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Hay House Radio Episode Recap
- Episode Name: “Powerful Healing with Music and Meditation”
- Live Broadcast: March 28th, 2018 at 12:00 pm Pacific Time
Episode Summary Re-cap
Find out how energy and faith support your healing.Grammy Award-Winning Native American Singer/Songwriter, Joanne Shenandoah, found herself on the liver transplant list after being diagnosed with non-alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver, which began after her entire immune system shut down from a C-diff gut infection (Clostridium difficile). Having used music and vibration to heal her body after a car accident in the past, Joanne knew this life-threatening illness would fully test her faith in her body’s ability to heal. Discover the steps she took to heal her liver, her gut, and her vitality with music, meditation, and the gifts of spirit guardians. Special Guest: Joanne Shenandoah, PhD
Joanne Shenandoah, Ph.D., is one of “America’s most celebrated and critically acclaimed Native American musicians of her time”, Associated Press. She is a Grammy Award winner (with 3 Nominations), over 40 music awards (including 14 Native American Music awards – Hall of Fame Inductee) with music ranging from solo to full symphony and 22 recordings. She is a humanitarian, working as a peace advocate, earth justice and has captured the hearts of audiences all over the world, from North and South America, South Africa, Europe, Australia and Asia. She has received multiple awards and praise for her work to promote universal peace and understanding. She is a direct descendant of the famed “Chief Shenandoah” who is noted to have been given a “Peace Medal” by George Washington and established Hamilton College, Clinton, NY (The Oneida Academy).
On January 21, 2017 Founder, Mitchell Bush presents to Joanne Shenandoah:
“The American Indian Society of Washington, DC presents its most prestigious award to a Native American whose life’s work has led to the improvement and empowerment of Native Americans through social, political, legal, environmental or educational initiatives.
Shenandoah is a founding board member of the Hiawatha Institute for Indigenous Knowledge, a non-profit higher learning educational facility that is based on Iroquois principles. Also in 2014, she served as Co-Chair for the Attorney General’s National Task Force of Children Exposed to Violence for the Department of Justice.
She has performed for noted leaders such as His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, Huston Smith, Mikhail Gorbachev, and is celebrated with the honor of East-West Interfaith Ministry.
Music Lifts the Spirit and Connects us to Our Ancestors
Joanne Shenandoah is a member of the Oneida Nation and born in Iroquois homelands. As a baby, she was given the Native American name to reflect her spirit, Takalihwa kwha, which means, “She Sings.” Later, she learned the deeper translation: She Lifts the Spirit. She truly believes that music lifts the spirit. “Think of when children sing,” she says, “they are happy when they are singing. Singing gives us a reason to celebrate. No matter where I’ve been around the world, I’ve realized that singing with others brings up a similarity of connection to our ancestors, who used to sing and dance in ceremony.”
Recently, Joanne was invited to sing to a 106-year old Native American woman, Anna Marie Houser, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Anna told Joanne that she attributes her longevity to honoring the natural world and avoiding all of the junk in foods and the environment that we are exposed to today. This rung true for Joanne, who had just been through a transformative healing experience.
Overcoming End-Stage Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) and C-Diff
Anyone who has been through challenges with liver and gut health can attest to how challenging these issues are. After every test under the sun at the Mayo Clinic, Joanne was diagnosed with NAFLD and a Clostridium difficile infection. The doctors put her on the liver transplant list, her immune system was shut down, and she was experiencing delirium and extreme weight loss. During the course of her illness, she had double pneumonia, six eye surgeries, and six blood transfusions. Things didn’t look good.
Joanne immediately began focusing on her traditional teachings and meditating. She focused on love and paid attention to the vivid, spiritual dreams she was having in the hospital. What really made the difference, according to Joanne, was when her family came to her and said, “We love you, we want you here with us.” Later, she’d learn that studies on people who recover from illness show that having a reason to live makes all the difference, and love is one of the biggest reasons to live.
Joanne began meditating daily, building up to three hours per day, which she still does today. She also began going deeper into the healing powers of music. The experience has transformed her life and her music.
Joanne Shenandoah’s 7 Powerful Tips for Healing with Music and Meditation
#1 – Play Healing Music and Learn How Music Heals the Chakras
“Just google musical notes and chakras and you’ll be able to hear some examples. Or use tuning forks.” she recommends. Focusing on the musical notes for each chakra made a big difference for her. Also, play music that lifts your spirit. Joanne has many healing songs you can choose from if you want a great place to start.
Here are some of my favorites. Her songs in the Iroquois language are transformative, even if you don’t know the words because it’s a right-brain intuitive language. Focus on how they make you feel. She also has many songs in the English language.
Aiionwatha (Hiawatha) Forgives
Matriarch: Iroquois Women’s Songs
#2 – Pay Attention To Your Thoughts And Words, Then Make Your Own Music
Joanne described the work of Dr. Masaru Emoto, a Japanese author who studied and photographed the effect of human consciousness on molecules of water. His experiments found that when you said positive words or played beautiful music to water, the molecules would form into beautiful crystals. Negative words or harsh music would have the opposite effect. “The word disease is dis-ease, meaning you are ill at ease,” Joanne says. She recommends that instead of saying, I don’t feel well, I’m tired, or I’m sick, say things like: I love myself, I am well, I am at ease, I am loved, I am blessed. Your body is listening, so make your own healing song.
#3– Go To Your Favorite Places In Nature To Meditate
Going into nature helped Joanne meditate. Whenever she was sad, lonely, or felt she needed to regenerate her body, she’d go to one of her favorite places in nature. For her, this was near ancestral sites or where they had ceremonies. These are powerful places to meditate.
#4 – Learn To Listen To Nature To Slow Down
Nature has its own vibration and music. “The earth and the moon have their own music,” Joanne tells us. You just have to listen. When you go out into nature, you can also hear the sounds of birds and other animals, of the wind. The natural world is always speaking to us. When you listen, it helps you shift into a slower, more healing vibration. Listening to nature also reminds us to take care of her and the environment, just as she takes care of us. This giving and receiving is a powerful expression of love.
#5 – Take Time Out For Deep Breathing Before Your Meditation
We live in a fast-paced world, so it’s not uncommon to feel like you can’t slow down. Joanne recommends setting aside a few minutes to take several deep breaths in and out as a way to shift into a slower pace. Deep breathing is so powerful that it can regulate your blood pressure. As you settle down, you may find you can meditate.
#6 – Connect With Your Community
Community doesn’t have to mean blood family or being of the same race or religion. Your community is made up of the people with whom you love to sing, dance, share meals with…the people who take care of each other. Spending time with your community is important for wellbeing. It’s another way, like music, to feel your spirit being lifted. Your ancestors are part of your community, she reminds us. Call on them when you need them. Visualizing your ancestors and a supportive community can support you in feeling connected. You are never alone.
#7 – Express Gratitude Often
The Iroquois have a 13-month lunar calendar and each month, we celebrate something. In this way, we celebrate Thanksgiving every month. The vibration of gratitude is one of the most powerful that we have. Find the things you are grateful for and express it often. It will support you in your wellbeing.
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