Healing sounds

Time for a music break!

Screen Shot 2018-11-18 at 01.13.45The featured music is from John Adorney, a wonderful musician based in the US who creates music that is perfect for relaxation, meditation and for healing.

As well as being a composer, John is a board-certified music therapist (MT-BC) who works on a one-to-one basis with people with autism and other developmental disabilities.  Since the spring of 2010, John has also been conducting music therapy groups with the Los Angeles-based LOTUS Project for women and men with developmental disabilities who have survived trauma and/or abuse.

John has also taught music at Waldorf schools in both Denver and Los Angeles, and is certified in the Orff-Schulwerk method of music education.

In my work as a bioenergy and sound therapist I use John’s music about 90% of the time as it has the best results and blends well with the more in-depth tuning fork treatments given towards the end of each session.

So treat yourself and take a mini musical health break!

John Adorney is an award-winning composer and producer whose six solo CDs, The Other Shore  (2002), Waiting for the Moon  (2004), Trees of Gold (2006), The Fountain  (2009) and The Fire in the Flint  (2012)  have garnered glowing reviews from around the world. In August of 2010, John, along with vocalist Daya and special guest Marcel Adjibi, performed the music from the first five of these CDs live in concert in Thousand Oaks, California. John Adorney and Daya LIVE! In Concert was released as both a DVD and as a CD.

For more information see: www.johnadorney.com

The healing power of sound

Sound healing is used by many therapists, myself included, to promote a sense of deep calm and wellbeing. I personally use the Solfeggio frequencies both in background music and directly using tuning forks and the deep relaxation that follows is quite spectacular.

Whether sound frequencies in themselves promote healing or whether they lead to a deep relaxation that enables to body to self correct by achieving an inner homeostatic balance is uncertain. Regardless of the mechanism of action, there is an effect and I have seen it bring people to experience a profound sense of inner peace.

One experience that stands out in my own mind is when I was treating a young mildly autistic child. He began to giggle and said that he could see lines of colour coming out from the tuning forks and that they were tickling him in a nice way. He could also see colours flowing from my hands. I wish I had his gift of vision!

The other great gift of using sound in that session was that it really engaged this young boy and he began to chat and open up about how he saw the world. It was a session where I felt like the student, as this child’s view of the world and keen perception was full of insight and taught me that what we see as disability was in this case an emotional and perceptive range far beyond the grasp of most of us ‘ordinary’ humans!

An Israeli team of sound therapists have been doing a lot of work with the Solfeggio frequencies, in particularly with the 528hz frequency which resonates with the heart centre. Their experience along with a youtube of the event is posted below:

In June, 2009, Shai Danon and Amiti Media began experimenting with and documenting the implementation of a newly discovered technique they created after exploring the application of the frequency of 528hz on water, based on the scientific findings of Dr. Joseph Puleo and Dr. Leonard Horowitz.

Considering the known impact of frequency on the molecular composition of cells, they easily discerned that directing pure tonal vibrations towards a subject would have an all over physiological effect that could restore cells to their pure, unadulterated state.

Dr. Masuru Emoto’s research on the impact of sound and prayer on water made it evident that, since human cells are made of at least 70% water, applying a specialized technique to the physical body would affect people on a cellular level, potentially restoring overall body health to the recipient of treatment.

Amiti and Shai combined three aspects of science into one technique: Directing accurate sound waves to energy centers of the body, utilizing water as the best known conductor and Quartz Crystal as the best naturally transmitting amplifier.

Techniques such as Watsu, Jahara, Water Dance, Hydrotherapy for the disabled and communing with dolphins have been gaining momentum worldwide over the past several years, and throughout Israel in particular. Working with over 30 various hydrotherapists, they all acknowledge the profound impact these specific sounds have on their patient’s recovery.

An epic transformative event occurred at the World Water Festival in Eilat in February, 2010. Amiti’s instinct was to arrive early and meet the dolphins with the floating crystal bowls, to see how they would respond to these frequencies underwater.

From the underwater videos, it is clear that the dolphins enjoyed the experience and were not bothered but rather curious and open to receive the vibrations and sing back. This was an important acknowledgement from the “masters of sound.”

At the festival, which hosted a majority of expert water therapists from throughout the world, Ahava 528 held workshops and presentations which strongly influenced the overall atmosphere of the event, culminating in a final session in a therapeutic seawater pool where over 70 people circled and toned together in the water to the frequency of 528hz. Without anyone expecting it, the mood naturally escalated from a meditative state into unrestricted waves of spontaneous laughter, joy and dance which lasted into the night.

 

Sources: http://www.ahava528.com/

Heart Healing: Coherence

Heart Coherence

Following from a previous post 10 Things to know about the Power of the Heart this video from the HeartMath Institute provides a very well visualised description of heart coherence.

Coherence plays an important role in helping the body to regain homeostatic balance especially when under pressure due to stress and/or anxiety.

Complementary therapists welcome the research of institutions such as HeartMath as coherence is also an important part of energy therapy and the visuals here depict the world of energy medicine very nicely.

Enjoy!

From HeartMath:

The Spiritual Heart — is in a way a little like a smart phone, invisibly connecting us to a large network of information. It is through an unseen energy that the heart emits that humans are profoundly connected to all living things. The energy of the heart literally links us to each other. Every person’s heart contributes to a ‘collective field environment.’ This short video explains the importance of this connection and how we each add to this collective energy field. The energetic field of the heart even connects us with the earth itself.

The HeartMath Institute (http://www.heartmath.org) is helping provide a more comprehensive picture of this connection between all living things through a special science-based project called the Global Coherence Initiative (http:///www.heartmath.org/gci.) They hope to help explain the mysteries of this connection between people and the earth…and even the sun.

Scientists at the HeartMath Institute (HMI) have already conducted extensive research on the power of heart, the heart/brain connection, heart intelligence and practical intuition.

Whether personal relationships, social connections, or even the global community – we are all connected through a field of electromagnetic energy. Increasing individual awareness of what we bring to this field environment could be the key to creating a sustainable future, a future that we can be proud to have helped create. To learn more about this research please visit https://www.heartmath.org/about-us/vi….

Recap from our previous article:

Did you know that…

1. Your heart emits electromagnetic fields that change according to your emotions.

2. The heart is 500 times electrically stronger than the brain and up to 5000 times magnetically stronger.

3. The human heart’s magnetic field can be measured up to several feet away from the body.

4. The heart has a system of neurons that have both short and long term memory.

5. That signals sent to the brain by the heart neurons can affect emotional experiences.

6. The heart send more information to the brain than the brain sends to the heart.

7. The electromagnetic signal produced by your heart is registered in the brain waves of people around you.

8. In the womb, the heart forms and starts to beat before the brain is developed.

9. A mother’s brainwaves can synchronize to her her baby’s heartbeats.

10. Your physiological responses sync up with your mate’s during empathetic interactions

Asking for It? O’Neill’s new book a gripping insight on rape culture

Book Review

 

Relentlessly truthful, there are no pretty pictures here of the wonders of therapy or the ability to heal.

Screen Shot 2018-11-09 at 23.24.47Lousie O’Neill is a young Irish writer that burst into the literary world in 2014 with the very brilliant Only Ever Yours,a chilling dystopian story of a future where girls are produced to order as nothing more than utensils destined for use and abuse in a male dominated society. The talent of O’Neill is that she manages to create a story that runs so close to what society is almost becoming that her writing fills you with dread, unease and at the same time a passion to grab the world by the shoulder and shout “Wake up!! Look at world we are creating!”

In her newest novel, Asking For It, released on September 2nd, she has come back with an even harder hitting take on society and this one doesn’t describe a dystopian future, this one is pointing straight at life in the here and now.

Social media adds disturbing twist

The story is of an 18 year old teen girl who gets high and drunk at a party, has consensual sex with one guy but then passes out. While unconscious she is gang raped by four older boys who, not content with just having sex with her unconscious body, proceed to degrade her and carry out various acts on her body and photograph it for fun. She doesn’t remember what happened, but the next day the images are on facebook, instagram and tweeted everywhere and so the nightmare begins.

Emma, the protagonist is not a very likeable girl. She is beautiful, but can be mean, bitchy and self obsessed. She dresses provocatively, flirts and is fairly promiscuous. It’s a genius move to make her so flawed as the reader is drawn straight in to the central premise, namely, was she asking for it?

As the issue of rape emerges, even Emma is not sure if she was raped as she can’t remember what happened. The boys are local sports stars, the community is small and as the story grows so too the backlash against Emma grows and the impact on her, her family; her friends is all told through Emma’s voice.

An uncomfortable read

The book is a harrowing read. Relentlessly truthful, there are no pretty pictures here of the wonders of therapy and the ability to heal. The impact of the assault deepens with time and even as Emma doubts her right to feel violated, the depth of the violation is made so real to the reader that this book is a must-read, especially for teen/young adult girls and boys who more and more find themselves in similar situations.

O’Neill says she drew inspiration from the Steubenville rape case and other like stories. Recently Chrissie Hynde spoke about a very similar incident that happened to her when she was younger. She sparked intense debate when she claimed that it was her own fault as she was drunk and high and naive, when went off with a gang of Hells Angels who subsequently raped her. In short she felt she was asking for it. To add fuel to the fire in a Daily Mail piece she went on to comment on girls today saying:

“If I’m walking around in my underwear and I’m drunk . . . who else’s fault can it be?’ she said. ‘Come on! That’s just common sense.”

No it’s not common sense. It’s false logic. A+B does not equal C. It’s a sign that you are admitting that society, no actually not society, rather that men are feral and the sight of flesh coupled with the inability to fight back, run or even remain conscious means that they lose control and the girl becomes fair game, to be used as they see fit.

While no one will argue that it’s not necessarily the wisest thing to get so drunk or high that you lose awareness of your surroundings, the very valid issue that O’Neill is raising in this book is where the ‘Asking for it’ attitude leads and what it is saying about society and men in particular.

A conversation needs to begin

As O’Neill rightly says: “We need to talk about rape. We need to talk about victim blaming, slut-shaming and the double standards we place on our young men and women.”

Most of all we need to talk about the world we want to live in. And men and boys are vital to this dialogue, as if Hynde’s logic is the one society wants to adopt then what does this say about men?

Do men really want to be viewed as some sort of lower order species, incapable of self-regulation?

In a kind and healthy world, where people are decent a young girl (or boy – boys get raped too) who makes a mistake, gets too drunk or high, or falls unconscious would receive protection and help. Not just from the boys present, but from their female friends, other girls and from any passerby who comes along.

And if you read this last line and say to yourself Ha! Way too idealistic! Then that just shows how much work we have to do and how right O’Neill is that this conversation must begin.

Asking For It on Amazon.co.uk

 

Read more:

The Irish Times:  O’Neill on writing Asking For It: Unblurring the lines about rape

The Daily Mail: Why did Chrissie Hynde date one of the Hells Angels who raped her? She enraged feminists by blaming herself for the attack. But the full story’s even more shocking

Surfing the Light

Yes I have come to the realisation that I am just not a natural blogger.

I write so many things in the shower  or, while out for a walk or while ‘meditating’ or driving…and they all sit there safely tucked in my head because I am finding it increasing hard to find or (maybe more truthfully) to justify time spent sitting in front of a screen.

Tweeting, facebooking, pining, sticking, adding, blog-hopping, instagraming…. all these activities! Where are people finding the time?

I try my best. As an author I am expected to do a certain amount and I do admit that of all of the social media I like twitter the most. I follow some lovely people and organisations, so am inclined to click on links they post and each click opens to a world of positive action, creativity and ideas  that you would never find without the tweets.

It’s ironic. So many talk about the dangers of the internet, the shadowy corners and the gloomy underworld where pedophiles and all sorts of psychos lurk.  That world certainly exists, just as it does in the ‘real’ world and it is not a pleasant world.

But the underbelly and subculture of my internet world is not the deep dark web. It is a heaving mass of good. Every new click leads to another group of people sharing quotes, ideas, achievements and concerns that all have an aim to uplift, inspire, enthuse  and change the world.

I prefer the worlds outside the screen, the world of healing where dimensions widen and I experience a bigger brighter aspect of the dimension we live in. And the physical world of sea and mist, of trees and moss and stone and of purring kittens, laughter and tears and bright flowers nodding in the sun.

But I also have a fondness for the world that opens through the portal of technology. With my trusty little Mac and his sidekick iPhone, I can enter the giant collective brain that is “us”. And what a busy brain it is. In bursts of light and bits and bytes a matrix of information spreads instantly throughout this strange collective world.

Because of this, the web becomes a tremendous force for good. The divine is everywhere and everything can be used for good or ill. But as human beings, as social human beings, we are most inspired by each other.

Gandhi said: “Be the change you want to see in the world”

Prem Rawat Maharaji reminds often that: “What we practice we get good at.”

In the Gospel of Thomas Jesus says: “Split a piece of wood, and I am there. Lift a stone, and you will find me there.”

These three quotes to me summarize the positive power of our shared internet brain and are also the basic requirements for successful living. We first have to walk the walk, only then can we inspire others. We can only walk the walk by continually walking it. Every day, like Beckett said, try harder, fail better, get up and try again. And most of all, knowing that the Divine is everywhere and can be found in everything, even in the internet!

White Smoke: Why the new Pope is significant…

Pope Francis

Today maybe spare a thought and a prayer for what is happening in Rome as the Cardinals go into conclave for the second day. UPDATE The Conclave is over, but the same thought still applies..

Why, you might well ask . What relevance does the Vatican really have to world?

Well the reality is whether a one is a catholic or not, the Catholic church is one of the largest and most powerful “non-political” voices in the world today.

For years the Vatican has been shackled by infighting, corruption and Machiavellian power games and so what could have been a huge force for good in the world instead became a shady question-mark on the world stage.

There was a moment of hope, Pope John Paul I (Albino Luciani) a genuinely spiritual and graceful man somehow took the conclave by surprise and came in determined to sweep all the corruption aside. He died the night before he was due to announce his reforms.  He was there for just one month and his death, (or murder? read In God’s Name)  ensured that  the status quo remained unchanged.

Irish seer, St Malachy prophesied only one more pope after Benedict:

In persecutione extrema S.R.E. sedebit.Petrus Romanus, qui pascet oves in multis tribulationibus, quibus transactis civitas septicollis diruetur, & judex tremendus judicabit populum suum. Finis.

In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church, there will sit Peter the Roman, who will pasture his sheep in many tribulations, and when these things are finished, the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the dreadful judge will judge his people. The End.

The idea of Petrus Romanus is also contained in an ancient prophesy made between 1319-1377 AD, by Blessed Tomasuccio de Foligno, which allegedly details how a future pontiff will heal the Church of schism following a time of turmoil:

“One from beyond the mountains shall become the Vicar Of God. Religious and clerics shall take part in this change. Outside the true path, there will be only disreputable men; I shrug my shoulders when the Bark of Peter is in danger and there is no one to lend it help… The schismatic shall fall into the scorn of the Italian faithful… By about twelve years shall the millennium have passed when the resplendent mantle of legitimate power shall emerge from the shadows where it was being kept by the schism. And beyond harm from the one who is blocking the door of salvation, for his deceitful schism shall have come to an end. And the mass of the faithful shall attach itself to the worthy Shepherd, who shall extricate each one from error and restore to the Church its beauty. He shall renew it.”

Interestingly Benedict XVI announced that his resignation date would be February 28th the feast of St Romanus. What did he mean? Was he telling us that it was time for the schism to end but that he had done all he could and needed to clear the path for a more able shepherd?

There is only one way to remove a whole Curia (Curia = the Vatican Government) and that is for a Pope to die or to resign. If there is a problem of disreputable men who have infiltrated the Vatican Curia, maybe Benedict knew that the only way forward was to resign.

This gives me hope. Imagine a church run by a Dalai Lama type figure, with a genuine spiritual faith and a voice unafraid to speak out on world affairs.

Many think that the church is so lost that no good papal candidates remain. But they do. There are two that come to my mind and I’m sure there are more. If I could wave a magic wand Cardinal Luis Tagle would be Pope and he would choose Cardinal Sean O’Malley as his head of state.

Tagle is one of the most charasmatic and engaging teachers to hit the world in a long time. At just 55 years old he is

Cardinal Luis Tagle of Manila after becoming a cardinal in November (CNS/Paul Haring)

very young for the Vatican world and that is a good thing. He speaks of the need for “a church that’s humbler, simpler, and with a greater capacity for silence.”

When he speaks there is usually not a dry eye in the house and yet despite his ability to literally rock the room, he is an extremely humble and gentle man.  As John Allen, a Vatican commentator says:  “if Tagle walks out on that balcony the Church has just got a rock star .”

Cardinal Sean O’Malley is an equally lovely man. A Capuchin monk who prefers to wear his brown cassock and not cardinal attire is older than Tagle but also very committed to walking the walk and living a spiritual but humble life.  He is tough also and known for dealing very firmly with clergy accused of sexual abuse and very compassionately with the victims.

If these two for example could get in there and reform the church, suddenly the world would have a very big voice as Tagle is not slow to speak out on the world we are shaping:

“It is sad that those who worship idols sacrifice other people while preserving themselves and their interests. How many factory workers are being denied the right wages for the god of profit? How many women are being sacrificed to the god of domination? How many children are being sacrificed to the god of lust? How many trees, rivers, hills are being sacrificed to the god of ‘progress’? How many poor people are being sacrificed to the god of greed? How many defenseless people are being sacrificed to the god of national security?”

(Cardinal Tagle speaking at  the 49th International Eucharistic Congress; June 15-22, 2008 in Quebec, Canada)

However we won’t know who it is until the white smoke comes and the new pope steps out on the balcony. There is always hope that the corruption can be reversed, and the hope is that this time good will prevail and whoever it is that emerges will be the one to sweep the house clean, start anew and bring a much needed healing voice to the planet.

We need all the help we can get to bring peace to the world. There is change in the air and we can always hope that even if the sea ahead is rough, that the tide is turning for the good…

Update: Pope Francis is the new Pope

Very close to Tagle and O’Malley in philosophy and way of life so change might indeed be on the way.

Read more about him here  and here Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Sunday Reflection: Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

If the Earth could speak, maybe she would tell us of her dreams.

Her dreams of peace, of balance and harmony and of souls inspired and aware all is one.

Of unpolluted rivers and seas.

Of forests unbounded

Of clear skies and air.

Of children dancing in the meadows and celebrating the gift of life.

Of people united in love and care.

Of stories woven from age old truths.

Maybe she would sing in the voice of WB Yeats as she dreams of a life imagined:

Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

Or maybe she would just sing …. Earthsong by Michael Jackson

What we think about and imagine we create. Are we treading softly? Or are we storming though, careless to the effects of our actions on the world around us? We are all co-creators. Can we pull together and create a dream? Or will we tumble unthinking towards a nightmare? It is our choice….but only 100% of the time…