Return to the Source

The Return to the Source: The Chakra Journey

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This fascinating double-CD compilation is packed with an equally fascinating and extremely colorful booklet. The thick booklet provides a bewildering variety of information for the purchaser, ranging from a highly abbreviated introduction to the basics of chakra energy and chakra meditation to even quicker guides to using the music for chakra meditation, short artist profiles, information on the Return to the Source club/movement in London, and so on. Each turn of the page is a revelation, though the organization sometimes seems a bit haphazard (to a greater degree, it actually follows the chakras from base to crown). Musically, the compilation travels the ambient electronic great circle, courtesy of performers who range from the little-known to the kind-of-known (i.e., Youth and Mindfield). The second disc is particularly good for working on extended meditation -- whether through mental work or through movement. This is an interesting approach, and an interesting (though slightly imperfect) collection.

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