Thursday, 29 October 2009 00:00
In this interview Lauren answers some of your most sought after questions regarding the transformational power of music.
What is it about music that heals and transforms us?
Lauren: The frequency, the vibration and the intent.
The tone & quality of sound contributes to changing states of consciousness. It can penetrate into walls of separation that you feel in life. It can dissolve fear. You can feel a sense of unity with the unknown and the unseen in a very healing complex way. That’s why you can turn music on and be in a really unhappy state and all of a sudden you’re feeling better. Music can change you in the moment.
How powerful do you believe music can be in shifting consciousness?
Lauren: Just like love, music can be an unstoppable force in shifting consciousness. The more faith you have in it, the more it will move you.
What is it about music that erases boundaries of separation?
Lauren: The language of music is universal.
The sounds of music are interpreted with the heart and the mind chimes in and offers it’s analysis or opinion. Of course, we all have music that we like and dislike. Certain styles and genres we are more drawn to than others, but when we explore the deeper effects of music, it is clear to see that it’s presence in our world brings with it a mystical and transformative power that changes us all.
This energy is received by the heart.
How can we become more aware of music’s power to heal and transform?
Lauren: I recently re-Tweeted a quote by Leopold Stokowski that really resonated for me, “Painters paint their pictures on canvas and musicians paint theirs on silence”.
We can think of music as a healing tool.
Being an active participant in the music magnifies the experience of knowing that it’s healing you.
When you listen with awareness and you create a space, the music is going to help and heal you, change you. Being an active participant in how you listen to music will help you more than if you listen randomly.
Having awareness about anything you do is going to give you a greater experience. That’s the basis of what we do with Raven Drum; we help create awareness (for more info: http://www.ravendrumfoundation.org
). This is such a tremendous piece of re-claiming your power...having control...being aware of where your energy is going at the moment. This must make an enormous difference for the veterans and those suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) that Raven Drum helps. Can you share more relative to this?
Lauren: When you suffer from PTSD your mind goes in so many directions at once, not to mention what’s going on in your body...your adrenals are taxed, the way you think is completely different than before this trauma, your sleep patterns are off...there’s no connectedness.
The concept of awareness is huge. By using integrative techniques like drumming, breathing, meditation...all are going to give you an experience of awareness that you can practice so you can begin to have experiences of connectedness and the more you practice, the easier it becomes time after time to get back to that moment of connectedness.
What you’re doing is reconnecting synapses in the brain so you remember how to be calm, connect, breathe...your brain can re-learn how to acclimate, as well as your soul.
What raises the most concern in you regarding the veterans and what are some things we could do right now to make a difference?
Lauren: I’m observing a deep feeling of powerlessness within the veteran community.
When we feel powerless, the point of connection is within ourselves. When we create a sense of calm within ourselves it ripples outward in profound ways.
I’ve done long distance healing work for many years and have found tremendous success with it. Centering people around a common prayer or intent and sending it out to be received in the hearts of those in need is incredibly powerful.
The power of people in a group (all over the country) setting a time, place, intention...learning how to transmit and send out energy is healing and incredibly powerful.
I’m making a commitment to focus some of my time and energy in organizing group healing events in the coming year.
I’m imagining the power of people from all over the country coming together. Because of the internet it’s possible to do this without having to be physically located together...we can be virtually linked and create a field of awareness and healing that is far reaching.
There is so much that can be done to help those directly and indirectly affected by PTSD, and it can seem a daunting task. This is something that everyone can do to participate in making a difference and it doesn’t require lots of resources. It requires a committed heart and the willingness to set intention collectively. We can all do that.
I’ll keep you all posted as I organize these opportunities for group healing.
As a healer, what final thoughts would you share about music’s ability to touch and transform?
Lauren: Music is everywhere. Like the wind, we hear it and feel it but never see it. It is a magical force that can flow through our psyche, our soul and our cell tissue. Music can reach us like the hands of God.