There are many types of music therapy. The simplest would use music one likes that is relaxing. There are other types of therapy involving the playing of instruments, most notably the harp, in which, it is contended, the music is pulled into the body in a manner that promotes healing. Other types involve the analysis of sounds, such as the voice, to determine which frequencies are expressed and which are missing. Other approaches involve so called sacred sounds or ritualistic use of chants or instruments. Then, there is the Mozart Effect in which music is used to aid memory and recall. In my case, the goal is to bring awareness of both the subconscious and superconscious to the surface so that all parts of the psyche can experience integration.
Around the age of 15-16, I was exposed to the idea of reincarnation when I first became acquainted with Buddhism. It was towards the end of my high school years and the beginning of college. In the summer of 1959, I attended the East-West Philosopher’s Conference at the University of Hawaii. At the end of the summer, there was a banquet, and I was seated between the famous Daisetsu Suzuki and Wing-tsit Chan. My life changed forever because I came to understand my mind and how it worked versus how it might function in a more ideal manner. Later, I took a course from Charles A. Moore, the organizer of the conference, but I found my mind floating out the window and refusing to take in what he was saying. Basically, he was saying that memory works by gradually going backwards, thinking about what you had for lunch, for breakfast, for dinner the night before. I figured I would be 80 before remembering a single past life.
As fate would have it, when my mind wandered out the window, I saw what I believed to be a past life as a Japanese monk. I was walking along the bank of a river with another monk, but it was years before any reliable techniques were revealed to me. However, what was important about the vision was that I actually tuned into the conversation. not just the era and place.
In the late 1970s, Isabel Hickey visited Hawaii and demonstrated the Awareness Technique. It was fascinating to me because I realized that we can travel not just backwards in time but up and down in dimensions. The work is extremely labor-intensive and requires insight, intuition, and patience since the person who is traveling must be guided and protected. It is entirely possible to become tangled up in the complexities of past lives and questions arise as to whether or not one can extricate oneself from the patterns. I used the technique now and then but very cautiously.
In late 1979-early 1980, I was exposed to the Well-Springs work developed by Kay Ortmans. I wrote a book about it called “Shadows on the Soul.” Kay never liked the title, but I felt it was appropriate. The Well-Springs technique involves massage to classical music, the assumption being that there are memories hiding in the body and that the music can unlock these, either through consonance or dissonance, meaning one can lure a memory to the surface by using the appeal of the music to create alignment, safety, and resonance, or one can also break into a shielded area by using lightning and thunder. This method is also very labor-intensive, often lasting three hours and sometimes 8-10 hours. However, the work is very effective and powerful. In fact, it is usually life altering.
Over the years, I have gradually modified the methods I use so that they do not require bodily contact with the person being guided. I do use music as well as guided visualization and I often use the horoscope to establish some stepping stones so that we get off to a good start. The work is very difficult, fascinating, and compelling. People say that their lives are changed forever because they see why they have incarnated and how they are related to certain important others. They also see patterns carried over from past lives and can learn to draw lines to separate history from the present.
Those who truly want to understand themselves, the causes of their challenges in life, as well as their purposes can consider this technique as a tool for unlocking memory both of past lives and destiny. Those who wish to learn to use the technique in their professional lives should have a background in some form of counseling as well as classical music.
Therapists are ultimately not counselors but guides. Their role is to facilitate the experiences for their clients, but some people needtime to integrate the work. They may choose to rely on the assistance of the music therapist or an astrologer or pastoral counselor. In most cases, psychologists would lack the understanding of how to process the information unless they are trained in some kind of depth analysis or are aligned with some spiritual philosophies that accept the reality of karma and reincarnation.
About Ingrid Naiman
In 1970, Ingrid Naiman left the mainstream world to pursue a life of the spirit. Though her interest in reincarnation began as a freshman, it was twenty years later that methods for recall were brought to her attention. In the 1980s, she wrote a book on memory called Shadows on the Soul that is still unpublished. What is different about Ingrid’s music therapy and many other types of therapy is that the goal is neither to improve memory as per the Mozart effect nor to relax. The goal is to facilitate awareness of the self through accessing the unconscious.
Though music plays a role in her technique, the reasons for this are not perfectly understood. Ingrid believes that music and memory both have patterns and that entrainment is crucial factor in alignment. Music can also be inspired and therefore helpful in creating bridges to the divine. However, the work depends as much on music as guidance, and this part of the work is very hard to teach because those who want to learn the technique must have personal experience in other dimensions and considerable skill as counselors.
For the subjects, many people gain enough insight in just a single session to be satisfied for years to come . Others want to have a series of sessions.
Ingrid’s experience is that each session is quite different from the others because once the events are processed, there is no need to revisit the same stories or histories. Though the basic technique she uses is quite simple, the powers of the facilitator have to be developed so that the facilitator can assist both the recall and integration. Those who really want to learn the method ought to consider staying for several months and practicing on the patients seen at the Institute.
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