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singing in rituals
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Post # 1
I believe highly in more time consuming ritualistic magic. And recently I have found if you sing like they do at Muslim mosques it really helps you manipulate energy with your voice. Does anyone else know of this or do this?
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Re: singing in rituals
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Post # 2
fascinating question, here is my perspective:

If millions (billions?) of people throughout the ages have incorporated song into their meditations, rituals and prayers, could that be discarded by the rest of humanity?

I think not.

I'm aware of many people's beliefs, that song is not "dignified" enough for serious meditations.

To each his/her own.

Personally, I think individual results are what determines the value of any aspect of your personal practice.

If you find more enjoyment, more freedom of expression, or more enjoyment with song as part of your processes, then by all means, analyze your own bio metric feedback and continue enjoying what works for YOU.

Just my two cents. As always, I could be wrong.

RickyIndigo



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Re: singing in rituals
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
Post # 3

Gerald Gardner noted that chanting and drumming were one of the Eight Paths to Power.

In the coven that I originally trained, chant and song were an integral part of every ritual. We often sang the circle up and/or down, raised energy for our magical workings through chant, and sometimes just sang or chanted to bond the group together. Several of us wrote original works for the coven to use. We were known in the local community as "The Coven that sings"

My current coven also uses chant as well as music by which to dance while raising energy.

I think you'll find that the use of music, particularly chant and song, is a pretty common way of raising energy and working magic within the Pagan community.

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Re: singing in rituals
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Post # 4
Interesting inputs. I usually sing when I pray and meditate. I noticed not a lot of people did so now I know it's ok.
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Re: singing in rituals
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
Post # 5

As Lark was saying, it's actually pretty common to find the use of song, music or something of the sort within certain practices. I personally find singing to be very helpful in ritual-based work. A lot of the work I do in my practice is directly tied to singing, and singing itself is viewed as sacred since it involved breath- which in my practice is thought to be given to us by the Gods. Singing can help you to direct your concentration and energy, and can help ease you into the state of mind you need to do some of those deeper workings. It definitely has its uses.

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Re: singing in rituals
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Post # 6

Singing is highly reccomended and used by many paths. People in various cultures and religions believe that with singing a person communicates with their God.

Moreover there is scientific research on this subject that accepts the power of singing since it provides evidence that singing particular tones create a magenetic field of energy.

Therefore someone could benefit from that in a ritual.

Note: Extra energy can be a good thing if you are not sure of the effects you should be more cautious. I would reccomend to cast your circle and cleanse your energy before you start.

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Re: singing in rituals
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
Post # 7
I often use singing and dancing to raise energy in my magical workings.There is nothing time consuming in this or ritualistic in my own opinion.Change of the rhythm or the tune will help you change the energy flow. Singing accompanied with dancing allows the three of our bodies to come aligned in harmony.As above so below idea becomes fulfilled on all levels.
I do not need particularly to think about the rhythm of the dance or the words/tune of the song.I rather channel them sometimes both at same time.So I would sing in language that sound very like gibberish or it can be in form of a humming that is similar to Tibetan monks humming in chants.It is simply projecting back vibrations that you received from higher level in tune and/or with steps (another forms of expression) and vice versa.So this process can go from above to below and from below towards above or sometimes it can go back and forth through the levels.
On side note if you ask Muslims if he/she thinks they sing in mosque they will tell you that they do not.They do not see it as singing and do not approve singing in mosques and churches ,dancing is not approved either.
There is another religious group of Muslim mystics called Sufis and the path/philosophy they walk/follow is called Sufism.They are more known as so called twirling Dervishes.They use religious music and twirling/spinning around in order to connect with God(Divine).
In Hinduism mantras have been long used for same purpose,but each Deity rather has its own matra.

I would like to contribute to all said above with the poetry by Rumi ,a Persian mystic who fallowed the Sufism and its teachings.

"Dance, as through no one is watching
Love ,as through you have never been hurt before,

Sing,as through no one can hear you,

Work, as through you do not need the money,

Live, as through heaven is on earth."
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Re: singing in rituals
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Besides the improvised chanting in gibberish for lack of a better term, plus you said it, I would imagine it might be something like speaking in tounges, do you have any reccomendations of new bands similar to flyleaf or audioslave? Btw i do realize audioslave is another band now but i havnt heard it.
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Re: singing in rituals
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
Post # 9
Barbi, I am not exactly sure if your question is meant for me or not ,but I am going to answer anyway.If it was not addressed to me ,please ignore what I wrote.

I have never heard about this bands you have mentioned ,but I can tell you what bands or type of music I use.

I like listening to those groups if I do preparation for magical workings or during ritual singing or dancing (this is in case I do not channel ):

-Enigma

-Delirium

-Irfan


Other performers :

-Lorrena Makknit

-Azam Ali

-Elitsa Todorova

-Enya

Chorus :

-The Mystery of Bulgarian voices.

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Re: singing in rituals
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Post # 10

Enigma is my favorite

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