A highly effective massage therapy,
originating in the Orient, based on the acupuncture
meridians. Instead of needles, deep penetrating pressure is
used, usually with the thumbs.
A combination of the principles of
acupressure within the context of yoga postures.
An Indian (East) word meaning
non-violence in thought, word or deed. This concept is the
moral basis of ethical vegetarianism, which is that one
should not kill other highly conscious beings for the sake
Developed by the late Paava Airola,
prolific author, nutritionist, and naturopathic doctor, it
emphasizes raw and cooked seeds, grains, nuts, fruits and
vegetables (and their juices) as well as raw unpasteurized
dairy products and vitamin and mineral supplements.
Spiritual focal point behind and
between the eyes, which is the seat of the soul during its
waking state, also known as the third eye.
Voice from heaven. The audible
sound current, the creative life principle sustaining
everything in the universe; same as Udgit of the ancients,
the holy word of the Christians, and the Bang-i-Asmani or
Kalma of the Mohammedans and the Naam or Shabda of the
Study of transmuting base metals
into gold. Esoterically, a spiritual tradition for the
purpose of transmuting the psyche.
Baptismal ceremony among the Sikhs
by taking consecrating water
That true happiness or ultimate
bliss which is the soul's natural condition along with Sat
(Truth) and Chit (Consciousness) from the Indian (East)
Third grand division in the
creation, comprising of Trikuti and Sahansdal Kanwal, where
subtle matter in the form of emotions and thought dominates,
and the spirit cannot but make use of it; materal-spiritual
region also known as the astral plane.
An herbal medicine that uses oil
extracts of plants and herbs to treat a wide range of
symptoms and conditions. The micro-pharmacological and
medicinal properties of the oils play as much a therapeutic
role as the aroma.
The study of the influences of
stars and planets, their positions and aspects, on human
affairs and events.
A subtle, luminous, energetic field
surrounding the human physical body.
A reverential prefix added to the
name of a holy man of merit and renown, like the prefix Rev.
before a clergyman.
38 flower remedies discovered by
Dr. Edward Bach. They are prepared homeopathically, using a
procedure he developed. They are used to balance primary
negative states which often underlie physical difficulties,
thus bringing healing on an emotional and physical
The scriptural texts. Figuratively
the Holy Word or Naam.
(Sanskrit Song of the Lord,
the Adorable One or the Blessed One)
Forming part of the great epic of
Mahabharta, in the nature of a dialogue of Plato or the Book
of Job. Dissertation by Krishna on the duty of the Kshatriya
to fight a righteous war against injustice, no matter what
to be in tune with the holy Sound
Current, holy Word or Naam.
Russian by birth, traveled in Asia,
S. America, Africa and India. In 1858 she declared that she
had been initiated into esoteric Buddhism. In 1875 she
founded the Theosophical Society for (1) establishing a
nucleus for universal brotherhood, (2) encouraging
comparative study of religion, philosophy and science, and
(3) investigating the unexplained laws of nature and powers
latent in man.
Therapies such as massage, shiatsu,
polariaty, Feldenkrais method, Alexander technique,
Therapeutic Touch, etc., employed to promote relaxation,
structural and energetic balancing and healing.
Second Grand Division in creation
below Sach Khand. A spiritual-material plane, the Universal
Mind, and subject to decay and dissolution.
More correctly "the Buddha"-"the
awakened" or "the enlightened"; title of prince Siddhartha
often called Gautama; the founder of Buddhism.
The group of animals which are
anatomically and physiologically equipped to eat other
animals for food. (Examples are lions and tigers.)
Literally means "spinning wheel" in
Sanskrit. These are subtle invisible energy centers of the
astral body which interpenetrate and interact with the
physical nervous system. Spiritual evolution is a
progressive upward climb from the lowest chakra in the
rectum area to the higher chakras of the head.
Vital life force or energy, also
known as ki, prana or mana.
A method of cleansing the colon of
waste matter, using a machine which allows clean water to
irrigate the colon and an outflow tube which allows wastes
to leave. Usually administered by a colonic therapist, but
can be done by oneself.
The practice of laying on of stones
and crystals to the body to bring about healing through the
metaphysical properties of the stones and crystals. The
stones and crystals assist in a vibrational balancing of the
A Sanskrit word meaning
Reverberation of the sound
principle in creation, Music of the Spheres.
Music of the soul.
One who accepts and follows the
teachings of a spiritual or yoga master.
A colon cleansing technique similar
to, but less sophisticated than a colonic, consisting of a
water bag and a single tube from which water enters the
A system of abstinence from food
for the purpose of cleansing and purification of the body
and mind and to increase spiritual receptivity.
A group of animals which are
anatomically and physiologically equipped to eat fruits,
vegetables, seeds and nuts for food. Scientists who espouse
the vegetarian viewpoint consider humans to be frugivorous,
not omnivorous (can eat anything) or carnivorous.
One who eats exclusively fruits.
The definition of what is a fruit is a subject of
controversy among frutarians. Some include nuts, vegetable
fruits like summer squash, bush fruit like berries, whereas
others consider only juicy fruits that originate from trees
to be suitable for food.
A mattress made of natural
materials, usually cotton, which originated in the Orient
and has recently become popular in the West.
A brace-like device which clamps
onto the ankles from which one can hook oneself to a bar and
hang upside down. Inversion improves circulation and
strengthens muscles and bones, reversing the tendency of
gravity to compress the body structures.
The Divine Word in the depths of
one's soul, made manifest by a competent Master-soul.
An Indian (Eastern) system of
psycho-physical exercises originally developed to prepare
the body for prolonged meditations. Recently the West has
recognized that yoga promotes relaxation, flexibility, and
reduces the chance of physical injuries.
An approach to life and healing
that recognizes that symptomatic, one-dimensional relief
through drugs can never substitute for nature's artful
balancing of the body-mind and that one's environment and
lifestyle, good diet and emotional health all have a
profound influence on high level wellness.
See Gravity boots.
A device which produces and emits
healthful negative ions which counteract the harmful effects
on body and mind of positive ions, which are emitted by car
exhausts, pollutants, etc.
A health diagnostic system in which
the iris (colored part) of the eye is "read" for information
regarding the condition of specific internal organs and
general level of health. Dr. Bernard Jensen was an early
promoter and developer of this system.
A small religion of approximately 4
million people, mainly in India, which has elements similar
to Buddhism and Hinduism. Their last great leader was
Mahavira who lived about 500 B.C. Jain monks are extremely
concerned with non-violence, even to the extent of wearing a
cloth over their mouths and noses so as not to inhale
insects, as well as walking with a broom to sweep away
crawling insects so that they are not crushed under their
An East Indian method of bodily
purification of the nose and throat. Saltwater is poured
into the nostrils and any obstructions are removed by the
subsequent threading of thin cloth up the nostrils and out
Jap or Japa
Intense repetition with the tongue
of thought of God's names, losing one's individuality in the
A suffix added to personal names as
a mark of respect.
A highly complex system of action
and reaction leaving a ceaseless change of cause and effect
resulting from a thoughtless thought, inadvertently uttered
word or an unintended deed, for each of these has a
potential to fructify, not only in the lifetime but even in
lives to come; though one may in blessed forgetfulness, fail
to find the link and call it a mere "coincidence"
Literally "action," kriyas in the
Hindu tradition are psycho-physical spiritual exercises.
They usually involve some combination of breath control and
moving subtle energy. There are many kriyas similar to the
many differing yoga postures (asanas) found in Hatha Yoga. -
Kundalini literally means "coiled
serpent". This latent energy is locked up at the base of the
spine. Through a variety of spiritual exercises, this energy
can be transported upwards to the higher chakras, (see
above) thereby transmuting one's being.(see chakras). These
exercises are not advised without the guidance of a
competent spiritual teacher.
Living Food Diet
Raw or uncooked nourishment which
has not undergone heat traatment (cooking). Alternative
methods of food preparation, are used such as sprouting,
fermentation, and dehydration, all of which do not destroy
vitamins and minerals, or the important live enzyme
activity. Live foodists believe that cooking destroys the
life force in foods. (see Macrobiotic).
A philosophical and practical
system based on the yin/yang of oriental philosophy. The
individual seeks balance with the universe, primarily with
an emphasis on diet as a means to achieve this end. This is
a grain based diet in which cooking is believed to be
beneficial because it raises the vibration of foods and
makes nutrients more available. (see "Live Food").
New Age or New Ager
The New Age refers to the Aquarian
Age which according to astrological calculations we entered
in February of 1962. It is the period on this planet which
has been predicted to usher in the Golden Age of love, joy
and peace on earth. It requires our responsibility to live
by nature's ways and to evolve spiritually in order to do
our part in bringing this new world into being.
A seaweed that is pressed into flat
sheets. When rolled up with vegetables, grains and seeds,
vegetarian sushi is the result.
A method of food production in
which nature's processes are respected and supported (i.e.
adding humus, earthworms, etc. to soil). No artificial
fertilizers and harmful substances are added to the food in
the process of farming, harvesting or packaging. Generally
more expensive, they are also usually of higher nutritional
Sets of exercises based on Polarity
therapy. (see "Polarity").
A healing system synthesized by Dr.
Randolph Stone which includes aspects of Western, Ayurvedic
and Chinese healing method(s) and theories. Polarity therapy
works on the principle that most diseases have an energetic
component as opposed to simply a mechanical due to
physiological dysfunction. Opening & balancing the
natural flow of life-energy (prana) through a meditative,
light touch or even non-touch effective through clothing.
Also similar to Cahuna (Hawaiian) & other ancient
Vital life force or energy, also
known as chi, ki or mana.
The control of the life-force as it
enters with the breath. Specifically, it takes the form of
various breathing exercises that can recharge the body with
prana or life force, thereby assisting in the healing of the
body-mind. It has a tendency to quiet the mind.
A breathing-centered approach which
attempts to create the conditions conducive to the release
of birth trauma and residues of other past psychological
events, by letting go of the body tension and blocks which
prevent free and energized breath flow. It should always be
done with a qualified rebirther.
A mini-trampoline suitable for home
use. Excellent for cardiovascular conditioning without the
negative effects of running on hard pavement.
A massage system which works almost
exclusively on the feet and hands. Reflexology is based on
the theory that the feet and hands have nerve endings that
reflex to the whole body and that by working on the painful
spots, one can restore healing energy flow to weak or
A spiritual technique from the
Orient which teaches individuals to attune to the higher
energies of universal love so that they can be a channel for
self-healing and the healing of others.
Developed by Ida Rolf, the true
name for this connective tissue massage is Structural
Integration. Through deep and sometimes painful strokes that
stretch and re-align the fascia (connective tissue) and
muscles, postural deviations are corrected and the body can
assume proper alignment and a new relationship with gravity
which translates into improved physical, emotional and
Literally means finger pressure,
similar to acupressure. (see Acupressure.)
A blue-green algae which grows in
highly alkaline waters. As a food it is an extremely good
source of complete protein, vitamins, minerals and
chlorophyll. Spirulina may be a key to solving world hunger
problems since man-made spirulina farms do not require
A mystic sect of the Muslim
religion. The original Sufis were those who renounced the
world, considering the affairs of this world to be
ephemeral. Instead, they chose to lose themselves in
ceremonial dancing and music which was dedicated to
attaining God consciousness.
Tai Chi Chaun
A chinese system of self-defense
and healing, practiced in a slow meditative state often used
for centering the mind and body. Recently it has become
popular in the West, and is still practiced widely in
One who follows Taoism (T
pronounced like D), a religion and philosophy given to the
world by Lao-tzu of ancient China. The Tao is a universal
cosmic energy that is behind the visible order of nature and
guides world events. A taoist is one who perceives this
principle in life and makes manifest "the way" of heaven
(Tao) on earth.
Upanishads (Sanskrit) - Esoteric or
mysterious teachings, forming the most spiritual portion of
the Vedas, the philosophical treatises offered by ancient
forest-dwelling Rishis to their disciples. Monduk Upanishad
is one of about 100 such texts dealing with problems like
origin of the universe, character of Godhead, nature of the
human soul and its relationship to matter and spirit. Nad
Upanishad is another such text dealing with the glory of Nad
or the Sound Current.
A type of vegetarian who does not
partake of any foods of animal origin such as honey, dairy
products, eggs, etc.
Of or pertaining to Vitarianism.
A word coined by Johnny Lovewisdom,
South American tropical colonizer and spiritually minded
dietologist. Vitarians believe that eating of the seeds of
fruits ie. nuts, as well as the eating of seeds of grains
ie. sprouts, makes one "go to seed ". This stimulated
sex-drive from nuts and grain fuels the fire to sex and
other desires, the consequence being that biological
reconstruction cannot manifest into spiritual evolution.
Main staples are juicy fruits and leafy green vegetables.
The week old grass of wheat sprouts
which results when the sprouts are planted in soil or grown
hydroponically. It is extremely cleansing and rebuilding due
to its very high chlorophyll, enzyme and nutrient content.
A round cushion used to sit on