Away from Toronto last week on a research excursion and back again to life here. After 8 hours of flying, a 4 hour drive to the airport, a dash to TBM's (Toronto Body Mind)) house-warming party it was no wonder friends asked, "Hey, how come you don't say hi when I see you?"
My mind was not in this body; my body was not mine either!
In Switerland I visited a village in the Northern part (German speaking) called Wuerenlos (near Baden). No one should try to pronouce this who cannot speak German well! I was doing qualitative research (i.e, a type of research that focuses on depth rather than breadth) concerning the effects of the healing properities in a cave known. It is well known for its healing powers and energy fields. People from all over the world book individual sessions to spend time in the cave to heal their body, mind and spirit.
Founded by Emma Kunz (1892 to 1963, a nurse, healer, researcher and artist), her work has been preserved by Anton Meyer in 1986, the Director of the Center. When Anton became ill in 1941 (becoming completely paralyzed), Emma started to do research on natural healing remedies. Out of this she discovered there were special properities not only in the rock itself but energy fields surrounding the structure of the cave (called Grutto in German). Emma discovered the healing properities of a rock called AION A (a Latin word meaning "without limitations"). In Europe a piece of this rock can actually be purchased at local pharmacies (Apotheke in German). This rock is often prescribed by doctors and pharmacists as a part of the patient's healing process.
Learn more: The Cave
Emma also began working with pendulums creating over 70 pieces of artwork; each peice resembling an elaborate mandala. The designs are unique and contain special messages for which is quoted as having said,
Certainly without being an expert one can see her creations were not put together on-the-fly, but created over several weeks if not months of intense labour, thought and devotion. Each design is understood as manifesting from a natural instinct and urge, emotion and expression of her inner core. All of them were generated from being open to the energetic fields of healing and not from a clever or well-constructed intellect.
A good portion of my research and interest was to observe the levels of sensitivity while in the cave and afterwards. The prerequisite to my research was my practice of meditation and regular pranayama (i.e., a series of exercises that channel the energy through body by using the breath). In addition, I did not study or examine the energy map that lays out the exact fields of energy in the cave from the highest to lowest points.
Getting an appointment is not always easy and luckily I was able to have a half hour period shared by two fellow travellers (one of them a German fellow healing a bad back). Time slots are given for each person to visit as only 1-2 people are permitted per visit for a half-hour duration.
When I entered the cave I walked along the side and felt the cool, damp and dark feeling of the ground underneath my feet. I was drawn to the far right and sat near the side on some of the rocks, which formed a step-ladder on the wall. I later learned where I was sitting was the field to charge the chakras as well as for spiritual impulses (the highest vibration in the cave).
In the cave, I had two clear reactions: 1) an intense feeling of the left side of my face being frozen and as if the muscles were gripping, and 2) a steady steam of air coming out of the left nostril as if it had no end. After sitting for 25 minutes, I felt the 'impulse' to do yoga.
Interestingly enough, it was not until several days later that I noticed the presence of the cave still with me; an indescribable feeling of a protective shield around me. It was as if my mental field and aura had been restored.
PS: Inside of the cave, no flash, a 10
second timer (re: set, run, do), stand :-)
Below are some of the abstracts created by Emma Kunz; a Swiss woman who discovered healing minerals in a rock called AION A (a Latin word meaning 'without limitations'). Although Emma did not consider herself an artist she left behind an incredible legacy of healing, power and restoration. Living in the Swiss villages for most of her life she was a telepathic healer.
Her drawings are reflective of the 'unforseen' happenings in the tangible world. Of interest, she was once asked to "repolarize" the energy field of Audolf Hitler from a distance. It is said the pendulum in which she used to form the shapes and feelings of her drawings started flying around the room. She was cited as having said there was too much 'negative' energy.
The Journey So Far
- Heather Morton
- is a perennial teacher and devoted student of yoga. Having made 18 extended trips to India she studies with her teachers annually. In 1997 she founded and directed The Yoga Way (TYW), Toronto's only school for 6-week yoga programs and not drop-in classes. For 15 years, TYW was a part of the growing Toronto yoga community and supported many charities by offering karma classes. As a teacher she holds many academic degrees including a BFA (Fine Arts in Theatre) and a Masters of Education. With a published thesis on Yoga for Children in School, her post-graduate work was a 2-year ethnographic project in the Indian school system. Heather has produced 2 dvds, meditation cds, a backbending manual and podcasts. Freedom of the Body DVD is the first of its kind as an instructional practice to the backbends of yoga. Heather has been featured in the Toronto Life magazine, The Globe & Mail, Yoga4Everybody and other on-line sources. She contributes to MindBodyGreen, Hello Yoga in Japan and Elephant Journal. She writes to inspire and share her experiences with others on yoga as a life's practice.
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