It is that time of year again. Holiday songs play on the radio, decorations fill the stores, advertisements sell a “happy home” with a Hallmark family around the dinner table. But the reality is that the holidays can be stressful.
Making travel arrangements or playing host requires a lot of effort and spending time with family can be challenging as old dynamics are replayed and not so pleasant memories uprooted. Some may be alone for the holidays which can also be trying.
No matter your situation, practicing self care techniques can be vital for getting through the holidays.
Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:
1. Deep Belly Breathing. Practice a few minutes of deep belly breathing. Simply place one hand on your belly as you sit up straight or as you lie down flat. As you inhale, fill the belly with breath as if it were a balloon and as you exhale allow the belly to empty. Begin the practice of belly breathing before big events or gatherings so that you can use it readily should you find yourself triggered. In the moment, you can practice this breath for about 30 seconds to help ameliorate an emotional flare up by giving yourself a well needed pause.
2. Practice gratitude. Focus on the things you are grateful for. This can be as simple as being grateful for your next deep belly breath. Practicing gratitude is a quick and effective way to shift the worried, anxious mind to thoughts that are lighter.
There are a few ways to practice gratitude. I like to say aloud what it is that I am grateful for and why. For example, “I am grateful for my eyes, with them I can see all the beauty that exists in the world. I can see my son, I can drive and read. Thank you, thank you, thank you for my eyes and vision.
3. Move your body. Doing some gentle yoga or stretching before and after travel and during the holidays can be a way to move stored energy in the body. If you have an exercise routine, do your best to maintain it. If you are traveling, take some time to get outside and enjoy the fresh air and local sites. Get the blood flowing to help endorphin production spark an elevation in your mood.
4. Journal. Take some time to reflect on your feelings as you write them down. This allows for a safe space to channel any scattered or negative emotions. It can help you to see what is coming up while providing a road map to track mental patterns or habits.
5. Shift frequencies: Treat yourself to sound and vibrational healing. Sing and dance to your favorite music or bask in resonant healing frequencies that bring harmony where there is dis-ease of the body, mind and spirit. Energy work, such as Reiki, pairs well with sound technology initiating a frequency shift that will leave you calm and peaceful this holiday season.
The medical community is now realizing that cortisone shots can lead to rapid joint deterioration and osteoarthritis. Years ago a link had also been found between cortisone and the development of osteoporosis (Purdy).
Luckily for me, as an intuitive, I instinctively knew to decline numerous suggestions to get cortisone shots for a painful toe joint condition brought on by both genetics and the practice of daily Ashtanga yoga aerial-style jump backs.
Since then, I have successfully used sound, vibration and energy medicine to address my foot pain and so much more. I am happy to report living an active life once again doing yoga (sans jump backs) without the need to continue wearing clunky orthotics or the need to take bone degenerative or highly addictive pain medication such as Vicodin or Oxycontin. Yes, the medical community is now realizing that cortisone shots can lead to rapid joint degeneration, osteoarthritis and other severe complications (Donnelly).
At The Sound Code, there are two different program that address both pain and inflammation. The 3-in-1 Vibration program offers specific audible and inaudible frequencies that are safe for diminishing inflammation in the body. The program includes energy work such as Reiki and bio-energetic emotional clearing along with focused intention setting. The integration of all these components sets a strong foundation for healing. Sound Energy + Intention = Healing. The 2-In-1 Vibration Therapy program is for those who wish to forego the emotional clearing element. Both programs are complimentary to western medicine or an alternative to it for those seeking a drug-free, non-addictive, non-invasive and holistic approach to managing pain.
Purdy, Michael C. “Cortisol’s Connection to Osteoporosis Becomes Clearer”.The Source. Washington University in St Louis. Sept.8 2006. Web Oct.15 2019.
Donnelly, Laura. “Cortisone Injections for Hip and Knee Pain More Dangerous Than Was Thought”.The Telegraph. Oct.15 2019. Web Oct.15 2019.
Why is it that despite outward signs of success, praise and fame in a given career and or in other areas of life, some can’t seem to shake off the feeling that something is terribly wrong or missing in their lives? This is as true for those in recovery as it is for a practicing addict. Regardless of the amount of time spent in recovery, many in 12 steps continue to suffer, often quietly, from unresolved emotions or the feeling that something just isn’t quite right as if there were some emptiness or a void that needs filling.
Author and sacred music producer Dr. Michael Levy writes about the importance of the formative years for developing healthy emotional responsiveness later in life. If during the first 11 years of life a child experiences gaps in receiving a consistent high quality of love from their prominent care giver/s the child will most likely go on to feel the repercussions of this missing love later in life. He goes on to add that many of us find that there is “a hole, an inner feeling of rejection, a void in our hearts” that “drives us to search for it our entire lives without even knowing what we are looking for”. (Levry)
For many in recovery the formative years consist of varying levels of dysfunction peppered with drug, alcohol, physical and or emotional abuse. So, if Dr. Levry’s assessment is correct, then it comes as no surprise that this feeling of living life with a persistent void is all too familiar.
The Sound in Recovery program is a unique sound and vibration-based program designed to locate and shift disturbances in the energy body due to stored emotional pain and years of toxic stress. Throughout the 8-week process, a sound and energy practitioner works closely to entrain incoherent disturbances in your energy field to a state of coherence. Healing sound frequencies entrain the body back to a prime optimal resonant state so that overall healing can occur. In addition, clients receive one-on-one coaching in a series of action-oriented steps for integrating the high vibrational shift in their lives.
Carrying emotional pain and trauma in the energy body is like carrying around dead weight. It prevents us from fully enjoying what is going well in our lives and it also prevents us from living in the present. If left unchecked, energetic disturbances eventually embed themselves in the physical and mental body and manifest as pain related dis-ease or chronic stress issues such as anxiety and depression. The onset of this can be the subtle yet constant feeling that there exists a void or absence of sorts within. Something is wrong even when we can’t name just what that something is. Sound and vibrational healing modalities yield results in a gentle yet profound way often igniting a newfound sense of freedom, lightness of being and a sustained sense of over-all well-being. Testimonials.
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Levry, Joseph.“Healing Emotional Trauma for a Healthy and Happy Life”. Rootlight. N.p Jan. 2019. Web 26 Sept. 2019
Emotional suppression, or stuck emotions can be the result of parental or societal conditioning. Think of the little boy who wasn’t allowed to cry or show fear because he was told at a young age to man up. Suppression can also be due to trauma such as an accident or physical abuse.
When we suppress or distract ourselves from uncomfortable emotions by turning to food, cigarettes, drugs, sex or any other distraction, the vibration of the emotion will continue to linger on and radiate in our mental, emotional, energetic and physical bodies. Over time this disruption or incoherence in the body system leaves us susceptible to pain and dis-ease. A lifelong pattern of suppressing low vibratory emotions will leave an indelible imprint on us and those around us as it becomes a central part of how we present ourselves in the world.
Most people have experienced coming across someone that simply gives off a bad vibe. This usually means we are coming across someone who hasn’t done the job of processing feelings of anger, hatred or resentment. These unresolved emotions are now permeating their being and coloring who they are. They walk around broadcasting their low vibratory field of hate and resentment out to others and as a result they are also drawing more of it in. This is true of any low vibrational emotion.Some people broadcast the frequency of sadness, or shame..etc. A broadcast sends out a signal to the universe that you are open to receive more to be saddened or shamed about. This is the law of vibration or as it is better known, “the law of attraction”.
It isn’t easy to remedy years of emotional suppression. The Sound In Recovery Program is an 8-week program that uses advanced sound technology along with other vibrational shifting energy medicine modalities tailored to pinpoint, dispel and transmute whatever stuck emotions are holding you back from living a full and vibrant life. Sound is used as the primary means of entraining the mind and body to healthier or higher vibrational frequency states.
As a result of shedding toxic suppressed emotions one begins to enjoy better health, joy and a newfound passion for living. Low vibrational emotions can be replaced with higher frequency, life sustaining emotions of your choosing such as joy, love and enthusiasm. Sound healing and energy medicine are not a substitute for psychotherapy or professional drug and alcohol rehabilitation.
Start the frequency shift today and discover the joy of living life vibrantly.
I re-call starting the morning of September 11, 2001 by attending a special yoga class. Hundreds of students came to practice Ashtanga yoga with the guru of the practice who had just arrived from India for the special event. I re-call how we moved as one to the rhythm of victorious breath. Soon into the practice, my two beaded bracelets suddenly broke and scattered their many crystal beads all over the streaming colors of yoga mats lined up row upon row across the stark studio floor. These two bracelets had been a part of my body for at least two years prior. I slept with them, showered with them and regularly practiced daily yoga with them. The sudden simultaneous rupture of both bands was a foreshadowing of the later morning events that would shake up and take a vicious bite of the apple of my beloved city. Crystals have long been known to absorb negative energy so it was no surprise that the bracelets unraveled and dispersed due to the energy of terror lurking in the air.
When class was over, I walked home to my west village apartment and was overtaken by a sense of serenity and calm that is likened to what one feels directly before a storm. As I stood in front of my building contemplating whether to get a morning coffee or not I gazed at the sky to notice fresh smoke emanating from one of the Twin Towers. As an empath, I immediately felt a wave of grief sweep over me as I thought of all the people who were inside that building on those burning floors. I knew that they were in deep trouble and were dying or about to die. Some people around me were speculating as to what had happened and one onlooker said they saw a plane crash into it.
As the events of the morning went on and news spread as to the terror attacks hitting the homeland. I witnessed first hand both buildings implode. Giant nuclear mushroom like clouds of cement, sheetrock, computers, plastic, flesh and bone. This was a scene straight out of Armageddon.
Witnessing the buildings I had grown up collapse and taking with them the lives of what we would later discover were 2,763 souls was more loss than I was able to handle. The elegant twins were part of my upbringing. My father was very proud to have been a core part of the construction team and we often toured them. To have them removed from the geographical landscape in one swipe was a re-write of not only my history but of the entire city’s.
Grief over the day’s events shook the city, the nation and the world for days and years. The collective grief of innocence lost still rattles us as we continue to live with the reverberation of consequences that day brought with it. It is natural to mourn and grieve after any loss. Loss is a part of life and like any other emotion it is meant to move through us. There is a distinction however between natural loss that occurs with old age or disease as opposed to the loss that results from things out of our control such as a traumatic event, a freak accident, suicide or as a result of substance abuse.
When loss is unexpected and tied to a trauma, grief can often remain stuck in our energy field. The weight and presence of unprocessed grief begins to spread to our physical and emotional body and may manifest as depression or other kind of mood disorder and or physical illness.
The anniversary of this day brings back a rush of memories for all of us. Our collective grief helps us to connect with each other’s humanity while also serving to soften our hearts to one another. This is the grace that comes from grief. It is a blessed reminder to Never Forget.
#AlwaysRemember & #NeverForget #September11th #trauma
I have used sound and vibration to address and overcome worrisome health issues such as aberrant cells, foot pain and high levels of emotional stress. My clients have found sustained relief from depression, anxiety, negative thinking, high blood pressure, mental fog, sprains, injuries and many other conditions.
It has been said that stress is responsible for 90% of all illness and disease. Only 10% is attributed to genetic factors. Sound healing has been used since ancient times as a highly effective stress reducing modality.
Sound and vibration healing is still an effective means for empowering health and overall well-being in today’s modern world. In this Youtube video, Dr. Bruce Lipton explains exactly why and how sound healing works. I encourage you to watch the whole video. In case you are short on time. I have jotted down a few of Dr. Lipton’s important talking points.
He explains that vibrational energy is more effective at delivering information to a biological system than a chemical messenger (standard medication) is. When a chemical messenger binds with something in order for it to work it loses 98% of information during the chemical reaction of binding. This means that only 2% of necessary information is being carried to the system with a chemical messenger. No such loss exists when using vibrational energy to carry a message to the body. A vibrational message sends 100% of information to the system and it does so at a much faster rate. He also goes onto explain that chemical signals travel at about 1 foot per second whereas vibration travels at 186,000 miles per second. So in terms of transferring information, vibration is 100x more efficient than a chemical signal.
Sound healing uses the principle of constructive interference. This is when one energy couples with another to enhance it: bringing harmony and coherence where there is disharmony or incoherence. This is why one can feel so good after a constructive sound session.
Sound healing is not a replacement for professional medical help. It is a complement to Western medicine. It also falls into the category of alternative medicine for those seeking a non-medical approach to mind-body health.
You hear the dreaded words,”We need to talk“. You missed the FINAL submission deadline and to top it all off your favorite jeans are feeling way to snug after last night’s Italian fiesta. As life throws it’s steady stream of challenges, you find that your shadow side begins a slow and steady take over as if you were Dr. Jeckyll battling Mr. Hyde.
The shadow is the side of ourselves we don’t like to associate as part of our identity. Psychologist Carl Jung wrote, “Everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is” (Jung, 1938, p. 131). It is made up of fears, shame, guilt, grief, resentments, jealousy, anger and other aspects we don’t like to freely admit as part of our make-up. Our shadow, unmanaged can overwhelm us with brute force or it may simply linger or hide unconsciously in the mind and body.
Sound healing and vibrational shifting support tools such as breath work, guided visualization, meditation, bio-tuning and energy work entrain the body and brain to a relaxed and healthier resonant state. This foundation is key to experiencing unconditional presence and for diminishing the power of the shadow over us.
Significant shifts are usually felt within the first week or two of partaking in a customized sound & vibrational based support program. It takes roughly eight weeks for a healthier resonance to be sustained so that one is better equipped to integrate the shadow. Results are cumulative, subtle and yet profound.
Learn more about how you can up-level your recovery here: Sound-Based Recovery Support
Jung, C.J. (1938). Psychology and religion. Binghamton, NY: The Vail-Ballou Press, Inc.
Years ago, I tended to blame others or outside circumstances for the bulk of my problems. Thoughts like, “if only he loved me” or “if only I got that specialized degree … things would surely be better”. The fact of the matter is that incessant negative thinking only drove me deeper into a low frequency energy state where I could only imagine the proverbial glass as being half full.
It wasn’t until years later that I discovered many miracles can occur when one shifts energetically to a higher frequency state of being. I’m not talking about simple positive thinking or gratitude lists here. I am talking about a shift that goes beyond the intellect. A shift that runs deep – on the cellular, subconscious and soul levels. Enter the power of sound and vibrational healing.
If you aren’t happy with the results that your current thoughts, emotions and body are stuck in then you may want to take action in shifting your resonant operating frequency (ROF): the frequency your body and mind are operating in most often. Stress, illness, toxic thoughts or prior substance abuse negatively alter ROF leaving one to feel less than ok. According to Cymatic therapy expert, Chris Gibbs, symptoms such as pain, inflammation, anxiety, depression and lack of mental focus are just some of the health issues that result from lowered ROF.
Sound and vibrational sessions entrain the mind and body to healthier resonant frequency states. A healing shift can occur when sound is coupled with focused intention during a deeply relaxed state. It is common to experience a lightness of being that comes with an expansion in consciousness. Motivation and overall wellness are added bonuses. It is healing that runs deep – on the cellular, subconscious and soul levels. This is the power of sound.
An experienced sound or Cymatic practitioner will tailor sessions to address your particular emotional and/or physical pain cycle. They will also provide you with new thought ancient wisdom tools to help sustain the frequency shift going forward. Sharada LaSpisa is a certified Cymatic practitioner, Reiki Master, Yoga Instructor and Sounder.
Gibbs, Chris. Cymatherapy: A Practical Guide for Everyone.Rothersthorpe:Paragon Publishing,2010.
An estimated 16.2 million Americans suffer from depression. Those in recovery are twice as likely to suffer from it or other mood disorders when compared to the general population. Recognized as a loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities, depression is often accompanied with overwhelming sadness and problems in the areas of sleeping, eating, concentration, energy, and self-worth. (NIH.gov)
Working with an experienced mental health professional when experiencing depression is always recommended. This is especially true when there is a tendency towards suicidal ideation or when there is a diagnosis of bi-polar or psychotic depression.
Complementary to working with a licensed therapist, support for depression can also be found in the growing field of alternative medicine. Sound and vibrational wellness tools such as Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field therapy, Cymatic therapy, and traditional sound healing instruments can all address the symptoms of depression with or without the use of medication.
Sound stimulates the nerves and cells of the body and brain with gentle and nurturing frequencies. A combination of sound and earth-based geomagnetic waves power up the electrical charge along with the resonant frequency state of the body’s cells. Like exercise, health frequencies keep cells fit, charged and functioning within their range of optimal wellness. This cellular exercise provides soothing regenerative support to the brain and body that is welcome relief after years of the damaging effects of long time drug or alcohol use. Repeated sessions have a cumulative effect of entraining the brain and body to a state of coherence and wellness that can be sustained when accompanied by a healthy lifestyle.
In addition to knowing how to use such healing instruments, an experienced sound and energy medicine practitioner will assist with the important task of releasing trapped emotions that reside within the physical or energetic body of the affected client. According to vibrational medicine and ancient wisdom teachings, negative trapped emotions can lower a person’s overall vibration; directly contributing to depressed or other low vibrational states such as fear, self-pity, guilt…etc. Sound healing works by entraining the body and brain to higher and healthier frequency states. As a result of cumulative sessions, one can experience the true gifts of vibrant health, a relaxed and clear mindset and an overall feeling of expanded awareness.
You live life by the book. You work a program and you have a spiritual practice. But something still isn’t right. Years of toxic negative mental programming, from childhood or from your surroundings, keep you stuck in a perpetual state of stinking thinking? Limited beliefs permeate who you can be and what you can accomplish. These beliefs color your relationships, finances, your health and simply how you show up in the world.
Sound and vibration are invaluable tools for elevating consciousness. Frequencies entrain the physical and energy body to a place of coherence, optimal wellness, and deep states of relaxation so that the subconscious mind can finally free itself of negative programming.
Discover your true nature experientially rather than philosophically for truly divine transformation and growth. Live Vibrantly! Learn more at The Sound Code.