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Musicial Vibrations and Chakras

Started by Donna Malus. Last reply by Jeremy Main May 29, 2014. 32 Replies

Just thought I'd add the charts I have for the Chakras and the notes here. It might be easier to find.There is a lot more to both the chakras and musical healing, but this is a nice little…Continue

Tags: salterio, ad, arco, streichpsalter, chakras

Tuning Psaltery to different Hertz Frequencies

Started by Philippa Anne Reed. Last reply by Philippa Anne Reed Feb 3, 2014. 2 Replies

Has anyone been experimenting with this? I have de-tuned one of my psalteries to as near to 432 Hz as I can get (my digital tuner only goes down to 433). 432 Hz has been written about in several…Continue

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Comment by Lisa Davidson on January 31, 2016 at 12:14pm

Dear Janet Thompson, I would really like to see the music of those High German prayers.  Whenever you can get around to it.  Thanks very much.

Lisa Davidson

Comment by Philippa Anne Reed on December 15, 2014 at 4:54pm

Has anyone had any interesting audio or visual phenomena reported when they listen to the BP? I played at a pub gig the other week (it's nice to take the BP into all sorts of environments!) and someone said that they heard overtones while I was playing (I was playing single bow) and that the lights behind me (ordinary wall lights) began to 'pulse'. I must point out this person was not intoxicated! 

Am guessing that has something to do with the sound waves having an effect on the atmosphere? It was interesting as this person had never heard the BP before, and I was playing with my instrument tuned to 432 hertz (I have it permanently de-tuned to that now). 

Comment by Philippa Anne Reed on October 7, 2013 at 3:46am

Hi Jeremy, interesting developments all round. Look forward to further updates on all fronts. 

Comment by Philippa Anne Reed on October 6, 2013 at 4:09pm

Hi everyone, I've had a lot on my plate this past summer, so not been on the site much, however, I have some developments with my Creativity for Wellbeing workshops. I have a meeting with a retreat centre here in Surrey this month, who are interested in holding our workshops, so I'll keep you posted on what happens. I will be using my psaltery compositions as the focus of the workshop / retreat day and incorporating aspects of sound healing, colour theory and hopefully opening up other discussions around personal expression and instinctive creativity. These workshops with the bowed psaltery are something I am thrilled to be doing, and following our first one at the cancer centre earlier in the summer, I really hope we get to hold many, many more!

Comment by Philippa Anne Reed on August 23, 2013 at 8:21am
Interesting....indeed, Cathedrals and major Holy spaces were infused with such sacred geometry, making them very powerful places. I also think of the powerful geometric work that went into secular Renaissance architecture too.
Comment by Evelyn L Abston on May 27, 2013 at 3:30pm

Hi Jeremy:

Thank you for providing more information on this very important sacred tree. 

Comment by Evelyn L Abston on May 25, 2013 at 2:33pm

Thank you Philippa for sharing the healing qualities of the Yew tree. This is good information to know.

Comment by Philippa Anne Reed on May 25, 2013 at 10:02am
I've just posted some photos of my new psaltery! It's made from Yew tree - I suddenly had a thought this morning - what is the spiritual significance of the Yew tree? Here's what I found....


"The Yew Tree - Sacred Tree of Transformation and Rebirth"

"The Yew tree, or Yew wood, the Tree ogham Idho , is the link to spiritual guidance through your ancestors, guides and guardians in the Otherworld. The Yew is here to remind us that there are other levels of existence beyond this material plane. By understanding the illusionary nature of the life we have created for ourselves, we can live our lives more consciously. Often death is fraught with a sense of loss, but the Yew can teach us to see death as a form of transformation and that it is never final."

"The knowledge we gain from the Yew makes it an extremely important tree for healing. It can help us overcome our fear of our own death and, by freeing us from this fear, bring us a greater stillness in our lives."

"Our ancestors revered the Yew above all other trees. It has always been held sacred and understood as a link with death and rebirth. It was used by early man for making weapons, tools of death, and now thousands of years later it is providing a possibility of averting death for cancer patients. It is a powerful reconnection to humankind for this tree when you consider that each person with cancer has to face their own death, whether they are cured or not. One of the most valuable abilities of the Yew is to provide the opportunity for people to turn and face death, to progress beyond fear to a communication wtih what is beyond our reality, which will bring understanding, clear insight, enriched by a deeper experience of life."
..........

I never knew it was an important tree for healing and of the connection with cancer treatment - whether this is symbolic, spiritual or medicinal. And the very first workshop I shall be doing with my Yew-tree psaltery will be at Bluebells Cancer Support Centre. My journey with the psaltery is a magical one indeed :)
Comment by Philippa Anne Reed on May 17, 2013 at 10:21am
Thanks Jeremy, will look further at the links. Sacred geometry and music is a fascinating subject. I agree wholeheartedly about dogma by the way. As I discover more about the particulars of the BP, the more I play and write, and take it out and about, meeting people and gathering reactions, the more it reveals to me, and the deeper one goes on many levels. Like petals opening!
Comment by Philippa Anne Reed on May 16, 2013 at 12:18pm
Also....As an example of the power of the triangle shape, the healer I met on Saturday told me that in her prayer circle, they stand in the form of a triangle, and the person at the 'point' at the front, opens up their hands and directs the multiple power of their prayer outwards, to the world. Perhaps the psaltery can be seen as a 'musical prayer' extending out to the world, indeed this would tally with it's roots in the Psalms ;-)
 

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