Sunday, July 11, 2010

Good Vibrations

Occasionally I (August) experience symptoms of a troubling physical nature, often called "Restless Leg Syndrome" — unless experienced, it's difficult to describe, but it's very uncomfortable and prevents any kind of rest or sleep. Several members of my family suffer from it as well - young and old - so it's assumed it's inherited in some way. This suggests that there is some kind of intergenerational transmission via race-consciousness beliefs. Race consciousness beliefs arise from the collective identity, including the attitudes, beliefs, and sensitivities held by or considered characteristic of an individual or group. A general example is the near-universal belief in the drama of good vs. evil, or that age = wisdom. In the case of my family, it would be the belief in this particular "inherited health condition." Such beliefs are self-sustaining and self-maintaining, and become embedded in the collective psyche of the ego-mind to the extent that there is no conscious awareness of their actual unreality.

I have learned how to vanquish it through consciousness-raising practices, which deny any and all race-consciousness beliefs. Interestingly, the condition often become re-activated after I have thought or talked (or written) about it, or more recently, when I visited with family members who were talking about their suffering from the condition. I then have to meditate for awhile to undo the symptom reactivation, through a technique I learned from my guide, Krishnamurti, called "negation." This is basically and simply negating any and all thoughts about the condition from the conscious and under-conscious mind.

Sometimes the old belief-thoughts re-enter the consciousness, as suggested by the tenacious ego-mind, while I'm asleep, and wake me up in the middle of the night. It's often hard to meditate at 3:30 in the morning, so it's at this point that I pull out my tuning fork. During the many years that it took to manifest our book, Spirit led me to understand that the bones in our body are actually a crystalline, which can be easily affected by vibrations of the most subtle kind. Then, through a serendipitous experience with a healing massage therapist, who used tuning forks in her work, I was able to obtain one of my own. When vibrated and placed against any bony area of the leg or arm for a few minutes, it will re-balance the overall health of the limb, and restore it to peace through "healthy wave interference."

The particular instrument I use is called the OM Tuner, and I like to put it on my skull as well, for the wonderful sound of "OM" that resonates through it. I also have developed a practice of placing a large and heavy chunk of raw rose quartz on my heart area, and setting the vibrating fork on it - the resulting vibrations are amplified and resound through my heart chakra, an amazing way to open and expand it. The OM is supposedly more for spiritual applications and less for physical ones. This particular manufacturer actually creates tuners to help with the re-balancing of the body's bone and other tissues, called Otto Tuners - which I've yet to try, since the Om works already. The Ottos are said to relieve muscle tension, spasms, pain, and improve circulation by relaxing constricting muscle tissue and causing increased blood flow. I will be acquiring one soon to experiment with it.

My cats also love it, and, strangely, especially like to place their long canines against it to feel the vibration. One also likes to push her nose against it so that the vibrations make her sneeze, and both let me place the vibrating fork on the heads and spines without protest. They are often quite pushy and a bit of a nuisance when I'm trying to use it at 3 in the morning, insisting I "do them first." Now if only I can find one that will help them calm down and sleep at 3 am.


At Mon Jul 12, 09:43:00 AM 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

FYI, found the exact same tuning fork as the otto tuner on Amazon for $5.60. I also use the same one for physical exams. Didn't want to see you over charged.

At Sat Jul 17, 06:55:00 PM 2010, Blogger August Goforth said...

Thanks Michael. I was very curious about the very large price discrepancy between the Amazon tuning fork and the ones at Biosonic. So I queried the Amazon seller, "BP Medical Supplies":

"I recently obtained a 128 hz weighted tuning fork from Biosonic for $49.95 - is there some kind of significant difference between theirs and yours, that you're aware of -- that results in such a wide price difference, making yours so much less expensive at $5.60?"

The answer was brief and not at all helpful - I reproduce it here as it exactly appeared in the email:
"im not sure of that brand."

I sent the same query to Biosonics, the maker of the tuning forks I use. Their answer seems to justify the cost difference:
BioSonic Tuning Fork Manufacturing Standards

"BioSonic tuning forks are designed to scientific standards using the highest quality aluminum alloy. They are precisely tuned within 0.5% of the indicated frequency @20 degrees C. All tuning forks are subjected to at least three inspection processes to guarantee quality. The specially designed aluminum alloy makes them harder, more durable, and impact resistant with decreased frequency changes due to temperature variations. This results in a longer ring tone, purer tonal quality when knee tapped, and a complete range of overtones when tapped together. Using the highest quality aluminum alloy also means that BioSonic tuning forks are immune to corrosion, have the highest rating for quality of surface finish, and have no sharp edges.

"BioSonic tuning forks are made with Alcoa aluminum. The aluminum is domestically produced within the regulations of United States and meets all environmental laws. Alcoa was named one of the top three Sustainable Corporations in the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. In 2005, Business Week magazine, in conjunction with the Climate Group, ranked Alcoa as one of the “Top Green Companies“ in cutting their carbon gas emissions.

"Tuning forks we have tested from competing companies are softer, have higher levels of impurities, are more susceptible to corrosion, and frequency changes due to temperature variations. They have a rougher appearance, the ring time is 20+% less, and tonal quality, which is important in the healing process, can vary by 2+%. Due to the softness of the aluminum many overtones, which are essential in neural transmission as part of stress reduction are dropped and cannot be relied upon with any consistency. The companies supplying softer impure aluminum at lower prices tend to have weak environment records and questionable labor practices."

Well, that certainly sounds better. My Biosonics forks are beautiful, and stamped with a special imprint of the company. (I like that each comes in an exquisitely colored velvet bag.) The picture of the other less expensive ones I've seen have no unique manufacturing stamps. I suppose the ultimate test would be to get a cheap one and compare them.

At Sat Jul 17, 06:55:00 PM 2010, Blogger August Goforth said...

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