Meditation

WHAT IS MEDITATION?

Much is said, but little is known about the original and ancient meditation. Dictionaries define meditation as thinking or reflecting on something, which is exactly the opposite of what is said in the Eastern philosophy that created this technique. The most authentic definition of meditation is: the act of not thinking; it’s to completely silence your rational mind; another description is when the observer, the act of observing, and the observed, merge to become one. This is not as simple as it seems. When you try to silence your intellectual mind, many obstacles arise spontaneously. But, with effective training, meditation becomes simple and achievable for everyone.

WHY MEDITATE?

When we act under the influence of emotions, we do not reason very well, and often act without thinking. But even when we think, we also make a lot of mistakes. Just think about how many times you’ve missed a simple math calculation. The human mind tends towards dispersion and it’s nature is to be cluttered, especially when we are under pressure and stress.

1- MENTAL CLARITY: imagine if there was a method for training your brain so you could develop your potential; a simple, practical, objective training to be present and gain more mental clarity for making better decisions at work and in your personal life. 

2- MANAGE YOUR EMOTIONS: imagine if could better understand your emotions, learning to manage them and develop emotional intelligence and excellent human relationships.

3- REDUCE STRESS: imagine if you could silence your mind and manage your stress at levels suitable for a life of quality and well being.

5- MASTER YOUR INTUITION: imagine how with more mental and emotional clarity you will be able to access your intuitive wisdom and apply it to your life, to every single moment, seeing through the clutter in order to reshape your choices and behaviors to align with your purpose and perform at full potential.

WHAT DOES THE RESEARCH SAY?

🚀 Meditation increases awareness of your unconscious mind. (1)

🚀 Meditation affects genes that control stress and immunity. (2,3)

🚀 Meditation fosters creativity. (4)

🚀 Meditation increases grey matter concentration in the brain. (5)

🚀 Long-term meditation enhances the ability to generate gamma waves in the brain, associated with bursts of insight and high-level information processing. (6)

For more about meditation see our 21-day meditation challenge.

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CHAI WORKSHOP

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EVERY WEDNESDAY, 8:30PM
MENTALIZATION

Every Wednesday evening we will commit 15 minutes to set our intention and design our fortune. The 2nd and the 4th Wednesday will be Inter-academy, which means it will be with the DeROSE TriBeCa crew! The more people the more powerful!

EVERY FRIDAY, 6:30-7PM
TECHNIQUE WORKSHOPS

Expand your horizon, every Friday of each month we will have a specific training:
1st week: Vocalizations: explore the power of vibration
2nd week: Breathwork 
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4th week: Meditation & focus
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WINTER
JAN, FEB & MAR FRIDAYS, 7-7:30PM

LITERARY ASSEMBLAGE

Enjoy selected readings in good company. To build the world that you want and enjoy you need to be full of vitality and inspiration. Diving into the universe of literature with others is a unique and fun experience. Each week we'll be voting on the selected texts.
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APR, MAY & JUN SATURDAYS, 1PM

BRUNCH

Through Spring we'll be having a weekly brunch, exploring the comfort foods that make this meal synonymous with feelings of a limitless life. Feel free to invite friends or family to to this activity.

SUMMER
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DAY EXCURSIONS

We've decided that New York City deserves a celebration in all of glory and its complexity, so expect fun stuff like hiking trips upstate, pizza tours, beach picnics, bicycle rides, museum visits and more. You can invite friends and family too!

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MOVIE NIGHTS

Cinema is a powerful artistic medium that reflects social and cultural conventions, is a gateway into important concepts and dialogues or simply can be something to enjoy superficially. We'll do it all this coming fall. You can invite your friends and family.
 
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Baked Stuffed Aubergine Parmesan

Sharing a meal is a perfect excuse to indulge in the moment with satisfying flavors, laughs, & enlightening conversation.

DeROSE Method Schools teach about food in this laid back atmosphere because it’s a more natural way to share, study, ask questions, learn and grow.

This Friday we’ll be preparing stuffed aubergine with penne in a marinara sauce. From this moment on I will substitute the name aubergine with eggplant. The name aubergine just seems sophisticated, but the recipe will revert to eggplant to avoid confusion among fellow USA readers.

photo credits to @  Annemarie

photo credits to @Annemarie

Serves 4 hungry people:

  • 2 large eggplants (or 4 small)
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, plus 2 tablespoons
  • 5 small portobello mushrooms, chopped
  • 14.5 ounces canned diced fire roasted tomatoes, or crushed fresh tomatoes
  • 6 kalamata olives, sliced
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, low moisture
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh, chopped parsley


Preheat oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, 260 degrees Celsius. Slice eggplant in half, lengthwise and scoop out the pulp leaving 1/4 inch border all around. Set the pulp aside in a bowl to use in the sauce.

Brush inside and outside with some olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
Place on a baking tray lined with foil. Bake in the oven for 6-7 minutes. Set the oven to the broil setting. Broil the eggplant on the middle rack for about 6 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.

Reduce the oven temperature to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, 204 degrees Celsius. Place the potato slices in a 9 by 13 inch baking tray. Drizzle 2 tablespoons olive oil over them and season with salt, pepper, and oregano on both sides. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside. Leave the oven on at 400 degrees.

To make the sauce, combine the onions, garlic, and olive oil in a saucepan and cook over medium heat about 15 minutes or until soft and golden. Stir often and reduce the heat if the onions and garlic begin to brown too fast. Smash the garlic with a wooden cooking spoon.

Add the chopped mushrooms to the pot and cook over high heat about 2-3 minutes. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Add the eggplant pulp and cook for 3-4 minutes, mixing so that it does not burn. Season lightly with salt and pepper.

Mix in the diced tomatoes, salt, pepper, oregano, and 1.4 cup water. Cook 20-25 minutes on medium heat and mixing often. Add some more water if necessary. The sauce is ready when the eggplant is soft and breaks down to create a thick, rich sauce. If after 25 minutes there is too much liquid in the pot, increase the heat to high and cook while stirring until it thickens. Stir in the sliced olives with the parsley. Taste seasoning and add more salt and pepper if needed.

Place the eggplants over the baked potato slices. Add mozzarella cheese and place inside each eggplant. Distribute the sauce evenly into each eggplant and top with the remaining crumbled mozzarella cheese. Bake in the center rack for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and top with the parmesan cheese. Return to oven and bake 15 more minutes. Remove from oven and set aside to cool at least 10 minutes before serving.

Serve with the pasta of your choice. Toss the penne pasta with the remaining 1 cup of marinara sauce.

Three Purpose-Driven Principles of High Performance Nutrition

Before the twentieth-century people imagined the nutrition of the future would be dominated by meal substitution pills to increase efficiency, leaving people with more time to focus on seemingly more productive aspects of work and life. The fallacy of this prediction ignores the fact that people are not merely digestive tubes. When it comes to anything in life it's important to start by asking yourself this question: what's the purpose?

So, what's the purpose of eating? To meet nutrient demands? Satisfy taste buds? Quench hunger? Knowing your purpose is essential because it's the main factor driving your decision-making.

A person can eat to satisfy hunger, for pleasure or for nourishment. If you only eat to satisfy your hunger you'll consume anything, the cheaper and more filling the better. If you eat purely for pleasure you'll choose whatever stimulates the taste buds the most, overconsuming salt, sugar, and fat. And if you solely consume foods for their nutritive qualities you'll tend to be a restrictive, perhaps even a boring and overbearing person who doesn't particularly enjoy food.

For us, food is more than nutritional substance. The act of eating is a complex multi-dimensional experience that should nourish the physical, emotional, mental, and more subtle aspects of our humanity. When we nourish all aspects of ourselves through food, a nutritional system becomes intelligent and can even be a source of self-knowledge. By paying attention to our eating habits we gain the perspective necessary to learn what foods enrichen our experience and extend our life expectancy. A true high-performance nutritional system should strive to satisfy hunger, experience pleasure, and nourish the body with nutrients.

    Imagine simultaneously satisfying hunger, experiencing pleasure and nourishing the body. Without a doubt, this (re)evolutionary approach will enrichen your life physiologically, emotionally, mentally and intuitively! Don't let this wisdom slip through your fingers, go out with friends and family (which is a big part of the pleasure factor) and see if you can get all three in a single meal. Then write to tell me how you did.

    These three principles explain the fundamental concept of our high-performance nutritional system. Next week we'll take a look at the five criteria for selecting food, and I promise it will be mind-blowing. Make sure to subscribe so you don't miss it!

    This week's recipe is perfect for winter but I love it year-round.

    Creamy Polenta Bowl 

    Lunch or Dinner

    (Image credit: Karen Biton-Cohen)

    Meatless Monday: "If you don't eat meat, what can you eat?"

    Conscious food choices are what we love!

    The choice of food, the preparation of the dishes and the act of eating with family and friends are all part of this process. Spending time with each of these steps enriches the relationship you have with food and the people you share it with.

    Over the next few Monday's we're going to celebrate Meatless Monday by addressing some of the misunderstandings some nutritionists, chefs, airline companies and all of our lovely aunts have concerning meatless nutrition.

    In an effort to bring the light to these influential humans, we're going to share three meatless recipes we love at the bottom.

    Misunderstanding #1: If you don't eat meat, what can you eat?

    Plant-based, meatless, or vegetarian diets are extremely diverse. While they do exclude all types of meat (red, white, blue or rainbow colored) they include everything else under the sun. Here is where the great divide starts, is it a choice or a restriction and does it even matter. For me it's a simple, not a restriction. I don't think it is ideal for anyone repress themselves in order to make the best choice for themself. I choose the meatless nutrition because of all the amazing doors it opens to me and the doors it closes too. To me, it's little like asking someone, "... if you don't eat metal screws, what can you eat?" But I don't want to digress from the main topic, let's take a look at what meatless diets do include.

    Vegetarianism can be divided into three main groups:

    a) Ovo-lacto-vegetarianism, also known as vegetarianism, consists of eating absolutely everything found under the Sun, except meat of any kind;

    b) Lacto-vegetarianism, which is just like the above dietary system, except it excludes eggs;

    c) Veganism, also known as pure vegetarianism, does not consume meat, eggs, dairy or any product originating from the body of the animal, including honey, etc.

    Obviously, different combinations and variations exist other than the above mentioned.

    The DeROSE Method recommends a well balanced ovo-lacto-vegetarianism dietary system because we consider it the most adaptable to any situation and is extremely diverse nutritionally compared to the meatless dietary systems. It provides all necessary nutritional elements in the most enjoyable way without rigid planning and without sacrificing sociability.

    Check out this interesting article about What Happens When You Stop Eating Meat from our friends at Collective Evolution.

    Here are three easy recipes we promised for a fun summer Meatless Monday!

    BREAKFAST

    BANANA OATMEAL

    LUNCH

    VEGGIE CARROT DOGS

    DINNER

    ROASTED TOMATO SOUP

    The Benefits of Breathing Through Your Nose

    What is so special about breathing through the nose anyway? Thankfully it's not a debate with divided opinion like Global Warming, but before addressing the nasal vs. mouth breathing discussion, let's take a brief moment to get back to the basics of why breathing is such a big deal in the first place and how doing it optimally can significantly increase your performance and quality of life.

    DeROSE Method breathing

    Spoiler alert: life essentially begins with our first breath and ends with our last. If you are breathing you are living, and if you are breathing well you are living well. The rhythm of our lives is determined by the rhythm of our respiratory system. Every emotional state corresponds to a respiratory rhythm. A deep and rhythmic cadence corresponds to satisfaction, safety and serenity. A shallow and inconsistent cadence corresponds to anxiety, anger, fear (fight or flight syndrome). Under no means am I claiming deep and rhythmic breathing will eliminate any and all circumstances where a person experiences anxiety, anger, fear, etc. That is completely different and much more difficult conversation we must have, at a later date. Getting back to breathing...

    Humans depend on three main sources of vital energy. Can you name them? Most people only need a couple seconds to answer this question. They are: food, water, and air. The follow-up question is often a bit more complicated, can you name them in order of importance for optimal performance? The easiest way to establish comparative value for these sources of vital energy should consider how long we can live without each. I'm sure the answer is obvious by now, right? There are multiple documented cases of people surviving months without solid food and weeks without water. But when it comes to to the vital energy we get from air, even with extensive and intense training, humans can survive only a few minutes without air. I remember taking healthy cooking classes in High School but no adult ever mentioned anything to me about how to breathe until I began studying the DeROSE Method in 2005, at the age of 23. Think about that, I lived 23 years of wild adventures with an extremely loving and supportive family, was fortunate to have studied at excellent educational institutions in the USA, yet I had to cross the Americas and learn three new languages (Spanish, Portuguese and Sanskrit) before accessing this information. Somebody must be a cruel trick on me. I wish that were the case...

    Among the laundry list of reasons to breathe exclusively through the nose include: it encourages you to breathe slower, as the air enters the nasal cavity it humidifies, filters, regulates the air temperature, and smells the air it reaches the lungs. This process keeps pollutants and other harmful substances away from internal organ tissue, optimizes oxygen intake (for example, and this blew my mind, in order to optimally absorb oxygen the lung blood cells need the moisture provided by humidity from the nasal cavity), stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, among many other positive bodily functions.

    To my surprise, there is also increasing research showing how mouth breathing leads to sub-optimal changes in facial structure.

    The photo on the left was before beginning nose breathing, after learning how to breathe correctly through the nose the facial features and dentition develop normally on the right.

    The photo on the left was before beginning nose breathing, after learning how to breathe correctly through the nose the facial features and dentition develop normally on the right.

    The photo on the left was before beginning nose breathing, after learning how to breathe correctly through the nose the facial features and dentition develop normally on the right.

    The photo on the left was before beginning nose breathing, after learning how to breathe correctly through the nose the facial features and dentition develop normally on the right.

    Despite all the overwhelming evidence supporting breathing through the nose while at rest, I occasionally get resistance Ifrom people who insist nose breathing is too difficult and sub-optimal during physical exercise, such as running, so I was thrilled to hear about the research by John Douillard and his colleagues showing nose breathing is also greatly beneficial for athletes during physical exercise. Below are six of the biggest takeaways from their research published in the International Journal of Neuroscience comparing mouth breathing to nasal breathing during aerobic exercise on a stationary bicycle:

    1. BREATH RATE: Breath rates were consistently lower during nasal breathing exercise. For example, in their case study the maximum exertion of 200 watts of resistance on the stationary bike, the rate of breath for the nose breathing technique was a mere 14 breaths per minute compared to the whopping 48 breaths per minute while mouth breathing.

    2. PERCEIVED EXERTION: In both studies, perceived exertion was significantly lower with the nose breathing technique. To measure this, they assigned a scale of 1-10 (10 being the most stressful) on the stationary bike at maximum exertion (200 watts). During mouth breathing, the perceived exertion topped the scale at a 10. During nose breathing? It was a comfortable 4.

    3. NERVOUS SYSTEM: Parasympathetic nervous system activation increased significantly during nose breathing as compared to mouth breathing. To make this determination, they measured the respiratory sinus arrhythmia (RSA), or the variability of the heart rate in relation to respiration. The more variable the heart rhythm, the more relaxed the individual or the more active the parasympathetic tone. At the same time, the tone of the sympathetic nervous system – the system responsible for the “fight or flight” mechanism – was lowered with nose breathing as compared to mouth breathing. This suggests that the individual may have experienced a “zone state,” as both nervous systems were functioning symbiotically to induce calm and focus during exercise. This is what athletes describe when they state, “my best race was my easiest race experience.”

    4. BRAIN WAVES: Though studies typically suggest that the brain becomes more incoherent during periods of stress and exertion, our studies show the opposite: brain wave measurements showed higher coherence using the nose breathing technique. This suggests that the entire brain pattern was more relaxed while engaged in nose breathing exercise compared to mouth breathing.

    5. ALPHA PATTERNS: Alpha brain wave patterns – the brain waves associated with deep relaxation and meditative consciousness – were significantly higher during nose breathing in both studies. In the first case study, the brain produced an unprecedented 15 second alpha wave burst. I signaled when I thought I was in the zone, which ended up correlating with when the brain went into the alpha burst. Until these studies, alpha brain wave activity had not been documented during exercise at all! The first person to run a mile under 4 minutes, Roger Bannister, wrote in his book The First Four Minutes, “The world seemed to stand still, or did not exist. The only reality was the next 200 yards of track under my feet."

    6. ENDURANCE: Endurance was significantly higher in both studies using the nose breathing technique as compared to mouth breathing.

    NOW PRACTICE

    The following texts are extracted from books by dear friends and authors I deeply respect: the DeROSE Method founder himself, Professor DeRose, and veteran DeROSE Method teacher Rosângela de Castro.

    When you learn to control the rhythm of your breathe with the following technique you'll be able to manage and refine emotions, which will undoubtedly have a positive influence in your relationships, professional performance and in your quality of life. However, the DeROSE Method breathing exercises go further, becoming conscious of the fact that the vital energy composing our body is the same of the universe, showing us another dimension of ourselves and this great phenomena of life.

    Breathing is the only unconscious vital act that we can access and immediately control. Through breathing we can dive into the depths of our unconscious and progressively make it conscious. Thus we open the inner book and read the most intimate records. As a result of this self-knowledge we hold the reins of transformation, guiding our evolution.

    You can do these exercises in any comfortable position, preferably sitting. The breathing exercise should be pleasant, done without effort. The slightest sign of discomfort indicates exaggeration or excessive forcing in some of the phases of breathing. Be responsible and always attentive to the signs your body sends you.

    Before beginning the breathing exercise, keep in mind that the practices that involve advanced rhythms or very long retentions, whether with the lungs full or empty, should be carried out exclusively under the supervision of a competent instructor, trained and supervised by a serious institution. They should not be taken as therapy, aiming at healing some problem, physical or of any other type.

    Technique Instructions

    The breath should have the following qualities:

    1. deep (diaphragmatic breathing); 
    2. complete (utilizing full lung capacity -- lower middle and upper sections),
    3. conscious (be present),
    4. rhythmic (steady like the waves of the ocean),
    5. controlled (you control when you inhale/exhale and the pace),
    6. uniform (steady from start to finish of inhale/exhale),
    7. slow (yes, just slow down, for starters, try four seconds to inhale/exhale is a good start),
    8. silent (only you should hear the sounds of your breath), and
    9. nasal (inhale/exhale through the nose).

    1. Start inhaling, first bringing the air to the lower section of the lungs, expanding the abdomen outward, then to the middle section, expanding the rib cage laterally, and lastly breathing into the upper section of the lungs, expanding the chest;

    2. and then exhale, releasing the air first from the upper section of the lungs, then the middle section, and lastly the lower section, contracting the abdomen inward. This is the complete breath. Memorize this rule: when air enters, the abdomen expands outward; when air exits, the abdomen pulls in. Again: air in, abdomen out; air out, abdomen in.

    I suggest trying for five minutes initially. Then, let us know how it goes and stay in touch by subscribing to our mailing list.

    Understanding The ÔM & How To Use It

    The ÔM pendant can be used simply as an accessory but its real power resides in its use for meditation. Using it for meditation is extremely simple and explaining the process doesn't warrant more than a small paragraph, so if that's all you want to know you can jump to the bottom of this article. On the other hand, if you are like me and enjoy learning the deeper story behind everything, then join me along this journey to the roots my dear friend.

    The ancient ÔM symbol displayed on our pendant represents the sound of the universe and is considered the matrix of all sounds. It's the ancient Indian equivalent of the "big bang" concept. As with many of the philosophical contributions made by these wise ancient Indian philosophers, in a few years Western science will probably discover that the Big Bang was actually more like a "Big ÔM". The scripture in this symbol has yet to be identified definitively, but it is evidently pre-Sanskrit (see the marking differences between the rectilinear character style of Sanskrit and the curvilinear character style of the ÔM symbol) and pre-Hinduism (after all, Hinduism derived from the encounter between the Aryan and Dravidian cultures roughly 3,000 years ago), and deriving from highly educated and sophisticated ancient cultures that have since been mostly erased from the collective historical memory. At this point, it may be impossible to make a definitive link, but most of the evidence shows it is likely of Dravidian origin, or perhaps older.

    The Dravidian civilization populated much of modern-day India & Pakistan 5000+ years ago. The Indus Valley Civilization is a well-known example of a commercially successful, culturally sophisticated and scientifically advanced Dravidian society. Much of what you'll learn about the ÔM in books, online or with teachers has suffered the influence of mystical misinterpretation and religious appropriation that occurred during the decline of the Dravidian civilization.

    Before explaining how to use the ÔM, let's look at a couple more common misunderstandings I didn't mention in the earlier post about the story of our pendant. It's interesting to consider that the mistakes I commonly see in New York and online are most likely made unknowingly. Let's take a gander at the circumflex accent we use when writing in Latin characters. Understanding the purpose of the accent will help you avoid two major gaffes.

    So what's the deal with the accent on the "O" that looks like a little hat? Our use of the circumflex accent “Ô” (yes, I really did call it a "little hat") represents a diphthong of “AU”, which is the blending of two different vowels. The difference between ÔM and AUM is simply one of transliteration. It's ideal to avoid writing AUM because anyone who learns from books or a poorly informed teacher is more prone to errors in pronunciation and completely changing its effects.

    On the other hand, if ÔM were to be written OM (as, in fact, it usually is), without the circumflex accent, it would be a poor transliteration from Sanskrit to Latin characters because OM could not be accurately returned (re-transliterated) to Sanskrit characters. The quality of a transliteration can be determined by the ability of a layman to return to the original alphabet without modifications.

    While there is a way of writing ÔM in the dêvanágarí alphabet, i.e. the rectilinear form, the curvilinear form that is adopted in Yôga and in other philosophies is much more ancient and probably has its origins in pre-Aryan cultures.

    When the ÔM symbol is written, it is referred to as Ômkára, and when pronounced it is referred to as Pránava. All schools of Yôga (Yôga is any strictly practical methodology that leads to samádhi) adopt the Ômkára, which is the drawing of the syllable ÔM. There is an ideal form of writing it and an infinity of stylizations based on the calligraphy of each school’s founder. Therefore,  the symbol is the same, but not identical, since each school adopts a specific design that establishes a connection in the collective unconscious with the force of the lineage's Ancestors. 

    There are several correct and powerful ways of pronouncing the pránava. Seven forms of pránava are taught in our school, each with a unique effect (limited copies remaining of our CD containing all seven).

    When using our ÔM pendant you establish a connection with ancient current of force, power and energy that is one of the largest, oldest and most powerful on earth. Many people associate the use of a ÔM pendant with protection, and while we do recognize a certain class of effects in this order, we don't think it should be the justification for using the ÔM pendant. It should be used in a casual and genuine way, as the average person does when wearing the symbol or logo of their favorite club, team or university; use the ÔM pendant if you identify with what it means and the lineage it represents, not for superstitious reasons or for its benefits.

    We adopt a design of the yantra ÔM reproduced photographically from an ancient text found in Rishikesh, India, in the Himalayas. The meticulous detail of the yantra ÔM should not be changed in any way.

    NOW PRACTICE!

    Utilize the illustration below to practice concentration and the first level of meditation (yantra dhyána). Look at the symbol for as long as necessary until you can preserve the image in your mind with the eyes closed.

    DeRose Method om.jpg

     

    GET YOUR ÔM PENDANT

    History of the ÔM pendant

    Text extracted from the book Treatise of Yôga by DeRose and translated by John Conway Chisenhall.

    Ancient ÔM pendant.jpg

    Once I dreamed my Mentor offered me an object loaded with the power of the Ancient Teachers, it materialized amid a swirl of golden light in his palm, right before my eyes. When the luminous fog dispersed I could see it was an extremely beautiful medallion with the appearance of an antiquity aged by time, carrying a magnificence and dignity so evident that it leaped to the eye. In the center, I recognized the ÔM, the universal symbol of Yôga in Sanskrit, written in the Devanagari alphabet.

    It was just a dream, without any pretension of being a precognition. But, it was a clear and strong dream that I remembered vividly for a long time.

    The years passed by and I traveled to India often for twenty years. During one of my trips to the Himalayas, I attended a very prestigious monastery, where I participated in diverse modalities of Yôga. There was a library with some very old, rare and precious works. I was rummaging through one of the books when I found an ÔM with a design that fascinated me. It was aesthetically superior to those that typically appear in most of the Yôga books. It had an impressive harmony and equilibrium. I let myself travel within its lineage of power and entered into deep meditation as I contemplated it.

    After the experience, I was enraptured by this incredibly strong symbol. I couldn’t resist a photograph. When I arrived in Brazil, I sent the ÔM to be photolithographed and expanded. The result was surprisingly good. The small irregularities of the ancient form were well pronounced on the rustic paper. The outline of the Ômkára acquired an even more ancient and weathered appearance.

    It was so beautiful that my students and the other instructors, everyone, wanted a copy. Some of the students began to make gold medallions trying to mimic this noble ÔM but evidently the goldsmiths had difficulty recreating it because frequently they made serious errors in the layout or in the proportions. These imperfections were imperceptible to the layman, nevertheless, significant enough to be capable of changing its characteristics.

    It's common to find errors when someone who hasn't been initiated attempts to make an ÔM pendant. For example:

    a) usually, the jewelers that recreate the ÔM don't understand anything about the symbol they are trying to reproduce and end up committing serious blunders, often creating designs with poor taste, thus losing the original character and nullifying its positive effects.

    b) otherwise, because gold is an expensive metal, the jewelers would make inadmissible cost-saving measures. When worn, it is common for the pendant to turn around, showing the inverted image of the ÔM, giving an observer the antithesis perspective of the yantra ÔM! Since the power of symbols is transmitted by the codified archetypes of the unconscious in deep areas of the human mind, this flipped perspective of the ÔM generated the opposite of the expected effect. I don't know if it is mere coincidence, but most of the people who used this ÔM, that flipped around and stayed inverted, ended up showing signs of dissonance.

    The ÔM should not be cut-out or hollowed-out, because if so it will frequently flip around reversing the ÔM, i.e., representing its’ antithesis in terms of symbolism, hence generating opposing effects;

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    This is why I decided it was more prudent to assume the responsibility of having the pendants coined with the powerful ÔM that I brought back from the Himalayas, just as I had dreamed about years earlier and made with the same metal alloys that are often used in Indian handicrafts, brass (copper and zinc), sterling silver and gold. So, I had a pendant coined in its ancient format, with the ÔM on one side surrounded by Sanskrit inscriptions and the ashtánga yantra, the symbol of SwáSthya Yôga, on the other side.

    When the first pendant was made it moved everyone with its exceptional beauty, harmony, sensibility and strength. It was a work of art. Never before had I seen a pendant with such a beautiful ÔM anywhere in the world, not even in India.

    Even in India, people asked us where we got such an authentic remarkably stamped pendant. Thanks to this medallion, DeROSE Method practitioners and friends are always finding each other, expanding their network of friendships around the world in airports, trains, buses, theaters, etc.

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