Music can be a very supportive presence in healing sessions.
Here is a video of Heaven’s Window by Peter Kater from the album Element Series: Etheria. I have been using this track quite a bit in my recent sessions and it is powerful. It is only just under eight minutes, so I set my playlist to “repeat song” and let it repeat for full one-hour healings.
Music sounds very different when in the healing state. The current energies of the day also influence the music I choose for each session. I even find that what works for me one day can irritate me the next, and certain music I have been using for months, can just suddenly not feel “right” anymore.
Note to other healers: At this point, I don’t play any music at all when I work with musicians. They are usually too mentally activated by sound, so I have found it helpful to just work with the ambient noise in the room.
I would also like to share this wonderful CD Aurora by Christopher of the Wolves. I was just playing it for myself in between sessions but suddenly started using it at a low volume for healings and it was perfect. This CD is my favorite.
Jeri Lawson has a full-time healing practice in Oakland, California. She is available for Healing Touch, Reiki, Distance Healings and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm. 510-601-9632
I find the process of selecting the music for my clients an integral part of preparing the healing space for my clients.
This 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.
Jeri Lawson is available for Healing Touch and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10am to 6pm, in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California.
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.
“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.
Music is a very important element in my Healing Touch Practice. The music I choose sets the energy of the session. It also can help to clear the energy of the previous client and ground the space for the next healing.
I have clients who want the same music every session, it’s part of their healing ritual and as soon as they hear the first few notes they instantly relax. This works well for clients who are going through stressful medical procedures because they can play their healing music before or during the intervention and the music helps reduce their anxiety.
There are weeks when I feel the need to change the music from one client to the next. Then there are times when I seem to get in a groove and I may play the same music throughout the workday. Rainy days are sometimes like that. When I find a great new CD, I might play it straight for a few days if appropriate. Finding fresh new music greatly invigorates my practice and can bring new discoveries to the healings.
I also have sessions when I just can’t decide on what to play until the client walks through the door.
When I started my healing practice I had a CD player with a “repeat” button that played one CD at a time. Now I have a Boise sound system with an iPod and I can create my own playlists. This has proven to be a major technical advantage because I had so many great CDs with just one selection that was too fast or jarring for healing work.
I don’t make playlists for healing sessions from a wide variety of musicians. I find that each artist tends to create each CD with a specific energetic intention and I like to keep that energy level throughout the session. Generally what I do is take out that one upbeat song that is not suitable for healing work and repeat one of the other songs to make the playlist long enough for a full session.
The five recommendations below are for healers who use CD players in their studios, so if you decide to buy the CD you will not have to worry about editing. I have been playing all these CDs on and off for years. I hope they enrich your healing practice and life as much as they have mine.
My first recommendation is R. Carlos Nakai’s “Canyon Trilogy” recorded in 1989. It is a masterpiece. The tone of this piece is just right, you can feel it in your body. This is the music I almost always play for new clients because it holds such a high spiritual frequency and is grounding at the same time. Another good thing about this CD is that most people do not perceive it as “new age”. I work with many people who are quite sick and who are coming to me for physical relief. Many of these clients have never had a healing before. Music that is too “new age” can put them off and even irritate them. Canyon Trilogy is a crowd pleaser on every level.
“Yearning” by Lisa Moskow and Robert Rich
“Yearning” by Lisa Moskow and Robert Rich is from 1995. I paid $18.00 for it in a bookstore sixteen years ago and I remember thinking how expensive that seemed at the time. That purchase was well worth the investment: I have played this CD a million times. By the time I started putting all my session music on my iPod, I had to buy it again, because the disc had started skipping. “Yearning” is a slow Indian raga, thick with warm overtones that feel incredibly nurturing and very deep. This is music for intense, focused healing work. There are sessions where this music would not be appropriate because it is so intense. I also meditate with it frequently. Check out “Nada” below.
A very uplifting choice in music is “Reiki – Hands of Light” by Deuter. It is a beautiful piece of music, powerful yet much lighter than “Yearnings.” This music is clear, confident and slightly energizing, yet never interferes with the deepest healing states. “Hands of Light” is very popular with clients and I know many other Healing Touch Practitioners who love it. Released in 1998.
Peter Kater’s “Essence” (1997) and “Compassion” (1998) have been staples in my music repertoire for years. These two CDs each provide a 75-minute landscape of gentle musical movement that supports and smoothly sustains a deep healing space. I can’t really recommend one over the other. For years I played “Essence” more, but now I am gravitating to “Compassion.”
“Essence” starts with six and a half minutes of a soft beautiful vocal melody before the piano comes in. Many times I start the CD before the client gets on the table so the actual healing begins with the piano. It’s a wonderful way to begin a healing. “Essence” was recorded with synthesizers and acoustic accompaniment: David Darling on cello, Cecil Hooker on violin, Rhonda Larson on flute, Peter Kater on piano and Chris White singing vocals with no words.
“Compassion” has several minutes of gongs and bowls at the beginning before the piano arrives. The gongs and bowls are then accompanied by Peter Kater on piano, David Darling is on cello, Mark Miller on sax and flutes and Chris White is singing wordless vocals. I find this music strong and grounding.
I have been playing these five CDs on and off for years. I hope they enrich your healing practice and life as much as they have enriched mine.
Please send a suggestion or comment if you have a favorite musician or CD that has enhanced your energetic practice, yoga class, massage or healing session.