Monthly Archives: April 2012

A Different Approach

In The Unknown Mother, Matrina speaks with Wrenne about how the concepts in which we place our faith or belief affect the structures of our lives and the way we approach our problems.  She compares the US reaction to the terrorist attacks of 9-11 with the more enlightened response of Norway to the more recent terror of Anders Breivik’s insanity.

Today, Norway continues to demonstrate a sane and responsible course of action based more in love than fear. Here is one example of, as my friend Kevin put it, “A magnificent approach to such a horrible event and situation.”

http://news.yahoo.com/thousands-defy-norway-mass-killer-breivik-song-102440602.html

Quick Quote

Someone once ask the Sufi poet, Rumi, “Who are you?” And he replied, “I do not know who I am. I am in astounding lucid confusion! If you label me and define me, you will starve yourself of yourself. If you box me down with labels and definitions, that box will be your coffin. I am your own voice echoing off the walls of God!”

Book Contract Signed!

Great news! I just signed a contract with Roundfire. We now begin the process of book production. It is very likely this book will be out in the world by the end of 2012.  Please don’t forget to join the book release notification email list to receive information on advance orders and the official release date.  Thanks for your support!

A Personal Note from the Author: The Point of Sound

I just spent six days in silence at a retreat with Adyashanti, a zen-inclined spiritual teacher with a penchant for irreverent humor, cutting clarity, and straight-forward integrity.  Like Matrina, the Goddess figure in The Unknown Mother, Adya reminded me of a lesson I too often seem to forget: it’s the SILENCE.

Looking back, I remembered what had drawn me into sound healing.  It wasn’t to “be a sound healer.”  It wasn’t to teach workshops or have a website or two or even to create instructional CD’s.  It wasn’t to own cool sound healing toys like bowls and bells.  It wasn’t because I wanted to teach people this stuff either, though that is a natural by-product.  But somewhere along the path, I forgot all that.  Somewhere along the way, I got so wrapped up in my identity as a sound healer, teacher, and and person who uses sound.

The whole reason I fell in love with sound in the first place is because of the power the bell possessed to drop me into stillness.  I loved the gong because it rattled my sense of self into thin air.  I love to tone because when I stopped, I felt vast and peaceful.  How could I have forgotten the power of sound is not so much in the sound…

…but in the stillness?

My work on this planet is not so much about sound healing anymore as it is about using sound to access the stillness…to stop. Maybe that will change again in the future…in fact that’s likely…but for now, here I am.

Something old is dying and something new is being reborn.  The Voice of Life and all its resources will remain available to folks; it kind of has to since the web is so…well…web-like, sticky and interconnected.  But my new focus will be on Toning for Peace and this book, The Unknown Mother.  I’m really rather excited.  My focus is changing.  I’ll still offer workshops in Shamanic Voice Work and work with clients, but not in the same way.  I’ll still certify folks in Vocal Toning Meditation, if that’s what they want, but what I offer now will be for a  completely different reason.  Sound is a Way; it isn’t the destination.  I will offer sound and voice for MINDFULNESS, for PRESENCE, for SILENCE.

That’s the whole point.