Biographies– Celestial Dreaming
Elvina began studying music at an early age, attending master classes for gifted children at the Melbourne Conservatory and completing her Associate of Music on classical flute. She is a versatile player with a range of styles including classical, Celtic, Native American and improvised music. After many years of living and travelling in India following her interest in yoga and meditation, Elvina now lives in Byron Shire where she makes handcrafted energy chimes, works in the field of sound healing and performs regularly with various ensembles.
Daeva’s background in music has been in both the traditional folk and classical styles which he has played since an early age. A sensitive and inspiring musician, he is a multi instrumentalist who plays guitar, Celtic harp, piano and whistle. Daeva has been following a spiritual path for many years and has deeply explored consciousness and healing through meditation and music. These explorations bring a depth and maturity to his playing. He has previously worked as a massage therapist, Ayurveda therapist and Reiki master. Since 1999 he has devoted himself full time to music, playing solo and in various combinations with other acoustic musicians.
Camilla has been a registered Psychologist and Counsellor for over 20 years and studied Crystal Sound Therapy with Awaheshi Kavan. She is also a Dru Yoga trainee, Change Consultant and Reiki I & II Practitioner. Camilla discovered that sound is one of the finest soothing and non-judgmental means to achieve transformation on all levels, beyond what traditional psychology can offer. She regularly plays the Crystal Bowls, both to large groups and individuals, giving workshops on sound, stress and related topics using both Crystal Bowls and harmonic toning through the voice.
Amna Ali Kamal
Amna Kamal is a trained singer practicing the North Indian Classical art of Khayal Gayki. This is a purely improvised style where different raags and moods are explored through the forms of alaap, swar vista, Chand and Tarana. Amna is half Indian and has grown up playing and vocalising tabla bols which she also integrates into her improvisation. Amna's lyrical content is derived from ancient Hindu and Sufi texts as well as channelled light language mantras from her own meditation and spontaneous improvisation. Now 26 years old, Amna lives in Lismore NSW where she is completing a bachelor of contemporary music at Southern Cross University before returning to Lucknow, India to continue her training in Khayal.
Magic in Music - Harmonic Healing
by Elvina Munir
The entire Universe is made up of resonance. From the deep primal tones created by the spin of the celestial bodies, to the electrons orbiting the nucleus of every atom, all of nature is resonating at its own particular frequency including every organ, bone and tissue of the human body.
Music has always played a significant role in the healing and spirituality of humanity, tapping into the innate knowledge that resides in the harmonics of our cells, nourishing, inspiring, relaxing and energizing us. According to the ancient Greeks, music is an art imbued with the power to penetrate into the very depths of the soul. More recently, it has been discovered that sound is a carrier wave of consciousness. Music improves the mind/body connection and is one of the few experiences that can touch a person on all levels of being. It is a powerful sensory stimulus that works simultaneously on the body, mind, and spirit.
Through music, it is possible to change the rhythm of brainwaves, as well as heart beat and respiration. Positive responses to sound healing have also been observed in the nervous and endocrine systems, which in turn enhances the immune system. Music allows us to transcend everyday consciousness while remaining in a normal waking state, evoking a psycho-physiologic response where abstract thinking is slow-ed down, time dissolves and deep relaxation ensues. This is a non-invasive and easily accessible way to reduce stress, anxiety, fear and pain.
The ear is an amazing organ, which has three main functions: to assume balance (equilibrium, body tone and integration of motor and sensory information), to analyse and decode sounds and movements, and to charge the brain. It is the first organ to become fully formed in the early months of pregnancy and because it is the organ of balance as well as hearing, it is connected by nerve pathways to every part of the body, including the immune system.
Alfred Tomatis, MD is a French ear specialist who has studied the functions of the human ear for over 45 years. Tomatis discovered the therapeutic effects of high frequency harmonics, which are capable of charging the central nervous system and the cortex of the brain. As a fundamental principle in the organ-ization of life, sounds also offer an acoustic reference point to the listener, describing the quality and dimensions of the surrounding space and providing stimuli for listening, alertness and concentration. Listening to harmonic music is a source of vital energy, the secret being that natural sounds and acoustic instruments are rich in high frequency harmonics. It is interesting to note that there are also sounds that tire and fatigue the listener, particularly loud, repetitive synthetic sounds and noise.
Music affects us by the process of entrainment. Physical entrainment is when the body automatically adjusts to the rhythm and pulse of the music. Emotional entrainment occurs when the intention and emotions of the composer and/or musicians are conveyed via the music, triggering an emotional response from the listener.
Using entrainment and resonance, it is possible that an externally created sound projected into a diseased part of the body will be able to reintroduce the correct harmonic frequency and return the body to its healthy, harmonious vibration. In this way music has the power to integrate, reprogram and heal in a holistic way, releasing tension and clearing both the physical and energy bodies.
The evocative music of Celestial Dreaming is a wonderful tool for deep relaxation, meditation and healing. It is wonderful to listen to while giving or receiving a massage or during a yoga session to enhance focus and open doorways to deeper consciousness.
Only acoustic instruments have been used, each with its own harmonic vibration and specific character. The celestial sounds of the crystal bowls are complimented by the hauntingly beautiful melodies of the Navajo flute and the angelic shimmering quality of the Celtic harp. The mysterious and powerful vocals raags accompanied by tanpura are contrasted by the refreshing tones of the concert flute cascading like a waterfall and the pure silvery tones of the energy chimes which seem to float above the rest f the music.Each instrument has been carefully recorded in a sacred space to preserve and enhance their natural healing harmonics. Relax and enjoy the journey into the exquisite stillness of Being and experience the deep peace and perfect flow that is innate within.
Press comments and reviews
“Resounding crystal bowls open infinite sonic spaces for Elvina Munir’s magical flute. The audible universe of the Australian formation ‘Celestial Dreaming’ includes four tracks (14.5 to 17.5 minutes in length), each of which relies solely on natural instruments, e.g. flute, harp, tanpura, etc. This CD is recommended to accompany therapeutic exercises such as music therapy, sonic healing and meditation.”
“The Australians tend to be a relaxed group of people. And nowhere are the Aussies more laid back than at Byron Bay, a uniquely energetic power spot on the extreme easternmost coast of the Fifth Continent. Byron Bay is also the birthplace of the majority of the music in the new TranceRelax Music Collection from Edition Reuss Publishers. This collection includes five CDs filled with relaxing music to accompany yoga, meditation and massage, or simply to inspired the listener’s dreams. Many of these compositions were inspired by the fascinating natural environment of this unique Australian locality. The listener’s mind, body and soul are soothed by the swish and rustle of the ocean and by impressions of natural beauty that have been magically transformed into sounds.
Divine music for deep meditation, healing, relaxation, yoga, massage, better dreamtime or easy listening