What is the Soundscape? It’s a gathering of Reiki practitioners giving and receiving sessions while live, acoustic music is played accompanied by participants chanting, adding the sounds of bells, singing bowls and didgeridoo. Here is a video from a past scape.
More than ten years ago, the then-beginning Reiki Training Program held it’s first Soundscape in a 750 square foot cottage in the heart of the University District in Seattle. Perhaps six or seven practitioners were in attendance for a Reiki circle when spontaneously, they started to pick up the drums, singing bowls and rattles that were lying around the living room.
Each session a practitioner received went to a deeper level, the intentional sound healing and the power of the Universal energy mixed and mingled and became something more.
After the two hour improv experience, we all looked at each other and said, ‘Let’s do this again!’.
And so, for the next year, we met at each other’s houses, brought our instruments and experimented. Eventually, some musicians found out about the event, and brought their own skills and abilities into the mix.
Word started to spread of our ‘Soundscape’ and this grass-roots circle had to find a bigger venue. Enter the era of holding Soundscapes in yoga studios.
From Greenlake to Ballard to Fremont, we began to hold these ‘happenings’ every month in various yoga studios. People would bring their massage tables, as the group suddenly went from 6 or 7 to over 20 attending. We began to charge a fee to help cover the rent of the yoga studio and also be able to offer something to the musicians who were now being scheduled each month to showcase their talents.
But the grass-rootness still remained, and participants always were encouraged to add their sound or rhythm to the existing music. Reiki was still, always the foundation of the practice. Month after month, we were all renewed in community sound healing.
After four or five years of at least fifty ‘Scapes’, I had gotten burnt out on the coordination. My life was also in transition. So it came to a state of what I’d call hibernation.
Until this last year. We’ve been going strong at the Good Karma Center in Tacoma and at East West Bookshop.
Tasara Gen has been instrumental in bringing both her musical talent and visual art to the event and this month, Paul Che oke ten Wagner will be bringing his incredible gift of Native American flute. I look forward to diving into the journey once more and hope you can attend!
Copyright 2013 Eileen Dey