Spirit Leaves: Sounds that Heighten and Heal


The dimensional shift introduced us to higher frequencies. In an effort to bridge the incongruity this created, it is no wonder we turned to sound to smooth the vibrational disparity. We use Tibetan singing bowls, chimes, tuning forks, crystals, and meditative CDs to calm our discordant spirits. I’ve noticed lately my sense of hearing has become acute, as though some invisible hand turned up the volume knob. I understand now that life as an empath may involve living in an “altered state” — with a heightened sensitivity to sound.

Mandan wisdom holds that there are four parts of a person. As Cedric Red Feather (Mandan Turtle Priest) has identified them to me, they are the mental, physical, spiritual and social. I realize now that sound resonates within all four parts at once. Our response is especially strong, Cedric notes, when we hear our own name spoken. Tones spiral through the chakras and gather these four parts, arranging our internal, auric and etheric layers into a unified field that enables us to harmonize energetically with our Higher Self. This linkage affords an elevated feeling of personal congruence, and that is why sound feels so healing to us.

Previously, I had been holding back my own spiritual growth by subscribing to labels for my “condition.” Expressions like “hypersensitive” or “strung out” came to mind. I could barely endure crowded places. The chatter of human beings was torture, and loud people made me feel like bolting. A friend called for solace one day, a listening ear. During the entire call, I struggled to remain present with the stream of vocal ebullience cascading in my ear. A slightly wicked voice within me urged, “Hurry up. Finish your thought. I can’t listen anymore!” I felt guilty and annoyed with myself. I really love this sweet person, so what was the difficulty?

It was a great relief to me when, later, I learned through the Guides that auditory acuteness has a purpose. Sound is a natural way of attunement with nature, stars, planets, humans and other dimensions. There are messages on the wind. Birds converse in the open air. Storms create a symphony. Torrential rains resound exponentially, sweeping over rooftops and sluicing down sidewalks. Tree branches quiver and sway. Thunder rumbles and roars. Celestials offer a light ringing sound. The entire Universe reverberates with sound.

Human voices can seem brash and discordant. Native people knew this and used nonverbal communication. True Traditional People are quiet in demeanor, and refined telepathic ability seems natural to them. Those who have fasted, Cedric advises, listen to all of Creation with their hearts. They experience the symmetry of sound, which out of necessity requires both a transmitter and a receiving ear.

Native Americans used drums, flutes and rattles. I’ve read of people using drums to “induce trance states,” but that is not the only beauty of the Indian drum. There are songs for every occasion in life, and the Spirits love hearing them. Some are personal songs, and Spirits who have crossed over recognize and appreciate the familiar cadences. For the living, the beat of the drum instantly brings us into the vast and comforting space of the heart, helping us grow spiritually.

As an empath, I feel the greatest contribution humans could make to the planet right now is to listen. In the movie Kundun, a film that chronicles the life of the Dalai Lama, the Chinese government orders the invasion of Tibet. Loudspeakers blare Mao’s propaganda in the streets, while, inside the Potala, ministers, monks and the Dalai Lama confer, pray and meditate. As a barking radio announcer with gong-accented music interrupts their soft conversation, the Dalai Lama — instead of becoming angry — says very softly, “They have taken our silence.”

Our world is in a similar state of cacophony, presently. Were we to restore the silence, we could become more attuned with nature. We would once again be nourished by the songs in the wind, the voices of leaves, and the distant cries of night birds.

Sound is the universal link to other dimensions. Through sound, we will arrive at an instantaneous energetic alignment within, and the rest will be ascension history.

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Janet Michele Red Feather, J.D., M.A., is a ceremonial singer who has learned over 60 traditional songs in Mandan and Lakota and sings in nine different languages. Janet was a full-time defense litigator in California for nearly eight years. Her life changed significantly after she traveled to North Dakota in 1993 to fast and pray for a way of life. A regular columnist for The Edge, she has also appeared in Psychic Guidepost, FATE Magazine and Species Link. Her book, Song of the Wind (2014, Galde Press), dealt with her experiences as an empath, and her journey through Mandan spiritual culture. She is currently a full-time, tenured English faculty member at Normandale Community College, having taught Composition and Literature for a span of 20 years.


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