WAH! ~ THE HEALING CONCERT featured in New Life Magazine OCT 2013
WHEN I WAS A TEENAGER, I met a woman who was dying of cancer. She went each week to see Sri Chinmoy play his flute at St John the Divine. I went with her a few times to New York City. I was 14 years old. Sri Chinmoy played his flute. That was it, that was the program, you went in and sat, and he played his flute. There was no lecture, nothing else, just him playing the flute. The Healing Concert is similar to what I first experienced with Sri Chinmoy who simply stated, "Everything you need is contained in this music, close your eyes and receive."
The Healing Concert is a 2-hour concert of meditative music, using vocals, keyboards, special effects and bliss lights designed to access deep relaxation (Savasana) and inspire natural healing. The Healing Concert is an invitation for healing and relaxation. The lights (handmade by Randy Johnson) move slowly, making random patterns on the ceiling and walls. The music moves slowly too - words, songs, loops and affirmations help you relax, slow down your breathing, and slow your thoughts. You heal from a place of wholeness, so the music and lights are carefully designed to help you feel whole. You are a perfect being in a perfect world.
Audience members can sit or lie down to receive the music. The Healing Concert creates a space for participants to ease into the space of spiral energy, letting go layer by layer. In describing what inspired her to create this concert Wah! says, "Because the energy of the universe is more intense, I'm finding that people really need to slow down. They need to have a moment to just breathe and sometimes they just need to lie down. To close their eyes. When the music comes in, I'm singing to the higher frequency of who is there. As I access their higher frequency, a lot of times people say, "Oh my God I just had to lie down!" Come breathe, meditate, relax, and feel blessed. Participants may bring mats, blankets or pillows for extra comfort. I want you to understand it's okay to be in silence and it's okay to receive. It's perfectly natural to rest, to reconnect with yourself, to begin again. There are many examples of it in nature but sometimes we lose connection with Mother Nature, especially in urban settings. I want you to feel your connection to life - to breathe, to dream, to appreciate the sun, moon and ocean, and to synchronize with the rhythms and natural beauty all around you.
Harmony starts within but not everyone can go right into a state of deep relaxation. It's not like you can come into the concert straight from rush hour traffic, sit down and experience the healing of your life. There are layers that have to come off. Some people don't even know that there are layers. You move through layers of thought and settle into a meditative place within yourself. You start with the breath because it is your inner companion, your first connection to life. It's what you do when you shift gears (sigh), it's what you do when you begin. After breathing for a few minutes together, you are free to sit, relax, enjoy the lights, take in the music, and be with yourself. The Universe expands and contracts, life goes up and down, seasons change, we change. At the end of the concert, we distribute flower petals you can take home, place in your garden or give to someone who needs healing.
The Healing Concert is offered in special locations throughout the year. It creates community and brings harmony to Mother Nature. It's something we can do together; and it's easy. We just need you to take a few moments out of your life to join with others and create it. The Healing Concert coincides with the release of Savasana 3: NaturalBeauty, my latest in a series of CDs created for relaxation. Savasana is a Sanskrit word meaning "posture of stillness." Some people say, "I can't relax. I can't sleep." I'm like, "Great, come to the Healing Concert and just breathe, be in the space." Can you close your eyes? Yeah? Good, then you should come. It's an honor to help people move into a state of relaxation and self-acceptance.
Wah! is a musician and spiritual seeker who travels the world singing and expanding sacred intention. Wah! - whose name means "bliss beyond description" - has been recognized as a spiritual pioneer and pillar of modern kirtan music. Her second book, Healing: A Vibrational Exchange is due out May 6, 2014. Visit www.wahmusic.com
The Healing Concert is featured at the NEWLIFE Expo on Sunday October 27, 5-7pm. Tickets available starting Sept 25th. www.newlifeexpo.com or call 516-897-0900.
A marvelous musical creation! The Healing Concert is like entering a painting. Blanketed by astral lights that transform the hall, you're quickly swept up in the enchantment of Wah's voice. The loops are soothing and modern, but blended with echoes of Africa, Tibet, India, urban dance, and trance. It's a perfectly complex sound that's refreshingly spacious at the same time. Throughout the beautiful experience, nebulas of colorful light fill the walls and ceiling, as Wah's mystical rhythms beguile you. At some point, when you may be wondering why this is so very different than anything that's come before, the music reveals itself. It's not about the things that music often aches for. This music, the whole thing really, is about you. The you that rarely finds a moment with this kind of vastness to play in. The evening left me speechless. And looking around, I wasn't the only one. As I floated home in that state, trying to somehow hold it inside me, hoping to carry it carefully so as not to spill any of it, I had the happy realization that it was still with me. Even now. If you've ever marveled at where music can take you, you'll want to experience this. James Baldwin/Jim's Post
Wah!'s healing concerts are a wonderful experience of music, lights and energy. What a treat for those that can be in her presence and experience the deep healing and meditative space that Wah! creates. It lifts you up, elevates you, relaxes, balances you - it's a safe and relaxing space to enjoy the music, sound, and soothing vibrations of the words while sitting in meditation or relaxation postures (with healing lights all at the same time). I have gone more than once to the healing concerts and would go again. Stacie 2/2014
It is a brilliant concept. Through your music and the lights, I could feel the physical room and the heart space as I would feel the ocean. Different depths, heights, colors and shades of colors, varying intensity of light and shadow, and all floating and moving through the same viscosity of the water and air that surrounds us. What a delicious and embracing journey! Thank you! Mark 1/5/14
Thank you for a really profound evening. I was so into the music- that when I saw you- I was practically tongue tied and could only say one or two words (like "wow" and "amazing").....so now that I can actually put more than two words together....I wanted to say thank you and hope you'll accept with sincerest compliments and best wishes. Carol 1/11/14
I didn't have a chance to tell you last night, but I truly believe the confluence of your musical style in The Healing Concert is the perfect blending of spirituality with contemporary ambient and nature sounds. Its great...and I cannot wait for the concert CD to be available. I like the direction your music is going and believe the music of The Healing Concert has the potential to reach and resonate with a large number of people both domestically and internationally...primarily because the majority of the words are sung in English and the message of Love really predominates throughout the entire set. David 1/11/14
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