Music, Intentionalized Music
Herrera Foster, Ph.D,
New England Sound Healing Research Institute
we pray, we ask for guidance and healing. When a guided musician
plays music, the prayer, or intention for healing, is carried by
the vibration of the sound, the “carrier wave” (quoting
Jonathan Goldman), to the receiver.
The guided musician channels healing energy, in the form
of music, from Spirit (God, the Divine) to the receiver.
Therefore, Spirit guides the musician to bring in healing
vibration in the form of beautiful music and sound. A guided
musician is a sound healer who transmits healing with powerful
music that is composed by Spirit in the moment, to fit the
energy needed by the receiver for healing.
The effects are profound, and, in my experience, the
feedback is consistently “that was exactly what I needed.”
the article “Introduction to Sound Healing and NESHRI” I
coined the phrase “Guided Music” to have some way to
describe a category of sound healing that is
the beautiful improvised music that flows from our
instruments and voices that is empowered by the healing
intention and is targeted toward the person receiving the
healing. Guided musicians experience performing this music as
“getting out of the way” and letting Spirit bring in the
music that is intended for this healing. It is a musical
meditation, both for receiver and giver.
experience as a guided musician is that I have been blessed with
the gift of being able to receive and forward to others the
healing energy from Spirit through the music that I am
transmitting. This is an incredibly spiritual experience, and
until now (and even now) I have not been able to express the
experience easily in words. I only know that I have received
this gift to share with others, and I have no choice in the
matter. My recourse was to start my own research into healing
with music, network with others who have had my experience with
guided music and other forms of sound healing, and to found the
New England Sound Healing Research Institute to help inform the
world of the power and versatility of sound healing.
musicians are healers. We truly believe that the music is
divinely inspired and healing music is channeled by the musician
from the Divine, and therefore we surrender to Spirit, let go of
the ego, and allow the music to come in without judgment. During
my Reiki training, I noticed that with every level of training
that the healing power of my music deepened. Receivers
continuously confirmed this. By the time I became a Reiki Master
it became clear that Reiki energy was flowing through my music
without my even being conscious of it, by my subconscious
intention of wanting to heal others and be connected to the
Divine at all times.
musicians are metaphysical practitioners. We believe that all
matter is energy (vibration) and therefore is affected by other
energy. We also
believe that all thoughts are energy. Therefore, musical
vibration and thought vibration can profoundly impact matter
vibration in healing ways.
Guided music is therefore in the field of vibrational
medicine, and a prime candidate for formal research.
musicians are typically experienced musicians and gifted
composers. I say
“typically” because anyone can be a guided musician, by
using his or her voice and simple instruments. In my particular
experience, I did not discover my composition talents until I
became a devotional improvisational musician, playing at ashrams
and sacred places in a sea of love and devotion. Even then, I
did not recognize myself as a composer until I met other guided
musicians who were composers, in my healing music ensemble
Bluegate. I receive music when I am in an open state, not
“trying” to compose. You
can say that the composing happens in the right brain vs.
left-brain. I typically am in a state of meditation when I am
receiving guided music, and I often hear 3 to 6-part pieces when
they “come in.”
musicians see guided music as a spiritual path. We trust that
the Divine is presenting to us through our music, and we trust
that we are clear channels to transmit this energy to others.
Guided musicians are meditators, i.e. we are not in our minds
when we play music, we are transcending the mind. In my 20 years
as a meditator, I have been experiencing this more and more
through my guided music.
music may arise without conscious intention, by being in a
devotional space, meditating, and connecting with the Divine.
This energy is absorbed into the music and flows naturally and
effortlessly out to the receivers or audience.
music may also be a result of focused intention, such as asking
Spirit for the music to come in and heal the person/people
receiving the sound healing.
By healing, I refer to bringing balance: physical,
emotional, mental, and spiritual.
The “healing” intention may also be to bring
awareness and insights to a situation, decision, or problem.
music has been used to assist:
of depression and anxiety
for medication and surgery
setting, gaining clarity and inspiration
building (see “The Magic of Sound Healing Circles”)
wonderful example of community
building is when Bluegate, our healing music ensemble, was asked
to play for Babson College’s Spirituality in the Workplace
annual conference in 2003 (we were asked to come back for 2004.)
Our intention for a spiritual and inspirational
environment was magnified by that of all the participants.
The net co-created effect was an incredible in pouring of
beautiful music that flowed from our instruments to set the
“tone” for a powerfully inspirational conference.
We were recognized as significant contributors to the
conference and were given speaker awards. Participants were
back next year! Please.”
it – very soothing and meditative.”
peaceful; a great atmosphere for thinking about strategy –
future ideas but also for reflection.”
Generates contemplation, meditation, relaxation.”
music teaches harmony by example and experience.”
meditative awareness without formal sitting practice:
employees a mini-vacation”
peacemaker – common ground of spirit, sensation, pleasure.”
invite others to share their experiences of guided music with
us, by submitting an email to firstname.lastname@example.org,
or to submit an article to www.neshri.org.
We are a growing family of passionate sound healers!.