We are approaching our Annual Healing Sounds Intensive and I can feel the energy and excitement building. This is the 19th year that we’ve held this event and it just keeps getting better and better. At the end of the 9 days, I always find myself in a state of gratitude—simply for being a part of such a gathering. The fact that I’m somehow able to facilitate such an event is truly beyond my scope of being. I feel so blessed merely to be a part of this extraordinary occasion.
I remember the first time we held the Healing Sounds Intensive. It was not at Sunrise Ranch, which has hosted the Intensive for the last 18 years now, but rather, at a summer camp. It was quite rustic and a bit funky, but even that first one was extraordinary. My dear friend and colleague, Jim Albani assisted me then and has continued to do so each year. At that time, Jim was a minister from Minneapolis and facilitated a toning service that occurred on Sunday mornings. To my knowledge, this was the first such church toning service. Instead of having churchgoers sing psalms and such from a prayer book, he’d have them tone together. It was an extraordinary experience. I know because one year Jim brought me out to Minneapolis to teach. And I assisted him in this sacred sound ceremony at Lake Harriet Church.
With his expertise in toning, it’s little wonder that every year at the Intensive, Jim helps manifest and facilitate the Day of Toning. This is an extraordinary experience in which participants take part in 12 hours of sounding with others in sacred space. We break up into 3 groups, so that one group will tone and hold the sound for an hour and then the next group, etc. Everyone, of course, is allowed to tone for the entire time, but most (if they are not in the group specified to be sounding) choose to simply lay back and rest in the fields of Light & Love we create through our sound.
Besides being a master of sacred geometry and toning, Jim is also quite adept at creating ritual. I spend quite a bit of time creating an extremely powerful crystal grid in the octagonal shaped room where the Healing Sounds Intensive is held. And I must admit that Jim transforms this room even more so for the day of toning with large, 3 dimensional sacred geometric forms placed throughout this sacred space. For many participants, the Day of Toning is among their favorite of the many extraordinary activities and activations that occur at the Intensive.
Of course there are other frequency shifting experiences that are also favorites, including Peruvian Whistling Vessels, Intoning the Divine Name, and the Group Merkaba of Sound (to name just a few). I could write pages about these experiences, for they are also life changing. But right now, I am guided to briefly write and share about our Day of Toning.
For those interested in more details on what occurs during the Day of Toning, please follow this link: Day of Toning; A Perspective and Depiction