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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

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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 Philippa Anne Reed on April 29, 2013 at 10:07am

Hi Janet - wow, that does sound so interesting - so please post something if you can. 

Incidentally, I am hosting my first workshop at a cancer support centre in June - I'll be playing the psaltery whilst the group will paint what they feel, prompted by the music. Am very much looking forward to this.

Comment by Janet Thompson on April 29, 2013 at 9:39am

Havent posted in a while.  The winter and spring have been busy.  I've had the chance to work with a unique healer of late.  She is a Old Order Amish woman who practices Brauche, or Pow wow/ Speilwork.  Its a faith based form of healing primarily of spoken prayers.   However, she had a copy of what would almost be a hymnal containing sung prayers.  there is no meter, no bars to mark the staff,  just notes and words.  I'm humbled to be allowed to see them, much less copy and play them.   

She's found the sounds of my soprano psaltery energizing and  has allowed me to sit and play some of the songs with her while she prays over a patient. 

The feeling within the room becomes heavy, in the way you'd remember being wrapped in a warm blanket when you were young.  Comforting and peaceful.  Neither of us is sure yet why this is, but it does seem to be helpful to the patient.  Its a very odd situation.  Heathen playing amish prayers upon a psaltry while the healer prays in high german.  

I'll try and format some of the songs to put up here.   and see what others get out of them.

Comment by Philippa Anne Reed on March 14, 2013 at 6:14pm
I can certainly relate to the way that as one gets further into working with sound, your whole body opens up - indeed 'tunes up' along with the instrument. The voice is also a fascinating instrument to work with and my development as a singer continues too.

Something came to me while reading these posts...with standard sound therapy / healing instruments, you use different frequencies and notes that relate directly to balancing the different chakras. The practitioner chooses each (fork, say) that relates to each of the chakras and tones them over and around the body to bring balance to the entire system. What I've discovered with the BP is that is seems to affect one chakra in particular - and I mean serves in opening up this chakra - and that is the heart. I've had people come up to me and say they have felt their heart opening listening to the BP, and of course I can attest to that myself, since often when I play I feel a huge surge in my high heart (thymus chakra) area - it feel alike my heart is huge with a kind of 'sparkling' feeling around it.

Perhaps then, the BP's healing essence is working simply with the heart chakra - the bridge between the lower and higher chakras - the bridge indeed, I believe between spirit and earth ;-)

As we journey on through as players, performers, composers, therpaists or in whatever capacity, I think we will carve a path for this instrument to be recognised as having a 'therapeutic' quality that is specifically spiritual.

With regards to sound healing / music therapy in its 'officialdom' I will certainly keep approaching the educational bodies with the BP. Interestingly, I have met / worked with some eminent sound healers over the past year or so and they have all a) never heard or seen a BP before but b) instantly recognised it as a healing instrument!

The path ahead looks to be an interesting and intriguing one, and personally, I feel dedicated to following spirit and sharing some of that 'opening up to Love' that I feel the BP is capable of transmitting.

I'm currently recording a song called the Full Bloom of the Rose, which explores this - opening the heart fully to life and coming into spiritual and human fullness.

Enjoying this discussion!
Comment by Evelyn L Abston on March 14, 2013 at 2:21pm

Hi Jeremy:

I am interested in using the BP for sound healing also. What do you mean learning to control the overtones? That that part of the guidelines when you use sound as a healing modality? One of my focuses is using my BP in my healing work. Thank you for the information.

Comment by Philippa Anne Reed on March 13, 2013 at 11:42am
I have been looking at various sound healing courses, and it's been interesting to note that in educational curricula (in the UK at least) the range of instruments used are limited to forks, gongs, bowls and drums! I am considering furthering my sound healing education at some point, but would like to be able to use my BP during my course - and for the BP to be professionally registered as a sound healing instrument! What do you guys think?
Comment by Donna Malus on December 28, 2012 at 6:50pm

Don't be a stranger Errin!  

Comment by Errin N Davenport on December 28, 2012 at 6:26pm

I have not been on here in such a long time. This group is such a pleasant surprise. I look forward to catching up. Many Blessings and Peace Profound! 

Shabbat Shalom!

Comment by Evelyn L Abston on November 8, 2012 at 1:26pm

Hi Philippa:

Yes, it is fine to share. I have to post a new blog soon. I have my other work that keeps me busy the first two weeks of the month, my work load is now getting lighter so I can post a new blog entry soon. Thank you for friending me.

Comment by Philippa Anne Reed on November 8, 2012 at 4:12am

Evelyn, I have just started to read through your blog website - it is so interesting! I have sent a friend request to you as it would be good to chat further :) I have also shared your Psaltery is Heavenly blog on my Facebook music page if that is OK...

Comment by Philippa Anne Reed on November 7, 2012 at 3:29pm
'Rose'...How lovely! One of my psaltery songs is called 'The Full Bloom of the Rose' and is about coming into fullness of purpose and being. I love the thought of psalterists coming here to help heal the planet. Certainly I can't help but feel the timing of everything is so apt, considering the great changes happening in the world and i believe, the coming of great light and beauty....

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