Christmas and Egypt … Shisha, Nargile…
Ancient Egypt, Cradle of What is all about this smo-
Dancing at Heavens Door 34 Reuvenation through dance
Stacie tells us about Yoga How does it work
The Power of Drumming
I’m so pleased on being back after a few
months of readjustment. Our magazine did
some turns thanks to a massive response on
behalf of our readers and writers that are willing
to become a part of our team and part of this
nice cause: Helping & Renewing lifestyles with
wisdom. Is not only about being “nice people”
but being it with the highness required and with
the wisdom that implies to be better people
each day. With the certainty that being better
every day, each one of us, that are the part that
we can control from this path called life, we can
achieve a communitarian transformation that
obliges those who are around to be conscious
that the old patterns are already obsolete, that
only serves to expired interests that belong to a
society that already so evolved require some new visions even If we have to go back to basics, where all
started, to ancient knowledge, to remember who we are. Is a new lifestyle that makes a calling to our inner
sights, that inner soul that one day became aside, but, that now is claiming to spread out to say, I’m here. We
al know that to be here we need the knowledge and that is exactly what I want to share. Teaching people and
student to discern by themselves and to say yes only if they are really convinced.
There is a truth that is the only truth and is that one that is inside each one of you, and is only us the ones who
can decide and are architects of our own destinies.
We wanted to make a change to give the second step in our life as a company to tell the story about how is to
change and how it is done, there are 2 ways to do it, from inner to the outer side, or from the outer to inner
side, it will get even either ways, since we are reflecting what we have inside…
Physical change has to join a change of mind too that allow a coexistence based in tolerance something so
forgotten these days. And this is what Vellyqueen’s philosophy is based on. Through all our sections and de-
partments, we will be getting to the same point, the point where each one you encounter your own self and
revaluate your inner side.
In this Christmas edition I want to extend a warm hug to our readers, writers, translators,
editors, to all that group that has made possible that this, your magazine, is every month
in your desks. I also want to tell something to those little people that we share a smile
with this month in those poor villages, in the name of Vellyqueen Foundation to whom we
say thank you for so much warmness and so warm reception. To those premature babies
from the hospitals that are so needed of love and charity to keep on fighting for their
lives; to all those mommy’s with cancer that are trying to deal their deceases with a so
positive attitude that brings us hope to a better future and teach us so much to say thank
you every day for what we have instead of complaining for what we don’t have; to all
those kids and people that in this moment are praying for some help in the streets I send
my biggest warm hug, love and charity that in this days are so open like doors to God
since people are saying I CAN, and helping is like we help ourselves too.
Just have faith in a better future is just matter of time, and from now we are going to say
yes, to being a better human being, to those people who suffer, just remember that is a
lesson, that boring subject with the horrible teacher that made our lives an “8” but, at the
end of year, once the subject is passed there’s no way back to it? Well this is how life
works too, just keep the strength and the certainty that this will remain no longer, you will
graduate with honors, because you know, when you have been in the jungle, and come
out from it alive, you are not a survivor, you are the owner!!!!
With all my love I dedicate this edition to you all, and wish a Merry Christmas and a
Happy New Year 2011 !!!
Wishes our readers and all
the world a Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year
Osiris, ¿Jesus predecessor?: Ancient Egyptian
Connections with Christmas
No need to deep too much in New Testa- by his envious brother Seth. His dead was
ment readings to discover in it uncountable revenged by his son Horus, Falcon headed
links with Egyptian culture. Jesus spent so descendant, that Osiris had with his Wife
many of his childhood years in Egyptian and Sister Isis. Already 2 decades ago,
Temples and coincidences between his story Claude-Brigitte Carcenac published her
and Osiris makes him become one of the book, “ Jesus, 3000 years BC”.
most inspired prophets by Ancient Egypt.
The fundamental thesis that that defends
The parallelisms between Jesus of Bethle- this job is that Christianism that we all know
hem, just like they appear in new testament, now was born in Alexandria under the influ-
and the legendary life of Pharaoh’s God ence of Jewish that had embraced Serapis
Osiris, the “mummyform” God of green or Cult, a Greek form of the millenary cults to
black color, makes us think about the possi- Osiris. Was Jesus himself who, after his ini-
ble connection between both characters. tiation in Egypt, took possession of Osiris
and Horus myths to transmit them centuries
The weight between Ancestral Egyptian be- later dissolved on his evangelization? Or
lieves and Christianity is undeniable. maybe his followers did decades later after
“Moses was educated within all the wisdom his death when they started to print the re-
of the Egyptians and he was powerful with counted of his life on what we call now the
his words and works. We can also read on New Testament.?
Acts of the Apostles. His importance tran-
scended centuries later on Greco-Roman Similar Icons
world. Is then when ancient books spoke Christianism is, since its creation, a reper-
about so many wise man an d philosophers toire of traditions of oriental origin, not only
spent years in teachings in Egypt. Egyptian. The ethic essence that the Bible
transmits in all its books, can be found with
Solon, Plato y Pythagoras are only some of no difficulty on any Egyptian or Babilonic
the most known. Jesus himself spent un- script. One of the most clear examples can
countable years of his childhood in Egypt be found on Salm 104. This text “inspired”
the country of the Pharaohs after running and adapted for Judeo-Christian traditions,
away with his parents after Erodes edict. is a clear copy of “The Hymn to Aton” of the
Traditions say that it was in Heliopolis the convulsive period of Egyptian history starred
city of the sun, where he was instructed with by Pharaoh Akhenaton. Focusing more on
the ancient Egyptian priests knowledge, with Jesus’s evangelic life, the famous Beati-
no doubt, it was here where he had contact tudes that are read on Mathew (Mt. 5, 1-11)
with Osiris legend. Egyptians say on their were also read 2000 year before on Egyp-
millenary sources, that Osiris was the crea- tian papyrus of Master Ptahotep. On Jesus
tor of agriculture, symbol of Renaissance case, his relation with Osiris myth seems to
and life, just like the transmitter to human be unquestionable. In fact, in the New Testa-
kind of the ways of living in a civilized world. ment we can find evidences that indicate
At the end of his days, Osiris was betrayed that, more than Osiris figure, Jesus tradition,
drinks from the multiple blends existing on
his mythic legend.
So we can see very evident parallelisms taken from the stories of his Son Horus and his Sister and
Wife Isis. Therefore, Jesus’s similitude is not with Osiris, but with and Standard God with a more com-
plex legend, in which more myth can be fit that also trespassed our traditions, linked moreover to re-
incarnation and a hope of an afterlife over an inevitable death. Up to certain point, seems logic.
About Osiris childhood we have no clue, no writings. Happens the opposite about his son Horus
childhood that stories are uncountable and rich in variety, that we are able to see in between lines, on
Jesus’s childhood. From all these it comes, for example, the traditional identification that can be seen
on Virgin’s Mary with the child on her arms, with the classic icon of the Egyptian figure of Goddess
Isis and her son Horus on her lap. Not only is the composition of the image identical, but the details
that compound it: Virgin’s gesture with the crown, her hand over the chest feeding the baby, etc.
With almost one hundred percent of certainty, this role model was obtained by old Christians from
Isis images that were in the walls of the temples of this Goddess in Rome. This way the figure Jesus-
Horus trespassed to the European Medieval Tradition. In it, the most important examples were pre-
served through the roman and Gothic statues.
With almost one hundred percent of certainty,
this role model was obtained by old Christians Thoth and the Annunciation
from Isis images that were in the walls of the
temples of this Goddess in Rome. This way the Jesus birth and the circumstances that pre-
figure Jesus-Horus trespassed to the European ceded also present very similar elements clearly
Medieval Tradition. taken from Egyptian tradition. One of the dorms
that surround the Sancta Sanctorum from
Amon’s Temple in Luxor, we can see over one
In it, the most important examples were pre- of the walls one of the most curious Egyptian
served through the roman and Gothic statues. representations, that for his sovereign justified
Added to some other elements that are seen in the divine origin of royalty: The divine birth that
Roman iconography with a clear Egyptian ori- is in the commonly called Birth Hall. Although
gin, we can understand that is not a crazy iden- the pass of time has damaged inevitably the
tification of Osiris with Jesus and some of his emboss of this Theo gamy, still can be appreci-
stars. At the beginning of 4th century BC the ex- ated the stages that supposed the encounter
pansion of Isis-Osiris cult was very ample in this with divinity. Similarities between the birth of
region. Amenofis III jyst like is in this case in The temple
of Luxor, with Jesus are remarkable. In this ex-
ample the main star was Amenofis’s Mother,
Is difficult to admit that, if we accept that he did- Mutemuia. In one of the first embosses la future
n’t remain in Egypt just like it has been said Queen Mother plays the same role as virgin
also, and that he really lived in Palestine, Jesus Mary. IN there she is presented to God Amon of
wouldn’t have know some chapels that existed Tebas by God Thoth that, Ibis-bird Headed, was
in the honor of Mother Isis through all Palestine. in charged of taking good note of everything that
2000 years ago Isis religion was disseminated was happening in this divine encounter.
through all the Roman Empire. Among soldiers
it was the most flowed believe, for what is not
weird to find references of Egyptian cult in other According to these embosses and exactly like
religions bon from the shadows of Rome during what happened with Virgin Mary, and Holy Spirit
these years. such a contact never supposed a sexual con-
tact, but a simple magical gesture. In Luxor’s
case, this encounter represented bis a bis, be-
tween Mutemuia and Amon in which they ap-
pear seated and handholded. This way we can
see how an idea of such an mystic union be-
tween Holy Spirit and Virgin Mary very far from
physical contact and direct contact finds a re-
flection on Ancient traditions of the union be-
tween a God and Pharaoh’s Mother.
Announced by Stars The same Magic Kings
Like we have explained, there are no texts Our next similarity example, between Jesus
preserved, where birth and childhood of God and Horus, is clearly exactly the same.
Osiris spoken. Maybe this detail is another Through Mathew Gospel, Mt, 2, 1-11 we know
element that has in common with Master Je- that when Jesus was born 3 kings from East
sus: In both cases there are no data about first presented themselves. They followed a star
years. until they got to Bethlehem’s House in which
the kid was born. Well, for Horus “myth” which
On the contrary, we do know when they were is not a myth anymore contains a very similar
born and under which circumstances. We ingredient. Egyptian temples had something
have also seen that Jesus birth was similar to called, Mammisi or Birth Temple.
Horus’s the son of Osiris. Since the New Tes-
tament, to be more exact, Mathew Gospel, Inside, stories about celebrations and rituals
gives us a new clue that relates Jesus and related to divinities birth were told. In the spe-
Osiris once again. cific case of Temple Edfu in Egypt, honored to
Falcon God Horus, the moments of this divine
For ancient Egyptians Osiris’s birth was the birth are recreated in all its different stages as
first day of the year, meaning the date that Sir- if it was a modern cartoon. What is amazing is
ius star appeared in the firmament. This hap- that in those walls the same Magic Kings are
pened by mid of June of our modern Calendar. foreseen.
During these days near summer solstice Even though Mathew never specifies numbers
( June 21st ),the Egyptians used to exchange or names, in Egyptian texts 4 of them are
presents. It was the opening of Opet’s Holiday, named. Each one of them came from one of
the celebration of the beginning of a new year the four cardinal points, meaning that they
that foretells continuity and cosmic balance were coming from far Egypt and all directions.
during the next 365 days.
Their mission was, just like the mission of the
In Jesus’s case celebration is exactly the sacred writings, adore and bring each one of
same just that in another season of the year. them a present to the newborn kid. Surpris-
Morelikely to be near to Winter solstice ( De- ingly these gifts were Gold, Incense, myrrh
cember 21st ) and no matter if there is no re- and a book of magic. But similarities don’t stop
cord about which star, planet o conjunction is, in here. In relation with this legend about divin-
also counts with the presence of star as an ity birth oh Pharaonic ages, one way that
announcing element of the imminent birth. Egyptians had to celebrate this tradition was
giving eggs as presents.
Today we will call them Easter eggs, for Jesus
The Egyptians used to relate the yolk of the In Egypt the fish was also the symbol of the
egg as the sun and the life that popped out deceased. In some representation of God
from the shell. Giving these products they as- Anubis, mummifying the body we are able to
sure natural course and balance, which see how this is replaced by the fish.
means that it was a way a little speculative of
adoring the same goals that God Osiris was
chasing about life and resurrection. Later, Jesus will recover this idea like the soul
of mankind. This is how the word “Ichtus”
Despite of these clear similarities is very curi- meaning “Iesous Christos Theou Yios Soter”,
ous to see that most of the writers of those Jesus Christ son of Savior God, in the writings
days seem blind among all this evident paral- of the first Christians.
lelisms between Jesus origins and in this case
rituals to Osiris. The puritans sustained that all Other parallelisms with Osiris
these similarities that Osiris ad Jesus shared
is the devils master piece.
The links between aspects of the legend of
On the contrary , author like Juliano and Ter- Osiris and Jesus’s life go further more of what
tuliano, called the attention over these writings we are able to see in this article, centered
and its coincidences that for them had nothing mostly on Christmas celebrations. Plutarch ( II
to do with devil. They were all the opposite. AC) published on his Morelia the unique total
And instead of that the idea of Jesus was version that has arrived to us about Osiris’s
Spreads all over the region and thanks to legend. Isis and Osiris picks a whole cast of
Saint Paul, in a way that no one would imag- traditions that we are able to find in uncount-
ine back then. And not before the hieroglyph- able Egyptian versions, than have been kept
ics were decoded in 1822 by French philolo- until today.
gist Jean-François Champollion silence kept
hiding an uncomfortable truth that church has
been manipulating ever since. In this master piece, we can find for example,
that Osiris died one Friday and died the third
Jesus, Egyptian fisherman day after, something identical to what we have
heard about Master Jesus with his disciple
In the fishing scenes in some tombs of Luxor Jude, and Osiris was betrayed by a sibling, his
belonging to the New Empire (Near 1400 BC), brother Seth…
spare moments are not shown just like we are
suppose to imagine. The symbolism reflected
is much more elaborated. And, even though
has come to us totally deformed due to Jewish
-Christian tradition, still can be seen its real
background. The message transmitted, is the
idea of becoming with the fish shape, to illus-
trate the 2 main stages of the soul though the
after life waters. This way the soul will be iden-
tified with Osiris. Jesus took this symbol when
he became fisherman of human kind.
Stacie Michele Jones, B.A. Humanities
Mama, take these
guns away from me,
I can't use them any-
There's a long black
cloud followin' me.
I feel like I'm
knockin' on heavens
I forgot my kaftan! What was I going to wear over my costume? After a bit of grumbling, I decided to use
the yoga/beach blanket I keep in my van. I had 2 1/2 hours until show time and something had to cover
my costume! I had no idea it would evolve into a surreal moment.
A few minutes later, I’m standing out on Prospect Ave in a purple and pink folkloric belly dance costume
shaking the sand out of my beloved pink and white yoga/beach blanket. I was admiring all the bright col-
ors in the window of an empty store front, until I was startled by a strange voice.
“Hello, young lady.” Wow, young lady is flattering when you’re 40 years old. There was an old man that
looked liked a repairman surveying me. “What are you? A belly dancer or something?”
“Yes, sir I am!” Why am I 40 years old and still calling people sir?
“Where do you do that? In there?” He pointed to the empty store.
“No over there.” I pointed to White Rabbit Cabaret across the street.
“What is that, a rabbit place?”
“No, it’s a night club.”
He hands me a small piece of paper. “Here read this. It’s a lot better for you than belly dancing.”
Jesus is coming. Are you ready? Those are the words emblazoned on top of this paper.
“Excuse, me sir, but there is nothing wrong with belly dancing.”
“He’s coming!” Then he walked away.
“Jesus loves eveybody, even belly dancers!”, I’m shaking my fist,screaming and everyone in Fountain
Square heard me.
So I was irritated, why did this guy assume that I need to get ready for the coming of Jesus? I could say I
am a yoga practicing, belly dancer that did my sun salutes that morning. However, I’m just another fe-
male human being I said my morning prayers. I wasn’t holding just any old blanket, it’s yoga blanket- a
sacred object. That blanket has been in my arsenal for 10 years. I’ll keep washing it and it will be a
source of comfort to anyone in needs until it’s thread bare.
Upon returning to White Rabbit Cabaret, I proceed to tell anyone who would listen about my surreal en-
counter. The bartender informed me that the piece of paper in my hand was a “tract” and that I had been
witnessed. Witness to what? Discrimination? Finally, my blood pressure was low enough to do what I do
before every show: roll out my yoga mat, step into Tadasana and press my palms together. Every time I
do the world instantly becomes a more civil place. I finished my warm-up as always, sitting in Sukasana
and chanting the following prayers 3 times each:
Oddly enough, the blanket was too small to
work as a cover-up for my costume. I just wore
a sweater instead. The show went well and
once again I was filled with unconditional grati-
tude. But 24 hours later I was still on Prospect
Avenue talking to the guy that looked like a re-
pairman. Why? Because I’ve walked away from
my own defense too many times. I have let far
too many rude comments about yoga slide. I
have practiced silence after far too many sexual
innuendos about belly dancing.
Why have I remained silent and walked away?
Because of the yogic principles of Ahimsa and
Sauca. Ahimsa is the practice of non-violence. It
includes: “Not speaking that which, even though
“Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna
truthful, could injure others.” Sauca is cleanli-
Krisha, Krishna Hare, Hare
ness and includes pure thoughts, “attending to
Hare Rama, Hare Rama
internal cleanliness such as avoiding the impuri-
Rama Rama, Hare Hare”
ties of anger and egoism.” Somethings are not
worth getting mad about, but I keep walking
“Lord Krsna Lord Krnsa
away from the same battle. So many people
Krsna Krsna Lord Lord
thought yoga was just a fad and I would get
Lord Rama Lord Rama
over it. However, I have been practicing for 20
Rama Rama Lord Lord"
years and I am not going to stop.
When other people degrade my spiritual prac-
tice, it breaks my heart. I respect the religious
Lokaa samastaa sukhino bhavantu
beliefs of other people. I am not entitled to re-
"May all worlds be happy."
spect from anyone, but I certainly appreciate it. I
collect funny yoga jokes and advertisements
Translations by Randall K. Moore
that exploit yoga. Belly dance is an art form.
Please gentleman, do not broadcast your lack of
respect for women. Pretend to have some class
and taste and keep your perverted comments in
the locker room.
Why did the street evangelist think belly dancing
was bad for me? Is he interested in knowing that
my unborn son and I almost died in a car accident
nine years ago?
When that happened I already had a serious neck
injury, because eleven months prior I had been
rear ended in a three car pile-up. Belly dancing
and yoga healed my damaged spine and soothed
my soul from the
trauma. So no, belly
dancing is not bad
for me. I know the
and I agree on one
thing, the world
needs Jesus. Jesus
is always on my
guest list, because
every day I offer my
art to the highest
I feel confident say-
ing that I will never
forget my kaftan
ele Jones lives in
U.S.A. and has
been dancing for 31
years. Her com-
pany, Tapestry Ki-
netics preserves movement traditions through
education, practice and research. She teaches
dance, Pilates Mat and yoga privately and at IU-
PUI continuing studies.
The drum has been the guiding force in my life for many years. A Guide to Sacred
Drumming. I had a deep respect for the power of the ceremonial rhythms and drum
traditions, but I had to follow my own path of rhythm.
Though Princess Jasmine was my mentor, the drum became my teacher and creative
addiction. I developed an insatiable thirst for its rhythms. I became a rhythm seeker,
learning new rhythms from other drummers, from nature, and from dreams and vi-
sions. I explored the rhythms of many of the world's shamanic and spiritual traditions.
It was only natural, at least from my perspective, that rhythm, as a path, would lead
me to the rhythmic roots of all cultures.
As I learned the drum ways of various world cultures, I found the same rhythmic quali-
ties underlying all of them. Like the colors of the rainbow, each culture has its own hue
or identity, yet each is a part of the whole. Although the focus or intent differs from cul-
ture to culture, rhythmic drumming invariably has the same power and effects in all
traditions. The resonant qualities and attributes of these rhythmic phenomena are uni-
versal and come into play whenever we drum.
The sound waves produced by the drum impart their energy to the resonating systems
of the body, mind, and spirit, making them vibrate in sympathy. When we drum, our
living flesh, brainwaves, and spiritual energy centers begin to vibrate in response. This
sympathetic resonance leaves reverberating effects up to 72 hours after a drum ses-
sion. These powerful effects can best be described in terms of their influence on the
subtle energy centers known as chakras.
The Seven Chakras
The spiritual traditions of the Hopi, Cherokee, Tibetan, Hindu, and other cultures
teach us that there are vibratory centers within the human body. All describe spin-
ning wheels of energy called chakras, lying along the spine. There are seven major
chakras situated along the vertical spinal axis from the genital region to the crown of
the head. They vary in size, depending on their level of activity. When highly active
and energized, they can expand to the size of a small plate. They can shrink to the
size of a penny when closed or shut down. When in balance, they are about the size
of a silver dollar. Each vortex of energy is associated with a specific color of the rain-
bow, distinct parts of the body, and with particular functions of consciousness. Chak-
ras function much like electrical junction boxes, mediating spiritual energy through-
out the entire mind-body system. They are the interface among the physical, men-
tal, and spiritual aspects of one's being. Imbalances in chakras lead to imbalances in
body, mind, and spirit. Drumming creates a vibratory resonance that activates, bal-
ances, and aligns the chakra system.
The Base Chakra
The first or base chakra is red in color. It is located at the base of the spine and is
associated with issues of basic health and survival. It is related to the anus and the
adrenal glands. Resonating the base chakra grounds the spiritual forces in the body
to the Earth and the physical realm of reality. When poorly grounded, your spatial
understanding is impaired. You may stumble around physically, mentally, spiritually,
and emotionally. Grounding enhances your ability to function effectively on a day-to-
day basis. Drumming also maintains a grounding Earth connection for those seeking
altered states of consciousness or alternate realities. One of the paradoxes of rhyth-
mic stimulation is that it has not only the power to move your awareness out of the
confines of the conceptual mind into realms beyond time and space but also the ca-
pacity to ground you firmly in the present moment. It allows you to maintain a por-
tion of ordinary awareness while experiencing non-ordinary awareness. This permits
full recall later of the visionary experience. The base chakra is also known as a
storehouse for a fiery energy that, if awakened, rises up the spine, illuminating all
the chakras. In the Hindu tradition, this dormant energy is known as the "kundalini"
or "serpent fire." This spiritual flame within can be rekindled by drumming, thereby
igniting the Rainbow Fire of a fully activated chakra system. With the rising of the
kundalini and the activation of succeeding chakras, an individual becomes more
highly conscious and spiritually transformed.
The Sacral Chakra
The second or sacral chakra is orange and is located just below the navel in the abdominal area. This
chakra affects the sexual organs. The functions associated with this center are emotion, vitality, fertil-
ity, reproduction, and sexual energy in general. Likewise, any problems in these functions can be iden-
tified and resolved through this chakra. The physical transmission of rhythmic energy to the sacral
chakra removes any blockages that may hamper these functions. Drumming is an excellent way of
keeping your sexual and creative energy vitalized, a great help in channeling energy into your work and
The Navel Chakra
The third chakra is located just above the navel in the solar plexus and is related to the digestive or-
gans. Yellow in color, it is the seat of the will-your power center. Its energy expresses personal power,
which is called hiimori (windhorse) in the Mongolian tradition. It is associated with action, assertion,
empowerment, and ego mastery. It is the area where chi or life force is stored. Malfunctions in the na-
vel chakra may leave you feeling tired, powerless, and withdrawn. Shamans tend to believe that this is
a very important chakra since the accumulation and maintenance of power are fundamental to sha-
Many shamanic cultures place great emphasis on drumming, for the drum unites masculine and femi-
nine energies, generating the force that weaves the web of life. Drumming cultivates life force energy
in the lower energy centers of the body, which is then stored in the area of the solar plexus. This en-
ergy can then be directed back to the higher chakras or toward healing and creative endeavors.
The Heart Chakra
The fourth vibratory center is the heart chakra and is located in the center of the chest between the
two nipples. Green in color, it influences the heart and is associated with love, compassion, and affec-
tion. This chakra forms a bridge, linking the upper three chakras to the lower three. Drumming acti-
vates the heart chakra, thereby balancing the descending higher chakra energies against the ascending
lower chakra frequencies. From the heart, these harmonious energies resonate outward into the web of
life. Researchers have found that drum rhythms affect the heartbeat. The heart's pulse may speed up,
slow down, or gradually entrain with the pulsation of a drum rhythm until they are locked in perfect
synchronization. In fact, many shamanic cultures use a healing heartbeat rhythm pulsed at around
sixty beats per minute, which is the average heart rate of a person at rest. The heartbeat is one of the
reasons that people so strongly and naturally connect to the drum. Each of us, after all, enters the
world, having spent nine months listening to a heart-drum in the womb. We are imprinted with rhythm
from the very start, and rhythm is the heartbeat of life. Shamans around the world believe that the
drum is coming into power again to awaken our hearts, for we must now learn to live from the heart.
We have been living from the navel center, using our ego and will power for mastery, control, and con-
quest. If we focus on the heart center, we can hear divine will. Our actions then spring from divine will
rather than the ego. To live from the heart means to walk the "rainbow path," to walk in balance like
the colors of the rainbow, to respect all pathways to wholeness. The rainbow symbolizes unity, whole-
ness, and balance. Mongolian shamans believe that this balance, called tegsh, is the only thing that is
truly worth pursuing in this world. When humans lose it, they create imbalance within the web of life. It
then requires the unity of all colors, all cultures, working together to bring the web back into balance.
The Throat Chakra
The fifth energy center is blue and is located at the base of the neck in the nook where the clavicle
bones meet. Known as the throat chakra, it is associated with the vocal cords and the thyroid gland. It
is the chakra of communication, telepathy, and creative expression. Unexpressed emotions tend to
constrict this energy center. Drumming activates the throat chakra, greatly enhancing self-expression,
creativity, and telepathic communication with others. More importantly, drumming opens your ability to
hear and recognize the truth of your inner voice. Your inner truth is your sense of what is correct-your
innate tendencies and inclinations. In every situation, we should be humble, open, and receptive, sus-
pending all previous judgments in order to grasp the inner truth of the matter. If we rely on the truth
of our inner voice to guide us, our actions will be in accord with the times.
The Brow Chakra
The sixth chakra is that of the brow, third eye, or place of "shamanic seeing." Located between and
slightly above the eyebrows, it is indigo in color. This energy center is closely associated with imagina-
tion, inner vision, and psychic abilities. It is related to the pituitary gland. It functions as a link between
the inner world and the outer world. Malfunctions of the brow chakra commonly manifest as headaches
and eye tension. Resonating this chakra remedies any problems in function and opens the door to a
reality separate from the ordinary world. Rhythmic drumming enables us to perceive and journey into
the inner realms that shape and direct our reality. Vast worlds of extraordinary richness and complexity
emerge when the brow chakra is activated. Archetypal figures symbolizing transpersonal and spiritual
qualities arise, such as images of deities, spirit guides, or power animals.
The Crown Chakra
The seventh or crown chakra is located at the top of the head. The Hopi call this energy center kopavi,
meaning "the open door" through which higher spiritual knowledge is received. The crown chakra
is associated with the pineal gland, the color violet, full enlightenment, and union with the cosmos.
Drumming activates this chakra, thereby facilitating a state of unity consciousness. One's sense of
being a separate individual gives way to an experience of union, not only with other individuals,
but also with the entire universe. The benefits of attaining this state of unity consciousness include
relaxation, healing, more energy, better memory, greater mental clarity, enhanced creativity, and
communion with the resonating web of life. Feelings of peacefulness, timelessness, and spiritual
well-being are common, along with a oneness of feeling and purpose with the totality of a dynamic,
interrelated universe. This experience of mystical union with the cosmos is said, by many of the
world's spiritual traditions, to be the final realization. Consciousness rediscovers its true nature and
recognizes itself in all things. Drumming is a simple and effective way to induce this profound state
If we focus our attention on the individual chakras while drumming, we can experience each energy
center becoming active, balanced, and aligned with the other chakras. The basic steps are as follows:
First, select a location where you will not be interrupted. It must be a quiet space, at least for the
duration of the exercise. Allow yourself fifteen to thirty minutes for this exercise. It is best to dim
the lights and sit comfortably in a chair or on the floor, keeping your spine straight.
Next, you should smudge the space and yourself with the smoke of an herb. Smudging cleanses the
mind and environment in preparation for spiritual or inner work. The sacred smoke dispels any
stagnant or unwanted energy, opens the energy channels of your body, and raises your personal
power or windhorse. According to Mongolian shamanism, windhorse can be increased through
smudging, drumming, and other forms of shamanic practice in order to accomplish significant
aims. Sage, cedar, and sweetgrass are traditionally used for smudging, but any dried herb is ac-
ceptable. Light the herbs in a fire-resistant receptacle and then blow out the flames. Then use a
feather or your hands to draw the smoke over your heart, throat, and face to purify the body,
mind, and spirit. Next, smudge your drum by passing it through the smoke. Conclude the
smudging by thanking the plant whose body made the cleansing possible.
The next step is to calm and focus your mind by performing a simple concentration exercise. Close
your eyes and focus on the breath as it enters the nose and fills your lungs, then gently exhale
any tension you might feel. Continue breathing with a series of even inhalations and exhalations
until you are calm and relaxed.
Once you are fully relaxed, begin drumming the steady lub-dub, lub-dub of a heartbeat rhythm
pulsed at around 60 beats a minute (or 30 heartbeats per minute since one heartbeat equals two
beats). This slow pulse tempo has a calming and centering effect. Sustain this healing rhythm
until the end of the exercise.
Close your eyes and focus your attention on the physical location of each chakra, one at a time, be-
ginning with the first one at the base of the spine. Visualize a red disc of light, about the size of a
silver dollar, at the base of your spine. Imagine this energy center pulsating in sync with the
heartbeat of your drum. Feel the sound of the drum vibrating at the base of your spine. As the
sound resonates this area, experience the base chakra awakening, balancing, and aligning with
the other chakras. Hold your attention on this chakra for a minute or two, and then allow the im-
age to fade.
Move up to the second chakra and repeat the same focus and imagery. It is located about two inches
below the navel and is orange in color.
Move up to the area above the navel in your solar plexus and focus on the third chakra, which is yel-
low in color.
Move up to the center of the chest between the two nipples and focus on your heart chakra, which is
green in color.
Move up to the cleft in your throat and focus on the throat chakra, which is blue in color.
Move up to the area between and slightly above the eyebrows and focus on your brow chakra, which
is indigo in color.
Move up to the top of your head and focus on the
crown chakra, which is violet in color.
End the exercise with four strong beats.
At the completion of this exercise, sit quietly for several minutes.
Sense the rush of sensory input previously blocked out by the sound of
the drum. Bathe in the soothing afterglow of physical and spiritual well-
being. Take adequate time to process the experience. You may feel
very spacey and lightheaded. Moving energy up the body from the
base chakra to the crown chakra is very powerful. If you would like to
ground the energy back down into your body, close your eyes and fo-
cus for a few moments on the base chakra. Visualize roots extending
downward from the base chakra deep into the Earth. When you feel
grounded, open your eyes and jot down your experiences in a journal.
The Rainbow Fire
The Rainbow Fire symbolizes illuminated mind, clarity of all aspects of
consciousness. Metaphorically, it describes the aura of iridescent light
that radiates from a fully activated chakra system. This prismatic illu-
mination within allows us to fully integrate the wisdom of all seven cen-
ters of consciousness. It clears the mind of illusions and obstructions,
transforming thought patterns of confusion to reveal inherent clear
mind. The fire of clear mind is ever present within each of us, and to
remove any obstruction of its clarity is the duty of all people, so that
each may find the way to unity and harmony. Drumming is one way
that we can cultivate the fire of clear mind. The drum's beat ignites the
Rainbow Fire within, illuminating the path and showing us the way.
With clarity of mind, we can readily perceive what aims are in accord
with the cosmos, not wasting energy on discordant pursuits. Through
the insight and understanding of illuminated mind, we can bring
enlightenment to the world!
Let’s make a better place for you and for me …
and let’s heal the world ! MJ
Our whole world is in pain...
Let us not wait until December to come to help our brothers and sisters of the world that are
in pain. Lets heal our people, and so we will heal the planet.
Mother earth will feel better, and will help us to give a better and a safest place to inherit to
our kids? Don’t they deserve this gift? Are you sleeping well? What goes around comes
around so please think of what you are leaving to your sons…. Just exactly like what you
think when it comes to money.. no matter how much money you keep, for sure you will not
be able to buy anything coz there will nothing to buy in a near future…
Whether you call it hookah, shisha, sheesha, hubblebubble or nargileh, it all points to the same
delighful oriental smoking tool - the pleasantly bubbling and heavenly smelling waterpipe! Care-
fully heated by little smoldering chunks of special hookah charcoal, the fruit-flavored hookah to-
bacco does not really burn but gets "roasted" instead, producing a rich smoke that is drawn via a
metal tube through the water in the bowl, and then though a flexible hose to the shisha smokers
Hookah smoking is widely spread through the Middle East, North Africa, parts of the former Soviet
Union, and further eastward throughout Central Asia. In the West it's much more recent; although
travellers brought home the odd nargileh and hookah and contentedly smoked them with what-
ever tobacco happened to be at hand, mainly during the last ten years or so did muassel or fruit-
flavored sheesha tobacco become widely available, giving a nice boost to use and enjoyment of
water-pipes. Your webmaster Jaap Verduijn, by the way, smokes shisha wherever he goes: the
pic to the right shows him in Egypt.
There are several manufacturers of hookahs in the Middle East: especially Egypt , Syria and Tur-
key export many pipes. But also Japan produces water-pipes of good quality, and in fact it doesn't
matter where the shisha pipe comes from: apart from relatively small local differences, hookah
construction and workings are simple and standard. I will tell you all about... the hooka pipe!
What is a Shisha?
Shisha is a method of smoking tobacco (or other flavored molasses) without directly lighting
the tobacco. This is done by heating the tobacco with coals. The smoke that the heated to-
bacco gives off is drawn through pipes, through water and out into the mouth.
What are the health risks?
As with any form of smoking there are health risks, however because the tobacco is not directly
lit, and the smoke is bubbled through water, many of the harmful substances are removed. Re-
search indicates that harmful substances may be reduced as much as 90% as compared to
smoking, including 99.9% of Tar and 99.5% of nicotine. Further more if the smoke is just tased
and not fully inhaled risks of cancer can be further reduced.
What is the difference between Shisha, Sheesha & Hookah?
As you may be able to tell from the title, they are all the same thing. Shishas also go by the
following names: Water Pipe, Hukka, Arguileh or Nargileh. The different names are dependant
on which country you are taking the name from. Shisha originates in the Middle East and North
What do you smoke in it?
Traditionally Shishas are for smoking flavoured tobaccos however it is now also possible to get
tobacco free molasses that are tar and nicotine free. The available flavours are hugely diverse
some of my favorites include: Cherry, Double Apple and Mixed Fruit although there are also
menthol, vanilla, chocolate, toffee and on and on!
Buying a Shisha:
Unfortunately as it will soon no longer be possible to try shisha in a shisha cafe, at least in the
UK (there are numerous, typically in arabic areas of cities), you would have to have a friend
with a shisha in order to try before you buy or you can hire a shisha from somewhere such as
www.shishapipe.net. I would however recommend shisha particularly to all smokers, particu-
larly social smokers and those who are trying to quit smoking.
So what do you need to get started?
Shisha (there are many many different types out there) - Your decision should take account of
height (small ones are cheaper, but no less effective), looks, number of hoses (1 hose per 3 peo-
ple you expect to typically use it on each occasion)
Tobacco or Molasses - just choose whatever flavours you think you'll like. I don't think there is
any real difference in flavour between tobacco and molasses so just choose your preference.
Coals - I'd suggest starters get quicklight charcoal disks, these can be lit with a normal lighter.
Once lit, leave to let the outer part burn off (make sure the fizzing has covered the entire disc) be-
fore putting the disc on the foil (if you don't wait the smoke will taste horrible! You have been
Foil Discs - I would suggest buying foil discs for shisha. You can use kitchen foil however I
have heard that kitchen foils have chemical coatings that probably aren't to healthy to inhale.
Disposable Plastic mouthpieces - These are by no means neccesary unless you are particu-
larly concerned about hygeine.
How to assemble it:
There are a few techniques to smoking shisha that need to be mastered, however once you
have, it is very simple. First of all, let's look at the parts of a shisha:
Charcoal Screen: This is usually foil pierced with small holes. The coals sit on this.
Clay Bowl: The tobacco is placed in this and the Charcoal Screen is wrapped over it. Can also
be made of pyrex or similar.
Bowl, Hose & Base Grommets: These grommets ensure that the shisha is kept airtight, this is
very important as if it is not airtight, the smoke will not flow through the shisha to your mouth.
Pictures Courtesy of: Felipe Buitrago, Sheffield UK
Shaft: Also known as the stem this is what draws the smoke down from the bowl into the water
in the Glass Base
Tray: The tray is not a neccesity, it is what any coals that you are not using sit on.
Glass Base: The water goes into the glass base (it is important that the water level is at least
an inch above the bottom of the stem and an inch below the top of the base).
Hose: As the smoke is drawn down into the water and bubbles up through it, it is then drawn
through the hose. You suck the smoke in through the other end of the hose. Often the hose will
have a disposable plastic tip that makes sharing a hose more hygenic.
How to smoke it:
The basic flow of the smoke is descrbed in the section above. But here is a 5 step guide to
1. Fill glass base with water
2. Put tobacco in the bowl, cover in foil & pierce the foil with a toothpick (I use a dart :-P)
3. Light coals (remember to wait for the fizzing) place on the foil
4. Smoke and enjoy!
5. Wash out glass base, & clay bowl (if you leave it, the residue gets stuck on and is very hard
How to improve the flavor:
The best way to improve your shisha experience is through trial and error, but here are a few
Make the holes in the foil as small as possible, put 12-20 holes evenly over the face.
Put the tobacco in the bowl so that it is about 1cm below the rim.
Don't pack the tobacco, just leave it at about the same density as it is in the packet.
Make the water as cold as possible, I usually put some ice in it.
For a really special flavor try using milk instead of water!
If the taste turns bad, it may be because the tobacco has started burning.
The big question in here is, is it as bad as so many articles say? Well I have found so many opin-
ions about it and the most interesting late days was a comment a Wise guy in Colombian Moun-
tains said that there is no better connection to spiritual world than smoking shisha, which means is
all about being careful and do not exceed the proportions right?
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Rejuvenation through Dance
Like being reborn...
The secret "Chi" of Bellydance,
Bollywood Dance, Chinese
Dance, Temple Dance or any
Which bellydance moves rejuvenate and The older Tai Chi masters called these exer-
balance the body and mind? cises 'vital inner massage for health'.
How are they related to ancient Taoist heal-
ing exercises? Even though not all dances have this effect
over our bodies and mind, for sure there are
Many who participate in dance know that many other varieties that will allow the stu-
bellydancing makes you feel great. What is dent to improve in some other disciplines.
it's secret? How does this ancient art - based
on simple rolling, undulating moves - ener-
gize the body and mind? The secret of the
dance is it's circular, rolling patterns. They
activate energy and promote good health. Its
that simple. There is no great mastery re-
quired - the moves are easy enough to repli-
cate by the advanced dancer and novice
alike. Living in Singapore for some time, I
became interested in the ancient exercises
my Chinese friends did - exercises to rejuve-
nate the body and mind. I have found that
the ancient Chinese exercises used in Tai
Chi have a similar flow and pattern to the
movements used in bellydance.
Here, I'll explain the endocrine system in a
The aim of the various Taoist exercises like very basic manner, highlighting the hormonal
the dragon, bear, tiger, eagle and crane effect on the body. Then these endocrine
poses for example, rejuvenate the internal energy systems will be related back to the
organs. The Tai Chi masters tell me that if body and specific dance movements.
external exercises such as vigorous sports,
weight training, aerobics classes, running, The endocrine system linked to the
etc are not balanced by internal exercises, chakra system
the organs will be depleted and the result is
premature ageing. Even excessive hatha or
power yoga is believed to create extra inter- In Taoism, the glandular or endocrine sys-
nal 'heat' in the organs, resulting in dryness tems that produce vital hormones are
and ageing that often shows on the face. viewed as the base networks for overall
The exercises in Tai Chi, similar to belly- health, well being and balance - both physi-
dance, harness vital energies to rejuvenate cal and emotional. Nobel prize winning Dr
the internal organs which are the master or- Alexis Carrel stated that the glandular sys-
gans that produce hormones and thus re- tem was the "wheel of life" that sustained all
plenish the overall hormonal balance and cellular function in the human body..
'chi' or energetic life force in the body. The
moves are also relaxing so the exercises are
pleasant to do - they energize the body and
heal the internal organs at the same time.
The seven glandular systems are in similar alignment with the
Pineal - crown chakra (violet)
Pituitary - third eye chakra (indigo)
Thyroid - throat chakra (blue)
Thymus - heart chakra (green)
Pancreas - solar plexus chakra (yellow)
Adrenals (kidneys) - solar plexus belly chakras (orange)
Gonads or sex hormones - belly and base chakras (red)
Really, its all about energetic vibration. Organs are houses of energy, music is energy, and movement
is energy. There are patterns and interlinking energy systems that will work together and support the
other. To simply be aware that energy is transferable helps us experience the connectivity between
t h i n g s .
Hormonal balance vs imbalance
The 5000 year old medicinal theory suggests that one must have all hormonal levels balanced for opti-
mum health. If one energy system is depleted, the others will also suffer weakness because of it, yet if
even one system is strengthened, the whole endocrine system will improve. The pancreatic system for
example, affects the thymus or heart area. In appropriate levels of insulin produced by the pancreas will
alter the thickness and viscosity of the blood, which will in turn be more difficult to pump through the
heart's arteries. This is why many diabetics also have high blood pressure. Another example is the link
between kidneys, adrenalin and the ability of the kidneys to filter the blood efficiently. Excess constant
stress or the use of cortisones can cause anemia and bone weakening. Stress is extremely depleting
on the whole body. So by either energizing or depleting one organ, the other organs will be affected.
What master gland affects all others the most?
The master glands, according to the Tao, are the sex hormones. Tai Chi exercises to activate the
balance of the gonads consist of circular 'hula-hoop' movements in the hips to recharge the area.
The Chinese believe that if the sex hormones are not balanced and strong, the rest of the body
will be depleted of vital energy. The simple hip circles used in bellydance will activate the produc-
tion of sex hormones and hence the exercises have been used to regulate irregular menstrual cy-
cles, PMT and even alleviate the symptoms of menopause. The Chinese Tai Chi masters believe
this is an exercise men should do to. The shimmy is a potent hip vibration that accelerates energy
through this area, stimulating blood flow and reproductive health. Taoists believe that harnessing
the energy within the gonads is the key to longevity. African ritual dance, Hawaiian, Polynesian
and other fertility dances with heavy drums tend to activate this area. Earthiness and a feeling of
g r o u n d e d n e s s a c c o m p a n y t h e s e m o v e s .
Dance moves: Hip circles, pelvic rolling circles, figure of 8's
A d r e n a l i n a n d t h e n e r v o u s s y s t e m
The kidney's adrenals release adrenalin which is over produced in states of high anxiety and
stress. This can deplete the other energy systems and unbalance the nerves. Undulations and
swaying moves of the lower torso and belly can help the massage the kidneys and rejuvenate the
internal organs. The shimmy is also a good activator for the kidneys. The adrenals produce a fiery
passion, a dynamism which is seen in Latin and Spanish Flamenco dance - its energy can be acti-
vated through guitars and string instruments. The 'tiger' pose in Tai Chi practiced on the balls of
the feet with the arms reaching forward whilst the back becomes rounded to massage the kid-
n e y s .
Dance moves: Shimmies, accents, figure of 8's
I n s u l i n a n d t h e d i g e s t i v e s y s t e m
A weak pancreas secretes insulin into the bloodstream causing hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
and cravings for sweets and carbohydrate which once consumed over stimulate the weak pan-
creas and hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) may follow. triggering diabetes. A strong pancreas is
also a useful aid to proper digestion. The pancreas can be internally massaged through the figure
of eight move and also the full torso undulation or body wave. Brass instruments and warm rich
melodies activate these moves. In Tai Chi the 'bear' pose is done with the abdomen protruding
forward whilst walking rhythmically to massage the pancreas. This can help with regulating insulin
production which in turn neutralizes sugar cravings. Undulating and rolling the mid and lower torso
can help strengthen the pancreas and surrounding organs that aid digestion - namely the liver,
g a l l b l a d d e r , s t o m a c h a n d i n t e s t i n e s .
Dance moves: Undulations, figure of 8's, belly roll
Happy heart and super immunity
The thymus, if tapped daily as in the Tai Chi practice 'Do-In', boosts health and immunity. The ribcage
circles and chest and shoulder shimmy activates the thymus which, in turn regulates the heart and
circulatory system. The violin's smooth strokes or the accordion’s stretching notes create a swaying
effect whilst the req played at the shoulders activates the shoulder shimmy. Music that 'pulls the
heartstrings' is ideal to stretch and sway the upper torso to. The thymus rests in the body's 'emotional'
centre. The 'eagle' exercise for the thymus in Tai Chi, performed with the arms outstretched to the
sides, gliding as the eagle does through the air, is believed to combat melancholy.
Dance moves: Chest circles, shoulder roll, upper body undulations, shoulder shimmy
Energy and communications
The thyroid in the throat chakra governs metabolism and growth. Head slides and neck extensions
will help to activate this area. Zills - Artemis' 'Drums of the Air' work with the energy as the head
sllides and neck moves. The thyroid's health is essential for overall energy, drive and effective com-
munications. Hyperthyroidism over stimulates the secretion of thyroxin which speeds up the metabo-
lism creating anxiety, whilst hypothyroidism creates letarhy. Taoists believe that by massaging the thy-
roid and throat area the gland can be rejuvenated.
Dance moves: Head slide, neck rotation, zaar or gulf style head sway
House of Spirit
The pituitary gland is the intelligence gland, controlling memory and thought and the pineal is the
spiritual and intuitive centre. Humans are the only animals with a pineal gland - the Taoists believe
this gives humans their quest for spirituality. Whirling, like the derwishes, serves to open these areas
and stimulate the energies in these glands. Flutes, nays and oboes achieve the airy effect required to
a c t i v a t e t h e s e a r e a s .
The mervlana or whirling derwishes become very healthy and muscular from spinning, without any
other exercises. This is because all the chakras are energized and the speed aligns their energy cen-
t e r s .
Dance moves: Turns, spins, veil work
Bellydancing to massage and rejuvenate internal organs
Dancers who wish to improve their health through bellydancing can practice the rolling, circular
moves slowly, rhythmically and with a relaxed deep breathing pattern. If you wish to try Chi Qong, Tai
Chi or the slower martial arts, try a local centre or group. The Pulse 8 'Body Temple' program incorpo-
rates many bellydance isolations and rhythmic stretching moves with Tai Chi poses.
Wishes you all Merry
Christmas and Happy New
Year !!! May all your dreams
come true to bring you to a nice
reality…Thank you for a
wonderful year !!!
Mariel Sitka February 27 at 8:59am
I want to say Congratulations for your magazine!!! I think is very high quality and great content. I want to offer
to you my cooperation, if you are interested in some topics, such as Arabic rhythms ( I wrote something about
this topic) and all about Egyptian folklore since I was formed in Reda’s School and I coordinate this in Buenos
Aires, The Kazafy Troupe, first professional ballet of Egyptian Dances in Argentina.
Again CONGRATULATIONS! For this magazine and may success follow your life.
Koldo Gondra del Campo ¡¡¡I want this to be the first of so many editions of your magazine!!! ;)
Re: Celebrating our edition Bellyqueen Superstars Magazine. Enjoy
Harold Grandstaff Moses
WOW - A fantastic edition! Thank you for inviting me to be a part of this. I wish you great success, and thank
you for sharing my music with your readers. Your comments are so moving to me, and I really appreciate that
you understand how the beauty of Harmony transforms lives. Again, your work is powerful. I enjoyed reading
your articles and especially your opening letter. I do know this will bring a new life to your work in the world.
Blessings to you, my Cosmic sister.
Ayman El Nayeb What a fantastic and classy job you have done here sister! Articles are so well chosen you
will be successful! CONGRATULATIONS!
wawwawawawa, you leave me spechless what is this such a good job allbeee!!!!!!
Amazing everything what you are doing, you are really a great publisher of Eastern Arts.
wa7shtenyy awiiii.... bausiiii♥
11 hours ago
Many thanks to my dear friend Cheryl Andiön for creating this beautiful online magazine. I am
honored that pages 11-18 feature an extended interview regarding my Harmonic Drone re-
cordings. Cheryl is involved in healing work and spiritual expression through teaching belly dance
in Columbia, South America. I know her to be a radiant being who is deeply committed to trans-
forming the world through art and beauty. Thank you Cheryl for your kind spirit.
So much success, sending so many kind regards!!! Anandita