Peter Kelder's 1939 book, The Eye of Revelation only gives instructions to spin in a clockwise direction. But, people wonder if we should spin anti-clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere.
…“Stand erect with arms outstretched, horizontal with the shoulders. Now spin around until you become slightly dizzy. There is only one caution: you must turn from left to right. In other words, if you were to place a clock or watch on the floor face up, you would turn in the same direction the hands are moving.”…
Note that Colonel Bradford defines "clockwise" as being the direction in which the person is turning when facing forwards and turning from left to right; regardless of his/her location on the planet.
True or False?
The monks lived in the Northern Hemisphere (Tibet) and said we should spin clockwise. Today however, some practitioners of the 5 Tibetan Rites and a few teachers tell students to spin anti-clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere.
When asked why, some people give vague answers like the spin direction of storms and hurricanes, and the impact of the Coriolis Effect.
But the most common reason is this: "Well, water draining from a sink or toilet spins anti-clockwise in the southern hemisphere and clockwise in the northern hemisphere."
However, this concept is based on a popular myth, explains Alistair B. Fraser, Ph.D. Emeritus Professor of Meteorology, Penn State University, USA, (reprinted with permission of the author).
..."Compared to the rotations that one usually sees (tires on a travelling automobile, a compact disc playing music, or a draining sink), the rotation of the Earth is very small: only one rotation per day. The water in a sink might make a rotation in a few seconds and so have a rotation rate ten thousand times higher than that of the Earth. It should not be surprising, therefore, to learn that the Coriolis force is orders of magnitude smaller than any of the forces involved in these everyday spinning things. The Coriolis force is so small, that it plays no role in determining the direction of rotation of a draining sink anymore than it does the direction of a spinning CD. The direction of rotation of a draining sink is determined by the way it was filled, or by vortices introduced while washing."...
For further information on actual sink experiments to measure the Coriolis Effect see Joe Kissel's article "Taking an Urban Legend For A Spin."
In the northern hemisphere, big storms spin counterclockwise as they travel, but in the southern hemisphere they spin clockwise.
If we use the spin direction of storms as a reason to change what the monks told us, then they were wrong - we should be spinning counterclockwise!
Why do storms spin in different directions depending on their location? See the video below.
The Coriolis Effect makes objects (clouds, air currents planes) travelling long distances around the Earth appear to move at a curve, as opposed to a straight line. The reason for this is that different parts of the world move (rotate) at different speeds - fastest at the equator and slowest at the poles.
Your frame of reference is important. "What you see depends on where you are." This assumes that we are on firm ground when in fact we are not as the earth is a spinning disc. A moving object seems to veer toward the right (clockwise) in the Northern hemisphere and left (counterclockwise) in the Southern hemisphere.
If you are really keen to have a better explanation of the Coriolis Effect read Dave Van Domelen's article.
Intriguing Recent Research on the Skirts of the Whirling Dervishes
The Coriolis Force that intricately links the rotation of the Earth with the direction of weather patterns in the atmosphere has been shown to play a crucial role in the creation of the hypnotic patterns created by the skirts of the Whirling Dervishes. The Institute of Physics
Co-author of the study James Hanna, from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, said: “The dancers don't do much but spin around at a fixed speed, but their skirts show these very striking, long-lived patterns with sharp cusp-like features which seem rather counter-intuitive.”
Other Possible Influences
1. Spin Direction of the Chakras
Colonel Bradford did not discuss the direction of the vortexes (chakras): All he had to say about them was this:
..."The body has seven centres, which, in English, could be called Vortexes. These are kind of magnetic centres. They revolve at great speed in the healthy body, but when slowed down - well that is just another name for old age, ill-health, and senility. The quickest way to regain youth, health, and vitality is to start these energy centres spinning normally again. There are five simple exercises that will accomplish this. Any one of them alone is helpful, but all five are required to get the best results. These five exercises are not really exercises at all. The Lamas call them rites, and so that is how I shall refer to them, too"... Colonel Bradford,The Eye of Revelation.
2. Barbara Ann Brennan, ex NASA research scientist and noted authority on the human energy field, believes healthy chakras should spin in a clockwise direction - and closed, unbalanced chakras spin in a counter clockwise direction.
In her successful book, Hands of Light, she says,
..."When the chakras are functioning normally, each will be "open", spinning clockwise to metabolize the particular energies needed from the universal field. A clockwise spin draws energy from the UEF (Universal Energy Field) into the chakra, very much like the right-hand rule in electromagnetism, which states that a changing magnetic field around a wire will induce a current in that wire.
When the chakra spins counter clockwise, the current is flowing outward from the body, thus interfering with metabolism. In other words, the energies that are needed and that we experience as psychological reality are not flowing into the chakra when it is spinning counter clockwise. We thus label the chakra as "closed" to incoming energies.”...
Throughout history Tibet and India have shared ancient knowledge, and it is possible - but unproven - that the first Rite could also have been influenced by the practice of Pradakshina.
In Hinduism, Pradakshina means the act of worshipful circumambulation (walking clockwise around a holy temple, shrine, or place). Dakshina means right, so you walk to the left keeping the spiritual object on your right.
To perform Pradakshina you walk clockwise around a temple, sacred object, person, mountain, place or even oneself. Hindu temples are designed with special passages, so that people can perform these clockwise movements around them.
The purpose of this clockwise circling is to center or purify oneself, or to honor or bond with the object of devotion.
Circumambulation is so common in fact that it can be found in the Greek, Roman, Druid and Hindu cultures. Usually it had to do with sacrifice or purification processes. Interestingly, in all these cultures the direction was always the same - clockwise! For more information see www.sacred-texts.com
Interesting Information From T5T Students
During one of my classes, a dance teacher told me that children are initially taught to spin clockwise. Apparently they find it easier (although there are always exceptions). She said it is well known amongst dance teachers - that if you want to calm children down, you get them to spin anti-clockwise. To energize them, you get them to spin clockwise!
This energizing effect is exactly what most people experience doing Rite No 1 as described by Colonel Bradford. In my view, if the lamas gave instructions to Spin clockwise - then clockwise it is!
A Practitioner Who Does Spin Anti Clockwise
However, I am in communication with one practitioner “Mary” who spins in an anti-clockwise condition due to a life threatening health condition, which she has and is mastering. She is extraordinarily attuned to the needs of her body as you shall read below:
…”According to Qigong and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), clockwise movement accelerates life by speeding up the chakras until they are all moving at the same speed. Counter-clockwise movement de-accelerates the chakras. Most who do the rites want to 'speed-up' chakras that have slowed down with age, weight, etc. Therefore, it is logical that the spin be clockwise. However, one morning as I was saying my morning prayers, I understood that, in my case, speeding up all my chakras would have a negative impact as the chakra that impacts my lungs was not capable of speeding up! It made more sense to slow down my other chakras to match the speed of the lung chakra that impacted my lungs! Therefore, I began spinning counter-clockwise. As soon as I did so, I noticed that doing the other rites became easier!"...
To sum up - do what feels right for you!
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