The Healing Power Of Sound & How To Harness It!


In Ubud, Bali i recently had the huge pleasure of experiencing the wonderful sound healer Shervin Boloorian and his group. Outdoors in a beautiful wooden yoga shala about 100 of us were lying on the floor, covered by blankets, taking in the medicine of our sound journey. Sometimes we would sing with them sometimes we would just ease into a state of deep relaxation as they found their way through and in between us, playing their sacred instruments, praying or singing. It all became a blur of colours and feelings, thoughts coming and going moving in and out. The pauses, spaces in between, became more and more frequent and my mind finally started to surrender into this serene and surreal experience. I was just allowing it all to happen. I felt my heart gently whispering; trust, trust trust. And then suddenly it was all over- when i thought it had been 20mins it turned out we had been going for over 2hrs! What happened i thought?! As we all started to return back into the room the whole atmosphere had changed into an energy of deep sincerity and compassion. People were hugging, gently nodding.. some just sat in beautiful stillness eyes still shut. “This is it”echoed my heart. This is what we all have the capacity and ability to consciously create and experience. As a collective as well as an individual. This is peace. This is love. So! You may think this is all good and well but how do I a regular, sceptical person living in the big hub of busy citylife really understand or even try to incorporate this into my own life? For me the answer is simple. Sound is an energy ie it has frequency. And frequency is something we can measure! This all of a sudden turns something that can sound (hehe!) esoteric into science!! This means we can actually come to know the different frequencies that we surround ourselves with daily: of the wind as it blows the leaves around, the ocean as it hits the shore, the fire as it crackles, the stones as they rub against one another….. And then lets imagine that we can create our own sounds using either instruments or our voice to match those exact same frequencies. What we have then is instant healing sounds that we can download onto our phones and use anywhere- even on the tube. Now how cool would it be if we knew what frequency the heart has you could be asking? Well the awesome news is we do!!! Our heart resonates on the frequency of 432 this is incredible knowledge as this means by listening to sounds that has that similar vibration (frequency) we are now able to bring harmony back into our heart!!!! Moreover, and this really blew my mind hence why i am BEYOND excited about sharing this with you right now: Shervin says that out of ALL of the possible sounds that we can create through instruments or digital music the most healing sound for us humans to be exposed to is still the sound of the HUMAN VOICE!!!! How incredible is this!!! And so i found myself a few days ago telling my friend that my next blog would be about the healing powers of sound and then that very day i was told by two different people about the youtube clip of a young man chanting a huge OM to his little baby who then falls asleep straight away is if by magic!!! The truth is sound has since the beginning of time, in all traditions played a huge role especially in the stories about our creation how it all started: the Christians have the WORD, the Yogi’s the OM, the scientists the BIG BANG and so it continues. Furthermore what is also such an important factor of why sound really works is that it works on a level where the brain cant get in the way; by the time the sound has travelled into your system it has already done its healing job before the mind had the chance to interfere by telling its opinion about the sound!!! I use alot of sound as part of my intuitive healing sessions and i love them more and more for every day that goes by knowing that whether my client truly believes in the same ways that i see the world or not, the sounds are always there doing their incredible work. If you would like to experience Shervin have a look on his website:   

                         http://soundhealingbali.com/about/bio/ 

He will also be touring around Europe this summer and im planning to run a workshop with him in august so be sure to check out my website if your interested:

                              www.josephinemcgrail.com 

And for the chanting man youtube link see: 

                             https://youtu.be/3FVAugmu1U0 


        With Love and Light, 

                                                          xxx Josie


Why creating morning rituals is important & 5steps to everyday happiness

Every morning when i wake up i immediately feel a sense of renewed energy and gratitude for my life. However through the years of living and travelling with many different people ive come to
notice that this is really not the same
for everyone…
The magic of the morning is very simple:
its the first energy you connect with and its almost child like-it’s got an innocent, playful quality and the more you are able
to tap into this the easier your day will flow:
its like putting down the foundation stone for the rest of your day ahead.
So whether your a rockstar yogi morning person or looking for a little inspiration ive put together a few key steps here that will all make sure you not only wake up and go but that your mornings become so deliciously enjoyable that you are able to “stay in flow”;)

 1 Set your alarm 15 mins earlier-
the extra 15mins sleep wont make you feel less tired however 15mins of extra YOUtime will start your day off in a feeling of abundance and by that you are telling yourself and the universe:
I am worthy of my time! I delicate time just for me as my wellbeing is just as important
as everyone else’s. 

 2 Have break fast slowly!
I truly believe we do have to break the fast we did over night and nourish our bodies for the day ahead- your mind may know that not much is asked of you in terms of physical activity today, however our bodies are still super primal and the minute you leave your house it will be looking out for dangers so make sure it starts out in a way that makes you feel looked after and cared for:) Take your time preparing and eating your breakfast: experiment with creating something super yummie and notice how you will look forward to getting up in the morning! Make a smoothie/juice/english breakfast whatever you fancy! Main thing is that by enjoying a well attended and intended morning meal you immediately put your body (and your most thankful nervous system!) into a state of feeling safe: It is safe to be me!

 3 Move your body and centre your awareness
As we wake up after many hours of stillness the body may feel sluggish and down in energy and the mind may still be half in dream land…
Start to get your prana (life force) going by doing some light movement- whatever you like: Yoga! Dance to your favourite music! Sing! Skip! Whatever gets your heart going and keeps your lips smiling:) 

 4 Get fresh air& daylight
Especially for those of us living in a big city where most offices dont have windows that can open which means we are literally breathing in air thats been circulated several times before it even hits our lungs!
It is SO important to get fresh air! Think about it: the first thing we do as we enter into this earth life is we INHALE, the last thing we do as we leave this body is we EXHALE. Without breathe we are NOT able to live! We can live for weeks without food, days without water but we can not live, not even for one hour without breath!!
The more we take conscious deep breaths the more we basically feed our cells and our nervous system with fresh new
energy allowing our minds to clear and our bodies to detoxify!
Daylight! Not only to up our vitamin D doses but really because we are constantly and intimately connected to our surroundings; Nature has an incredibly healing effect on our mind, body and soul. Have a look at this Japanese research showing just how important it is to take walks in nature: http://www.hphpcentral.com/article/forest-bathing An easy way to make sure you get enough is to walk to work or at least part of your way to and from work- in this way your getting your good fresh air and daylight doses before the day has even really begun and anything extra you may get during your day is an added bonus- PLUS you may be able to reduce your gym membership as you upping your daily step milage;) 

 5 See(s) your day
As you go about your morning rituals
(shower getting clothed etc) ran a quick internal video of your day ahead and see yourself enjoying accomplishing every single task you have set yourself
for example:
arriving early and relaxed
having a innovative and positive talk with your colleagues
spending time connecting to yourself by taking a walk or doing a little meditation during your lunch break
enjoying your lunch!!!
feeling inspired during your afternoon meeting
leaving work with a sense of fulfilment and purpose knowing you have done your very best and that this is ALWAYS more than enough! Walking part of the way home to enjoy more fresh air and have a little Youtime before engaging with your friends family or partner
spending your evening in a wonderful tranquil manner
going to bed feeling loved and safe. 

Most importantly: create sacred rituals that brings you a sensation of feeling AMAZING! Of feeling LOVED, SAFE and ABUNDANT! It doesnt matter if your rituals are totally different from mine or anyone elses!! What matters is that they uplift you and that you stay true to them by dedicating time and love for them to do their magic.
In a world where most people have forgotten the importance and the healing effects of ceremonies and celebrations tune in and connect back… To where?
To YOU. 

 With Love and Light,
Yours xx Josie 

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