A 5 minute sound meditation for the equinox…hope you enjoy.
Lil Bit was a nickname given to me by some band mates way back when and I always felt their love when they called me Lil Bit. Anyway, I like it for the name of this new film series. Hope you
This piece is titled Humanity Rising and at the moment it seems more relevant than ever. We are in the midst of a long overdue conversation. Voices that have been oppressed for far too long might finally be heard. There is no curtain to draw back any longer. That curtain is torn and tattered beyond repair. There is nowhere to hide – all the ugly is here for everyone to see.
We are in a moment of massive collective growth. The potential for incredible transformation is before us.
It is time to shine the light into all those dark corners once and for all. Then healing can truly begin.
WHOLE = When Healing Occurs Love Exists
(from my growing Acronym Dictionary)
I want to stay aligned with my commitment to contribute to the calm and not the chaos. I want to stay aligned with love inside of all that is happening so that I continue to learn, to listen, and to take right action.
There will be a better day on the other side of all this. I am starting to feel and envision what it could be like. If we can see it – it will happen.
What is your vision for the world?
Throw away holiness and wisdom,
and people will be a hundred times happier.
Throw away morality and justice,
and people will do the right thing.
Throw away industry and profit,
and there won’t be any thieves.
If those aren’t enough,
just stay at the center of the circle
and let all things take their course.
~ Tao te Ching
“You experience the integrity of all world languages through the vibration of Sanskrit language
~ Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati
I absolutely love Sanskrit mantras because they contain so much, each syllable is a world. This mantra is so simple, yet so powerful. It is one of the few that has very few restrictions or rituals. It can be said at any time, aloud or silently.
While it is sometimes difficult to get a direct translation, basically, I bow to the supreme reality (or inner godself). This mantra embodies powerful healing for physical and mental ailments, and for the
healing of the planet. Peace to the heart, joy to the soul, sound therapy to the body, nectar to the Atman or soul.
This track is a brand new version somewhat like I do in sound meditations live with looping.
*best through headphones or good speakers!*
In the graphic I tried to show a few of the major correlations – to the chakras, the senses, and the elements. I changed the
orientation of the words/syllables to better match up with the chakras they relate to.
Another visual study, Connections to the Cosmos, can be found here.
I have been working on this poster for a few years. It started as a small sketch that I reworked many times over. It ended up a full blown 14″ x17″ drawing that I have no way to scan at the moment. So I reworked it yet again into digital form. Pretty different, oh well.
I wanted to see all the ways that music connected to the various aspects of creation. There is still some debate as to how specific notes align with chakras etc. but I’m using what I have found at this point in time and am in no way claiming absolute authority here. For me it’s kind of a fun way to embed meaning and aspects into writing something. I hope you enjoy and find something in it for yourself. To be continued.
Lucid Sound Project:
Summer Solstice Sound Meditation
Thursday June 21, 2018
4pm | Price: By Donation
Movement & Learning Center
(above the French Broad Food Co-op)
90 Biltmore Ave. | MAP
The Sun, the nourishing orb that sustains all earthly life. The inner Sun, our Divine nature, our inner light, our true source. What better time to appreciate and consciously align with these tremendous gifts of life through a sound meditation.
*to be most comfortable, feel free to bring a yoga mat, pillows, blankets*
As I talk about facilitating sound meditations I am often asked – “what is it?” – and it’s a really good question.
Every practitioner has their own take on it, their own training, lineage, philosophy, or viewpoint. And I do not believe there is any right or wrong about it, as I believe all are well intended, so I will only speak from my own perspective.
To me, sound is as ancient as it gets, no? All creation starts with frequency, vibration, sound, and it is what holds ‘form’ in place at any given time.
“Get over it, and accept the inarguable conclusion. The universe is immaterial-mental and spiritual.”
– Richard Conn Henry, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Johns Hopkins University (quote taken from “The Mental Universe” ; Nature 436:29,2005)
“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world.”
– Gautama Buddha
I do not have a science background. I haven’t studied in the Himalayas. I’m not all that smart really, although I do like to read and research. I have been studying the healing properties of sound and music for over 7 years, mostly to confirm what I intuitively know. I seem to feel like my internal knowing is not enough. Kinda done with that idea.
The first time I experienced a sound meditation I knew in my bones it was the missing link. And I knew I knew exactly what to do and how to do it. Oddly, it’s really where I started with music. As a kid I used to sit at my dad’s piano and hammer out repetitive drones that entranced me. My dad thought I was a talent-less dolt. I didn’t care, caring came later.
Growing up I was surrounded by jazz and big band music. That’s what my mom and dad did. I fell asleep to them rehearsing in the basement. Then I got into teeny-bopper bubblegum music (I’m still a sucker for a pop song with good hook!), then the caring started. While all my friends were into the usual rock music, I went along, went to concerts, and enjoyed some of it. At home I was listening to stuff none of my friends were. I got into Charles Mingus, Stanley Clarke, Stevie Wonder. Then some punk & new wave, The Pretenders, Blondie, The Eurythmics, then Laurie Anderson, Natalie Cole, Prince, Steve Reich, Keith Jarrett, Peggy Lee, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, the list goes on and on.
Before I ‘went public’, I was experimenting with delays and loops on a little Tascam 4-track recorder (which I still have, along with the cassettes, omg) in my little studio apartment and I was in heaven. The cosmic sounds kept me at peace for hours into the night. There was nothing better.
Anyway, played in bands, singer/songwriter, traveled, blah blah, and never totally felt at home. I hadn’t seen another road. I always wanted to take the listener on a journey. It was never so much about me.
Cut to sound meditations: it finally all made sense. My musical life and my spiritual life aligned. Years of yoga practice, Vedantic studies, and reiki all joined together with my passion for sound and music. *PHEW* Halleloo.
My approach to sound meditations is to truly take a participant on a sonic journey. The participant’s listening, their openness, their willingness to surrender to the ride is as much a part of the process as is my playing. I create a hybrid of acoustic and electronic sounds, incorporating loops and vocals. I always say, first you will hear the sounds, then you will begin to listen, then you will BECOME the sound. That’s when the experience gets really deep, diving through the surface layers of mental chatter, through self-consciousness, and onward into that still place inside where no words are needed. That place from whence we came. Complete. Intelligent. Whole.
I am still honing it, learning, and experimenting. Kinda like back in the day, in my little studio apartment, and there’s nothing better.
just as darkness defines light,
sound defines silence
Move over full moon – the new moon has something to say too. Our lives are full of cycles, every year, every month, even within the course of a day. While the full moon has powerful significance, that of completion, every month the new moon marks the phase of new beginning.
Allowing your mind to inhabit a lucid state while meditating with sound is a powerful way to align with your intentions at this potent time in the cycle of the planets. The ability to get beyond our usual level of thought and go deeper into imagination can tap into the power of our source energy to manifest what we truly see as possible.
In addition to setting intentions, meditation is known to reduce stress, reduce blood pressure, ease anxiety and physical pain, and improve sleep.
C’mon out and get your inner peace on.
New Moon Sound Meditation
Sunday April 15, 2018
Movement & Learning Center
at The French Broad Coop
90 Biltmore Ave.
$10 suggested donation
The Spring Equinox Sound Meditation Tuesday March 20 at the BLOCK off Biltmore was awesome. The weather was rainy and overcast, yet midway through the sun made a stunning appearance for just a little while.
The next big event will be the Summer Solstice – Thursday June 21 – time & location TBA.
There is also a New Moon series in the works and as soon as I have more details I will post here. The best place to keep up to date is via the newsletter, and you can sign up at the Lucid Sound Project link below.
Talk to you soon! xo
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Whew! Time really flies doesn’t it?
I have not written a blog post since before the Lucid Sound Project kick off event last October. The event got rained out for its outdoor location, and luckily The BLOCK off Biltmore was kind enough, and had the opening for us to launch there at the eleventh hour. It could not have rained harder at the exact window of time that was scheduled for the event. As I have heard it said, it is the universe asking – how bad do you want it? Apparently, pretty bad. We all schlepped our stuff in and out of the pouring rain to deliver the vibrations for 90 minutes. The response was overwhelmingly positive.
The Lucid Sound Project was invited back to the BLOCK for the Winter Equinox, December 21, 2017. As the doors opened just before 5pm people started to trickle in. As I finished the last few settings for the evening, the room was filling up. Wow. I got started just a few moments after 6pm and more people kept coming in the door. By 6:15 there was virtually no floor space left, or anywhere else to put people, and I was tip toeing over so many beautiful beings who entrusted me to take them on this 90 minute journey. What a gift.
Expansion plans are underway and that is keeping me busy. For now I am now looking forward to the next event, the Spring Equinox Sound Meditation on Tuesday March 20 at The BLOCK off Biltmore, 5-6:30pm. I will be joined by Tom Boots who will play cello, hand drum, bowls, and other instruments.
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