The healing sounds of didgeridoos
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
CARBONDALE, Colorado ” Sixteen people laid on mats and blankets on the floor of True Nature in Carbondale September 28, while sound healers Om’ Mok and Porter played handmade didgeridoos over them. For over an hour, the yoga studio filled with the full, low sounds of the instruments, while the vibrations shook up the cells and unlocked deeper emotions of the souls on the floor.
Participants were asked to relax, allow themselves to open up and let go of negative emotions. Nothing else was required of them to receive this gift to their souls. Hand placements were signals to the healers to focus on specific portions of the bodies.
The didgeridoo is a hollow piece of hardwood, sometimes redwood. The size and dimension determine the instrument’s key, such as an E flat or a D. Most instruments measure approximately four feet long.
The didgeridoo increases vibrations by producing ancient and universal tones. It is thought to be one of the oldest instruments in the world. For Aboriginal groups of northern Australia, the didgeridoo is an integral part of ceremonial life, accompanying singers and dancers in religious rituals. The Aborigines believe if the earth had a voice, it would sound like the didgeridoo.
“It’s the language of the spirit,” said Om’ Mok, “a vibration woven in a certain song. Every song is precious to the ears of the Earth. Express your song.”
Sound healers use circular breathing and their lips, mouths, facial muscles, tongues and diaphragms to create different tones on the didgeridoo for a remarkable period of time, vocalizing and overtoning at once. It takes considerable practice for healers to build up their circular breathing and lung capacity.
Experienced healers can pick up on knots of tension and blockages of energy in their clients, and sense how the vibrations are being felt by different people. Sometimes the healer will be touched by a person’s spirit guide with a message to give to the client. The healers’ positive intentions super-charge the spirit to bring well-being and relaxation to the participants.
Om’ Mok and Porter have developed their sensory systems to be sensitive to the client’s energy to help release any negative blockage and tighten any leaks in their chakras.
The word chakra signifies one of seven basic energy centers in the body which relate to levels of consciousness, colors, sounds, and body functions.
“I visualize myself blowing gold mercury through my clients bodies in a line, activating their cells and vibrations,” said Om’ Mok. “I try to be as hollow as I can be. It’s an energy exchange between healer and seeker.”
Om’ Mok lives in Denver. He came back from serving in Iraq in 2004, and was an angry young man. He heard the sound of the instrument at a Kan’Nal primal rhythmic music show, and it had quite an impact. A stranger said to him, “You can talk about it your whole life, or decide in this moment to do something about it.” He took the leap of faith and began his sound healing life song.
Porter lives in Colorado Springs. In 1999, Porter and his brother found a didgeridoo in a Colorado Springs bookstore. His brother initially had the interest, and Porter began building one for him. Since then, he hasn’t been able to let go of the didgeridoo.
Om’ Mok and Porter met at the World Music Gathering outside of Denver in June. They met again in July at Om’ Mok’s workshop at Dream Time in Paonia, and bonded their talents.
“It’s so powerful, so enjoyable,” said Heike (pronounced high-ka) Carter, of outside Redstone, who brought the didgeridoos and their owners to the valley. “It’s a gift to yourself.”
Other participants expressed such experiences as feeling electricity; relief of neck tension; seeing faces, eyes, and colors; feeling warmth and great awareness; pressure in the head; and a feeling the head was extraordinarily large.
Om’ Mok and Porter recommend interested parties consider didgeridoo sound healing whenever they feel sluggish, need energy or when they are not feeling themselves.
Sound healing didgeridoo sessions were also held at the W.I.N. Institute in Basalt, the Red Brick Center for the Arts in Aspen, and at the Spiritual Center in Carbondale last weekend.
Om’ Mok stated he and Porter receive positive energy while playing the didgeridoo for sound healing.
“It’s our spiritual practice,” he concluded.
Om’ Mok and Porter will be back to the Roaring Fork Valley the third week of October and the third week of November. If you would like to be a participant in their next visits, or schedule a private session, call Heike at 963-8235.
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