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How Sound Healing Training Can Strengthen Your Healing Practice (Especially Shamanic Healing)

Sound is the carrier wave of intention. When we hold intentions for healing and manifestation in our heart, and send these out into the universe with sound, great power to organize matter and energy is set into motion. Sound that is guided by spirits and divine light and love amplifies any healing act or technique. This enhancement arises because of the powerful effects sound has: at the neurological, biochemical, thermodynamic, mental, spiritual, cosmic levels of being. And because of the unfathomable intelligence of our spiritual allies, power animals, angels, ambassadors and helpers from of the unseen world.

When we immersed ourselves in shamanism, most of us learned about sound “through the back door”. We had directives such as “find your power song”, “develop your invocation”, “listen for an extraction song” and the like. We felt drawn to the sound of the drum, and noticed how powerful our rattles and drums were at moving energy, shifting our consciousness, and so much more. We sensed that these instruments had spirits unto themselves; we may have even done some investigation toward that end. Sacred songs moved our hearts and powered our ceremonies. And, in all of this, the process of shamanism was the driver, the focus at the forefront of our training, as well it should have been.

In Shamanic Sound Healing training, we dive deeper into the process of working with intentional sound, within a shamanic (spirit-filled) container and framework. How does sound move through us? How can we use this process of channeling Spirit in the form of sound to create and manifest? How can working with sound help us get out of the way more completely, in the dance with our ego? How can we most potently let the purity of divine realms come to Earth through us? Our work with sound refines our understanding of how energy and intention work, how our witness collaborates and informs our healing process, and how vibration, energy and matter interact to create a healing effect.

We experiment and explore sound as a central creative force in the world.

We journey into sound and with our compassionate spirits’ help and guidance, discover more clearly and potently how sound carries intention out into the universe to be heard and acted upon, and how spirit rides sound in from nonordinary reality to bring wisdom and power into the room, our clients. We become attuned to Sound and its flow through us, very much like a Reiki attunement. We begin to hear the information and interpret the spiritual power that are encoded in the sounds that channel through us.

We experience how sound organizes matter and other energy matrices to bring about healing and manifestation. We become a more clear and open channel for the power and wisdom that rides on the waves of sound into our ceremonial space, our bodies, our souls, those of our clients and people in our lives.

Sound helps the client experience energy healing in the body at a deeper level. The vibrations that move through you, and your instruments, resonate through the physical body as well as the energetic and etheric body. This resonating assists the client not only at a physical and spiritual level, but at a mental level, as they form a conscious belief that “something is actually happening”. This belief furthers the effectiveness of the energy work. This physical level of sensation is key, especially for people who are a) new to spiritual /energy healing—where there is no real framework for the healing to fit into; b) left brain/cognitive dominant people who need tangible evidence to believe in phenomena in general and in energy healing in particular; c) not visual or auditory but more kinesthetic in their experiencing of the world.

How my practice has become more potent through sound healing: A personal story

I began my sound healing training by becoming a singer in traditional Native American healing ceremonies (Sweat lodge, Vision Quest, Sundance, Yuwipi and Lowampi). Perhaps even before that, my learning of the language of birds taught me how to listen, and how to sing what the birds were singing. I was drawn to and studied with Tom Kenyon back when he was still teaching the principles of sound healing. His fundamental research into acoustic effects on the brain and physiology inspired me, as he was the first science-turned-shaman to lift the veils on this sacred process of healing with sound.

As I have come to work more deeply with sound with participants in my courses and clients in my private practice, I have noticed that my extractions have become deeper and richer as a result of my experiences, learning and focus on healing sound. My voice has gained power with focus and experience–once just the song carrier for the community, now a fountain of sound for Earth!

I have become more acutely aware of how the spirits of my drums, rattles, and my singing bowls in particular are able to carry vibration deep into the clients energy, physical and Ka bodies to break up intrusions/blockages/constrictions in the matrix of their beingness. Divine love, light, and high vibrations that carry potent qualities needed for healing ride the sounds that come through me, my voice and my instruments into the room, and into the client, and out ahead of them on their path, to further facilitate healing and manifestation.

There is a falling away of self-consciousness in how the spirits are using me and my voice as instruments of healing. Often, there is little or no self awareness for longer periods of time because I become the sounds, merged with my helping spirits, as the “hollow bone”. (This is a central theme in all of my courses.) This process has taken practice, ceremony, personal healing, and the circles of learning in my courses.

During my soul retrievals, I have come to use sound more to prepare the “house of the soul” for re-entry, and to welcome the soul parts that get retrieved. Sound also integrates the parts into the soul—song, bowls, rattles, especially with lullabies and healing songs that sooth and invite. The spirits have given me an awareness, and sounds and songs, that help the retrieved soul parts learn from the soul what they have missed during their absence, while the resident soul learns from the retrieved soul parts about what they experienced during their absence. A re-education unfolds with vibrational frequencies that help facilitate knitting and communication within the fabric of the soul.

I use Sound and song during the cord-cutting and forgiveness ceremony to help resonate the cords that most need to be cut. Sound and song also help to clear any reservations clients might have to the work (giving up their stories, for example), and contribute to the integration of the soul essence that returns, and to seal the client’s new relationship with their true self.

House clearings have taken on a whole new dimension with my sound healing tools and voice (especially creating healing vortices with my crystal bowl). Sometimes I even have my spirits do curse unraveling and deposession work in a journey using my singing bowls. My Reiki treatments have also expanded through use of sound.

SO much richness and power and effectiveness can come to your healing work when you begin incorporating spirit-guided intentional sound. Imagine what your practice might look like if you got comfortable with healing sound and could use it to help remove obstacles and create healing for your clients. Or even your meditation practice or morning prayer sessions.

hands-on-drum-300x224I hope you will consider join me during one or more of many offerings in 2015. To learn more, go to http://www.shamanicsoundhealing.com/calendar.

 

 

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Spiritual Intervention

I realized at even a deeper level what I want most in life.

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At the women’s visioning retreat I co-facilitated this last weekend, we did a repeating question process (“What do you want?”). In this process, you form dyads; your partner in the dyad asks you the question, in this case “what do you want?”. You answer the question. They say thank you, then ask you “what do you want?” And the process repeats itself over and over, for 10 minutes or more. Then you stop, journal and switch roles. So much of the unseen bubbles up to the surface as you dig deeper to answer the question, over and over again. It is a powerful process for any kind of question.

What I realized I wanted most in my life– no small surprise that I find myself creating opportunities for this– is to help people realize that they are not alone in the world… That they have helping compassionate spirits that are supporting them and out ahead of them on their path orchestrating the perfection of their lives. At Every Moment.

This morning, I got to hear that my spirits and I had a success in this mission of what I would consider epic proportions.

I have been the practitioner in charge of implementing the Shamanic Treatment Sessions on Veterans with PTSD. It is a study being conducted by LightSong School of Shamanic Studies and Oregon Health Sciences University. During the shamanic treatment sessions, Vets receive power animals through power animal retrieval and soul retrieval, along with a mantra and other kinds of powerful spiritual tools and healings. Other treatment sessions include extraction, deposession, curse-unravelling, and other core shamanic techniques of healing the soul.

Bill (I will call him), one of veterans, relayed a story this morning that just gave me chills.

His family has been experiencing some drama instigated by a disenfranchised family member who is suffering and threatening violence to Bill’s family. Bill was on his way over to do very bad things in response to the threat of violence to his children by this disenfranchised family member. He was racing over there deep in a rage, when his spirits intervened. These spirits, brought to him during power animal retrieval and soul retrieval, filled his head and heart with their presence. Bill stopped the car, listened to the information his spirits were giving him and  turned the car around, went home and called the police. We both feel that the spirits’ intervention prevented Bill from going to prison for the rest of his life. His mantra, retrieved during soul retrieval, kicked in and was going round and round in his head, which instigated the intervention by the spirits, and helped him return home safely with out further violence.

This intervention (though not the circumstances around it) is exactly what I stand for in this world and what I have committed myself to. I have been a little low lately, and just now, in writing this, I am reminded and reinvigorated with my mission.

My New Album Around The Wheel: A Shamanic Sound Healing

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My first album, Around the Wheel: A Shamanic Sound Healing, is coming out next week. The album is comprised of the sound that came through during two shamanic sound healing sessions the spirits and I performed. (Very little editing, and no second takes (redo’s)). The album is designed to provide a healing session for people–to facilitate releasing those things that no longer serve, and inviting and filling with divine wisdom and power. We utilize the energies of the Medicine Wheel, whatever form that takes for each of us; we go through 6 directions of releasing through catalytic sounds (sounds that break up constrictions, impediments, obstructions), and filling with coherent (sweet, harmonious) sound.

Thank you to Sean Flora who produced and mastered this album and Robert Streff who provided the art work. May we all heal, and through our healing, heal the Earth.

Until I get up and running with PayPal and CD Baby, I am distributing the disc the old fashioned way–if you would like to purchase a copy, please send a check for $12 made out to Hidden Lake Retreat and send it with your address to PO Box 598 Eagle Creek OR 97022. The artwork is really priceless, so it is worth having a physical copy! To here a sample of it, click here.

Drum Beats: An Organizing Sound at a Cellular & Community Level

Our shamanic sound healing course convened last week. During one of the journeys, I asked my sound healing power animal about how sound works. I was shown something very basic, and beautiful, about the drum. It seemed like something I knew already at some level, but they showed it in such a beautiful way, that I got it at a visceral level of understanding.

Their message:

The journey drum beat “organizes the contents of our cells” …

They said (using imagery) “Imagine a million cups of water on a table. Now slam your hand down on the table, and watch the water in the cups all leap and vibrate, all at the same time.”

Now (and i am translating again, visual information to verbal information)  “imagine the drum as applying similiar force, on all of your cells–the fluids move synchronously in a dancing of vibration, all organized in a pattern of movement over time, like a rhythmic cellular massage.

“The vibrations, in this very tight pattern of sound, turn into a very tight organization of matter in your cells. Your heart creates a kind of pattern in sound too but only the cells in proximity to the sound of the heart get organized by the sound of the beat; your vessels move with the true pressure created by the working of the heart.

The drum distributes this tight organization over your entire body, and  it gets better! Everyone’s cells in the room are being equally, and synchronously patterned by the drum beat. And what is better still, this organized pattern of vibration is like an opening of a doorway that allows information to come into the matrix of matter and imprint at a cellular level”

Cool, we are vibrating at a cellular level together…

This might sound fundamental, but it has turned to FUN! DUH! MENTAL! information.

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For more about sound healing with me, go to www.hiddenlakeretreat.org/shamanism

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Sign up for my next sound healing intensive April 30-May 2–For more information,   click here

Thankful and Looking Forward

Looking forward to some great retreats and events in 2009.

We will have at least two shamanic sound intensives, a new intuitive cooking and eating retreat (YUM!), soundpod is back (monthly free sound healing sessions), birding weekend (a cross between sound healing and nature awareness).

We will also be having gatherings to explore soul constellation work, two silent retreats…and of course, spring and fall renewal retreats. We will be pouring 4 of the 8 LightSong Community lodges here on the equinoxes and solstices.

For those who want to design their own personal retreat, we will be offering shamanic healing, sound healing, food therapy, soul constellation work, meditation coaching…and oh so much more.

Check us out at Hidden Lake Retreat. Give yourself a personal time out…www.hiddenlakeretreat.org

relax, reflect, rejuvenate.

Shamanic Sound Healing: Message from an Emerging Healer

I have been doing some Spirit writing from some of the journeys in and out of class (Healing Through Sacred Sound and Song, A LightSong Course Taught by Dr. Lauri Shainsky), as they relate to what I am moving through personally. I guess this class is opening the door to my own personal healing and that will hopefully open doors to healing within my ancestral lines, especially with my daughter. I know this is also the door for bigger work down the road.

The Song–To the Depths of Emptiness

I was taken to a cave, to the void where there was nothing but darkness. I am a visual journeyer so this was frustrating as I kept wanting to be shown something. I felt like I was just led to nowhere. I couldn’t even tell if I was still on the journey. So I just lied there, and asked: So now what? Is this it? They said yes. They said stop looking and listen. I did and heard nothing. I was actually pissed off. I asked again, is this it? They said yes. Then, after awhile they said “This is the place sound is born”. Then we were called back. It felt so frustrating. It wasn’t the same place of quietness and solitude that I have been where you feel expansive and blissful. This place was empty to its core! It had no feeling, no sound, no light, no sense, no space. I am still sitting with it. It was actually a little scary to think about. Like I never acknowledged that there could be such a place. It reminds me of an agnostic death, where when you die, that’s it.

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