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The sound healing community is awash with many products claiming all sorts of conventions of use. Many of you are probably well aware of the ‘planet’ series of Gongs and Tuning Forks, and the descriptions of what they mean and how they can be applied. On the surface, these descriptions allude to certain ‘facts’, and depending upon the the quality of the person reading these descriptions they can simply take the words on surface value, or they could actually do a bit of research to learn more. For example, let’s take ‘CHIRON’ and look behind it’s marketing. People selling ‘Chiron products’ make these claims - “ Heals deep wounds and traumas; clears past life imprints; bridges between worlds; fosters interspecies communication and animal healing. Initiating, revealing, promotes Earth stewardship. It embodies our need for healing and shows us the modalities and methods that will bring about the healthiest change. Only through understanding our own wounds may we reach into another living being to participate in their transformation. Embodies the archetype of the wounded healer. It is the catalyzing bridge, which crosses the divide and allows access to deep wounds and scars of a physical, emotional, or psycho-spiritual nature in order to transform and repair. Chiron is the wounded healer, a catalyst to help us access our deepest wounds so that we may move forward with strength, compassion, and wisdom to achieve our true destiny.”

Now let’s look briefly at Chiron and it’s relationship to Greek Mythology: Chiron was the most important Centaur in Greek mythology, famous for his teaching ability. He was the son of the Titan god Cronus and the nymph Philyra. Although centaurs had the upper body of a man and the lower body of a horse, Chiron's front legs were also human, showing that he was different and higher in class than the rest. Other differences between Chiron and his brethren were that he was far more civilised in nature, not indulging in drinking and being overcome with lust. He had superior knowledge, and he had a different lineage to the other centaurs, who were created by the union of Ixion and Nephele.

He lived on Mount Pelion with his consort, the nymph Chariclo, with whom he had three daughters, Hippe, Endeis, and Ocyrhoe; as well as a son, Carystus. His students included famous heroes and gods of the Greek myths, such as Asclepius, Ajax, Achilles, Theseus, Jason, Peleus, Perseus, and even Heracles and Phoenix.

His death was the result of events that started when Heracles visited the centaur Pholus in his cave, while trying to complete the fourth task described in the Labours of Heracles. The two individuals had supper and Heracles asked for wine. Pholus opened a bottle of sacred wine given to him by Dionysus, but the smell attracted the other centaurs from the nearby area. The centaurs attacked in an effort to take the wine, but Heracles killed many of them using poisoned arrows. One of those arrows hit Chiron by mistake. Chiron was immortal and could not die, but the poison caused unbearable pain to him. So, he happily gave up his immortality in exchange for Prometheus' freedom, when he was asked to do so by Heracles. Chiron then took a space on Mount Olympus along with the gods.

What does an academic say about Chiron? Well let’s see what Elizabeth Mary Craik a professor at the University of St. Andrews, whose expertise is in Greek history and medicine. Her impeccable credentials were earned at University of Birmingham, Cambridge University, as well as St. Andrews. She contributed a paper to the publication ‘Hippocrates and Medical Education’ at the 12th International Hippocrates Colloquium at the University of Leiden in 2005. Here is an excerpt from her paper on Chiron.

“ The centaur Chiron, son of Cronus (who took the form of a horse in fathering him by a sea nymph) inhabited a cave generally placed in a remote mountainous regions of Thessaly; his pupils included Asclepius, Peleus, Telamon, Achilles, Jason, Aristaceus, and Actacon. He taught them medicine, seafaring, pastoral farming, and hunting. In medicine, his continuing place is confirmed by names of types of wounds and especially of the plant known as cheironias. At least one medical family traced their descent from Chiron, the Chironidae among the Magnetes in eastern Thessaly. Chiron was the first to practice surgery using plants and is regarded as a founder in the Greek medical tradition. According to Homer, Chiron had given ‘soothing cures’ and ‘medicinal plants’ to Asclepius and Achilles. Hesiod refers to Chiron as a teacher of various Thessalian heroes. Pindar references Chiron as a teacher or nurturer. Xenophon’s ‘Cynegesia’, a work on hunting, begins with a long list of Chiron’s pupils in many crafts, and alludes to his longevity and justice. He is regarded as the ‘first discover’ or ‘inventor’ of medicine.”

In summary, Chiron is part of Greek mythology, a Centaur, the son of a sea nymph, and the inventor of medicine including surgery. Skilled in hunting and seafaring, and pastoral farming. It seems to me, and if I may be fair in my assessment of the marketing of ‘Chiron’ sound tools, there exists a serious stretch of the imagination in regards to truth; especially in regards to the marketing of things like “clears past life imprints, fosters interspecies communication, to achieve our true destiny,’ and so on. If we are to move forward with wisdom, like the Chiron marketing points out, maybe we should show some wisdom in assessing who is taking advantage of whom here. Just saying.

Mitch Nur, PhD

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In agreement with the previous comments, and I would just add, if Chiron products live up to all the claims, please show me the research!
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