What is the Key to Moving into Collective Heart coherence?
This is quite the question and I believe it requires a lifetime to answer and has many different facets that can be explored. We are each unique beings and our Destinies are interwoven together and yet, each of us will find the Path to Heart Coherence on our own terms.
A quote below, by Master Zhuang, who was a Chinese philosopher, has always made an impression with me from the first moment I read it in book.
“Once upon a time, I, Chuang Chou, dreamt I was a butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, a veritable butterfly, enjoying itself to the full of its bent, and not knowing it was Chuang Chou. Suddenly I awoke, and came to myself, the veritable Chuang Chou. Now I do not know whether it was then I dreamt I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man. Between me and the butterfly there must be a difference. This is an instance of transformation.”
We learn at some point on the Path of awakening that all Life on Earth is inter-connected Web of Life called The Dream.
An engaging, and highly seductive reality that is experienced, perceived, and felt in an unending number of permutations by each of us.
Our personal Karma, genetic ancestral lines, soul learnings, and collective morphogenetic fields, make up this dreaming that is unique to each one of us, and HOW we relationally move through it.
The Key to dancing with Life as we know it is to learn to come into Heart Coherence. This is discussed by the Heartmath Institute as:
“Coherence is the state when the heart, mind and emotions are in energetic alignment and cooperation,” HeartMath Institute Research Director Dr. Rollin McCraty says. “It is a state that builds resiliency – personal energy is accumulated, not wasted – leaving more energy to manifest intentions and harmonious outcomes.”
Each of us brings to the table our own ways in which we personally achieve Coherence. I have chosen to champion and focus on building compassion and Love through the use of ceremonial Sound meditations that regenerate the nervous system and create DEEP CALM and Alpha/Theta brain wave States. I call my business Original Frequency and I practice Conscious Sleep or Dream Yoga.
The cousin to this, practiced by many, is known as Yoga Nidra. Wikipedia describes it as such:
“Yoga Nidra is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, like the “going-to-sleep” stage. It is a state in which the body is completely relaxed, and the practitioner becomes systematically and increasingly aware of the inner world by following a set of verbal instructions. The practice of yoga relaxation has been found to reduce tension and anxiety. The autonomic symptoms of high anxiety such as headache, giddiness, chest pain, palpitations, sweating and abdominal pain respond well. It has been used to help soldiers from war cope with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)”
Using the power of the Conscious Sleep Journey, also known as Ceremonial Dream Yoga I weave a variety of instruments together into an Ocean or Tapestry of Sound Frequencies that penetrate your body giving you a “sonic massage” and enlivening your energy pathways known in TCM (traditional Chinese Medicine) and acupuncture studies as Meridians.
One of the key features to this sound journey is the phenomenon that people have the opportunity to explore called Lucid Dreaming. After about 20 minutes or so, most of us fall into the Theta Brain wave state and begin to deeply relax and our Inner Worlds begin to come alive. We see colours, have flash insights of creativity, images come and go, and we “day-dream” very readily in this stage.
What exactly is Sleep or Dreaming? What occurs during this time when supposedly we aren’t aware of being in either space? Can one awaken inside the Dream of Life and can one awaken while in deep sleep?
In these Conscious Sleep Sound Journeys, we have the chance to awaken within the Dreaming and become conscious to the landscape within. Being able to self direct in your dreams is known as Lucid Dreaming. I also like to add that any “teaching” dream, a dream where you learn a profound insight into yourself or others, or a dream that causes you to change your waking world, is also within the realms of Lucid Dreaming.
Heart coherence occurs when we synch our hearts and minds together and Dream or Breathe as ONE. The power of the many multiplies into a Wave that pulses through our group and Lifts us into a vibratory state. In this state I like to say that we become frequency and forget for a moment that we are solid bodies. In THAT state, we can do the impossible!
As we move into the New energies of 208, I invite you into the Mystery of Coherent Conscious Sleep, Yoga Nidra, Lucid Dreaming, Dream Yoga, and Sonic Meridian Massage. I invite you to find your Original Frequency and radiate it!
Let’s start at the beginning, shall we? Imagine the Void, it’s profoundly empty and full at the same time. A paradox. Soon, you begin to hear a very, very subtle hum. The hum becomes a song, the song becomes a choir, the choir begins to create light particles, the light particles begin to magnetize towards each other, and then…BANG! Light particles that were once frequencies smash into each other in a choreographed dance of sacred geometry and Matter appears out of “thin air.” Many cultures have creation myths where The World was “sung” into being. YOU are born from this Song, and you will return to the primordial sound of creation. Epic story all around! Now that we have a mutual agreement point that Vibration underlies all creation, we can begin.
Mitchell Gaynor, M.D. in his book, The Healing Power of Sound, says “ I had come to understand illness as a manifestation of disharmony with the body. Thus, the bowls (tibetan singing bowls), with their distinctive resonant tones, not only permitted me access to the “cosmic symphony”, but also a means by which harmony could be restored within the body on the physiologic as well as psychospiritual level.”
There is more and more research being done on the many different effects that the power of sound frequencies have upon our well-being and spiritual growth. Sound researchers have discovered that after a period of time listening to certain types of music and sound vibrations, that the parasympathetic nervous system in our bodies gives the “relax” messages to our organs and cells. In turn, this lowers blood pressure, respiration and heart rates which leads to a great reduction of stress and it’s accompanying hormones, like cortisol and epinephrine. These hormones, in excess, lead to degeneration of the body’s vital systems. Sound therapies like Gong baths, Crystal singing bowl therapy, Tibetan singing bowl concerts, toning, and some classical music compositions bring profound states of balance back to the physiology of the body, mind, and soul. The Brain begins to synchronize and drop into the alpha/theta brain wave states, reduced anxiety levels, lower blood pressure, increased immune cell messengers, and a boost in natural opiates. These endorphins are nature’s pain killers in our body. Dr. Raymond Bahr, director of coronary care at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore is quoted in The healing power of sound as saying “Without a doubt, music therapy ranks high on the list of modern-say management of critical care patients…it’s relaxing properties enable patients to get well faster by allowing them to accept their condition and treatment without excessive anxiety.”
Sound therapies can be applied in so many different settings such as, labor rooms and birth scenarios, death and dying experiences, chronic pain management, drug and alcohol rehabilitation protocols, mood disorders, creative and artistic pursuits, spiritual growth, and lucid dreaming states.
Integrating the different types of music, sound therapies, and vibrational tools into your life on a regular basis will lead to deep peace, insights, emotional well being, and healing on many levels. Find ways to join a choir, look up sound healers in your local area, play Mozart often, take up an instrument, get a “sound bath” or a “sonic massage!” Your Vibrational Journey back Home starts…NOW!
Sound healing: What is it all about?
“Everything vibrates, we all vibrate at our own frequency. Different sounds can unblock certain vibrational energy where there’s congestion.”
-Phillipe Garnier-Sound healer.
Pure Sound Vibrations go deep into your tissues, cells, nervous system and skeletal structure. Many different types of sound healing instruments are available to the practitioner and enthusiast. Antique Tibetan Singing bowls, crystal bowls, drums, didgeridoo’s, and gongs to name a few. These sacred healing allies wake you up, yet deeply relax you, by inducing whole brain states, altered consciousness, and a perception of timelessness.
This is the sacred choice point where healing can begin to rise within your body, mind, and spirit. Sound frequencies can help you choose to deeply love yourself, reclaim your shadows, evolve your responses to life, and orient your internal compass to HOME.
Just as there are many paths up the mountain, there are many ways to experience the healing power of sound.
One-on-one sessions as personal journeys into Deep Intention. These kind of sessions generally last 60-90 minutes in length and are integrated with ceremony, energy healing, oracular arts, crystal grid work, and aromatherapy. Blending multiple healing arts into a customized, spontaneous and synergistic session that reflects your current karmic needs!
- One-on-one sessions into the Craft of Pure Sound. Indulge in a very unique session that, on one hand, radiates the vibrations of sound right into your core and on the other, holds you in the Pearl of Pure Silence. The dynamic tension that is created between aural sound and aural silence is something to be experienced.
- Group sessions to foster community and connection. Known as “sound baths”, these are particularly powerful due to the intent of many minds and hearts synchronized together to create a coherent state. Yoga classes, workshops, spiritual film screenings, TED talks, motivational speaking engagements, and private groups are well suited to this type of sound exploration. These kind of sessions can last from 5 minute opening/closing ceremonies, all the way to multiple hours of immersion.
- Deep relaxation
- Still Mind
- Resolution of worries
- Evolution/transformation of karmic tangles
- Sudden insights
- Clearer heart-space
- Smoother flow of feelings
- Heightened senses for days
- Keener intuition
- Unexpected waves of gratitude
- Life changes
- Deeper relationship to all beings
- Awakened awareness of energy
- Abiding feeling of the sounds going on in your body for hours
The benefits are many, the effects are palpable, and the gifts of sonic journeys in any form just keep coming. This list just grows the more you open yourself to sacred sound and dive deep into your consciousness.