·Studied Crystal Singing Bowls with Daniel Brower
·Studied Reiki with Melanie Harrell
·Studied Biofield Tuning with Eileen Day McKusick
·Studied Shamanism with Ann Adam
In 2015 I moved back to my hometown of Houston, Texas after living in New York City, Switzerland and Belgium for over 15 years. With a toddler in tow and uncertainty ahead, I was determined to create a happy life for both of us. I thought finding a flexible job and having extended family close by would allow me to thrive as a newly single mother.
But reality isn’t always so simple. After a year of working full-time, dealing with the stressors of daily life and trying to be the calm, present mother I had dreamed of being, I found myself frustrated and exhausted. My fantasy of being the perfect mother was crumbling in pieces on the floor around me as I cried in the closet. The woman I once was - a passionate, risk taking, global traveler - only existed as a fading memory.
Picking myself up off the closet floor to cook dinner, I wondered what I was doing wrong. I had always prided myself on being strong, with perseverance and determination I could achieve anything. But in this moment I was lost and drained, pushed beyond my limit.
Society makes it seem like it no longer takes a village to raise a child, but just a single person. I would love to know when that changed. Please send me back in time to the “village”. Our society expects women to raise amazing kids, while having a Pinterest worthy home, where deliciously healthy meals are prepared in a spotless kitchen all while working 40-hours a week.
Things needed to change, but I didn’t know where to begin. I received an email from the Body, Mind & Soul store saying they were having a 2-hour Crystal Singing Bowl Class with Daniel Brower. I asked my mother to watch my daughter and I dragged myself into the class. Floating out of class with a smile on my face, I knew something had changed. I ordered three Crystal Singing Bowls that day.
I went home that evening and began what has now become a journey into the healing effects of sound. Playing the Crystal Singing Bowls for 30 minutes a day, helps me approach stressful situations, like a spectacular tantrum from my daughter or looming work deadlines, with a greater sense of mental and emotional clarity. I continue to study with Circle of Sound founder Daniel Brower.
Wanting to understand more about subtle energies, I came across Reiki. I studied with Melanie Harrell and became a Reiki Practitioner. Reiki has shown me the gentle side of our body’s natural healing abilities.
I still felt drawn to the remarkable healing benefits of sound and started looking for more scientific based literature. I came across Eileen Day McKusick’s book “Tuning the Human Biofield”. I studied with Eileen and her team to become a certified Biofield Tuning Practitioner.
Biofield Tuning helped me to admit I was still struggling to overcome self-imposed mindsets that were limiting me. I realized that sound alone would not create the transformation I was longing for.
I needed to be honest with myself, a kind of honesty that makes you truly vulnerable. I needed to see the real me, the one you don’t want anyone including yourself to see. Meditation gave me the opportunity to do that. It was one of the hardest things I have ever done, but with this raw honesty, meditation and healing sounds I have been able to transform aspects of myself. I can now see why I get triggered by my daughter, why I hold myself back from what I want, and why I have made the choices I did.
I continued my exploration of healing sounds, completing a Shamanic Apprentice Program with Ann Adam. The drumming and journey meditations have helped me deepen my honesty and cultivate an empathy and compassion for myself, which has naturally extended out to others.
Don’t get me wrong, I still struggle with new challenges, but now I have the tools to navigate daily life with a greater sense of calm. As my sound journey continues, I feel passionate about sharing the healing benefits I have personally experienced with other women and mothers on their journeys. I want to create a community for women and mothers to grow, develop and flourish in the safety of an environment of like-minded souls. Knowing an authentic connection with other women who are honest, compassionate, and courageous would have helped the “me” on the closet floor. I want to bring back a piece of that “village” we lost so many years ago.