Releasing fears

We all have some. Everyone deals with their sets of insecurities and psychological obstacles that hinders their growth. However, even though we know they are there, a lot of us pretend like they are not. And so, these fears, these elements of our lives that are slowing us down and stopping us from achieving our pure potential, are instead buried away, deep down inside.

The good news is we can all be free of them! Whether we believe in certain support systems, healing energy, or not, it is all in there somewhere. WE are the one we have been waiting for. WE all have the power to heal ourselves, to find these hiding places and to release these locked up fears and emotions.

What is important to understand is that everyone is different so we all heal differently. Some people do not need guidance, support or help, but others do. This does not mean however that some are stronger or weaker than others. We simply react and store those stimuli differently and so this is why there are various methods to guide us in releasing these.

And so, which ever way you function, take a moment to acknowledge the barriers that are preventing you to live a fuller life. Do not focus on material goods as they only divert your attention to non-essential things. Instead, see how you could be a better person to yourself and your loved ones. And finally, understand that you hold the key, you ARE the key. So breathe, and let go.

Namaste.

“I am”

I have been repeating these words randomly once or twice a day, for the last two weeks. Each time, I have been surprised and amazed at how much space it creates around me. “I am”… breathe, watch, listen, feel.

I read about this idea of saying “I am” as a way to raise self-awareness. So far, every time I have uttered these two simple words, it has had the effect of projecting me back into the present. I am suggesting that we are projected in the present, because we often tend to live in the past (our memories and grief) or in the future (our worries and expectations).

“Feeling the energy of a place can be incredibly intense… people are walking by, singing, speaking or listening, enjoying life as it unfolds. As the sound of an acoustic guitar fills the ambient air, whilst the soul is transported, it is vividly experiencing the present moment: conscious awareness.”  I wrote these thoughts at Bon Echo, an inspiring place to me.

True awareness is said to be of the present moment, the Now. It is not something we can seek or control, rather it is something that just happens and that you feel as it flows through your body. Becoming aware however, is a process by which we enable ourselves to become more and more present in the Now.

A glimpse of that awareness is empowering. A few seconds of conscious awareness at a time is sufficient to bring so much more happiness to our world. “I am”… becoming a witness to my life as it unfolds. Namaste.

The power of sound

For many people around the world, music plays an important role in their way of life. A few years ago, while working with Indigenous populations, I was invited to a World Conference where I met a Māori women. Māori people are the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand or Aotearoa, “The Long White Cloud”. She told us that Māori people believe that they are the children of the mist, fruit of the union between the Earth and the Sky. Then, she sang.

Although I could not understand a word, I was profoundly touched by her song, tears filled-up my eyes and chills ran down my spine. Once she was done, she explained to us the meaning of this song, the story of a warrior yearning for the time when he would be reunited with his Love. Unfortunately, as the song and the story goes, he is killed in battle and thus, never sees her again. Music has a predominant role in Māori culture.

They say that music is a way for us to express what cannot be said through words. And so, while Aristotle pondered “Why do rhythms and melodies, which are mere sounds, resemble dispositions, while tastes do not, nor yet colours or smells?”, Darwin suggested that music preceded speech, as a sort of mating call, a bit like bird song. Perhaps this may be a reason why we seem to respond so strongly to music?

Some suggest that the origin of music likely stems from naturally occurring sounds and rhythms. A great example of this is throat singing, or katajjaq, by Inuit women in Canada, to which I was introduced to during a First Nation’s Ceremony. The two women sang facing each other, repeating sounds in a rhythmic fashion, re-creating the sound of a gushing river. It was bewitching: everyone in the room was speechless, captivated by this beautiful performance.

In an article entitled History of language and music in humans, Alan Harvey, Professor of Neurosciences at the University of Western Australia in Perth, suggests that “apart from keeping many of us sane, there is considerable evidence, that music has therapeutic powers. Numerous recent brain-imaging studies confirm that there are identifiable regions involved in the processing of music. It seems music has biological and not just cultural roots. Interestingly, areas of the limbic system, associated with emotions, are also activated when listening to music.”

Finally, in Vedic tradition, the role played by primordial sound is very important. In fact, the Vedic tradition suggests that the very creation of the universe, or the Big Bang Theory as we refer to it, was in fact a result of the vibrational impulse and energy that emanated from the sound “Om” or “Aum”. And so, in Vedic practice, sounds are used to cure and to heal the body and the mind.

As explained by The Chopra Centre, Primordial Sound Meditation isn’t about forcing your mind to be quiet, but about experiencing the quiet that is already there. It is a healing practice that allows us to experience inner calm and deep relaxation. In fact, for thousands of years, people have used meditation to move beyond the mind’s busy activity and emotional turbulence into profound peace and expanded awareness. The term “restful awareness” captures the unique combination of physical relaxation and an alert yet quiet mind.”

And so, if we choose too, music has the power to heal us and to make us feel happy. Use this gift to motivate and make you feel better. Crank up the volume and dance and sing! For life is beautiful and music is one of the many ways to enjoy it. Namaste.

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