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 transformational power of sound.
Unique guided meditations using creative visualisation and positive suggestions are a vital part of my sound sessions. These imaginary journeys are a favourite of mine because the subconscious mind is unable to distinguish between imagination and reality, making visualisation a potent tool for change.
The combination of intention and imagination has tremendous power to transform our life experience for the better. And stimulating the mind's eye helps to balance the left and right hemispheres of the brain, improving creativity and intuition.
This year, I have also embarked on another level of training with shamanic practitioners of the Maori and Inca traditions, and I look forward to incorporating the initiations/activations into my practice.
Photo: Adrian Flower
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 my meditations
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.
The vibrations of sound coupled with meditation can help:
Alleviate symptoms of stress
Reduce symptoms of pain
Harmonise the systems of the body
Increase clarity, creativity, inspiration and intuition
Enhance spiritual development
Create a sense of calm and connectedness
Generate feelings of wellbeing
No guarantee of any cure can be made, because everyone functions differently and is at their own unique stage of life. The above list is a guide to potential beneficial outcomes.
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.