Healing Tinnitus : From Dissonance to Harmony

This is an excerpt from an update of my  earlier Tinnitus Study published in 2016. To read the full paper,  go to Academia.edu.

INTRODUCTION

 As a speech and language therapist I was employed as a generic specialist in the NHS (National Health Service Trust) in the North of England where I coordinated and delivered an area wide service to adults with learning disabilities and children with special needs.  Over a thirty-year period, I had extensive experience as a clinician, working in hospitals, schools and community settings.  An interest in vocal expression and the impact of voice on health prompted me to leave my profession to train in holistic therapies with the Academy of Spiritual Sciences. This deepened my understanding of communication, sound vibration and the principles of healing.   Several years later as Principal and senior tutor therapist for the Academy, I established Light Voice, an holistic voice consultancy.  Client work combined the use of toning, energy alignment music and colour.  As well as an online tinnitus clinic, further research programmes document an integrative approach to healing at the Living Memory Research Trust.

My work with tinnitus began in 2007 and the goal of my tinnitus research has been to further enhance the potential for healing tinnitus by combining energy alignment with the human voice, toning.  The positive clinical results offer hope in what is currently perceived by the medical profession to be an incurable condition.

What is tinnitus?

The Latin word for tinnitus comes from the word ‘tintinare’ which means to make a ringing or jangling sound.  Tinnitus is the sensation of hearing a noise in your ear or head when there is no external cause.  Current statistics show that over 50 million Americans experience some form of tinnitus. Roughly 20 million people struggle with burdensome chronic tinnitus, while 2 million have extreme and debilitating cases, (American Tinnitus Association). 6 million people in the UK suffer from tinnitus and The British Tinnitus Association revealed in 2018 that the number of people living with the hearing condition is set to increase by more than 500,000 over the next decade.  It is increasingly affecting millions across the globe.

The condition can arise from a wide range of underlying causes triggered by noise pollution, technology, diagnostic scanners, mental stress or emotional conflict. Onset may be gradual or sudden with intermittent or constant disturbance.

ORTHODOX MEDICINE

 Orthodox medicine has little understanding of tinnitus and leaves clients who suffer from this debilitating condition with the belief that nothing can be done and their tinnitus can’t be cured.

Current medical opinion states that there is no known cure and sufferers are advised to learn to live with what is often a crippling disorder.  Medical research using technology to mask the noise has shown limited and variable response.  Tinnitus is a symptom not a disease and in metaphysical terms, tinnitus is the manifestation of dissonance within the physical body and within the subtle energy anatomy, which relates to our sensory awareness, thought patterns and intuitive faculties.

 HOLISTIC APPROACH

 An holistic approach means that the whole person is taken into account, not just the physical body but the individual’s emotional and mental health as well as the spiritual aspect.  It has been proved by science that we are physical bodies wrapped in a magnetic multidimensional field of subtle energy (electromagnetic or auric field).  This multidimensional subtle energy system links to the body through an anatomical structure which mirrors the physical anatomy.  Recognised for thousands of years and referred to by many names including chi or prana, it is the life force which animates the physical body, when it withdraws, death ensues.  Mapped since ancient times, a highly complex network of meridian channels act as a transport system to disseminate this source energy throughout the body.

As well as an understanding of vibration, my holistic approach requires an understanding of the subtle energy system and its impact on our ability to listen as well as its effect on our health. To read more, go to Academia.edu 

Here are details of my online tinnitus clinic

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Bring My Daddy Back

In my previous blogs about my work with children,  I have emphasised my belief that when children are given an opportunity to direct their play without adult control, they are more likely to tap into their own unique self-healing mechanism and direct their play in a way that would give them the healing they needed at that time.  In play therapy it was my job to accept the choices the children made and to trust and allow the play to unfold in its own way, while offering unconditional love without judgement to enable the children to move to the next stage. My involvement in their play was by invitation only.

One February, while working at a Children’s Centre, I had a telephone call from the mother of two little girls, Jessica aged four and Annabelle aged six, after the recent death of their Daddy, her husband.  He had sadly  passed away after a long and harrowing  terminal illness.  She needed help  for her daughters and was desperately focusing her attention on the girls, refusing counselling for herself because she was afraid of ‘the thoughts that would flood in.’

Jessica and Annabelle  brought  CDs of their favourite songs to our play sessions to provide a musical backdrop to their play.  The familar music gave comfort and reassurance.   Their mother waited with a cup of tea in an adjacent room.  Initially, at intervals throughout our play sessions, Jessica ran out of the room to her mother to check that she was still there.

My play props were simple, I had a large box of lengths of coloured silk and other material for dressing up which would provide costumes.  On this particular day, I  was prompted to take with me  a small bunch of snow drops picked from the garden, (it was February) and a sparkly gold star on a silken thread.  In our play session both girls said they wanted to be princesses and eagerly rummaged through the box of material  to find colours for their princess costume.  Annabelle’s choice for a  princess skirt was vibrant red, a colour symbolic of strength and power and palest pink, resonating with the higher vibration of the heart.  A length of gold material, denoting royalty and a high frequency of vibration was chosen for the bodice.  Jessica wanted to wear the same colours as her older sister and fortunately there was enough material for both girls. I wrapped them in the silken material and held their costumes together with lengths of coloured cord.  Annabelle then proceeded to spread out a length of  blue material  in the centre of the room, which she said was a lake ( water in play equates with emotion )…..   I watched and waited for their story to unfold.

Annabelle again took the lead and asked for the small table in the corner of the room to be placed in the middle of the lake and Jessica readily agreed .  They needed help to lift it and together we placed the table in the centre of the blue material.  I asked if the table should be under the water at the bottom of the lake or floating on top of it.  I was told that it was floating on top.  As princesses, the two girls  hand in hand, decided to go for a stately walk around the lake and then Annabelle pointed to the table in the middle, as if seeing it for the first time

After a brief conversation to decide what they should do, they both waded into the pretend lake and together dragged the table out.  With imaginary cloths, they dried the table and then Jessica suggested that they polish the table to make it shiny.  They both polished the table vigorously and when I asked what happens next, Annabelle told me that rubbing the table makes a Genie come out to talk to them. I didn’t question this surprising event loosely based on Aladdin and when Annabelle asked me to dress up as the Genie of the table, I  readily agreed to join in.

Without prompting and in great excitement, Jessica chose some emerald green material for me to wrap myself in and   Annabelle authoritatively told me that as the Genie I was supposed to grant them a special wish.  In my recollection, the Genie granted  three wishes but I didn’t argue and was happy to settle for one wish.  In my best deep Genie voice, I offered to grant the girls their wish.  Without a pause, Annabelle said ‘Bring my Daddy back.’  Jessica enthusiastically nodded . When I asked where they thought their Daddy was, Annabelle with a serious face, told me that Daddy had gone to a  Golden Land.   I asked the girls what we should do  (they had now fully  involved me in their play as the Genie) , both girls said that they wanted to go there to find him and ask him to come back. We looked at travel options and the most exciting  suggestion was to fly to the Golden Land on a magic carpet.

The little princesses chose a length of pink and orange silk to represent the magic carpet. We also took a pretend picnic and juice in case we were hungry. When we arrived in the Golden Land I suggested that the Genie should go and look for their Daddy and the princesses should have their picnic and then go to sleep because they must be tired after the long journey.  This they did. On my return, as the Genie, I told them that although Daddy wasn’t able to come back he had sent a message to say that he loved Annabelle and Jessica very much and would always be able to hear his girls when they talked to him. A special present would be  waiting for  each of them when they returned from their journey.  There were some little white flowers for Annabelle to remind her that she could always talk to flowers and Daddy would be there listening to what she was saying.  She could talk to him in this way. A gold star was waiting for Jessica to remind her of the Golden Land, Daddy would be in the stars and she could talk to her gold star and the stars in the sky and Daddy would always listen to what she had to say.

The two girls liked this story and wanted to tell their Mummy, who was waiting patiently in the next room. It’s always important for children to  de role after imaginary play sessions to remind them of their true identity. With this in mind, we turned off the music and carefully put our costumes away in the box and we folded up the blue lake and the flying carpet. The girls fetched their Mummy from the adjacent room and we  sat down together  and they each told her their version of the story, which brought tears to her eyes.  I suggested that before I saw the girls again, they each draw a picture at home of their story and bring it with them to our next play session .  After singing our goodbye song together, the girls went home happily with their white flowers and golden star. The following week they brought me their drawings.

Names have been changed to protect confidentiality.

Here is a a radio link for  those who wish to know more about this rewarding work : Pieces of the Soul

Jennifer’s website is shared with contrubutors to the Living Memory Research Trust

Jennifer’s teaching manuals are offered as free downloads in the hope that they will inspire and encourage personal empowerment.

Also read : Fairytales, Astrology, Enchantment in Relation to Child Directed Creative Play

Simple Pleasures

We all, whether young or old, able bodied or disabled, intellectually impaired or with the capacity to function in all aspects of physical life, have the ability to find a purpose and to reach a fuller potential if we are able to connect to the intuitive pathways beyond our cognitive faculties.

We can accomplish this by engaging in a pleasurable, creative activity. In this way we feel love in action which stimulates the creative, intuitive aspects of the right hemisphere of our brain.  It is proven that simple enjoyment creates a chemical reaction which impacts on our cellular and neurological systems.

To understand the process, let’s look at the fundamental differences between orthodox medicine and holistic healing.

Orthodox medicine recognises the anatomy of the physical body with the aim of restoring mobility, function and health by focusing on the symptom or disorder and endeavouring to effect a cure.   An holistic approach requires an understanding of the person as a whole (mind, body and spirit) with the requirement to trace back to the event or experience which preceded the discomfort or dis-order and to explore the associated thoughts and feelings which  led to the manifestation of the symptom. With this understanding, an energy alignment will rebalance the energy.

To deepen our awareness, it would be helpful to have a basic understanding of the subtle energy system which envelops and nourishes the physical body and is beyond the auspices of the brain.  Some may recognise this system as the aura or auric field which ancient, indigenous people have known about for thousands of years.   This life giving subtle energy , also known as chi or prana, enlivens the body and without which death ensues.

Subtle Energy System

This is a complex, multidimensional field, where Light is transmitted as stepped down frequencies . The subtle energy system mirrors the anatomical structure of the physical body system and is composed of atoms and molecules that have magnetic properties . Our personal electromagnetic field is now proven by science.  Ancient people, with a deeper understanding, mapped this life giving energy as it was disseminated throughout the body by a transport system of meridian channels and major major and minor chakras which metabolise energy flow.

Our personal electromagnetic (auric) field is  comprised of  vibrating bands or layers of frequencies  corresponding to our thoughts and feelings.  The nature of our thoughts and feelings, whether positive or negative, has the ability to enhance the flow of this subtle energy or to intercept it.  Intercepted energy flow from a negative source, eventually leads to discomfort, dis-order and dis-ease in the physical body. We have possibly heard of the Epictetus quote ? ‘It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters’ because according to stoic philosophy, external events are beyond our control; therefore we should accept calmly and dispassionately whatever happens. 

Neuroscience has proved that emotions alter brain chemicals and we can therefore affect our brain chemistry by what we are thinking and feeling .  This is because every thought and emotional response has a particular vibratory frequency that creates a chemical reaction. See Molecules of Emotion by Candace Pert who was an American neuroscientist and pharmacologist

Higher Intuitive Aspects

 A higher intuitive band corresponding to our intuitive faculties bridges the gap between our personal electromagnetic (auric) field and the higher frequencies beyond. The right and left hemispheres of the brain are linked to these higher frequencies of consciousness via the crown of the head and with intention and focus, we are able to download  these accelerated frequencies to enhance and deepen our own spirituality and awareness.

Through this process, we send a positive impulse first to our heart and secondly to the  right hemisphere of the brain. This triggers our self- healing mechanism.  We all have the ability to access these higher intuitive pathways  to create a chemical reaction that has a lasting and positive effect on our lives.

How do we access these higher frequencies?

For the Child

We can stimulate this self-healing process for our children or grandchildren through the enjoyment of simple pleasures. These may take the form of a walk through the woods, nurturing and supporting a child’s sporting skill,  singing favourite songs, listening to music, painting or drawing, or reading a bedtime story.

These activities, however brief, make such a difference to a child who may be anxious and in need of attention. It fosters shared communication and a closer parent child relationship which strengthens the child emotionally, mentally and spiritually .  Endeavouring to cope with the turmoil of everyday life at home or at school, can be overwhelming to a child. A bedtime story also helps the child who may have impaired speech and language skills because it improves listening and encourages verbal expression in a relaxed and loving atmosphere.

For the Adult

The enjoyment of simple pleasures as outlined above, would be enhanced by sustained, daily practice of energy alignment .

Energy alignment practice rebalances cellular function and stimulates positive cell to cell communication within our physical body and our subtle energy system.  When we feel happy and harmonious we instinctively express ourselves in a positive way, which alters our brain chemistry .  Alignment gives immediate access to a transformative experience which opens up the creative intuitive pathways beyond the brain.

Below is the recommended Emerald Alignment method, which is a specific action of light.

Useful links

CDs produced by amadeusproject.co.uk:

Emerald Alignment Track on Musical Medicine CD

Musical Magic CD  –  a collaboration between composer Michael Kowalski and myself , which offers an energy alignment story set to music for children to encourage peaceful sleep and a track of nursery rhymes with sound effects for an enjoyable shared experience.

Clinical Research  at the Living Memory Research Trust

Fairytales, Astrology and Enchantment in Relation to Child Directed Creative Play

This is an excerpt from ‘Fairytales, Astrology and Enchantment in Relation to Child Directed Creative Play ‘ which I co-wrote with my colleague,  Sandra Lamb Kilburn who is a medical astrologer and whose work enhances  applied clinical practice at the Living Memory Research Trust . To read the full paper go to Academia.edu

This paper explores astrological psychology and specific astrological chart indicators.  A detailed case study of child directed creative play sessions, demonstrates their application in a therapeutic setting.  The child’s astrological chart indicates key personality traits which could be matched to the trials and tribulations that beset the leading characters within the fairytale of Cinderella. Insights gained from this exploration together with an understanding of the symbolism of fairytales offers healing opportunities, where the child leads the therapist through a personal interpretation of the fairytale, Cinderella.

Fairytales are as old as mankind itself and in all cultures, people have shared stories from generation to generation.  As metaphors for the growth of the soul, fairytales have spiritual significance and meaning and reflect our personal journey of life on earth.  (Wilhelm H 2015) They are not stories of rational behaviour but are symbolic of deep psychological, moral and spiritual messages to the soul to guide it on its journey through the trials it will face during its physical life experiences.  Through their experiences, the characters in the fairytales demonstrate the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual pressures the soul will encounter during its contact with the material world; this acts as a guide to help the individual to navigate the tests and trials experienced during physical life.  (Jung C 1996)

Astrological Psychology and the Symbolism of Fairytales

Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, Carl Jung, was deeply interested in mythology, religion and fairytales.  After studying medicine at Basel University in 1900, he graduated with an M.D. from Zurich University in 1902.  Paranormal experiences in his childhood led him to delve into the mysteries of the psyche (the soul) which resulted in his incorporating astrology and psychology into his studies.

The origins of archetypes appear to go back to the Greek philosopher Plato, who believed that pure mental forms were imprinted in the soul prior to birth.  He developed the idea that archetypes are the original models in the non-physical world and that physical forms are copies of these pure thought forms.  Carl Jung furthered the concept of psychological archetypes (metaphysical ideas of the nature of reality beyond physical existence) which were influenced by Plato’s ideas.  Jung formulated four major categories of archetypes; the animus/anima, the self, the shadow and the persona, which are archetypes that feature in fairytales.  Jung believed that at the unconscious level i.e. everything that is not at the conscious level of awareness, everyone retains understanding of human experiences and this creates a collective knowledge, which he called the collective unconscious.  Jung put forward the idea that a group experience takes place on a lower level of consciousness than the experience of an individual.  This is due to the fact that when many people gather together to share one common emotion, the total psyche emerging from the group is below the level of the individual psyche, stating that ‘If it is a very large group, the collective psyche will be more like the psyche of an animal, which is the reason why the ethical attitude of large organisations is always doubtful.  The psychology of a large crowd inevitably sinks to the level of mob psychology.  If, therefore, I have a so-called collective experience as a member of a group, it takes place on a lower level of consciousness than if I had the experience by myself alone.’  (Jung C 1991)

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Little Drummer Boy

Sam was eight years old and had Down’s syndrome. He attended a local primary school and received daily help from his support assistant within the classroom.  His limited understanding meant that he expressed himself using single words only.  To help him communicate, he had been taught from the Makaton Signs and Symbols Communication System which uses speech with signs (gestures) and symbols (pictures) to help people communicate.   Sam’s mother had asked for my help because Sam’s interaction wasn’t improving, adding to his other difficulties.  She also mentioned that Sam was now refusing to walk along an area of path on his way to school, where he had previously fallen down.

Sam’s father was unwell and often at home, battling depression. Sam’s mother had given birth to Sam in her early forties, the daily demands of caring for a child with special needs left her physically exhausted. Although a trained dancer, she felt she lacked any joy in her life having also recently lost her own mother to a terminal illness.  In an effort to control Sam’s behaviour, No’, ‘Stop’ and ‘Don’t’, were words she regularly shouted before picking up items that he repeatedly threw to the floor.

The innovative work of the Living Memory Research Trust is based upon the belief in the continuity of the soul and its journey through lives.  Our colleague, a consultant astrologer and numerologist focuses upon medical astrology (Iatromathematics) and the psychological and spiritual aspects of the soul journey.  This innovative work provides insights into current relationship issues related to previous experience of shared lives together. I have found this to be invaluable guidance, when searching for the optimum approach to specialised therapy.  In this instance, I requested a chart for both Sam and his mother.

Sam’s astrological chart indicated that he and his mother were opposites in many respects and could therefore learn much from each other as each had the ability to ‘free the other’s spirit.’  The chart indicated that his mother would be able to teach her son to be practical and to take responsibility for his physical needs and he would help her to relax and ‘lighten up’ to enable her to find some joy in life.  She had feelings of self-doubt which limited her ability to achieve, putting duty before pleasure, Sam on the other hand, was an ‘optimist with an innate faith in life’.  He ‘needed adventure with a desire to soar, intellectually and spiritually.’  Sam’s ‘light touch’ could stop his mother from worrying and his mother’s realism would temper his enthusiasm.  However, there was a danger that his mother’s seriousness and inflexibility would limit Sam’s ability to progress.  To avoid this happening, their joint charts indicated that they were required to work creatively together.

The astrological chart indicated that Sam would respond positively to singing, jungle images and drums.  I felt that this advice could be incorporated into his play sessions, as a reminder of the strength of positive memories from their other lives together.

 Therapy

Therapy for Sam was partly focused on encouraging his mother in the use of positive language e.g. to invite Sam to do what she wanted him to do rather than to use negative words such as ‘don’t’, ’stop’ and ‘no’. For example, to first gain Sam’s attention by saying his name and then when she has his attention, to make her request e.g.  ‘Sam, put the cup on the table’ rather than ‘don’t throw the cup on the floor’ and ‘Sam, please walk’ instead of shouting at him to ’Stop running.’

To stop Sam’s habit of throwing objects on the floor, I suggested that his mother put her hand over Sam’s hand and then together they were to pick up whatever he had thrown on the floor, ignoring his resistance.  By repeating this ‘hand over hand’ action each time he threw something, I assured her that Sam would eventually tire of making extra work for himself and would stop throwing things.  It was also a demonstration for him that his mother was in charge not he and proved very effective.

We tackled Sam’s remembered fear of a previous fall by distracting him.   As he and his mother set off for school, his mother sang action songs and appropriate nursery rhymes as he approached the area that caused him concern.  This encouraged him to keep moving and before long, he had replaced the trauma incident with a happy memory of the sing-along- journey to school.

Specific vocal tones based on the Rainbow Chakra Toning System were practised at home and in our play sessions.  Using his voice in this way to make sounds rather than words improved his overall confidence.  The action of toning impacts positively on cellular processes and on the neurological system and daily practice began to improve Sam’s ability to process his thoughts and express himself through words rather than gestures.

The sacral tone /O/ (as in home) was used to strengthen Sam’s voice and stimulate left brain neurological connections, improving social interaction and communication which helped him to relate to other children in the classroom.  Toning is an ancient and powerful method of healing with the voice.  It provides a means of creative expression through simple vocal techniques to create specific sounds.  Focused toning can alter the molecular structure of our bodies and the vibration of the space around us, triggering our own self-healing mechanism.  Each tone within the Rainbow Chakra toning system corresponds to a specific chakra (energy centre) and a specific colour, creating a rainbow of colour and sound to strengthen and balance the auric field.  The sacral tone resonates with the vibratory frequency of the colour orange; together we made an orange tent from a clothes airer covered in orange material for Sam to sit under while making his tone.

The chart had suggested singing, drumming and exploring jungle images and these activities were incorporated into our play session and encouraged at home.  Sam’s mother responded well to the suggestion that she should dance to Sam’s drumming.  As she danced to his drum beat, Sam was shown the positive impact of his actions. Their relationship improved as they laughed together and this empowered both mother and son and helped to redress the balance of control in their relationship.

The Emerald Alignment a self help method of aligning the subtle energy field was practised by Sam’s mother at home in the morning and evening, this improved her sleep, enabling her to cope with the stresses of daily life.

The Emerald Alignment for Children also played an important role at the beginning and end of Sam’s play sessions, I hung a swathe of emerald green material from the ceiling as a visual prompt.  Before he was taken through the emerald alignment process, Sam always chose to sit on the emerald green material where it fell in a pool on the floor.

As a result of his play sessions, Sam became more aware of his surroundings and because of our turn taking activities, his teacher reported that he was beginning to share and cooperate in activities at school. His mother had pulled back from anticipating her son’s daily needs and he was now dressing and toileting himself. Regularly drumming to a rhythm improved Sam’s ability to listen and his ability to identify specific speech sounds when spoken to.  This in turn improved the clarity of his own speech because we can only reproduce what we hear.

Sadly, Sam’s parents moved from the area and we were unable to continue our sessions but this work was instrumental in illustrating for me the value of  medical astrology  in assisting the therapeutic process.

Information on the Rainbow Chakra Tones can be found on the Living Memory Research Trust website

Further informationrelating to therapy with children is available on this link on the Living Memory Research Trust website 

Jennifer can be contacted at Email: jennifer.warters@lightvoice.org.uk

 

Fly Me To The Moon

 

One wet Saturday afternoon in Scotland, several years ago, my four year-old grandson and I  spent the morning exploring the towpath on the Polwarth canal bank in Edinburgh.  I was ‘baby sitting’ while my son and his wife took a much needed over night break . Undeterred by the weather, Fin and I shared an easy lunch of  yesterday’s lasagne and  went into the living room to play. The previous day, on my arrival, Fin had asked if we could make a rocket to go to the moon and having talked about the requirements, we went in search of  the basic framework for the craft.  Eventually, we found two wicker basket chairs in a bedroom and with difficulty, carried them downstairs .  I tipped them towards each other, which left a seating space in the middle for the self-selected astronaut.  Meanwhile, in the kitchen, Fin had found an empty giant packet of soap powder to cut up to make fins and a control panel. Unfortunately,  when carrying the box into the room, he had powdered the carpet with the remains of its contents… it looks like ‘moon dust’, I said . Relieved by my positive response , he went in search of scissors.  I  followed his instruction to cellotape flat pieces of card to cover gaping holes in the side of the craft.  We folded cardboard to provide a control panel and Fin drew three circles to represent the dials before cellotaping it in place. + Read More

Principles Underpinning the Origins of Sound

Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates….. that all that we call matter and energy are but “modes of vibratory motion “    The Kybalion

‘We are the same as plants, as trees, as other people, as the rain that falls.  We consist of that which is around us, we are the same as everything.’  Gautama Buddha

Exploration into alchemical theory informs us that there is but one primary source and one cosmic substance and the only apparent difference between any form of this cosmic substance is its different state of motion.  Alchemists postulated that matter is a consequence of a single pure ripple of vibration from an original Divine creative source.  This wave of vibrational frequency reverberates through space causing everything to vibrate at its own vibratory rate, whether a cell within our body, a daisy, a tree, a stone or a star.  In our advanced technological age, we are able hear the hum of each starry cluster or planetary body.  These energy forms group together in sympathetic resonance causing ripples of harmonics across the cosmos, known as ‘The Music of the Spheres’.  This is an ancient philosophical concept that regards movements of celestial bodies – the sun, moon, and planets as a form of music.  Pythagoras proposed that they all emit their own unique hum based on their orbital revolution. + Read More

Happy Talk

In my early days as a speech and language therapist, I had a deep desire to work creatively with children with special needs but became disillusioned with systems and methods of working that failed to address the child’s underlying emotions.  In the past, I had made hasty judgements which may have interfered with the child’s ability to progress.  Professional assessment whilst providing a diagnosis , also indicates a list of assumptions about what the child is or is not capable of and this limits and veils our perception of the child’s potential.

Having tried and tested numerous working methods with children struggling in the school system, I eventually came to the conclusion that focusing on a child’s impairment and endeavouring to encourage them to do what they find most difficult, is a debilitating exercise for both child and teacher.  I was inspired by the dawning realisation that children are able to heal themselves surprisingly quickly when offered positive creative choices.  These choices should be based on what the child enjoys doing within a structured framework of familiarity, routine and clear boundaries.  This approach caused me to shift my focus from the logical and rational left brain, the seat of impairment, to the creative intuitive aspects of the right brain.

All too often we ‘shine a torch’ on a child’s difficulty in the hope that any new learning will be integrated into their daily life.  Instead we need to refocus their minds away from their own difficulty and involve them in an enjoyable creative activity of their choosing.  This will relax the child and restore their confidence and begin to melt away self-doubt.  A relaxed child will learn more easily.  The positive energy of enjoyment will change the child’s perception of their own difficulty which will be diminished as a result.

Children benefit from interacting with the elements of nature, earth, water plants, trees and all life forms.  This activity engages those parts of the central nervous system that are unimpaired.  There is now much evidence to show that plants, flowers and trees respond to our emotional state and harmonise our energy flow.  We feel better if we smell the roses.

My search for answers led to post graduate training in metaphysics and alternative therapeutic approaches and I focused my therapy on creative play, incorporating vocal toning and energy alignment.  Toning is an ancient and powerful method of healing with the voice.  It provides a means of creative expression through simple vocal techniques to create specific sounds.  Focused toning can alter the molecular structure of our bodies and the vibration of the space around us, triggering our own self-healing mechanism.  Each tone within the Rainbow Chakra toning system corresponds to a specific chakra (energy centre) and a specific colour, creating a rainbow of colour and sound to strengthen and balance the auric field.

My  work with children convinced me that a child’s enjoyment of a creative activity, increases the flow of  positive light energy into impaired areas of their brain which improves neurological functioning, just as sunshine and water droplets stimulate plant growth through photosynthesis.

Relationship with other people, to the earth and to animals is how we become connected to each other and it’s how we learn.  I have been lucky enough to visit central Australia more than once and  in my oveland trips across the desert to central Australia, I discovered that relationship was of paramount importance to Aboriginal society.  Exploration of the environment is encouraged and within the family groups, all generations learn together, sharing knowledge and socialising.  The children learn at their own level, sharing resources, ideas, thoughts and feelings.  Through observation and interaction they learn to gauge each other’s emotions, behaviours and style.

Hyperactive children who in their vulnerability, reflect the anxiety of those around them, are more likely to become calmer and settled in the presence of an adult who predictably responds to them with a calm voice and demeanour i.e. an adult who is aligned.

It is my hope that my passion and love of this work will inspire you too.  Check out my manuals,  Sensory Rainbow and Happy Talk    I have provided some guidelines to encourage you to follow your own intuition when playing creatively with the children you may be lucky enough to meet.

Healing Through Play

A subdued little boy of eight was referred to me for creative play because of his struggles at home and at school where he was unable to order his thoughts.  When he tried to express himself, his speech was muddled and incoherent.   His actions were clumsy and he often tripped and banged into things.   One day, when given a choice of play materials, he chose to turn the playroom into an obstacle course, using everything in the room: wooden boxes, chairs, tunnels and small tables.  He asked if I would let him blindfold me so that he could lead me through his creation.

I agreed because it felt important for his confidence that he was in charge and that I was dependent on his instructions and physical prompts for my safety.  He then proceeded to tell me when to crouch down, when to lift my foot, when to crawl under a table or slide through a tunnel etc.  He had invented the game and took full responsibility for his role and was totally focused on my safety in our joint venture.

I attached a very long piece of yellow ribbon to my waist and as I moved, I left a yellow trail behind me.  When we had completed the course, I emerged unscathed and we looked back to see the length of ribbon that had marked my steps. The yellow track was a symbol of hope and a demonstration of how it is possible to relink a child’s  own impaired neural pathways through play.  I was given clear instructions and he was confident throughout because he was thinking more about me than his own difficulty in communication . This activity proved a turning point for us both in many ways because through this game of trust we had connected in a unique way and had both learnt from the experience.

On his subsequent visits to the playroom, we played this game over and over again , taking turns to lead each other over,  under and sometimes tunneling through the obstacles blocking our path.  Gradually this little boy’s confidence improved and with this improvement, his speech became clearer.  This confirmed my belief that children know how to heal themselves , we just have to hone our observation skills and watch for the clues. We need to actively listen to the child , allow them to choose the activity and play materials without making suggestions and always follow their focus of attention.   Shining a torch on a speech difficulty or specific impairment will exacerbate the problem and demolish the child’s  confidence.  When children are allowed to choose and are given opportunities to direct the play without adult interference, they are  more likely to tap into their own unique self-healing mechanism.

If you would like to deepen your understanding of my approch to play,  please check out my manuals Sensory Rainbow and  Happy Talk .  I have provided some guidelines to encourage you to follow your  own intuition when playing creatively with the children you are lucky enough to meet.

Emerald Alignment: An Agent Of Change

I have updated this blog,  first written in 2006 . So much has changed since then but hopefully my words will encourage you to endeavour to  reduce your own stress levels and discover your purpose in life.

I was on a quest to explore spirituality, when I discovered healing ( a word frowned upon in the National Health Trust (NHS) where I was currently employed in the UK).  As a Speech and Language Specialist , coordinating an area wide service to adults with learning disabilities and children with special needs,  I  was continually searching for new and creative ways  of working.  I wanted to improve my client’s communication, without ‘shining a light’ on their specific impairment.   Through many years of experience, I had reached the conclusion that an orthodox, symptom focused approach didn’t work.  Instead, by engaging the adult or child in a creative and enjoyable shared activity of  their choice,  their interaction with others  started to improve together with their communication. This is because when we are relaxed and enjoying ourselves, we are less aware of our problems and healing can take place. This isn’t rocket science but it wasn’t the prescriptive way I was expected to work.

At home, my life was running out of control as I juggled a demanding full time job with supporting ailing parents, whilst experiencing the failure of a troubled second marriage.  The emotional roller coaster of  being a mother to five children from my first marriage, combined with the trials and tribulations of  three visiting step daughters in my second marriage exacerbated the drama of family life.   I continually lurched from one crisis to another.  In an effort to find some inner peace, I read books on Buddhism and earnestly practised a plethora of meditation techniques without much success . My overactive mind interfered with any attempt to still my thoughts .

Thankfully, my life turned a corner after overhearing a colleague’s conversation about a therapist and healer she was seeing locally.  I  impulsively requested the contact details of   Carol Lamb, the  healer in question and  booked myself an appointment.    At the close of my first session, Carol aligned and sealed  my auric field with an Emerald Alignment , which is an attunement to the primary source of energy that governs the body.  I was told that aligning to this higher energetic frequency would connect me to my heart and intuition to restore balance and stability.   The alignment process had an immediate positive effect .  Although I didn’t understand what was happening to me and couldn’t remember accurately the words Carol had used, I used my version of the alignment the very next day with my voice clients, who were suffering from stress related vocal difficulties. + Read More

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