Learn How To Use The Healing Power of Sound For Disease

Learn How To Use Sound Healing For Breast CancerBy: Andrea Garvey, CHHC, RYT, and Co-Publisher of Creations Magazine.

Sound Shifts Our Energy and Therefore Our Thoughts and Feelings
Think of the times you have listened to soothing classical music, or sung a baby to sleep with a lullaby. Did you ever experience the power of voices raised in songs of protest, or wallow in the “he/ she did me wrong” song? How about deriving positive energy from “I Will Survive”? These are everyday ways that we use sound to change or enhance our moods. Intentional spiritual music and chanting can be even more effective, but whether we listen/sing with awareness or not, sound is a powerful transformer.

So, How Does it Work?
Everything in the universe is in a state of vibration – from the orbits of the planets around our sun, to the movement of electrons around the nucleus of an atom, every organ, bone, tissue and cell in the body has it’s own separate resonant frequency. Together, they make up a composite frequency, a harmonic that is your own personal vibration.

How Do We Measure Vibration?
Vibration is measured in Hertz (Hz) or cycles per second. We may be most familiar with this in terms of an orchestra tuning to the standard note “A” vibrating at 440 Hz. All notes have their own particular vibration. As humans, we hear within a range of 16 to 26,000 Hz (sounds above 26,000 Hz are called ultrasonic). The slower a sound vibrates, the lower we perceive it. The faster a sound vibrates, the higher we perceive it. Colors are vibrating as well, with red the lower end of the spectrum and violet at the higher. Higher or lower does not mean that one is “better” than the other!

Sound and Disease
Disease may occur when an organ or another portion of the body is vibrating “out of tune”. Through the principle of resonance, sound can be used to change disharmonious frequencies of the body back to their normal, healthful vibrations. This principle behind changing vibration through sound is called entrainment. Entrainment is the ability of more powerful rhythmic vibrations of one object to change the less powerful rhythmic vibrations of another object causing them to synchronize their rhythms with the first object. This is the reason why, after listening to, playing, or singing music, we may notice our mood has completely shifted. This same process of entrainment can be used to bring the body/mind back towards a state of health.

Sound can dissolve obstructions. A practical use of sound applied in today’s medical field, is through the use of a lithotripter machine, which can dissolve gallstones and kidney stones by bombarding them with sound waves.

An Important Key
Intention is the purpose behind the sound. By the power of our intention, we invite transformation. Intention encompasses the overall state of the person making or receiving the sound — the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects. Is the conscious intent to heal or to hurt, or is there no specific purpose at all? When we align with the purpose of the higher self or “divine will,” we become a vehicle for sacred sound.

Our formula is: Sound + Intention = Healing.

A Sound Meditation to Increase Your JOY

  • Find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed.
  • Sit comfortably with the back straight and eyes gently closed.
  • Focus on your breath, following the flow of air at the nostrils.
  • Take a moment to ground yourself by imagining a cord of light extending downwards from your tailbone or first chakra, deep into the earth.
  • Once you feel connected, bring your attention to your heart chakra at the center of your chest. Breathe into the heart.
  • Now picture someone or something that gives you great JOY. Something that makes you smile when you think of it (this could be a person, pet, a place, an experience).
  • Focus on this feeling of joy and visualize this joy as a light in your heart space.
  • Feel this JOY begin to expand, filling the chest with light.
  • On your next exhalation, chant the syllable “Haa”. Continue to breathe into the heart joy and light on the inhale, and exhale on Haa.
  • Let the tone of the sound be one that feels natural to you. Feel the vibration in your heart and slowly let it expand until your JOY fills your whole body. When you feel complete, just rest in the vibration of JOY, breathing quietly.

JOY is the highest vibration, so know that you have raised your vibration to one of health, vitality and happiness.

Andrea Garvey of Creations Magazine
Andrea Garvey, CHHC, RYT, is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor, and a Young Living Essential Oils Executive and Educator. A former professional opera singer, Andrea loves using her intuitive voice for healing and empowering others, and maintains a private practice in Greenlawn, NY. A yoga practitioner for over 40 years, Andrea teaches at Inner Spirit Yoga in East Northport, NY, and offers special workshops focusing on the Chakra System, EFT and Sound Healing. Follow her blog at: http://www.breastcanceryoga.com. Contact her at: andrea@creationsmagazine.com. Andrea and her husband Neil publish Creations Magazine (www.creationsmagazine.com). Subscribe at: creationsmagazine.com/bits/Subscribe.html

Why De-Stress With Meditation

De-Stress With MeditaionBY: Dinndayal Morgan Yogi Priest/Life Coach/Speaker/5 Rings Movement Therapist & Executive Director at Pathfinder Institute.

Meditation has been practiced for as long as anyone can remember. It’s still being practiced now as a means to promote better health and well-being and has been integrated as part of therapy programs for various conditions. One of the most popular applications is to de-stress with meditation.

Stress seems to be one of the primary things that people are battling these days, and with good reason. Stress can be triggered by a number of things: health, emotional problems, relationships, major life changes, your job (or for some people, the lack of one), or even the environment. Sometimes, involvement in a traumatic event can even cause prolonged stress disorders that may require professional help to deal with.

To de-stress with meditation is a practical exercise that more and more people are getting into. Proper execution of meditation techniques allows the practitioner to slow his/her busy and stressful mind. The result of that, more often than not, is better focus and concentration because meditation can tune out the mental chatter in our minds that can get in the way of being able to do our required tasks properly. The best time of day to meditate is right after waking up because that is when your body is most rested and your subconscious is much more receptive. That being said, you can take advantage of this time to fill your subconscious with positive thoughts which may be able to set the tone for how you’re going to tackle the rest of the day.

You can get a lot of benefits out of meditation, but its primary goal is to enhance your awareness of the present moment. That means, you won’t allow whatever happened in the past to take a hold of you emotionally and mentally, nor would you be unreasonably anxious about the future. Regular meditation is most helpful in managing stress and anxiety.

You may de-stress with meditation using any technique you are comfortable with, and there are so many that you can try. There are resources on meditation found online, in books, and there are even some classes on meditation you can take to be able to find the best technique for your lifestyle. Apart from books and online references, you may also find meditation music and recordings of calming sounds to enhance your meditation experience. In my 42 years experience one of the best approaches to finding the right type of meditation is base upon your body/mind type.

Dinndayal MorganDinndayal Morgan
Yogi Priest/Life Coach/Speaker/5 Rings Movement Therapist..Executive Director at Pathfinder Institute

Yoga Does a Body Good

Rhonda Smith Breast Cancer Survivor

By: Rhonda Smith Founder Breast Cancer Partner.

Recently, I was enjoying a morning sunrise meditation on the beach and I met a woman practicing yoga not far from me. I suspected that she was in her last 50s or so, and I noticed that she was in pretty decent shape. We struck up a conversation after we were both done with our morning rituals and I mentioned to her that I needed to get back into my own yoga practice more consistently, and what a wonderful way to start the day – yoga on the beach. Her response to me was “yoga is oil for the joints”. I thought about what she said, and she’s absolutely right. Practicing yoga on a regular basis is like keeping the joints oiled, naturally.

My yoga practice has been very helpful for me in maintaining not only my strength and stamina, but more importantly my flexibility. Which, for me is especially important as I am becoming a “mature” woman.

However, what I find is that most people are usually drawn to yoga as a form of exercise, but in recent years scientific studies have shown that there are definitely health benefits associated with practicing yoga on a regular basis. And, many physicians now recommend yoga practice to their patients who are at risk for heart disease, as well as those with back pain, arthritis, depression, and other chronic conditions. Research has even shown yoga to be very beneficial for breast cancer survivors. Personally, yoga played a very instrumental role in my healing and recovery process after my breast cancer diagnosis.

My yoga practice helped me combat the fatigue, muscle and joint stiffness, and insomnia I experienced as a result of my chemotherapy and radiation treatment. The meditation, the conscious breath and breathing during my practice helped me to feel more relaxed, less stressed, and at peace with everything happening in my life that was beyond my control. In fact, recent research studies have shown that breast cancer patients who practice yoga experience lower stress and improved quality of life compared to their counterparts who do only stretching exercises.

In general, some of the health benefits of yoga discovered in recent research studies include the following:

High blood pressure (hypertension). Many people believe that practicing yoga can help lower blood pressure and reduce stress. In fact, some studies have shown small but significant reductions in blood pressure within just three weeks of daily yoga. One small study conducted showed that an hour of daily yoga for 11 weeks revealed that both medication and yoga were effective in controlling hypertension. In terms of the potential impact that yoga can have on lowering blood pressure, notable results were achieved in one quantitative study. In this study, the systolic blood pressure (the top number) decreased from 142 to 126mmHg and the diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number) decreased from 86 to 75mmHg after 40 days of a regular yoga regimen. However, in spite of these improvements, when taking blood pressure medication, it does not mean that stopping medication while practicing yoga on a regular basis is a good idea. Patients should always consult their doctor before starting any, exercise regimen, or if they desire to stop taking any medication.

Mood. After just one yoga class, men reported decreases in tension, fatigue, and anger after yoga, and women reported fairly similar mood benefits.
Cognition and quality of life. In one study, a group of 135 men and women 65-85 years of age participated in six months of Hatha yoga classes, and at the end of the study, they reported improvements in quality of life, well-being, energy, and fatigue.

Diabetes. There is some evidence that suggest that yoga may lower blood glucose. After just eight days of yoga in 98 men and women 20-74 years of age, fasting glucose was better than at the beginning of the study, but subjects in this study were also exposed to dietary counseling and other lifestyle interventions, and so it is difficult to know if the yoga on its own was responsible for the changes.

Carpal tunnel syndrome. Individuals with carpal tunnel syndrome who did yoga twice a week for eight weeks had less pain in their wrists than people with carpal tunnel who wore a splint. The effect may be due to improved grip strength in the yoga subjects.

Strength and flexibility. In one of the most persuasive yoga studies, men and women 18-27 years of age who participated in two yoga sessions per week for eight weeks increased the strength in their arms from 19% to 31%, and by 28% in their legs. Their ankle flexibility, shoulder elevation, trunk extension, and trunk flexion increased by 13%, 155%, 188%, and 14%, respectively.

Asthma. There is some evidence to show that practicing yoga on a regular basis can reduce symptoms of asthma and even reduce the need for medication. Again, if you are on asthma medication and practicing yoga, this doesn’t mean that you should stop taking it. You should consult your doctor.

So, I am happy to report that here’s is now scientific evidence that proves what we yogis have known all the long – yoga really does a body good!

rhonda-smithRhonda M. Smith is the Founder of Breast Cancer Partner, a for profit organization that works to empower women diagnosed with breast cancer to become their own health and wellness advocate so that they don’t just survive the disease but “thrive” during treatment, in recovery, and in their life beyond breast cancer.

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