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What is a sound meditation?

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.

Lucid Sound Project: New Moon Meditation April 15, 2018

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
Asheville, NC

Movement & Learning Center
at The French Broad Coop
90 Biltmore Ave.
11:30am
$10 suggested donation

Reserve Your Spot in advance

LUCID SOUND PROJECT – What’s coming up

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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Lucid Sound Project: 2018 Update

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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