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Peaceful Music Helps PTSD

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 helped by peaceful music. Dean and Dudley Evenson with Walter Reed Chaplain John Kallerson
PTSD helped by peaceful music. Dean and Dudley Evenson visit with Chief Chaplain Clinician John Kallerson at Walter Reed

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.

 

Dean Evenson Explains the Earth Resonancy Frequency

Ever since he discovered information about the Earth Resonance Frequency (ERF), Dean Evenson has included that sub-audio tone under the mix in his healing music albums. We’ve had lots of requests for more information so here is some background on why it is such an important frequency and why we use it.

Our physical body is affected by vibrations that are below the range of hearing. One ‘ultra low frequency’ is called the Earth Resonance Frequency (ERF). This common frequency of our beautiful planet is located primarily at 7.83 Hertz or cycles per second.  One reason we are interested in this frequency is because it is very similar to the frequency our brains emit when we are in the Alpha brainwave state. There are several factors at play here and we will share our understanding of the scientific basis of resonant frequency and explain how that ties in with the state of our consciousness. We will also describe how the ERF or other ultra low frequencies can be used in music to support reaching a meditative or healing zone more easily.

It may be more than coincidence the Earth Resonance Frequency of 7.83 Hz is similar to the frequency our brains emit when we are in the state of consciousness right on the cusp between the Alpha and Theta brainwave states. As you may know, our brains emit ultra low frequency sound waves that vary depending on the state of our consciousness. When we are in our busy, rational frame of mind, our brains emit Beta frequencies in the range of 14-20 Hz. This is called our Beta brainwave state and occurs when we are active and thinking, doing computer work, driving a car, or something that requires left brain thinking. We need to access this state to function in the world on a daily basis.

When we are seeking a space to meditate or heal, we want to drop down into the next state which is deeper and more relaxed, so we enter the Alpha state. This is when we are awake and alert but very peaceful, calm and centered. The Alpha range is around 7-14 Hz. and is a very safe state to be in because one is still awake and alert to the surroundings but also open and receptive to being at peace and accessing our more intuitive faculties.

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GOLDEN SPIRAL New Release Available March 4!

Soundings of the Planet is excited to announce the release of GOLDEN SPIRAL on March 4. Sound healing pioneer and flautist, Dean Evenson, teams up with trance guitarist, Scott Huckabay, to create magic in this follow up to their award-winning masterpiece Harmonic Way. After twenty years and over a dozen collaborative albums together, Evenson and Huckabay continue to create tasty musical journeys through their sensitive interplay.
Scott Huckabay Dean Evenson
This harmonic, free flowing journey opens the listener to the deeper places in the soul where healing can occur. Atmospheric arrangements, gentle swirls of energy and rolling rhythms make the music perfect for yoga, sacred dance, relaxation and massage.

Check out this beautiful video we just made for Golden Spiral on YouTube

Here’s what Jeanne Ellis, Licensed Massage Therapist and Reiki Master of Your Healing Place has to say about the album:
“GOLDEN SPIRAL is exquisite!  I have had amazing results with your beautiful healing music for many years for myself and my clients. Each glorious song takes you instantly into a blissful state, each one in its unique beauty. This one is sure to be one of my favorites.  A heartfelt thank you for your divine healing music. Heaven sent!”
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Peace Through Music Helps Local Vets

Dudley Evenson dogtags

Recently I was invited to do a presentation for veterans at the Bellingham Vet Center. Several years ago, Dean and I had visited there and dropped off some of our music and videos and it turns out they had been showing our Eagle River DVD at their gatherings and potlucks where people really enjoyed the relaxation effect of the images of nature and the peaceful music. Eagle River was actually created after our first visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, DC where we did a presentation on music and healing to the patients, many of whom were wounded in combat or suffering from PTSD . We received feedback from the commanding officers that they really needed that video of eagles and nature along the Nooksack River as it would help people dealing with their flashbacks and nightmares from the trauma related to their combat experiences. PTSD stands for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder which is what many people suffer after extreme combat situations.
Walter Reed dog tags 2These are the dog tags the chaplain at Walter Reed gave us when we visited there a few years ago.

I was pleasantly surprised when I got a call a few weeks ago requesting a presentation about music for one of the local PTSD men’s groups.  I wasn’t sure what to expect but found a group of older Viet Nam era vets as well as some younger ones from more recent wars who were ready to work on dealing with their issues. As the leader said later, the men appreciated being able to step out of their comfort zone. I actually had them breathing, toning, singing a mantra and doing ‘I am’ affirmations. I also shared the RELAXATION TRAINING GUIDE we created for Walter Reed so they would have an overview of how to use music in their process.

Then a few weeks later I was invited back to work with a group of women dealing with PTSD, either as veterans themselves, or because of being married to a veteran who was suffering form PTSD. I found this group of women very open to what I was teaching them and much more able to express themselves through the singing, toning and affirmations I had them doing. It is interesting to me that what I am actually teaching these military folks is based on the yoga of sound and it really seems to work. The women want me to come back and go deeper into the process so I am excited to be able to share what Dean Evenson and I have been learning and teaching all these years about the healing power of sound and music, meditation and self-expression.

Here’s a link to the Eagle River DVD and also to Healing Sanctuary, an album we created after 911 to help people deal with trauma. Both of these were among several of our albums used at Walter Reed and given out by the chaplain there to the wounded.

Please add your thoughts about this important issue and especially if you have or know of anyone dealing with PTSD and I will send a free mp3 healing music track to those who comment.

Soundings Wins Double Visionary Awards at 2015 INATS Tradeshow

2015 Visionary Awards

We are proud to announce that Soundings of the Planet won two COVR Visionary Awards at the recent INATS trade showCHAKRA MEDITATIONS & TONES by Dudley & Dean Evenson with Beth Quist (Best Meditation Music) and HARMONIC WAY by Dean Evenson & Scott Huckabay with Phil Heaven (Best General Music). Thanks to all our fans out there in music land for supporting us these many years.  The Coalition of Visionary Resources (COVR) is the trade association representing the Mind Body Spirit marketplace for the past 20 years.ChakraMed&Tones-HarmonicWay

Here’s what some fans have to say about these award-winning albums ~
Chakra Meditations & Tones:
“Experiencing this meditation is perfect for the beginner and the advanced. The first eight tracks are instructional and provide the listener with a meditation experience at the same time. The melodic sounds of the chakra tones of the second eight tracks are delightful! Truly calming and peaceful. I highly recommend this sound experience!”
~ Margaret Ann Lembo, Owner The Crystal Garden & author of Chakra Awakening

“The Evensons have put together an effective and supportive tool for working with chakras. Dudley and Beth both have beautiful voices. I especially appreciated Dudley’s calming guidance while working with the chakra associated affirmations.”
~ Nancy Grant, Business and Life Coach

Harmonic Way:
“Masterful and melodic, top-selling healing artists create atmospheric arrangements perfect for deep reflection, relaxation and upliftment.  Harmonic Way acts as a gateway to higher states of awareness and presence, perfectly peaceful for any listener.”

~ Stephen Bonnell, East West Bookshop Seattle

“Harmonic Way is a complex, multi-dimensional composition that transported me into deep meditation and complete relaxation.  All my busy thoughts and tension melted away, gifting me a sense of euphoria and bringing me straight into my heart center.  Another fabulous creation from Soundings of the Planet.”
~ Diana LaDue-Hand, Wise Awakening

Beth Dudley Scott Dean(L to R) Beth Quist, Dudley Evenson, Scott Huckabay, Dean Evenson

Desert Dawn Song 35th Anniversary Edition

Desert Dawn SongThere is something quite magical about the sounds of dawn in the desert.  For this recording, Dean Evenson spent the night in a desert canyon near Tucson, Arizona.  Just before dawn, he placed out two microphones for a stereo recording of the joyous birdsong.  The natural sounds then formed the inspiration for the music.

Desert Dawn Song was one of the very first recordings using natural sounds combined with peaceful music.  Dudley Evenson’s haunting vocals and harp merge with the dawn bird calls. Dean, a classically trained flutist and Jonathan Kramer, a classically trained cellist composed their music as it was being played, blending classical structures with jazz improvisations and in the process created a completely new form of music.

The Evensons wanted to share the wisdom they were learning from Native Americans about the Earth as a living being and including the natural sounds with the music was a way they could honor the Earth. Their vision was for the music to carry the message of nature to people in cities who made decisions affecting the fate of the planet.

This early album launched a whole new genre of music now known as New Age, Healing, Relaxation, or Nature Music.  Massage therapists were the first to discover that this music could enhance their healing practice. In the early days, Dean and Dudley sold their tapes at swap meets and very soon received feedback about the healing effects of their music. Then letters poured in and they realized that the nature-based music they were creating was having a healing effect on people.  The rest is history!

Official Release Date May 12, 2015. Order today on amazon.com

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Did you ever have this recording or any of our recordings on cassette? Let us know where you found our music and how you use it.  We love to hear from you. When you comment on the blog I’ll send you a free mp3 track of nature music.

Nature and Music: Healing People and the Planet

Published in Natural Awakenings Chattanooga, April 2015

Dean Evenson Native flute riverIn 1970, when sound-healing and video pioneers Dean and Dudley Evenson first became aware of the serious environmental issues threatening our world, they wanted to find a way to help educate people about the plight of the planet. They got that opportunity two years later, when they worked as videographers at the first United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm, Sweden.

“In Stockholm we met and were exposed to the wisdom of the fifteen Native Americans who were at the conference talking about Mother Earth,” recalls Dudley Evenson. “We documented this historic event with the new, portable Sony video camera that had just become available, and looked for ways to apply these new ideas.”

The next year, Dean Evenson was invited to Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota to help transmit television out of the occupied town. He stayed on the reservation a month, videotaping Lakota elders, activists and medicine men, who spoke strongly about the challenges facing the earth at that time. Again the Evensons contemplated this new information and tried to figure out a way to share what they were learning.

A few years later, now living in Tucson, Arizona, the Evensons decided to form a record label, Soundings of the Planet, to distribute  what Dean describes as “the music that was flowing through us.” He spent the night in a desert canyon, and as the sun rose, he used two stereo mikes to catch the sounds of the birds at dawn. The Evensons’ first album, Desert Dawn Song, included these sounds of dawn in the desert along with the couple’s calming music of flute, harp, cello and vocal tones.
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“This album was one of the very first to include meditative music along with field recordings of nature sounds, and it ushered in a whole new genre of music,” Dudley says. “This was our way of honoring the earth, and our vision was to get this nature-based music to people living in cities who made decisions about the fate of the planet.”

The Evensons have continued to create this special type of music, and over the past 35 years they have released more than 80 albums and videos dedicated to their vision of creating “peace through music.”

Dean has spent many hours next to flowing rivers or ocean beaches, and in wetlands, forests and mountain valleys, recording both audio and video. These “soundings of the planet” have found their way to a number of popular, award-winning albums and DVDs. The added bonus, Dudley says, is that the music seems to have a healing effect on listeners.

“Even though we didn’t start out trying to make healing music, that is exactly what happened,” she says.

The Evensons also added to their recordings the Earth Resonance Frequency (ERF) of 7.83 hz (cycles per second), which is the actual resonance of the planet’s atmospheric cavity, Dean explains. “This is also the same frequency that our brains emit when on the cusp of the alpha and theta brainwave states,” he says. “This tends to have a positive, healing effect on people, adding to the already peaceful state the music and nature sounds create.”

For more information on Dean and Dudley Evenson and their music and videos, visit Soundings.com; search “soundings of the planet” on Facebook or YouTube; visit their blog, HealthyLivingDreams.com; or call 800-93-PEACE (800-937-3223).

PS – I would love to hear how you have used our music.  And to those who comment, I’ll send you a free mp3 download!

 

Dr. Oz, Oprah and Dr. Gaynor concur on healing benefits Tibetan bowls

Dr. Oz Oprah bowlsWe got a call the other day from a woman wanting to know which of our albums have Tibetan singing bowls on them.  She had heard Dr. Oz speaking about their healing qualities on Oprah and wanted to follow his advice about using their beneficial frequencies to support the healing process.  Dr. Oz had recently interviewed Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, a prominent Manhattan cancer specialist and leader in combining alternative therapies with mainstream medicine.  Dr. Gaynor has made waves in the medical field as an advocate of using Tibetan bowls as an assist in easing anxiety, dealing with pain and improving the quality of life of his patients.  It turns out both Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Mitchell Gaynor are big proponents of using alternative therapies in conjunction with whatever other procedures are being used.  Dr. Gaynor says music can play a significant part in maintaining a healthy lifestyle contributing to the healing even from serious diseases such as cancer or simply in helping to reduce the stresses of everyday life.  Dean and Dudley Evenson met with Dr. Gaynor a few years ago and they shared their mutual appreciation for the healing power of music.

The origin of Tibetan Singing Bowls is shrouded in mystery but it is certain that they were used by monks as an aid in their meditation practice. Ancient bowls were an alloy of as many as twelve different metals that were pounded and shaped into bowls.  When a bowl is struck by a wooden mallet, a rich blend of harmonic overtones is created.  Because of the multiple harmonics, the sound can have the effect of bringing both hemispheres of the brain into synchronization.  Whether used in meditation or simply to create a calm, serene state, the clear tones of the bowls bring a sense of harmony and balance.  In this way, sound can be the medium that transports a person to an elevated state of consciousness.
Tibetan singing bowls
As for answering the woman’s question – here are the Soundings of the Planet CDs that feature Tibetan singing bowls.  The album with the most bowls is Golden Spa Tones by Dean Evenson and Walter Makichen.  This includes flute and ocean sounds to add to the healing quality.  The other albums do include bowls as well as other instrumentation.  All include the Earth Resonance Frequency (ERF) to enhance Alpha/Theta brainwave synchronization.  Golden Spa Tones, Dream Space, Chakra Healing, Sacred Earth, Reiki OM, Ascension to Tibet, Healing Dreams.