Sounds don’t lie. Sounds tell the truth about who we are and what we are feeling in any given moment. That is true whether you are simply talking to a friend or engaging in a sound healing session. If you want to know yourself deeply, listen to what you say and how you say it with great awareness.
The cells of your body respond to you when you first accept yourself as you are, unconditionally. This sounds so easy and can be so challenging to actually do.
We can’t love ourselves in sections and expect to heal. If you are saying to yourself, “I love this part of me and hate this part of me,” you set up a state of confusing energy and nothing happens.
The parts of your body are interconnected and your cells seem to know this. Your emotions are intertwined and your emotional intelligence seems to know this too. So if you hate or are disgusted with any aspect of yourself, you have a block to your healing.
The body, mind and soul want full acceptance and understanding. Acceptance and understanding do not imply that you would make the same choices again. This doesn’t mean that you won’t want to make better choices in your future.
What is means is that you have compassion for the choices you have made that have led you to this moment. You understand the thoughts and feelings that have brought you where you are now, and you can hold yourself in loving regard, in the same way that you might be compassionate with a young child that made some interesting choices that led to some serious problems.
The sounds you make every day reflect the degree of compassion you have for yourself. Do you disparage yourself or criticize yourself? Are you harsh with others? Do you find yourself complaining? Do you hear yourself pleading a bit too often, making excuses, or defending yourself?
If this is what you hear in your voice, you probably know you are out of balance and you may not know what to do about it or you may be afraid to take the necessary steps to change your reality.
Consider that you who you truly are is far more than you probably recognize from moment to moment. There is a great beauty and wonder in you that may long to be appreciated.
You are not the sum of your fears. You are a full expression of life, longing to be accepted in your totality.
One way that you can experience the fullness of you is to consciously give sound to what you are experiencing. You might want to give yourself a sound healing experience in self-acceptance.
Create a quiet space in which you will not be disturbed. (I’ve done this in the shower and parked in my car in a secluded spot—whatever it took to create privacy.)
Begin by breathing into your body. Your entire body breathes, including your skin, so you might take some time to breathe with awareness through your nose and through your skin, until your cells are as saturated as possible with the gift of your breath.
In a relaxed and open state, allow yourself to become aware of any place in your body carrying tension or pain. Give sound to the discomfort. Be honest with your sound. Sound what you feel like. By sounding what you feel like you are accepting your current state of being.
Simply notice what happens as you accept what you are experiencing and allow that experience to be acknowledged honestly through sound. At some point the sound will change. In fact, if you are committed and truthful with your sounds, they will very likely change 2-6 times.
Honor what comes to you. There is nothing to judge here. This is about accepting yourself as you are. Notice that there are multiple aspects of you—some painful; some peaceful. Perhaps you will even hear the sounds of the happy and healthy or joyful aspects of you.
Physical and emotional pain are only some of the layers of the full experience of you. They are often the loudest (in terms of discomfort) because they embody the aspects of you most longing for loving acceptance.
When they are accepted, loved and understood, they begin to dissolve and new expressions of you have an opportunity to emerge.
If in this process, you discover that your feelings seem to need extra attention, you might want to read this article: Sound Your Feelings: https://misahopkins.com/shsdev/616/sound-healing-tip-1-%E2%80%93-sound-your-feelings/
If you are experiencing a great deal of muscle tension, this could be helpful to you: https://misahopkins.com/shsdev/957/sound-healing-tip-2-%E2%80%94-releasing-stressed-muscles/
And if you discover that your mind is so busy, it is difficult to focus, you can see if this perspective is helpful to you: https://misahopkins.com/shsdev/1042/quieting-the-mind-through-sound%E2%80%94sound-healing-tip-3/
I recommend that you listen carefully to how much your body and emotions need at any given time. Over time, you will probably find that you are able to accept more and more of yourself. Your sound healing sessions will reflect the peace you feel in your self-acceptance and so will your words.