What is sound healing?

Vibration creates everything in our reality!  We all have experienced what it is like to go into a space of “good vibes” and leave IMG_7739feeling joyful and rejuvenated, as well as the opposite. There are many books and philosophies that also encourage people to become mindful of the vibration of their thoughts, which will affect and create their realities.  Sound healing embraces the idea that when vibration shifts, healing and integration can occur.

bowl in grassSound healing is a form of energy healing work that uses vibration, frequency, sound, toning, chanting, song, and music to bring a shift in the body, mind, and energy. Intentional application of sound and music can bring release, transformation, and balancing to many people. Like all forms of energy healing, sound healing works with the principle that all physical issues in the body begin as energy imbalances in the energy body ~ the field that surrounds the physical body. Just as certain thoughts can bring particular feelings ~ both body based feeling and emotion ~ and can cause us to feel good or bad, or even make us sick, the intentional creation of sound and music with healing in mind can help the body to relax deeply, allow the mind to release its fixation on thoughts, and we can easily enter into a flow: gentle, present, dreamy, inspired, imaginative.  From this space, we are able to release tension, worries, heavy energies, obsessive thinking, control, pain, and fears. As these things release, there is more lightness, inspiration, freedom, openness, and creativity, and insight and wisdom can emerge. Also, from this space of openness and presence, the body is more able to heal, regenerate, and release on all levels. Sound and vibration have an incredible capacity to facilitate this healing process ~ as the sounds come to you (from voice, drum, singing bowls, flutes, gong, etc), the qualities and vibrations of sound will facilitate all kinds of shifts.

This video is a beautiful illustration of the power of vibration to bring balance and facilitate shifts and healing!

Angela drum 1The drum may help to focus the energy, clear the mind, bring strength and steadiness, and ground. The energy and textures of the voice can call up a wide variety of feelings and sensations, and can move and shift and clear energy in many ways ~ from powerful clearing to gentle lullabies that calm and nourish.  Words, syllables, and sounds from many languages have been used for thousands of years in this kind of healing work in cultures all over the world. The flutes, in their elemental flow, are wonderful tools in creating movement and connection where there are blocked energies, and often are powerful in opening the heart. The harmonic complexities of both crystal and brass Himalayan singing bowls are often used for healing purposes, and many are created with particular intention to resonating in the energy of certain chakras. Though there is quite a contrast in the resonance of crystal bowls and brass bowls, they all create powerful healing frequencies that are capable of clearing and balancing the chakras. Finally, the gong! One of the most powerful tools in vibrational healing, the incredible tones and harmonics of the gong actually bathe the body and energy field with vibration. The wide dynamic range and otherworldly qualities of the Chau gong can take people on profound and mysterious inner journeys, clear and balance the energy in a thorough way, and open them to receiving deep personal insight. Together with a clear intention on the part of a good practitioner, these instruments offer a wonderful energy healing toolkit that can bring people to experience remarkable inner transformation, peace, and lightness.

Finally, it is essential to understand that sound healing and sound medicine are not intended to take the place of any allopathic or alternative medical care. While energetic healing and balancing can bring tremendous shifts in the energy body that can, in turn, facilitate deeper physical, mental, and emotional healing, there are no guarantees. If you have serious health concerns, please seek appropriate treatment.

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Free Your Voice ~ by Anna Poiarkova

I’ve been drawn to sacred singing and music for some time but it remained a beautiful mystery to me, a magical gift that some amazing people on this planet are bestowed with, but which had been eluding me so far. I really wanted to be able to use my voice in a sacred, more conscious way but hadn’t been able to move forward in that direction. I never thought of taking singing lessons because I never imagined that somebody could teach it in a way that would take me where I wanted to go. Then one day I accidentally saw a post that Angela was looking for new students. Knowing Angela through her performances, I felt like it was a perfect opportunity and I was called to give it a try.

What I started experiencing from the very first session of working with Angela completely shattered any expectations I might have had about the process – it opened my mind to a whole different world of sacred sound, as well as dimensions within myself I was not aware of before. Each session was not simply a lesson, it was a deep practice that involved working with the body and the energy that allowed for openness to the flow. It was a yoga practice in a deepest sense of it, the Yoga of Sound. Each session was full of spontaneity, playful experiments, and new discoveries. Each session was unique, unfolding as we went.

There were times when I dialed into a session with a splitting headache, barely wanting to talk, much less to sing, and would receive such a profound healing that by the end of the hour, the headache was all but forgotten and I felt energized and joyful. I love that Angela’s teaching approach is highly individual and in the moment. In my view, this is a crucial aspect of her program, as we are all different people with different intentions, histories, paths, and learning ways. There is so much more to Free Your Voice than just singing, more than just freeing your vocal voice ~ it is about finding your true voice, reconnecting with your true self.  It is a journey.

Thank you so much for your guidance on this amazing journey, Angela, and for sharing your light!

1415404_780086185344092_3369073808155174879_oPhoto courtesy of Casey Campbell Davis Photography 2014