Finding my way to the healing harp
I have always been drawn to music and called to healing.
As a child growing up in Aix-en-Provence in the south of France, I adored the piano, but as I got older, put away my dream of being a musician. After graduation I moved to England, where I completed my nursing studies and then worked in both England and France. I then moved to Canada, married, and raised my family.
But music continued to draw me in. While on a holiday in England, I heard an incredible woman fiddler playing what sounded like a lament in a pub. I was so touched; it reawakened my desire to play music. Home again in Canada, I searched for a teacher and joined a group of Maritime fiddlers. As my children got older, each one asked for music lessons. One of them took up the violin and as I was helping her, I was once again smitten by music. After taking private lessons, I decided I would like to enter a university program and at age 40 I started a music degree at University of Moncton. I thought I had found heaven.
Then, in 1993 I was diagnosed with cancer. Although western medicine had taught me a great deal about how the body worked and how to treat symptoms, my beliefs about holistic healing through mind, body and spirit made me search for other healing modalities and I complemented what I had learned in nursing school with diplomas in naturotherapy and homeopathy. Music also helped me to heal, and so became inspired to search for ways to use music as a healing modality.
But then, I lost a child suddenly, and music became something I could no longer bear to hear. I put away my violin and tried to lose myself in therapies, workshops, weird esoteric stuff, and I read books in my search to find sense in all that had happened. One of the books was Music and Miracles by Don Campbell: a story in particular resonated with me, the story of Ron Price who healed himself with a harp. I decided there and then I needed a harp.
It took me a little while to locate both a harp and a teacher but finally I did and was able to take lessons. In 1999 I attended a harp workshop given by renowned harpist, Christina Tourin, on Prince Edward Island. Christina’s presentation on using the harp as a therapeutic tool once again resonated with me and I knew I had found my true calling.
I entered the International Harp Therapy Program in January 2000, traveling between New Brunswick and California. I graduated in the spring of 2001 as a Certified Therapeutic Harp Practitioner.
The first few years I struggled to find my way. I visited nursing homes, did presentations, but nothing came together until a couple returning from Germany opened a music conservatory and hired me to do Harp Therapy with special need children; something I had never thought about, but instantly loved.
In 2006 I took the healing harp to the next level by taking the Vibroacoustic Harp Therapy (VAHT) training course with Sarajane Williams. VAHT has allowed me to reach a much broader spectrum of clients, and help ease many more types of dis-eases and ailments. (More about my VAHT services.)
Finding my way to the harp quite literally saved my life and has allowed me to combine my love for music and healing in a deeply meaningful way.
What I believe about health
When we feel healthy, we have a deep feeling of well-being, all aspects of ourselves — physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual are in harmony, in tune.
There are factors that weaken our immune system:
- Polluted air, water, food ( chemicals, GMOs…)
- Some drugs and some medical interventions
- Dysfunctional relationships at work and at home
- Stress we live under in our western society
- Electromagnetic frequencies from electricity, electronic devices, microwaves etc.
- Emotional baggage we carry from our parents, our childhood.
We can avoid some of these factors and learn to better manage some others. But to truly heal dis-ease, one must get to the root. Diseases, from the common cold to cancer always originate from our inability to deal with an event, a trauma. This inability comes from not being in tune. So to avoid dis-ease and maintain our state of well-being, we need regular tune-ups.
There are a number of modalities, such as Harp Therapy, that help to keep you harmonized. I encourage you to find one (or several) that resonates with you to keep you healthy — physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. When you are in harmony, you can more easily navigate the waves of life rather than being submerged by them.
If dis-ease has already set in, Harp Therapy can still help you, it might take a bit longer. The body naturally wants to be well and harmonized so let’s work together to support what your body wants.