Music For Deep Healing

It’s been awhile since I posted some music for healing work. I just found a fantastic CD that was released in 2000. Why did it take me so long to find it? I’ve been playing this music almost every day for the last few weeks.

In my healing practice, the music I select for each treatment is an important part of establishing the frequency or sacred space, of the session. For me, music also keeps that space grounded in “real-time” as the healing unfolds on whatever level the client needs.

 

Enjoy.

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More Healing Music

I find the process of selecting the music for my clients an integral part of preparing the healing space for my clients.

In this post I want to tell you about two very different music possibilities. Even though I rarely use either of these CDs, when I do play them the sessions are very deep and profound.

The first is good for the Holiday season: Lamentations of Jeremiah, by English composer Thomas Tallis. Recorded by The Hilliard Ensemble.

My second recommendation is the most soulful music I have ever heard: Djivan Gasparyan‘s The Moon Shines At Night. Djivan is an Armenian musician and composer and plays the duduk, a double reed woodwind instrument. Really, even if you never use this music in a healing session, this music is incredible and I invite you to check it out.

Enjoy.

Happy Holidays.

Jeri Lawson is available for Healing Touch and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10am to 6pm, in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California.

Healing and Intention

Recently Mary Gaetjens and I have been asking sound healers to set the energy for our monthly breath circles. The results have been quite powerful for the participants. It appears they can go much deeper into their process if they tone or chant as a group before their breathe.

Looking further into sound healing, I found this wonderful 8 minute video from the sound healing pioneer, Jonathan Goldman. In it, he talks about his research and shares a powerful “aha” moment about the nature of healing. It’s incredible. Thank you, Jonathan Goldman.

A Day Long Workshop: Sounding Into Breath

Cait McWhir

Cait McWhir

On July 28th, 2013 Mary Gaetjens and I will be co-facilitating a Clarity Breath Workshop with vocalist and musician Cait McWhir.

We will have a morning breathe, followed by a healthy, nurturing lunch, and then a second breathe in the afternoon.

If you have ever experienced a Clarity Breathwork session before, you know how life changing one session can be. Now is your chance to do two sessions in one day! This will allow you to reach even deeper states of consciousness and healing to create real and lasting change in your life. This will be a very beautiful and transformational day.

Cait, a practitioner of Sound Yoga, will help guide us into a profound and sacred space before each breathe utilizing vocalization with ‘bija seed syllable’ sounds and toning.  These sound vibrations and resonances will help awaken, clear and expand the level of awareness within our bodies and energy centers.

Please come and join us.

Cait McWhir, originally from Northern Ireland, is a vocalist and musician who has been exploring music and sound from around the globe for most of her adult life.  She is also a founding member of the world music trio Bindi Society.

More Music For Healing: Ragas Relax by Chinmaya Dunster

I have been playing Ragas Relax in my healing sessions for several weeks now, and I have received more unsolicited positive comments on it from my clients than any other music I’ve used to date.

When I first listened to it before I actually used it in a session, I thought it might have too much percussion in it to be good for energy work. Yet, during the first healing, I found the music created a very flowing energetic space. This music seems to disappear when you don’t need it and then seems to suddenly be there when you need to reground during the session. Very interesting.

Chinmaya Dunster wrote on his website:

“When I pick up my sarod and prepare to play an Indian Classical raga, I feel as if I am about to enter on a pilgrimage, a sacred journey of discovery. It is a great mystery… these ancient ragas are not just rules of how to play the twelve musical notes; they are spiritual places to be visited.”

Chinmaya Dunster plays sarod, tanpura, swarmandel, monochord and keyboards. Bikkram Singh plays the bamboo flute and Joseph Satralkar is on piano.

New Music For Your Healing Sessions

Music to Pray By is a collection of more than 65 podcasts of improvised piano music by Ron Johns. The music is vibrant and engaging, yet sensitive enough for subtle healing work. This would be the music to reach for when you want a little extra energy in your session.

I use several of these podcasts for massage and I have one client who loves this piano music for her Healing Touch sessions. I tend to play these podcasts at a slightly lower volume than other music. Each podcast is about 30 minutes long and they are free and ready to download from the website. Podcast 58 is a current favorite.

The music of Ron Johns is deeply inspired by his connection to the divine. When I emailed him to ask if it was OK to do a post on his music for my healing blog he wrote back “My God is a God of healing – Jehovah Rophi. 🙂 All I ask is that you mention the Music to Pray By ministry.”

His websites states:

“My prayer is that this music will inspire people worldwide to spend time in prayer and in fellowship with our Wonderful Creator.

Another great musical resource is Pandora. Pandora is a website where you create your own “stations” that play the music you want to hear. You start with a favorite song, musician, or genre and Pandora scans it’s entire library of music to find songs and artists with similar sensibilities. Then you just click the “thumbs up” button or the “thumbs down” button during each song Pandora selects for you so you can further refine your “station”. Each song in Pandora’s library has been analyzed by melody, harmony, instrumentation, rhythm, vocals, lyrics, tone, and other musical details and categories to figure out just what to offer you.

I had a treatment from a healer who had a Pandora station of music playing in her office. She had created a station that reflected the music she found the most relaxing for her and her clients: soothing, indigenous instrumental without a trace of new age influence. I think she started her station with musician David Darling.

Pandora is an easy and accessible way to find the perfect new music for healing, meditation or yoga.

Enjoy!

Jeri Lawson is a Healing Touch Practitioner and Clarity Breathworker in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California.

Rhythm and Breath: The Science of Trance — A TaKeTiNa and Clarity Breathwork Weekend

I’m excited to announce that on May 12th and 13th I will be co-facilitating a TaKeTiNa and Clarity Breathwork with Mary Gaetjens, Natalie Word, and James Word.

This will be a weekend that will take all of us to higher states of consciousness and help us energetically integrate that consciousness into our daily lives. This is a wonderful opportunity to be in community with people who are focused on growth, balance and alignment in these evolutionary times. This weekend will create healing on many levels.

James Word is the first TaKeTiNa teacher in the U.S. to be trained at a senior level. Mary Gaetjens is an experienced and gifted Clarity Breathwork Practitioner and Natalie Word is currently training in TaKeTiNa and will be playing the surdo (a large bass drum) during the TaKeTiNa journeys.

Natalie and James have been coming regularly to the Breathwork Circles Mary and I have been holding each month. Last summer we organized a TaKeTiNa journey right before a breathing session and we were blown away at what a powerful experience it was. That’s when we came up with the idea of a longer workshop.

Clarity Breathwork is a practice of circular, connected breathing that raises the vibration of the body and energy field, thus releasing stress, physical tension, trauma and mental blocks. Breathing is a safe and effective method of creating deep healing in your life.

TaKeTiNa was founded by Reinhard Flatischler in 1970 and is group process for discovering your natural rhythm. TaKeTiNa has many emotional and physical benefits, including integrating both side of the brain. For more on TaKeTiNa check out this short video:

The Workshop will be held in Berkeley, close to Solano Avenue. Each day we plan to do two Clarity Breathwork Sessions and two TaKeTiNa Journeys. No previous experience required. Call 510-601-9632 for more information and directions.

Jeri Lawson is a Healing Touch Practitioner and Clarity Breathworker in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California.

Music: Planet Yoga

In my first post about music I wrote about how I made edited playlists for my healing sessions. Planet Yoga by Karuna Music/Triloka Records is one of those music recommendations in which I have taken out one song from a CD and created an amazing playlist. I have been using this music in my healing practice for years. 

Planet Yoga is a 2 CD set. The second CD is the one I use for healing sessions and has 4 songs: Home by Drala, Meditation of the Night and Zenith by Benjy Wertheimer, and the beautiful song I edited out, Morning Meditation by Ali Akbar Khan. I repeated the first three songs for a playlist about 70 minutes long.

My playlist:

Home                              12:11

Meditation in the Night      11:36

Zenith                              11:31

Home                               12:11

Meditation in the Night       11:36

Zenith                              11:31

The first CD is a collection of chants that I have played endlessly for everything except healing work. I’m not an expert on chanting, but I think this collection is absolutely brilliant. The YouTube link above features one of these chants by Wah! called Jai Ma. It also includes Krishna Das, Deva Premal, David Stringer, Jai Uttal, Rasa, Bhagavan Das, and Diana Rogers.

Enjoy!