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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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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 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 Evelyn L Abston on November 7, 2012 at 2:48pm

Thank you Philippa for giving your permission to share your experiences on my blog. What a wonderful gift to have a musical guide named Joseph who is helping you come into your life purpose. People are starting to see that the world we know is changing and evolving in such a powerful loving way. I believe that all the Psaltery musicians are here to help heal the planet. I am glad to be a part of this. I named my Baritone Psaltery, Rose:)


Comment by Evelyn L Abston on November 7, 2012 at 12:10pm

Hi Donna:

Being that I am still new to the site (Thank you so much for creating this) can I start a blog on this site or just add a blog entry?

Comment by Evelyn L Abston on November 7, 2012 at 12:07pm

Philippa, first of all I want to say, I can't wait to hear your recordings from you and your BP as well as your band. Secondly, your feedback regarding other people who hear the Psaltery being played is so interesting. I was with my women's church group (I belong to a New Thought church) and one lady commented that she was getting so relaxed and she had come directly from her job and was still feeling a bit hype. Can I share your comments in my blog. I have a blog called Visions Alchemy-The journey of a modern day Renaissance Woman. I am sure my readers would love to read your words.

Comment by Donna Malus on November 7, 2012 at 9:25am

I think your lyrics will be interesting to all and a blog might be the better place, but do what you feel is right.

The bowed psaltery community is still pretty small compared to most musical groups out there, but we are all working on that!!!!!!!

This site has been a labor of love for me, I just wish I had more time in the day


Comment by Donna Malus on November 7, 2012 at 8:52am

Philippa comments:

Reactions I have had from people who hear it have been that it seems to make all time 'stop' - they are 'transported' elsewhere; felt tingles all up their arms, and one man said he felt his heart opening as he listened. To me, the BP holds a lot of 'space' - there are notes and vibrations 'between the notes' that cause the listener to mentally slow down. I feel the rests between certain notes are as important as the strokes themselves, as it's the resulting vibration and resonance that holds a lot of power. I have written a song called 'Thin Places' and the first verse is "quiet yourself and be still / Listen to the space that silence fills / A voice that warms the deepest chill / is waiting to be heard". I believe the BP helps us move out of our mental chaos, our too-fast living, and slows us right down to listen to that space within. Well, I think I've digressed mightily here - sorry! :-D- but yes, I feel it is important for us to share our experiences and discoveries with the BP - perhaps something creative and uniting will grow from this?

Philippa, I love what you say are so right about the rests in music, it gives the vibrations time to move through you before the next set starts. Sometimes you want that.

I know of one builder (there may be more) who tries to lose the resonance of his psalteries and promotes a playing style that minimizes the reverberation. That may be necessary for some playing styles but I pefer (and we are all entitled to our styles and opinions of course) as much reverberation as I can get. I think the resonance/reverb of the psaltery is what it's all about. I love feeling the vibrations that travel up from my hand through my arm into my body as well!

The bowed psaltery is wonderful for traditional music, some contemporary as well but I think another of it's best uses may be in the area of "new age" (I don't know what else to call it) which I also consider healing whether it was meant to be or not. It's just my opinion, but I think traditional music and new age are where the psaltery does and will shine. I think the "notes between the notes" as you called them are very important and part of the BPs unique appeal.

When I put Psaltery Strings together I was hoping it would become a place where we could share our experiences and discoveries, so this post just thrilled me.

I can't wait to hear your recording. Please hurry  : ) The lyrics you've written are beautiful. 


Comment by Donna Malus on November 6, 2012 at 9:36pm

Cindy, I inadvertently deleted your post when I was moving it. Would you be able to repost?  I'm so sorry.

If you can't repost under meditation focuses, just post here and I'll move it (more carefully I promise)


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