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The Paradoxes of the Harp!

ParadoxI love the sounds that come from the harp and so many people share this same thought! Isn’t it interesting that an instrument of such beauty has three things “attached” to it that aren’t so glamorous:  1) packing it around – it’s heavy and awkward!, 2) tuning so many strings – time consuming and always a moving target with weather and humidity changes, and 3) re-stringing it. Oh well, carry on because even with the “not so fun” things about the harp, it sounds simply heavenly and amazing!

And that leads us to another paradox about this instrument … it is such a gentle, comforting, soothing, nurturing sound and it is also such a powerful healing tool. It is really a mystery how that works, but it happens time and time again at both the hospital and hospice bedsides.

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The Emotion Code

Emotion CodeI was recently in conversation with a friend when she casually mentioned “The Emotion Code.” It caught my attention and I asked, “What’s that?” She went on to say it is the philosophy that all illnesses are rooted in our emotions. Having long held this belief, I wanted to learn more!

Not long after, I had my first session and was blown away! The insights, the clearing, the deep healing … just wow!!

So, now I’m discerning if I want to get certified in this amazing modality to share it with others. I guess time will tell if that’s my next right step but, in the meantime, I am enjoying emotional freedom from some “stuff” that I’d been hanging onto for a very long time!!

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Heartache and Healing

HeartacheI recently found this quote (that someone else found on an Irish headstone):  “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; love leaves a memory no one can steal.”

It reminded me of playing for two different holiday memorial services (before Thanksgiving and Christmas) for families who have lost children. Both of these events are witnessing heartbreak in action and a huge outpouring of LOVE. Very sad, yet beautiful and heartfelt – just as the quote says. It truly is always all about LOVE – all the time, isn’t it?

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Darkness vs. Hope

Darkness & HopeAs many of you know, “darkness” kinda goes along with my harp work – many times, I am experiencing people at their most vulnerable, painful and “dark” time.

It is vital to be present to these times and frequently, when we “sink” deep into the darkness, hope and healing happens. Yes, it’s a mystery, but I see it time after time.

This George Chakiris quote says it beautifully, “No matter how dark the moment, love and hope are always possible.” Important to remember – on many levels – these days, right?!

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Standing Ovation!

2017 HBB ConferenceI keynoted at the Healing Beyond Borders’ (HBB) international conference in August 2017. Their conference theme was “The Next Harmonic.” When I learned of this theme, I immediately thought, “They definitely need the harp for any discussion about harmonics … without any doubt, this is in my wheelhouse!!”

The harp is one of, if not the most, harmonic instruments. It is because the strings are “open,” with one pitch activating or ringing frequencies in the upper and lower octaves of the instrument. These harmonics or overtones are immediate as the sound board “kicks out” the vibrations to the listener. Paradoxical in nature, the harp’s harmonics are so gentle, soothing and comforting, but also very powerful, healing and spiritual.

From a historical perspective, harmonics were used in medieval and renaissance music. Until 1820, musicians learned about harmony, chord structure, inversions, modulations and progressions. It is likely that they listened closely to each other, played intuitively and followed the musical flow. Then, in 1820, music shifted as classical composers (Mozart, Beethoven, Grieg, Liszt, etc.) began writing music note-for-note, exactly as they wanted it played. Melody lines overtook the harmonic structure. And now, the HBB conference theme would suggest we are moving into whatever is next at a harmonic level to help the world evolve and elevate to a higher level of consciousness.

I believe this theme and experiential presentation resonated with the audience because they gave a standing ovation! I have had a few standing ovations in my speaking career, but this one felt extra special. Perhaps it was because it was also my birthday and it felt so honoring!!

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When Violence Strikes – Got Music? (Part II)

Stop Violence - 2As soon as I posted the last blog about music and violence, I realized I had more to say about this important topic/issue.

Whenever violence “hits” us, we are left wondering why this continues to happen in our beloved country. Is it violent TV, movies and video games? Is it gun laws (or lack thereof)? Is it deep unrest in the depths of our souls? Is it a mental health issue? Is it geo-political? Is it stress-related? Or something else???

And as a harpist, I can’t help but ask, “How can my music help? How can I be a part of the solution? How can I assist and/or facilitate the healing process through music?” When the harp is played with a peaceful intention, it is music to soothe the soul, comfort our contemplative core, calm our jaggled nerves, and move us into deep rest.

After each violent episode, I reflect, “What is my intention with my music?” My answer – to bring peace. To nurture your heart. To relax you. To relieve stress. To facilitate healing. I am honored to help you with your journey. To receive the gifts I offer, click to watch videos, order CDs and/or music devices, and purchase downloads. Many continued blessings to you …

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Detoxing – A New Year’s Resolution??

Pro BioMat Set with New ControllerWas detoxing one of your New Year’s resolutions? There is a lot of current interest in detoxing our bodies. Perhaps it is because of our toxic environment – from the air we breathe to the foods we eat to the chemicals used on our land, etc.

There is lots of information available on the topic of detoxing, as well as some unique approaches. One of those unique approaches is a product that we rep and love for detoxing called the BioMat. And how specifically does detoxing happen with the BioMat? Well, one of the three elements in the BioMat is amethyst and it is a powerful crystal that has been used for centuries with the specific intention of detoxification.

The professional-size BioMat has 22 pounds of amethyst so this makes it a very potent healing/detox tool. Because of this, it is important to start with short sessions on low to medium heat. This helps avoid detoxing too quickly. If you over-use, you may detox too quickly. This results in feeling nauseous, head-achey, dizzy, etc. While this won’t hurt you, there’s no need if you take the recommended approach of slow and low.

It is also vital to drink lots of water to detox. We suggest drinking at least one glass of water before you use the BioMat and be sure to drink another glass of water after you complete your session. This does two things: 1) helps eliminate toxins from your body, and 2) avoids getting dehydrated (which can make you feel nauseous).

Finally, how will you know that you’re actually detoxing? You’ll detox through sweat, urination and bowel movements. You may see some significant changes in one, two or three of these ways. Here’s a couple of examples: 

  • A nurse put herself through nursing school by cleaning houses. Softscrub was the chosen cleaning solution. When she started using the BioMat, her whole body reeked with the smell of Softscrub … and her cleaning jobs happened 15 years earlier! She was detoxing these impurities from her body that had been stored in the cells for many years. From a health perspective, isn’t it great to get these toxins out of the body?!
  • A dental hygienist commented that her bowel movements were orange when she first started using the BioMat. She was eliminating chemicals and impurities that she held in her body from her work environment in the dentists’ offices of 40 years.

In summary, releasing toxins is critical to overall health, vitality and wellness. Let us know if you’d like to continue this discussion … we are happy to chat more about this amazing product!

(Please keep in mind that these are general ideas and you should always consult a medical professional before making a change in your individual care plan for your overall health.)
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Well-Being and the Harp – Part IV

Well BeingThe harp is a very spiritual instrument and our work is very spiritual. Spirituality is the fourth area of well-being that we will cover in these blog posts.

We find again and again that a spiritual practice (meditation, prayer, quiet time, centering, etc.) helps to build our resilience, as well as survive/thrive in the world today.

The spiritual/metaphysical connection occurs as the harpist grounds (connecting to the Earth) and taps into the heavens, then the music can flow through our fingers and bodies, and through the instrument. This is the process of channeling – allowing Spirit to flow through us. Our body/mind/spirit pathway is:

  1. Align our physical body
  2. Channel love: universal quality
  3. Bring out the harp’s best harmonics
  4. Create a circle for healing (keep in mind the harpist’s body is round – our elbows up create a circle around the harp, our hand position is round, our fingers curve inward forming another circle, etc. – and all of this helps make the music is round).

This model of spirituality explains the spiritual process of making music:  We connect then flow, co-creating with Spirit and back to connection; it is a circle of spirituality and healing.

And finally, it is important to listen to the energetic, spiritual messages our bodies give us. For instance, do you feel energy in your fingers, heart, shoulders, hips? (It can be anywhere and the point is to be mindful of our own body.)

As we connect to our own spiritual well-being, it deepens our music and the healing that occurs.

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A Quote about Love

With appreciationOn this blog, we are featuring several different quotes and this is one of our favorites by Paraceleus (1493-1541): “The main reason for healing is LOVE.”

We see this again and again – both with those who are in our own life, as well as those we are serving. Love is a lot more powerful than hate. It is a really important time to stay focused on LOVE, isn’t it?

Love is the balm that soothes, that heals, that transforms. This means giving love to others and it can also be giving love to ourselves.

It feels important to share a recent story about love at a core level. Last summer, we learned about a trauma coaching program and it sounded like a tremendous opportunity to serve, as well as learning unique techniques that work and are self-administered (once the client learns them). The co-founder also promised “ready made” clients, but unfortunately, they never materialized. We were strung along, lied to and distracted. Once the masses of us figured all of this out, it was a mass exodus.

As I’ve had a chance to reflect on all of this, I realized it was an act of self-love to leave. And once I terminated my relationship with this fraudulent organization, I felt a huge burden release. It is our job to protect and love ourselves so that we can be of service to others. It truly is ALL ABOUT LOVE!!

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A Special CD Review: The Christmas Story

Christmas Story CoverSeveral years ago, we were humbled to receive this review for “The Christmas Story” by the Daily OM. We share it here…

“Harpist Tami Briggs is a sound healer whose angelic, gentle playing bypasses all resistance to touch the root chord of the human soul. She honed her healing skill via personal appearances at hospitals and hospices, bringing her soothing sounds right up to the beds of those most in need. Bringing her knowledge of healing into the recording studio, Briggs makes harp music that’s simple, sweet, and deeply soothing. Embracing a less-is-more strategy, The Christmas Story interprets classic holiday standards into gentle solo-harp pieces, potent enough to hush a room of chatting relatives, relaxing enough to play in a child’s bedroom to help them fall asleep on Christmas Eve. And if you should find yourself alone for the holidays, Briggs becomes an angelic friend, her music a shimmering presence rooting you back to humanity.

Capturing the vibe of a live performance, The Christmas Story offers audio quality sharp enough to give the illusion that Briggs is playing right in the same room as you mull through your presents or nap on the couch in a sea of torn wrapping paper….The CD wraps up with the feeling of belonging to something larger than oneself, as Briggs’ gentle touch with the harp suffused even her frequent impassioned glissandos with warmth. More than just a bunch of carols played on the harp, Briggs skirts in and around the familiar melodies with the finesse of a jazz soloist, albeit one with no agenda of showing off chops, but rather of hitting all the right notes to warm the back of your neck and open your heart. Put on The Christmas Story when you need a gentle reminder of what the holidays are about: peace, love, and spiritual regeneration.”

You can order either CDs or download it.

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