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The Healing Island of Moy Mell

August 8th, 2011

Two posts back I mentioned Sacred Nature – the new healing meditation audio download that has just been released. Often audio meditation collections tend to conform to one method or formula, and so each track can sound quite similar. With Sacred Nature the tracks are very different, since they are designed to fulfil different functions.

In this post, let me tell you the story behind the track ‘The Healing Island of Moy Mell – A Journey to the Land of Honey.’ With this meditation I wanted to create an experience that opened the listener to the healing energy of the natural world, and in particular the earth, sun and moon.

The meditation opens with a quotation about rejuvenation from the eighth century Irish Voyage of Maelduin, and continues with an adaptation from Joseph Jacobs’ nineteenth century telling of the story of Connla and the Fairy Maiden. Later, English versions of two Gaelic prayers to the New Moon, from Alexander Carmichael’s Carmina Gadelica, are spoken, and these are followed by a prayer to Brighid, Goddess of Healing, written by OBOD member Susa Black.

I asked a local composer, Helen Glavin, whose music and voice I found beautiful and lyrical, to

Helen Glavin

see if she could create some music that could work with the Golden Mean, and she has composed a haunting piece that combines the sounds of the sea with the use of Fibonacci sequences of notes. The Fibonacci series defines the Golden Mean.

At the heart of this meditation you are invited to bathe in the colours of the spectrum via the light of the sun mediated through a crystal held up by a Druid healer. Over the centuries various theories have been proposed that link musical notes with colour, and I asked Helen if she could work with this in her composition. She writes: “It has been an enriching experience creating music for Sacred Nature. The Island of Moy Mell inspired me to compose music evoking an ancient Celtic world, lulled by the sea, lost in time. I’m from Southern Ireland and feel an affinity to the island and the powerful mystical journey.

Music and colour have a golden synergy. I’m greatly drawn to the ancient Tibetan system where the individual colours connect with the chakras and the notes of a diatonic scale. I used this system in the music to accompany the Druid’s journey through the colour spectrum. The colour that came to me is red for the note C. I built up the rainbow journey from C, moving through the seven colours, the chakras, and related notes from C to B. I also explored the golden ratio and incorporated numbers from the Fibonacci sequence in motifs for the solo piano music. This was the sequence I used:

C — red — root chakra

D — orange — sacral chakra
E — yellow — solar plexus chakra
F — green — heart chakra
G — blue — throat chakra
A — indigo — third eye chakra
B — violet — crown chakra”

As a nice synchronicity, Helen lives very near the Rainbow Inn, just outside Lewes, in an area noted for its high incidence of double rainbows. You can browse her websites here: www.helenglavincomposer.co.uk and  www.helenglavin.com

And you can hear an excerpt from The Healing Island of Moy Mell in this sampler recording, with excerpts from all four tracks:

If you’d like to download the album, you can find it on i-tunes, CD Baby and Amazon UK

Healing Retreat this September

August 8th, 2011

On the 4th September, a team of ten of us are going to be running a week’s healing retreat in Hertfordshire. You don’t have to be an OBOD member to participate, and there are still some places left.  Here are the details:

Natural Healing Retreat

4-10 Sept 2011

Imagine spending a week once a year attending to your body and its needs: eating a healthy cleansing diet, exercising your body with swimming, Qigong and Tai Chi, participating in Druid healing ceremonies, having massage and saunas, and daily meditations – all in a beautiful setting close to Nature.

If this appeals to you, we would like to invite you to the Order’s first Natural Healing Retreat in September this year. Set amongst 17 acres of beautiful woodland near St.Albans in Hertfordshire, the grounds of the Sun-Folk Society and Spielplatz will provide a peaceful setting for this week of deep relaxation designed to help you open to the healing powers of Nature and your own body.

There will be guided meditations and one-to-one sessions, while practitioners in a range of healing modalities such as deep-tissue massage, aromatherapy, herbalism, cranio-sacral osteopathy, Qigong and Tai Chi will offer individual or group sessions.  A carefully designed detox diet will be available, and there will be many opportunities for deep rest, exercise and spiritual practice.

Life can be stressful and sometimes we need to take the time to remove ourselves from daily responsibilities and habits, and discover new and healthy ways of nurturing the body, mind and spirit. By working to restore our health, we will hope to transform our relationship to the body, to the self and to the food we eat.

Sun-Folk with its ancient oaks, green lawns, sauna and splash pool is a naturist paradise and a perfect setting in which to enjoy a life-changing experience. We will enjoy the full use of the resort with two large yurts to provide sleeping accommodation and workshop space. In addition, members may camp, bring their own caravan or campervan or book accommodation in a nearby hotel.

Spielplatz adjoins Sunfolk, and is the Utopian naturist resort where Nuinn used to retreat regularly, and we have arranged access to this resort too for participants, so that we can walk in the grounds which include the tallest birch trees in England, and use their large outdoor heated pool and other facilities, such as tennis and badminton courts.

Spend a week in this beautiful place surrounded by Nature, learning to listen to your body and develop skills which will help you stay in tune with its needs. Meditation helps develop self-awareness, compassion and unconditional love for ourselves and others; and an informed and healthy relationship to the food we eat can be energising and healing. A poor body image can be the cause of real distress and inhibit the possibility of discovering our wild free soul-self. Whether you are a naturist or not you are welcome to join us for the week, which will be clothing-optional. This means there is absolutely no obligation for you to be either dressed or undressed. You are totally free in this respect, and the Retreat will provide a safe, respectful and sacred place in which, if you wish, you can let go of any damaging and limiting feelings about your own body and gain a sense of real freedom to be who you truly are.

Have fun, feel supported in your journey, play in the pool, walk in the woods, share stories by the fire, eat good food…relax and enjoy this very special place of healing.

All activities will be optional. A 1-3 day brown rice or juice mono-fast will be available if wanted. The detox diet will be varied and delicious and will be caffeine, sugar, meat, dairy, wheat and alcohol free. The healers will present themselves and their work on the first day and participants will be free to book individual sessions scheduled each afternoon. This retreat is ideal for those wanting to restore their sense of well-being, recharge after a period of stress, or change life-style habits such as smoking.

The retreat will be held near to one of the most significant centres in the history of magic in England – St.Albans (See references in The Book of English Magic for details). Philip will give a brief talk about this, and participants might like to visit the town and surrounding area before, during or after the retreat. We will also be a walk away from Butterfly World – a 27 acre site designed in the shape of a giant butterfly’s head.

For more information and booking details see www.druidhealingretreats.co.uk