TOPSY-TURVY brings to mind clutter, confusion, or the inversion of the natural order. The last definition suggests an upside-down world or dis-harmony. “This sums up modern life’s everyday challenge: how can we find the balance to increase our quality of life, full potential, and service to others?” said James Colby, chair of the St. Luke’s Wellness Partnership. “There are many ways, some old and forgotten, and some new.” Sound healing programs are rooted in the past and re-emerging within numerous health, wellness, and medical practices.
Janine Chimera presents a “Sound Vibration Journey” the second in a series of St. Luke’s Wellness Partnership programs. She plays a variety of instruments including crystal singing bowls, Tibetan singing bowls, chimes, flutes, drums, harp, and tone bars to assist in calming, relaxing, and cleansing minds. Participants may find peace, calm, healing, or transcendence with therapeutic sound healing.
Chimera’s program will take place on Tuesday, December 3, at 6:30 pm in the St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Undercroft entrance (on the corner of Fourth and Main Street). Look for the 4th Street Cafe sign. Please bring a yoga or other mats, additional soft cushion materials, blankets, and a pillow if you elect to recline on the hard floor. Chairs are available for those who choose to sit. The program is approximately one hour long and is open to men, women, and mature adolescents. A free-will offering will take place at the end of the program.
Attendees are invited to take part in a warmup meditation and prayer session in St. Luke’s Chapel from 6 to 6:30 pm. Enter the chapel (it sits in the back facing the Main Street sidewalk) from the Main Street or 5th Street parking lot. The program includes non-religious and religious readings and music leading into meditation. At the core of spiritual and ethical wellness is achieving physical and mental health; these are foundations necessary to achieve human excellence. With these foundations, we can forgive, serve, and show compassion for others as if “touched by the better angels of our nature.” Abraham Lincoln’s plea to be “better angels” still challenges us today to work towards human excellence and to strive for the divine nature within our being.
Chimera is a talented teacher, singer-songwriter, guitarist, and pianist with two CDs. She provides music for the Unity of Chautauqua church services and assists in the “I Can Drum” program for students with special needs through a Chautauqua Institution residency program. She also serves students in the Jamestown Public Schools with her Circle of Rhythm and Learning (CORAL) Drum Program, integrating life skills learning with music. Chimera, a HealthRHYTHMS drum circle facilitator, follows a research-based wellness program founded by neurologist Dr. Barry Bittman, who works with adults and children.
What is a Sound Vibration Journey? Since ancient times, music and sound vibration has fostered healing and played roles in spiritual and religious ceremonies. The sounds, created by various tools and instruments, bypass the mind and help facilitate a shift in brainwave states. It is a cleansing experience on many levels. The frequencies can release blocked negative energy, reinstate calm, and ultimately move toward wellness or mindfulness. Participants say that the sounds lead to feelings of deep relaxation and experiences of letting go of anxiety, stress, and cluttered minds.
Renowned physicians and integrative medicine practitioners now embrace sound healing. Dr. Gaynor, oncologist, director of medical oncology at Weill Cornell Medical College’s Center for Integrative Medicine, and founder and president of Gaynor Integrative Oncology in Manhattan advocated sound healing. He appeared on numerous national radio shows, was an author, and appeared on television. Dr. Gaynor’s Interviews included CBS Evening News (with Dan Rather), ABC’s Good Morning America, the Discovery Health Channel, Fox News, WNET-Channel 13 (with Dr. Frank Field), Healthy Living (with Jane Seymour), CBS’ 48 Hours, and CNN’s Your Health. Gaynor explained sound healing:
“If we accept that sound is vibration and we know that vibration touches every part of our physical being, then we understand that sound is heard not only through our ears but through every cell in our bodies. One reason sound heals on a physical level is because it so deeply touches and transforms us on the emotional and spiritual planes. Sound can redress imbalances on every level of physiologic functioning and can play a positive role in the treatment of virtually any medical disorder.”
“St. Luke’s Wellness Partnership is opening its doors for the WELLNESS: Women’s Will and Wisdom—Healing Body, Mind, and Spirit series. We invite friends and neighbors of all beliefs and faiths to join in Janine Chimera’s Sound Vibration Journey,” said James Colby.
The programs continue on the first Tuesday of January, February, and March. Visit 422now.com for complete details.