Echoes of a proverb from ancient Greece have been everywhere around me this week, but perhaps the proverb for me should say musician, heal thyself. I have been making music with the intention of healing others on an energetic level for quite some time, but in the process, have forgotten how important it is to heal myself. Everywhere I look in the media at the moment, I have been drawn to notice how important it is to take our own healing into our hands. We look to the medical profession to fix a myriad of ills that afflict us, without any expectation that we may have to do the hard yards too. In particular, I refer to the constant reminder that the foods we eat and chemicals in our environment affect us on a cellular level that manifests after many years of abuse and while the fix isn’t quick, it is possible and it is up to us to take more interest in how we can help these bodies we inhabit.
After several months of physical distress and its subsequent mental stress, I decided to go back to basics and look at diet and nutrition. What I have discovered and implemented has been quite monumental for me in terms of self healing. Everyone has their own journey so I won’t put my ‘fix’ here but suffice to say, we each need to find our own. What I can say is that throwing drugs, alcohol, processed foods etc at our bodies is not at all helpful and extremely dangerous to physical and mental health and disrespectful to our soul.
About 4 weeks ago I took delivery of a set of crystal singing bowls - 7 in all, each representing a different chakra or energy centre in the body. Nearly every day I have played them for self healing and I can’t say whether it is the bowls or my modified diet, but I am more focused and self aware than I have ever before
As I consider the direction of my new album, all of these factors are coming together and I’m feeling the cosmic energy swirling into realisation. I am drawn increasingly to creating ambient music in a simple, direct way. After years of trying to be a clever musician playing lots of notes, I am hearing the wondrous beauty in the spaces. I have a studio full of instruments and I love playing them all, but the simplicity and beauty of a native American Indian flute, made only of wood, or a crystal singing bowl made of only silica, are sounds to behold.