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Learning How to Thrive in a Toxic World
"Sound, when mixed with loving intention - heart-based energy - is perhaps the strongest healing agent in existence. "
This is a quote that I share during my sound healing sessions and workshops. Take a moment to really let that sink in. It is an extremely powerful suggestion.
And I do believe it's time to pass the word on any modality that instills a sense of balance and recognition of ourselves as energetic beings.
I recently received an email from a yoga student who is preparing to purchase a new mattress for her bed. Imagine her surprise when researching brands to find that most mattresses contain a large amount of toxins. (They must, by law, be flame retardant and the most inexpensive way to achieve this is through the use of toxic carcinogenic chemicals.)
This just highlighted for me the scenario we now find ourselves in. The air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, the ground we walk on, the beds we sleep in - all laden with toxins. And while awareness is a good thing, coming into a state of stress as we do our best to avoid these minefields of toxicity will only aggravate the situation. I mean, we are here to be joyful - not just exist.
So what to do? Being proactive should of course include doing what you CAN and not just playing an abstinence game. This would include consuming local, organic foods whenever possible, getting proper exercise and sleep, practicing a balancing activity such as yoga, qigong or tai chi and having daily meditation time to turn down the noise, even if it is just a brief sojourn into that realm.
And DURING this meditative sojourn there is something I would like to heartily recommend: It is now REALLY important as mentioned earlier in this essay to recognize yourself as an ENERGETIC BEING. We have the ability to clear stagnation and blocks from our physical and emotional systems and when practiced on a frequent basis, those 'toxins' will have nothing to adhere to.
Sound is one of the most efficient modalities to engage in to produce a flow of energy. I was first introduced to these healing powers by Stephen Russell (Barefoot Doctor) who teaches the Taoist Philosophy. Upon learning the tones associated with our various organs (kidneys, liver, heart, lungs and spleen) I found it not only fascinating but liberating to know that I could restore balance both physically and emotionally through the toning of these sounds.
What I find to be very powerful is a combination of sound, intention and motion. This all comes together in a practice I call "Chakra Play" where we in effect play ourselves as musical instruments by toning Sanskrit seed sounds that relate to our different energy fields. Depending on the life situation, this usually encompasses two or three chakras and the energy builds and releases blocks as we send the tones between them. Seed sounds are one syllable words that are infused with eons of energy and through their toning we tap into that collective consciousness.
Along with the sound, there is an intention - an affirming of a healing goal - as well as hand motions that relate to each the chakras. I would like to introduce you to a round of Chakra Play now with the intention of clearing the blocks from our systems that would prevent perfect, vibrant health. We will be toning between the sacral chakra (second energy field that correlates with the act of creation) and the throat chakra (fifth energy field that is an expression of that creation and our freedom to celebrate that truth). I feel that the combination of these two fields will ignite a flow of energy that will release stagnation and support overall wellbeing.
I invite you to tone along with me…. the resonance of what we are doing is so much greater that way. We will complete nine rounds of the seed sounds VAM (sacral chakra) and HAM (throat chakra) using associated hand movements and then come into an affirmation to draw it all together, hence, incorporating the trinity of sound, intention and motion.
So let's begin. A video for you...
Chakra Play for Vibrant Health
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AFFIRMATION: I am pure flowing energy, creating vibrant health and unique soul expression.
My wish for all of us is that we come together now as a collective to share these truths. May we be proactive rather than reactive and support a world that is healthy, loving and united.
P.S. Click here for more information on Chakra Play - The Magical Vibration of You - the book, workshop and one-on-one sound healing sessions.