5 Ways Sound Can Be an Agent for Healing
Renée LaFountain, LMHC
Sound as an agent for healing was one theme that was woven through the 2023 ACEP conference. From presentations by five different sound and music practitioners to inspiring, humorous songs sprinkled throughout by conference minstrel David Roth, conference attendees were treated to a first-hand experience of the powerful energy of sound. Here are five highlights about the power of sound healing:
Greg Carpenter: Incorporating Sound Therapy to Enhance Your Work
Greg Carpenter is a licensed marriage and family therapist, sound therapist and performance coach. His pre-conference intensive focused on providing practitioners with simple sound therapy tools to incorporate into their existing clinical practices. Greg teaches that sound therapy can be used to address core issues. He says that sound healing works by helping to remove blocks, release attachments, and restore energetic balance. Attendees of his intensive had the opportunity to wrap up their day of learning with a relaxing group sound meditation/bath.
Amikaeyla Gaston: Music as Medicine
Amikaeyla Gaston is a speaker, performer, educator, author and founder of the International Cultural Arts & Healing Sciences Institute. Her dynamic, inspiring presentation about her work using music to bring healing to the hurt and scared left many attendees in tears. Amikaeyla spoke and sang with reverberating power. She shared her own story about her near-death experience that led her to understand how profoundly healing music can be. Amikaeyla described the advocacy work she does worldwide at the request of the US State Department and United Nations. In that work, she uses music to bring healing and enable the creation of solutions in areas torn apart by war and systemic barriers. Amikaeyla closed out the session leading the group in a resounding rendition of her beautiful song, “Lovely Day.”
Jonathan Goldman: The Science & Practice of Sound Healing
Jonathan Goldman is an author, musician, and teacher. In addition, he is the director of the Sound Healers Association, and president of Spirit Music, Inc. Jonathan is an international authority and pioneer in sound healing and harmonics. During his informative presentation, Jonathan explained the science behind his primary assertion that “frequency + intent = healing.” He led attendees through several sound healing exercises, including a basic level practice of conscious humming. You can learn more about the power of humming in The Humming Effect, which he co-authored with his wife, Andi Goldman. In addition, attendees learned about the numerous positive effects of practicing sound healing techniques. These benefits include: decreased stress levels, increased immune function, improved sleep quality, and increased production of “feel good” neurochemicals, and many others.
Charleene Closshey: The Science Behind the Art of Sound
Charleene Closshey is a classically trained musician, award-winning composer, and author. In her Quantum Talk, Charleene discussed the latest research about the positive impacts of sound on the body. In addition, she shared simple tools that even non-musicians can integrate into their clinical work. Attendees experienced the relaxing and uplifting effects of crystal singing bowls and Sanskrit mantra firsthand. Charleene also had a booth in the conference exhibit hall. Here, fortunate participants had the opportunity to listen to excerpts from her most recent recording, “Aligned.” Utilizing her well-developed intuition, Charleene chose the perfect tracks for the listener’s deepest benefit.
Nora Nur Nalcini: Transforming Traumatic Experience With ATFT
Nora Nur Nalinci is a spiritual healer and coach, founder of Novis Imprints and creator of the Acu-vibrational Tuning Fork Technique (ATFT). Her presentation included information about the effects of different frequencies on the human energy field. Attendees also learned the five phases of ATFT, and best practices in applying ATFT. Nora developed ATFT with the goal of assisting individuals to transform traumatic experiences and facilitate empowering change. She teaches that ATFT accomplishes this through activation of our innate healing capacities.
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Renée LaFountain is a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC), living and working in Massachusetts. She is the director of clinical teams and a staff therapist at Bay State Counseling and Wellness Center, with a passion for serving individuals who are the helpers and “deep feelers” of the world. Renée is a member of the ACEP Communications Committee and is a provider for Unite for HER.