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A Beautiful Destination

TBriggs : April 10, 2018 10:16 AM

What is Harp TherapyA couple months ago, I spoke to the new International Harp Therapy students. In preparation for our call, the host asked me to speak about how I came to the harp, how I got interested in harp therapy and how I currently “structure” my harp therapy business. It was an honor to be present with this group!

During my presentation, I talked about how I had been going through a challenging time at age 30, when I gave myself harp lessons to soothe my soul. (This is how I came to the harp.) And then when I took the harp therapy classes, I hated hospitals to the extent that I passed out every time I entered a hospital building! After I talked about both of these situations on the conference call, the host said to me, “You have really overcome a lot to be able to do harp therapy work!”

This was very affirming and validating, and it reminded me of this quote from an unknown source, “Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.” I feel blessed to have worked through lots of issues and situations to get to do the beautiful work that I am called to. Indeed, it has been an interesting journey to get to this beautiful destination!

Tags: harp, harp therapy, hospital, International Harp Therapy Program, presentations
 
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Your Cell Phone Chime

TBriggs : March 26, 2018 9:20 AM

Cell PhoneDo you have a cell phone? Do you have it set so that it chimes at you every time you get an email, text or voice mail message?  I do!

And when I was recently practicing my harp on a song that was in the key of “G,” I heard my cell phone “ding” and it was in the same key signature that I was playing in! What I found interesting about that is “G” is correlated to the throat chakra – all about communication! It makes me wonder if the cell phone company is very intentional about this or if they even have an awareness about it?? Either way, I love that my cell phone chimes to the note of excellent communication. When we connect via my cell phone, I’ll do my very best to be an excellent communicator!

Tags: Chakra, harp
 
Posted in Chakras, Harp, News
 

Darkness vs. Hope

TBriggs : March 13, 2018 7:50 AM

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?!

Tags: harp, healing, hope, Pain
 
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Standing Ovation!

TBriggs : February 27, 2018 10:30 AM

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!!

Tags: Comforting, Consciousness, Harmonics, healing, Healing Beyond Borders, Soothing, Spiritual, vibrations
 
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When Violence Strikes – Got Music? (Part II)

TBriggs : February 13, 2018 10:17 AM

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 …

Tags: Blessings, calm, comfort, Gun laws, harp, harpist, healing, intention, Mental health, music, Nurture, peace, Peaceful, reflect, relax, Rest, Soothe, Stress, Violence
 
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When Violence Strikes – Got Music? (Part I)

TBriggs : January 30, 2018 8:49 AM

Stop ViolenceEvery time a violent act occurs, I’m shocked, saddened, questioning why, grief-stricken. I am no different than anyone else.

Now, we have social media tools, such as Facebook and Twitter, to process our emotions “out loud,” and reach out to comfort and soothe each other. After these brutal events, I scroll through my Facebook stream and I notice many posts of music. We turn to music during these painful, challenging times.

Musicians have a powerful voice. As Arthur Schopenhauer says, “Music is the answer to the mystery of life … it expresses the deepest thoughts of life and being; a simple language which nonetheless cannot be translated.” And Hazbat Inayat Khan said, “There is nothing better than music as a means for upliftment of the soul.” Perhaps this is why we turn to music and the much-needed message from musicians’ during these times of inexplicable violence. It was Charles Munch who said, “Music is an art that expresses the inexpressible.”

Sing on … play on … shine on musicians … thanking each of you with deep gratitude.

Tags: comfort, Facebook, gratitude, Grief, music, Soothe, Twitter, Violence
 
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Detoxing – A New Year’s Resolution??

TBriggs : January 16, 2018 1:34 PM

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.)
Tags: amethyst, BioMat, Detox, healing, Health, New Year, Resolution, Vitality, Wellness
 
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Happy New Year!

TBriggs : January 2, 2018 11:24 AM

2018Are you breathing a sigh of relief that the holidays are over? We are, too!! Whew … we made it!

New Year’s is a welcome break with very limited expectations compared to all the busy-ness of Christmas! As we reflect on the year ahead, we are consciously choosing to “ramp up,” but in a very mindful way. Our selected focus word for 2018 is gratitude. We will share more about this journey as the year progresses…

And over the next few days, we will be setting our yearly intentions. Have you created your list yet?

Tags: Christmas, gratitude, Happy New Year, holidays, intentions, New Year
 
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Got Stocking Stuffers?

TBriggs : December 12, 2017 7:52 AM

Christmas stockingIf you need just a little-something-extra gift, may we suggest a Musical Reflections’ CD or book?! Every year, we get such positive feedback – I loved my little CD gift or receiving your special book just made my day!!

It is time to order if you want to receive products by December 23 … in fact, please order by December 16th to ensure delivery in time for Santa to present it under the Christmas tree!!

From Musical Reflections, we wish you a wonderful holiday season …

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The Gift of Christmas Peace

TBriggs : November 28, 2017 8:02 AM

Christmas PeaceIt is now a tradition to post our “The Gift of Christmas Peace” video the day after Thanksgiving. (Isn’t this when the Christmas season officially begins?!) So, we are continuing with this yearly event of making the video available now.

Please be sure to share it with your family and friends. Our goal is to give as many people as possible a peaceful interlude, especially with all the busy-ness that’s about to ensue during the month of December. May it touch you … and here’s to your Christmas Peace.

Tags: Christmas, Peaceful, Thanksgiving, The Gift of Christmas Peace
 
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