It is easy for me to get bogged down in the research, reading more and more about the applications of sonic healing but I would be remiss if I did not point out that all of the research is worth nothing without the practice.
This is true, in my estimation of most anything we wish to be good at, we must practice meditation, we must practice martial arts, practice our sport, our instrument, our language, our song.
In May of 2017, I was introduced for the first time to the practice of 5Rhythms. My first introduction to the idea of 5Rhythms was through reading Gabrielle Roth’s books Sweat Your Prayers and Maps to Ecstasy a few months earlier through intellectual pursuit.
These two books signaled a turning point in my personal growth because they fused the connection between music, dance, my self-improvement and spirituality ( a concept I previously rejected completely) 5Rhythms helped me to embrace my own spirituality, as well as grasp the understanding that a practice of any kind cannot progress as merely an intellectual pursuit.
In the beginning, I still rejected the idea of spirituality, but what enticed me was the idea of dancing meditation. Always a lover of self-improvement, I had already embraced the idea that meditation was an important aspect to good well being The problem was always that my over-thinking, analytical left brain was not having anything to do with meditation, Gabrielle Roth convinced me that dancing could help me overcome this obstacle.
5Rhythms is a dynamic movement practice—a practice of being in your body—that ignites creativity, connection, and community
After reading her books, I realized that music and dancing have always been important in my life even if only as recreation. Gabrielle was a true visionary, an Urban Shaman indeed. I resonated with her words on a deep level and immediately sought the first 5Rhythms workshop I could find near by.
While there are so many cogs in the wheel that drives me to explore Sonic Catharsis, these 2 books and that first workshop experience were hugely instrumental in the development of this path.
While our research into sonic healing applications has only scratched the barest of surfaces, I feel so strongly that I must place equal emphasis on the applications themselves, because without them, we remain in left brain mode and cannot activate the right side, which is where our creativity resides, and some, myself included among them, would argue that is where the spark of spirit resides.
The 5Rhythms practice emphasizes embodiment, which means being in the body rather than the mind. This practice has shown me that when I dance, I can let go of thinking mind and just experience the music in my body. Many of the modalities I will explore in Sonic Catharsis are direct descendants of Gabrielle’s work.
As we continue researching the science of Sonic Catharsis, we must emphasize the importance of the applications themselves. It does us know good to read about a practice, we have to actually practice. With that said, this week, I will be begin exploring the first application, the one that for me, started it, all 5Rhythms.
Come back tomorrow as we begin to explore this dynamic practice that was instrumental in changing my life.