Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Kudos from TAOACT Foundation for the Advancement of Alternative Cancer Treatment

"I want to thank you for letting me know about your CD,
Seasons of the Soul
, that you have made available on your website.

I think that your work is very effective as an alternative method of healing...Not only is Reiki an alternative form of treatment, but your use of the harp is an excellent form of psycho acoustic sound therapy, and one that I practice.

Your interpretation of the five seasons that corresponds to specific organ systems in the body as outlined in the Taoist Philosophy complements what the foundation has adopted as its motto:

     TAO: The Way of Life
     With poise, serenity and complete assurance
     The natural and open beneficent flow of life
     Not to interfere but to let nature restore
     The sense of direction most men ignore.

I am enclosing a check for 10 CDs. I am giving them to friends for Christmas, some of whom the foundation is working with and to whom I feel your healing harp will prove very beneficial.

Ki MiChele
Executive Director
TAOACT Foundation"

Wow, Ki! Thanks! Let me know if I can play for any of your clients in person or over the phone/Skype.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Seaons of the Soul, Track 5: Reiki Treatment for Early Summer - Season of Expansion

June 21-Aug. 1 (north); Dec. 22 - Feb. 1 (south) 

CD Sample
Track 5: Early Summer (Heart/Small Intestine)

Early Summer heralds expansion, growth, lightness and outward activity. This is the time of luxurious growth in work, play, and travel. It is a time to be joyful and grow into selfless service.

Other Early Summer words:
• Element: Fire
• Yang in expansion, Greater Yang
• Organs: Heart, Small Intestine
• Body: Tongue, Blood vessels
• Emotion: Joy/Mania
• Taste: Bitter
• Climate: Heat
• Life Stage: Growth
• Color: Red
• Meditation words: growth, expansion, light
• Musical Mode: Ionian

Seasons of the Soul, Track 4: Reiki Treament for Spring - Seasons of New Beginnings

March 21-June 20 (north); Sept. 23 - Dec. 21 (south)

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Track 4: Spring (Liver)

Spring is the new beginning, the time of year to rise early with the Sun. Plants push upwards after winter's slumber. Any residual dissatisfaction, impatience and anger disappear at the sight of the green shoots of newness.

Other Spring words:
• Element: Wood
• Yang rising, lesser Yang
• Organs: Liver, Gallbladder
• Body: Sinews, Bile, Eyes
• Emotion: Achievement/Anger
• Taste: Sour
• Climate: Wind
• Life Stage: Birth
• Color: Green/Blue
• Meditation words: brisk walks, new beginnings, subtle cleansing, see in new ways
• Musical Modes: Aeolian and Dorian

Seasons of the Soul, Track 3: Reiki Treatment for Winter - Season of Peaceful Stillness

Dec. 21 - March 21 (north) ; June 22 - Sept. 22 (south)

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Track 3: Winter (Kidneys)

Winter is the end and the beginning. To unify with winter, one emphasizes receptivity, introspection. One cools the surface of the body and warms the core. It is a time of rest and deep meditation. It is a time for strengthening one's listening skills. It is a time to enjoy the stillness. Nap in the afternoon and hear cheerful voices in the kitchen.

Other Winter words:
• Element: Water
• Deep Yin, Greater Yin
• Organs: Kidney, Bladder
• Body: Ears, Bones, Adrenal glands
• Emotion: Curiosity/Fear and Depression
• Taste: Salty
• Climate: Cold
• Life Stage: Storage
• Color: Black
• Meditation Words: Rest and Recharge, Stillness, Introspection
• Musical modes: Perfect 5ths (half Ionian) and pentatonic

Seasons of the Soul, Track 2: Reiki Treatment for Autumn - Season of Decay and Turning Inward

Sept. 23 - Dec. 21 (north); Mar. 22 - June 21 (south)

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Track 2: Autumn (Lungs)

Autumn is the season of harvest, and time to pull inward and gather together on all levels. As the growing season winds down, we store up food and fuel. We set aside time to plan and study for the approaching stillness of winter. Everything contracts and moves inward. It is the time of reflection or even grieving. It is the time when the lungs draw in energy and release all that is old. It is a time to organize for the next year, to smell baked goods and eat stews, squash and beans.

Other Autumn words
• Elements: Air and Metal

• Yin rising, lesser Yin

• Organs: Lungs, Large Intestine, Skin

• Body: Nose, Hair

• Emotion: Completion/ Grief, Sadness

• Taste: Sharp
• Climate: Drought

• Life Stage: Maturity

• Colors: White

• Meditation words: Pull inward, contract, harvest, organize

• Musical modes: Phrygian and Locrian

Monday, November 7, 2011

Seasons of the Soul, Track 1: Reiki Treatment for Late Summer - Season of Transition

Aug. 1 - Sept. 23 (north); Feb. 2 - Mar. 21 (south)

CD Sample
Track 1: Late Summer (Stomach/Spleen)

Late Summer is a short and unrecognized season, which represents the transition from Yang to Yin, and is most active in the Stomach/Spleen organ system. This season falls between the expansive growth phases of spring and summer, and the inward, cooler, most mysterious fall and winter.

A pleasant tranquil and flourishing season, it is as if time stops in Late Summer and activity becomes effortless and dreamlike. Unity, harmony and the middle way are summed between the extremes. This is the time when the pendulum reverses its swing.

This season is represented by the Earth element, and is located in your Center, that place which is constant and harmonizes the effects of the other four seasons. It is timeless joy.

Other Late Summer words:
    •    Element: Earth
    •    Transition from Yang declining to Yin -- Central Phase
    •    Organs: Stomach/Spleen
    •    Body: Mouth, Muscles
    •    Emotion: Care/Worry, Thoughtfulness/Pensiveness, Awareness/Anxiety
    •    Taste: Sweet
    •    Climate: Humid
    •    Life Stage: Change
    •    Color: Yellow
    •    Meditation words: Harvest,
    •    Musical modes: Ionian and Mixolydian

About Seasons of the Soul: a Reiki Treament in Solo Harp Music

Seasons of the Soul is a five-part improvised, solo harp  Reiki treatment, designed to balance the energy system. Each section is an interpretation of the five specific seasons, outlined by Traditional Chinese Medicine and Taoist Philosophy. Each season corresponds to specific organ systems in the body.
The end result is a 50-minute, repeatable Reiki treatment.
You can enjoy Seasons of the Soul alone or with others. Massage practitioners may want to use the CD background for sessions. Acupuncturists may use the recording in conjunction with other energy balancing techniques. Listeners may listen to the whole CD straight-through or listen to particular tracks to address specific energy issues.

A reminder: This is a work of healing, not medicine. Please consult your doctor and your common sense if you have questions about your health.

Kudos from a Reiki Master in Hawai'i

"Lovely. Inspiring. Wonderful balance! This work is truly a blessing!" -- Paul H., Reiki master, Island of Hawai'i

Kudos from a Chirpractic & Wellness Center

"Thank you for bringing your gift to our center. It was fantastic!" -- Dr. Angela Lopez, Chiropractic from the Heart, San Jose California

Kudos from The Reiki Digest

"Thanks, Cymber! I've never been able to share a Reiki session I have received with anyone else before, relive it the way I can when listening to this recording." -- Janet Dagley Dagley, editor, www.TheReikiDigest.com

Kudos from private client

"Thank you for your time with my wife. Yesterday, we were at the hospital in Honolulu for a check-up, and everyone said she looked great. Your work shows!!" -- JB, Island of Hawai'i

Kudos from Holly Young

“Cymber Lily’s is a lovely gift and I'm grateful for it, like having a moment to appreciate the way the night blooming jasmine smells standing in the dark.” www.hollyyoung.com

Thursday, November 3, 2011

At long last... Seasons of the Soul is finished and available at CD Baby

Woo-hoo, let the celebration begin. My first CD, Seasons of the Soul, is back from the printer, and is now available on CDBaby, iTunes, and lots of other places.  Follow this link...Cymber Lily Quinn | Seasons of the Soul | CD Baby,

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Friday, August 5, 2011

Bravely, Restarting "Artist's Pages..."

Once I read Julia Cameron's, The Artist's Way, I have returned to the Artist's Pages off and on.

Usually, resentfully. Because I thought I was done. And I'm tired. Boo-hoo.

Thank you to my new friend, David Hurlin, percussionist and artist's coach!

Whew, recording is done!

A big mahalo and thank you to Sarah, Sola, and Joyce for being my audience while I was recording "Seasons of the Soul." Huge thank you to my husband, Bob, who is turning into a really great sound guy. It's geeky enough for him!

Now, it's time to get the artwork done. Back to a long-time friend and graphic designer, Gabriella Martinez, at Texto.

Whew, I'm still reeling from all the amazing things that have happened as a result of the Sounding Circles 2011 Retreat.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Sounding Circles 2011: Discovering Watsu

Joule gave us all a wonderful gift of a 15-minute sampler of a special kind of massage called Watsu. "Watsu" is a made up word, a combo of "water" and "shiatsu." It's accupressure massage done while floating in a pool of body temperature water. I've been receiving watsu massage for more than 10 years, and it is one of my favorite things. It's the closest to flying I will ever get in this body without additional equipment.

Sarah, our delightful watsu practitioner, had us slotted one after another in 15-minute increments. That morning, we had been chanting again with Lanikila, learning the Hawaiian alphabet, and another chant. After Sarah had completed the last watsu, she commented that it felt like she was working on one person. That each of us had such similar energy and feel, she felt like we were all one. It was quite a remarkable experience, and something that folks who study chant comment on as well.

Later in the week, I had the opportunity to have a longer watsu session with Sarah. I highly recommend this gentle, soothing type of massage. Watsu at Kalani Retreat

Sounding Circles 2011: Traditional Hawaiian Opening Ceremony

One of the things I really loved about Sounding Circles 2011 was the way we embraced the Hawaiian traditions as best we could. Joule arranged for a delightful and powerful chanter named Lanikila to lead us in a traditional Hawaiian opening ceremony.

Lanikila taught us a chant in which we claimed our own space, that spoke of how we are part of everything from the east to the west, from one edge of the Universe to the other. We created an altar where we had placed a crystal bowl. Each of us had brought some water from our homes to be combined with the others, and then carried back We were also invited to bring a few special things to be placed on the altar during the week, items that symbolized the lessons we wanted to learn and take away.

Then Lanikila sat quietly and asked us, one at a time, "who are you?" To Hawaiians, you name your parents and grandparents and where they came from, and then describe yourself as part of the land. Lanikila said that his parents were from Hawai'i Island, and at least one grandparent was from Scotland. He said that his ocean was the Pacific, and his mountain was Mauna Kea. He went on to name other places that he identified with.

I said, for example, that my parents and grandparents came from New Mexico and Texas. My mountains were the Rocky Mountains. That my trees were the aspen. That I came from the Sky and the Clouds, and felt very old. I brought water from my house, and because I live in the country, we catch our own rain. It was nice to have water that hadn't (recently) touched the ground.

I brought a clay smile that I had made in an art therapy workshop, and a few items that tended to end up inside the clay mouth.

After everyone had said who they were, where they were from and had brought their water, we felt like we were off to a great start.

Sounding Circles: Healing with a Group Voice

I was fortunate enough to be asked to assist at Joule L'Adara's Sounding  Circles Retreat at the fabulous Kalani Retreat Center. Joule, who has a wonderful, classically trained, operatic voice, has a calling to bring groups of people together to collectively help them heal their voices, and reclaim their right to be heard.

Joule is created a simple group workshop that gently introduces each person to their own voice, and then to the experience -- or "explorience" as she calls it -- what it is like to bring a single voice into a group.

One of the limiting factors in people's ability to sing turns out to be vision. Looking at one another can be very intimidating, so Joule removes that judgment by asking participants to wear blindfolds. She recommends a special version that allows you to have complete darkness even while your eyes are open -- a product called the Mindfold.

One participants are blindfolded, they get comfortable on yoga mats and prepare for a Sound Bath. Joule plays a variety of instruments in an intuitive and improvisational way. When Joule and I offered Sounding Circles workshops around Hawai'i last month, I played harp while she played chimes, singing bowls, rattles, shakers, and other percussive instruments. She also played specialized tuning forks on each person to further the relaxation.

The next step is to give participants permission to make sounds with their voices and bodies. Joule leads the participants through simple singing exercises, but also encourages sounds that your mother wouldn't like. Honking, snorting, bubbling, giggling, whooping, and sounding like a siren are all part of the fun. It's self-indulgent exploration of the whole mouth, head and body.

Gradually, Joule begins to bring the group together, still making delicious, wonderful sounds. But she asks participants to begin to listen to each other and respond to each other in an improvisational kind of way. Each group composition is different and lovely as a snowflake.

Finally, Joule closes the workshop with silence. Having made all the wonderful, joyful sound, it's time to experience and explorience the silence, listening in a whole new way.

Sounding Circles are great fun, and I'm looking forward to bringing these workshops to Hawai'i Island.

Sounding Circles 2011: What is Healing?

I have just finished the Sounding Circles retreat with Joule L'Adara. Her wonderful week-long workshop/retreat helped me to come to a deeper understanding of healing, especially in the context of Sound Healing.

Healing is not Curing.

Let me say that again. Healing is Not Curing.

Healing is a process that brings peace of mind to a person, so that they can better handle the situation in front of them. A cure is much more likely in a person who can create peace of mind at will. A person who has healed can remain in a peaceful state of mind and heart, no matter what is happening.

Music and sound have the ability to bring someone into a peaceful state of being, and because of that, offer the gift of healing.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Sound Healing at the Kohala Yoga Community Center

Wowee, what a great time I had performing with Joule L'Adara of Sounding Circles at the Kohala Yoga Community Center in Kapa'au, Kohola, Island of Hawai'i.

Joule brought singing bowls, chimes, rattles, and tuning forks. I played harp, while Joule touched the tuning forks to various acupuncture points on the participants. We toned a bit at the end, and declared it a marvelous evening. We made new friends with Georgena Newman, owner, and look forward to coming back next year.

Writing Letters to Home - Reiki Healing Harp - Island of Molokai

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Sounding Circle Concert: Kapa'au, HI, July 7

In connection with the 2011 Sounding Circles Retreat, there will a series of community sounding circles around the Big Island the first week of July.

Join Joule L'adara for Sounding Circles - led improvisational vocal sound-healing events designed to relax, energize and rejuvenate your mind/body/spirit.

You will begin by laying on the floor as the sounds of bowls, bells, chimes, vocals and harp wash over you. Then you will be lead through a joyous group vocal exploration, while wearing masks that shut out the light but allow you to keep your eyes open, thus freeing you from judgment of self and others and opening you to creativity and freedom! The practice of toning on intention will be taught along with techniques for sending sound vibrations into your own body for self-healing. No vocal or musical experience necessary (though musicians and sound healers will gain much from these group exercises.) Experience gentle profound-play in this invigorating playshop.

Dates and Locations:

Thursday, July 7th
Kohala Yoga Community Center
7:30-9:00 pm

Suggested Donation $25
Come for free if you can't pay

Wear comfortable clothing you can move in
Bring a yoga mat & pillow

Registration Recommended - some spaces are limited.
For more information and to register call: (310) 321-2711
Or write: joule@soundingcircles.com

Touching My Own Master: A blog by Mari Hall

http://reikidigest.blogspot.com/Touching My Own Master touched me. I have never been one to look for outside help when it comes to spiritual matters. It was a pleasure to read such a beautiful essay that expressed my own experience so well.

Thanks, Mari!

Touching My Own Master is an article on The Reiki Digest blog.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Sounding Circles concerts on the Big Island

I will be joining Joule L'Adara in all but the first of these concerts. Please come and experience this *play-shop* with us:

Sounding Circles Presents: For-The-Community Events!

In connection with the 2011 Sounding Circles Retreat, there will a series of community sounding circles around the Big Island the first week of July.

Join Joule L'adara for Sounding Circles - led improvisational vocal sound-healing events designed to relax, energize and rejuvenate your mind/body/spirit.

You will begin by laying on the floor as the sounds of bowls, bells, chimes, vocals and harp wash over you. Then you will be lead through a joyous group vocal exploration, while wearing masks that shut out the light but allow you to keep your eyes open, thus freeing you from judgment of self and others and opening you to creativity and freedom! The practice of toning on intention will be taught along with techniques for sending sound vibrations into your own body for self-healing. No vocal or musical experience necessary (though musicians and sound healers will gain much from these group exercises.) Experience gentle profound-play in this invigorating playshop.

Dates and Locations:

Tuesday, July 5th
Patricia's Transitions
5:30-7:00 pm

Thursday, July 7th
Kohala Yoga Community Center
7:30-9:00 pm

Sunday, July 10th & Monday, July 11
Green Church
6:30-8:00 pm

Thursday, July 14th
Kalani Oceanside Retreat
Blue Moon Room
7:30-9:00 pm

Suggested Donation $25
Come for free if you can't pay

Wear comfortable clothing you can move in
Bring a yoga mat & pillow

Registration Recommended - some spaces are limited.
For more information and to register call: (310) 321-2711
Or write: joule@soundingcircles.com

Friday, June 17, 2011

Podcast Mini-Sesssion: Remembering, Reflecting, Releasing

Played in the Aeolian Mode, and using A-minor as the root chord, this meditation invites you to sit back and rummage through the attic, basement, corners, nooks and crannies of your interior and enjoy what you find there. Click here to go to the Reiki Healing Harp Mini-Session: Remembering, Reflecting, Releasing.

Full-Moon Concert with Shizuno Nasu and Rhiannon

Earlier this week, I got an email from my neighbor, Rhiannon, asking if Bob and I would like to come to a fully-improvised vocal and dance concert that she was putting on with Shizuno Nasu. I wrote back that we'd love to come, and she wrote back and asked if I would bring a harp...it would be at Shizuno's home and dance studio in Volcano Village, and small intimate group.

...would I bring a harp? Yes, beautiful!

What a wonderful honor to play with Rhiannon, who is one of the premiere jazz vocalists and teachers in the business. And Shizuno Nasu, who is a stunningly beautiful Shinto priestess and exquisite dancer.

Shizuno opened the concert by leading the audience members through her garden, gracefully, elegantly, speaking to each leaf of grass as she walked through. She made blessings and offerings, and all the while, I played Reiki Healing Harp for her ceremony.

I did not know what I was going to play until about 10 minutes before I sat down. Then I just allowed the music to come through. Once Shizuno completed the opening ceremony, I covered the harp, and joined the audience.

The vocal improvisation was incredible. Rhiannon and Shizano took us through the story of many women's lives, becoming friends, breaking apart, becoming whole again. Stunning and moving. I hope they will do it again.

Successes: Feline Abscess Improvement

One day my kitty, Pinto Bean, got in a fight and developed an abscess. He’d caught a claw in the side, and it had become infected. He had swelling, and he was starting to become lethargic.

I took him to our vet, East Hawaii Veterinarian Clinic in Hilo. The doc shaved Bean’s fur, lanced the abscess, gave me instructions for care, and asked me to bring him back the following week.

I applied hydrogen peroxide several times a day, and performed Reiki on the wound. Bean would let me know when to stop by moving away from me.

Cats rarely need more than a few minutes of Reiki, and will get annoyed if you chase them around the house trying to give them a human-sized treatment.

The following week, I took Bean back to the vet for a follow up. I noticed the vet rummaging through her file, looking for something. Finally she turned to me and asked, “When were you here last?”

“Last week. You asked us to come back in a week.”

She said: “I see that in your file, but that wound is 3 weeks old.” The wound was nearly completely healed, which should have taken 3 weeks. But with Reiki, healing was faster.

Chalk one up for Reiki.

Successes: Bob and the (almost) missing toenail

My husband, Bob, is a very handy guy, and one day he was cutting steel poles with a hand-held circular saw. Suddenly, the fiberglass blade shattered, sending bits everywhere, including across his middle toe.
We went to the doctor, but she could not use stitches because the cut was too near the joint. She put on butterfly strips and told us that Bob would lose his toenail, and that it probably wouldn’t grow back.

I performed Reiki on Bob’s toe daily for a week or so. The toe healed so well that he never lost the toenail, and you can hardly see the scar.

When we went back to the doctor she was amazed, and told us several times how stunned she was at the healing.

Chalk another one up for Reiki!

Successes: Recovering from Heart Bypass Surgery

Recently, a client underwent double-bypass heart surgery. Following the surgery, I performed Reiki for this client.

I went to the client’s home, played harp music to start the session, and then completed a full head-to-toe hands on Reiki session. Because the client was at home, I could let her sleep when I was finished.

We did two of these sessions, a week apart, and then she returned to her surgeon for a follow-up visit.

Her husband e-mailed to tell me how the visit went: Thank you for your time with my wife. Yesterday we were at the hospital in Honolulu for a check up and everyone said she looked great. Your work shows !!

It wasn’t me...it was the Reiki. :)

Kudos: The Reiki Digest Editor Janet Dagley Dagley

"Thanks so much, Cymber! I've never been able to share a Reiki session I have received with anyone else before, or relive it the way I can when listening to this recording." The Reiki Digest.com 

Kudos: Bronze Sculptor Holly Young

"Many months ago, I received an email with a gift of a musical Reiki session by Cymber Lily. I was surprised how good I felt after listening: it was so beautiful. I've kept it and play it whenever I need to ground myself and 'get out of my head' before I start my artwork." -- Holly Young, bronze sculptor

Reiki Healing Harp for Japanese Tsunami Victims

I wanted to send Japan some hope and healing energy, and this was the end product.

Part 4 of 4: Entraining to the Harp

Entrainment with the harp also works at many levels. Harp music can both be heard and felt and its relaxing nature allows people to open their energy fields more easily. With open fields, Reiki energy can penetrate deeper and more gently.

It is the physical shape and materials of the harp that gives it this special quality, called “resonance.”

What is resonance? Imagine a room full of people all singing their own song, some humming tunelessly, others humming joyfully, all out of sync with each other. The room is full of noise.

Then one person starts singing louder and it is a song that everyone knows. Pretty soon, you have a room that is singing together, some in unison, some in harmony. Everyone feels relaxed and happy to be singing. The noise is gone. This is resonance.

Because of the way the harp is constructed, each note that comes out of a harp is like the room of happy singers, with no “noise.” This is considered to be a “pure tone” and the more pure the tone, the more concentrated the healing.

In addition, the harp can sustain this resonance for a long time, with very little or no decay. And because the tones last long, the body has time to entrain to the tones. During a healing, the harp becomes “the strongest one in the room.”

Healing harpists are also taught how to entrain clients at the physical level. They are trained to look for signals from clients such as heart rate or breathing rates as baseline rhythms. Once the harpist and the client are entrained, the harpist can carefully change the vibration of the client’s energies, tissues and subtle bodies in order for the body to balance itself.

“In order to accomplish the goal of entrainment, we must begin with music that reflects the state the person is in when we start to play for them,” writes Christina Tourin, founder and director of the International Harp Therapy Program, in her class manual, Cradle of Sound.

“If someone is feeling depressed, we cannot simply play ‘happy’ music and expect that the person’s mood will change. We must proceed slowly and carefully, starting with music that matches the person’s mood, then shift gradually (both musically and over time) to music in other moods.”

Rich Fields of Opportunity

There are rich opportunities for research in the confluence of Reiki and harp music. And it is very exciting to see the possibilities for deep healing by using the harp to open fields to allow Reiki further access to the body.

Susan Zevenbergen writes: “In a sense, I think if you are sending Reiki with a harp, you are trying to give the energy forms a different physical presence through sound.”

Books and Articles

Healing with Sound, Color and Movement, by Fabien Maman.

The Reiki Touch, by William Lee Rand

Reiki for Dummies, by Nina L. Paul, PhD

The HeartMath Solution, by Doc Childre and Howard Martin with Donna Beech

Cradle of Sound: International Harp Therapy Manual, by Christina Tourin

Good Vibrations: Principles of Vibroacoustic Harp Therapy by Sarajane Williams

Essential Reiki, by Diane Stein

“Science and the Human Energy Field,” an interview with James L. Oschman, PhD and William Lee Rand, Reiki News Magazine, Vol. one, Issue three, Winter 2002.

“The Harp Links Worlds of Spirit and Matter,” an interview with Barbara Brennan and Marjorie Valeri, The Harp Therapy Journal, fall 1996.

The World is Sound, Joaquim-Ernst Berendt

Part 3 of 4: Come Along With Me: Entrainment

Reiki and harp music deliver healing frequencies through a process called entrainment. Entrainment seems to have been first noticed by a European craftsman in the mid-1600s who built pendulum clocks, Christian Huygens. One day he noticed that all of the clock pendulums were moving together. No matter how he tried to change their swings, they would quickly come back into synchronization. Later scientific studies would show that all pendulums. . .indeed all vibrating things. . .would tend to swing in rhythm with the strongest one in the room.

In his book The World is Sound, Joachim-Ernst Berendt writes, "Science has taught us that [entrainment] is universal. Two oscillators pulsating in the same field in almost identical rhythm will tend to lock in, with the result that eventually their vibrations will be come precisely synchronous. This phenomenon is referred to as mutual phase-locking or entrainment. Entrainment is universal in nature.

“In fact, it is so ubiquitous that we hardly notice it,” he continues. “It is a physical phenomenon, but it is more than that, because it informs us about the tendency of the Universe to share rhythms, that is to vibrate in harmony."

Entrainment in Practice

So it may be that when a Reiki practitioner begins the flow of Reiki, entrainment is happening in the Human Energy Field and in the physical body. As the Reiki practitioner’s hands emit healing frequencies,  the client's energy field and body will tend to resonate with the healthy frequencies for two reasons: 1) it is the body’s natural vibration and it wants to return there, and 2) Reiki energy from a practitioner is more concentrated and focused than the body’s energy. Reiki energy is “the strongest one in the room,” so the body’s energy will entrain to it.

Part 2 of 4: Vibrations of Reiki

“Because of work done by the late C. Andrew L. Bassett and his colleagues at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, we know that the important frequencies for stimulating tissue repair are all in the biologically important Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) range,” says James Oschman, Ph.D., in his article, "Science and the Human Energy Field." Dr. Bassett’s research identified which ELF frequencies were most helpful in healing. "Two cycles per second (Hz) is effective for nerve regeneration, seven Hz is optimal for bone growth, ten Hz is used for ligaments and somewhat higher frequencies work for skin and capillaries," writes Dr. Oschman. The FDA first approved therapy using pulsing ELF in machines in 1979. Today there are many manufacturers. My friend, Dr. Carol McMakin, is a pioneer in this field.

Another study, by Dr. John Zimmerman, University of Colorado, found that trained hands-on healing practitioners, including Reiki practitioners, could emit from their hands the very same pulsing ELF energy that is needed for the body to heal.

The Vibrating Harp

“The harp provides healing energy by directly stimulating the vibratory/pressure receptors in the body,” writes Sarajane Williams in her book Good Vibrations, Principles of Vibroacoustic Harp Therapy.  “[The harp] has a very wide pitch range and a sonorous timbre with a long decay, that vibrates and resonates with the tissues of the body, thereby affecting physiological processes.

“The plucked string produces an infinite number of harmonics which are capable of vibrating the dense, physical body as well as its energetic counterpart, providing multi-level stimulation and harmonization,” she continues. “A listener is capable of perceiving the action of plucking a string as a feeling of tension and release that resonates in his/her muscles, similar to a massage.”

“The harp creates resonance so beautifully because the strings produce pure overtones across the whole spectrum,” wrote Susan Zevenbergen, harp teacher and mentor of the International Harp Therapy Program. “Perhaps only the voice and the singing bowl do that too, though with a timbre that is quite different.”

Cynthy Johnson, a Reiki Master/Teacher and graduate of the International Harp Therapy Program, commented: "If we think of sound, i.e., harp music, as vibrating energy and the energy that has been scientifically measured from a Reiki Master-Teacher's hands, it makes sense that both occupy the same space/area and can be part of the overall session."

Part 1 of 4: Reiki & The Harp

I wrote this article for The Reiki Digest, and have divided it into blog entries for easier reading.

In researching this article, I found Reiki and the harp, do indeed, have a lot in common: they both use vibration as a mode for healing and they both use entrainment as the means for delivering the vibrational healing.

Vibrational Medicine

Both Reiki and harp music use a vibratory model for healing rather than chemical, mechanical, etc. Vibrational healing happens most often in the electromagnetic fields of subtle body, also known as the Human Energy Field.

But what is vibration? At the most basic level, it is an oscillation between two points. It is a measurement of movement of a specific type and strength, through a specific type of medium. For example, sound waves, including harp music, travel through air. Ocean waves travel through water. Reiki waves travel through subtle, electromagnetic and physical bodies, as well as through media we cannot yet measure. The rate at which the waves wiggle, the direction they travel and the medium they travel through tell us how the vibration will feel when it arrives and what effect it might have in healing.

How I Became a Reiki Harpist

Take one high-tech wordsmith...

I used to be a marketing coach and writer in Silicon Valley, consulting with Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Apple, Informatica, and numerous start-ups. I had a lot of fun. And yet...

A health crisis caused me to reconsider the pace I was living life. A Reiki master suggested, in the course of my healing, that I look into my childhood for something that gave me joy. That winter, I saw a harp in a Christmas catalog, and an old memory surfaced...

I grew up in a musical household. When I was 6, my parents took me to the symphony. The harpist had a solo that night, and I could almost taste the harp music. I could almost remember how to play. 

Later, my parents took me to meet the harpist, Helen Hope, at her home, and she let me touch her harps. I was in heaven. But then she said: “You must learn to play piano first.” Ugh. 

I played piano, never very well. I also played xylophone, recorder, percussion, french horn, and ukulele. I sang a lot, too.Years passed; life happened. I forgot about the harp. And then...

I remembered.

I had the Christmas catalog, instructions from my Reiki master, and my childhood memory. I was 42. I got to it.I ordered a harp, found a teacher who would give lessons by Skype, and started my dream. I took Reiki training and became a Reiki master, and I have studied with the International Harp Therapy Program in San Diego, California.

Now I play healing harp concerts as wellness centers, for healing retreats, and for health conferences. I play healing house concerts, and play in private practice for surgery recovery, chemotherapy patients, infertility patients, and for animal needs such a doggy ear infections.

Thank you, Helen Hope, for getting me started. And, yes, it was better that I learned to play piano first.