Online Sound Meditation Journeys

What you need to know

Whilst the current Corona Virus guidelines exists, including the social distancing measures that remain in place, it is more important than ever to find ways to maintain your own well-being.  

I will be offering regular Sound Journey Meditations on-line via zoom. Fridays.  9-10pm.   I therefore thought it best to provide guidelines for the best experience, much like the in-person guidelines as its still important to get yourself prepared in your own space!

The Sound Experience

After a little research, and trial and error, and for on-line purposes, the main instruments I will be using are Crystal Singing Bowls.  I’m told they can be heard very clearly with beautiful harmonics. I will of course include other instruments – no doubt my repertoire of healing tools will expand as time goes on.

I will be largely working with 432hz, which falls more in line with the frequency of the earth and the Schumann resonance.  This frequency (to me) feels richer, has more base and is smoother.  The usual western tuning of 440hz is said to be slightly more discordant, the pitch is higher and not as harmonic as the 432hz. There is much debate around this but you decide by how it makes you feel.

Why?

The sound simply transfers clearer and better on-line, thus giving you a richer sound experience.  Unfortunately the Gongs do not transfer as well on-line – the quieter richer depths, tones and harmonics of the gongs cannot be captured so well via zoom.  But you never know, things may change!

First things first

  1. You will need to open an account with Zoom. The basic package is free and allows you to take part in meetings organised by another host without time limit.
  2. If you are going to attend the meeting via your laptop or desktop, Zoom Meeting will launch automatically when you click on the meeting link. But if you’re attending via your Smartphone or Tablet you will need to download the Zoom Cloud Meetings App (Android) or I-Phone
  3. If possible I would recommend using your desktop or laptop as Zoom is much easier to navigate this way.

How to prepare

Live concerts on TV use equipment worth thousands of pounds to create top quality sounds so please remember this when you tune in. It’s just me, a mic and my instruments. As a sound healing practitioner, I work with intention, unconditional love and an open heart. It is the energy of the sounds that’s important. However, there are some things you can do at your end to optimise your experience.

  1. If you are using wi-fi, be as close to your router as possible. Make sure no one else in your household is streaming a film on Netflix or other activity that uses a lot of band width.
  2. You may even want to use a wired connection. Check your download speeds with your Broadband provider. Upgrading your package might make a huge difference. I’ve checked mine and they’re really good at my end.
  3. Make sure all other applications on your laptop, computer, phone or tablet are closed and not using up memory. Again, this will effect your experience.
  4. Use good quality head phones. If you listen on a £3 cheap set, the quality won’t be good. I have a set of Shure Noise Cancelling Headphones which are amazing. Similarly, if you just have a laptop, you won’t get good sound out the built-in speaker. Make sure you can easily change the volume as it will vary during the sound journey.
Follow the light

Prepare your space 

Just imagine that you are soaking in a deeply relaxing bath, or your favourite place or space, prepare your self in the same way.  

  1. Light a candle, burn some incense or palo santo, have your favourite crystals nearby, or on an altar if nearby.
  2. Create a nest: some blankets, pillows, soft lighting – get really comfortable.
  3. Make sure notifications are turned off on your computer and your phone is on silent. 
  4. Ask your family not to disturb you for the evening unless it is really urgent.
  5. Have some water nearby so that you can rehydrate at the end.
  6. A piece of fruit may also be useful to reground yourself.

Things to do before the meeting starts

  1. Arrive in plenty time. The meeting room will be open 15 minutes beforehand. This is a nice way to connect with others or chat with familiar faces.
  2. If you haven’t used Zoom before, familiarise yourself with the menu. There is a chat tab at the bottom where you can send a message to everyone or individual people.
  3. You can also change the screen view with a button at the top right and toggle between Gallery View (lots of square boxes) and Speaker View (where the person speaking is highlighted).
  4. You can turn your video on and off as well as mute and unmute your microphone.
  5. For anyone who is a bit nervous. Your web cam might distort how you look – we’re all in the same boat, so don’t worry 🙂

Most of all, come with an open heart, a positive intention for yourself and allow yourself to be mindful of whatever sounds arise. Just like in real life, there may be interference, or slight hitches. Just allow yourself to be with whatever you experience and just go with the flow and follow the path of least resistance.

I’m really looking forward to connecting with you all, both new and familiar faces.

Peace n Blessings

Joh