Scientific research has demonstrated that memory is stored within the body’s cells and may be conscious or subconscious. In health, the subtle energy flows throughout the chakra system to the cells of the body. However, following trauma or an accident etc., there is a reduction in this energetic flow, leading to an imbalance, which can surface as localised pain or discomfort. Specific body positions can also ignite cellular memory, surfacing as physical pain, mental anxiety, or emotional upset.
I have learned a great deal about the release of cellular memory through practising Iyengar Yoga and how specific body positions can ignite memory imprints at the cellular level (see Past Life Cellular Memory Surfacing through Yoga). I enjoyed continuing my research into this work on a visit to the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) in Pune, India. Continue reading Yoga Releasing Cellular Memory – Enhancing Harp Playing
“But what of the memory of the body? Does that also, like its conscious counterpart in mind have the capacity to enslave us or set us free? It does, and here again the awakening of intelligence is critical.”
I have learned a great deal about the body through practising Iyengar Yoga. I first became interested in past life memory when I attended a seminar about holistic healing by Carol Lamb. This led me to train in Soul Recall Therapy (the therapeutic release of memory imprints) with The Academy of Spiritual Sciences (with Carol as my tutor). Although I was aware that yoga and soul recall bring integration, balance and harmony to the human energy field (known in yoga as the five kosas or subtle sheaths of the being) I had not realised any further links until my own therapy sessions began to reveal a pattern. During my yoga classes, in some positions, I experienced unexplained physical discomfort or mental and emotional anxiety but had not known why. Carol, as my therapist and tutor, explained to me that specific body positions can ignite memory at the cellular level.
“There is geometry in the humming of the strings,
there is music in the spacing of the spheres.”
While training in Healing Energies with The Academy of Spiritual Sciences, I bought a small harp and was encouraged by my tutor, Carol Lamb, to teach myself to play intuitively. Although I already played guitar, I had never created music before and wondered how this would happen… However, by practising the Emerald Alignment to align my energy to a higher consciousness prior to playing, the music started coming through. If I started thinking about what I was doing and allow my mind to engage, the musical flow stopped and I would need to align again to reconnect to my intuition. The more I learned to disengage my mind, the longer I could sustain the intuitive connection, enabling the creative music energy to flow through my body and into the strings. I felt as if I was in the audience not knowing what was going to come next. Over time, I became aware of some different musical styles coming through, which led to some musical composition. I also noticed that mood influenced the music – sadness sounded melancholic and happiness sounded bright and uplifting.
“Let them praise his name in the dance:
let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.”
Psalm 149:3, The Bible.
The harp is one of the oldest known stringed musical instruments. Images dating back to 15,000 BC of harp-like instruments have been found in cave paintings in Ariège, Les Trois Frères region of the French Pyrénées. The word ‘harp’ or ‘harpa’ originates from the Anglo-Saxon, Old German and Old Norse words, meaning ‘to pluck’.
Musical Medicine manual“There’s music in the sighing of a reed; There’s music in the gushing of a rill; There’s music in all things, if men had ears: Their earth is but an echo of the spheres.”
In times past, mankind lived closer to nature, dwelling in small towns and villages, without the stimulating hustle and bustle of urban city life. As a result, people were more in tune with the sights, sounds, scents and cycles of nature, the knowledge of which was passed down from generation to generation as a part of the journey of life. In the present day, it would appear that the further we have moved away from nature and an understanding of her cycles, the greater the levels of stress we experience in our daily lives. Continue reading Nature’s Healing Music
Every week Louise Oliver uploads a new focus for the Rays of Peace global peace meditation. I like the fact that anyone in the world can engage with Rays of Peace throughout the week, wherever they are. The meditation times are 3, 6, 9 or 12 o’clock local time, to keep an ongoing focus around the Earth. I regularly connect by playing my harp at any one of these hours.
I have always been interested in doing something beneficial for the environment and have always loved playing stringed musical instruments (see: Playing Music in the Environment). Rays of Peace has allowed me the opportunity to bring these two passions together. Although I enjoy playing music for music’s sake, I find that when I play for the weekly focus, I feel a sense of purpose, as well as a connection to the greater whole. I also feel fulfilled in the knowledge that I am doing something of benefit to the planet. Continue reading Playing Music for Global Peace
“Music, when healthy, is the teacher of perfect order and when depraved, the teacher of perfect disorder.”
Following training in Musical Medicine with The Academy of Spiritual Sciences, I learned that playing harmonious music in the natural environment can be healing because it encourages us to reconnect and harmonise ourselves with nature. This activity can help us gain a greater awareness and respect for our environment, including the rocks, rivers, trees, animals, birds, skies etc., which are all made up from the four elements of fire, air, water and earth. Simply play a musical instrument or sing, hum or whistle out in the environment, focus on the surroundings, relax into the experience and observe yours and the natural world’s behaviour. Continue reading Playing Music in the Natural Environment
The harp has been described as an instrument that creates a bridge between the physical and non-physical worlds.
The Ancient Egyptians revered the harp as a sacred instrument, which guided the soul through transition from the physical life to the afterlife. The Egyptian Pharaoh, Ramses III, had many bow harps painted in his tomb. Continue reading Harp Music Assisting Souls Through Transition
Healer of each wounded warrior,
Comforter of each fine woman,
Guiding refrain over the blue water,
Image-laden, sweet-sounding music!
From The Book of the O’Connor Don
In Celtic mythology, we’re told about The Dagda (the Good god of the Gaelic gods) who was a king within the fairy race known as the Tuatha de Danann. The Dagda had a magical and enchanting harp, which he took everywhere and which would come to him when he called.