I didn’t exactly set out to create a business doing sound healing…
The first time I heard the term “woo-woo” was from my friend Mandy who is a nurse and a Healing Touch practitioner. She was telling a small group of us at the center for spiritual living that the “official term” for spiritual healing is “woo-woo”. We all laughed. And now here I am doing something in the “woo-woo” field. I understand that some of us embrace this as the overarching term for alternative, non-invasive spiritual healing modalities. Some consider it an insult and derogatory. I love that we can have fun with it and make it our own.
Here’s a dictionary definition of woo–woo: adj. concerned with emotions, mysticism, or spiritualism; other than rational or scientific; mysterious; new agey. Also n., a person who has mystical or new age beliefs.
There ya go. Is that what we do? I never considered myself “woo-woo” until I became attuned to Reiki. It was during my initial training that I felt that I already knew some of what was being taught. Perhaps from a past life, perhaps I had read about it and talked with others about it. I had received energy healings myself so I knew about it in a visceral, experiential way. After being attuned we were encouraged to practice on people and that is when I started to feel like I could do this as a job. People do that. And get paid for it. That sounded good.
Before being attuned to Reiki I was being told I would do something using toning. My question was always “what” am I doing with my voice? I understood it was to help people. But how? I had been told I was using improvisation….like Jazz? No, not me. I am a classically trained musician who reads music and never strays from what is written. I tried to understand the language of Jazz and it felt very foreign to me. I enjoy listening to it, and when I read music that has jazz chords, it sounds good, but the whole improvisation piece of Jazz really baffles me. So what was I going to be doing with my voice involving improvisation?
Was I toning for patients in hospitals? My mind found all sorts of things wrong with that. Wouldn’t it disturb the other patients? How do I offer myself for that service? etc. However, I did have a friend who had worked at a hospital where they offered energy therapy and sound therapy to the patients. I still would like to go and experience that. I met music therapists from Korea who work in hospitals. But I still didn’t know what it was going to look like for me. So I listened to Spirit. And I heard, “just do it”. “Do what?” I kept asking….and the response was…”do a daily toning practice.”
Once I had gotten my daily practice going, I started to open up to more and more possibilities for toning. I received the term, “Sound Washing” in a meditation and that night had the opportunity to discover what that was. I heard from Spirit that it is what I do. I still didn’t know what that was. I had a very loving group of spiritual friends who opened their hearts to allow me to share this new ability with them. Perhaps it was the Reiki training that allowed me to open myself to this opportunity. I stood in the center of the circle and began toning. Tears came. Tears flowing continuously down my face as I opened my mouth and allowed sounds to flow freely. I am so grateful for that opportunity. The people there shared with me their experiences–”soothing”, “relaxing”, “felt like I couldn’t not sit up straight”, “it took me deep into meditation faster than usual”. I was stunned. At the time, I was involved with the music at the Center for Spiritual Living and I included “Sound Washing” into part of a few of my presentations. Then I offered a class at the Center for Spiritual Living. People came. I enjoyed sharing with people about what toning is and how to do it. I gave tips on how to breathe and how to play with the sounds. We even explored how to make overtones (harmonics) with our voices.
It was near the end of that series of classes that a few participants asked if I had combined toning with Reiki. As a few of them were also Reiki practitioners, we decided to try it out. What a beautiful pairing. We all took turns giving and receiving. After that, I tried it out on a few friends one-on-one to practice this new skill. And every time I did a session, I gained more insights into what I am doing. Each person brought me a new level of wisdom to this healing modality that I call Reiki/Sound Healing. When I signed up for B-School, I had no idea how I would market myself online. I knew that Reiki could be done from a distance, and I knew I could record my Sound Washing, but I didn’t know how powerfully they would be transmitted. I received feedback from so many sensitive friends (many in our B-School Woo-Woo Crew) and now I offer my gifts around the world! Thank you B-School and Woo-Woo brothers and sisters!
I don’t remember how I found the Woo-Woo Crew. I didn’t consider myself “woo-woo” but when I read the posts and comments of the people in the Woo-Woo Crew, I knew this was my home. And now if I go on Facebook, it is usually just to check on my friends and colleagues in the Woo-Woo Crew. I feel like I am missing my friends when I am not on with them, yet I feel connected to them all the time. And I feel fulfilled and valued when I am interacting with these beings beaming blessings out to us all. I am proud to call myself “woo-woo”, and am delighted to have a business where I get paid to provide wonderful woo services. Rock on, Woo-Woo Crew!