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Originally posted by Asktheanimals
...Looking at the headdresses brought a question to mind: are what we see in ancient carvings of what have been described as "war helmets" actually ceremonial headdresses? What is their function? It's not for show as they wear in them in private ceremonies. Do they somehow facilitate the process of mediums/oracles? Are they gateways to allow consciousness to flow from and into ourselves? This film has me wondering.
Originally posted by Asktheanimals
Looking at the headdresses brought a question to mind: are what we see in ancient carvings of what have been described as "war helmets" actually ceremonial headdresses? What is their function? It's not for show as they wear in them in private ceremonies. Do they somehow facilitate the process of mediums/oracles? Are they gateways to allow consciousness to flow from and into ourselves?
"When he had gone into a trance, a huge bonnet weighing eighty to ninety pounds was lowered onto his head. It was actually a tall headdress built on an iron base. I twas decorated with peacock feathers, cock feathers, and vulture feathers (especially the fluffy feathers from the legs of the vultures-but when these were not available, cotton was substituted), gold, precious stones and in the center of the crown, an odd piece of red glass said to have an unearthly glow when the oracle was in a full trance....
Each part of this costume: the robes, the headdress, weighs a considerable amount. As mentioned above, the helmet weighs around thirty pounds. The robes themselves weigh over one hundred pounds. (Avedon, 1997 p192)...
That means the Kuten is supporting approximately one hundred and thirty pounds of extra weight when he is in trance ...
In order to reach the level of trance in which the deity is able to achieve complete control of the medium and transmit his message clearly, the medium has to make sure that,
"the 72,000 psychic channels upon which, according to tantric theory, consciousness is mounted in the human body [are] clear of all obstructions."
Well excuse moi. It that the way the Dalai Lama--or any other recognized Buddhist teacher--defines it, or is that your own interpretation? Is Spirit worship, then, a Religion of waking up?
Originally posted by Visitor2012
Buddhists do not practice philosophy, they practice methods of waking up.edit on 23-2-2012 by Visitor2012 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by The GUT
reply to post by AussieAmandaC
Ahoy Matey. Interesting experience you had and that whole vibration experience seems to be attached to the "real thing" in reports and literature.
The Astral travelers also mention body vibration before the disconnection of body and consciousness.
Had you, prior to your experience, been involved in anything that we might term "shamanistic" practices?
Glad you got your balance back.
The weight of the ritualistic gear is fascinating too, you're right...there must be a reason for it. Although the idea did occur to me that these oracles in their possessed state are so strong, the monks figure that the more they weigh them down the easier they are to handle.
It was a sisters reassurance which saved me, (which expanded to become mothers, sisters and daughters and their eternal sacrifice) and it was a battle.
Originally posted by bestintentions
reply to post by The GUT
you’re so kind ! but, please don’t get me started on the subject…………………. it’s vast. too vast....
Buddhism of the Tibetan variety anyway, is significantly about the spirit world.
just who it is that's really in control: The monks or the spirits?
Lao Tzu (604-517 BC), Hua Hu Ching, Verse 52: Do you think you can clear your mind by sitting constantly in silent meditation? This makes your mind narrow, not clear. Integral awareness is fluid and adaptable, present in all places and at all times. That is true meditation. Who can attain clarity and simplicity by avoiding the world?