In Australia, musical instruments sometimes grow on trees. When branches from the red gum, mallee or other native trees fall to the ground, they are the perfect food for termites. The termites gnaw an even tunnel through the branch, naturally creating what may be one of the worlds oldest musical instruments the didgeridoo.
Producing one of the most evocative sounds you will ever hear, the didgeridoo is the backbone of some sound and vibrational healing circles. The didgeridoo is such an inspiring instrument. The sound is strong and constant you can feel it opening you up.
A healing circle begins with a short meditation to bring peace and relaxation. Then the sound and rhythm of the didgeridoo is the grounding influence that supports the healing.
While the didgeridoo provides the bass line for the healing circle soundscape, resonant gongs and Tibetan singing bowls weave a tapestry of celestial tones that are relaxing and inspiring and open the heart.
While for some the healing circle journey is a welcome opportunity to just rest and travel the path of the sounds, others find that the sounds and vibration trigger emotional release and that the circle may be the perfect place to experience tears and grief in a safe and supportive environment.
Participants in the circle are encouraged to let the tears just come, not to engage with them too deeply but just to let them flow naturally and dissipate. Usually the grief subsides and, within the resting place of the music, the person is able to return to a peaceful state.
Sound healing is often combined with other vibrational therapies. The didgeridoo can be a sound and vibrational healer, especially when played over parts of the body where energy is blocked. The vibrations can bring a feeling of relaxation, and sometimes bliss and renewed energy.
Participants who have other vibrational techniques to offer, such as reiki, are also encouraged to offer their healing skills to others if the moment and the mood are right.
As the main aim of the healing circle is to bring peace and wellbeing, participants are respectful of each others needs, building a sense of trust and community within the group.
For some participants, the healing circle is one of their favourite activities. The musicians find that they often end the circle feeling as energised as the other participants. Healing circles are a really enjoyable way to work with yourself.
After the last circle, one woman sent an email to the organiser saying that shed been planning to come for some time and finally turned up with two friends. Her email said, “After the circle, the three of us floated home, barely able to speak!” They said theyd definitely be coming back.