The Mother of Sound: The Sound of Mother

Restoring balance, naturally.
Restoring balance, naturally.

Restoring balance, naturally.

The syllable Ma is used worldwide for Mother: Ma, Amma, Uma, Oma, Mama, Mother, Mater.

In Sanskrit, Ma means “to create.” Who has that power? The Mother.



The seed sound MA is a powerful mantra to use in your practice.

Chant MA with a long, slow, clear exhale: MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Inhale and repeat.

Close your eyes and feel the vibration of this seed sound in your body.


“This mantra is repeated over and over to connect with the essence of the universal mother.” ~

Practice The Divine Shield Meditation  by Spirit Voyage and enjoy the vibration of MA.




A Present From The Past



When my grandmother passed, I received many of her exquisite china tea cups and saucers. Patterns of tiny blossoms: orange, purple and blue. Gold leaf and red rose. I placed them in the special kitchen cabinet with the glass door so I could see them.

Nan E. we called her, my mom’s Mom, to distinguish from Nan O, my dad’s Mom. Blessed to still have Nan O. with us, Nan E. is dearly missed and beloved by our entire family.

The china I received of Nan E.’s joined the china cup and saucer given to me after another of my “grandmothers” passed on. I was sixteen years old when I did the math and realized I had more sets of grandparents than parents.

Joe and Anna Mae were grandparents to me and my sister. They had been surrogate parents to Mom when she was young and had moved away from home after marrying. We visited Joe and Anna Mae on occasion and I loved the tiny sandwiches Anna Mae served us with tea, and the enormous crabapple tree bursting with fruit in her yard.

I kept the china behind glass, not wanting anything to happen to the cherished effects of these two wonderful women who had brought much grace, love and nourishment to my life.

Then one day I remembered Nan E. talking about how she and Grandpa used to have company over for tea and toast and a visit. Friends gathering together. Tea and toast.

I loved the image in my mind of couples around the table, lots of laughter and the simplicity of tea and toast.

So one day I pulled the china from its showcase cabinet, washed it up and put it out on the table. It was spring and I was having an open house. I had picked up mini cupcakes. My aunt was stopping by, my mom’s sister. It was her birthday. It seemed the perfect day to bring out Nan E.’s china.

The girls were coming – clients, friends, neighbours and family – and we were going to carry on the tradition of friends gathering for tea, with proper cups.

The girls were there, and Anna Mae and Nan E. in their own way, honoured. Mothers and grandmothers, daughters and friends. Generations of conversation, laughter and love.

I bring the cups out more often now. The toast may have become cupcakes or fruit or chocolate, but the tea remains, as does the china. New memories from an old tradition. A present from the past.


Get out the china and gather the girls

Mothers in gold, Grandmothers in pearls

Share stories and memories, laughter and tea

Sip from the cups with raised pinky

Honour the old and celebrate the new

Pass along to the next generation when through


From Injury to Opportunity: The Wisdom of Your Injuries



Once again nursing an injury, I’m contemplating the nature of injury to alter our course in life.

It was my spinal injury years ago that moved me from my career as a personal trainer, into the wild and wonderful realm of complementary alternative medicine, plants, yoga, meditation, Reiki, and Qigong.

Needing the help of a chiropractor yesterday to gently encourage my ribs back into alignment, I had the pleasure of hearing the practitioner’s story of injury.

Prior to beginning his planned journey into pharmacy, he had experienced a compression fracture in his neck. Told surgery was his best option, he had decided to visit a chiropractor instead, hoping for a non-surgical solution. He found relief in his chosen method of care.

His injury, and the issues that came with it, altered his path from pharmacist to chiropractor; a chiropractor who is compassionate to the discomfort and struggle of his clients.

“Emergence through emergency,” Dr. Jean Houston calls it. Often these emergencies wake us up to a higher calling, a spiritual path, our life’s work, or simply a change in perspective or lifestyle.

Sometimes my injuries give me a gentle nudge when I’ve wandered off course. I had a deadline a few weeks ago to prepare my second book for submission to agents. There were revisions to attend to and a couple missing chapters. I committed to write every day until it was complete.

I was on track beautifully and then suddenly I was tugged away by my desire to do more yoga, work out, plan the upcoming detox program for my clients, write articles – everything but book 2. I returned home one Sunday morning after a nice long 2-hour weight and cardio session at the local Y, followed by a satisfying trip to the organic grocery store. I made it through weights, cardio, a little post-workout yoga stretch, and groceries no problem, only to collapse on my front step from back pain.

It had been a long time since back pain had put me on the ground. When I asked, “Why now?” The answer was immediate and obvious: I had a deadline. I stayed put the following week, writing and resting, and my back healed quicker than ever. Though still not complete on my chapters – hence the ribs – I am laser-focused now!

We often see our injuries as set-backs, they slow us down. We fail to see that is the gift: to slow down, consider other options, possibilities, directions, or simply rest and be still.

Pay attention to your injuries. Give them the care they require and see if perhaps there isn’t a course-change in your immediate future.

Rather than curse the injury and struggle against it, be open to what is happening and what is possible; be open to what comes. Chances are, something is about to shift in your life.



Don’t Just Think About it, Feel it.

Enlist the senses to manifest and heal.
Enlist the senses.

Enlist the senses to manifest and heal.

Thoughts are powerful things. They plant the seeds that, when watered over time, take root and grow in our lives and often our health. If you want to manifest something quickly and deeply, however, skip the thought and move to the feeling.

Affirmations are great tools for change. In today’s world, where we like our healing on the hurry-up, we need to bring in the heavy hitters: the senses.

If you want to manifest more money in your life, remember a time when you had more money. See yourself taking that big cheque to the teller. Breathe and feel in your body what you felt when you handed that cheque to her. See the smile on her face and feel the one on your own. Remember the freedom of seeing the balance on your bank statement. Feel the gratitude you felt for the prosperity in your life. What was the first thing you bought with the extra cash? How did it make you feel feel?

If it’s deep relaxation you seek, a couple I am relaxed probably won’t make a dent in your distress. Breathe deep as you connect your breath to the time you lay on the massage table at the spa. You feel the cool breeze from an open window, the birds chirping in the trees outside, the smell of lavender from the massage table linens fills your nose. Remember the feeling of your body relaxing into the table as the massage therapist nurtures your body with warm oils. Transport yourself to that moment through your senses.

Need a boost in your mood? When was the last time you had a good belly laugh? Remember it clearly: who you were with, what it was you laughed about together, how it made you feel. Did your face hurt from laughing or your gut? Were you doubled-over, trying to see the other person through tears of laughter?

If it’s confidence you need, remember a time when you excelled at what you did. That feeling of complete competence and trust in your abilities. Recall the feeling of your stride, how you looked others straight in the eyes, and never questioned your capabilities. Did self-assurance beam from your face? Was it a quiet contentment with your work? What was your expertise and how did confidence feel for you?

If you crave nature but can’t get outdoors, or a long rainy or cold season has you down, walk around in your memory of hiking around a clear, mountain lake. Feel the icy cold of the water as you dip in your toes on a hot summer’s day. Inhale the fresh air, infused with the scent of pine, and see the blue-green water in front of you, the mountain looming large behind the lake. The memory is rich and alive within you. Draw it to the surface.

Engage your senses and walk around in rich memories, pulling them to you for healing and manifestation. Draw what you want into your life by seeing it, smelling it, tasting it, and feeling it as if it is happening right now.

If these memories are not available to you or you have not yet created them, use your imagination. What does it feel like to accept that new job? Who is with you when you get the news? What are you wearing and how do you celebrate? Do you go out for dinner? What do you order and how does it taste? Where do you feel it in your body? Do butterflies flutter in your gut from a little new-job nervousness? Do your hands shake with excitement?

Do more than simply visualize the experience over and over again, feel it as if you are there. Then let it go, not clinging to the memory or feelings, free to conjure additional sensations or engage fully in the ones around you at the moment. They may become the memories you pull from later.

Do more than just think about what you want. Enlist your senses and let them help take you where you want to be. It’s all within you to do.