This is me, Alicia Davies; the face behind Hush Hour (formerly called Earth Song Sound Healing).
My story is a long and winding journey via St Martin's School of Art, through design, journalism and copywriting, and 30 fascinating years enmeshed in the joy and passion of West African music - both as an avid listener, and as a performer with some great names from that continent.
All of the elements of my story finally coalesced in 2012-13 into an exploration of the power of sound. The West African influences still remain - that music still tops my playlist - and I have a wonderful collection of instruments with which to create my own music.
Sound healing is now my passion; and I like to couple it with guided meditations, created by me (and sometimes even channelled in the moment), because the imagination has tremendous power to transform our life experience.
It means a great deal to me to be able to use all the skills I have acquired via the twists and turns of my life, to help other people to tap into their own innate wisdom and natural healing abilities.
Photo: Adrian Flower
About my meditations
I first discovered the power of guided meditation in the early '90's, after a major hiccup in my personal life set me on the path of spiritual evolution.
I looked forward to those inner journeys that helped me to recover my equilibrium and inner strength.
The techniques I learned then have become an important part of my work.
I create my one-off guided meditations based on Moon cycles, astrological events, and mystical, alchemical journeys that are completely unique to me.
Many times, the meditations are channelled spontaneously while I am in an altered state of consciousness, drawing on nature-based imagery, positive suggestions, energy work, and breathing techniques.
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About therapeutic sound
The tools of my trade: tank drums, singing bowls, gong mallets and planet gongs
" Sound will be the future of medicine." Edgar Cayce
Amazing. Powerful. Relaxing. Rejuvenating. Trance-inducing. Healing. Soothing. Just some of the words people use to describe the effects of receiving a sound bath, one of the world's most ancient modes of healing. In fact, sound has been used as a healing tool for thousands of years: and now, 21st Century humans from all walks of life are waking up to its transformative potential as a means of achieving lasting well-being.
My story on video
Not long after I began my journey with sound healing, Mark Westmoquette made this short film with me about how it came about, and my reasons for embarking on this work.