In mid 2011, I was talking with my daughter, Zoe one night. And I expressed to her my struggle with my current job at the time and that I felt I would not stay for much longer. She simply looked at me and said, you’ll be ok Mum. Would you like me to write you a poem? “Yes sure,” I said. So immediately, she got a tissue and a pen and scribbled down the following poem:
An array of sounds fill space
Like different water pigments filling
And swirling in a clear, ringing bowl.
The colours of sound change all the time,
But the sound canvas remains the same.
That being silence.
Thinking no more about it, a few months later I was staying at a friend’s place and I saw a book on their shelf. “The healing Power of Sound” by medical specialist, Mitchell Gaynor. I borrowed this book and read voraciously. And to quote from his book:
Gaynor says: “ Sound enters the healing equation from several directions. It may alter cellular functions through energetic effects; it may entrain biological systems to function more homeostatically; it may becalm the mind and therefore the body, or it may have emotional effects which influence neurotransmitters and neuropeptides, which in turn help to regulate the immune system – the healer within”
So inspired was I by his research and case studies that in the school holidays, I began trawling the Internet for information on music and sound therapy. I stumbled across The Colour of Sound Institute and embarked on a life-changing path, which has led me where I am today.