Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Practice--Hiring Sound Healers & Psychoacoustic Experts

I spend a lot of time at Hay House Radio and listening to free spiritual webinars, usually in the realm of energy healing and intuitive coaching.  Often, the spiritual teachers and coaches provide guided meditations or other mp3 programs that lack sound consciousness.  While I understand that production costs of online videos, online courses and mp3 affirmation or meditation giveaways could hinder bottom line profits, cutting corners on soundtracks or background music actually deters from the healing potential of the programs.

Oddly, many of the spiritual teachers refer to Dr. Masaru Emoto's work with music and water crystals.  Yet, they don't apply the power of sound to their own projects.  It's as if hiring a musician, psychoacoustic expert or sound healer costs too much.  And the irony of this reflects on music treated as a cheap commodity and that it's not worth giving a musician a paying gig.  So the spiritual teachers deliver their powerful messages under splashy synthesizers  with high-end electric guitar (screechy) and repetitive medium tempo programmed drums.  This does not represent a conscious or mindful approach to working with frequency! It's jarring at best.

Yesterday, I received a free audio visualization in the form of a mp3 and I was unable to follow the exercise because of the programmed drums and synthesizer which played a strange pattern of notes that left me feeling disoriented.  Needless to say, I stopped listening to the download and then deleted it from my computer.  To say, I felt disappointed is an understatement.  I mostly feel disappointed with the lack of music consciousness among some of the top spiritual healers in the world and if they're not working with music consciousness, how can I expect the rest of the population to grow mindful of the power of music.

On the other hand, Sonia Choquette has used sound mindfully on her online videos including the Manifesting Your Heart's Desire course and the Grace Guidance and Gifts course.  She provides a soundtrack with either acoustic guitar and vocals or a mallet percussion instrument.  Some astrologers have used sound healing tools to provide their background music for their YouTube videos and of course the sound healers often provide the most mindful use of sound, but not always.

So my request for both emerging intuitive coaches and spiritual healers as well as, the established ones, don't cut corners with audio production.  Go the distance and hire a sound healing specialist or musicians versed in psychoacoustics. Stick with acoustic instruments and sound healing tools. For shamanic audio programs, use indigenous drums and instruments.  Native American flute, acoustic guitar, harp, and singing bowls provide relaxing background music. Combine these instruments with bird songs, frog songs, sound of waves or other nature sounds to provide the most welcoming atmosphere for your audio messages.

Also consider public domain classical music played by chamber musicians or just hire a chamber musician orchestra or pianist such as Lisa Spector who has worked with psychoacoustic expert Joshua Leeds.   Or hire new age musicians, harpists, or therapeutic musicians.

It's better to cut corners with clothing and makeup than background audio. And in fact, the frequencies of the audio not only stay with the bodies of listeners throughout the day, but resonate to everyone the listeners come in contact.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Practice--Listening to Nature Songs

For as long as I know, humans have bonded with the natural world through songs.   This includes a human-non-human musical interaction or the human grabbing inspiration from bird or frog songs.  Within my own time, I've encountered musicians who either play music in a natural setting as an interaction with non-humans (David Rothenberg) or collect natural sounds to wed to sound healing recordings (Marjorie De Muynck).  And let's not forget indigenous musicians who play flute, drums or didgeridoo in the wild.

While I could provide an exhaustive list of such recordings, today I prefer to focus on recordings of natural sounds such as birds, whales, and wind.  Okay, I sense a few yawns from readers of this post.  We remember those early new age recordings of nature sounds that we used to induce sleep or ease tension, am I right? And I prefer to spend time in a wooded or marine setting listening to nature in the raw.  However, that's hard to do when I'm sitting in front of a computer typing a blog post about natural sounds.

So I'm heading to YouTube.  Want to come along?

Bird Songs


Frog Songs

Didgeridoo (an instrument made from eucalyptus wood hollowed out by termites)


Whale Songs

Find either short videos or long-play videos of nature sounds.  Listen to these videos as audio for as long as needed. Then write down emotional, mental and physical reactions in a music diary.  Next, head out the the woods or marine setting to experience the real deal in real time.