In our fast paced society it's important to keep centered and aligned with our true self. This is the place that vibrates love and our personal frequency. I spoke to sound healer Michelle Newman about how she uses sound to help people tune in and to be soul-centered.
Q: (Me) Please define & explain how it feels to be “soul-centered?”
Everyone has the ability to tune into his/her own inner guidance, inner voice, intuition, heart desire, still small voice or any other name that your paradigm prefers. There are many names for being "soul-centered." Some people call being soul-centered: being in touch with God, Divine Source, Creator, Great Spirit or Angels. It simply means to be still and listen to what is your next best step, "see" your vision for your life, and/or hear your calling. Again, there are many terms for this. Whatever name works best for your own experience is the one that an individual will best utilize.
Being soul-centered feels wonderful! Joseph Campbell called it "Follow Your Bliss" and others say "Follow Your Heart." It feels so good because you know you're on your "right path," doing exactly what you need to be doing in life. When you take steps towards what your soul is on Planet Earth to do, you feel as though your world is supporting you in your endeavors. There is still a lot of work to do, but it usually feels like fun work. It can be very playful.
Being Soul-Centered feels as though all your actions, thoughts and emotions are radiating out from the center of your core, your very being, the essence of YOU! You still feel emotions of sadness, elation, hope, compassion, perhaps anger, depression, etc. Yet, you also feel balanced enough to handle these emotions in a calm, capable way. You're able to let the emotions flow through you with flexibility, without getting stuck in one of them for too long a period of time. As I've gone through my own process of becoming more Soul-Centered, I've found that as soon as I feel and name one of these emotions, I can often laugh at myself and say emphatically, "I feel angry!" I just let the anger flow out of me within minutes, even seconds. There's such a sense of joy and delight, knowing that I have these tools. I've learned that holding onto these kinds of emotions is really only detrimental to me, not to anything or anyone towards whom I'm aiming my emotions. I've learned, too, that the purpose of anger is to fuel inner change, rather than blasting others with my feelings. That realization is very liberating, to say the least.
What are some ways clients can get to that place on their own? Do they get a Tibetan bowl? What kind? What are some other easy techniques?
Because I'm a singer and teach Sound Play, I've seen the power again and again with my clients (and myself) of letting out sounds (sometimes we call it noises) that sound like how I feel. If I'm angry or sad, the sounds that come out of me aren't pleasant, so I do it when I'm alone, perhaps in the car, in a bathroom, or on an empty elevator; any place I can find (I've even stepped outside a building and screamed to get that negative stuff out of my body right away). Holding onto emotions that don't serve us stuffs them in the physical body, as well as the emotional, mental and spiritual dimensions of our being. Starting with the physical is usually the easiest way to start to "get it out!."
Many people are uncomfortable with letting out sounds like that. Just opening your mouth and letting anything that's there come out can be such a relief because we're so structured and inhibited in our society. We rarely get to make any unpleasant, "socially unacceptable" sounds after the age of 1 yr. old. If we encouraged our babies to keep making whatever noises they wanted for the rest of our lives, I believe we'd have healthier, more well-balanced people.
If it's too scary to do at first, or you don't have a guide in this process, there are other ways to tune into your own centered-ness. I love Tibetan Bowls and Crystal Singing Bowls. They make it so easy "tune in" to your inner self. Many people don't resonate with meditation techniques, yoga or other forms of being still. ALL my clients love the crystal singing bowl because their bones immediately start to vibrate with the bowls, their energy field aligns with their own physical vibration, and the course is set for them to "tune into" themselves.
All of the physical world is created from the vibration of something moving: cells dividing, cells growing, our blood, our heart, digestion, etc. When things are vibrating, sound occurs. There are so many sounds within our own bodies. Our bodies are playing music constantly, as is everything around us, including outer space. Crystal singing bowls and Tibetan bowls vibrate to this natural music playing everywhere and tune us up, tune us in, as crystal clear as we tune into a radio station.
I've named a few down-to-earth practices that can support you on your journey to becoming Soul-Centered. When I work with my clients, I offer them customized practices designed specifically for exactly where they are in their own personal journey now.
If you want to learn more about using sound to center yourself than watch this video or contact Michelle! Plus, stay tuned for Part 2 in the next blog--how to use soul-centering in dating and relationships!
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