Why I started The Shimmering Sounds Foundation
From Leigh Ann Phillips, Executive Director and Founder
Through the years and all the travels, over and over I would hear from the cancer centers, schools, athletic facilities, hospitals and other organizations, “wow, this is amazing, but we do not have any funding for this kind of therapy.”
I knew the people were sincere, because after a session they would lay there for up to 20 minutes, integrating the sound. Their minds wanted to get up off of the table, but their body would just lay there and rest, or they would say my pain has gone away, or I feel at peace. Recently I stopped by the Ute Indian Reservation in Ignacio, Colorado. I have wanted to make this appointment for years, but it is just far away enough that I could not make the trip back and forth in a day. I called the clinic, told them I had been in touch with the health director over the past few months, and that I was actually here standing at the front desk, and would they take a few minutes to see me. This particular medical doctor said yes, so I gathered up two cases of quartz crystal singing bowls and walked into the clinic. There must have been 30 people in the waiting room. I was escorted to one of the procedure rooms, and a kind-looking man in a white jacket, probably early fifties greeted me. When he saw I was going to give a demonstration, he asked another colleague of his to join him. What was supposed to be a ten-minute demonstration turned out to be over 90 minutes. I placed bowls on both of these doctors. They were both overworked and quite stressed, as they admitted. Afterwards, they were smiling, at peace, and knew something deep had occurred within their psyche and body. Their left brains had no idea what to expect, but the gestalt hemisphere of their brain got it immediately. The sonic massage they had received shifted their brain states.
That is just one of many tales of how people love it and yet it is new on the forefront of therapy, and yet very, very ancient if you look at the histories of how different cultures have used sound for wellness. The Egyptians, Mayans, Tibetans and Native Americans are just a few.
The mission of the Foundation is not to preach to the choir. It is to integrate music and sound into the mainstream where it is needed. Programs for children, suicide prevention (this is a much more severe issue with the military than you may know), hospice, people who are dealing with cancer and other life-threatening diseases, as well as teaching programs so that people can take this somatic work and bring it back to their own communities.
I invite you to browse our website and learn about our ongoing outreach programs, and to become a member or make a donation of support. Since 2011, The Shimmering Sounds Foundation has donated dozens of workshops and concerts, gifted well over 200 hours of direct sound healing sessions, and has begun to gift crystal singing bowls to sound chambers and healing centers internationally. Our outreach has been growing and growing, and more individuals and groups are learning about and receiving the benefit of Sound and Vibrational Healing.
On behalf of The Shimmering Sounds Foundation, I want to thank everyone who has worked so lovingly and diligently to bring about this wonderful unfolding!