The Pearl Within is a compilation of icaros, mantras and shruti songs that I have been working with for many years to help me navigate this challenging shift in consciousness we are undergoing on the planet.
I am not a formally trained musician or singer, and never thought I would be recording the sounds I was using in my personal practice, and sometimes sharing in my yoga classes and sound healing retreats.
Inspired by the many different ways to drop into the essence of sound (the naad), I thought it would be interesting to mix up these tracks in an untraditional way. So, for example a mantra which would normally be chanted with a shruti box is chanted into a crystal singing bowl, etc.
Given that about three years have passedI since we originally recorded the vocals, each one of these tracks has matured, and are now standards in my sound baths. Not all of them will resonate with everyone, but there will be one or two that may take you to a place of peace, calm and beauty. It has been my experience, that we can only truly open up to these states when we are relaxed, and when we are relaxed we can change our consciousness. And so, as within..so without.
This collaboration would have never happened without the shakti of Kara Suzanne who spearheaded this project, and Bryan Pugh at Wicker Elephant who hears like an elephant, and met what was calling itself into being with grace & finesse. Their patience and encouragement were so important with these first efforts, and I thank them from the bottom of my heart. I would also like to express my undying gratitude for the support of Tracy Bonham and Susanna Raven for sharing their gifts on Garden Icaro and Gong Elegy.
Finally to Philippe Garnier and Beth Ylvisaker for their amazing suggestions and for listening over and over again, I love you always.