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

Robert, 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.  If a child cannot cope with stress, he or she may also have difficulty coping with changes of plans, paying attention, sharing with others or sitting still. Without good sensory integration, learning is difficult and the child often feels uncomfortable about himself and cannot cope with ordinary demands and perceived pressure. This is because the child’s brain is not processing or organising the flow of sensory stimulation in a manner that provides good, precise information about himself and his world.  Physical activity stimulates the senses and develops the brain’s ability to adapt and to organise.

If as a therapist, we don’t make what we are doing look like play, a child will not participate with enthusiasm. Activities need to be purposeful and directed towards the goal of self development and self organisation. A child can self organise if he can play at one thing in a constructive manner for a reasonable length of time.

One afternoon, when given a choice of play materials, Robert chose to turn the playroom into an obstacle course, using everything in the room: wooden boxes, chairs, tunnels and small tables.  He then 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 subsequent visits to the playroom, Robert and I played this game over and over again, taking turns with the yellow ribbon to lead each other over,  under and sometimes tunneling through the obstacles blocking our path.  If we give a child emotional support without trying to control what he does, he will probably try the task again and again until he masters it.

Gradually, Robert’s confidence improved and with  his 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 they give us. 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 may 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: Agent Of Change

This updated blog was first written in 2006  but so much has changed since then.  Hopefully, in the current turmoil, my words will encourage you to reduce your own stress levels and discover your true purpose in life.

In the 1990s, in search of  the meaning of spirituality, I found an answer to my quest and my own healing . Healing was a word frowned upon in the UK National Health Trust (NHS) where I was currently employed as a speech and language therapist/specialist.  My therapeutic work involved coordinating and delivering 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 to improve my clients’ communication without the need to ‘shine a light’ on their specific difficulty.   Over the years I had come to realise that an orthodox, symptom focused approach didn’t work.  Instead, if I engaged the adult or child in a creative and enjoyable shared activity of their choice, all aspects of their communication would spontaneously improve . When we are relaxed and happy, we are unaware of our problems and in this space healing can take place. This isn’t rocket science but it wasn’t the prescriptive way I was expected to work.

Meanwhile, my home life was running out of control.  I was in the throes of juggling a demanding full time job with supporting my mother in caring for my father with terminal illness and desperately struggling with the unhappiness of a troubled second marriage.  The emotional roller coaster of  being a mother to five children from my first marriage, three of whom my ex husband and I had fostered prior to adopting (the children were challenged by their own personal trauma), combined with the family problems associated with  three visiting teenage step daughters from my second marriage, was exhausting.   Not surprisingly, our family lurched from one crisis to another….. In an attempt to find some inner peace, I had read books on Buddhism and earnestly practised a plethora of meditation techniques without any noticeable success . My overactive mind interfered with any attempt to focus and 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  therapist in question and  eagerly booked myself an appointment.    At the close of my first session,  Carol aligned my auric field with an Emerald Alignment ,  an attunement to  a higher stream of consciousness which I was told was the primary source of energy that governs the body and would forge a connection to my heart and my intuition to correct imbalance and restore stability ….an attractive prospect.   The alignment process had an immediate and positive effect . + Read More

Leonard and Ron: Colour my Life

I had been called to a residential home because Leonard, one of the older residents with learning disabilities and a diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorder was exhibiting ‘disturbing behaviour’. Apparently Leonard was making ‘strange noises’ to annoy residents who had gathered in the television lounge to watch their favourite programme. I arranged a visit to the home to observe the reported behaviour and discovered that Leonard was making deep growling sounds whenever he was in the company of others.  The sound he made resembled the deep Tibetan tone and it was also interesting to note that the  base chakra tone from the Light Voice system of Rainbow chakra tones  was also very similar to Leonard’s sound. The base chakra tone corresponds to the vibratory frequency of the base chakra in health and to the colour red on the rainbow colour spectrum. This powerful Tone breaks up any compounded, trapped energy of unreleased emotion held in the base of the spine.

Leonard was both bemused and delighted when we were later alone and I repeated the base chakra tone every time he made his tone. Toning with him in this way helped me to forge a closer connection with him.  To enhance the toning process,  I also produced a length of vibrant red silk from my bag to brighten the room.

Subsequent arrangements were made for me to visit Leonard weekly for six sessions. I was intent on discovering the cause of his behaviour and as a speech and language therapist, I had a responsibility to advise care staff on the best way to encourage appropriate communication.  The vibration of the base chakra tone releases held emotion and anatomically resonates with the lower bowel,  kidneys and adrenal glands.  On a metaphysical level, in expressing this deep tone,  Leonard would be releasing emotion associated with memory of painful past experience. In later visits, I demonstrated the base tone to care staff and told them of its healing application .  Having taught them the tone, I encouraged his care staff to spend time toning with Leonard in his room, explaining that this would lessen his need to tone infront of  others.

Ron

During my visits to see Leonard, I also noticed Ron, a man in his sixties,  peering through the glass partition of the door and laughing at the tonal sounds we were making. As he watched, he pointed excitedly at the rainbow coloured silks on display.  However, his support worker chastised him for interrupting the session and endeavoured to distract him and lead him away from the door.

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Fairytale Healing for Grief

Alice was referred to me for play therapy when she was five years old, by a team of health service professionals who were offering counselling support to Alice’s father and his new girlfriend. Alice was grieving for her mother who had passed away with cancer two years earlier.  The little girl had watched helplessly as her mother slowly deteriorated before her eyes. Her father’s inability to come to terms with the loss of his wife had led to his new girl friend, who had recently moved in, leaving the family home on repeated occasions.  These dramas obviously had an impact on Alice.

This pale, solemn little girl with long brown hair and large grey eyes spoke very little in class and was reluctant to join her classmates in their activities at the group activity table. Alice refused to read or write.  I suggested that rather than insisting on group cooperation, a place could be kept for her at the group table, so that she could take her place if or when she felt ready to do so.  Meanwhile, she should be allowed to sit separately and encouraged to draw and paint, activities which she enjoyed.  This would enable her to freely express the painful emotions she seemed to be holding inside.

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Richard’s Ash Wednesday Pilgrimage

Billie Holiday Music touches our hearts when words fail.  It allows healing to take place by altering the vibrational field within a room. It can reduce the debilitating effect of a potentially stressful environment and lessens the impact of colds and ear infections during the early months of language acquisition.  This research is documented in the Sensory Rainbow.

Through music the senses are heightened and the ability to receive sensory stimulation is enhanced. In an attempt to establish musical preference or dislike, it is important to offer a wide choice of music which should include spiritual, popular, folk, romantic , classical , cultural indigenous music etc.  The individual’s personal choice will facilitate their relaxation and healing by helping them to painlessly release imprinted memory patterns of past negative experience retained at the submolecular level within the subtle and physical body systems.  Hone your observation skills and watch, wait and listen for preference to be indicated through body language, eye movement, facial expression and vocalisation.

Clients with intractable conditions have often been referred to me as their last hope when other health professionals have withdrawn. This story is about a man who had been incarcerated in a large asylum hospital for many years before he was moved into community accommodation and subsequently referred for therapy because of his complete dependence on care staff to meet his everyday needs, his self-harming behaviour, lack of speech and limited mobility.

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Arif: Surprising Choice of Music

Man in shadowsA young Asian man was referred to me because of his limited speech although he made occasional vocal sounds. Arif had a history of violent outbursts and his parents and members of staff in his residential home were subjected to regular attacks of spitting, scratching, pinching and biting.  When I first visited Arif, he was sitting cross-legged with head bowed and shoulders hunched forward.  He anxiously darted glances towards those around him. My initial assessment revealed that his violent outbursts were triggered by the monthly shaving of his body hair in accordance with his faith.  I was told that Arif was terrified of the vibration of the clippers and had to be forcibly restrained by his father and brothers , which perpetuated the cycle of fear.  Arif’s emotional distress manifested in bowel problems which related to long standing patterns of fear and a difficulty in ‘letting go’ of negative feelings.  Interestingly, Arif’s support worker mirrored this pattern with his own diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome.

My weekly visits took place in Arif’s room. In an attempt to discover his musical preference, I played a variety of music from all over the world, including folk, classical, sacred and music from his own and other cultures.   Through careful observation of Arif’s responses i.e. vocal sounds, body language and facial expression, it was possible to determine his musical preference.  The outcome of this observation reminded me never to make assumptions.  Showing disinterest in the music from his own Pakistani culture, Arif visibly relaxed and smiled when I played Handel’s Water Music  .  His body language shifted from closed to open and from submissive to empowered as he lifted his head, turned to the music, unfolded his arms, straightened his body and uncurled his legs.  Encouraged by this response, which surprised both me and his care staff , I requested that this  music was played quietly in Arif’s room and on short journeys in the car.  It is my understanding that we carry forward imprinted memory from early childhood experiences  and also from other lives we have lived. Negative memories, if triggered, influence our beliefs and colour our perception and behaviour. This piece of music was obviously empowering Arif and triggering a positive response which we needed to encourage and develop. + Read More

Toning and Energy Alignment to Heal Tinnitus

This is an excerpt from Positive Health Online Issue 220 – February 2015.  Toning and Energy Alignment to Heal Tinnitus.

Tinnitus is often described as a noise in the head, interestingly the word is taken from the Latin word ‘tinnire’ which means ringing or a tinkling bell. However, my clients who suffered from tinnitus have more frequently described the ‘noise’ in their head as a continuous loud buzzing, droning, whispering, humming or whistling. The sounds are more audible, seem louder and are more of a problem when it’s quiet, or when they are trying to go to sleep.

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According to The British Tinnitus Association, Tinnitus affects 10% of the population of the United Kingdom permanently and affects millions across the world. Tinnitus is the most common injury arising from the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq and another alarming fact states that 75% of 18 to 30 year-olds who go to nightclubs and concerts may experience temporary tinnitus. It is obvious, therefore that many are in need of both emotional and practical support.

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It’s Never Too Late

My mother Betty was born in 1921. She was the youngest daughter of Alice and Enos Sherborne. Her mother Alice had been a milliner and a window dresser for Harrods, the now famous department store in London. Alice married Enos, a cabinet maker and they had six children. Betty was the youngest daughter. After leaving school at fifteen, Mum worked at the Vickers Armstrong aircraft factory in Weybridge until she was called into the army at the outbreak of the second World War and eventually posted as a telephonist to Bordon Camp in Hampshire, the Canadian Army base.

Mum met my father Percy at a dance in Byfleet in 1945, shortly after his return from a harrowing five year posting abroad. He had served in the 8th Army as one of Field Marshal Montgomery’s ‘desert rats’ in the North African campaigns. After a brief courtship, they married in the local church. I was born nine months later and my brother, Robert,  was born in the Spring of 1948.  In 1953, the year of the Queen’s Coronation, my father’s new job in local government prompted a move to the village of Barnack in Lincolnshire, where my youngest brother, Jonathan, was born in 1955. + Read More

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