Sound healer Dana Austin units up a sound tub session on Will Rogers State Seaside in Malibu. Austin stated she hopes her shoppers go away with a deeper connection to their souls. Photograph courtesy of Charles Wong
Spirituality doesn’t have a single definition; slightly, individuals have a tendency to make use of the time period to reference what ties their beliefs to their actions. Everybody has completely different explanation why rituals of peace are significant in an usually chaotic world.
Whereas many might affiliate spirituality with non secular beliefs tied to a deity, others see spirituality solely regarding one’s affinity with their soul. Tarot playing cards, sound baths, crystals and meditation are all strategies of connecting to a deeper sense of self — one which invitations introspection and self-love, stated Melissa Eliyahoo, a Malibu tarot card reader.
“I consider on the core of all the pieces — the core of the entire success we would like in our lives, the relationships, the household, the abundance of the dream dwelling — all of it comes again to self-love,” Eliyahoo stated.
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Each Sunday on the Malibu Farmer’s Market, Eliyahoo units up a “self-love” tent embellished with crystals and tarot playing cards.
Eliyahoo gives free tarot card readings each Sunday to welcome love into the lives of others, she stated. Tarot playing cards collect perception on the previous, current and future whereas bringing messages from what believers describe as larger powers, Eliyahoo stated.
“These playing cards are a means for us to attach extra with the opposite dimension and with the opposite world — with the angels and the guides,” Eliyahoo stated. “A variety of the time it may be onerous for most individuals to obtain these messages as a result of we’re a lot in our pondering thoughts.”
In a studying, Eliyahoo sits down with a consumer, cleanses the air with sage and has them shut their eyes to detach from outdoors distractions. As soon as in a peaceable state, Eliyahoo has her consumer choose a random card they really feel drawn to from the deck and he or she interprets the that means.
With this knowledge, Eliyahoo stated persons are capable of perceive their very own id and objective on this planet.
“At school, we had been by no means taught how one can love ourselves,” Eliyahoo stated. “Most of us undergo our lives actually not loving ourselves — we’re wanting on the market for love and we’re wanting in all of the mistaken locations pondering it’s on the market when the reality is it’s inside.”
Dana Austin is a holistic sound healer who works with Malibu shoppers. Austin stated she started attending digital sound baths in spring 2020 and shortly determined she needed to heal others in the identical means it healed her.
“A sound tub is known as a sensory expertise,” Austin stated. “It’s a shower on your senses, basically, and it actually faucets into regardless of the individual goes by means of on the time — no matter they want assist with it faucets into that realm.”
Austin usually does classes on the seashore — one in all her favourite areas is Zuma — permitting shoppers to hook up with nature whereas absorbing the vibes of the sound tub, she stated. Austin additionally has an “Ocean Drum,” which she stated recreates the calming sounds of waves and places an individual’s thoughts comfy.
“You learn to play the bowls and also you study completely different devices and modalities — you then flip it into your personal,” Austin stated. “It’s the identical factor with whoever you’re working with; it’s their personal expertise. So, for every sound healer who’s on the market, they’ve their very own vibe, their very own vitality, their very own persona.”
Throughout a sound tub, Austin has her consumer lay down with their head going through the supplies, and he or she creates vibrations by working a mallet alongside the sting of the crystal bowls. The sensations the sound evokes throughout the thoughts and physique are presupposed to unlock hidden feelings and be restorative to the soul, Austin stated.
“It’s the completely different notes and notes which might be performed collectively which might be efficient,” Austin stated. “It’s additionally completely different alchemies of the bowls, and there’s one thing with the notes of the bowls which might be additionally tapping into a special vibrational degree the place you’re ready to enter a deep meditative state.”
After the sound tub is over, Austin stated journaling, replenishing the physique with water and remaining in silence are important to permitting oneself to completely take in peace and undergo the steps of therapeutic.
“Sound baths and sound therapeutic is a protected house for somebody to discover and faucet into what they want,” Austin stated.
One other type of non secular therapeutic is thru grounding parts of crystals. Eliyahoo stated crystals carry and exude an vitality that connects an individual to Earth — much like touching a tree or the sand.
“Crystals have come from beneath the Earth for 1000’s of years,” Eliyahoo stated. “They’re holding onto this actually highly effective, sacred knowledge and information and vitality. After we begin bringing crystals into our lives, we’re capable of carry that vitality into our lives and we’re capable of change into extra current — we’re capable of join. It’s simply one other actually lovely and highly effective software.”
As somebody who experiences anxiousness, sophomore Izzie Agee stated crystals have introduced a way of tranquility over them throughout instances once they felt uneasy or pressured.
“I used to sleep with an amethyst fear stone beneath my pillow as a result of I used to be having some depraved desires and nightmares,” Agee stated. “It really did assist and numerous it has additionally helped with my self-confidence.”
Pairing meditation and crystals, or sound baths and crystals, Austin stated, gives a crowded thoughts with the chance to have a sacred and grounding second with the soul — one that’s not essentially quiet or standard, however uniquely significant.
Agee stated an vital a part of self-care and discovering one’s personal non secular path is meditation — which seems completely different for everybody. In their very own expertise, Agee stated one ought to use meditation to acknowledge ideas, slightly than clear their thoughts.
“What I see as meditation isn’t sitting in a quiet room,” Agee stated. “It’s going outdoors, going to the seashore right here in Malibu and sitting and messing with the sand and actually considering issues. I like being alone once I do it, or I additionally like having buddies there speaking about life and speaking concerning the massive questions.”
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