Soon after the recent wars began, Dean Evenson and I became aware of the impacts that wartime trauma was having on combatants. We heard from a psychologist friend about PTSD and terrible physical and mental conditions returning soldiers were dealing with. We learned in disturbing detail about the challenges they were facing and we wanted to help. We wondered if our peaceful music could be supportive in calming the mental demons facing veterans of wars and other traumatic events.
PTSD and Visit to Walter Reed
We reached out to Walter Reed Military Medical Center where many wounded warriors were hospitalized dealing with PTSD and physical wounds. We discovered that the chief chaplain there already knew Dean Evenson’s music and had used it in his own healing. He invited us to visit Walter Reed. There we offered workshops on how to use music to help the healing, both mental and physical. Since then, we have continued the process of getting our relaxation music and DVDs to hospitals, vet centers and individuals. We also created a simple but informative RELAXATION BASIC TRAINING GUIDE that offered tools of how to use music to support the healing process for those with PTSD.
Peace Through Music
Soundings of the Planet’s motto is Peace Through Music. We are peace-oriented musicians who have been creating nature-based recordings for over 35 years. Our relaxation and world music is heard in spas, salons, yoga and healing centers around the world. Now we are glad that it is being used by veterans to help their healing process.
“As the wounded soldiers and marines arrive every week at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, it is nice to have your music as part of our care plan to meet their need to relax and rest while they recuperate from their injuries. The music also helps our patients focus on their healing and not the chronic pain they endure constantly. The soothing music of Healing Sanctuary and Healing Dreams provides a needed respite from the dreams and flashbacks of the terrors that our wounded have seen and experienced. It is helpful for them to relax and not dwell on the bad dreams or images that they can see… Some find them very helpful to get to sleep.”
JOHN L. KALLERSON, Chaplain (Major) US Army
Senior Chaplain Clinician, Walter Reed Army Medical Center
We Welcome Your Ideas
Any thoughts you may have of where we can send our music that will benefit those in need with PTSD. When you comment we’ll send you a free mp3 of our music.