BLOG #3 Why I called my healing space, THE WILLOW ROOM

Short Version 😊

For me the Willow Tree is symbolic of Healing!
It reminds one to bend with life, to surrender and to flow, and encourages a sense of hope and healing!

The Willow Tree prompts us to be flexible in life! It is one of the few trees that has the ability to bend, rather than break.
This is very symbolic, reminding us to sway in the winds of life that we may encounter and to soften during storms, rather than remain rigid and snap. It reminds us to adapt, rather than break.
The Willow tree reminds us that we can weather the storms, bear new growth and embrace hope and healing.
It is a tree associated with water, symbolic of ebb and flow, and with flow comes healing. With flow comes the natural expression of emotions, the natural balance of energy within the body; both of the Chakras and along energy lines.
Flow and balance helps to bring calm, harmony and peace to the mind, body and soul.
The Willow is also associated with the Moon and has strong connections and symbolism to our emotions and psychic ability.

Long version: 😊 😊 😊

The Willow has long been used for many purposes ranging from basketry, to fish traps, weir fences, wattle and daub building, furniture, the framework for Welsh coracle boats and the hoop frame of dreamcatchers, symbolic of protection and comfort.
Willows prefer to put down roots close to water, such as along the bank of streams, rivers, dams, lakes and ponds. Flora, such as the willow tree, that have a close connection with water, are also considered to be connected to the psychic realm and were, and still are, used in ceremonies to enhance psychic abilities.
Because of the strong connection of the willow to water, the willow is also associated with the Moon. A full moon and new moon bring the highest tides because it is the time when the Moon, Sun, and Earth are aligned and the gravitational pull on the Earth by the Sun and Moon, is the greatest. As the human body is composed of an average of 65% water, it is no surprise that our emotions can be influenced by the Moon.
The willow is a survivor! It often thrives in challenging conditions and often takes root from a single branch that has fallen off the main tree into water, symbolic of resilience and reminding us to keep going, to keep growing and to continue to reach upwards no matter where one finds themselves.
The colours of the willow are significant:
The brown of the trunk and branches symbolise stability, grounding, support and responsibility and is related to the Root Chakra.
The green of the leaves is symbolic of growth and fertility and is related to the Heart Chakra. The autumn fall of leaves remind us of the importance of shedding and letting go.
The tree itself reminds us of strength and stability, and the branches are strong and flexible, as it weathers the storms that come.
The Willow Tree fosters a sense of hope within us and reminds us to let go of pain and past conditioning that is no longer useful for us. It reminds us that we can weather the storms, bear new growth and embrace hope and healing!

Bernie Ginnane
BLOG #2 The Circle

β€˜In the Circle we are all equal.
When in the Circle, no one is in front of you.
No one is behind you.
No one is above you.
No one is below you.
The Sacred Circle is designed to create unity’

Dave Chief
Oglala Lakota

The shape of the circle and its symbolism has been used by most cultures since the beginning of time. It is a universal symbol and is sacred to several cultures.

In Shamanism, the circle is one of the most significant symbols used.

When a Sacred Circle is created, it is seen as a protective space for those who sit within the circle. It represents the understanding that when we sit in a Sacred Circle, all within it are equal, no one is above, behind or below another.

A Sacred Circle can be created to provide a sense of safety and of being held and supported within the circle. It is a safe and nurturing space to gather, to meditate, to share, to speak and express, and to heal. It encourages unity and a sense of community.

The circle also reminds us of Mother Earth and fertility - the feminine and the womb, and the cycle of life – of birth, death and rebirth. The circle reminds us of the cyclical nature of life – the changing seasons both of nature and within ourselves – the ebb and flow of life.
And it reminds us of the moon and the sun – the feminine and the masculine – in harmony and balance.

The circle can represent balance, wholeness, and infinity.

The circle created in a wedding ring is symbolic of the un-ending love between two people, the sacredness within the ring or circle reminding them of the sacredness of their relationship.

In Shamanism the circle also represents the Medicine Wheel. The wheel, or circle is divided into four quadrants and each quadrant references a direction – east, south, west and north - and each direction corresponds to one of the four elements – Air, Water, Fire, Earth.

It is interesting to think of dropping a pebble into a pond of water and watching the gentle ripple effect, of circles circling outwards and that go on and on and on.

Much comes forth from within the circle.

Kil Mag
BLOG #1 : Life is a Symphony!

"Everything is vibration" said Albert Einstein.

Everything - all matter, including all our organs, cells and all our atoms, are composed of energy and are in constant vibration. If the vibration is changed, change is created!

Not only is all matter composed of energy, but sound is also energy that has a vibration or frequency that is measured in cycles per second, called hertz. The slower the vibration, the lower the frequency. The faster the vibration, the higher the frequency.

Sound travels 4 times faster through water than in air, and because our bodies are composed of an average of 65% water, they are an excellent sound resonator.

So, back to Life being a Symphony!

An orchestra is composed of many different instruments from different families, including woodwind, brass, percussion and bowed stringed instruments. At first glance it may appear that with such a variety of musical instruments there could be chaos. But when each instrument is tuned and emitting their own sound or vibration, and a pattern of order or balance is followed, harmony reigns. But if one of the instruments is not tuned correctly, this affects the harmony or the energetic balance and rhythm of the orchestra as a whole.

And the same applies to our bodies. Think of your body as an orchestra, composed of many different organs, muscles, joints, systems, and Chakras (energy centres), all tuned or vibrating to their own natural pitch or frequency. If one organ or Chakra is not in tune, if the energy is not in balance and in harmony, then chaos, or energetic blockages are more likely to occur. And in a body with energetic blockages, stagnant energy and imbalance, dis-ease is more likely to occur.

Each Chakra and the organs and systems associated with it, resonate with their own frequency.

The lower the Chakra, the lower the frequency.

Sound healing is creating a resonance to match the natural frequency or vibration of different Chakras, organs, joints and systems of the body. When one of these is lower in frequency to what is its natural pitch, and sound healing is applied, entrainment can occur. This is the action where the frequency of the sound therapy bowl causes the frequency of the organ for example, to meet and vibrate at the same frequency as the therapy bowl, thus raising the frequency and allowing energy to flow and energetic blockages to clear.

When we β€˜entrain’ with healing frequencies, our minds and bodies can vibrate with balance and harmony, as does an orchestra if all the instruments are tuned correctly.

Listening to different frequencies bring about different changes within the body.

For example, the frequency of 285 Hz signals cells and tissues to heal and leaves the body feeling energised.

The frequency of 639 Hz is associated with the Heart Chakra. It encourages feelings of love and helps to bring balance to relationships.

Yes, life really is a symphony!

Kil Mag