Do It Yourself: Sound Healing at Home, Right Here, Right Now

 

Sound is a carrier wave of intention, and is a magical creative force that re-configures matter and energy. Spirit-guided sound healing adds the active participation of compassionate benevolent spirits–beings from the divine realms. These beings encode the sound with power and wisdom, guiding the sound to its most potent targets. When sound is transmitted and received in a container of love and divine spiritual guidance, miraculous healing and manifestation of dreams and prayers can more powerfully be set into motion.
You can give yourself a mini-sound healing, right here, right now. Stand and greet the four directions (East, South, West, North), Above and Below, and ask for their compassion and benevolence to bless you. Ask them to guide you, and ride in on the sounds you make. Or call to the compassionate ones with whom you are familiar or are moved to call to.
Close your eyes and feel, and accept, where you are right now. Notice and appreciate your body, your mind, your feelings, your overall state of energy.
Say thank you to you, and all of the gifts of your life. Form an intention for yourself. State the positive version of this intention. If you want the pain in your knee to go away, a positive intention would be “may I walk with grace, ease, pain- free”. If you want to release something like stress or grief about a relationship, an intention could be stated like “please release this stress-its root energies and thoughts- and replace it with acceptance, ease, gratitude for the lessons from this relationship” or something similar.
Close your eyes and begin to breathe deeply. Feel your rib cage and belly go up and down, in and out. Open your lips a bit and breathe out through your mouth. Now add some sound gently, to warm up your vocal instrument.
Now, call to mind and hold in your heart the healing intention you formed. Ask the spirits to assist you in setting those intentions into motion. Then, begin making sound. Let the sound come up from your belly…let it swirl around and past your heart, and then out. There is no mistake that our lungs and heart are in such proximity from an energetic perspective.
Feel what it would be like to have your intention fulfilled, manifested, and make those sounds. Allow yourself an abstract, creative experience. Visualize from your heart’s perspective your manifesting wellness, new situation, eg. Notice if some part of your body begins to vibrate. The thread of your intention may emerge in this initial part. Use the sound you are making to go deeper into your intention and pull out its form. Create with the sound you are making. Let the sound you are making become you.
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There is Power in the Opposite

There is power in the opposite…

Most of us are being buffeted around energetically by the news of what is happening, not happening, maybe happening in our country. We need to be resourced and centered to be good spiritual activists. I found some deep wisdom and value in a particular set of practices I learned from NW Soul Quest, and Sheila Belanger and Anne Hayden. (Thank you sages!)

Most importantly, the value of finding vitality in that which we are opposed to. The topic of the workshop I was just in was dealing with polarities, things “out there” that trigger us within, to react to, that we rise against to, and what to do so we can remain strong and not be so reactive and distressed.

And of course, our president came in in a big way during the weekend. So, touse him as an example…

First, we call in our allies, spirits, guides, angels to protect us and guide us. We mentally draw a line or circle –creating a threshold over which we step to demark the beginning of the exercise. We then step into the being of Donald. Gestures, actions, words, becoming, taking on his personality. We may even walk around, outside, bossing trees, rocks, shrubs around. Making bold statements that may not be factual. Swooping our fingers through our orange hair. Pursing the lips…just really being him.

Here is where it gets interesting—noticing the energy generated in our bodies while we are doing this. When I did it, I all of sudden noticed, wow, there is great energy and vitality in being certain of my superiority and arrogance. Of being the center the universe—or the sun in our solar system, out there with my opinions. And then we ask, where in my life could I use some of this vitality?

During those times when I may feel extraordinarily shy, or like Pluto, quietly orbiting the very periphery of the solar system, when being the sun might really serve me.

It is not soul stealing, where we are robbing someone of their soul essence, but tapping into a resourcable vitality in THE OTHER that can be of service to us. It felt like it gave me just a little more emotional room for the absurdity of this persona in my own solar system. Because when we polarize against something, there is emotional taxation that is very debilitating when it turns chronic. When we can join some aspect as usable, we will last longer in our facing of these vast challenges.

At the end, thank your helpers, and step back across the threshold, ending your experiencing the Other. Look yourself in the mirror and introduce yourself to yourself, or say “Yay, I am glad I’m _______________” (fill in the blank with your name).

This morning, another example came in. I did not do gestures and postures but did a quick mental process. It was sparked by the anniversary of Roe V Wade, and all the vigorous Pro-Life energy happening. What could I resource from the Pro-life movement? I was walking in nature at the time…and became very moved by the force of creation…how the soil gives birth to the seedlings and dandilions that are starting come up. That rush of vitality in the creation and birthing of life. And I have such reverence of this life-giving. And so, I joined in my heart with the pro-lifers, for a moment, and said yes, I love the vitality from revering life in all its creation. Yes, it takes on different meanings for each of us on either side of the issue, but for a moment, I connected in with that reverence for life. It made it easier to not hold deep resentment or resistance to the OTHER SIDE.

I am going to be exploring more of the exercises I learned during the workshop, as it is a great way to resources, replenish, nourish us on this walk we find ourselves on at this time.holdingheartsun

Shamanic Aerobic Workout

I discovered a powerful process that I have been enjoying, that I invite you to come along with me and experience. This process has has lead to:yoga-1822476_1920

~Greater well-being and freedom from persisting issues (“mental infections” especially);

~Weight loss—a set point 15 lb below my last one; and especially from retuning my body’s metabolic processes;

~Greater energy and enthusiasm for life;

~Greater freedom and sovereignty; and

~Greater ability to focus on tasks at hand.

My ayurvedic consultant initiated the aerobic part of it when she presecribed for me a morning, pre-breakfast work out which must include sweating! I used walking my dog and hand weights when the weather allowed. But the winter we have been having has left this no t a good option.

I tried using YouTube Aerobic workout with weights but found them very unsatisfying. As I pondered and prayed about it, the spirits showed me something simple, and doable: “Use Pandora!!! Make your own workout!”

So here is what I do, and suggest it as a framework for you.

What you will need:

A space at least 5 x 5 feet

Small hand weights (2-4 lbs)

Good workout shoes

Siberian Eye curtain (optional)

A candle and lighter

Sound System:

Option 1–What I use: A device you can use to connect with the internet and the capacity to do so (I use my Ipad or phone); I have a Pandora One Subscription (no ads); a Bluetooth speaker (optional)—I have a Jawbone Charge 2

Option 2: Create a play list (see below) on your music device; a Bluetooth speaker is really nice.

My Optimal Pace and Process:

This is the order I engage my Pandora stations and what I do. You can create these stations or do your own thing with what you have. The key is providing a slow stretching and contemplative beginning; a medium section of sound for slow movements and warming up; then move into a good pace where you can breathe and sweat. All the time using the music to call forth and ask the spirits to do healing work on you. Then a slow down phase for reflection and closure.

I light a candle, as a symbol of my light, my spirit. Also, as an element that receives and transforms dense energies and other stuff I no longer need. Mine is on the fireplace mantle, illuminating our firescreen, which is the tree of life.

Phase 1: Stretching, Opening to the Divine.

This is the phase where I connect with my body—what does it need today? How wonderful it is that it has carried me this far. And I open to the Earth mother coming up through me, while I am lying down or in other poses stretching. I let love and light and healing fill me during this slow phase. Breathing. Stretching. Of course my kitties and dog love this pahse because I am on the ground. They are indeed emissaries of my spirit council so I connect in with my spirits through them.

Stations: Shamanic Dream; Shamanic Way, Deuter; Deva Premal; Krishna Das; John Barry. Quality of your playlist: dreamy, slow, contemplative

Phase 2. Warming the body, beginning the unwinding, releasing; connecting with the spirits around your home; your council of spirits.

This phase, I begin moving my body, slowly, intuitively. Gently. No weights yet. Saying hi to each part of my body. Greeting the spirits of the land I see and feel, the trees. It is a time for exchange with them, as my body warms up and my spirit ignites with receptivity. I also find I connect with people (family members especially) who I have photographs of around the space(s) I am moving in and giving gratitude to them and my relationships. I continue shedding of dense energies that no longer serve me. I know how to do curse-unraveling so this happens sometimes. Also, thoughtform unraveling and healing. I have also initiated soul retrieval—calling in soul essence that is connected to my soul by filaments, and visualizing those soul parts that belong to me coming back to me. (This is best done first by a skilled practitioner, then you can continue the process). I may pick up the weights towards the end of this phase to become acclimated to them and warm up even hotter with them. I visualize my organs being massaged and becoming retuned to a higher vibration and vibrancy of function.

Stations: Loreena McKennitt; Adele; William Ackerman; Steely Dan and the Rolling Stones towards the end of this phase. Quality of your playlist: slow-medium rhythmic beat.

Phase 3: Deep movement, sweating, breathing, releasing phase.

This is the time when I really move with the weights. I invite the forces of exersion on my body to help expel toxins energetically into the candle (I also use my lake) and physically into my blood stream. I am breathing and moving energy and toxins that way too. I continue to visualize my organs being massaged, especially now my heart and lungs. Any deeply held issue, aspect, energy that no longer serves me, I ask the movement and the spirits to help move that out. I do continue any curse unraveling, cord-cutting or extraction process that is needed to continue, and breathe pant pant pant it all out, in divine process.

Stations: Earth Wind and Fire, Talking Heads, Tower of Power; Quality of your playlist: fast beat, head-bobbing awesomeness.

Phase 4: Slow down, filling, stretching, gratitude phase. During this phase, I slow down, I stretch, I give thanks. I ponder what is ahead of me on my day.

Stations: Enya; Loreena McKennitt, Shamanic Dream Quality of your playlist: dreamy, slow, contemplative.

I hope you will enjoy this process. It has lead to a whole new way of being. I feel better than I have in ages! Let me know how it goes for you!

This is a good time to install a fear release portal.

Building and using Fear Release Portals can prevent us from letting fear on the outer and the inner take over our consciousness and emotions. I don’t even want to reiterate all of the reasons why it is important right now—it’s November 9th, 2016. That should say enough.frp

A fear release portal (FRP—lovingly referred to many of us phonetically as a “Frip”) is an adorned doorway through which we can direct fears to go and be dispensed with energetically. We can invite fear to leave our body—our ethic body, our subtle body, our physical body, our mental body—and to go into the portal, so that we are be clear of fear’s deleterious effects. A FRP is usually a physical place on our property or in our house, often circular and lined with sacred honoring items denoting the perimeter of the portal. It can be any shape, but most of us have round FRPs. In this article I share some principles and instructions on the creation and use of fear release portals.

Fear is a vibration that can set up shop in our nervous and spiritual system, take hold and raise havoc. I have two acronyms for fear, and use one of them depending on how I am feeling about the fear I am aware of. Primarily I believe that Fear is: False Evidence Appearing Real. I use this acronym most because it is almost always true and it is empowering! When in my small self, fear can also mean: Fuck Everything And Run. Fear can ultimately turn into cancer and other serious maladies. It is key to remember that fear as an energy is a real and tangible thing. So we treat it with respect as we seek to release it. And creating a sacred honored place for this builds our capacity to release fear at any time.

The FRP works primarily through the power of intention, supported by our belief in compassionate, benevolent spiritual help that is readily available to all of us.

I encourage people who want to create a FRP to create it outside. There is power out there in nature, that belongs in here –in the being that we are. And, if it is undoable, or if you think it would be more useful inside, then by all means, create one inside.

In shamanism, we are always opening to signs to provide spiritual information. So open to “hearing” from the portal itself– where it wants to be, noticing things in the landscape (indoors or out) that stand out or are calling on your attention—can help you find its best loction. Then, follow that guidance. Of course, a few aspects may cause the location to shift, like—is there room enough to sit or lay down next to it? Is it safe from hazards that might distract you?

Taking the cosmic and the mundane into account, select a location for your FRP. Sit down there, and just be with it for some time. Ask it to tell you, or in some other way get a sense for, what might be placed around the rim of the FRP. It might be very simple, like a ring of stones from the yard. It might be special items you have. It may be sticks, leaves, feathers, ribbon. Many FRP’s develop over time as they are used, and as you are guided to give offerings to the compassionate benevolent help that comes to work with you and the portal.

Once you have built your FRP, sit or stand next to it, and sing, call, pray for compassionate helping energies to come and support you whenever you are working with the portal. Rattling, drumming, playing singing bowls, flute, any intentional sound honors the process and helps build power. Offering flowers, cornmeal, tobacco, birdseed, any item given with love and gratitude will assist in releasing fear from you, your life, your energy system. Giving voice to your gratitude magnifies the magic within, and throughout.

At any time thereafter you can engage in the process of releasing fears into the portal. I begin with a prayer—“Oh divine ones. I stand here humbly with the intention of releasing any fears that may be in my way of my vibrant health and well-being. Any fear that may have accumulated in my energy system that is preventing me from moving forward on my journey. Any fears from the collective that I may also be harboring, I ask to release. I am ready to release the fears that are harming me or getting in my way. I thank you for your assistance.”

Releasing of fears can now happen in a variety of ways. All that is important is intention and willingness. If you are by yourself, you can lay down with your head at the edge of the FRP’s rim. You can sweep your hands from your lower body up through your head and out. If you have a rattle, you can rattle fear energies up and out into the portal. You can drum or sing, chant, tone, scream fear into the portal. You can shake fear into the portal. You can stand up, stomp your feet, dance and sweep fear out of your body and into the portal. You can take a feather and brush fear into the portal. You can drum or ring a bell. Do any of these way with the intention and visualization that fear is moving out of you, and into the portal.

You can engage a friend or family member. You can drum, rattle, sing, chant, tone for them as they release their fears, then switch, taking turns supporting each other by using different kinds of sound to help fear break free.

The fear energies go into the portal and are transmuted—changed in form—by the spiritual help that you called in, by the element of earth, and by the element of fire at the center of the earth. When energy is transmuted and its form changes, it can be utilized in other dimensions to do work. Do not worry that you will cause harm to the earth by transferring fear from your body to hers. She knows exactly what to do.

When you are done, take some time to call for divine light to come and fill you. When we release dense energies from our system, it is important that we fill with the spaces fear was taking up with love, divine light, compassion, positive thoughts and feelings. The easiest filling can be achieved by simply setting an intention that the top of your head (crown chakra) and your heart (chakra) open, and that bright loving, divine light comes from above to fill you. You can also open the chakras of your feet, and your root chakra, and invite the divine supportive nurturing power of Mother Earth to come up through your body and fill you with her unconditional love. Notice yourself getting brighter and shinier within.

It is always polite and fulfilling to say thank you for this divine filling, then to the compassionate benevolent helpers that came. I usually let them know they are released from their work at this time, and that I will be calling on them in the future.

I say thank you to those that taught us about FRP-ing at the LightSong Practicum of Telepathic Communication 2012-ish.

Preventing Soul Loss Through the Kind Self

Photograph by Angela Weaverplaying with fire3In shamanic cosmologies, we are animated by our soul, this immortal, eternal divine essence. As shamanic practitioners, we doctor the human beingness by doctoring the soul. We remove “intrusions” –foreign energies—that do not belong to or serve the soul; and, we retrieve lost soul essence that has temporarily separated from the whole of the soul through trauma such as surgeries, accidents, and disruptions to the family and support systems, as well as due to arguments, and other negative experiences or circumstances. By integrating this soul essence back into the wholeness of the soul (along with a power animal on task to help the healing process on into the future), physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual discomfort, dis-ease, disfunction can transform, resolve, evaporate, leaving us healthier, more vibrant, freer and happier.

One day I was on holy land during a big ceremony, and was talking to a brother. The spirits began telling us through me that soul loss can be caused by negative self talk. That little pieces of our soul can split off from the whole of the soul when we decide we don’t like a part of our Self, some aspect or characteristic of our Self. This idea felt totally in alignment with a book I read decades ago called Compassion and Self Hate by Theodore I. Rubin (http://books.simonandschuster.com/Compassion-and-Self-Hate/Theodore-I-Rubin/9780684841991).

This idea was also in alignment with information that came through during preparation for an Equinox sweat lodge I was to pour for the LIghtSong Community at Hidden Lake. That the dark feeds the light; that those things we have judged and labeled as bad in ourselves is absolutely and cosmically suppose to be there for our souls to expand through the process of personal work and spiritual growth. We are caused to seek relief due to these aspects of ourselves that may be difficult, hurtful, or uncomfortable. And through this seeking, we are lifted up, reach new powerful discernments in life and our energy ascends to higher and higher frequencies as we learn to work with and come to peace, and even utilize these aspects of ourselves.

So when that negative self talk arises, we ask, what is it that this aspect of our self is in service to? What if it is here to teach us something? How can attention, then a shift in perspective and expression of this aspect, actually create growth, new understandings about the world, our life, our path? These questions feel like a road to compassion and the Kind Self…asking them can help prevent loss of soul essence that might come through internal bickering with parts of your personality.

We ask the Kind Self to reach a gentle hand to us, into our heart, and teach us something new about these parts of ourselves that are present now. In this way, these parts may be seen, and then resolved or shifted. And we thus nurture our soul and tend it as the Divine One we are.

Bridge the Gap Between Now & What You Want to Create

 

Are you staring into the abyss that separates you –where you are now– from where you want to go? You are not alone. Especially at this time of year. I am going to share some potent energetics about how to BE IN THIS PLACE, AND HOW TO NAVIGATE FROM IT.

We set intentions; we formulate goals; we yearn and hope for “that thing to happen” or that state to be achieved, that shift to occur, so that things will be different, a new way. And it can be a scary mystery how we going to get from Here to There. Often we don’t even know what “there” looks like.

I had a client who was working intensely with these questions, and I wanted (with her permission) to share the shamanic healing journey we did together that asked the spirits about the process of “getting from here to there”.

The sacred landscape opened up with a forest grove and a stream. We peered down into the stream, and then across the stream to the other side. There was a three-dimensional quality about this metaphor of the two banks of the stream, but also the source of the stream. We began swimming with the sockeye salmon–the wise salmon (an oracle). To explore the place in between “here and there”—between where we are now, and where we want to be. The salmon were transmitting wisdom through the water to us just by virtue of us being in the water with them.

  1. The first message was: Enjoy being in the water –the place in between. We focus so much on the “there”, where we are trying to get to, that sometimes we overlook what is in the spaces between where we are and where we want to be. The salmon then flipped us to walking on the backs of them from one side to another—but with a caveat: “Do Not look at the other side, but look into the gap—in the water. While all of this was relative old info (BE HERE NOW, HEY), energetically the wisdom of the spirits was interpenetrating at a deeper level.

“Notice the detail and beauty of the rocks on the bottom of the stream, how the water is moving. Notice the reflection of the trees on the other side in the stream. While the trees appear to be standing on the other side of the stream, they are reflected in the stream.”

There was a deep teaching at an energetic level about the integration of here, the gap and the future. A Harmony and synergy; love all the elements that come together in the in between. Earth, water, fire, air, the elements are important energies and building blocks, both, of the building of the next step(s).

2) As our vibration rises, we carry the power to attract people who have that energy signatures and wisdom needed for the creation of the next step. If we employ a greater awareness, we will notice these people and this helps create the next step. We invite them closer to us. We swim with them.

3) We call on the Great Mystery for our Construction team of creation of the bridge between the here and the there: attracting circumstances, the elements, compassionate spirits, and people. As we raise our vibration, we know that we are in communion with the spirits. We engage them to build the bridge over the gap. This team is engaged, both intentionally and accidentally; without your initial awareness, then you notice the team and its components, and it builds exponentially. Our change in perception of energy is going to encourage change. A magnetic vibrational quality that emminates from the heart, along with change in perception of energy, is going to “synergize to create synergy”. A field forms around us. The awareness of this happening feeds creation of the steps of the bridge.

4) As you stand on the backs of the spirits in the elements: “Notice the detail in the water (the gap). There is information in the gap; those informational and energetic matrices serve as foundation for for what you are building and creating. Above and below synergizing—keep watching how the land and the water interact”.

I do these kinds of sessions over the phone, via Skype and in person at my sound studio at Hidden Lake. Contact me: 503-939-7174 or lauri@shamanicsoundhealing.com.

It’s Raining Cats and Acorns and Owls and Bowls

I had a huge oak spirit drop into my consciousness. It kept dropping acorns on my head. I found myself sitting under this big tree, looking out over an expanse where there were acorns everywhere, a couple of inches thick.

The spirit of this tree was trying to, and succeeded in, show me quite blatantly the super-abundance in my life. I have known this, and then forgotten, known this, then forgotten. Tis the way of the spiritual path on earth I believe.

Most importantly, I became deeply aware that my most gnawing issues were coming from a lack mentality. Bonk! An acorn hit me on the head, then another. Bonk! And something magically shifted in me. I became almost ashamed at how I acted out in this false story of lack when clearly I am profoundly blessed. Bonk!

Then more pieces of the story began unfolding. I had missing vibrant cat energy since the passing of my little Cali, a tortoise-shell calico–passed away last year; she ascended through the super moon on tax day. A week ago, just before my marriage ceremony, a little grey kitty appeared at our back door. She has been staying around and has adopted us…really touching deep into my heart. Bonk!

Perhaps even more miraculously—this past weekend I had the most amazing Singing Bowl class, the first of its kind at Hidden Lake. It nourished all of us deeply, and we all wanted to ensure that I did more of these classes next year. So on Sunday, I started thinking about bringing new bowls into my collection of crystal beings. On Monday I get a call from someone, who knows a friend of mine, telling me she has this big crystal bowl that needs a new home, and would I be interested? Wow! So with some back and forth, I end up at her home yesterday. The bowl is all boxed up and I ask to see it and play it before I buy it. She picks it up and says “it is going home with you” and I ask “don’t you want me to pay for it?” and she says “no, its yours!. I mean, really, these are worth 400 dollars, especially that size. Bonk!

IMG_1264Wow, and keeps getting better as I arrive at a small business gathering, and am presented with a beautiful gift—a stunning coffee cup with a princess owl on it– for some ceremonial singing I did last month. Really? Bonk!

Thank you universe.

 

It’s raining cats and acorns and owls and bowls