Thursday, February 13, 2014

Harmonic Doodling
Join me on Monday March 3rd at 5pm and learn about Harmonic Doodling!  Rosemary Marchetta will explain exactly what Harmonic doodling  consists of, as well as the benefits it offers - such as entering the void where all creations stem from.  Find out how you can begin Harmonic Doodling; an approach to instantly creating a state of ease and harmony using a pencil, paper and your own imagination!
It is a simple process of drawing rythmic, organic shapes with your attention focused on a particular sound or tone. Check out Rosemary's blog- http//

Being of Sound Mind and Body


The word sound brings to mind all things auditory, as in what happens when a tree falls in the woods.  Additionally, the word sound, as an adjective, can be defined as ‘healthy, in good condition’, synonymous with fit, flawless, vigorous or whole. Disease, on the other hand, can be described as a disorder, a deviation from the normal structure, a state of imbalance or being in unsound condition. Many ancient cultures, including Australian Aborigines, Egyptians, and Greeks used the vibrational properties of sound to heal, in other words, they used sound to bring matter into a sound condition, but the practice was generally lost in the west until the fairly recent discovery of medicinal uses for ultrasound. Contemporary sound healing generally focuses on the principles of resonance and raising the vibrational frequency through conscious intention to promote health. The practices described here are simple techniques to bring our conscious awareness to focus on the vibrational frequencies of sound, allowing us to enter a relaxed, meditative state.

Using a pencil as a conscious tool we bring our focused attention to the structure and form of sound by drawing the shape of a particular tone. Drawing harmonic shapes helps us to enter into a meditative state and access the feeling of well being. Drawing specific areas of discomfort or dissonance helps us become more quiet, focused, and in tune with our inner workings. Drawing the shapes of sound can be thought of as steps to becoming aware of the vibrational frequencies that course though our physical, mental, and emotional bodies, and, by entering into harmonious resonance with certain tones, we can consciously alter these frequencies to become uplifted and enjoy a state of tranquil well-being.

A doodle is a drawing made while a person’s attention is occupied by something other than the act of drawing.  In the examples below we focus our attention on a particular sound tone or mantra, and use the pencil to create a representation of that tone on a page.  There is no right or wrong doodle, only continuous flowing lines and curves that move into each other in an organic pattern.  Harmonious tones are pleasing to the ear, and the resulting doodles are playful shapes that ease the mind.  It is interesting to keep a doodle journal in which you freely fill the pages with shapes of the sounds you focus on.  I recommend writing down the date and other relevant information alongside the doodle, whether it is a mantra, tone, or doodle of physical or emotional dissonance, etc.  It is fun to look back on these doodles and read them like a journal entry, a description of the state of your life.

Harmonic Doodling:  An approach to instantly creating a state of ease and harmony using a pencil, paper and your own imagination.  

Harmonic doodling is the term that I use to describe the simple but empowering process of drawing rhythmic, organic shapes with your attention focused on a particular sound or tone.  I prefer to listen to specific sound frequencies while doodling, many of which are available for free online, but this is not necessary.  You can doodle while listening to all sorts of sound meditation music, nature sounds, Tibetan bowls, etc. You can doodle while chanting om either silently or out loud, or use any other mantra or tone.  However, especially in the beginning, it is easier to focus when you are physically hearing one tone, such as solfeggio harmonic frequencies.  Choose something that is pleasing to your ear, breathe deeply, quiet your mind, and let your pencil move.

As you begin to doodle, letting your pencil flow around the page, your mind relaxes and starts to wander freely.  The doodle shapes reflect this unwinding. Keep the pencil moving, following the shape of the sound you are hearing.  I tend to do short doodles and then connect them with flowing lines into larger masses.  As your mind settles into the process, turn the page and start doodling on a fresh sheet of paper.  You begin to notice that your mind is more focused, and the doodles are more delicate, more precise.  Organic shapes emerge as one line flows into the next. You feel relaxed, happy. You are in a meditative state in which time stands still, and the world outside your doodle is irrelevant.

Harmonic doodling can be practiced at any time of day, but is especially useful to quiet the mind before bed.  It is also helpful to sit down and doodle if you are feeling stressed or upset about something.  It can instantly bring you into a relaxed state of mental clarity and emotional well being.  Get up and go about the rest of your day maintaining this state of mind.  Practice this technique a few times and get comfortable with it before moving on to the other types of doodles described below.

Harmonic Doodle, first page                                      Harmonic Doodle, second page

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