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 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 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 

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.