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The Sound Healer Speaks
Margy Henderson is a modern-day sound healer. She learned the craft from a shaman in Peru and currently treats clients from her home in Sonoma, CA. She explains the concept and goal of the healing modality to David Ian Miller in the San Francisco Gate’s current series Finding My Religion (previous interviews included a Jain, a former Christian, and a famous Jewbu).
So what exactly is sound healing?
The best way I can explain it is to say that our bodies are vibrating at different frequencies. The most obvious example is your heartbeat, but really every system in your body gives off a sound. And when you’re not feeling well, those frequencies can get out of alignment. Sound healing is a technique for retuning those frequencies and reestablishing inner harmony.
And you use your voice to do that?
Primarily. I also use Tibetan bowls and Peruvian whistling vessels, and sometimes I play a panpipe made of condor feather quills that my teacher made for me. There’s something about that pipe that lights up people’s eyes when they hear it.
You’re a member of an all-woman singing group called the Threshold Choir that sings to people who are dying of terminal illnesses. How do they react when you sing to them?
A lot of times they’re in a very precarious state, and sometimes they’re even in a coma. They usually just lie in their bed with their eyes closed. Some smile, some sing along. Some are just very grateful.
What is the most important thing you have learned from working with sound?
I’ve learned that the qualities of the divine that are constant are beauty, joy, wisdom, interconnection, and love. They are available to us at all times. And there is some way in which those qualities are vibrating through us. They have created us. We are them. What sound healing actually does is bring those qualities to me so that I help others in the world. And if I am out of harmony with myself, that’s when it really counts. That’s when your religion is most useful — when you are at your worst. Instead of being mean to myself, I try to love the personality who’s in distress. I let myself be aware that I am the observer. I am the lover of the personality, rather than identifying with the poor little mind. That’s what I do.
[via San Francisco Gate]