Monthly Archives: March 2010

Un-open your coke.

Coca-Cola is everywhere at UNH. I’m fairly certain they fund the sustainability program.. 😦

Why don’t we do something about it? What’s so bad about Coke, you ask?

1) Coke is NOT a local business, obviously. That means the majority of the money spent on coke products DOESN’T go back into the community.

2) Homogenized, “standard” products, as opposed to a unique product offered by a business in the seacoast area

3) Overexploitation and Pollution of Water Sources in India (indiaresource.org), Mexico (ciepac.org), Ghana and elsewhere  (polarisinstitute.org)

4)Aggressive Marketing to Children of Nutritionally Worthless and Damaging Products (commercialexploitation.org and schoolpouringrights.com)

5) “Coca Cola has contracted with or otherwise directed paramilitary security forces that utilize extreme violence and murdered, tortured, unlawfully detained or otherwise silenced trade union leaders”- (Killercoke.org)

Anyways, the answer is pretty simple. I believe we should eliminate vending machines completely, because they waste tons of energy and promote a wasteful lifestyle (eating packaged food shipped from faraway places is NOT green). BUT a step in that direction would be something like…eliminating COKE from UNH! Tons of other colleges have done it, so lets roll!

For more info, check out killercoke.org.

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University PD. Bless their souls!

“The mission of the University of New Hampshire Police Department is to support the University in creating an environment that is conducive to higher education by protecting life and property and assisting members of the University community.”

Pulled this off the UNH Police Department homepage. What a sham.

First off, we have no “good Samaritan policy”. It basically is a policy initiated by some colleges that relieves students of their alcohol offenses if they are calling for medical help from alcohol poisoning.

Students at UNH, however, get in trouble when they call for help.

Also, just last week drug-sniffing dogs raided the minis, looking for pot most likely. How is that protecting students? Sounds to me like a nice way to “show enforcement” to please the officials in New Hampshire..

Also, the fact that police can arrest you for having a few beers in your fridge, even when not drinking them, is atrocious. I’m thinking we need a little leeway here..Am I wrong? Maybe a student movement to reduce the UNH department’s power on campus?

One more thing. The university is considering adding a bunch of cameras around campus. Well, sounds like a safer place after the cameras are installed right? Wrong. Cameras actually aren’t effective deterrents of crime, and even after crimes are committed they arent very useful (Look it up). Then theres the Orwellian-esque surveillance aspect…Who knows how these can be abused by the PD? We’ve seen their work on drug and alcohol charges, who knows- If you “look drunk” on camera it could be proof, right?  Or maybe it will push students into a state of fear, a ominous police-state always watching could certainly do that…

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Some Pictures of “Funk the War”

What a beautiful Experience. People making music together to promote solidarity and an end to our interventions overseas. 

-LH

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Are you a Manarchist?

ARE YOU A MANARCHIST QUESTIONNAIRE

General Questions:

I. Do you ascribe to either:

A) Passive-Aggressive Patriarchy: You often come across as: a victim/helpless/in need/dependent

and you get women in your life to: be your physical and emotional caretakers? buy you things? take care of your responsibilities?
pick up your slack? use guilt or manipulation to get out of your responsibilities and equal share of the work?

Do you treat your female partner like a “mom” or your secretary?

B) Aggressive Patriarchy: Do you often take charge? Assume that a
woman can’t do something right so you do it for her? Believe that only
you can take care of things? Think that you always have the right
answer?
Do you treat your female partner like she’s helpless, fragile, a baby or weak?
Do you put down your partner or minimize her feelings? Do you belittle
her opinions?

2. How do you react when women in your life name something or someone
as patriarchal or sexist? Do you think of her or call her a “PC Thug,”
“Feminazi,” “Thin-skinned,” “Overly-Sensitive, “COINTELPRO-esque”
or “Un-fun?”

3. Do you see talking about patriarchy as non-heroic, a waste of time,
trouble making, or divisive?

4. If a woman asks your opinion, do you assume she must not know
anything about the subject?

5. Do you believe that women have “natural characteristics” which are
Inherent in our sex such as “passive,” “sweet,” “caring,” “nurturing,”
“considerate,” “generous,” “weak,” or “emotional?”

6. Do you make fun of “typical” men or “frat boys” but not ever check
yourself to see if you behave in the same ways?

7. Do you take on sexism and patriarchy as a personal struggle working
to fight against it in yourself, in your relationships, in society,
work, culture, subcultures, and institutions?

8. Do you say anything when other men make sexist or patriarchal
comments?
Do you help your patriarchal and sexist friends to make change and help
educate them? Or do you continue friendships with patriarchal and
sexist men and act like there is no problem.

Activism Questions :

9. As a man, is being a feminist a priority to you? Do you see being
a feminist as revolutionary or radical?

10. Do you think that you define what is radical? Do you suffer from
or contribute to macho bravado” or ‘subpoena envy? (I.e. defining a
true or “cool” and respectable activist as someone who has: been arrested,
done lockdowns, scaled walls, hung banners, done time for their actions
argued or fought with police, done property alterations, beat up nazi
boneheads, etc.)?

11. Do you take something a woman said, reword it and claim it as your
own idea/opinion?

12. Are you taking on the “shit” or “grunt” work in your organizing?
(I.e.: Cooking. cleaning. set up, clean up phone calls, email lists,
taking notes, doing support work, sending mailings, providing
childcare?)
Are you aware of the fact that women often are taking on this work
with no regard or for their efforts?

13. Do you take active step to make your activist groups safe and
comfortable places for women?

14. If you are trying to get more women involved in your activist
projects, do you try to engage them by telling them what’ to do or why they
should join your group?

15. Do you ever find yourself monitoring and limiting your behavior and
speech in meetings and activist settings because you don’t want’ to
take up too much space or dominate the group? Are you aware of the fact that
women do this all the time?

16. Do you pay attention to group process and consensus building in
groups or do you tend to dominate and take charge (maybe without even
realizing it)?

Sexual/Romantic Relationships and Issues :

17. Do you make jokes or negative comments about the sex lives of women
or sex work?

18. Can you only show affection and be loving to your partner in front
of friends and family or only in private?

19. Do you discuss the responsibility for preventing contraception and
getting STD screening prior to sexual contact?

20. Do you repeatedly ask or plead with women for what you want in
sexual situations? Are you aware that unless this is a mutually consented upon
scenario/game that this is considered a form of coercion?

21. During sex, do you pay attention to your partner’s face and body
language to see if she is turned on? Engaged, or just lying there? Do
you ask a woman who she wants during sex? What turns her on?

22. Do you ask for consent?

23. Do you know if your partner has a sexual abuse, rape, or physical
abuse history?

24. Do you stay with your partner in a relationship for comfort and
security? Sex? Financial or emotional caretaking? If you’re not completely happy
or “in love” with your partner anymore? Even though you don’t think it
will ultimately work out? Because you’re afraid or unable to be alone?
Do you suddenly end relationships when a “new” or “better” woman comes
along?

25. Do you jump from relationship to relationship? Overlap them? Or do
you take space and time for yourself in between each relationship to
reflect on the relationship and your role in it? Do you know how to be
alone? How to be single?

26. Do you cheat on your partners?

27. If your girlfriend gets on your case for patriarchal behavior or
wants to try to work on the issues of patriarchy in your relationship,
do you creak up with her or cheat on her and find another woman who
will put up with your shit?

28. Do you agree to romantic commitment and responsibility and then
back out of these situations?

29. Do you understand menstruation?

30. Do you make fun of women or write them off as “PMS-ING?”

Friendship Questions :

31. Do you tend to set the standard and plans for fun or do you work
with the others in the group, including women to see what they want to
do?

32. Do you talk to your female friends about things you don’t talk to
your male friends about especially emotional issues?

33. Do you constantly fall in love with your female friends Are you
friends with women until you find out that they are not in love with you too
and then end the friendships? Are you only friends with women who are
in monogamous or committed relationships with other people?

34. Do you come on to your female friends even jokingly?

35. Do you only talk to your female friends (and not your male friends)
about your romantic relationships or problems in those relationships?

36. Do you find yourself only attracted to “Anarcho-Crusty Punk
Barbie”, Alterna-Grrrl Barbie,” or Hardcore-Grrrl Barbie?” (The idea here being
that the only women you arc attracted to fit mainstream beauty
standards but just dress and do their hair alternatively and maybe have piercings
and tattoos) Do you question and challenge your internalized ideals of
mainstream beauty ideals for women?

37. Have you ever heard of or discussed “sizeism” and do you think it
is low on the oppression scale?

38. Are you aware of the fact that ALL WOMEN, even women in radical
communities, live under the CONSTANT PRESSURE and OPPRESSION of mainstream
patriarchal beauty standards?

39. Are you aware of the fact that many women in radical communities
have had and are currently dealing with eating disorders?

40. Do you make fun of “model-types” or “mainstream” women for their
appearance?

Domestic/Household Questions :

41. When was the last time you walked into your house, noticed that
something was misplaced/dirty/etc. AND did something about it (didn’t just walk
by it, over it, away from it or leave a nasty note about it) even if
it wasn’t your chore or responsibility?

42. Are you constantly amazed by the magical “food fairy” who
mysteriously acquires food, brings it home, puts it away, prepares it in meal form
and then cleans up afterwards?

43. Do you contribute equally to domestic life and work?

44. How many of the following activities do you contribute to in your
home (this is a partal list of what it takes to run a household):
A: Sweep and mop floors and clean carpets
B: Wash and put away dishes
C: Clean stove, countertops, sinks and appliances if they are messy and
each time after you have prepared food
D: Collect money, do food shopping, put away food and make meals for
people you live with
E: Do house laundry (kitchen towels, bathroom hand towels, washable
rugs, etc.)
F: Clean up common room spaces, even if it’s not your chore
G: Pick up other’s slack
H: Deal with garbage, recycling, and compost
I: Take care of bills, rent, utilities
J: Deal with the landscaping and gardening
K: Clean bathrooms and make sure bathroom is clean after you use it
L: Feed, clean up after, and take care of housepets

Children & Childcare :

45. Do you spend time with kids? If you do, do you spend time with
children (yours or anyone’s) in a way that is gendered? (do certain things with
boys and other things with girls?

46. If you are a father, do you CO-parent your children? (Spend equal
time AND energy AND effort AND money to raise them)?

47. Do you make childcare a priority? (at both activist events and in
daily life)

48. Do you help make the lives of single mothers in your life and
community easier by finding out if and how you can assist?

49. Have you politicized your ideas about child rearing and parenthood
radical communities? Do you believe that individuals who are in the
movement have children or that the movement has children?

Multi-Category Questions:

50. When was the last time you showed a woman how to do a task rather
than doing it for her and assuming she couldn’t do it?

51. When was the last time you asked a woman to show you how to do a
task?

52. Do you get emotional needs met by other women, whether or not you
are in a romantic relationship with them? Or do you cultivate caring,
nurturing relationships with other men in which you can discuss your
feelings and get your needs met by them?

53. If a woman discusses with you or calls you out on your patriarchy,
do you make an effort to be emotionally present? Listen? Not
emotionally shut down? Not get defensive? Think about what she said? Admit you
fucked up? Take responsibility/make reparations for the mistakes you made?
Discuss your feelings and ideas with her? Apologize? Work harder on your own
shit to make sure that you don’t make the same mistakes again with her
or other women?

54. Do you look inside yourself to find out why you fucked up in these
relationships and work to both change your behavior and be a better
anti-patriarchy ally in the future?

55. Do you organize regular house meetings or activist meetings to
resolve conflict in the house/group?

56. Do you use intimidation, yelling, getting in someone’s physical space, threatsor violence to get your point across?
Do you create and atmosphere or violence around women or others to threaten them (i.e.: throw
things, break things, yell and scream, threaten, attack, tease or terrorize the
animals or pets of women in your life)?

57. Do you physically, psychologically, or emotionally abuse women?

58. Do the women in your life (mothers, sisters, partners, housemates,
friends, etc.) have to “remind” you or “nag” you or “yell” at you in
order for you to get off your ass and take care of your
responsibilities?

59. Do you talk to other men about patriarchy and your part in it?

60. When was the last time you thought about or talked about any of
these issues other than after reading this questionnaire?

Scoring: ALL MEN need to work on issues of patriarchy, sexism and
misogyny. However, this questionnaire may point out to you areas of particular
focus or concentration for your own anti-patriarchal/sexist/misogynist
process and development.

Copied from: http://www.anarcha.org/sallydarity/AreyouaManarchist.htm

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Alternative Healers/Redefining Medicine

  Many know the feeling of sitting in a doctors office waiting for what seems like hours to speak with a man or women in a white lab coat for only a few minutes. Most times these long waits result in receiving a piece of paper with a prescription on it or the name of a specialist who could help them instead. For many, the frustration that ensues seems to almost outweigh the knowledge of their diagnosis and the piece of paper with its scribbled answer.
        Below are the practices of five alternative medical practitioners who stray outside this stereotype and their advice to living a healthier lifestyle. In the Seacoast Area, including the campus of University of New Hampshire, there ranges a wide variety of these practitioners and their ideas on medicine and health that one may never here of from their usual doctor. These practitioners and their work are placed into the category of Alternative Medicine, which is broadly defined as anything that does not fall into the realm of conventional western medicine. For many that means spending hours with their patients to try to help them achieve optimum health.

The Acupuncturist 
    Beth Ann Shmit’s practice is located in the back of an old yellow house on Portsmouth Ave in Greenland. Her office smells of incense and flowers and three comfy chairs are set facing each other to the right of the reception desk. These chairs are where patients spend their first visit—up to two hours—going over past mental and physical health, diet, work and home life, and eventually the health problems or disharmonies they are experiencing. 
Acupuncture has been traced back to the year 1023 in China. Using this ancient philosophy, Beth inserts needles into different places in the body to help remove stagnation or blocked energy, which in acupuncture is known as the “Chi”. This blockage of energy, or chi, results in disease, stress, or pain in the body. She also uses a technique called cupping, which is done by placing cups on different parts of the body and using heat, pulling the skin up underneath. This process also results in a more free flowing movement of the Chi and relaxation. As patient’s problems start to resolve they don’t need to come back as much, yet many continue because they find it to be so worthwhile.    Beth explained that just taking better care of one self could prevent many medical issues in the future.  
    “Breathe! A lot of people don’t get good deep breaths. In our society we tend to overdue it, if we are tired we don’t rest, we drink coffee. The body is intelligent; learn to pay more attention to it,” said Shmit. 

The Shaman 
According to Ann Sousa, her goal and specialty is in, “bringing harmonic balance to all levels of ones being, utilizing the spirits of Fire, Water, Mineral, and Earth.” Her back-round in mental health work in undeniably solid—she has a degree in mental health and science, worked as a grieving counselor for 25 years, traveled with Peruvian shaman, is a Reiki and Shamballa (a Tibetan spiritual teaching) master, currently practices with Malidoma Some—a west African Shaman, and is a midwife.     
Ann spends up to three hours in the first meeting with a patient and will do long distance healing if necessary. People from all around the United States have contacted Ann, who works out of Dover, to ask for help with stress, anxiety, disease, sickness, and depression.  She uses Shamanic healing and “root cause analysis” (working on the cause of the problem, not the effects) to help bring people into a place of peace and continuous health. Using Divinations, she contacts her subject’s bloodline ancestors to heal pain and suffering that took place in past generations.
“People ask, well why do I want to go back into my blood line ancestry? Well, because what’s happening in this westerner way of living is that we carry out a lot of patterns and behaviors that we cant quite shed, its like gum on our shoes, we cant figure out why we cant quite shed them and it’s because they go back and back and back,” said Sousa.
Recently she met with the CEO of the Portsmouth Regional Hospital for Planning and Development to bring integrative health medicine into the hospital. In the past she has been the Shaman in the O.R. for a sigmoid colon removal and a partial mastectomy. 
    For Ann, everyday we can work on making ourselves healthy and whole.
    “Get yourself out in nature and around the flow of water. I have treated people with dehydrated brains; people that are constantly working their brains on overdrive and you need to slow that down. Embrace the process you are in now. That’s where the gold is. It’s the journey,” said Sousa.
    
The Hypnotist
In Dr. Phil Collin’s last year of school at Boston University he was able to do an independent study and by chance, he chose to do his on Hypnosis and it’s effects on helping people to quit smoking. From there, Dr. Collins has kept with his interest and currently offers hypnosis for people out of health services. 
    “Hypnosis is not sleep. I think of it as enhanced relaxation,” said Collins.
    While people are in the trance Dr. Collins speaks calmly and clearly to the patient about breaking the habit that controls their life. This can be quitting smoking, over eating, having panic attacks, or other various detrimental habits people have problems with. 
    Although Collins believes that hypnosis can work for people he stressed that it is just one way of trying. 
    “Whatever works, great. Everyone is different and hypnosis is just one part of the treatment,” said Collins.
     Yet, it many circumstances doctors don’t have enough time to spend with each individual patient to really go over what will work best for them. 
    “Alternative healers spend a lot of time with [their patients], It’s almost like seeing a therapist. With Western Medicine you’re lucky if you get 15 minutes,” said Collins. 
    When it comes to preemptive care, Collins explained the most basic step is practicing simple breathing techniques. 
“A lot of people allow anxiety to snowball, and it gets bad,” said Collins. “Were looking for ways to go, go, go and we need to just step back and slow down.”

The Wellness Counselor and Mediation Teacher
    Peter Welch’s office is located on the upper floor of health services in the health and wellness education center. Appointments are easily made and he will speak with a person as many times as necessary to relieve whatever problem they are facing.  When asked what exactly he does he explained, 
“I offer a loving spirit, someone who treats people with respect and who appreciates the inherent wisdom in each person.” 
On top of that, Peter teaches meditation which helps to quiet chatter, teaches compassion for oneself and others, helps a person to be present in the moment, and empowers ones self. Meditation revolves around quieting the mind through breathing techniques and this process has some really interesting physiological effects on the body. 
“It induces a relaxation response in the body that releases positive hormones called endorphins that make us feel happy and content,” said Welch. “Instead of a pill doing all that work for you, you’re having your brain do the work.” 
    Yet, Welch pointed out that not everyone has the opportunity to seek out alternative care. 
    “Pills are more accessible. Insurance will pay for a visit to a doctor to get medicine, but not for a massage. It becomes a financial decision,” said Welch. 
    For Welch, one step in taking better care of our health and ourselves is using less technology. “We have become slaves to it now and that overexposure is not good for us. It also cuts us from human interaction,” said Welch. “We need to be touched. We are touched deprived culture.” 

The Didgeridoo Sound Therapist

    Joseph Carringer life revolves around a long wooden hollowed out piece of wood—his Didgeridoo.  He calls himself a sound therapist and his work helps to resolve muscle aches, strain, and tension and also to help alleviate stress and anxiety. His patients range from those struggling with PTSD, to cancer, to adult acne.  
    The Didgeridoo’s vibrations work in the same way that a traditional ultrasound does by warming the muscles from the inside out. At the same time the vibrations help to stop stagnation of the same universal energy, or life force, that acupuncturists work with. Carringer also helps people to connect their mind and body through meditation. The vibrations of the Didgeridoo resonate with our natural Delta and Theta brain waves to calm and settle the mind. 
    Joseph does many sessions with patients out of his office in Portsmouth and spends time talking with each about the therapy and the problems they are facing. His actual vibration therapy can run up to an hour.   
    Like many of the other healers mention, Joseph also thought it was important for people to slow down, breath, and give sometime to your body and mind. He tries to instill that message in his patients. 
    “My job is to teach people that it’s ok to say no to the media, no to feeling like they have to work 24/7, no to going to the mall, and yes to doing something for themselves—that something being nothing,” said Carringer. “When you look at all the wonderful things western advancements have brought to people, the question still arises of what does the average person do for themselves?”

         According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) the number of adults in the U.S. that use Alternative Medicine is growing. From 2002 to 2007 the percentage grew from 36.0% to 38.3% with the highest amount in use by people of American Indian ethnicity at 50.3%. 
With such a high variety of different medical practices to choose from in the local area, it seems the number of participants will only continue to grow in the coming years.

-LH

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The structure?

Sorry if I messed with the site- I’ll explain:

I saw whoever modified the site wanted more organization, and I agree. But the way that you did it put specific posts into static pages, which can’t be organized by category or tags, and can’t be archived. Also, the comments on those static pages are much harder to track.

I simply made it easier to categorize and tag things for organization. Now if anyone has something to put on the site, Post it. This way, you can tag and categorize it and it can be archived for later usage when newer posts take its place. The other pages that aren’t under “News/Posts” are static, therefore they are better for reference to specific info that doesnt get updated often.

Once again, sorry, but I feel its a better way to organize, I hope you understand that. Feel free to comment.

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Alternative Medicine/Herbology

Below is a profile I did on Joseph Carringer who works out of Portsmouth. I think it is important for us to remember that medicine can be defined extremely broadly and there are so many different ways one can go about healing themselves and others. Didgeridoo Sound Therapy is one of these options! -L

“Fourteen years ago Joseph Carringer sat straight up in bed in the middle of the night with his eyes wide open. His girlfriend at the time curiously looked up at him from underneath the covers. “I’m going to play the didgeridoo,” said Joseph to no one in particular. He had no idea what he had been dreaming about or what a didgeridoo was; yet something had compelled him to make the statement. The rest is history.
Growing up in a military family, Joseph moved from place to place before spending most of his childhood in Nashua, New Hampshire. In his adult life, he has kept that nomadic pattern and explored much of the eastern side of the United States. His experiences vary from working with hemp textiles in D.C. and in the garment district of New York City, to helping run bars, doing landscaping, and playing music with DJ’s in Jersey City and Portland Maine, to name a few. But nothing could prepare him for the change in direction that would take place after that profound dream and ultimately lead him to a career in Didgeridoo Sound Therapy.
During an outing in Portsmouth about 6 months after his dream, Joseph found himself in Macroscopic, a boutique in the downtown area. There in front of him lay a basket of Didgeridoos and intuitively he picked one up and blew into the hollowed out piece of wood.
“The women who was working looked from around the corner and said, ‘Do you play the Didge?’ and I said, ‘no’ and she looked straight at me and said, ‘yes, you do’.” said Joseph.
The Didgeridoo is an ancient Aboriginal Australian instrument said to be at least 15,000 years old (40K-80K years old). By vibrating the lips, the instrument creates a drone like sound and can be played continuously by a technique called circular breathing. This is done by breathing in the nose at the same time as breathing out the mouth. The technique usually takes people many months of practice but for Joseph it was only a week and a half. At the time he was bar manager of a blues club in Merrimack called Stormy Mondays and one night was pulled up on stage with his Didge to play with the band.
“It was great, I learned to play rhythmically just from hanging with the players,” said Joseph.
When Joseph first started playing it was all about the music, but he soon realized there was an inner peace that the Didgeridoo brought to him.
“I lived near a river, and I would go sit with my dog and meditate, not realizing I was meditating, but just listening to the wind and birds and play and play and play,” said Joseph.
After doing some research Joseph came across an article that a doctor had written about the side effects of someone playing a didgeridoo over someone else. The list seemed endless; relief of muscle spasms, relief of muscle tension, stress reduction, relief of insomnia etc. From there he asked friends, parents, and community members to let him test out his own stress reduction system on them.
“I found out it was helping [them] with muscle tension and stress reduction and I got to thinking, there must be something to this,” said Joseph.
After doing extensive research and speaking with numerous alternative medicine practitioners in the area, Joseph started doing combinational work with traditional Chinese medicine, Shamanism, Acupuncture, Reiki, and Massage Therapy.
Joseph opened DidgeTherapy.com out of Portsmouth in 2004 and learned just how important his work could be for people. This therapy can be broken into three integrative parts which, combined, benefit people in many different ways.
First, “It’s a sound massage,” said Joseph. “That’s the easiest way to explain it to people.”
The vibrations of the Didgeridoo work in a similar way to an ultra sound. The sound waves can go down to zero hertz and “at that low of a frequency range you can snuff out a candle.”  These vibrations warm the muscles from the inside creating relaxation throughout whatever is tender or strained.
Second, is energetically. It’s very similar to Reiki or Chi-gong, but “like a power washer”. Reiki and Chi-gong are similar in practice. Both philosophies involve the transferring of a universal life force or spiritual energy through the master into the person who is receiving the energy, which induces a healing effect. Unlike Reiki, which needs both the master and the receiver to work together to remove energy blockages, the sound waves of the didgeridoo literally forces blockages of energy out of the body.
Joseph integrates the Chakra theory into his therapy. Chakras initially were discovered in several eastern traditions and describe whorls of energy permeating out of the physical body. There are seven major Chakras in the body and each is attached to different organs and emotional states.
The seven different keys a didgeridoo can be played in match up to the energy waves of the seven Chakras. Joseph plays the entire energetic system of a person and tries to align or balance each persons specific Chakras with the different keys. Energetic stagnation and emotional stagnation that resides in the body are typically in specific organs. The Didgeridoo helps remove these stagnations by realigning the Chakras.
“Avedic medicine for 3500 years has known the underlying tones of energetic system line up just like a scale. When you hear something in tune why does it sound in tune? It’s because there is a universal hum,” said Joseph.
The third and final way the Didgeridoo works is meditatively.
“The first two things are really nice but meaningless if a person cannot connect with their own delta brain waves and actually heal themselves,” said Joseph. “[One] needs a mind-body connection”.
He explained that as a culture we are constantly on the go. When we wake up in the morning the first thing we think about is all the things we have to do that day and when were done the first thing we do is turn on the T.V. This constant “plugged” feeling makes our brain constantly run on overtime and does not give our mind or consciousness a time to relax and connect itself with our physical bodies. This makes for a build up of tension, anxiety, and stress, with no time to just release it.
“My job is to teach people that it’s ok to say no to the media, no to feeling like they have to work 24/7, no to going to the mall, and yes to doing something for themselves—that something being nothing,” said Joseph. “When you look at all the wonderful things western advancements have brought to people, the question still arises of what does the average person do for themselves?”
Still through out all his work, Joseph insists he is not a healer.”

Joseph Carringer works out of his home office in Portsmouth and more information on his work can be obtained at DidgeTherapy.com

(CriticalConstant.blogspot.Com)

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