Monday, May 25, 2015

The Practice--Mood Music for Authors & Writing Practices

Music acts as a bridge to inspiration
As many of you know writing represents a lonely road. But what if you enhance your writing experience with the right music or set the mood if you're a fiction writer?

Most of my previous writing revolved around music, but I listened to the music I was reviewing or researching which didn't give me options of setting a mood or music therapy when I felt stressed. In fact, I recall in the early days of music writing, reviewing louder music while recovering from migraines (not pleasurable). I'm going to include six practices you where you can combine music with writing.

I recommend instrumental music as opposed to music with text as I have found that the lyrical music interferes with the writing process in the form of typos and losing one's train of thought. I also recommend slower to medium tempo music unless you can think super fast and type even faster. Faster music pumps the adrenaline which leaves you exhausted later, kind of like a sugar or caffeine high does. I also recommend following melancholic with uplifting music because melancholic music lowers your frequency which leads to irritation and low-vibration emotions and situations. (Trust me on this one).

Remember to treat music with respect as you grow your music consciousness. Don't use music as audio wallpaper to drown out other noises in your environment. If you would like to create a healthy audio environment, play nature sounds instead such as whales, dolphins, or ocean waves. Music deserves our respect because it is powerful as it entrains us to its frequencies. I often write in silence so I can go deeper into the thoughts and emotions of my characters. But I also like to play around with theme music for each of my characters. Both practices harvest fruit. Decide which is best for you.


  • Listen to thematic music that fits the themes of your novel, situations, or characters for those of you writing fiction. I'm currently writing a novel with the Greek characters Orpheus and Eurydice set in modern times and I have thought of listening to Greek music in the background or orchestral music with Orpheus as the main character. I also entertained listening to troubadour music but unfortunately, that has text.
  • Listen to mood music at a slow or medium tempo so that you drop into the emotions and situations of your characters. Now, this represents a challenge if you write darker material because you'll need to follow up with more uplifting music to clean out your aura and chakras when you complete your writing for the day.
  • If you write non-fiction, consider listening to Bach or other medium tempo baroque music since this creates a flow of inspiration as I learned when writing my book, Whole Music. Slower Mozart, alap of Indian ragas, Native American flute, harp, and solo piano music also enhances the writing experience. Basically, you want to use music to create flow.
  • Listen to music before you start writing as a ritual to inspire or motivate you to sit in the chair and start writing. I enjoyed listening to Stevie Wonder's classics prior to launching into my writing when I was working on my book Whole Music, but I preferred silence while I wrote a memoir, only listening to music later to clear my foul moods.
  • Finally, if you're feeling too hyperactive or energetic to sit down and write, listen to music for relaxation and do a meditation. If you have any, get out singing bowls and tuning forks to calm your nerves and prepare you to write. Native American flute or medium tempo piano music (I recommend Chopin or Bach) can also center you so you can write.

Monday, May 18, 2015

21st Century Healer Series--Myrrh de Marmion

Welcome to the Sound of You












Whole Music Experience: As far as sound healers go, you appear traditional with the sound healing tools including voice, but you offer other modalities that derive from ancient musical practices and other art disciplines.  Please describe your overall work with sound as a healing tool.

Myrrh de Marmion: In my younger years, I was classically trained in music in piano, guitar, drums, and voice, also a trained dancer for many years as well. So I have that training. However, I went through a period of about 35 years where I did nothing with my training actively, and I was mainstream. In 1998, I began formal study of energy healing modalities, mysticism, Ancient Egyptian and other ancient practices. Soon after my Reiki Master/Teacher attunement, I experienced a number of awakenings between 2001 and 2007 that sent me on a roller coaster ride of remembering downloads of information, activations and initiations. And since 2007 it has been a period of integration of information, study, practice and the formal training in energy modalities that has formed the basis of my vibrational work. 

It isn’t just sound for me anymore. We’re all vibration and I see that vibration shows up in different forms, but it is all the same. I work with sound/vibration in many ways – in large group meditations; in groups with specific needs such as cancer/catastrophic health issues, anxiety and depression, etc.; in interactive grief circles to help individuals give voice to loss while essentially resurrecting the ancient practice of keening; with individuals who are in their life transition, as a way of helping them relax and let go; and in private sessions. I also teach workshops in sound/vibration/energy – from very basic introductory classes to advanced workshops to help healers/therapists/body workers integrate these vibrational tools effectively into their work. I am working on getting these certified for CEUs.

Our Divine Heart (heart chakra) is the biggest generator of love because we’re all essentially very powerful generators and when we begin, intend, and run intentional sound through love, it becomes an incredibly potent fuel. Because we are all vibration, when we produce sound through the intention of love it has an immensely powerful effect on and in an individual’s energy field and various levels of body.  While I accompany myself on various other instruments, such as Tibetan bowls and percussion, my main tool is my voice. I am one of those that sees energy and I also hear the sounds to make.  I turn my voice over to whatever shows up, spiritual improv I guess.  These are word sounds and probably most similar to Tom Kenyon’s work. When in private sessions, I also run these same frequencies through my fingers into various points and ley lines on the body.  I see a light grid in an individual, and breaks show up as flashes of light needing sound/vibration.

WME: A quote on your website captured my attention, “The human voice is the highest vibrational healing tool available to us.” You also mention that people are afraid of their own voice. How do you teach your clients how to tone and work with this powerful tool?

MM:  Because we are all vibration, I know without a doubt that we all have the ability to bring ourselves back into tune with our voices. I know that in almost all dis-eases and dis-orders, there is a vibration that is missing or out of whack.  A denser something that is holding imbalance in place.  The lost chord.  And the thing is, it is in the hearing/feeling/experiencing of that vibration that does it.  Because vibration is us and our vibration changes with our every thought and yet we each have a predominant vibrational bandwidth set point that we flow within as a general rule.  We can use the vibration of our voice and run through our Divine Heart, as I mentioned above to change that bandwidth.  From say anxiety to peace, or whatever. 
   
That vibration doesn’t necessarily need to be out loud.  I did a lot of experimentation with what I call silent sound on public buses, among other places, while I lived in Boulder. I would tap into the predominant feeling on the bus, which was usually pretty ookey, and I would hear a vibration of more expansive feeling and start generating that – silently.  I could hear the sound in my mind so I just let my vibration expand to engulf the bus.  And pretty soon, everyone was smiling and cracking jokes, etc.  It was intentional vibration, which is where I am now going with my work.  Way outside the box, without tools.  More of a state of calibrating our being-ness through our vibration.

Yes, I do believe that many individuals are afraid of their voice.  As a classically trained vocalist, I was trained to use my voice to sing.  And yet, being of the generation that was taught children should be seen and not heard, along with all the other garbage programming that we all get around communication, self-expression, and self-worth, I’ve gone through periods of deep inner work when I absolutely could not sing or sound, was terrified of singing, of being heard.  And it had nothing to do with singing.  How many are told at a young age in choir in school that they can’t sing?  Tone deaf?  Off key?  People naturally equate Sounding with singing.  Yet it is making the sounds you are guided to hear.  I help people feel the difference and experience their own powerful sound through a beautiful exercise that I lead people through in all of my workshops.  We take a journey through our bodies and make the sounds of all our feelings. 

Years ago, I read about Alfred Wolfson, who was a singing teacher who healed himself from PTSD that he experienced in the war (hearing the artillery fire and the cries of the wounded and dying).  He was guided to start making the sounds of what he heard and that is how he healed himself.  And he went on to incorporate that technique with individuals who were afraid to sing by making the sounds of their fears.  When I say that we can heal ourselves with sound/vibration  I mean that it is partly through making the sound of the imbalances within us.  In the exercise I offer, when we move through the garbage sounds, everything becomes angelic, and people are quite amazed at the sounds they create.

WME: On your blog you cite a story about a woman who had Stage 3 breast cancer and after several sessions toning with you, the tumor shrunk. You mention Dr. Mitchell Gaynor as an advocate for using sound to treat cancer patients.  This is new to me so would you please elaborate about how sound waves shrink tumors?

Your client also cleared emotional issues that found roots in earlier life events.  Did the toning bring up those memories so she could release them?

MM:  Let me clarify that in the case of the woman I worked with who healed herself of breast cancer, it was not the sound waves that shrunk the tumor.  Referring to the exercise I mentioned above - of making the sounds of feelings and imbalances within us, this is exactly what this woman did.  We did three sessions together  that were two weeks apart.  During our first session, this woman unearthed the memories of childhood sexual abuse that she had buried.  The memories were very traumatic for her, so I guided her through making the sounds of the feelings of everything.  
The sessions were taped, so she could work with the exercises between sessions.  Knowing what I know about vibration and the density of various emotions, I sense in her case that she dissolved the density of the vibration of the emotions residing in her energy field by giving voice to them and created a new vibrational output, so to speak, that was too high for the cancer to reside in. 

The same weekend that this woman informed me that her cancer was completely gone, I heard about Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, who is an Integrative Oncologist in New York.  He was being interviewed on NPR about using Sound for Cancer treatment.  He also has written books about sound therapy and cancer.  I don’t remember the exact statistics, but he has a patient remission (cure) rate of upwards of 95%.  He integrates a lot of different natural therapies in his protocol including, nutrition, supplements, etc.   
But one of the main therapies he encourages his patients to integrate that he actually teaches are meditation using sound, Tibetan Bowls, chant, etc.  If for no other reason that these practices ease the mind, induce a state a peace and tranquility, a state of rest where, when the body is aligned with that, can begin its natural healing capacities.  Dr. Gaynor has quite a few YouTube videos that deal with sound.  And his website: (Dr. Mitchell Gaynor) talks about his work with sound and other therapies, as well.

WME: Finally, you work with several tools including Tibetan bowls, and as mentioned earlier, the powerful human voice, what other instruments do you work with? Which is your favorite tool? I’m guessing its voice.

MM: Thank you.  Yes, my voice is my favorite and also I feel the most powerful tool as well.  I accompany myself with Tibetan Bowls, bells, percussion, etc.  They help to take individuals deeper into themselves during a private session or an Immersion.  And I use a wind gong many times to clear stagnant energy within the energy body.   But I feel strongly that the voice – my voice – other peoples’ voices, when used with intention through the Heart, is the most powerful inner tool we have.  Maybe it has the ability to talk to individuals on a different level regardless of what it sounds like at the time. 



http://www.creativedivinestudios.com

Experience a sound healing with Myrrh 

 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

21st Century Musical Healer--James Fraser



Exploration of Vibroacoustic

I first encountered James Fraser (CEO of Vibes Vibroacoustic) in the Linked In Musical Healers group. He brought Vibroacoustic (a bed set up with a vibratory system that realigns the body's natural healing abilities), to the group members' awareness.

Many years ago, I met a sound healer who brought a similar system to test on attendees at a health fair. I don't know if the healer also worked with Vibroacoustic founded by Norwegian therapist and educator Olav Skille in the 1970s-1980s, but he offered healing on a massage table wire for sound. If I remember correctly, this sound bed was amplified by amethyst crystals.

Similar to many sound healers and music therapists I have met during the past 20 years, James embarked on a journey when compassion and innovation called to him. James is also an accomplished musician who seemingly created theme music on-the-fly for my astrology channel on YouTube. I appreciate his regular contributions on Musical Healers too. 

Whole Music Experience: Vibroacoustic is a non-invasive sound therapy with several medical applications. How do you evaluate if this sound therapy will work for a particular client?


James Fraser: There are a few ways I’ve been approaching an evaluation of whether or not Vibroacoustic therapy works for a particular client. Firstly, I consider their willingness to use the bed and how motivated they are to heal their conditions; usually the more enthused they are the better the chance that Vibroacoustic therapy is right for them. Secondly, I ask for their feedback after each session. This is usually positive anyway as the therapy is a really pleasant experience, but I look for self reports of shifts in physical or emotional states. Thirdly, I observe their appearance before and after sessions and feel my way a bit in recommending how many sessions they may need to effect an improvement.   




Since the therapy works in a “whole body” way, tapping into the energy channels, clearing stress, and reinvigorating the healing power already within each of us, it’s highly likely that Vibroacoustic therapy will work for the vast majority of clients. The pie chart above shows a breakdown of conditions improved or completely reversed in 96% of cases. As can be seen, this is a very wide range of treatable conditions. (chart does not show up on Blogger).


WME: How did you discover Vibroacoustic? What were you doing prior to this discovery?


JF: It’s a long story and it feels more like Vibroacoutic therapy discovered me! I have always been a musician and in 2009 I was working in special education teaching music to young people with complex physical and learning difficulties. The college I was working in was cutting edge in this type of specialism and it was a good place to work. One Saturday I was sitting in a café and saw an advert requesting research participants for a kinesiology experiment, and went along as I had just started meditating and was suddenly much more open to esoteric ideas and practices.  I met the researcher and when we got to talking, he basically pushed all these research papers on Vibroacoustic on me and told me I should try this out with our young people at the college.


I did a pilot study in our music sessions with some small vibrating devices and noted how relaxed the students became; those with severe autistic spectrum disorder became calmer and much more engaged in the music sessions; those with physical difficulties due to cerebral palsy increased their range of movement to an astonishing degree. I was excited and impressed, and wrote a research proposal to the college managers to ask for funding to buy a Vibroacoustic system for the students. I don’t know why but they completely ignored the request; I think it was too soon for them.


I left the college not long afterwards, and all but forgot about it. Anyway a couple of years later out of the blue someone basically gave me a Vibroacoustic bed and since then I’ve been testing it with disabled and non disabled clients and learning more about the healing properties of certain frequencies.


WME: Could you describe a typical session with a client? How is it set up? Do you have clients fill out a form listing health complaints? How do you measure success of a session?


The client comes to my studio, removes their shoes and lies on a very comfortable memory foam mattress equipped with special low frequency transducers and attached to an amplifier. I use a Regeneration file from Cyrox, developed by Cyrinus Joseph in Canada; he is one of Olav Skille’s student. It is a 12 minute session and the client lies down on the bed and we talk briefly about the condition the client wants to work on and make an intention to bring improvement. When they are ready I switch on the sound file and the client lies there and drifts off on the vibrations. Sometimes the client feels an immediate improvement, but more often the success comes gradually, say after 5 or 6 sessions. I’m currently developing other sessions but this one is working out really well so far.


WME: When you speak of low tones (30hz to 120 hz), what instrument is this equivalent to, the lowest keys of a piano or a bass? Are these tones picked up by human hearing or beneath the threshold? (I can’t remember the range humans hear).


JF: In the regeneration file we are talking about 40hz so it’s like a low E on a piano, you are more feeling than hearing these frequencies but they are audible as a low hum. The range of human hearing is often quoted as 20hz to 20,000hz so the frequencies I use are within that range, but again, more of a feeling than a sound. In Vibroacoustic therapy the tones aren’t constant, but rather pulsed slowly, so it feels like being gently rocked to sleep in a kind of womb-like embrace. It’s the closest thing I’ve found to meditation without a meditation practice, if that makes sense. 

WME: You mention on your website that the founder of this technology developed it in the 1970s and 1980s. When did the technology arrive in the UK and what has been the overall response?


JF: We had an English researcher called Tony Wigram who brought the technology back to the UK in the 90s after working in Denmark with Olav Skille. He headed our first medical research efforts using Vibroacoustic with a population of people with disabilities. There are some small charities and organizations that use some elements of vibration therapy to help people with special needs. Luckily for me one of these researchers was the man who introduced me to the therapy in 2009. But in terms of impact this is pretty new to us in the UK and although the response is overwhelmingly positive it hasn’t reached the mainstream yet. Perhaps that is what I’m here to do.

http://www.vibesvibroacoustics.com/




Friday, April 24, 2015

21st Century Musical Healers Series--Dr. Haris Gershom

Photo courtesy of Haris Gershom
Musical Saws & Mind Machines as Music Therapy

Since I began hosting the Linked In group Musical Healers, I have met an array of sound healers, musicians, and music therapists from around the globe. They have collectively introduced me to modalities and instruments beyond my imagination, which gives me hope for healing us and the planet.

Dr. Haris Gershom who combines science with the arts brings a novel approach to music therapy involving a musical saw with elongated notes (Harishophone), and the H.R. Mind Machine which induces desired brain waves, mainly Alpha Waves for people who engage the machine.  A retired professor from a science college (Vallabh Vidya Nagar), in Gujarat, India, Dr. Gershom plays his musical saw with a violin bow and by doing so, has played three octaves and performed music from western and India classical traditions.

Dr. Gershom takes college students to retirement and leprosy homes once a year to give music therapy to patients. He cites that the Alpha Waves emitted by the musical saw and the mind machine elicit peaceful responses in patients and relieves pain too.  You can view the research and therapies on Dr. Gershom's website.

(This is a heavily edited version of the original interview which unfortunately suffered from syntax problems. I highly recommend visiting the professor's website for additional information).



Whole Music Experience:  When did first you get involved with music therapy or Sound Healing?


Haris Gershom: My background is in organic chemistry. I wasn’t aware about the different level of consciousness.  In 2003, I was invited to participate in International musical saw festival and competition in California by the International Musical Saw Association. I was told that saw players had to play one solo with music and one without. Therefore I was practicing for one hour in the morning and one hour in the evening at my home.  I observed tremendous change in the growing of the brinjal plant. The plants that were near my music room grew to 8 feet and those on the other side grew to normal size.  I thought this was because of sound of my musical instrument, Harishophone. 


I went to post graduate department of physics and I told to the department head that I wanted to measure sound frequency, sound energy, and sound impact (pressure).  He made all the arrangements and when we measured the parameter of sound on computerize oscilloscope, we got unique results. Sound energy was 25 times more than other musical instrument. Its sound pressure 70 DB, and sound frequency was the in audible region and not only that, when I played on saw blade it emitted Alpha Waves which we discovered with the oscilloscope.  This result surprised me. 


After others referred me to books on Internet, I found that such sound penetrate through living cells whether it may be of plant kingdom or animal kingdom. I went to our chairman and I told him about this research and I requested him to allow me to do research work on effect of music on the living based on my earlier research.


I began this work in 2003 and I retired in 2005 at the age of 62.  Now I’m busy with my music therapy and I am using this therapy for poor people in slums and tribal area.


WME: What situation or event led you to create the Harishophone?


HG: In 1960, I pass my secondary school examination and took admission in a science college. During that time at my home, a carpenter was doing some repair work and his saw blade accidentally fell on the ground and I heard a terrible sound. When I picked up and held the saw blade between my legs and knocked on the blade, I heard a musical note. Then when I bent it and I knocked on the blade again, I heard another musical note. I was surprised when I found that musical notes are hidden in this saw blade. Since then, my practice started whenever I found free time. I practiced to create all seven musical notes. Then I started creating vibration with the help of violin bow and in 2000, I gave the instrumentation form.  


Today I can create musical notes up to three octaves which is my world record. I can play western classical, Indian classical and Indian songs. I can create resonating sound also that has tremendous effect on an autistic child.  I was invited in 2003, 2006, 2011 and 2014 to participate in an international musical festival in the United States that honored me with an international award. (www.sawplayers.org)


WME: By slowing down brain waves, such as an Alpha state, patients receive many health benefits.  Please describe how the Harishophone works and how it slows down brainwaves to a more relaxed state?


HG: As I have mentioned earlier, because of the Harisphone’s unique sound parameter which induces Alpha Waves during playing and experimenting on more than 500 students, all the students have experience the Alpha state and they said they felt at ease. 


Learn more about Haris Gershom at http://www.harishophonealpha.org





Saturday, April 11, 2015

21st Century Musical Healer--Karen Renée Robb

Photo by Michael Shumate
As part of the Whole Music Experience 21st Century Musical Healer series, I introduce you to sound healer/drummer/vocalist Karen Renée Robb who I met through my Linked In group, Musical Healers. Karen has participated regularly with the group as well as, doing unique sound healing work with the frame drum and vocals.  In many ways, she reminds me of Christine Stevens who also employs the drum towards peace and well-being.

Whole Music Experience: You gave up your corporate career to pursue a mission of sound healing and promoting the healing benefits of drumming. What event triggered this bold move for you?
 
Karen Renée Robb: Music and singing have been an important part of my life since I was a little girl. I started out as a voice performance major in college, but ended up with a business degree. I spent 25 years in the high-tech, digital music and musical instrument industry. In the summer of 2012, I was researching music therapy for a technology company I worked for. I had a number of profound personal experiences during that time where my singing for others in a therapeutic setting shifted the energy of the person and the room.


I had a huge “a-ha” moment while singing for a friend who was in hospice care, dying from
cancer. While I was singing for her everything in the room stood still and a peace came over her and me that I will never forget. In that moment, I recognized with all of my being that service for another person was more important then all of the widgets and physical things I had helped create over the years. A light switch went off that I consider Spirit awakening me to the true power of my voice, sound and music. 


It became clear to me fairly quickly that the company's needs for my work and what I was being called to do, no longer matched. I left at the end of 2012 and started The Music City Alliance for Sound & Music Healing in Nashville, Tennessee. The connection with the frame drum came in January of 2013.
 


WME: You quote Beethoven on your website: “Music is the mediator between life of senses and life of spirit.” The drum is both a spirit-caller and an in-the-body sensual experience. How does this quote apply to your work?

KRR: My first experience with the frame drum happened in January of 2013. Previously to that, I would not have considered myself a drummer. A friend shared a TEDx talk video done by Eliana Gilad (Voices of Eden) with me. During her talk she sang into the frame drum. As soon as I saw her do it, I knew immediately that I was supposed to do it as well. It comes so naturally. I sense it is a remembering from a previous life time when I was a healer.
My personal exploration with sounding into the frame drum vocally, led me to start drumming over people for sound vibration massage experiences. It is as if the drum has a primal force that awakens and enlivens the soul when we have a safe and encouraging place to engage with it.


The combination of singing, sounding into the drum and drumming over people stirs up the
mind, body, emotions, and Spirit in a very profound way. Most people can't really speak words about how it feels, because it is a feeling they don't normally experience in their daily lives. Beyond words. 


I am grateful to be able to help others find their unique sound vibration through their voice and innate heartbeat rhythm using the frame drum. It is a new (yet old) way to explore our whole human being-ness. We are each a musical, creative instrument that is awakened through singing, sounding and drumming.

WME: Who are your main clients? Who do you most desire to work with?

 
KRR: I have a very wide range of clients. I work with hospice, therapists, addiction recovery
programs, people diagnosed with Alzhiemer's and Parkinson's, and people who are just interested in connecting with their voice and a drum. I am willing to share this work with anyone who is interested. Since it is new to our Western culture, I courageously show up with my frame drum in all sorts of places. Once I start drumming over one person, a line usually forms of interested onlookers.


The only way for people to understand the power of it is to experience it for themselves.
In terms of my workshops and presentations, the vast majority of people who come to learn how to do these vocal and drumming techniques are women in their 40s to 70s. I really get excited knowing that women are being drawn to it and it is helping them to connect powerfully with their own authentic voice.


WME: Which aspect of your sound healing & drumming work is the most fulfilling for you? You mention, “communal music-making” on your website.

 
KRR: Once people have taken the Introduction to Frame Drum Wisdom workshop I teach, most purchase a frame drum of their own. I hold circle gatherings about once a week where drum carriers come together to support each other, practice our sounding and drumming techniques and create beautiful, spontaneous music together. It is a time where we can feel that everyone's voice is an important part of the symphony of life and music making. We don't have many ways to commune together that way anymore it seems.


The sounding drum circle provides a safe place where people can just be themselves and let their sound out with no judgement. It is really beautiful! Some have said the music made sounds like a choir of angels singing or heaven. It is truly profound when most of the people in the circle at some point in their life was told that they couldn't sing. The most fulfilling part for me is when I hear someone who at some point hated their voice or have been uncomfortable expressing themselves, come to find the beauty of it and are willing to sound it out, loud and proud. To me it is another aspect of their healing journey finally revealed. Liberation!


WME: What are your musical and spiritual backgrounds that led you on this path?

 
KRR: Growing up I studied piano, french horn, and voice. Our home was full of all styles of
music. My Dad loved listening to classical music, classic rock, pop, adult contemporary and
even new age styles. Music has always been a valuable tool and experience for me. I enjoyed
playing instruments, but found that using my voice was the most meaningful. While in the
corporate realm I always found ways to use my voice outside of work, performing and singing in all sorts of places. Focusing my life towards advocating and participating in sound and music for healing and well-being, feels very natural for me. And I am passionate about sharing it with anyone who is interested.


In terms of my spiritual background, I was raised Catholic throughout my childhood, became a Unity student for almost 20 years starting after college and in the last 5 years have left religious institutions to follow my own Spirit-guided path. I enjoy connecting with others in circles, where everyone's voice is honored and respected. I find a deep resonance with Native American culture and spiritual practices and sense I am on a shamanic path. But I really don't like to put a name to my path and just let it unfold as I am guided. I feel a sense of freedom to continually be amazed by life and the mystical experiences it can bring. I feel the same way about my connection to the frame drum. It is providing me with new experiences I never could have imagined I would have, both on the physical and spiritual level.


Visit Karen's website at http://www.framedrumwisdom.com and her YouTube channel

Sunday, March 22, 2015

FYI--Use Favorite Songs to Boost Well-Being

Image found on Wikipedia
For the past the year, my life experiences have taken a toll on my well-being.  The stress has caused me to suffer illness at times. Each time I found myself turning to music to create healing in my mind, body and spirit.  Then I realized, wait a minute, I've been doing this my entire life.

For anyone with access to the Internet and YouTube, there is literally a world of music as an offering to boost well-being.  Sometimes, curiosity and delving into music from other cultures or traditions gets our minds off our worries and problems.  When we redirect our minds, our bodies heal themselves.

Another practice revolves around listening to favorite songs, either current or past favorites because if the songs stoke our hearts we raise our vibration.  As you know when we raise our vibrations we heal ourselves on a deep level.  However, make sure those favorite songs do not contain negative text or any abrasive sounds in them.  We can fool our minds, but not our bodies and not our spirits.  For those of you already on board music consciousness, you know what feels right and what does not resonate with your being. 

Many of us, if not all of us are in the process of healing ancestral DNA including patterns and beliefs that cause "bad luck", ill health, poverty and limiting beliefs that leads to dis-empowerment and disease.  Try finding music from your ancestral lineages that you can combine with different energy healing and quantum healing modalities that clear ancestral DNA patterns.  

As we move closer to the Aquarius Age and complete the Pisces Age, music plays an important, if not crucial role in cleaning up our frequencies and vibrational fields.  While Neptune floats in Pisces for another decade, music therapy and sound healing help us make huge inroads on our paths to greater well-being and even, enlightenment.

So go to the library and pick up new-to-you music and explore the world of sound that's out there. Delve into your favorite songs to boost your immunity and heal your lives.  Just like you choose your food diet carefully and don't allow toxins to enter your body, think of music the same way. Music and food share the commonality of carrying vibration.  Music is also warm, cold, spicy; hard or easy to digest.  Experiment and learn from your mistakes, but in the end create the perfect musical medicine kit to get you through any challenging experience--physical, mental, emotional or spiritual.

Happy musical journeys.

Monday, March 2, 2015

FYI--Classical Music used as Therapy for Dogs & Cats

After seeing a post on cats and music today on Linked In, I recalled the work of Joshua Leeds and Lisa Spector.  So I went to YouTube and found this cool video.