To some Westerners indigenous African techniques are at best puzzling
and at worst smack of witchcraft. The West is replete with technological
wonders. Our communication network is a veritable marvel with the
likes of satellite phones, fax machines and the internet. However
we seem to be lacking when it comes to the cosmic connection. Ancient
African wisdom has a lot to teach us here. There is a realm of spirit
but there is also a veil that must be penetrated if we wish to communicate
with this potential source of guidance. Most Westerners do not have
the techniques to pierce the veil, the bones do.
The divining bones are not strictly all bones but comprise shells,
money, seeds, dice, domino-like objects or even dominos themselves,
and other objects that have been appointed by the sangoma and the
spirit to represent certain polarities (for instance a miniature
car to represent a journey). Animal bones from lions, hyenas, anteaters,
baboons, crocodiles, wild pigs, goats, antelopes and others form
the large majority of the objects in the sangoma's bag, and there
are bones for all psycho-socio-spiritual polarities. The bones represent
all of the forces that affect any human being, anywhere, whatever
their culture. The primal energies and attributes the animals represent
hold enormous power. For example, the hyena represents the thief
that comes in the night, and a hyena bone is often used to locate
a stolen object. The anteater is the animal that "digs the
grave" and an anteater bone may be used where death is concerned,
or it may represent a deceased person or his spirit.
Before throwing the bones, the healer invokes the ancestors by
giving snuff, kneeling and clapping, and rattling or chanting a
song. First, a general reading is given and then specific questions
are asked and answered. Each question is answered by a separate
throw of all the bones.
It is the ancestor, and not the healer, who is providing the information.
The sangoma is just the messenger. There is an understanding between
the healer and the spirit as to the meaning of the bones and how
they line up in relationship to each other. In fact when the bones
are thrown, they do not fall in a random pattern but rather in a
distinct arrangement which can be read by the sangoma whose training
has taught him to diagnose past and present ailments and even predict
future occurrences. It seems that a "mini-field" of attention,
intention, and coherence is set up between the healer, the patient
and the ancestors that allows the bones to lie in an intelligent
pattern. The metaphor they represent can then be interpreted by
the healer. The reading is usually concerned with what is happening
at that moment in the patient's life. Since the healer is reading
a metaphor, he may get the wrong image and have to change direction.
Divining is like interpreting someone's dream, and only the owner
of the dream will know if the meaning rings true. The information
is given humbly and democratically. The healer will ask the patient
if she agrees and, if so, will continue along the same line of exploration.
If the patient disagrees, the healer will read another polarity
or look at the same polarity in a different way. Correct interpretation
is seldom offered dogmatically. Usually the patient is well aware
of what is going on in her life. The bones will often highlight
or focus on a problem that requires attention and that may have
been ignored or denied.
The healer is attentive to the fact that there is always free will
and that anything can be changed. Rituals can be offered to the
ancestral spirits to correct almost any eventuality. Bone readings
are usually concerned with helping people deal with their current
dilemmas - marital discord, money trouble, and other problems. But
the bones also can warn a person not to take an upcoming journey,
and they can highlight a past event that has bearing on the present.
The future can always change because of free will brought to bear
on the present moment. Far-reaching and accurate prophesies are
sometimes suspect since free will is ever-present to shift the variables
and alter the future.
Since the information transmitted from the Field to the bones is
not localized in space and time the readings can be done by phone
or sent by e-mail. If you live abroad and the cost of long distance
calls is a problem, Skype can be downloaded form the web. In this
way one can call computer to computer for no charge or from a computer
to a regular phone for one Euro cent a minute. You would just need
to make yourself available at a set time and send your questions
ahead of time in the form of "how does it look for....??"
For readings call 805 964-6771 in Santa Barbara, CA.
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Experiments at Princeton University (Princeton Engineering Anomalies
Laboratory, or PEAL) have shown that human thoughts can influence
a machine called a Random Numbers (or Events) Generator (RNG), not
only in the present but also in the past and in the future. Shifts
in the random numbers can even occur if the projected thoughts are
sent by individuals miles away from the machine. Robots that move
along a fixed predetermined path can also be made to change their
programmed route by an outside observer. Quantum physics has taught
us that the observer has an affect on the way quantum particles
behave. A similar Field of "coherence" may be occurring
with the divining bones. The intention of the diviner, the patient,
and the ancestors or some force from the Field may change the way
the bones lie when they fall. This means that the throw is not random,
but instead is predetermined by the spirit that presides.