|Genie's Hookah Lounge, Newport, RI|
In 1995 I began teaching sound healing workshops and found it to be
most helpful for people to experience the effect of various instruments
first, before discussing their effect. One could talk forever about how
Himalayan singing bowls balance the right and left hemispheres of the
brain and entrain the brain waves to a theta range, inducing a natural
and effortless state of meditation (sahaj dhyan) but that will never give
you the experience. I began opening my workshops with a short meditation
on the various instruments that I had begun collecting- flutes, a small
gong, a Tibetan bowl, a drum, rainstick, didgeridoo, an instrumental
tamboura, a shaker- a very humble collection of instruments! I also used
my voice, doing toning, overtone chanting and mantras.
|High Rise, Rochester, VT |
meditation usually lasted about 15 minutes. The responses from
participants were typically that they lost all sense of time and place,
and that it was too short- an interesting dichotomy! As time went on, I
began collecting more instruments and also realized that the effects of
this short meditation were often profound so I began to extend the time.
I offered a 6-week meditation called Sound Journeys, realizing that the participants were literally traveling on the sound frequencies and that
each instrument had its own powerful effect and that they were all
dramatically different. So one week I would use a singing bowl,
another week the didgeridoo, another week my voice, and so on. This was
an amazing period of exploration and learning for me as well as those
As time went by the sound journeys began to develop
a life of their own. People were having spontaneous healings- they took
people much deeper than a meditation, with no effort at all on their
part. All they had to do was lie down and the sound did the rest!
Participants would come back with all kinds of stories of places they
had been, colors they saw, loved ones who visited with them, physical healing, and
sometimes an ability afterward to meditate on their own when before
they'd had great difficulty.They spontaneously began to integrate the
background sounds in their environment as a tool for meditation- in
other words, the sound journey actually transformed the way they
listened, heard and related to sound.
The sound journeys became Healing Sound Journeys. When I met my partner
of 14 years, Henry Steffes, a musician who immediately saw the benefits
of sound as a healing tool, we began doing Healing Sound Journeys
together. We traveled around the United States and Canada, performing
them in yoga studios, meditation centers and private homes. In 2005 I
opened a sound healing center in St. Petersburg, FL and for the next 7
years I did a sound journey there every Monday night as well as in many
other studios in the area and in other parts of the country as well.
|Private home, Ridgefield, CT|
|(Tibetan bowl healing demo) Los Gatos, CA|
2012, I moved back up to Rhode Island and have been offering Healing
Sound Journeys in yoga studios and private homes up here as well as in
Europe, with the occasional trip to Florida and California thrown in
there as well.
For the past 3 years I have been recording all my sound
journeys but unfortunately do not yet know how to upload them onto my
blog- so sorry! I know that a picture is worth a thousand words. In this
case a sound byte would be worth a thousand pictures but we'll have to
wait on that and go with the pictures for now. Or you can come to one of
my Healing Sound Journeys!