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.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Excerpt from Whole Music (Soul Food for the Mind Body Spirit)

Circumstances of the past two years have forced me to sit on my unpublished book, Whole Music.  And now I'm ready to publish it the traditional route.  I also thought it would be fun to share an audio clip of an excerpt from the introduction.

I used images from album covers of artists I reviewed on this blog and Wikipedia images.  So here, I guess you can watch an unveiling of a book that was published then unpublished yet the saga continues.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

FYI: Acoustics, Architecture & Health

I found this brilliant speaker on Ted Talks. It's true that the sounds in hospitals aren't conducive to healing. How can sound healers get involved here?

Sunday, February 1, 2015

FYI--Consider Sound Vibration and Frequency

I'm continually fascinated by sound frequency, geometry, and how our minds, bodies and souls are affected by sound.  I found this video on YouTube and although it's poor quality, the subject matter is worth sharing.  You might wish to skip past 20 through 45 minutes. 

Saturday, January 31, 2015

FYI: Transformation, Power & Music

I found this video on Ted Talks.

The Healing Power of Music

FYI: R. Carlos Nakai earns Platinum Status

R. Carlos Nakai 
I caught up with Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai by e-mail recently for this World Music Central interview:

Alchemy of the Desert Flute

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

FYI--Power of Music in the News

I found this BBC video focusing on musical applications for balancing the brain.

PBS News segment 

Friday, November 14, 2014

The Practice--Finding the Next Best Thought Using Music

Photo by Patricia Herlevi
I found the work of Abraham-Hicks a boon in my life.  Not only that, the practice of aligning with the Vortex or the Source has shown me that all music plays a part in climbing up the emotional scale.  For the following exercise we will travel from depression/hopelessness to hope using four songs found on YouTube.

I came up with this concept after watching a Teal Swan video about Spiraling Negativity I watched on YouTube.  She borrowed Abraham-Hicks' emotional scale in finding the better feeling mood.  If we feel depressed we can't take the leap to happiness.  This is why telling someone in despair to think positive thoughts proves impossible.  You can't get there from there as Abraham tells us through Esther Hicks, just like you can't get from Boston to San Francisco without traveling the route.

So I'm using the example of a relationship breakup which leaves most people in despair unless they're one of the rare folks that feels liberated and enjoys the forward process of moving on.  I'm including the song "Valentine's Day" by Billy Bragg because along with Carole King's "It's Too Late" this song captures the energy of despair and if you're already there this acts as a launching off point.  Start where you are, not where you would like to be.

Next let's take a step up the ladder to anger since this emotion brings relief to depression.  I'm choosing a song by Tori Amos since this artist conveys this emotion well without saturating us in it.

From anger, we move to pessimism. Again, I'm turning to Billy Bragg since he's clever with conveying this emotion in his songs.

Finally, for hope, I'm including Johnny Nash's "I Can See Clearly Now" but I could easily substitute songs by Stevie Wonder who has a repertoire of hopeful songs.

For someone enduring a recent breakup, repeat this exercise several times a day until you actually start feeling hopeful.  Remember that breakups require a grieving process so practice patience and self-care.  If this exercise does not apply to you directly then share it with a friend, colleague or client who would benefit.

Note: I used pop songs for this post, but you can substitute other types of music and then end the session with sound healing tools, such as tuning forks or singing bowls.  Toning also works. If you know the key of the person you're working with, use that key for sound healing work.