dance – Effective rhythms tend to induce a resonance between the pulsing sound waves and pulsing body waves – thus dance occurs. In this way rhythm provides nourishment to your body. The trick is to choose dance music which is emotionally positive, otherwise you can pollute your emotional body while vitalizing your physical body. Iassos. 2) dance is sampling time in space – John G.
dance of awakening – To have an original relationship to ourselves is not a process of following some form that someone else can teach us. It can be helpful at first to learn yoga, to learn various body therapies, but ultimately any belief system or process given by another that mediates our relationship to ourselves tends to limit the direct relationship that is possible for each of us. It becomes crucial to emphasize that whatever methods we use must eventually be set aside in order to give way to our own original relationship to ourselves. This is the real dance of awakening. – Dr. Richard Moss
de-identify ~ “Little by little, we are de-identifying ourselves from the main construction of the mind, which we call the ego. It makes us think, ‘I control’, ‘I do’, ‘It’s all mine’… The remembrance of your true self happens when you stop being identified with the mind and the body. By doing so, you can remember that you are the divine self that acts through the body and mind.” – Prem Baba
death – 1) to die is to arise from a dream – its like waking up upside down. And to be born is to go asleep and wake up in another reality. – mb 2) death is release 3) the spirit journey. 4) death is a workout – Christy Butts 5) transition to another state of consciousness. 6) death can be the final healing – Walter Weston. 7) Every time we relax into the feared or denied part of ourselves we go thru a kind of death, of our idealized self image, or who we thought we were – which leads to a new, deeper level of inner life. Each such death prepares us for the great death, the death of the ego’s separation from god – Susan Thesenga 8) Whether death happens through an act of violence to a large number of people or to an individual, whether death comes prematurely through illness or accident, or whether death comes through old age, death is always an opening. So a great opportunity comes whenever we face death. – E. Tolle 9) death or the idea of death, is an illusion measured by the limits of our consciousness. – Allan L. Roland 10) in the faery seership tradition, there is no death, only embodied and disembodied, incarnate or disincarnate. your therefore just continue living . . – Orion Foxwood 11) Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. ~ Steffan Vanel 12) Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because the dawn has come. – Rabindranath Tagore 13) “You see, death is not the grave as many people think. It is another phenomenized form of life.” – Edgar Cayce
decomposers – ‘There is the cinnamon fungus. In elms, it’s the Dutch elm disease. In the poplars, it’s the rust. And in the firs, it’s also rust. Do you think that any of these diseases are killing the forest? What I think we are looking at is a carcass. The forest is a dying system on which the decomposers are beginning to feed.’ – Bill Mollison 2) notice the word ‘composed’ refers to the creation of an art form, especially music. Is a reference to the world, esp biological world, being created of sound, that is ‘composed’. .
Deep Ecology – integrates the fields of ecology with psychology and consciousness. It addresses the current ecological crisis by way of a shift in human consciousness. Rather than viewing humans as the forefront with nature serving our needs, in deep ecology humans are viewed as a part of the web of life. – Astrid Berg
default world ~ They consumed just enough San Pedro to feel a bit funny in the stomach and start to perceive things somewhat differently, but the door to Huachuma World did not fully open. They remained firmly planted in the so-called default world. ~ Jerry Toth
deity ~ “We all have healing, loving, wisdom, and compassion aspects. Each aspect is shown as a deity. These deities are our own aspects,” ~ ZaChoeje Rinpoche.
delusion of self-sufficiency – 1) ‘This is the myth that you are a separate autonomous being, a story in which you believe you know exactly eho you are, and are sure that you are able to control life . . that you are the droplet and not the ocean’. – Prem Baba 2) a subtle aspect of self-deception
dema deity – A mythic complex named after several ancestral beings of the Marind-Anim people of southern New Guinea. Nearly ubiquitous to archaic agricultural societies, the decisive acts of the Dema myths are that the goddess (Dema) is slain, an event which inaugurates human history and gives shape to the human condition. From the dismembered portions of her body crops arise, produced asexually much as tubers are cultivated from cuttings. The ritualized killing serves to remind humans of primeval events and archetypes that order the growth, death, and rebirth processes of nature, especially of the plant world.
Democracy – is based on the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.’ — Reverend Harry Emerson Fosdick
Demon – Whoever finds the old-fashioned word demon offensive can speak in terms of complexes, for this is the modern psychological counterpart. Everybody ‘has’ his or her complexes—nowadays this is common psychological knowledge. However, how complexes make themselves felt in our everyday lives and how one can deal with them—that is another matter. . . As for today’s demons, Ribi explains they ‘are camouflaged behind a semblance of rationality.’ As for apparitions, hallucinations and other phenomena, a partial explanation may rest in the compensatory mechanism of the unconscious mind. Nature, including human nature, seeks balance—homeostasis. When natural desires and drives are denied, these repressed energies of the psyche find expression and release in autonomous ways—in ways not under the conscious mind’s control. If today one ‘has’ a complex, formerly one was ‘possessed by’ a demon. The difference seems to me to be a move in the direction of understanding consciousness as multidimensional, or the house in which ‘I’—as a sentient being—live as multileveled. I may have demons in my basement and angels in my attic, but if the door to the basement is left open my demons may move up into the living room, or the angels in my attic may come down into the bedroom and inhabit my dreams. – from ‘ Mary of Agreda’
demonology – demonology is defined as a negative ideology built around real or imagined groups that are held to be responsible for cultural disorganization and misfortune; Witch hunts and persecutory movements are the plans of action that evolve from demonologies; they are attempts to purge society of a perceived cause of misfortune and disintegration. – firstname.lastname@example.org
demonomorphic – evil spirits as ‘demonomorphic‘ representations of unconscious processes.
denial – 1) ‘I been doin’ coke everyday for ten years and I ain’t hooked!!’ – Richard Pryor. 2) When so much energy is put into denial, that there is none left over to do anything about the situation. This leads to passiveness and resignation – no juice. 3) Soldiers march to chants like ‘Kill! Kill! Kill! Blood makes the grass grow.’ This is not mindless sadism, but rather a specifically developed regimen designed to overcome the natural human aversion to killing another human. Soldiers are made into killing machines; a culture that will do this on the one hand and on the other constantly tout ‘humanitarian intervention,’ where soldiers are supposed to safeguard the interests of a civilian population, is a culture in deep denial. — Rahul Mahajan
dependency–creating language – ‘President Bush, like many dominant personality types, uses dependency-creating language. He employs language of contempt and intimidation to shame others into submission and desperate admiration.’ – Renana Brooks depression~ “Depression is a state where there is over-organized thinking. People think about themselves repeatedly in a negative way, they get locked into these cycles,” . . . “Psilocybin disorganizes thinking and allows people, for a period of time, to think differently and break those cycles.” ~Dr. David Nutt
devas – It is mainly the devas who build the forms, both in the physical world, and in the inner worlds, and they do this under guidance from the divine mind. –http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Olympus/3987/music.html
developmental praxis – experience
devotion ~ “Some people are afraid of devotion, principally those who have a lot to let go of. They fear they will fall prey of idolatry. However, no-one ever questions idolization of soccer stars, of film and rock stars, which is what idolatry really is. Devotion is not idolatry. It is possible that some devotees idolize me, but this is not good for them or for me. No form of idolatry is healthy. I see this as a passing phase which over time transforms into true devotion, born of experience and of the recognition of that which truly ‘is’. True devotion is the fruit of the tree of awareness.” ~ Sri Prem Baba
dew – saliva of the stars. Dew has all the power of the stars and moon and what comes out at night and if you walk barefoot thru it in the morning it all comes into your feet and then courses thru your body
dharma – 1) is a Sanskrit word that refers to the teachings of awakening. – Therese Fitzgerald 2) Dharma term means things like religion, duty, nature, but its real meaning is nature-born qualities. Like the sun’s dharma is heat and light. Here we are using the meaning “duty.” It’s hard to understand one’s duty when the mind is confused and deluded so we need some outer guidance. If such guidance is not available and a person has a spiritual mind, then in time the mind will be purified by the person’s spiritual practice. – Babaji
Diet of Worms – 1. Usual items offered for consumption by the mainstream media. 2. ‘A meeting of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V’s imperial diet at Worms in 1521, at which Martin Luther was summoned to appear. Luther committed himself there to the cause of Protestant reform, and his teaching was formally condemned in the Edict of Worms.”
differences – on the plan of the universal, we can begin to accept and comprehend our differences as simply an enrichment of the whole.
digeridoo – ambient ecological swamp funk
dilated body – body as lens. Double agency addresses the neverending reflexivity of the split consciousness of the Western actor, having to be and not be her/himself, an embodied state of immanence and openness, expressed in the theatre anthropology idiom of ‘dilation’. As in, ‘an actor is not only a cognitive being, but a motivated, decided, and dilated body – (Hastrup 1995: 77-98)
dimensional or daimonsional? – The ontological argument as to whether spirits have independent existence or are simply psychological creations calved off the iceburg of the individual human mind.
dimensionally fluid – ‘humans have great capacity to manifest spirit in physical universe. Animals, plants, insects and such are all less structurally adapted to focus on the physical, but as they are more multidimensonally aware, they are much more dimensionally fluid then we are. They can teach much about the many realms they inhabit.’ – mb
dimensional tendencies~ by Dimensional Tendencies, we mean that all human beings (and many animals as well) have perceptual and emotional habits that are deeply ingrained—thus the term Tendency. These tendencies can lead you into habitual emotional responses such as depression, hostility or hatred—just to name three “negative” emotional dimensions from the cornucopia of human experience. The challenge with Dimensional Tendencies is that they can color your life with thought forms and emotional responses that are not of your conscious creation, but rather they are driven by forces (i.e., habits) in your unconscious mind. Some Dimensional Tendencies—such as the tendency to loving kindness, compassion and self-love—are positive in their effects. . . Dimensional Tendencies are also meme-like and in that sense they can be contagious. If someone is caught up in hatred, for example, anyone with a Dimensional Tendency to hatred—whatever the reason might be—will be prone to be stirred by hatred as well. ~ Hathors
disaster – desastrate, ‘to be torn asunder from the stars.’ 2) disastors have a way of breaking down the artificial barriers between people. They can force people to need, rely, trust, and love their neighbor ~~ and hence spirituality grows . . . – Kevin Williams
disciplines of recollection – In the East, disentangling oneself from the world and realizing the One is equated with wisdom. Subsequently descending and returning to embrace the Many is equated with compassion, and the integration of ascent and descent is “the union of wisdom and compassion”. From this nondual perspective, the world and the flesh are not evil or degraded. However, becoming entranced by them, that is, becoming entrapped in maya, illusion–what psychologist Charles Tart calls the consensus trance–and thereby losing awareness of the transcendental domains and our unity with them is disastrous. Once lost, the challenge is to regain this awareness through a discipline of “recollection” that opens “the eye of the soul” (Plato), “the eye of the heart” (Sufism) or “the eye of Tao” (Taoism). The goal is an illusion-shattering wisdom that recognizes our true transcendental nature and is variously known as Hinduism’s jnana, Buddhism’s prajna, Islam’s marifahand sometimes as Christian gnosis. – R. Walsh
disciplinary synaesthesia – e.g.: . . . the treatment of ‘ritual as language’, and ‘action as text’, can be useful if the metaphors are not overextended.
disease– are conversations, or events involving the exchange of information among cells within a living system. – Jane Katra 2) The majority of accepted beliefs– religious, scientific, cultural – have tended to stress a sense of powerlessness, impotence, and impending doom – a picture in which man and his world is an accidental production with little meaning, isolated yet ruled by a capricious god. Life is seen as a valley of tears – almost a low-grade infection from which the soul can be cured only by death. Religious, scientific, medical, and cultural communications stress the existence of danger, minimize the purpose of the species or of any individual member of it, or see mankind as the one erratic, half-insane member of an otherwise orderly realm of nature. These are held by various systems of thought. All of these however strain the individuals biological sense of integrity, reinforce ideas of danger, and shrink the area of psychological safety that is necessary to maintain the quality of life. The body’s defense system becomes confused to various degrees . . the body’s defenses will take care of themselves if they are allowed to, and if the psychological air is cleared of the true ‘carriers’ of disease. – seth 3) ‘the alienation and isolation of people not being part of a fabric of family, an extended family, is big time disease’ – Denise Trager 4) ‘There are no incurable diseases, only incurable people.’ – Jeffrey Yuen 5) Vision quests strip away the false, the pretentious, the negative, and open one to a world of life, possibility. Both are gateways beyond fear. The roots of disease (spiritual, emotional, physical) are fear, repression, the calcification of love and the life force within a person. Ayahusaca and vision quests unleash artificial trappings and burdens. This kind of healing is the holiest work in the world. – Margaret de Wys 6) “Disease is the spirit’s way of expressing that it is unhappy and in pain, and that it can no longer be ignored. Most people become distressed by illness, and this only increases the suffering because our fear of death causes us to fear disease. We have been taught to believe that death is punishment, and if we are good people we will not get sick, or we will be cured. It is time we start to embrace death and accept it as part of the inevitable experience of life. Illness is a chance to make life changes, to start really living. It gives us the opportunity to remember what is important in our lives, to follow our dreams, to heal old wounds and say goodbye. Illness empowers the spirit to be heard and to show the way to a more fulfilling life, for however long that is.” – Don Juanito 7) Disease is a result of an inhibited flow of Soul energy to the body. It is a process of liberation, for by taking on a disease, a person opens up to greater Soul awareness- an aspect of consciousness not in expression at the time ~ Alan Hopking
disenchantment (and rationalization) – The world of modernity, Weber stressed over and over again, has been deserted by the gods. Man has chased them away and has rationalized and made calculable and predictable what in an earlier age had seemed governed by chance, but also by feeling, passion, and commitment, by personal appeal and personal fealty, by grace and by the ethics of charismatic heroes. Weber attempted to document this development in a variety of institutional areas. His studies in the sociology of religion were meant to trace the complicated and tortuous ways in which the gradual ‘rationalization of religious life’ had led to the displacement of magical procedure by rational systematizations of man’s relation to the divine. He attempted to show how prophets with their charismatic appeals had undermined priestly powers based on tradition; how with the emergence of ‘book religion’ the final systematization and rationalization of the religious sphere had set in, which found its culmination in the Protestant Ethic. In the sphere of law, Weber documented a similar course from a ‘Kadi Justiz,’ the personalized dispensing of justice by wise leaders or elders, to the codified, rationalized, and impersonal justice of the modern world. He traced the development of political authority from kings endowed with hereditary charisma and thaumaturgical powers, to cool heads of state, ruling within the strict limits of legal prescriptions and rationally enacted law. Even so private an area of experience as music, Weber contended, was not exempt from the rationalizing tendencies of Western society. In his writings on the sociology of music Weber contrasted the concise notations and the well-tempered scale of modern music–the rigorous standardization and coordination that governs a modern symphony orchestra–with the spontaneity and inventiveness of the musical systems of Asia or of nonliterate tribes. In his methodological writings, as we have seen, Weber strenuously objected to any interpretation of human history that subjected such history to an ineluctable driving force. He argued that society must be considered as a delicate balance of multiple opposing forces, so that w war, a revolution, or even an heroic leader might succeed in throwing the total balance in favor of a particular outcome. This is why he almost always made his statements in probabilistic terms. Nevertheless, when it came to the trends toward rationalization and bureaucratization of modern society, Weber tended to throw much of his usual analytic caution to the winds and to assert that the chances were very great indeed that mankind would in the future be imprisoned in an iron cage of its own making. In this respect, his message is thus fundamentally at variance with that of most of his nineteenth-century forebears. He is not a prophet of glad tidings to come but a harbinger of doom and disaster. –http://raven.jmu.edu/~ridenelr/DSS/Weber/WEBERW9.HTML
disposable people – Globalisation and the threat to the work and livelihoods of the poor, and the creation of ‘disposable people’. Disposability of people was built into the substitution of human energy by machines driven on fossil fuels. The very definition of productivity in the industrial paradigm is labour productivity, i.e. the fewer humans beings involved in production, the more ‘productive’ a process is, even though it uses more energy and resources. Industrialisation = Fossil-Fuel Dependence = Energy Slaves replacing human beings and human capacities and human limits. Globalisation is accelerating this trend – vendana shiva
divans – in Muslim countries, a salon, coffee house, casino . . .
divine ~ the word “divine” comes from the Indo-European root dyeu meaning “to shine”. The Sanskrit words deva and devi meaning “god” and “goddess” reflect this, too.
divination – Though the dictionary defines divination as ‘the art or act of foretelling future events by alleged supernatural agency,’ this is a misleading definition. I would define it as the practice of seeking healing, insight and guidance from higher dimensional, inner sources commonly called the spirit world or divine world (hence the term divination). In most people’s minds, the concept of divination involves symbolic systems such as the Tarot, the I Ching, the Nordic Runes, astrology, or the reading of patterns of stones or bones. These can be considered divination accessories or tools. The esssential process in divination involves a querent asking questions and the diviner obtaining answers, by non-rational, non-analytical means. In the inner traditions of shamanism and alchemy the querent and the diviner are one and the same person, accessories are dispensed with, and one taps into direct intuitive knowing — about the past, the hidden present or probable futures. Modern individuals, trained in a scientific outlook, often shy away from divinatory practices, fearing to give any credence to what they consider ignorant supersition. It should be understood though that divination about the future, also known as augury, prophecy, presentiment, foresight, or visioning is not foretelling or predicting. The future, unlike the past, is probabilistic and the visions sought in a vision quest or entheogenic ceremony are not inner movies passively received – they are instructions or guidance involving the individual in possible or likely future situations. Ordinary people, especially business people, do this kind of anticipation or projection of future trends all the time – and there are scientific books and conferences about various approaches to doing this, called forecasting, scenarios, trend analysis and the like. The chief difference in shamanic, hermetic and other esoteric traditions is that one goes into a mild altered state to do the divinatory questioning, attempting to rise out of the inevitably limited, normal time-space framework of the querent. In the shamanic knowledge-seeking and visionary traditions one poses questions to the spirits with which one is allied; or, we could say psychologically, the questions are addressed to the Higher Self. – Ralph Metzner
dizzy liver –
doctrine of signatures – To perceive the echo of things (from archetype in spirit to its many diverse forms) is to understand their meanings . . .2) British physician Thomas Browne wrote in the 1640s that “there are two books from whence I collect my divinity: besides that written one of God, another of his servant Nature – that universal and public manuscript that lies expansed unto the eyes of all.”
drama triangle – heroes, villians, and victims
Dream Incubation – “This process, divining by simply asking your inner wise or guiding self, is also involved in the practice known as dream incubation. This is one of the best ways to increase the meaningfulness of one’s dreams: before you go to sleep you ask your inner guide, your dream-weaver, for help in solving a particular issue. Whatever dreams may come can then be much more readily interpreted as symbolic answers to the question you posed.” – Ralph Metzner
dreams – ‘There are two different sides: dreams and fantasies. Everybody has fantasies. I have my own fantasies, but I don’t put that much energy into them. I just enjoy them. I put all my power into my dreams to make them come true, because the world is as you dream it. If you dream that you are poor, you will be poor all your whole life through. If I want to change my dream, I have to put all the energy I have into that dream and I’ll change the dream . . . because the world is as I dream it.’ –Ipupiara 2) “That which the bear dreams in winter becomes its reality in the summer”
Dreamtime hero – To Australian anborigines, the dreamtime hero is not dead but an important source of life and energy.
drugs – 1) as neutral or impartial spirits, which upon entering an individual ‘intensify natural inclinations, good or evil (Philon, DePlant., XLI, 171), and in so doing give rise to self-knowledge. – Antonio Eschotado. 2) ‘If they did not exist our governors would have invented them in order to prohibit them and so make much of the population vulnerable to arrest, imprisonment, seizure of property, and so on.’ – gore vidal
drug war – 1) is essentially a war against freedom of consciousness, a war of competing worldviews, a religious war. Also assumes that using tools that nature provides to effect spiritual development is somehow bad, or cheating. 2) However, unlike shamanism, which has been largely rehabilitated in recent years, moved from the “category of abnormal psychology to the category of universal psychobiological capacities (Atkinson 1992),” the transformative knowledge native to communicative association with plants has yet to be much explored from the vantage of similar “universal psychobiological capacities.” One reason for this oversight is that the study of vision plants is wound into the problematic psychology and politics of the modern Drug War. – mb
dualism – Dualism can be seen as an alienated form of differentiation, in which power construes and constructs differences in terms of an alien or inferior realm. Dualism is a relation of separation and domination inscribed and naturalized in culture and characterized by radical exclusion, distancing, and opposition between orders constructed as systematically higher or lower, etc. which treats the division as part of the nature of beings – val plumwood 2) duality exists only when you are identified with the body. Onc this identitification is transcended, all duality disappears – Ammachi
dhyana -The Sanskrit word for meditation is Dhyana, which comes from the verbal root dhi or dhya. Both roots mean to “think”, this is particularly true in the sense of inquiry, examination or introspection. In fact, in Vedic yoga, “dhi” is a reference to the Buddhi or thinking and discerning mechanism of the mind. It would be correct to call the intellect the Buddhi in its lower function. Dhyana as meditation is not merely a quiet mind, though this can be a significant achievement. One of the initial goals of Dhyana should be proper or controlled thought. Clearly illustrated in Patanjali’s yoga sutras, which states in the eight limbs that before meditation can begin one must possess concentration (Dharana). Concentration is not the removal of thought but the focusing of thought onto a single object or a single thought. An advanced state of the final three limbs (Dharana, Dhyana, Samadhi) is often referred to as “one-pointed ness”. One-pointed ness is the continuous flow of thought, but each thought is in perfect harmony with the preceding thought. In addition, it could be viewed as such intense concentration that there is mergence with the object of concentration. These two points would indicate that the goal is not mere absence of thought, which is beyond reach of most beginner and intermediate students, but a singular or focused thought rooted in powerful concentration. This focused thought actually forms the basis of practical application of Advaitic philosophy, known as inquiry. – Yogi Baba Prem Tom Beal
dyscontrol – ‘Inherently destabilizing to the integrity of the individual, illness disconfirms the illusion of personal control over the body, generating anxiety as one is confronted with the strangeness of dyscontrol’. Becker, Anne – ‘Body, Self, and Society: the view from Fiji’
dysteleology – teleology is the philosophical study of manifestations of design or purposes in natural processes or occurrences, under the belief that natural processes are not determined by mechanism but rather by their utility in an overall natural design. Dysteleology is the doctrine of purposelessness in nature. Teleology is associated with vitalism. It explains apparently purposeful animal behavior by saying that the action is performed because it will later be advantageous to the animal. Science, on the other hand, has sought to explain apparently purposeful behavior through the theory of mechanism. – Umpleby