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SOUND HEALING RESONANCE: The Medicine of the Future Is Here NOW

brass singing bowls can be used in sound healing

Human civilization has recognized the healing power of sound since the Aborigines began using the didgeridoo – some say 4,000 years ago. They used it to heal broken bones, muscle tears and illnesses of all kinds. And we now know that the sounds emitted from the didgeridoo are in alignment with modern sound healing technology.

According to Deepak Chopra, “The body is held together by sound. The presence of disease indicates that some sounds have gone out of tune.”

G clef with notes waving through air

All your organs – indeed, all your cells – vibrate constantly. Their metabolic processes result in movement. Their movement produces vibration, causing them to emit sound. The ratio between the rate of the movement, revolution, and vibration between any two of these bodies results in resonance.

sound healing music from a woman's voice

In my opinion, the voice is the instrument best suited for matching resonance. No other instrument is capable of expressing so many nuanced sounds. Sounding with the voice affects your body, meridians, and chakras for a deep healing.

 

What is a sound healing session like?

channeling sound healing energy

When I am with a client, I’m listening for the sounds their body and emotions make – the ones that are asking for some healing energy. My client is in a relaxed position, usually seated or lying down. I listen for the sounds coming from their heart and soul to find the sounds that bring that healing. That ease. That harmony and balance. I sing those sounds into the room or directly into their body. When the frequency created matches with the natural frequency of my client, it creates a resonance. The resonance principles are activated and any cells that have been imprinted with disruptive frequencies – like pain, toxins, emotional traumas, pathogens, or even noise pollution – can re-harmonize.

In addition to the vibratory frequencies made up of the depth, fullness and reverberation in the sounds, resonance has another factor: amplitude. Amplitude measures the sound’s breadth, range and magnitude in waves. Resonance has the ability to evoke memories. Images. Emotions. So the sound healer modulates both tone and volume to create a sound of the proper frequency and wavelength to guide it to the appropriate place in the client’s energy field, which includes the physical body.

Sound enters through the ear and travels to the brain. The brain directs it to anywhere it is needed in the physical or subtle body to restore sympathetic resonance and harmony. Very quickly! After all, sound travels about four times faster through water than it does through air . . . and we are about 70% water. When the brainwave patterns relax, the heart and respiratory rates become steady, deep and slow. Stress hormones decrease to a minimum.

But the brain is not the only director. There is another: intention – the intention put forth by the sound healer. Admittedly, sound has an inherent transformative power all its own, even without intent. But when the sound healer has the intention to create an environment of healing for whatever is needed by the client, it magnifies the healing effects and helps the client assimilate them smoothly and comfortably.

Healing sounds can come from voice, instruments, or recorded music. The advantage of a sound healing session is the pure, clear, strong and focused intention of the sound healer to accomplish the right outcome for the highest good of the client. Equally important is their ability to gauge the client’s responses to the channeled sounds, frequencies and wavelengths, and adjust as necessary. 

Matching the frequencies of a healthy resonance will bring a body back to its own healthy harmonic resonance and transmute the lower frequencies of emotions like anger, fear and resentment. “Letting go” just happens. By using rhythm, tone, frequency and amplitude, the sound healer synchronizes your fluctuating brainwaves and gives them something to attune to. Your normal wakeful alert state can downshift to a state of relaxation, meditation, or sleep. In this state, internal healing can take place. You experience a deep soothing of the soul, so to speak. Your energy flows again, and a sense of well-being and balance takes over.

sound healing registering in the brain

Sound not only helps with inducing relaxation, but also has a propensity for moving through areas of blockage. Blockages may be located in our physical bodies, our subtle bodies, or both. The physical body is where we experience localized pain and discomfort.

Sound healing

has been used to treat a variety of symptoms, including:

  • General physical complaints like tension, headaches, stiff neck, shoulder pain, joint pain, digestive disorders, low back pain, etc.
  • Everyday psychological complaints including anxiety, depression, and stress
  • Mood swings, or negative emotions such as sadness, aggravation, anger, self-pity, and heartbreak

It can also bring about…

  • Clarity and balance
  • Deep relaxation
  • Improved memory and concentration
  • Improved sleep (both in quality and quantity)
  • A stronger immune system
  • Improved creativity
  • Heightened awareness, both of the self and the environment

Are there other benefits of Sound Healing?

Our subtle body, or energetic body, is where we find our life force. In east Asia it is called Qi (Chi). In India it is called Prana. You may be familiar with these words if you receive shiatsu or acupuncture, or if you practice yoga. Imbalances and traumas typically hit our subtle bodies first. But if they are not taken care of at that level, they can eventually manifest in our physical bodies. So, it’s important to look at health from a holistic perspective that addresses both the physical and non-physical aspects of our life. Tending to imbalances before they manifest physically is the key to staying happy and healthy.

spirals, like in the ear's cochlea

In conclusion . . .

Physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually, we innately desire a life that can thrive, not just survive. We are naturally inclined toward harmony and balance. Sound has a special way of bringing us to the inner peace we all desire.

 

 

 

DISTANCE HEALING FOR OUR TIMES Beyond Space and Time

shooting star

NOTHING IS AS IT APPEARS TO BE

Distance Healing verifies three things I’ve learned in my time on this planet:

  1. We are all connected 
  2. Where you end, I begin, and vice versa 
  3. No matter how hard we try to control it, nothing is exactly as it appears to be

Distance Healing really works. Physicists have explained to us that time does not exist. It is just a human construct we use to organize experience and catalog existence so we can quantify, confirm, and remember it. Einstein did not believe in time. He believed in timelessness, and that all of time – past, present, future – exists at once. He did not acknowledge the concept of now. The way he put it was “The reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once. Time is an illusion.” So, all moments are equally real and equally accessible at any time . . . if we know how.

There are infinite ways to communicate, some better than others.  Today the average person will say 17,520 words to 7.4 other individuals. But, simply change the language, one foreigner to the next, and we are hopeless, stumbling to explain the simplest of concepts. Einstein said “I rarely think in words at all.” He said “I never made any of my discoveries through the process of logical thinking.”

I’m going to quote Einstein a lot in this blog because Distance Healing requires a different language . . . one that is similar to the language of quantum physics, although not in its mathematical form. 😊

I love Einstein. I once read that he said he discovered space was curved by imagining traveling on a shooting star. Wow! I love that. He said it took him many years to prove it scientifically, but he never doubted his imagination – his “experience.”

Distance Healing is like that – you might not be able to prove it scientifically, but you cannot deny your experience of it. In this world, we live by the dominant paradigm that holds: things are separated by distance, and time moves in only one direction – forward. The experience of our physical reality is that time and space are real and fixed. And this perception works well for keeping us grounded and able to go about our daily activities. It’s a good thing.

experiments with plants

But it’s not the only paradigm! And clinging to it, as if it were, limits our understanding and experience of our complete being, our whole presence. I remember reading The Secret Life of Plants by Peter Thompkins & Christopher Bird over 40 years ago, when it first came out, and I still remember two of the experiments that blew my mind.

They used an apparatus that functioned in a similar way as a lie detector to attach sensors to plants and measure their responses to various stimuli. One time, they split a leaf in two, kept both parts alive, sent one piece to Europe and kept the other in America. When they applied a particular stimulus to one of the piece, the other reacted simultaneously . . . from thousands of miles away!

Another time, Thompkins was driving and thinking about what experiment he could do next. He thought that maybe he would light one plant on fire to see if other plants in the lab would react. But then he realized that he could never do that because, by then, he had discovered that these living beings had emotions and felt pain. So he decided that he would just “make believe” he was going to light it on fire and see what happened.

distance healing blows the mind

You have to understand that the plants were always hooked up to monitors, 24-7, even when he was out of the lab. So after he got back and conducted the fake experiment, he looked at the read-out to collect the data. What it showed totally shocked him. He saw that the plants reacted negatively when he was in the car thinking of lighting them on fire. But when he actually performed the fake experiment, there was no reaction – they knew he wasn’t going to do it!

“The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it intuition, or what you will.” And, “Mystery is the most beautiful thing we can experience. It’s the source of all true art and science.” Einstein.

CONNECTIONS, BORDERS AND BOUNDARIES

Human beings are hardwired to connect. Our brains, our entire nervous systems, are designed for us to form bonds. But still, we define ourselves by our borders and boundaries: I am me; therefore, I am not you. We feel safe within our territory, though borders can be places of instability. And yet, it is at the edges, at the frontiers between us, where ideas are exchanged and knowledge is gained. I am me, but I must push past my borders if I am ever truly to know you.

During a distance healing session, a bond is created that develops a profound connection and a deep intuitive knowing.

distance healer working on the subtle body

A Distance Healing session is very much like an in-person session. You talk with your practitioner and tell her of the needs and concerns you want to address in the session. Your practitioner then leads you into a guided visualization to free your mind and body of any tension. Next, she goes into a meditative state and connects with your being, beyond space and time. The specific intention for the healing was set when you talked, and now the healer adds another general intention to restore your health, well-being and wholeness. The practitioner transmits healing energy to activate your own innate healing power. She directs that power to go where it’s most needed. And, with a quiet mind, she uses a soft focus and relaxed concentration to integrate the newly organized energy throughout the field of your body, mind, heart and soul.

The session comes to completion in its own natural time, usually in 45 minutes or so. Occasionally, it may be a little shorter or a little longer, maybe as much as an hour. By the end, you will typically have had pleasant sensations during the healing. You may have had memories or seen things in your mind’s eye, and there may be an accompanying emotional release and relief. Insights and solutions may pop into your head out of nowhere. If this happens during your session, you can trust this information to be meaningful and helpful for your healing.

you have great self-healing ability

All healing comes from within. An outside force is simply a catalyst to help us sense and recognize energy vibrations – to heal ourselves. Your distance healer is such a catalyst. All you have to do is open up to the energy. In Einstein’s words, “The mind is like a parachute; it only works when it’s open.” And he gave us this encouragement: “The mind that opens to a new idea never returns to its original size.” Einstein. Mmm.

To use his words again to sum it up . . .

Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.

sending love, light and distance healing

All About Smudge

Smudge is the term used for an herb, combination of herbs, or resin that is burned as incense for the purpose of purification. The herb may be burned loose, or in the form of a smudge stick. The “stick” is made by bundling the herb or herbs together with hemp cord or string to form easy-to-burn smudge sticks. A resin is usually burned on a coal.

The most common herb used by Native Americans is sage, but just as familiar are cedar, copal, lavender, sweet grass, or pinon. Common to the Celtic traditions are copal, frankincense, myrrh, and Dragon’s Blood, among others.

When you smudge/purify yourself, you are clearing your mind and auric field. You attune yourself to a higher vibration that reminds you to speak and act in a sacred way, with an open and compassionate heart, and with your ears open to hearing the guidance from your spirit helpers and from Creator or the Goddess, depending on your tradition. Keep in mind that when you smudge yourself, you traditionally want to be very thorough and take at least ½-hr or more.

You can also smudge a house or room to clear it of previous owners’ energy or any negativity that may have entered in the form of arguments, illness, or other entities. You can smudge an object to clear it and make it “clean” or “pure” for use by the new owner – like a book, jewelry, second-hand clothing or furniture, etc.

You can use smudge to pray. The smoke from the smudge will carry your prayers to Creator.

Here is more about Smudging . . .

 

Clear Your Energy and Lift Your Spirits With the Sacred Art of Smudging

by: Bess O’Connor

If you’re feeling stuck, negative, sluggish, or even downright depressed, it may be due to some stagnant energy in your field. Your field can include your emotional, energetic, mental, spiritual or physical body, and your environment—whether it’s your home, office, or other physical space. Stagnant or negative energy can have extremely detrimental effects on your mental and physical state and is even believed to manifest into things like a lack of happiness and success as well as pain and disease.

Smudging can help combat this negativity, clear the energy in your field, and help you start anew. Smudging is an ancient ceremony in which you burn sacred plants, such as sage, to allow the smoke to clear and bless a space.

To get some insight into the ancient art of smudging, healer and singer Grandmother Wapajea Walks on Water—with lineage from the Choctaw, Creek and Cherokee tribes—sheds some light on the topic.

Grandmother Wapajea says, “The goal of smudging is to make a place clear of lingering energy that is different from what you may be intending for that space. You want to prepare the space for ceremony, the way you would clean your house, cook, and decorate when your family comes for a holiday. We are welcoming Great Spirit, angels, and ancestors to come and share clean space with us as well.”

What you use to clear a space depends on your location and what plants you have access to. Grandmother Wapajea says that people on the East Coast use tobacco, cedar, sweet grass, juniper, pine needles, deerstongue, cypress, and sage. Out west they use tobacco, pinion, desert sage, and sweet grass.

“My family uses sage and cedar to purify, tobacco to send our prayers to the Chihowa, and sweet grass to attract angels and sweet-spirited ancestors. We also use sweet grass to bring ease to a space when we need to discuss something that is difficult to say,” Grandmother Wapajea says.

What You Need

  • Sage or other sacred plants listed above. Sage represents the earth element and when burned, the smoke from it represents the air.
  • Abalone shell. This is meant to hold and burn the plants. The shell represents the water element.
  • Matches or a lighter. These represent the fire element.
  • Feather. This represents the air element.
  • Drum(s) or sacred drumming music, which represent the beat of the heart.

For indigenous people Great Spirit is in all of nature and creation, each thing representing a different aspect of divinity and sacredness. Therefore they honor the elements, and all natural things, from plants and minerals, to animals and people.

The Smudging Process

Often, smudging involves a four-direction ceremony. Here’s a guide to help you get started.

Clear your space of clutter and mess and open up windows and curtains and allow for clean air to enter. Light your sage (or other herbs) on fire and then fan the smoke with your feather around your body and anyone else in your space.

Wapajea’s Smudging Process

  • “We start in the East where the sun rises, and brings us the opportunity to begin again with each new day. Breath.
  • We go to the South and honor our creativity, our children, the child in us, our playfulness, joy, and hope. Earth.
  • We go to the West where the sun goes down, and the blackness of introspection begins when the day is done. Water.
  • We go to the North where our rest awaits us. Knowledge, stamina, compassion, silence. Fire.
  • We use a feather to fan the sacred smoke in each direction, one drums, one sings, one dances, one prays, until we have circled back to the east.”

Tips for Smudging

The art of smudging is a sacred act and Grandmother Walks on Water says these are some things to keep in mind.

  1. Hold sacredness and respect when connecting with the plant people who help you in this ceremony and when you pray.
  2. Remember and honor your ancestors with good deeds.
  3. Honor the divine by caring for what the Great Spirit has created.
  4. See the divine Mother in everything. Women are the embodiment of Great Spirit’s creation on Earth, thru the gift of birth, so women are holy. We are all from the same womb.
  5. Everything is related to everything; nothing is random.
  6. Caring for creation is everyone’s responsibility.
  7. This will is not religion; this is love.

Clearing Your Body

Smudging is not only for spaces; it’s also for clearing your body, mind, and spirit of any negativity, stagnation, or energetic disturbances within or surrounding you. Make sure to invite the sacred smoke around your body from head to toe and front to back before smudging your space.

 

A Smudging Prayer

May your hands be cleansed, that they create beautiful things.

May your feet be cleansed, that they might take you where you most need to be.

May your heart be cleansed, that you might hear its messages clearly.

May your throat be cleansed, that you might speak rightly when words are needed.

May your eyes be cleansed, that you might see the signs and wonders of the world.

May this person and space be washed clean by the smoke of these fragrant plants.

And may that same smoke carry our prayers, spiraling, to the heavens.