(This was written in Aug. 2014, immediately after Robin William's death)
I’ve been meaning to share this and the timing seems right…
I’m a bit of a black sheep in the Sound Healing world, being both a practitioner and believer, but also a skeptic and critic of certain claims and practices.
One of the things that frequently bugs me is the Oh-So-Serious-and Somber attitude and atmosphere that seems fairly pervasive in not only the Sound Healing world, but among alternative and shamanic healers in general. This is in direct opposition to my belief that the nature of all creation is one of playful, joyous exuberance. And I believe that humor is one of the defining characteristics of humanity, and that laughter is real medicine.
Many of my clients are surprised to find that they are led to laugh during treatments.
Laughter helps to deal with stress, has positive hormonal and other chemical effects, allows us to confront difficult and sometimes taboo issues. And it is FUN!
In that spirit, I offer you a simple exercise to try. When something upsets you, when you are sad or depressed or angry or frustrated, pay attention to the thoughts in your mind. Usually they will appear as words, which are what I refer to as “inner sounds,” which are very powerful.
Now, take those words, those voices in your mind, and hear them as the voice of Elmer Fudd. They can be the voices of people that hurt you, or your own thoughts, things you wish you could say, or expressions of anger, pain, etc. All of them, in the voice of Elmer Fudd. Say them out loud if that suits you. You don’t have to be vewwy, vewwy quiet.
If “Fuddsy” doesn’t work, try Porky Pig. Or Daffy Duck. I don’t recommend Yosemite Sam to beginners, and DO NOT use the voices of Disney characters. They generally won’t have the same effect, and may lead to expensive copyright litigation. Stick to Looney Tunes characters, and you’ll be all right.