6. John Dumas - http://www.johndumas.com/
John really showed me that music (even in it's most simple form) can move and capture someones soul.
John is an extraordinary a sensitive musician. I have had the pleasure of being involved in a number of events with John.
from his Bio: John Dumas M.S. is an internationally renowned artist, musician, inspirational teacher, and pioneer in sound healing. He performs concerts and leads workshops internationally with his unique handcrafted flutes and didgeridoos. John has developed a unique sound therapy/healing ceremony that is titled "Shamanic Journey Into Dreamtime." This voyage into the dreamtime is an experiential interactive sound therapy that facilitates the healing of our mind, body & spirit. With the intention of love and compassion, John opens the doorway into the dreamtime, an altered state of time and space, producing awakened dreaming.
Performing in many countries and sacred sites, throughout, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and North America has given John the opportunity to lead ceremonies and play inside and Egyptian pyramids, Mayan temples, England's stone circles and the sacred mountaintop of Mt Saana, which is above the Arctic Circle in Finland. Whether through his concerts, shamanic meditations or land journeys, John's sense of commitment to his life's work to inspire love, empowerment, and unity worldwide continues to evolve. It is John's belief that through the universal language of music; where words are not needed that the beauty of oneness begins to emerge all over the world.
7. Courtenay Stickels - https://courtenaystickels.bandcamp.com/
Courtenay taught me to believe in myself and be persistent, even in the face of adversity. Good things take time...
Our meet up inspired a collaboration on International Sound Healing Day 2015 where we encouraged strangers to join us in a 5 minute toning session in the middle of the main street of Lyttelton.
Even though she has all the 'tools' and is as competent as any other in the trade, Courtenay doesn't consider herself a 'sound healer', she's a soul singer and a sound worker. In a town that is slow to catch on to the goodness of music therapy/sound healing, Courtenay is pretty much the only person putting on regular live sessions in Christchurch. Sometimes 6, sometimes 10 people come along and lay down. She also does private 1 on 1 sessions in her home. She's the real deal, and she's a trooper, and for that she needs to be applauded.
From her Bio: I've been a singer and songwriter since my early teens, but it wasn't until I had an awakening in my late 20s that I realized the presence of the Divine in my voice and understood what a great service I could contribute to humanity by being an instrument of love through my song. The more I surrender to this powerful presence and sink into the truth of my own soul, the more notes I am given - to touch hearts, change frequencies and be an agent of change in a world that yearns to heal and connect.
8. Dr Didge Dolphin (Arpana) - www.dolphinsdownunder.com.au
Dr Didge taught me that Dr Dre was a big phony. No, really - Dr Didge is a genius, he invented a telescopic travel didge! And can hold down the drones as solid, deep as the best.
Dr Didge taught me to follow my dreams, and nice guys finish first.
Dr Didge was taught by yidaki (didgeridoo) master Djalu Gurruwiwi in ArnhemLand and given the Yolngu name Mutjalanydjal which means dolphin. He has recorded over 30 albums of solo didge and with various groups including his partner Shamana tara.
The didgeridoo plays an important role in the creation mythology of Australia's original inhabitants, the low vibrating tones of the didge are said to have created the world and everything in it. Its sound also takes one into an altered state known as "dreamtime". In a therapeutic sense, listeners can enter deep states of relaxation or trance. It is in these depths of relaxation that the body’s natural healing abilities can best function.
I met the friendly and supportive Arpana through being involved in the Spirit Night events at the Yoga Barn. If you ever get the chance to have Dr Didge (or any other dig player) play their didge over and around your body, do it - it will blow your mind!
Dr Didge was also a guest musician on PERFECT FREQ.
9. StePHen Syms - www.stephensyms.com
Steve taught me that Sound Healing can be more than a passion or pastime - it can be a lifestyle and a real job!
From Steve's Website, re Healing Hertz, the program Steve and his wife Anna offer: The profound power of sound and especially the gong led them to leave their corporate lives and focus on raising people’s awareness on a large scale. They tour Australia’s east coast extensively touching thousands of people each year. With a plethora of instruments and as many gongs to think that there was an international rock band touring, they bring a tsunami of sound. This is not sweet music for the ears, but a deep immersion of the whole body, with the potency to still the mind, promote emotional, physical and spiritual transformation. An invitation to awaken every cell in your body and merge into sound.
Steve says: "Through creative innovation I endeavour to provide extension to the current limited view of our bodies anatomy and physiology. To support validation, predictability or consistency of results with my clients for the many rediscovered or emerging fields of complementary medicine."
and his clients say:
“ I want to report a major break thru with alleviation of crippling pain in my right hip since the last session. In fact, immediately after, I found myself sitting crosslegged chatting! I suddenly realised I hadn’t been able to do that comfortably for over a year!!"
"I had not realised just how much tension I was carrying in my body until having been to your sound bath. After that session I got home and I truly felt that the tension I had in my body and mind simply melted away and my whole body just felt relieved"
10. Hal Tropp
Hal taught me to be inventive, creative and innovative with instruments and sounds.
Also a brilliant didgeridoo player, Hal mostly plays music for meditation groups for the purpose of creating a transcendental experience. Hal thinks in music… i went to his house on our second meeting and he showed me some of his experimental sound devices. One that stood out was a pyramid made of huge tuning forks that hung from the ceiling - Hal would sit under it and get it to spin/rotate right above his head - like, his head was actually inside the pyramid. The forks were tuned in 5th's, so when it rotated it created this rotating 3d chord. seriously talented
List compiled by Jody Lloyd, Creator of the PERFECT FREQ Series of music.