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Learn Sound Healing

Learn about different instruments used - And How to facilitate
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Medicine of Sound
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Sound Healing

This course is for people who know nothing about Sound Healing and would like to get a general overview of the different instruments that can be used. We will also go over the basics of how to play some of the most widely used instruments. No musical training required, these instruments are all primarily intuitive and can be played within about 0-2 hours.

This course is great for adding to an existing modality such as:

-Yoga

-Massage

-Reiki/ Energy Healers

-Therapists

-Hospice Workers

Or anything else you can apply relaxation and introspection to!

Introduction

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Introduction
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Do you need to know anything about music to do Sound Healing?

This path is for anyone, regardless of any experience. Follow your intuition for the most part, if you think it sounds good then trust it, but be sure to check with a friend who will give honest feedback.

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Assembling a set of instruments

Before you buy instruments you will want to watch this video. If you do not have any instruments and don't plan to buy til the end of the course then come back to this video before you do. I would have saved thousands of dollars if I knew these few simple things!

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How to pick an instrument

Use your money wisely at the beginning before you start earning for your sessions. I suggest getting individual instruments as opposed to sets. I sometimes think to myself that if I lost everything in a fire, how would I reassemble my set?! My preferences would be as follows, in this exact order!

Remo 16" Buffalo Drum

Koshi Chimes (Wind and Water)

Tibetan bowl (One that goes well with your voice for guided meditations)

Crystal Bowl (Clear as opposed to Frosted)

Crystal Pyramind 12"

Mercury Gong 32"

This is of course my preference, but you may like different things so be sure to watch lots of videos before purchasing. I had to buy all my stuff online so I watched videos, but obviously its even better to see/ listen to it in person.

Sound Bath Instruments

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Hand Drums

One of the best instruments to start with is the drum! Keep the beat the same and possibly even learn a Mantra to sing. Here is any easy one to get you started:

Jaya Jaya Shiva Shambo x2

Maha Deva Shambo x2

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Tibetan Bowls

Well it was originally going to be the first instrument! Learn how to play the Tibetan bowl around the rim and understand why some bowls are not very easy to play.


The Tibetan bowl is one of the oldest Sound Healing instruments that are still accessible today. What do I mean by that? Well the bowl in my hand in this video is from the 1600's! Ya I know its pretty crazy that we even have access to purchase these instruments and they are not just in museums. At this moment there are still quite a few in the world, so the price is still relatively affordable.

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Crystal Bowls
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Notes and Chakras

In this video we go over how the notes correspond to the Chakras. This is a good thing to eventually have memorized once you start holding more sessions. It is also good for your own growth and development as well!

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Koshi Chimes

Koshi Chimes are some of the most cost effective Sound Instruments that you can buy. I get the most complements on these out of any instrument, which is saying a lot! I have the Wind and Water Chimes, but there are also Earth and Fire.

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Handpan

Probably the most fun instrument in my Sound Healing set up. This is called a Rav Vast, but any handpan will be similar. The main thing to take into consideration is the material that it is made from. The steel ones have more sustain, which can be preferred by some, but not if you are looking to be playing really fast beats. Most sound baths are best suited to slow beats so I definitely suggest the steel type.

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Shakers and Rattles

Shakers are best used 1 on 1 or co-creating with other facilitators. One of my favourite instruments is the Chakapa and it is just a bundle of leaves. Most people have access to some sort of leaf that will work to create this, so it might even be a free instrument!

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Jaw Harp

Jaw harps are really cheap, but in my experience have the least application as far as length to the Sound Bath. They sound pretty unique and cool though and are relatively easy to play. There is another guy on Udemy who has a Jaw harp course so I suggest checking his out if you want to learn more!

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Toning and working with your voice

Sure it may seem intimidating to start making sounds with your voice in front of people if you have never done it before, but the challenge brings an incredible reward. If you just do it yourself then you will realize how much healing and calm you can bring to your life through yourself, while not even using an instrument. You can also give this gift to your clients as well!

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Burmese Bell

This is one of the coolest instruments as far as applicability. Go from head to toe over and over to get an idea of where your client might need some focus. It should be done in the same size room though in order for your ears to really calibrate to noticing the dip in sound though.

Gong Section

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Gong Buying and How to play

I suggest a 32" Gong! And luckily for you, Paiste makes the most notes in the 32" size, so there are a few to choose from! Remember to hit the gong on an upward angle for the best sound, but you can still hit it straight on, just not as hard. Intuition is key and practice makes perfect!

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Playing a Handheld Gong

Playing a gong by hand is somewhat strenuous. If you have any pre existing shoulder or neck issues then leave this out of your sessions. If you feel fit and strong though, then this can be one of the best ways for people to experience the gong deeply. By bringing it right near them they are able to experience the gong in a very profound way!

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Playing a Hanging Gong

This is just my example of how I like to play the gong. You can play the gong however you like, but one of the most pleasing sounds to create is a consistent beat. Keep in mind you can change that beat as often as you like! I will usually do the same hits for around 1-3 minutes and then change them subtly. The main thing you have to learn with a gong is how to hit it well, how to time it well and to trust your intuition regarding how it needs to be played. I have never played the same thing in a Sound Bath, its always different!

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Gong playing example

Listen carefully! And wear headphones if you have them :)

Can you hear when I hit the gong with the big mallet it takes some time to respond? Its like there is a time lag going on. This happens with all of the gongs to an extent, but it is very noticeable with the bigger gongs. Make sure you are paying attention to that when you are playing so you allow the full sound to open up at certain times. Create a beat, then withdraw from the beat to allow it to open and then fade, this is how we move the energy!

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Flumies

Its all about finding the sweet spot with the flumies. There is a right angle and a right pressure that is going to work best for each of them, just be sure to keep doing the figure 8 for continual sound. The more mallets you have for a single gong the more sounds you can make, so I suggest getting as many mallets as you can for a single gong before buying more gongs. And these are a great addition to any set of mallets!

Add ons

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Using Crystals

Healing is fun! The more things you can do to bring more good vibes and excitement to your sessions the better. So if you like the idea of using crystals then look up what they do and start adding to your collection.

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Using Substances

Plants can be used to alter our consciousness so that we are more receptive to healing and can go deeper faster.

Cacao is number 1 and the most accessible, for info regarding how to prepare it stay tuned for my next course.

Hapay is also a lovely addition, but must be understood before using, once again stay tuned for my next course!

Cannabis should be legal where you live in order to incorporate it into a session. Many countries have medical cannabis legalized so if your client has a prescription then be open to having them consume before a session. It will greatly amplify anything that you do!

Important things to note

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Setting the tone for clients

Small talk is really good, so encourage a bit of a dialogue the best you can. If no one has any questions then the best question for them is if it is their first time doing Sound Healing. Usually there will be at least a few, so start explaining in your own words what it is to you. Also explain to them what they can expect and what they should be doing. I typically tell them that there is nothing expected of them so that they don't think they need to be doing anything. The only thing they need to do is to open up and receive the sounds!

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Presentation + Incense

Lighting incense or wafting the room with sage can bring a really nice touch! Be sure to have a clean space and have everything in order in your space so that the person feels comfortable and willing to open up.

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Using intention

Intention is going to be the cornerstone of what you are doing within your own mind during a session. Whatever it is you intend upon is going to be greatly amplified in this state, so it is crucial to be dwelling upon your person and holding them in a good light! Your client can also use their own intention for what they wish to receive from the session as well.

Conclusion

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How to make money

One on one sessions are great, but end up being a lot of effort for the payoff. My preference is to give more offerings, more time and more elements to a longer session. People tend to pay more for this overall and can treat it like their night out. I typically hold these sessions on Saturday nights and receive very positive feedback, which also leads to more referrals. Since a person can bring a friend as well, then it leaves you with people coming in pairs very often as well.

I will fill you in on how to fill a long style session in the next course that I create! Til then!

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