Home' Nova National : November 2010 Contents © NOVA NOVEMBER 2010
BOOKS, DVD, MUSIC
During the course of the busy-ness of
our lives, it's easy to neglect our spiritual
life and remain caught up in daily dramas.
In his new release Reiki Meditations For
Beginners Byron Bay-based teacher, writer
and practitioner Lawrence Ellyard offers
beginners knowledge and meditations in the
Reiki tradition and highlights the benefits
of meditation practice to counter energy
imbalance and dis-ease.
Reiki Meditations For Beginners is a
comprehensive introduction offered in
three parts: all about Reiki; an exploration
of meditation; and Reiki meditations and
visualisations combining traditional Japanese
Reiki and Western meditation practices.
Ellyard details the origins of Reiki from its
Japanese meaning as the Universal Life
Force Energy and its founding as a healing
system to describing mudras (hand gestures),
energy techniques and philosophical
contemplations used during practice.
Ellyard offers a great introduction into
the purpose and practice of meditation. He
defines it as a way to "subdue disturbing
impressions and emotions and bring
our minds under control." He proffers
reasons why people meditate: wanting
peace, to understand their mind, or to
seek enlightenment. From these reasons,
Ellyard concludes there is a general feeling
of dissatisfaction among those who choose
to meditate and this is where Reiki as a
healing modality comes in. Reiki healing
combined with meditation aims to focus on
BEYOND THE SECRET
Directed & Produced
By Rick Walker
Created By Holli Walker
Review By Nicola Silva
The first job I landed, straight out of
school, was as a copywriter for a small
advertising agency. Although it didn't pay
much, I was thrilled to be earning my
own money. One of our clients was a car
company. Even as I wrote copy for the
various car ads I was poignantly aware that I
could not afford even the cheapest model.
At the time, the thought of driving my own
car seemed an impossibly unreal dream. Yet
a few years later, I became the proud co-
owner of a pre-loved red hatchback. I can't
say that I set out to buy my dream car. I
did, however, hope to improve my life and
the steps I took along the way delivered a
cherished set of wheels.
Beyond The Secret is rather like that.
It has a heavy emphasis on taking action
steps, even baby steps, to achieve results.
While The Secret DVD was phenomenally
successful in widely disseminating the
teachings of the law of attraction, some
have found it too ephemeral. They question
whether daily affirmations and creating
vision boards could really deliver the dream
house or the loving relationship. Isn't it all
just wishful thinking? What do you actually
After hitting rock bottom in an abusive
relationship and having to fight for custody
of her three children, Holli Walker, the
creator of this DVD, turned her life around.
She had the courage to ask tough questions
of herself, enlist the support of a life coach
and take the requisite steps. She
acknowledges that there were bad days;
nor did it happen in a month or even a
year. She is now herself a life coach, guiding
this dissatisfied mindset and to "correct" any
One way to obtain balance through
meditation is to still the mind and to focus
on positive thoughts. This helps us to
recognise our true nature, and to develop
a greater understanding of ourselves and
any problems we might face. This promotes
an active role in being solution-focused. As
Ellyard writes, "Meditation is a pathway to
freeing ourselves from our problems." Not
as an escape, rather as a way to view our
problems from a larger, greater perspective.
From there, solutions may be sought.
"Meditation also gives us distance," he
continues. "Instead of responding too swiftly,
we can maintain control and recognise
disturbing emotions arising, which we have
the choice not to act upon."
Ellyard discusses the importance
of focusing on mental obstacles during
meditation practice. These include agitation,
regret, heaviness, dullness, doubt, wishing
harm, attachment and drowsiness. He offers
remedies to overcome these blocks in our
daily lives, as well as countering them during
practice. Ellyard also discusses disturbing
emotions such as anger, jealousy and fear.
In explaining the nature of attachment and
depression, he offers remedies to overcome
these emotions or to "purify" them to bring us
to a healthier state of mind. Among the many
documented benefits of meditation practice,
Ellyard discusses the heightened sensitivity
of our senses, emotions, and intuition.
Ellyard is a strong advocate of the
advantages of Reiki meditation, and the
benefits devoted practice can have on the
quality of our overall wellbeing. Focusing our
energy towards a greater awareness of life
will encourage those of us who are med-
itation novices towards a richer spiritual life
and, with it, a greater sense of wellbeing and
other people towards a better future and co-
host of a TV show called 180 Degrees.
In Beyond The Secret Holli Walker
interviews a cast of nine motivational
speakers and teachers, including Bob
Proctor from the original Secret, about, well,
the secret to successfully achieving your
goals in life.
Proctor says, "It's the little things you do
that can make a big difference. What are you
attempting to accomplish? What little thing
can you do today that will make you more
Others in this compelling cast are Les
Brown, Marcia Weider, Christian Simpson,
Paul Martinelli, Mark Moffit, Steve Siebold,
Ricki Byers Beckwith and Mary Morrissey.
Their advice is rich and thought provoking.
I found Les Brown to be humorous and
charming; Mary Morrissey, engaging and
The style of delivery, however, is rather
intense. The series of interviews run
consecutively rather like an infomercial,
interspersed with some true life stories
from people who have used the tools to
achieve their desires. The producers have
given pride of place to the messages, so at
times the viewer feels rather bombarded.
There is a lot to digest. This makes me think
Beyond The Secret will appeal to those who
are seriously looking for change and willing
to watch this DVD several times, taking notes
as they do so.
What do we really want in life? This is
the big question that comes out of this DVD.
Often we dream our dreams during our
youth and forget to revise them in later
years once the house with the white picket
fence has become a reality.
There is a school of thought that such
programs can be rather materialistic as
they often portray people pursuing higher-
paying jobs or luxury cars. Of course, this
isn't necessarily so. A universal principle
like the law of attraction must apply equally,
whether one is building a thriving local
community or a shapely body.
Review by Stewart Dawes
To be a songwriter in Sydney requires
at least two of the following attributes
of character: courage, vision, or madness.
So frequently stifling is the corporate
atmosphere, so demanding the rents,
or if you're among the lucky ones, the
mortgages, that creative people often have
to swim three times as fast as they might do
in other Australian cities, where creativity
can take a few deep breaths. Even more
unusual then that a Sydney songwriter
finds the time and mental space to create
music specifically for relaxation, meditation
Songs for relaxation, meditation and healing.
When was the last time you heard
Mahler or Verdi blasting from a shop
Where so many Sydney songwriters
have their careers dashed upon this city's
struggling live music scene, Michelle Garcia
has two blessings in her favour, firstly a
heavenly voice that transcends the cut-
throat vagaries of the rock circuit -- it's not
a part of it and doesn't need to be. This is
not a voice carved out of cigarettes and
alcohol, rather it's that of an angel drifted
down from a cloud to raise the spirits of
urban mortals. A saviour in our midst.
The second blessing is the healing vibe
inherent in the warm gentle music that
accompanies her angelic vocals. As an energy
healer for many years from an early age, Ms
Garcia's melodic piano seems to tenderly
caress auric trigger points -- this is not music
designed to dazzle with its intricacy, but to
lull the listener into a peaceful receptivity.
The intellect evaporates and the soul
connects with the heart.
Underlining a highly promising first
release is the "Celtic moonlight" musicianship
of producer Caiseal Mor, musician, filmmaker
and author of numerous books on shamanism,
alchemy, magic, miracle working and the
legend of the Holy Grail. You get a sense that
this is a musical partnership forged by destiny,
one that will produce many fine albums in
years to come, of which the ironically titled
Release is but an embryonic teaser.
The first track, which also serves as the
name of the album, displays the captivating
power of Michelle's voice. It's audio honey --
sweet and pure, with stickability and healing
properties. An emotive combination of piano,
vocals and Caiseal Mor's strings perfectly
decorate the determined sentiments of the
lyrics. The musical yearning brings Tori Amos
to mind, but without the increasing histrionics
which led to Ms Amos's self destruction.
Instead, springing from sunny, spunky
Sutherland Shire is this vibrant, optimistic
voice. If it's your cup of tea, the flavour 's
Release's second track, Water, is an
evocation of liquid in its most nurturing form
on planet earth -- a rain song, lake song,
or deep ocean song. Would love to see
this track developed as a video clip as this
may yet become an anthem for millions
of aquatically inclined nature lovers. This
song is a sleeper -- this first version, simply
vocals and keyboards, is likely only the
beginning of its journey. There's space in
what's presently a heart-rending folk song
for future incarnations, one version already
manifested later on this CD as an excellent
extended meditation piece, but if I was a
dance-trance producer I'd be putting my
hand up to take it in that direction. A song
that grows into the soul with every listen.
The radiant heart energy of the music
continues in the third track, Let Go, while
the vocals are more silky than ever --
whispery at first, always intimate in tone,
but ever-ready to soar. And when Michelle
Garcia's voice soars, it's at its best. One
to watch closely -- she's the owner of one
of the most refreshing new voices in this
On this latest outing, French musician,
Eric Levi, uses his Era recording vehicle to do
his bit to address the issue by dabbling with
Spicing each piece with his trademark
Gregorian chanting and sonorous drum beats,
he quite cleverly manages to make some
pretty heavy stuff palatable to the masses.
The overall effect is somewhat like the
soundtrack to an imaginary Tolkienesque
sorcery and magic movie epic -- stirring,
dramatic, and at times quite moving.
As part of the fabric of social history,
most of this music is instantly recognisable
to even the most fierce top fortyophile -- but
probably not quite like this.
If a hard core pop fan decides to
investigate Bach after hearing Era's
interpretation of Concerto No 3, then this
album has achieved something that dry as
dust music lessons and that ABC2
documentary that Dad watched more than
likely failed to.
For this reason alone, this album gets
a mighty thumbs up, even if the sound
you hear as the album finishes is that of
Vivaldi groaning in his grave.
Classics will no doubt be simply
annoying and pointless to many, but its
imaginative and entertaining reworkings
are thoroughly enjoyable to these ears.
A good idea accomplished with
Links Archive October 2010 December 2010 Navigation Previous Page Next Page