This week I wanted to share my latest video.  I've been concentrating on Heart, Sacral and Root recently. I really love the sounds of these three together.

Singing bowls have been around since the 1980s. There is some thoughts that maybe our ancestors worked with crystals and more recently science has shown that these crystals resonate a sound that has proved beneficial to human cells.

Singing bowls can be used for meditation and just a relationship to the sound waves has shown positive impact on the human body. 

I have been working with the bowls, using the sound to help welcome relaxing and create a release in my body.  Excess energy seems to float away. 

This session was extremely helpful for me.  Even the dog let out a little call to let me know he was enjoying the session.  

I hope you enjoy.

My Latest Crystal Bowl Session

This weekend I'm focused on our torso. The chakra's we are working are directly are the sacral, solar plexus, heart and throat.  I played this healing session for Eli who has a lower lumbar fusion and some disc damage in his neck.

This tend to be a problem area for stress. 

Feedback and comments welcome.

What Bad Can Happen with Sound Healing?

 Some people are sensitive to crystal bowls frequency or sound healing.  There are some physical impacts to participating in a healing session.  You can experience nasal drip, headaches, anxiety and even depression, depending on how you respond to the healing session.

Certain medical conditions should take care when attending healing sessions.

An example of those are:

  • Beginners: Start out with slow 5-minute sessions until you see how the singing bowls affect you.
  • Epilepsy: Singing bowls may trigger seizures. People with epilepsy should generally avoid singing bowls.
  • Metal implants: Avoid singing bowls if you have metal devices in your body, such as a pacemaker, coronary shunt, artificial heart valves, or metal pins or staples. The vibration of the singing bowl sound could possibly move the metal inside you, causing injury or malfunction of the device.
  • Bodily conditions: Avoid placing singing bowls directly on or near tumors, implants, screws, or artificial joints.
  • Mental health: Singing bowls often elicit deep memories, emotion, and thoughts. If you are diagnosed with a mental disorder like PTSD, anxiety, or depression, be sure to work with your doctor or therapist to make sure you can manage the thoughts and feelings that might arise.
  • Skin conditions: If you have an inflammatory skin condition like psoriasis, eczema, or hives, practitioners recommend not placing bowls on your body since they could aggravate the skin condition.
  • Pregnancy: In general, avoid singing bowls during pregnancy. If your doctor approves, you might try short sessions, but make sure the bowls are away from your belly and back.
  • Children: Be careful to monitor your child’s use of a singing bowl. Use incorrectly, it can damage hearing.
  • Surgery. After surgery, wait to place singing bowls on your body until sutures are removed and your skin is fully healed.

Sound healing is a wonderful tool to move forward through spiritual healing, emotional healing and chakra alignment. One thing to keep in mind is that in order to have the best experience is to be sure to share any information with the your sound healer.  You healer should ask you about your health, your current emotional status and your readiness to accept healing.

You can only get what you give in this instance. Be ready to accept the healing in order to have the best experience with your healing professional. 

Rev. Renee Sosanna Olson

Lumbar Session

 This was a pretty amazing session today. I wanted to share it.  This was a intention healing session for the lumbar area or back area.  It is recommended to listen to this with your headphones on and just allow your body to merge with the energy of the sounds being played.

Apologies for the road noise, I'm working on a better place to record.

Feel free to leave feedback.

Sound Therapy - Bowl Identification

 I was asked recently if the bowls stood for something.  I wanted to create a short video with that description as well as a little bit of alignment.  

Red - Root Chakra - Red Rimmed Bowl

Orange - Sacral Chakra - Orange Rimmed Bowl

Yellow - Solar Plexus Chakra - Yellow Rimmed Bowl

Green - Heart Chakra - Green Rimmed Bowl

Blue - Throat Chakra - Blue Rimmed Bowl

Indigo - Third Eye Chakra - Indigo Rimmed Bowl

Violet - Crown Chakra - Violet Rimmed Bowl

I'll be working on adding a little more focus and control as well as taking requests for specific chakras.

These are best enjoyed with a set of headphones, deep breath relaxation and allowing the energy to combine with yours.

I hope you enjoy.

Daily Draw - The Survivor

 Daily Draw - The Survivor

This card comes with the message, "Things might not work out as planned, at least in the short term. Remember all you have endured and how resilient you have proven to be."

The Wild Goddess on this card is surrounded by her nature. The sun high in the clouds shines on her. The hawk and a doe are behind her watching and protecting her. She stands at the ready, accepting and driven to accomplish the next task. She is strong, knows her connection to the natural world will guide her through any challenges that are to come. She is not a victim, she is part of natural world and cannot be separated from it.

When we see the Survivor in a reading, we are being warned to prepare for change. Things will not work out the way we planned at the beginning. We need to focus on doing the right thing. Being strong and staying healthy. We have to face what is coming, there's no way to avoid it. There is a lesson to be learned and we have to ride it through before we can move past. With a positive mind and body, we will overcome this challenge.

What is happening your life right now that is putting you in this position? Is there health issues? Maybe finances or love woes? Stop avoiding the issue. Turn and face this challenge with your whole spirit. Until you do, it will drag on and on. The only way to move past this is to look it directly in the face, accept what is there and move on. Surviving is a step to thriving. Take a moment and focus, you can do this!

This card comes from the Wild Goddess Oracle by Amy Zerner and Monte Farber. If you're looking for a single reading or creating an ongoing advisory relationship, I do have a few slots available. Learn more at neuse river witch dot com shop at confessions of a modern witch dot com
Blessed Be
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Daily Draw - Witch

 Daily Draw - The Witch

The Witch card comes with the message, "Be aware of your reputation, your influence, and your power to create, preserve, or destroy. Powerful women are often misunderstood."

The Witch radiates power and majestic beauty. She sits, surrounded by the natural world with the full moon reflecting of water below in quiet contemplation, as she works her magic to contact those energies on other realms. In her hands she holds a crystal ball used for divination, much like the sister oracles before her. She understands how the natural world works and how it can be influenced to bend to her will. Her magic, begins with the knowledge of self and the strength to harness it.
When the Witch shows up in our draw we are reminded that all things are possible with knowledge. We must research what we are looking to accomplish and then understand, not only the how but also the why. We are the authority on this topic and should proceed as such. We may be judged by those around us that do not understand or who are jealous. To these people our success will seem effortless. Our rewards, endless. Our reputation gives us the power to create our own future and bring our desires to life.

Is there someone around you that looks up to you? Are you their teacher or trainer? Are you the authority on a topic and often called on for your opinion or to guide others? Is your place in the group that of nurturer or caretaker? Are there people dependent on your actions for their learning or care?

You are the sum of your experiences. Your past creates your path to the future, your knowledge and intuition creates the effort. Your poise and reputation are the external signs that will either attract or repel. It is your safeguard, your ward. You are the authority here, present yourself as such and you will succeed.

This card comes from the Wild Goddess Oracle by Amy Zerner and Monte Farber. If you're looking for a single reading or creating an ongoing advisory relationship, I do have a few slots available. Learn more at neuse river witch dot com or my shop website confessions of a modern witch dot com.
Blessed Be

Sound Therapy - What's Next?

 Welcome to Part III of my journey into sound therapy. Sound has been a healing source for centuries. From wind chimes to healing baths, we use music, sound and even noise to create a feeling. 

How does sound do this? What does sound do?  Let's look at this video that explains some of the ways sound waves act.

Let's take a look at some of the sound tools out there.  Click play on each video and then with a note pad, jot down what each makes you feel.

We'll start with Koshi Chimes. These are elemental chimes and each one is for the four elements. Earth, Air, Fire and Water and are thought to release stress, relieve anxiety and help with insomnia.  

Next let's look at a video on a Nepal Singing Bowl Demonstration. These sessions are said to treat back and knee problems, pain, depression, stress, migraines and eyestrain and also for meditation and charging water. 

What do you think?  Does sound heal?  How about grow food?  Maybe change the way water molecules react when frozen? We know that it is capable of all those things and so much more.

Now what about the negative effects of sound.  Let's talk about what can happen when sound is use not for healing, but for control or negative purposes.

 In World War II, during the German siege of the Soviet city of Stalingrad in 1942, Soviet troops kept German forces awake at night by playing Argentine tangos through loudspeakers. In Vietnam, U.S. forces turned sound into psychological warfare. And we are all aware of the event in Waco Texas where the Branch Davidians were holdup in a compound and stayed for days while the federal government bombarded the area with sound to make them surrender. And of course we all know about the fall of Jericho from the Old Testament in the Christian Bible. 

The story goes, that the Israelites marched on Jericho for six days and on the seventh day, they blew their trumpets and the walls fell.

The video below explains how in 1957, by accident, Dr. Vladimir Gavreau and his research team discovered that sound could also become a very deadly weapon.  Gavreau's team was working on robotics research, when they all became very ill.  After an investigation, it was discovered that there was an improperly installed ventilator motor in their building, that when coupled with a long airshaft, that acted like an organ pipe, had created an inaudible 7 Hz tone.

Let's change directions and move back into the positive with this piece. The 440hz frequency is said to ease the mind, improve sleep and create a sense of calm.  I play these while I'm sleeping at night.

Sound is a powerful tool that can be used for both positive and negative.  It is on the users to decide the best way to proceed in this area.  For me, I relate to nails on a chalkboard as a negative and the beautiful sound of windchimes as the positive. I am looking forward to my journey as a sound healer. I am confident that as long as we as a society look to improve the lives of those around us, we'll always be on the right path, with the right action.



Daily Draw - Falling In Love

 Draw - Falling In Love

Message - "The thorns of roses rip open the heart only for they petals to bleed into thy soul.
Key words - Losing Control, Connection, Partnership

This card shows us a snow covered lane lined with pines. Sitting on a white horse, we have a couple in love. Arms intertwined and in faces touching. They are the epitome of love. Our messages is telling us that though sometimes a source of pain, any we feel allows the love to combine more deeply within. To me this could be a mixed message, but lets go with it.

Thinking of our one true love, speaking specifically of romantic love, has their been pain? Of course there has. Perhaps when you're not together. Perhaps when you're having a disagreement. The differences we see within the one we are committed to should allows us to see many facets to their personality. Allowing us to appreciate our differences and perhaps embrace them. It brings us closer to them. It joins us, binds us together in an unbreakable bond that lasts for a lifetime.

What's happening in your life right now that this message is speaking to? Have you started a new relationship? Is your current relationship rocky? Are you having doubts? Remember love is two ways. Simply because you love someone does not mean they will love you back. The most important love is self love. Self protection and self worth are the tools you need to be a happy, successfully adapted individual. Love is the icing on the cake. No one, regardless of their claim of love should make you feel less than, sad, or unworthy. Take some time today to a recount your love. See if it fits the bill of a happy, caring and nurturing relationship.

You are worth it.

This card comes from the Seasons of the Witch Yule Oracle by Lorriane Anderson & Juliet Diaz. Illustrated by Giada Rose. If you're looking for a single reading or creating an ongoing advisory relationship, I do have a few slots available. Learn more at neuse river witch dot com or confessions of a modern witch dot com.
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Daily Draw - Family

 Draw: Family

Message: "They love is present in the presence of thee. A comforting veil that warms the heart and hugs the soul.
Key words: Support, Roots, Tradition

This card features a family walking outdoors in a snow covered forest. Arm in arm, expressing love for each other. The taller of the two holds a small child. The message accompanying this card reminds of the love two people can share. The commitment and dedication to be together to love, honor and cherish. This card shows romantic love as well as familial love. It expresses the desire to be with someone (or someones) who can bring out the best in your and make your relationship complete.

It represents the love of a parent to child. Reminding us of the warm protective love that we often associate with a parental figure. Be that figure an auntie or a godparent. This love is what we share with our children. We want the best for them and do what we can give them safe harbor. This is what we think of when the holidays roll around. Either our desire to return to that love or our sorrow at not having that in our lives.

When we see this card in our draw it reminds us that there is love out there for us. It may change shapes or forms. It may come from neighbors, friends or strangers. It reminds us that everyone deserves this love and we should take some time to acknowledge that love and maybe even return it.

What's happening in your life today that this card, the family card is presenting itself to you? Reach out, if you feel you can do so safely and welcome that love into your day. Share that love with all you can. We are all children of the cosmos making us all and extended family.

This card comes from the Seasons of the Witch Yule Oracle by Lorriane Anderson & Juliet Diaz. Illustrated by Giada Rose. If you're looking for a single reading or creating an ongoing advisory relationship, I do have a few slots available. Learn more at neuse river witch dot com or confessions of a modern witch dot com.
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Daily Draw - Inner Child

 Daily Draw - Inner Child

Message - "Allow me to give compassion and love to that little one. Let me attend to its deepest needs and feelings."

This card is a simple beauty. The center of the card is where our eyes are directed. There is a small person sitting in the center of a plant. Nestled inside. Resting. Perhaps hiding. They are surrounded by assorted flowers and colors. The predominate one being a deep indigo. The color of our third eye chakra. This is the center of intuition, well being and perception. This position can imply introversion, sensitivity and shyness, and a desire to protect oneself. In yoga Fetal pose relaxes the mind and body and creates a sense of security.

Zen Master Thay wrote the following in his book "The Art of Communicating"

"Every one of us has a wounded child within who needs our care and love. But we run away from our inner child because we're afraid of the suffering. In addition to listening to others with compassion, we must also listen to the wounded child inside us. "

When we pull this card, we are reminded that inside every single one of us is a child who may have grown up without the support they needed. Today when we practice negative self talk, we are treating that child the same way. We need to learn to nurture that child. Give it praise, love it and cherish it. We need to be that love that we did not have when we were growing and developing.

What's happening in your life today that has left you feeling in a negative way. Sad? Lonely? Misunderstood? Unhappy? Each of those things can be reversed by you. Take some time to spend with your inner child. Buy them gifts, take them out for walk. Let them know, let yourself know, it is ok. They are not alone and they -- YOU -- are loved.

This card is part of the Divine Abundance Oracle Deck by Tosha Silver, Art by Fena Gonzalez. If you're looking for a single reading or creating an ongoing advisory relationship, I do have a few slots available. Learn more at neuse river witch dot com or confessions of a modern witch dot com.
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Daily Draw - Karma

 Daily Draw: Karma

Message: "There's nothing from a past life that can't be addressed in the current life."

This beautiful card center on two hands crocheting a web like flower of life pattern. Around it birds and various shapes are present. Crocheting is the knotting. The act of joining strings together with a series of knots that creates a wonderful pattern. Much like life itself.

Karma is the idea that we spend many incarnations on this planet. After we die, we return to live again until our lesson has been learned at which time we can then move on to nirvana or enlightenment. The word 'karma' has originated from the Sanskrit root 'kri' which means 'to do' or 'to 'act and react'. In the Hindu and Buddhist religions, Nirvana is the highest spiritual state that can possibly be achieved. Entering the realm of Nirvana is only possible for those who have become pure. uncountable noun. People sometimes refer to a state of complete happiness and peace as nirvana.

While to some point, with this mindset we are a victim to our current karma, but we can change our future karma. To me this is very similar to the rule of three or the adage you reap what you sow. Basically it we get back what we put out. For this reason I'm quicker to ward than curse. This doesn't mean I don't believe in those things, it just means I care more about my karma than my pride.

When we pull this card, we should remember that we should always strive to treat others in a good way. Walk the right path and offer the right energy for the situation. All of this energy returns home. What do you want to see when you answer a knock at your door?

This card is part of the Divine Abundance Oracle Deck by Tosha Silver, Art by Fena Gonzalez. If you're looking for a single reading or creating an ongoing advisory relationship, I do have a few slots available. Learn more at neuse river witch dot com or confessions of a modern witch dot com.
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