]
One might say that the above just couldn't be seen to have practical application, if one considers genetically related conditions. Yet, these considerations are addressed in depth in the essay, "Victims, Compassion, & Responsibility -- Notes on The Emotional-Body, Denial of Pain, & 'Easy Answers' (Not!)"
The "chalice," as a dimension of our Being - whether metaphorical or as an actual matrix of bio-magnetic energies of multi-dimensional nature - utilizes the physical body as a vessel for transmutation of our "lower elements" into Light via life's dualistic predicaments. Hence, the body performs this service not just in spite of challenges, but largely by it's very design, storing previously-buried personal memories (and their associated resources), until perceived *safe* and/or *ready* to remember, thence complete the learnings began at an earlier time. Why? For one, our Being is designed for changing focus according to the circumstances or priorities of the moment, or according to a particular stage or period of growth. Our souls are natural multi-taskers, if you will, and utilize a well-designed system of bodies - physical, emotional, mental, bio-etheric - in the process of their integration.
A primary purpose of the body, then, is to tell us, point-blank and in its own language, what we often have not otherwise perceived. Learning to listen to this "Body-Mind" is likely the most highly efficient path for preventative health maintenance. It is also a primary means for reclaiming one's original essence and soul-infused Presence and "grounding" that via meaningful action on the earth plane.
The term "Body-Memory" and relates to how, when, where, and why experience on any and every level of awareness is stored in the body, accessed and expressed - consciously and/or unconsciously. How this correlates functionally to one's anatomy, emotionality, mental routines, psycho-spiritual awareness, path, purpose, and integration, is not only fascinating, but actually describes an individual in a very practical way. [excerpt from "Understanding the Pattern Triad and The Body Pattern Assessment"]
It is generally believed, by those who work with these dynamics, that the body does not store *all* memory, but only that which is perceived by the self as necessary for later completion of experience. [ More technical explanation, physiologically and psychologically, on how the body reacts/responds to this, as well as how we interact with it (both unconsciously and therapeutically) is covered in "Body-Mind Integration in the Personal Growth Process" - The How's And Why's Of Psycho-Emotional Storage of the Body-Mind (in layman's physiology & psychology): When, how and why tension is stored and released; communication between body and mind, benefits; proprioreceptors, personal growth, massage/bodywork, therapist's approach, etc. Originally published by the author in Massage Magazine, July-Aug 1992. Newly Added/Rev'd (May'11-July'12) on this page: "The science behind the body-mind relationships" (in the reference section) as well as addendum essays for clarifying these topics for *common sense* preventative maintenance application, as well as further completing the context and clarifying the dynamics and processes involved, including the synergistic relationship between IQ, EQ, and Integration. Also, for a pro-active address of body-memory, towards developing the most effective system for diagnostics as well as preventative maintenance application(!), see the Fascia Memory Project. For Candace Pert and Cellular<=>Emotional References, (as well as some that relate that to the spiritual and/or energetic), please see Related References Section of the Fascia Memory Theory page, and the "Links" page for "Spiritual Anatomy of Emotion" website. [Note: Keywords referring to, or related to, the phenomenon of body memory: somatic memory, tissue memory, muscle memory, somatic experience, somatic healing, somatic therapy, body-mind split, mind-body split]
There is a form or metaphor that relates to family and to the body's cells, and it also relates to the Chalice. It serves as an essential part of the Chalice metaphor. In "My Cells - My Children" & other metaphorical prose for the 'Body-Parenting' Approach to Mind-Body Integration This refers to the metaphor of cells as children, the body as a family, and various aspects of our emotional body as Inner Children. [See below reference to an article lending scientific basis to such use of metaphor.] It is about ...ideally and eventually, lasting experience of connectedness with the Eternal Mother and Father - the essential "Bridging" dynamic. It also represents the ways that would most permanently (in the long run) avoid the pain of the separateness (and all our addictions and compulsions - mental, emotional, abuse of substance and material) and thus manifest resolution into awareness of Presence... and here we are being creative in our work and play to remind ourselves of the path, with the writing, art, and therapies that we offer and undertake.
The Chalice metaphor seems to be both open and cohesive enough to easily synthesize most all the main archetypes and spiritual cosmologies. EG: In the chalice metaphor, all of these seem to have a useful place and bonded relationship, like family members, in a single working/playing matrix of the Mother Chalice (or more conceptually consistent with the above, the "Mother-Father Chalice").
One of the primary values of the Chalice as metaphor is that it not only allows for paradox*, but actually is based on it or in it, as are many other mystical belief systems. E.G.: How can a just and loving God allow for such gross unfairness as exampled by a child who lives for two weeks in constant excruciating pain and then dies? This is a paradox to basic premises of Christianity, is it not? Conventional religions and philosophies can only come vaguely close to this capability (of explaining how or why such can be) via the concept of "mystery" or "miracle": "only God knows..."
Whereas, the Chalice perspectives (a mix of Western & Eastern metaphysical views, including karma and reincarnation) can provide a pragmatic, and at the same time compassionate, understanding of the how's and why's of the more difficult experiences on the Earth plane, as well as a view of the universe and how it "works;" one that allows hope and a sense of eternal purpose, no matter what the situation is. The masters would say, "Simple, but not easy, some things can be taught, other things can only be learned," and would never encourage or allow more pain and hardship than absolutely necessary for any learning to be achieved. Every experience counts and none is wasted in the evolution through initiation, maturation, and transformation of mankind. (Clarification: it is my understanding that when someone insists on learning the hard way in spite of counsel to the otherwise, that insistence might indicates necessity for learning that way (up to a point, at least), and then a master may allow it until another way will be learned.
The amount of structure - eg: enforcement of boundaries and rules - that is most effective in the learning process varies from individual to individual, depending on how far along they are on the path of learning. eg: Structure is basic for establishing the mental, emotional, and bio-electric foundation and organization of the individual. This requirement is not about a question of worthiness, considering that God created ALL souls *as Love* and to remain worthy of Love - unconditionally.
It was man's idea to use the best psychology of the day - religion, to employ shame to bind the mind of the populace, lest they have to bind the body, fearing, essentially, that people would not be able to resist the influence to disrespect others, even violently. But it worked not just for the untrustworthy (if such authorities were actually that discriminating about who did or did not have or exercise sufficient education, ethics, or morals). Hence, religion is a broad brush, trusting all to be untrustworthy.
Elaboration in the essay, "On Potential Realities, Ideals, Goals, and Accomplishment" [11/29/09] and "On Structure & Learning" (both at the Evolution Trends page [11/29/09], as well as an analytical treatise on structure as relative to various cosmological viewpoints at "Systems of Structure & Effects on Learning" or "Spiritual Battles and Wars" [11/28/09] (that are best if maintained INternally) -cp). Also for consideration: "More On 'Ideals'" & "...the Concept of Perfection" at the page, "Compassion, Healing, and The Practitioner -- and Detouring 'Burn-out'."
BODY-MIND AWARENESS, at the core of preventive health awareness, is one of the most simple, efficacious, & cost-effective forms of HEALTH INSURANCE there can be. Hence, massage is far from just "a luxury item," and bodywork therapies can be indispensable for the healing of certain conditions.
MUSCLES RELATE TO ATTACHMENTS - to what we use to take our stance, to hold our place, to perceive and respond to our environment, and to extend who we are and/or want to be. Or used to be (in too many cases, perhaps).
That speaks not only to the body's condition and function, but to how it communicates awareness of where one is along one's path (of becoming who one truly is).
THE BODY IS . . . among other amazing things, a unique communications system -- intimately linked with one's TOTALITY.
Establishing rapport with one's body can be a PATH to self realization.
ONE OF MY DREAMS is a society where/in all children are taught how to feel/see/read their own body-mind communications such that preventive health maintenance eventually becomes second nature. And actually, for the most part, they would be encouraged to re-awaken and build upon what I believe to be a NATURAL INCLINATION - conscious self-healing and continuous expansion of awareness, taking optimal advantage of our capacities for neuroplasticity. That is a primary goal of the Fascia Memory Project.
And the above goes FOR ALL OTHER ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES,to the degree that one utilizes them to improve such awareness and causative/pro-active connection with one's body-mind, and to employ the most effective tools for maintaining/improving one's health under any given condition or circumstance.
WHY DOES BODY AWARENESS = OPTIMUM HEALTH INSURANCE ?
And How does "Body-Parenting" relate to that in Body-Mind Integration?
Learning from Extremism"
at the page, "New Information & Facilitating Paradigm Shift Potential."
Initiating with a slightly eclectic introduction, the writing provides a fair amount of the scholastics and background research on "Threshold Effect"," and "Classic threshold models - the two most pertinent - as well as a few related uses for this variable that is useful for recognizing, assessing, and predicting key events and trends in processes. Trends being the operant word, since the current times 2015-2016 have been especially remarkable for their unpredictability. Also includes a pertainant review of Granovetter's model in Malcolm Gladwell's article, "Thresholds Of Violence" -- about the "school-shooting epidemic," "The Power of Context" and "The Tipping Point." As well as some implications - but with considerations for practical application, including for how to take all this in - AND references, including an extensive list copied from the Wikipedia page on Conscience. Finishes up with a summary assembly of context usages of "threshold effect" at the site. [New, June 2016]
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Pi, Chaos Theory, and... : It occurred to me that the number pi, the almost endless non-repeating series, as a function of the mandelbrot and Chaos Theory, and thus seemingly going EVERYwhere in the universe ... would seem to be correlated to the need to break habits... note the angles and inner structures of the golden rectangle (based on pi and square roots of pi)... they are dynamic, always turning (hence the seashell that is often graphically overlaid with the golden rectangle)... like chaos theory but less(?) repeating than the --seemingly, but ever so not, random-- mandelbrot dynamic - or maybe they are related in that "the line or continuum that they represent" keeps changing direction (at least relative to what we call "straight" in the dimension we normally "see" in) and never covers the exact same ground, but if followed forever...
Chakra DNA Multi APiChalice Over PrayerBack 8'10-1, sig'd, © Chris Pringer, 2010, with '8th Chakra' rendering for the chakra vortex, which is from *The Chakras* by C.W. Leadbeater, Quest Books, Theosophical Publishing House, Wheaton Ill. 1972 edition.
From here it occurred to me that, perhaps, part of our completing ourselves is getting in touch with every part of ourselves... one moment of focus on every part of our body... at least sufficient to tie it back into the matrix, especially if it were ever separated by injury. Not speaking of missing parts by amputation (necessarily?), but (at least?) all those still attached or within, that might not be getting full or sufficient circulation to contribute their share of the work for the rest of the body. The point being that, one of our missions as humans, in the process of self-realization over many lifetimes, is to complete the body, one component, organ, or system at a time if/as necessary. And that focus of ones compassionate attention - on those parts that are considered less whole or less connected to the rest of self - is the basic means of accomplishing that. And, come to think of it, I'm pretty sure this is a basic tenant of traditional yoga. [8/14/10]
Speaking of charging other elements of nature - if you haven't already checked it out, you might enjoy "Water-Charging -Group-Fired- Healing Technique", based on some very inspiring scientific findings by Masaru Emoto (at the "Notes on Beliefs, Healing, and Prayer" page). Also there are many more tools for self-healing, working with the cells an energetic level. Like "'Getting Super': Sample Personalized Visualization Prayer Chart" (more application of science than prayer in this case, as related to *Cellular Re-Organization* and engaging *neuroplasticity*.). Plus supportive science, concepts, and references.
The "Gestalt Puzzle" is like the human brain as an example of "the many kinds of smart" (in a slightly expanded if not updating reference to the book, "Seven Kinds of Smart") that necessarily work together, and yet in a myriad of ways, even as that myriad is one essential element in the very definition of individuality, the diversity of all of which implys it's very purpose, even design, is to use the vehicle of opposition and complementarity to work together whatever the degree of conflict, even as learning to make all conflict a non-violent process. More at "Gestalt Psychology as compared to Buddhist Psychology" at the "Gestalt Perspective" page
"Diversity, Coexistence, & the Gestalt Puzzle"
For Pragmatic Balance:
(Of this section and related articles at this site)
'...The Eagle recedes, the Dove proceeds, as the Owl see's through the darkness... OUR relationship with the Earth Mother clarifies as our own interconnectedness is realized...' [ from "Believing in Potential «§» Transition" at World Healing Prayer page ]
...through (sufficient percentage of the population of) mankind's achieving "paradigm shifts" in our perception of our relationships - within and without, with other beings (human, animal, etc), and *higher* power(s); perception of meaning and purpose related to those relationships, to mankind's past and future as well as our long-term psycho-spiritual evolution; and thus ...
...through (sufficient percentage of the population of) mankind's realization of balance between extremes (to a sufficient degree), by internalizing (sufficiently balanced proportion of sufficient amount of) both Masculine & Feminine energies, and due to thus ...
... Achieving (sufficient degree of) understanding of and tolerance for the different needs/ preferences for structure (eg: differing amounts/degrees of), why that is; why one's needs/ preferences may not work at all for others, and that forcing one's need for structure on another (aside from those one is parentally responsible for) is usually an act of violence... [ per "On Structure & Learning"" and "Systems of Structure & Effects on Learning" or "Spiritual Battles & Wars" (that are best if maintained INternally) ] and...
... Achieving (sufficient degree of) understanding of listening, and tolerance for the different needs/ preferences in communication [ as illustrated in "The Lords of Culture and Listening" ] and clarified in " 'Empathy' or 'Armor' by Definition and in context with more all-inclusive Empathy & Co-Existence..., and
... Achieving (sufficient degree of) inner-communications between the mental, emotional, and physical bodies [ summary ideal goal of "body-parenting" approach due to a history as illustrated in "The Lords of Culture and Listening" ], and
...Achieving (sufficient degree of) realization of one's "Synergy of Influence" - range of influences in one's psychological history - both personal & communal, achieving objectivity... [ in reference to Note at "Coalition to promote coexistence, religious tolerance, and peace" at Facebook)] ... understanding self & others, more deeply appreciating...
... And thus (sufficient percentage of the population) Achieving meaningful communications with each other, experiencing respect, compassion, tolerance then appreciation of multiple viewpoints, fully appreciating complementary as well as resonant relations, realizing the continuity between extremes within and without, and the paradox of polarity, realising ...
And All Thus, eventually ...
God & Goddess join by proxy ... Goddess emanates role of Madonna, and births the Dove of Peace - within the hearts of mankind, due to a (heart-chakra LOVE) threshold having been reached ...
'...as a Divine Energy Vortex through the Vessel of Humanity, Unity through the process of Duality, Even in each atom, cell, and organ Our form and ego provide a Cauldron For the Transformation Flame...' [ from above "Chalice Bridging" & "Synthesis" over "PiChal-onSepia" above ]